Shady Way Gardens Bits and Briefs
August in the desert is replete with negatives - one of which is the gardening blahs! If you can't go up north, you probably just want to stay inside where the air is conditioned to your comfort. Many newly planted trees, especially those with big leaves like Ash, Ficus, Mulberry, Citrus and other Fruit Trees look like we feel - kinda worn out, yellow and scorched. Just keep watering them and wait to fertilize until temperatures moderate, probably in September. Many of the more desert adapted of plants actually look quite spiffy in August especially Texas Sages, Birds-of-Paradise, Mesquites, Acacias and the like. If you do feel ambitious, you can lightly trim these types of plants now as long as no main branches are exposed to full sun. It's also a fine time to install most desert trees and shrubs. Wait till cooler weather to plant Penstemons. A late crop of Squash, Black Eyed Peas and Corn can be had if you plant seeds soon. Plants of Tomatoes and Peppers can be put in later in the month. Hot Chile Peppers can be planted anytime. Summer flowers such as Lisianthus, Vinca, Gomphrena, etc, planted now will give good color through October and possibly into November if temperatures stay up.
...from where do they cometh??
whereunto do they goeth?? The second part is easy. They goeth
to any pet food (inside or outside), any human food (inside or outside)
and especially any feet (inside or outside). And this summer it
seems like they cometh from everywhere. Millions of them!
Fascinating creatures though they are if your gardening or other
activities disrupt their comfort, they'll really disrupt yours with a
barrage of vengeful bites. "OUCH!! You little demons!" you
sputter. At the same time, though, they're sputtering about the big
demon. The little black ones seem to be the worst, coming out of
nowhere to swarm in shoes and pant legs to latch onto exposed flesh.
Last month, we forgot to mention an important thing about Rosemary. Folklore, or in this case, an old wive's tale is that Rosemary prospers only where the mistress of the house is master. Men, shoulder your shovels! Old wives, watch over your Rosemary.
Hey, native plant people. How about a Hoary Rosemary MInt in your yard? Also called Hopi Tea(Poliomintha incana), it's a friendly shrub with thin silvery leaves, pale blue flowers and delicious minty fragrance. It's drought tolerant and frost hardy, growing to 4ft tall and 6ft wide. Light trimming will keep it compact. Hopi Indians reportedly ate fresh or boiled leaves. Flowers can be used for seasoning.
Web Comments firstname.lastname@example.org September 13, 2004 © Shady Way Nursery 2004