August is a good time to grow up at home in the garden

This summer we still have heat, humidity and sudden rain. This month, he prepares his voice for our gardens throughout the year.

Personal care

  • Garden in the early hours and in the afternoon. Take a system when the sun is high in the sky.
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and long sleeves to protect your skin (including the tips of your feet and toes).
  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages when outdoors (store alcohol after sunset).
  • Small bugs bite around your ankles and feet, During the day, it may be from AIDS Mosquitoes. These little mosquitoes lay their eggs in small containers indoors and outdoors. Mosquitoes breed from eggs to adulthood in less than a week! Inspect your property weekly and flush stagnant water. Add mosquitoes to the pond. To keep mosquitoes out of the screen, close the rain barrels securely. Wear long sleeves and long pants to keep bugs from biting you.


  • Flour mold has spread this year. Don’t worry a little, but if there is a lot, try to wash it off at the beginning of the day, before the day is over, so the leaves dry out at night. Change the drip irrigation line so that water does not deplete the leaves.
  • Remove yellow and brown leaves from tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, etc. Dispose of them in green waste.
  • To cut or not to cut? It is a myth that the removal of leaves or the cutting of branches encourages plants to “produce fruit.” Plants require enormous amounts of energy to produce flowers and fruits. That energy comes from leaf photosynthesis. When removing leaves, they remove the engine that drives the plants to flower and fruit.
  • Soft brown spots on the lower ends of tomatoes, peppers or squash are the end of the flower rot, which occurs when the soil is very wet and very dry. Addition of calcium to the soil does not solve the problem. Instead, keep the soil moist even when irrigated. Compost Protect spoiled fruits and the next crop.
  • Garden beds with 3 inches of grass (not HAY) all over the floor.
  • Continue to harvest watermelons, peppers, tomatoes, eggs, etc. The more they grow, the more they produce. As soon as they pick it up, a few mice will reach them.
  • Check for cucumbers and squash every day to get rid of baseball bats.
  • At the beginning of the month, plant the last round of summer seedlings using the “summer” and “short-term” varieties. These species grow rapidly.
  • Are you surprised by the short lifespan of the hereditary plant? They are highly susceptible to soil bacteria, viruses, fungi and other plant pathogens. To avoid these problems, look for varieties that are planted to withstand these common diseases – V “(verticillium wilt resistant),” F “(Fusarium wilt resistant), and” N “(nematode resistant).
  • Place the tomatoes on a table instead of refrigerating them. Do not store them; Keep them in one layer and each stem ends back down.
  • More tomatoes? Wash, dry, and store them completely in zip-top bags.
  • Buy crop cover seeds that add nitrogen and organic matter to vegetable beds. Sow seeds in September, but buy them now before they are sold.

Fruit trees

  • Water citrus, avocado, mango, banana and other tropical fruits regularly. These plants are drought tolerant and require regular and deep irrigation (but do not overfill). Eat organic fertilizer for tropical fruit plants. Follow account instructions.
  • Instead of peeling the avocado leaves, store them. The leaves keep the soil moist and cool, and when the leaves fall off, the nutrients return to the tree. Cover the roots of young trees with straw until they have enough leaves to make their own seedlings.
  • Avocado trees have deep-rooted roots that do not like to be disturbed, so do not dig, plant or plow under trees.
  • Summer-cut fruit trees (peach, plum, apple, etc.) to keep the branches short and fruitless. In winter, they prune again to form.
  • Spoiled, ripe or rotten fruit.
  • Stone fruits make for a great summer getaway. Google: USDA Full Guide to Bonding Guide 7, Preparing and Chewing James and Jelly
  • Bake those stone fruits and berries! It breaks down, compresses, compasses, cakes and my favorite – galta, “lazy man cake”. U.
  • Do you still have a lot of stone nuts? In the zip-end bag, select, turn off and cool.


  • Kill your grass. Drought Again Against Us, Change your lawn for thirsty garden plants. Dig the grass. Cover it with 6 inches of wood. And / or overheating the soil and killing both grass and weeds.
  • This is the best time for sunlight. First, make your grass very, very short. Irrigate the soil to a depth of one foot, then cover it completely with 1 or 2 mm thick clear plastic. Overlapping joints if you need additional sheets to cover the entire area. Measure the edges. Turn off the picks, then wait six to eight weeks, depending on the temperature of the soil. Grass: When it changes color, it dies. Check out the process at
  • How is your garden? Check to make sure there is still a 3 or 4-inch mouse layer on all ornamental beds – stone for emergency beds, unusual ornamental plants (very bark).
  • Leave the garden area as it grows – at least five feet by five feet – for nest-nesting bees. These valuable pollen are (occasionally) untouched.
  • Drought-resistant trees and shrubs (California, South African, or Australian, in particular) are suddenly the first kiss of death. Soil fungi are also a sign of attack, perhaps by over-watering. Instead, irrigate online drips, but only occasionally and overnight.
  • Drought-resistant shrubs b Protera Family (Gravila, pincushions, Protera, Conebushes, Hakeya And others) moderately. These plants need only two or three gallons of water per week. Air and soil are cool and water at night.
  • Apply freshly planted newborns no more than once every four weeks in shallow water. Let the soil flow between them. Unripe soils can kill these plants.
  • Leaves covered with dense web may have spider mites. Tiny orange crystals attack plants that are very dry or whose leaves are covered with dust. Their natural enemies also live in the garden, so do not spray with poison or oil or pesticide soap. Instead, the upper and lower parts are sprayed with sharp water. When hunters do their job, water the plants well and be patient.
  • Buy Bulbs for Spring Now – Native Mariposa Flowers (Calocusts), Spring Star Flower (Efion), Harlukin Flower (Sparxis), A flowering flower (Watsonia), Monkey Flower (Babiana), Star Fish Iris (Ferraria) And others, mostly from South America and South Africa.
  • Remove rose petals to encourage spring flowers. Grow organic organic food (follow the label instructions). Regular watering.
  • Plumeria is at its peak, so shop for your favorites now.
  • Clean dead leaves from bromelias. Destroy underground bromide tanks. Turn over bottled bromilias to drain dirty water. Next, add packaged mosquito nets to kill any larvae in the water that accumulates in the middle of the leaves. AIDS Mosquitoes above).
  • Dry baskets every few days because they dry out quickly in dry weather.
  • Buy wildflower seeds planted in the fall – native annual, flowering sweet peas and more. Plant them in the fall, but buy them now.

Sternman is a water-gardener and author and host of “Growing Love” on KPBS TV. More information is available at and

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