SUMMER GARDENING …………..DOWN SOUTH, ZONE 8

Summer gardening can really be a challenge! And IT IS different depending on whether you have a WET or DRY season!

DRY: You’ll spend you time watering with or without a sprinkler system (there are always spots that don’t get “covered”). Miss them and you’ll find dead plants!

1. Plant for both seasons: a.plants that are drought resistant in those areas without the sprinkler system. AND there are many!! Go to your nursery!
b. Many plants for your dry areas have great colors and blooms.

c. There are many plants that like a lot of water, so put them where they’ll get plenty or they won’t be happy.

READ THE LABELS ON THE PLANTS……………..AND YOU’LL HAVE THE CARE AND PROPER PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR EACH PLANT!

2. ROSES: I’m learning more every year about growing roses……my conclusions to date:

a. Unless you like to spray a lot…………..I don’t………….buy only those plants that are disease resistant………..resistant does not mean “free”!

b. KNOCKOUT ROSES DO THE BEST CONSIDERING THE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LOCATIONS……..EVERYTHING!

c. I’m trying the tea roses this year…………..they do better in dry weather with watering than they do in wet humid weather! If yourS look terrible now, just cut them back about 8 inches, fertilize them and wait until Sept./Oct.! They WILL come back, but may look awful for a couple of months.

Don’t give up! Hang in there…………the days will be cooler and the plants will survive and thrive.

PRUNING NOW:

1. BLUEBERRIES: TRIM BACK OLD STEMS AND THOSE THAT ARE JUST TOO TALL (OVER 4 FEET). THE NEW CROP WILL COME FROM THE OLD GROWTH SO CUT NOW BUT NOT AFTER THE END OF JULY!

2. AZALEAS: TRIM THE SUMMER OUT OF SHAPE GROWTH NOW. DON’T PRUNE AFTER JULY OR YOU’LL BE CUTTING YOUR BLOOMS OFF FOR NEXT YEAR.

HAVE FAITH, YOUR GARDEN WILL PERK UP AND SO WILL YOU!

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About Life's Lessons- Last Times

A gentleman having traveled down many roads. I've made my life easier by reading books by other people who have had trips down different roads than I have. I want to help others by sharing my efforts to understand change in ways they might understand and benefit from. Life is good...............just not always easy! Author, 4 short plays Actor, 2 movies, Board Chair of Local Theater , Gardener, Barbershop Quartet member
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