LATE July and EARLY August is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs, or anything else for that matter! The summer rains are finally here and they will cool the summer heat and increase the humidity and the moisture content in the soil.
When planting a tree or shrub, it is very important not to let any soil break away from the root ball. When this happens, the tiny hair roots which are responsible for moisture absorption are broken away. With damaged hair roots the plant is less able to absorb water so the plant wilts. This is known as transplant shock. When removing a plant from its container, allow the soil to dry beforehand as this helps to hold the soil together more effectively.
Dig a hole 2 to 3″ deeper and twice the width of the root ball. Mix equal portions of any organic soil amendment and existing soil. Place 2 to 3″ of this mixture in the bottom of the hole and tamp down enough to prevent settling. Carefully place the root ball of the plant into the hole, backfill halfway up the root ball then place a running hose in the hole as you continue to add more soil mix. This is also the time to add root stimulator! Use remaining soil mix to build a 6 inch high berm around the planting hole to ensure that it will hold plenty of water. Water twice a week until plant gets established.
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During the Summer and Fall, grasses provide food for the birds, a place for them to nest and a place for them to hide from birds of prey. Grasses are referred to as ‘food for the soul’. They are a feast for the eyes and watching them sway in the wind is very comforting. They provide ‘winter interest’ as they sweep above the snow covered ground. Many customers use them to provide a screen between them and the neighbor.
We have several varieties in stock. My favorite is Miscanthus s. ‘Gracillimus’ a maiden grass with tall graceful delicate narrow foliage.
We also have several panicums, like Northwind or Heavy Metal. These do well in full sun and are blue/green in color. They can handle both wet and dry conditions. We also stock Mexican Feather Grass – Nassella tenuissima. It only gets about 15” high, but it does produce a lot of seed. Another old variety that has a great look is Indian Rice Grass. Many have substituted it for baby’s breath in a bridal bouquet! We also have Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’, another blue grass which forms a neat mound and is topped by upright flower plumes. Come see these and other varieties we have in stock. AND, we also have cat grass available.
Your basic basil, with large leaves and white flowers. The Genovese variety (names include ‘Sweet Genovese‘ and ‘Genovese’ or ‘Genova Profumitissima‘) is particularly nice, with a very pleasing flavor preferred for pestos. I’ve also found it a vigorous, luxuriant grower, slow to bolt.
Lettuce leaf (O. b. crispum)
A short, wide plant with thick, very crinkled leaves; slow to bolt. Other varieties include ‘Mammoth‘ and ‘Napoletano‘; ‘Green Ruffles‘ is similar. The flavor is sweet, and not as strong as the other sweet basils, making it especially good for tossing into salads. The leaves can also be used to wrap fish, chicken or a rice stuffing for grilling.
Dwarf or bush basils (O. b. minimum)
These shorter varieties (‘Spicy Globe‘, ‘Piccolo Verde‘, ‘Fino Verde‘ or ‘Fine Green’) bear small, narrow leaves with a sweeter, less pungent smell than the large-leaf types. It sounds like a great nuisance to pick all those tiny leaves off, but actually the stems are quite soft and succulent, so that you can chop up the sprigs, stems and all. The delicate flavor tends to wash out in long cooking, so add the leaves at the end or use them raw.
WHY ARE THERE YELLOW LEAVES ON TREES IN THE SUMMER!
ANOTHER GREAT QUESTION!
In one of our seasonal archived Garden Guru Shows, Lynn Payne (the Garden Guru) talked about how certain trees, specifically Maple trees, have yellowing leaves due to low iron in the soil.
Lynn said this “iron chlorosis” is what seems to be causing this discoloration. He continues to mention Maple trees really “DO” grow here in New Mexico. Listen to Lynn’s tip about these trees that we usually don’t equate with the Southwest.
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