Here we are at mid-August. And we have had some cooler days and cooler nights. If we don’t have any more heat waves, I will be a happy boy.
You have probably been spending time outdoors tending to your gardens. You may have wound up neglecting your indoor garden.
If you have houseplants indoors, have you been paying attention to them? The summer months are a time when your houseplants are actively growing. This means that they will be using a lot more fertilizer than they would use in the winter months.
If you have not done so, give your houseplants some fertilizer on a regular schedule. You can probably find a fertilizer that is specifically designed for houseplants. You should read the label directions to determine how much fertilizer you should be using in either a quart or gallon of water. Generally speaking, you should be fertilizing the plants every two to four weeks at this time of the year.
While you are tending to your plants, be sure to check them for any sign of insect damage. It is far easier to control insect problems if you catch the problem earlier rather than when it is full-blown on your plants.
Speaking of houseplants, some of you may have put yours out for the summer. You will notice that you have less insect damage when the plants are outside. The reason is that there are many predatory insects that keep the bad insect population in check.
As the weather gets cooler, you will bring those houseplants back into the house. When you do this, you may be accidentally bringing insects into your home that will infect all the plants you have inside.
Before you bring those plants back into the house this fall, please take the time to spray them to control any insects that may be on them.
The harvest in the garden should be going strong at this time of the year. Please keep up with fertilizing those plants.
Over the years, I have noticed that people slack off on feeding their vegetable plants at this time of the year. This can lead to poor ripening of your tomato plants. If your tomato plants don’t get enough fertilizer, the tomatoes will stay green.
Any of your other vegetable plants will slow down or stop producing new vegetables. With all vegetables, particularly those grown in containers, you should be fertilizing the plants on a regular schedule until the frost takes out the plants.
By this time in August, your lawn may be looking a bit tired. When was the last time you fertilized your lawn? If it was more than eight weeks ago, it is time for an application of lawn fertilizer.
Your lawn will benefit from an application of an organic fertilizer. The organic fertilizer will slowly release, allowing your lawn to get a little bit of food over a longer period of time.
Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.
Tim Lamprey has worked in the lawn and garden industry for 45 years.