Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Insect Festival
July 12-13, at the Quail Botanic Garden, festivities will include bug experts, honeybees, crafts, bug eating (!), gardening and pest information, good food and more. Admission: $12 adults, seniors/students $8, members and kids under 12 are free. Go to the website for $1 off coupon. Quail Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 760-436-3036, www.qbgardens.org

Clever Gardening Technique

Nursery Containers as Irrigation Wells
Gallon- or larger-sized containers with holes punched in the lower halves and bottoms can be sunk into the soil between plants or seedlings as watering tools. Irrigation and fertilizer solutions can be poured into these containers to gently seep into the soil. Plant roots will grow deeply in search of this nutrition and moisture, and these deep roots will support the plant well during longer periods of hot weather that will kill plants with more shallow root systems. The five-gallon and larger sizes can be used in the holes dug for hills of melons, squash, etc.--the container prevents the hole from filling up with soil with each watering. I put a shovelful of compost and manure in each, for nutritious %tea% every time I water.

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