Tips of the Week
Put out water basins for toads, lizards, bees and wasps. Provide water for birds. Replenish your hummingbird feeders every few days with fresh water (1 part sugar to 4 parts water). Provide shallow puddling places for butterflies.
Leave some seed heads on plants to feed starving birds.
Keep an eye out for spider mites that explode on our plants, including tomatoes, in dry, hot weather. Blast the undersides of the leaves with a water hose every few days to break their cycle.
Water your trees, including your fruit and nut trees. Go out to the drip line (the canopy of the tree) with a sprinkler.
Avoid heavy pruning right now. Deadhead as you wish, but do not stress the plants with too much shearing right now. Again, leave some seed heads for the birds.
Remove vegetable plants that show signs of disease.
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Question of the Week
Can I replant raised beds that cats have used as a litter box?