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Summer Gardening Tips
ATTENTION GARDENERS! Our Stay-at-Home order is, apparently, starting to
lift. But with that opening up comes responsibilities. Social distancing is
still very much in place and Maricopa County is requiring masks whenever we
venture outside our homes. I called Summer Winds on Bell near 67th Avenue and
they are now open from 8-4, masks are required. I think the Big Box stores never
closed, but before venturing out, make sure you call ahead. Remember, people, we
seniors are the target audience for this virus. I want to see you at our
meetings once it is safe to do so. Please behave responsibly!
Summer 2020: We will not be posting a separate Tip of the Month for
June-August, but here are some tips for our hot summer months.
Though Dog Days of Summer specifically refers to July 3 – August 11th, our
triple digit temperatures give the term a slightly extended meaning in these
parts. But as gardeners we know that there is a time for every season. So take
advantage of this season and follow a few common sense practices to help your
garden not only survive but thrive in the intensity of a Sonoran Dog Days of
Roses: Feed regularly (every 2 weeks) through mid June and then halt
feeding until September. Do continue to add gypsum (as it helps breakdown our
clay soils) and water heavily during periods of extreme heat. Be aware of the
monsoon season and adjust watering as needed. Mulch always helps control weeds
who seem impervious to the temps. By mid September we’ll begin to prepare our
rose beds for another season of growth. Remember to check here for a month by
month list of tips:
Veggies: Adequate water and sun cloth helps ensure a successful harvest
right through summer. What’s enough water you ask?? The best test is to simply
dig down a couple of inches in your garden and take a handful of soil. Squeeze
and if the soil clumps together your soil is adequately moist. Our gardeners
grow cucs, corn, squash, beans and melons right through into the fall. Check
your favorite planting guide for suggestions and advice. Here’s one we
Trees: This is a stressful time for trees so the best policy is to hold
off on fertilizer, water deeply and do not prune as this is another stressor to
your tree. Palms are of course the exception. This is their climate. Just
remember palms, like succulents and cacti, need water. Prune flower spathes
before flowering occurs or after flowering runs its course. Palms should be
planted during the summer for best results.
Shrubs: The same general rules apply to landscape plants as to trees.
Avoid added stress by holding off on pruning. This is especially true of citrus
and other more sensitive plants. Cut back on fertilizer and mulch around beds to
retain moisture. Adjust water schedules during especially dry periods.