Keep planting vegetables: There’s still time to get beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash and tomatoes in the ground. We continue to receive shipments, so come into Evergreen and pick up what you need to complete this year’s vegetable garden.
Plant Annuals and Perennials: It’s still a good time to plant your warm-weather annuals & perennials as well as vegetables. Fill in bare spots in your landscape with quick growing annuals such as Cosmos, Marigolds, Zinnias, Calibrachoa and more.
Care for tomatoes: Stake or place wire cages over tomato plants so the vining stems are supported as they grow and the fruit won’t spoil if it rests on the ground. Feed the plants with a low-nitrogen fertilizer such as E.B. Stone Organic Tomato & Vegetable Food when the fruit starts to develop (too much nitrogen encourages rampant foliage rather than more fruit). Take care not to over water. Check the soil before watering, and keep it damp but not soggy.
Harvest: Start harvesting vegetables as they ripen, including artichokes, summer squash, lettuce. Harvest basil by pinching it back in order to keep it growing bushy for the rest of summer.
Control Weeds: Stay ahead of weeds by checking your garden weekly and pulling weeds before they flower and seed. Evergreen offers several pre-emergent weed herbicides, including Monterey Weed Impedeâ„¢ (liquid) and Concern® Weed Prevention Plus, a 100% natural corn gluten herbicide in pellet form. If you are already feeling overwhelmed with weeds in your garden, we offer many types of weed killers for your garden beds and lawns.
Roses: As roses fade after their first show of blooms, dead-head them by making a 45° cut at the first 5-leaf branch facing the outside of the bush. Keep the soil moist to the full depth of the roots, about 16 inches, watering deeply every 7 to 10 days or whenever the soil is dry at a depth of 3 inches. If you haven’t done so already, apply a 2-inch layer of mulch to conserve water. Fertilize with E.B. Stone Organics Rose & Flower Food after the first flush of blooms. Are the leaves showing signs of powdery mildew, rust or the dreaded black spot? Treat them with Bonide® Rose Rx, a 3-in-1 Fungicide, Insecticide and Miticide.
Deadhead flowering plants: Snip faded flowers to prevent seed from setting, which slows or stops the bloom cycle. Pinch back fall bloomers, such as Aster, Helianthus and Sedum Autumn Joy to create bushier plants with more blooms.
Control Bugs & Diseases: Your veggies and plants are looking yummy to those nasty pests and plant diseases. Products like Bonide® Tomato & Vegetable 3x and many others can help treat a myriad of issues organically. If you aren’t sure what’s getting your plants, bring a piece of the infected plant in and show us and our friendly experts can recommend the right product for your problem. Slugs and Snails are out in abundance right now, so make sure to stay one step ahead before they destroy your investment. Hand pick where possible and bait regularly.
Control powdery mildew: Dry summer conditions are perfect for this white fungal disease, which forms on both sides of leaves. Cosmos, Crape Myrtles, Delphiniums, Roses and Scabiosa can be quite susceptible to it, especially if growing in shade. Treat with a plant-based oil such as Bonide® Neem Oil, Bonide® Fung-onil or Serenade Garden Disease Control.