Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2007
Regional Report

Sowing More Veggies

Sow or transplant lima and snap beans, beets, carrots, celeriac, celery, chard, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, oakleaf and other heat-tolerant and bolt-resistant lettuces, melons, okra, peppers, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, New Zealand spinach, summer and winter squash, and tomatoes.

Learn the Needs of Different Herbs

Lavender, marjoram, rosemary, sage, savory, and thyme do fine in hot sun and poor but well-drained soil with minimal fertilizer. On the other hand, basil, chives, coriander (cilantro), and parsley prefer richer soil with more frequent watering.

Be Patient About Squash Fruits

If your first squash blossoms don't set fruit, don't worry. They're probably just male blossoms. Once the female blossoms (the ones with the miniature squash at the base of the flowers) start appearing along with the male flowers -- and bees are present to pollinate them -- fruit set should take place.

Feeding and Watering Roses

Lightly prune, feed, and water roses on a weekly or biweekly basis to encourage them to flower continuously into late fall. Trim faded blooms down to the first five-part leaf or further to gently shape the plant. New blooms will appear in about three weeks. This gentle pruning to shape the plant also strengthens the lower canes and root system.

Move Indoor Plants Outdoors

Indoor plants, except for African violets and their relatives, can take a summer breather outdoors. Gently wash the dust from plant leaves (both upper and lower surfaces) and remove damaged foliage. Repot them with fresh potting mix. Place them away from wind and direct sun on a patio or under a tree or roof overhang, and provide sufficient water during hot spells.

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