Yesterday I sowed some sugar peas, carrots, beets and radishes to kick off fall sowing in the garden. I am using my cardboard tube and chicken wire hats to keep the critters off the seeded areas.
First up, though is a bee visiting my "Lemon Queen" Sunflower. Every single critter loves the sunflower and so do I! A light, but bright yellow color, with a head about 5 inches across, this is just a wonderful sunflower. I got the seeds from Baker Creek. If the birds leave me any I will try to harvest some. Although these 'domestic' sunflowers don't always breed out true it will be worth it to try. Sow sunflower seeds February through July for a bloom most of the year.
youtube channel. Once the peas getting going well I will ease the "hat" off.
Next I used a chicken wire hat as a row cover to shield my carrots, beets, and radishes. I planted just under a foot of each seed.
I will do successive sowing of all of these seeds every 2-3 weeks through about December for a continuous crop.
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We are nearing the end of our Monsoon (shifting in winds) which means cooler morning and overnight temperatures. It also means your tomatoes will start to set fruit again as soon as the nights stay below 80 degrees. Early September you can start pruning, over the coarse of several day, the sun burn from plants like tomatoes.
Cooler nights also means the aphids will begin (if they have not already) showing up and you need to be very, very diligent in watching for them. Hard hose off and then use the safe soap spray (1 teaspoon each dawn and vegetable oil to 1 quart of water) or Neem spray to control them. Repeat the spraying every 5 days for a total of 3 times, then monitor regularly. Live and egg bearing aphids are both possible.
Flea Beetles also may show up and they are harder to keep under control. Dust plants with DE and repeat if the plants get wet from rain or irrigation. You can see flea beetle damage because the leaves look like they were shotgunned. They can kill a young plant. Mature plants can weather damage better.
Have a great week in the garden!
-- Catherine, The Herb Lady
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