With this busy month of wonderful events and celebrations such as Indian Market, the Parade of Homes and of course the Santa Fe Opera – this is the perfect time to show off your yard and garden to your family and friends.
And if you see that some of your flowering plants are just not as bright and fresh as they should be, stop by our nursery yards and greenhouses and get a couple extra plants that will brighten up your house and garden! There’s nothing like beautiful color to freshen up any garden! AND we have some ready to go! Just picked these colorful, beautiful Calibrachoa’s up yesterday from Payne’s and LOOK HOW gorgeous they are!
Stop by today and see what’s growing – we still have flowering plants that are just gorgeous this time of year!
How Much and What Fertilizer Should You Use? Some gardeners have the best intentions for the growth and health of their plants, but inadvertently over fertilize by thinking “if a little bit is good, more will be better.” Too much can be worse than not enough. Other people forget to fertilize then overdo it with one big dose of plant food after months and months with none. Too much at one time can be worse than not fertilizing at all. This applies to houseplants as well as in-ground trees, shrubs and flowers.
If you think you have over- or under-fertilized your plants, come in to either of our stores to find out ways to deal with problems that may have occurred. Different plants need different types of fertilizers. Stop by either of our locations and ask our gardening experts. They will be happy to help you determine which fertilizer(s) are best for you.
For more information about fertilizing click here and learn more about how to choose the right fertilizer.
Here’s a tip about how best to harvest your cucumbers!
There are two main types of cucumbers.
Slicing varieties are meant to be eaten fresh, while pickling types (pictured above) are bumpy, rough and even though they can be eaten fresh, blanching and pickling enhances their flavor.
Whichever variety you choose to grow, you need to know how to tell when cucumbers are ready to pick. It’s not an exact science, however, cucumbers need a fairly long growing season and are ready for harvesting usually in 50 to 70 days.
Cucumbers generally should be harvested when they are small, dark green and are firm to the touch. Some varieties, however like the Lemon Cucumber, are harvested when they turn yellow while other cucumbers are white when they are mature.
TJ’s TIP: When you slice open the cucumber and it looks like it is drying out and/or slightly hollow… that means that the plant is probably not getting enough water. Hollow cucumbers, or any hollow fruit, may result from inadequate fertilizing, inadequate pollination, but the most common reason is irregular watering. Always maintain an evenly moist soil, not too dry and not too wet.
Once the temperatures start to cool down, I start getting calls for Garden Mums and Pansies. We have been growing the garden mums since mid June and the Pansy crop since mid July. They are ready to go into your garden.
Garden mums are perennial, they will bloom for you this year and will return next year even better. Have you heard the term pansy used to describe someone who is weak? Pansies can take temperatures as low as Zero degrees. The Johnny Jump-ups can take temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees. They are pretty tough and not weak at all.
In last week’s segment, the Garden Guru was giving some gardening advice about how to identify leaf damage and what actually causes it this time of year. Many times, the damage is caused by a variety of insects or disease but weather or environmental damage can also occur – and it looks similar to the damage by insects or disease. From scorching sun and hail to leaf cutter bees, aphids and spider mites, damage to a plant’s leaves can be determined by letting our gardening experts diagnose the problem. Bringing in a sample is best. Listen to Lynn’s tip for more information.
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.
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