Watering plants in the evening causes leaves to remain wet for an extended period and increases the chance of leaf diseases. Plants watered in the morning dry quickly, resulting in fewer leaf disease problems. Drip irrigation also reduces foliage diseases.
I know it's just not that time of year to prune or transplant for that matter. But guess what? We're doing both right now. Why? Because we found the time to do it and it needs to get done. I know, we should have done this is the Spring or at least wait to Fall but those are busy seasons for us. We have more down time now so we're getting to work. Yesterday, I transplanted all the hostas (hopefully away from the deer!) and pruned all those prickly rose bushes away from the doors. And I'm so much happier! Should have done this months ago, they were scratching us every time we entered the house. Duh. Prune Laura prune.
Well, Tom said he was going to Walmart and I asked him to pick me up a pair of pruners. And because the man always buys in bulk, he got me 2 pairs, one pair of cheap ones and a more expensive pair. This is nice because I can use the cheaper pair for most jobs but when the going gets tough pull out the better pair. Better still, when I leave a pair in the rain, hopefully it's the cheaper pair. And like garden gloves, you can never have to many pruners.
Another way to slay those Japanese beetles is to leave small buckets of water around the perimeter of your garden. They'll dive in for a bath and don't quite understand how to get back out leaving plants untouched. Our blow up pool serves this same purpose.
A biennial is a plant that takes two years to complete its life cycle, such as beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and carrots. Biennials sprout from seed and produce leaves the first year. The roots live over the winter and the next year send up shoots, flower, and seed stalks, and then die at the ned of the second year.
Make skewers or toothpicks from stripped, longer, stronger sprigs of rosemary (soak in water before cooking) or use as they are as a basting brush.
Like us, you might mulch your garden walkway with grass clippings or leaves. When it's hot, the soil will dry and crack. When it rains muddy, slippery and even dangerous to walk on. You can't win! So cover your paths with shredded bark, which can be added to the soil as humus in the fall. it looks great and makes walking around the garden a lot less muddy. We got ours when Dumb and Dumber came to cut down our tree. They left a mess (I mean, shredded bark) that we plopped into our garden path.
This book suggestion comes from Carolyn, one of our readers. Check it out!
"I have found that one of the best books for the 'natural gardener' is TROWEL AND ERROR by Sharon Lovejoy. It's a book I keep in my Garden House or close by my potting bench, full of shortcuts, tips and remedies, and it should be available at Amazon."
Q. Are red peppers different from green peppers?
A. No. All green peppers will color to red or yellow as they become more mature.
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