Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2007
Regional Report

Divide Herbs

Mature, woody, spreading herbs can be propagated by dividing the plant and using the new outer shoots.

Suppport Melons

Lift melons off the soil surface to get them away from moist soil and crawling pests. Boards, cans, or plastic baskets from strawberries or cherry tomatoes serve well. Stop watering plants the week before they're ripe to allow the sweetness to concentrate and to minimize fruit cracking.

Keep Picking

Continue to keep vine vegetables (especially beans, cucumbers, squash, and tomatoes) picked, whether or not you will use the harvest that day. If many fruits are allowed to overmature on the plant, production will slow and then cease.

Take Cuttings

Root cuttings of azaleas, ceanothus, carnations, fuchsias, geraniums, honeysuckle, hydrangeas, English ivy, marguerites, pachysandra, roses, succulents, verbena, wisteria, and evergreens such as arborvitae, euonymous, holly, juniper, and yew. Geraniums and impatiens make nice winter-blooming houseplants.

Water Lawns Early

Water lawns early in the morning so they dry quickly. This reduces development of fungal diseases that thrive in wet, warm conditions, especially overnight. Feed Bermuda, dichondra, St. Augustine, and other subtropical grasses. Wait till the weather cools before feeding cool-season grasses.


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