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Gardening Tip of the Month
May: With the pandemic still lingering, we
gardeners are lucky and are able to get out and work in the open air and not
feel boxed in, but now temperatures are reaching triple digits during the
afternoon while evenings and especially early mornings are beautiful. And it
also means our gardening efforts are showing beautiful results. From our roses
to our veggie gardens to all those lovely Jacaranda blossoms, enjoy the fruits
of your labor.
Roses: Roses continue to display their beauty into May so continue to
dead-head on a regular basis. You can also continue feeding for now and keep an
eye on aphids. That sticky, glistening residue on leaves is your first clue. A
strong wash from a hose or insecticidal soap will take care of the problem. Be
sure to adjust irrigation schedules as the temperatures climb and check here for
a complete list of tips:
Veggies: Its harvest time in the garden. Many summer favorites like
tomatoes, squash and cucumbers are coming in but it’s still a little early for
beans, corn, peppers and eggplant. Not long though and you still have time to
plant some varieties by seed, like melons, but it’s getting late now for
transplants. It’s also time for shade cloth to protect your tomatoes and prolong
Trees: This remains a good time of year to plant those citrus varieties
you are anxious to enjoy. And remember to fertilize established citrus this
month. And for stone-fruit lovers, keep a close watch on your fruit as it ripens
… you can bet the birds are.
Shrubs: The same general rules apply to landscape plants as to trees.
Mulch around beds and remember to adjust irrigation schedules as the
temperatures increase. Water deeply and less often as opposed to frequent,