I’m borrowing much of this week’s article from a gardening piece that will appear in the August Ryderwood newsletter. The timing is appropriate for what’s happening in the garden these days. Enjoy the fruits (and vegetables and flowers) of your labors.
“Deep watering in the morning and late afternoon needs to be done in the scorching mid-summer heat; containers and hanging baskets may need daily watering.
“Now is the time to trim off dead and spent blossoms (“dead head”) to encourage continued blooming. Hanging baskets will benefit from a haircut to keep them from going to seed.
“The end of July is a good time to plant green onions, carrots, beets, lettuce, spinach, and radishes to enjoy later in the fall. Many types of Oriental vegetables and greens do well in the diminishing light and cooler temperatures.
“Mid-August is the time to fertilize roses and strawberries; stop applying fertilizer to perennials, shrubs, and trees as they are hardening off for winter.
“Direct sow perennial seed now and into September; plant spring flowering bulbs, such as crocus later in August.
“Although snakes may be repulsive to some, they are great at slug control. Encourage garter snakes to come and to stay in your garden by providing hiding places for them.”
Coming up on Saturday and Monday evenings will be music at the Café. Saturday is “Open Mic” starting at 7 p.m. and Monday is Karaoke starting at 6:30. Come early on Monday and enjoy a delicious burger (beef, chicken or veggie) and homestyle (or home made) soups from 4-6 p.m. Business has been quite brisk lately and the all-volunteer staff ask for your patience.
Call Linda at 295-0875 to make reservations for Friday night’s dinner of BBQ Sticky Chicken dinner at the Café. The meal is served at 5 p.m. Tuesday’s Sr. Nutrition lunch will be Tatertot Casserole, which is sort of like Shepherd’s Pie with Tatertots on top instead of mashed potatoes. If it means I don’t have to cook, I’ll be there!