July 2017

July came and went in a bang. It was 4th of July and a moment later it's July 31. It was hotter than July, certainly hotter than our "normal" July.  I have to say, the nights were absurdly pleasant in spite of the mosquitoes. We are seeing the final repercussions of this past winter's ravages. Plants we thought "might" survive have succumbed by now and I'm removing the final dead plants and broken limbs.  

Lawns suffered interesting dead patches that we can only attribute to suffocation and anaerobic digestion or fermentation as it seems to have left large areas nearly toxic to reseeding efforts.  (The ice lenses that formed along with the abundant rains created oxygen-free conditions for weeks or months).  I've found that if I slice the soil with a nori-hori or old knife  and aerate the area with a spading fork before reseeding, adding organic lawn food and topper - The seeds germinate and it comes back.  Clover (I've always been a big fan of clover) seems to do nest in those areas and helps remediate the soil to create more hospitable conditions for the grass to reestablish itself.

August is time for a second summer pruning of shrubs being grown for screening. It is also time to fertilize again, those same screening shrubs, and the rest of the garden as the vigorous growth of spring uses loads of nutrients.

Our "Frost-Free-Period", "less than 15% chance of frost" is July 15 to August 15 so right now, we are dead-center in the middle of the "growing season".  The reality is that the soils  are MUCH warmer now than in the spring and it is more and more advantageous for planting as the soils continue to gain heat.  You might have to water a tad more now but the days are slowly shortening and that offsets the water demand. Now is a great time for planting!

Finally, there's still a bit of snow and the wildflowers this season have been PHENOMENAL!  Get out there and see some.

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