Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2004
Regional Report

Late-Summer Rose Care

Feed, water, and mulch roses. This will keep them blooming well into the fall and protect them from drying out if we ever get any hot weather again. Use 15-30-15 to promote bloom rather than foliage growth this time of year.

Pick Up Fallen Fruit

Remove any fruit that has dropped from apricots, plums, peaches, and nectarines to prevent insect damage next year. Insects lay their eggs in fallen fruit, then winter over in the soil under the trees. This simple step will prevent a majority of fruit tree problems.

Groom Vegetable Plants

Remove any ragged or damaged leaves from zucchini, tomatoes, corn, or beans. By keeping your plants well groomed, you will most likely prevent disease and insect damage to the produce. Water and fertilize lightly when this task is complete to keep your vegetables producing through the warm weeks ahead.

Plant Citrus Trees

This is the perfect time to plant young citrus trees. If you have ever wondered what all the hoopla about Meyer lemons is all about, now is the time to find out. Incorporate plenty of organic compost into the planting hole, plant at the correct depth, and water young trees twice a week until the weather cools. Avoid fertilizer until you begin to see new growth.

Propagate Herbs

Herbs such as basil, marjoram, and oregano are going gangbusters right now. If you have more herbs than you can use, share them with friends by either dividing the plants or making cuttings. Basil roots easily in water, as does marjoram and oregano. Rosemary is more difficult to start and should be propagated by tip cuttings. Take several to ensure viability.

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