Inland Northwest, High Desert

August, 2004
Regional Report

On Your Mark, Get Set, Start Fall Veggies

The soil is warm, just right for planting seeds directly in the garden. Sow green onions, carrots, beets, lettuce, spinach, radishes, and overwintering cauliflower.

Start Perennials and Biennials

These plants can be started from seed sown directly into the garden this month or next. Divide spring-flowering perennials and transplant now, too. Do it in the coolest part of the day, and be sure to water everything in well.

Keep Pinching

The evenings after work are beginning to cool -- the perfect time to be out in the garden. Wander through. Reach out and pinch off spent marigolds, zinnias, snapdragons, and the rest of the annuals. They'll reward you with more flowers.

Time to Tend the Holiday Plants

Get ready to bring poinsettias and Christmas cactus back inside toward the end of August. They need to be somewhere where they'll see ten hours of bright light followed by 14 hours of total darkness. Poinsettia wants temperatures around 65 to 70 degrees, while Christmas cactus needs to be cooler -- about 50 to 60 degrees. They'd both appreciate a snack of 0-10-10 fertilizer this month and again in September.

Check Plants Often for Bugs

Bugs are maturing and that means they can really chow down, when the flowers and vegetables are at their best. Look for damage, or even the culprits themselves, and eliminate them in your own favorite fashion.

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