Tending The Garden – June 15, 2015

What do I do on a hot day in the garden? First and foremost I keep hydrated, and I limit my gardening activity to the early morning and sunset evening hours.

It was a great day to put out the herbicide Roundup. Roundup is most effective on hot days with moisture in the ground. Now here is my tip on using Roundup. I buy one gallon premeasured packets of Roundup – Quick Pro. It is fast acting, and it comes in premeasured granular packages. It dissolves easily when you add the water, and it is very effective. Remember to follow the package directions, and remember, it kills what it touches most of the time. On a windy day, the drifts of the spray can injure your plants and your turf. WEAR GLOVES when applying, and shower when you finish putting it out. The material I put out this morning is already showing results on the foliage this afternoon.

I also bought some “Lucky” lantana to fill in some spots, where I removed pansies at our church. I watered them in well. While I was there, I sprinkled granular 15-0-15 around the annuals and perennials I planted earlier. Tomorrow, we will use a sprinkler and water the whole courtyard well.

eggplant

First eggplant of the season!

Late this afternoon I watered all of my pots, because the 90 plus degrees dried them out. I also pulled my first big eggplant from one of the potted eggplants, as it was pulling the plant over. It’s always good to reward yourself with something from the garden, if you were sweating as much as I was.

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.

2 thoughts on “Tending The Garden – June 15, 2015

  1. Have you noticed that on large woody plants (and even huge poison ivy vines) Roundup acts more like a topical herbicide? Very frustrating.

    • No question on large woody things like the big vines of posion ivy it does not kill them by spraying. I have a wisteria vine I have been trying to kill off for several years. Adam, a friend of mine, takes a shoe polish bottle with an applicator, emplies the polish and fills it with undiluted Roundup, cuts the stems and paints the cut spot with the roundup in the applicator. He says you have 30 seconds to be the most effective. To do this WEAR GLOVES and be careful. I have found it to work except those with such a root system that they put out new runners or shoots from the root system (wisteria for example). Each time it puts the new shoots i apply it to those,too. Good luck and let me know if you have found any other way.

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