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A Few More Summer Tips

  • If your watering hose is in the sun, make sure to let the water run through for a little while before watering your plants. Hot hoses make for hot water!
  • Caladiums last longer if you pinch off the bloom stalks, which are always great for bouquets.
  • If your tomatoes or cucumbers remind you of Jack and the Beanstalk, use Takiron stakes and jute twine to lengthen your cage and keep those veggies contained.
  • You CAN give perennials a haircut in the summertime if you need to, but please nothing too drastic. Shearing blooms and gentle pruning are great ways to keep perennials looking fresh.
  • Weeds love to encroach on your garden beds in the summer. Walk your beds once a week! Pulling up small weeds now is alwayseasier, and can save you a lot of sweat. 
  • If you have to spray insecticides or fungicides, do in early in the morning or late afternoon, not in the middle of the day! Water droplets have this nasty little habit of acting like magnifying glasses in 90 degree weather, and can cause burns.



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  1. Liz says

    Marta a lot of my garden has played out and I’ve been using a fork to try to get the soil ready for fall. There are a lot of really hard clods in parts of my garden. How can I turn those into good soil before I plant and is there anything I can put in the garden that will ensure new plants for the fall will do well.

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