Garden Tip of the Month
Through the month of August and September, keep planting crops from the cabbage family like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kale. Plant lettuce and spinach every other week until early October.
Harvest your garlic:
If you are growing garlic this year it should be ready to pick! After you snipped the scapes, wait until the stalks are nice and dried out. Carefully dig out the bulbs and shake off the dirt. Do not rinse it off, you want to keep the bulbs very dry. Hang them in a cool, dark place for about 2 weeks to cure. Then use! Make sure you keep a few cloves to plant in October.
With all this heat and lack of water, xeriscaping might be the way forward. Xeriscaping involves planning your garden with water conservation the priority.
Choose plants carefully: Look for plants suited to your area. Drought tolerant plants have tougher leaves. You can find a list of plants here. Mediterranean plants like rosemary, thyme, and lavender don’t require much watering.
Group plants together: Group plants with similar requirements together so that you can water the less drought tolerant plants at the same time.
Plant properly: Open up the root ball, and dig a deep hole. Remove the potting soil, and try to plant in the cooler months like fall or spring so that the plant doesn't dry out too quickly.
Mulch: Mulch has many beneficial properties including reducing water evaporation and erosion. Mulch also helps prevent weeds from pushing through.
Amend your soil: To have a strong, sustainable garden, your soil should be healthy. Healthy soils improve plant survival. Compost is your best option.
Irrigate: Use drip irrigation if you can, but always practice good watering techniques. Water in the mornings, and water deeply, meaning leave the hose running at a slow rate for a while. Watering deeply and infrequently will encourage deep root growth, and stronger, more resilient plants.
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Photo from Total Landscape Care.