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Summer Chores in the garden

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Balmy summer is just one of those lazy kick up your heels and relax seasons and enjoy the fruits of your labors.  Apart from hanging up a hammock and sipping on long cool glasses of lemonade, it's a lovely time to just contemplate...And whilst I would love to just sit back in a sheltered corner and relax, there are still the odd summer chores that need doing.

Summer garden maintenance chores

Fruit trees - many people think that once the fruit tree has finished fruiting and the fruit has been picked that they can ease off on the watering.  What they don't realize is that feeding and watering now (which promotes healthy new growth) will in fact increase next year's bounty!  Fertilize your citrus trees at the end of summer using liquid manure or poultry manure - they will love you for it.  Keep up the mulch levels to avoid water loss as the days warm up.

Vegetables - Get those vegetable beds ready now for your winter-spring vegetables.  Add lime and manure to the soil and turn in well.  Then let it settle for a fortnight before putting your seeds or seedlings in.  Beans, beetroot, brocolli, brussel sprouts, capsicum and eggplant are great choices.  If you are fortunate enough to have a big plot, then rotating crops can prevent disease transfer from the old crops to the new.

Orchid Fertilizer
TerraCycle Plant Foods are 100% liquefied worm castings—made by feeding millions of worms a balanced, all-organic diet. 20 oz. Give your plants the benefits of one of nature???s most potent natural fertilizers. Completely odorless and ready-to-use, they can be applied weekly to any type of plant, indoors or out. ready-to-use liquid plant fertilizer Made from worm castings Won't burn roots even if you over-fertilize Eco-friendly recycled bottles OMRI-listed certified organic Apply once a week. Packaged in recycled soda bottles.
No-Phos Fertilizer
Use our Roto Spreader for easy application. 100% natural and organic formula. 25-lb bag covers 1,250 sq ft All-natural 6-0-6 fertilizer Contains granite meal, aragonite, sulfate of potash, nitrate of soda, feather meal. It provides plenty of nitrogen and other nutrients for a lush green lawn, but it won't pollute waterways. Phosphorous runoff is the #1 cause of algae blooms that choke ponds, lakes and streams. Provides nutrients for a lusher lawn, brighter flowers. Help reduce phosphorous runoff with No-Phos Fertilizer (6-0-6). Phosphorous-free fertilizer protects waterways.
Multi-Bloom Fertilizer
Made from the waste of farm-raised catfish, fed a healthy diet and raised in pure spring water, Multi-Bloom is packed with nutrients, amino acids, peptides and minerals. concentrate in a hose-end sprayer bottle Use as both a foliar feed and root drench Apply every 3-4 weeks during growing season Standard dilution rate is 2 to 6 ounces per gallon of water; directions included OMRI-certified for use on organically-grown crops. Promotes better tasting, more bountiful veggies and healthier flowers Packed with nutrients, amino acids, peptides and minerals Outperformed leading synthetic brands in University of Mississippi testing Slow release gentle formula (2-3-1) won???t burn plants All-natural hydrolyzed fish-based fertilizer NPK is 2-3-1 Contains waste of farm-raised catfish fed a healthy diet and raised in pure spring water 32 oz. Use this all-natural, no-fishy-odor organic fertilizer on all your flowers, fruit and vegetables, and enjoy better flavor and up to a 25% increase in yield.

Gutters and drains - If you are in an area that is prone to forest fires or bush fires, then summer entails cleaning out the gutters and drains to remove all 'fuel' in case a firestorm comes through.  Add these to the compost heap.

Weeds - with the increase in plant growth comes weed growth too.  There is one rule of thumb when it comes to weed control - a little at a time goes a long way.  It will save you hours of work because it stops them propogating and spreading seeds everywhere in the next season.  Small weeding forks are great tools in removing weeds in the lawn but if you have a big weed problem in your lawn, one of these weed killers may come in handy.

Mulching - if you have neglected to mulch in spring, summer mulching is a must if you want to reduce watering requirements and to protect shallow rooted plants like camelias and azaleas.  If you have already done mulching in spring, consider topping it up in summer.

Rubber Mulch Mailbox Ring
Rubber mulch suppresses weeds Won't scatter like bark mulch Choice of Walnut or Redwood We also offer Recycled Rubber Tree Rings and Edging 100% recycled rubber 16" diameter x 3/4" thick Gardener's Supply Exclusive. These rings look just like bark mulch, but they're actually thick mats of recycled tire rubber that will stay in place year after year, and they suppress grass and tough weeds. Put away the string trimmer! This recycled rubber mulch ring fits perfectly around a standard 4" mailbox post (can cut to fit if needed).
Mulch Block
These dehydrated coir mulch blocks weigh just 9 pounds and are delivered right to your door. Made from coconut husks, coir has better water retention than bark, and reduces the temperature and moisture fluctuation by 50%. Each block weighs just 9 lbs, makes 2 cubic feet of mulch Covers 12 sq. at a 2" depth; 8 sq. Keeps its rich color, too. EST, Dec. ft. Just add water and in 20 minutes, you???ll have 2 cubic feet of earth-friendly mulch. Order this item by 11 a.m. 23 with Economy Shipping We???ve all been there: lugging heavy bags of mulch to the car, straining our backs and making a mess. 14 for guaranteed delivery by Dec. ft at a 3" depth Made from coconut husks.

Watering - this would be one of your major chores in the summer garden.  Deep rooted plants need watering about once a week.  Shallow rooted plants would require more frequent waterings - a drip irrigation system is excellent for thirsty plants like hydrangeas.

Solar Irrigation Kit
This is a first—a self-contained irrigation system that waters up to 20 plants at a time using the power of the sun. No faucet hook-up or timer needed Waters plants when they need it the most—during the heat of the day Kit can deliver up to 24 gallons of water an hour Can be used with water-soluble fertilizer Solar panel can be adjusted to control flow Full sun required for best performance Easy to assemble Use any container up to 15" deep as the reservoir (not included) Kit includes: Powerful photovoltaic 4-1/2" square solar panel with adjustable easel for propping or hanging, DC pump with output nozzle and 15' cord, 75' of 1/4" diameter tubing, ten 1/2 GPH drippers, ten 1/2 GPH in-line drippers, barbed connectors, support stakes and mounting clamps. Just fill a container with water (the bigger the better, but not more than 15" deep), drop in the pump, and place the solar panel in full sunlight. The kit includes a 4" square solar panel with a 15-foot cord, a pump, 75' of 1/4" tubing, 20 drippers, barbed connectors, support stakes and mounting clamps.

Rain barrels are a boon for most gardens. I use mine all the time to store rain water which I find a great resource when my plants get thirsty in summer.

Solar Rain Barrel Pump
Now you can use the power of the sun to pump water out of your rain barrel! The RainPerfect™ Solar-Powered Rain Barrel Pump provides a consistent water pressure of 13 pounds per square inch, which is perfect for most drip irrigation systems, low-pressure sprinklers and soaker hoses. The control panel mounts on top of most rain barrels; the solar collector is attached to the panel with a 15' cable so you can install it in full sun. Plastic housing, NiMH battery Control panel is 8" x 7-3/4" Solar panel is 8-3/4" square with a 15' power cable Includes 39" flexible hose with filter for inserting into rain barrel Garden hose not included Protect pump from freezing. It's also plenty of pressure for watering plants in the yard and garden.
Pop-Up Rain Barrel
The wide top zips open for easy dipping, and a mesh screen keeps debris out. Wide top zips open for easy dipping Zippered mesh screen keeps debris out On/off valve also available (sold separately) 25" diameter x 25" H Includes pre-installed 1/2" male pipe thread to attach a garden hose Place on level ground Gardener's Supply Exclusive. Made of flexible, puncture-resistant laminated polyester, this ingenious rain barrel holds up to 45 gallons of water. Folds to a mere 4" H for easy storage. Includes pre-installed garden hose thread and cap.
Madison Rain Barrel
EST Dec. Install it under any downspout; it holds 40 gallons and includes a 4' garden hose with shut-off valve so you can easily fill a watering can. Includes 3' overflow hose. Choice of classic Black or White. Coordinates with the Fairfield Windowbox, Patio Planter and Square Planter. High grade polyethylene with UV inhibitors 22" L x 19" W x 34-1/2" H Planter is 16-1/2" L x 9-1/2" W x 8" H. 23 with Economy Shipping This stately rain barrel looks like handcrafted wood but it's made from high-grade polyethylene so there's no need for painting or staining. Order this item by 11 a.m. 14 for guaranteed delivery by Dec. The top basin can hold colorful flowering plants or store watering accessories.

Pest control - If you have citrus in your garden, scale pests are now in full force as are the other pests like white cabbage moth caterpillars.  Aphids are also out in force to suck the juices out of your succulent new shoots.

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