Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2006
Regional Report

Pinch Fuchsias

Fuchsias bloom on new growth. To keep them looking spectacular throughout the summer, pinch the tips from the ends of the branches once the flowers begin to fade. Fertilize with 14-14-14 every three to four weeks during the growing season.

Groom Grasses

Ornamental grasses add a natural feel to a garden, however they tend to become messy-looking midseason. Cut the actively growing grass down to the base, then fertilize with 36-0-0 to promote a lush burst of new growth.

Plant Tomatoes

Plant tomatoes now in a site with full sun. They should be planted deeply to promote root growth along the stems. Remove all but the top two sets of leaves and bury the plant up to the bottom set of leaves. This means you may have to dig a hole 12 to 18 inches deep. Tomatoes require rich, fast-draining soil and infrequent deep watering. Try a new variety, if you dare!

Control Mole Food

Are moles tunneling in your lawn and driving you crazy? They are searching for yummy grubs and earthworms. If you eliminate their source of food, they will go elsewhere to dine. Mix 1 tablespoon of insecticidal soap in a 2-1/2-gallon watering can. Apply directly to the turf at high noon (when the earthworms are deep underground) to kill grubs before they hatch into beetles.

Foliar Feed Indoor Plants

Give your houseplants a treat by foliar feeding. I use a ready-made product from Fish Pharm called Salmon Plant Food. It's a little stinky, but if you open the windows for a while, you won't notice, and your indoor plants will thank you. Plants take in nutrients through the leaves as well as through the root system. Foliar feeding is a good way to get the nutrients where they are needed most.

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