July 18th, 2009
Colleen Dieter lists the top garden mistakes.
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Tips of the Week
Trim plants that will bloom in fall. This includes Mexican mint marigold, asters, and copper canyon daisies. With a little shaping now, you will improve their appearance. This is last call to do it, though, to give them time to re-grow and set blooms for fall.
Check your fruit trees for scale insects. Scale can build up during the summer. A little squirt of summer oil directed right at the scale can help shut that down.
Continue planting okra. You can still get in some winter squash, Malabar spinach, and amaranth.
Check crape myrtles for signs of aphids (if it seems like the tree is “raining” on you, that's their honeydew secretions).
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Question of the Week
How do I plant tomatoes now for fall harvests?