June 11th, 2011
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It's About Thyme. John Dromgoole mixes up a lightweight potting soil for hanging baskets and patio containers.
Tips of the Week
It's getting late to plant, but you can still plant daylilies, crinums, and ginger.
It's a great time to fill in those pots around your patio or pool with bougainvilleas, mandevillas and plumerias.
Remember to take your hose around your new trees to slowly water them completely around the root system. This is also a good idea for established trees, including your fruit trees.
You can deadhead and gently shape your plants, but avoid severe pruning at this time.
Avoid heavy fertilizing right now. Drenches with liquid seaweed and fish emulsion are fine, but do not push growth with granular fertilizers. Your container plants do benefit from liquid feeding every few weeks.
Finish pruning spring-only blooming plants (to shape). Last call is July as they set flowers for next year.
Put out a shallow dish of water to help your toads.
Remember to clean your birdbaths and hummingbird feeders every few days in this heat.
Put your old bananas, peaches, and other fruits out in a dish for butterflies and birds.
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Question of the Week
Is there something wrong with my tomatoes?
Lee Clippard and John Stott
Summer color plants
Potting soil for hanging plants and containers