Today In My Garden

Yellow squash is harvested before the yellow color deepens.

This morning I traveled to Petals From the Past for their big summer sale. I purchased a butterfly weed and a new salvia and added them to two holes in my garden border. Normally many of my perennials would be in full bloom, but in some cases mine are late.
I cut back my fall flowering salvias today and also the slavias that will bloom all summer if the long stems that have finished flowering have been cut back at least half way to the base.
Pruning of spent flowers was a chore because many of my annuals seem to have bloomed out over the last week of rains. By removing the spent blossoms and their stems, I am hoping that we will have a profuse set of blooms on these plants in mid-July. Also have several coleuses in pots that are getting too big, so I removed the tallest stems out of the plant. Once they start putting up new shoots from the cut back stems I will trim the other tall stems back. This way the pots always look nice, and the plants will not get too tall.
So many of my tomato and pepper plants suffered damage from the wind, so new stakes were added and they were retied and supported. I also harvested a number of bell peppers. I have gotten some tomatoes and should have a couple ready to pick tomorrow. Since I have staggered planting them, I hope they won’t get ripe all at once.
My squash has just started producing, and I am not real happy the way the plants look. So, I dug small holes about 4 inches from the stems on each plant and filled the holes with 15-0-15 fertilizer to hopefully encourage more growth and fruit production.
After these few chores and some weeding the humidity got me, and I came in to a cool refreshing shower and rested. Happy Humidity!

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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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