Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2003
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Culver City Garden Club Annual Show
The 50th Annual Garden Club Show and Sale consistently offers a wide range of inexpensively priced but well-tended plants, grown mostly by home gardeners. The show's low-key approach enables lots of camaradarie. The show will be held on July 26, noon-5 p.m.; and Sunday, July 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Culver City. For more information, contact show chairman Les Cooper, (310) 473-1820,

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Summer Watering
Continue watering and feeding the entire garden with a balanced fertilizer and manure tea or fish emulsion every other week or so for steady growth and food production. Foliar sprays of liquid seaweed help trees, vegetables, fruits, and ornamentals withstand heat stress. Pay special attention to shallow-rooted plants, which wilt and dry out quickly in hot, dry weather. Avoid wetting the foliage late in the day when leaves can't dry off by sunset, as this encourages diseases.

Keep grape root zones evenly moist as the harvest approaches to assure full filling out and ripening of the grapes. Water grapes and berries deeply once a week until harvest. Then water once a month (twice a month during long periods of hot, dry weather).

Tomatoes and other large plants in loamy clay soil use about one inch of water in three days of hot dry weather. Rinse the undersides of leaves with water to discourage spider mites. Tomatoes and eggplants especially like this refreshment.

Water and fertilize melons deeply once a week for juicy, fleshy fruits. Hold off irrigating melons about a week before they will ripen so their sugars will concentrate.

Soak strawberry beds and fruit and nut trees every other week this month if the weather's especially hot.

Keep citrus and avocado trees well-watered through the summer. Build a basin for water to soak in deeply, but start it one foot away from the trunk to prevent crown rot.


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