Pacific Northwest

August, 2013
Regional Report

Sow Vegetable Seeds

Many cool-season crops produce well in the fall and even hold through the winter if protected. Good crops for fall and winter gardens include salad greens, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, carrots, leeks, beets, turnips, scallions, parsley, cilantro, spinach, and parsnips. You can plant these vegetables in mid- to late summer after you harvest spring crops and space is available.

Feed Bulb Plantings

Areas where daffodil and tulip bulbs are planted should be fertilized in early to mid-August. Apply 2 pounds of 5-10-10 or 6-12-12 per 100 square feet of garden bed and rake it into the top inch of soil.

Check Pears for Ripeness

Pears should be picked at the hard ripe stage and allowed to finish ripening off the tree. The base color of yellow pears should change from green to yellow as the fruit approaches maturity. Cup your hand under the pear and lift up. If the stem breaks, the pear is ready to pick. Those that should be ready to pick in early to mid-September include Rescue, Ubileen and Orcas.

Fertilize Shrubs and Trees

Feed evergreens including hollies, boxwoods and yews, and deciduous trees such as maples, oaks and ash with a tree and shrub food. This product contains slow-release nitrogen, sulfate of potash, iron and other micro-nutrients for overall plant growth and development.

Feed Roses

Regularly feed, water, and mulch roses to keep them blooming well into the fall months. This will also protect them from drying out if hot weather continues. Use a fertilizer high in phosphorous such as a 15-30-15 to promote blooms rather than lots of foliage.

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