Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I don't know about your garden but mine is still flush with summer blooms so there is no way I am taking them out. Yes, it is a fine balance in getting them in before it gets too cold and after it is too warm, but November into early December is just fine!!
Friday, September 24, 2010
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If you see any 'ickky' bird droppings on your citrus leaves, these are actually caterpillars that turn into great Swallowtail butterflies! You can pick them off or leave them if you do not have too many. They will chomp on the leaves but again, if not an infestation, I leave them alone.
- Mid-September, remove the top 1/3 of your roses and dead canes and clean up all the dead/fallen leaves and debris.
- Keep up your watering schedule especially if it stays hot.
- If the weather continues to be hot, only apply organic fertilizer like Max Magic Mix, Mills Magic Mix. Hickman's compost etc. or a half strength liquid fertilizer.
- When it starts to cool down at least at night (temps in the 60’s,) apply full strength fertilizer. At the same time, give your roses their fall dose of Epsom Salts. Use one half cup per standard rose bush and ¼ cup per miniature rose bush.
- Don't try to jump start your roses by giving them a big boost of fertilizer when it is still over 90 degrees.
- Water your roses well before and after fertilizing.
- Unless you have a bad case of bugs or mildew, don't start weekly spraying for pests and mildew until early October. Spider mites are still a possibility, so continue to blast your roses with your water wand two or three times a week.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Let me know if you have any questions about getting your plants through the summer!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
- Be sure you are watering your citrus and roses deeply each time you water
- It is time to plant your summer annuals, perennials, veggies and herbs.
- Fertilize your citrus by mid-May
- Make sure your irrigation system is in working order. Either do it yourself or enlist the aid of a reputable company. This is the best investment you can make to keep your plants healthy and happy during the long hot summer.
- Check for leaks
- Adjust the watering frequency and timing as needed.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I hope you have made your plans on how you are going to enjoy this summer, both here in Tucson and on trips escaping the heat! One of our commitments is that when we dine out that we go locally! Between the Tucson Originals and all the summer specials being offered by our local masters, we have no problem holding to that commitment (although I still have to go to our client Mimi's Cafe - as I love their food and service and think of them as local!)
If you are staying in town, there is no reason not to have a summer garden - flowers, veggies and herbs - it can all be done! Don't be scared of the heat! If this is your first summer in Tucson, let us know as we can help!
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Have a great day!
The Contained Gardener
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
•Mildew can be kept in check by using Funginex. It is best to spray Funginex as a preventative for mildew on a weekly basis, rather than waiting for the problem to show up. It's harder to prevent damage once it's started.
Information provided by the Tucson Rose Society
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Spring is in the air and I receive a lot of questions on rose care. So let’s focus on rose care for April.
Now is the time to begin a proper fertilization schedule, and at each step be sure to water well the night before fertilizing:
- For the first week use an organic fertilizer, scratch into the earth and water.
- Two weeks later, use a water soluble fertilizer.
- Use a fish emulsion once per month to help get microorganisms growing.
And remember, if you have newly planted roses, DO NOT fertilize, until after their first bloom!