The heat is upon us, and for me that means watering my containerized vegetables, like the eggplant shown above, every day or every other day. I am growing eggplant, peppers (in Earthboxes), and tomatoes, as well as some herbs in pots. To keep these plant from wilting, I try to check them daily and water as needed. This is critical to keep watering vegetables, if you expect them to produce good fruits in containers. I also now start liquid feeding them every two weeks until I start harvesting.
My zoysia grass is also showing stress, even though just a week ago we had lots of rain. If we have a shower, I turn my sprinkler system off (it is scheduled to run 3 days a week). But with temperatures above 90, I have certain spots in my turf that say, “water me,” and then I turn the system on and start it back on a regular schedule. This way, I do not use water I do not need.
I am also into the summer pruning. Once the climbing roses have finished blooning, I am taking out old canes that need to be removed and shaping them with fall in mind, as they often produce a few fall blooms. We are continually grooming the dead flowers by snipping them off or cutting them to go indoors. Daylilies can be done daily, but things like perennial salvia, I cut the stems off the old flowers to encourage new flowers.
Later this week, if rain is predicted, I plan to fertilize the squash, tomatoes, and beans in the garden in hopes of harvesting the beans and squash soon.
And finally weeding is an ongoing exercise. When I walk in the yard and see a weed, I generally pull it, so that I will not have to devote long hours weeding. Summer watering, weeding, and maintenance will keep your lawn, beds, and veggie garden looking okay.