Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Late-Summer Rose Care
Feed, water, and mulch roses. This will keep them blooming well into the fall and protect them from drying out if we ever get any hot weather again. Use 15-30-15 to promote bloom rather than foliage growth this time of year.
Pick Up Fallen Fruit
Remove any fruit that has dropped from apricots, plums, peaches, and nectarines to prevent insect damage next year. Insects lay their eggs in fallen fruit, then winter over in the soil under the trees. This simple step will prevent a majority of fruit tree problems.
Groom Vegetable Plants
Remove any ragged or damaged leaves from zucchini, tomatoes, corn, or beans. By keeping your plants well groomed, you will most likely prevent disease and insect damage to the produce. Water and fertilize lightly when this task is complete to keep your vegetables producing through the warm weeks ahead.
Plant Citrus Trees
This is the perfect time to plant young citrus trees. If you have ever wondered what all the hoopla about Meyer lemons is all about, now is the time to find out. Incorporate plenty of organic compost into the planting hole, plant at the correct depth, and water young trees twice a week until the weather cools. Avoid fertilizer until you begin to see new growth.
Herbs such as basil, marjoram, and oregano are going gangbusters right now. If you have more herbs than you can use, share them with friends by either dividing the plants or making cuttings. Basil roots easily in water, as does marjoram and oregano. Rosemary is more difficult to start and should be propagated by tip cuttings. Take several to ensure viability.