I hope your garden is bright & beautiful this month! We are enjoying loads of fruits and vegetables at my house; tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, lots of varieties of peppers and corn. All this fresh goodness is so delicious. This is such a terrific time of year to be a gardener! Isn’t it?
One of my biggest concerns in the garden at this time of year…Are my perennials getting enough water? Watering perennials during dry conditions will help your plants but are you sure you are making a difference? Except for the quick storm that blew through the area on Sunday night, we haven’t seen significant rain in weeks. During times like this, most plants won’t benefit from a light hand sprinkling or rainfall. We need to remember that caring for our perennial plants during these dry patches will insure beautiful blooms this year as well as the next.
If your idea of watering is standing at the edge of the bed, squirting water on your plants – you may want to think again! Perennials have much deeper roots than annuals or turf grass. Be sure to water (soak) thoroughly rather than applying frequent light sprinklings. Hand watering may not insure that the water gets where it is needed most. A good test to see if you are watering deep enough is to turn over an eight inch slice of soil after you are done watering. Usually, the top few inches are moist but deep down will still be bone dry.
And remember that overhead irrigation, especially at night can also encourage growth of many fungi such as powdery mildew and create conditions conducive for slug damage. Be sure foliage has enough time to dry off before evening sets in.
If you haven't already heard, Giant Hogweed has now been detected in many counties across Michigan. The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development states on its website, "Giant Hogweed is a public health hazard that ranks up there higher than poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac in respect to its potential to harm humans." If you aren't familiar with this plant be sure to read more about Giant Hogweed.
Be sure to stop in and check out our Summer Sizzler Indoor Sidewalk Sale! We are making room for our fall flowers and décor and have really slashed prices.
With fall approaching, garden mums and other fall plants have arrived and more will be arriving daily!
Where the Earth Laughs in Flowers
All about Roses with Larry"The Rose Guy"
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
~ Alphonse Karr
Learn All About Roses from Larry Hill. Larry loves talking about roses and sharing his knowledge and love of roses with others.
Don't touch this plant! Giant Hogweed
Do Not Touch This Plant: If you come in contact with this plant, you could experience severe burns to your skin, and risk temporary or permanent blindness.
Giant Hogweed is an invasive, non-native plant that poses a serious threat to human health and natural ecosystems.
Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Fresh Mint
This recipe has everthing I could want in a cookie...Chocolate√ Mint √ Deliciousness√
I wanted to pass along this wonderful recipe that showed up in my inbox last month from Kevin at A Garden for the House.