Tending the Garden – August 23, 2015

Hot peppers ready to harvest and make pepper sauce.

Hot peppers ready to harvest and make pepper sauce.

Garden chores between rains have been plentiful in the past few days. I have picked the garden every day, as I am still getting some tomatoes, bell peppers, and okra. Also, I have enough hot peppers to make my annual bottle of vinegar based pepper sauce.
Weeds seem to have come up everywhere, especially damn weed (see Mike Rushing’s post on this weed). Remember, you have to get the roots out to control this weed. While Roundup may knock it back, I have not had any luck at total control. Other weeds are easier to pull because of the damp soil.
I have lightly fertilized many of the perennials that I cut back earlier this summer, to encourage new growth and flowers for the fall.
Because of the rain I have had some root rot on my native ageratum, so I have pulled out all the wilted and dead stems and removed any mulch around the plants. Hopefully, this will slow it down. A couple of days of no rain should stop its spread.
I am continuing to take out shoots of evergreens that have grown over the summer and look out of place. Hollies and Loropetalum have had their share of shoots removed, in my yard.
And finally, I have started cleaning and pulling up spent plants in the vegetable garden. As soon as the soil drys out, I can till some of the areas of the garden to seed my fall vegetables.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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