Tending The Garden – June 13, 2015

When spraying pesticides also use a spreader/sticker for maximum effectiveness. If you do not have any add a tea spoon of liquid dish washing soap to the mixture and it will help the product stick to the plants better

When spraying pesticides, also use a spreader/sticker for maximum effectiveness. If you do not have any, add a teaspoon of liquid dish washing soap to the sprayer solution, and it will help the product stick to the plants better.

The last couple of days have been spent doing a variety of small things that make the yard better looking. Below are a few of the chores preformed:

  • The dasies and iris have finished blooming, and I cut back all the flower stems.
  • Also, the iceland poppies are playing out, and I removed the spent flower stems as well as pulling up the ones that have died.
  • Weeded the flower border and vegetable garden by hand.
  • Since it has been so rainy, or dry, I had delayed spraying the weeds in the turf. I spot sprayed “Speed Zone” on most of the spreading weeds, and then in the back yard I have a patch of nutgrass that was spreading, so I sprayed that area with “Image.”
  • The squash plant leaves seem a little yellow and have not been fertilized in the last few weeks, so I applied a granular nitrogen fertilizer (advised by the soil test results) around the plants and scratched it into the soil with my three pronged hoe.
  • The okra plants are finally about a foot high, so I also applied a light application of nitrogen fertlizer along the edge of the row and worked it into the soil, too.
  • Tomato plants are growing fast and need constant tying to the stakes, and the caged ones need to be kept contained in their cages. About half of the ones that I am removing the suckers on were also done today.
  • I planted a small tomato seedling in a container that was filled with cabbage that I had removed. Hopefully, it will produce some early fall tomatoes.
  • Had a skip in my row of narrowleaf zinnias along the front of the house, and got a single plant and replaced the one that died.
  • Finally, got all of the plants hanging over the edge of the grass that were damaged from cutting the grass, pruned back. Made a mental note not to plant these plants so close to the edge of the beds.

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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