WHAT TO DO IN AUGUST?

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Keep deadheading your annuals. We know it’s time consuming, but you’ll get lots more bang for your buck if you do. 

An ANNUAL’S goal in life is to get fertilized and set seed for next year. The way you keep them flowering till frost is to frustrate that need by removing the fading flowers before the seed development can trigger an end to the plants’ bloom cycle. When you see the flowers wilting and getting brown, pick it off the plant and get ready for a new wave of color!

Fertilize your annuals regularly with a high-phosphorus plant food so they keep pumping out the blooms.

Foliar sprays applied to both sides of the leaves and stems in the cool of the day work great, too!

WHEN SHOULD WE HARVEST OUR GREEN CHILES?

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The best time to harvest your green chile is when you can actually just pop the fruit right off of the plant!

WHAT TO DO: Feel the chile and make sure that it is firm… if it is soft it is too early to pick. Take your chile and lift the chile upwards and if it pops off the plant then you are GOOD TO GO!

If it doesn’t pop off… then leave it for a day or two — it should be ready by then!

Nothing is really wrong with a softer chile if you do pop it off too early, it’s just that they don’t roast as well when they are not firm!

ALMOST THAT TIME! HAPPY HARVESTING!

VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!

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PEACE IN THE GARDEN.

Don’t take it too seriously. I have had customers come in with a picture from a magazine, asking if we can duplicate what is shown in the picture. Not because this is what they like, but what the magazine and society dictate they should have. Don’t freak if a pink petunia pops up amongst the white. Also, if there is a chewed up leaf or two, don’t panic. You are probably the only one who noticed it. Those entering your garden will only see the beauty.

Recently, I found out that one of our regular customers suffered a massive heart attack. He pulled through, but most of his summer has been spent getting his strength back. He said he is happy to just be with family and be able to walk outside and enjoy his garden.

Remember to stop and smell the roses. Your garden must fit your personality. Don’t worry about what others think, you are the one that has to live with it. Time is precious, enjoy it while you can.

HAPPY GARDENING!

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WHAT IS TRANSPLANT SHOCK?

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It’s just a perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. The Garden Guru mentioned that most of us have got all of our annuals planted and our vegetables planted but Payne’s still has a great selection of perennials and trees and shrubs — so there’s plenty of time yet to get those in the ground and get them established before winter comes. Lynn said that the reason this is such a good time to transplant trees and shrubs is that there’s little or no transplant shock. Transplant shock comes when you remove the plant from the pot and some of the dirt or I should say soil falls away from the root ball. Listen to Lynn’s tip to learn more about transplant shock.

Tune in every Friday on KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm you’ll hear Lynn Payne’s tip of the week. The “Garden Guru” himself provides information on different topics including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK – AWESOME MOSS BASKET!

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CONGRATULATIONS JILL A.
Check out this AWESOME Moss Basket created by
Jill A. with beautiful, hardy Plants from Payne’s!

Thanks Valerie and team for all your inspiration and the TLC in your greenhouse!
I’m already planning and plotting (not potting ha ha) for next year’s color scheme!
 — Jill A.

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