Back after a long break, Miscellaneous Monday is an assortment of interesting tidbits I thought were interesting and should share.
This is an interesting, and sobering, graphic on how California’s drought has progressed along: 188 Drought Maps
And check out these pictures: Compare the photos
For an overall picture of the drought situation across the US, check out the US Drought Monitor
Here are a couple of water conservation websites to check out, too:
The San Diego County Landscape Design Manual incorporates the requirements of the County’s Water Conservation in Landscaping regulations: SD County Landscape Design Manual
Even with the drought, it’s okay to wash down your natives and drought-tolerants occasionally. Natives and drought tolerant plants are resting this time of year so they don’t like too much water, but a quick spritz to wash off the plants and let them hydrate a little through their leaves is a good thing.
This is a great month to plant Bougainvillea. Find a nice wall or fence in full sun for your planting area. Planting must be done with care. It’s important not to disturb the root ball when planting because the root ball is VERY finicky. A good trick is to cut the bottom off the pot, place the plant in the hole and slide the pot up and over.
And in closing, here’s a light moment in the garden. Happy Monday and have a nice week!
Snails can be a menace, but sometimes they are cute. No really, I said cute! Check out Snails Upclose.
A Happy Place….
Roses have been blooming heavily since mid-April so they are slowing down now, but a round of fertilizer would give them some nourishment they can use for a little boost. Suggested feeding is 1 tbsp of urea per plant every other week. Fish emulsion is another great snack for your roses this month.
Deadheading is important to keep your roses from producing rosehips. Rosehips sap valuable energy from your rose plants, energy that is better used toward making more blooms. When you deadhead, clip the stems short to leave as much leaf material to aid in growth of the plant.
Typical Watering in June – two inches of water twice a week.
Mulching is important to maintain a consistent temperature for the roots and it will also help maintain moisture.
I’ve never been to Lotusland, but looking forward to a visit someday. This will have to suffice in the meantime:
Flying Through Lotusland from Lotusland on Vimeo.
Good bye to legendary Pete Seeger May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014
Stating the obvious, 3000Tomatoes.com has been on hiatus for a few months. I’ve moved a couple of times, and I am without a garden at the moment. I am feeling like a fish out of water. Most of what I typically write about is what’s happening in my garden, so for the next few months, I’ll need to focus on other peoples’ gardens and other garden related tidbits that I find interesting. A bit of a challenge, but with the new year started and life settling down, it’s time to get past the writer’s block and be productive again.
Aloes are blooming now. I love this time of year!
Fortunately, it’s not what you think! Diapers do the job, containing a great water retention project that is useful in gardens, too. Interesting video, and I learned a lot more than I expected. I wish I’d known about this when I was building my vertical succulent shutters!
If the idea of buying diapers bothers you, there is an alternative. Hydra-crystals can be purchased separately so you can have them on hand whenever you need additional water retention properties without having to take apart diapers. There is a source called WaterSorb
in one of the comments at this link
. Also, read all the comments because I think there is additional, interesting info that might be helpful.