Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

June, 2001
Regional Report

Plant Summer Veggies

There is still time to plant squash, cucumbers, and green beans and get a harvest before frost. Plant them in the sunniest part of the garden, add a little fertilizer, and keep them well watered. Start seedlings of cool-season veggies such as broccoli and flowers such as snapdragons indoors now for a fall planting.

Water Pecans

Keep pecans roots adequately moist to encourage good development of the kernels and fruit. Water stress on pecans from spring through the first half of the summer can cause the trees to abort the developing nutlets or can cause the pecans to be smaller. Water stresses in late summer cause poor filling of kernels.

Keep Lawns Moist

Give your turf a good watering every 5 to 7 days. This will keep it growing strong and dense - deterring weeds. Many winter weeds will germinate in mid to late September in the mid to upper Gulf Coast area. If your turf is thin, weed problems will be much worse, and you'll be renovating the lawn next spring.

Prune Salvias

Shear back salvias such as Salvia greggii (Autumn Sage) that are looking tired from the heat of summer. Then fertilize them with a cup of turf type fertilizer per 100 square feet of bed area and water it in well. They will respond with new growth and blooms.

Rose Care

Keep harvesting hybrid tea roses by cutting the flowers to a place on the stem that has 5 leaflets. This will stimulate side shoots to form which will eventually form into more rose flowers. Keep plants deeply watered during the summer heat and mulched.


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