Keep watering, but please be water wise! Or even better, think about replacing flower pots with succulents to save water! Also, since August isn’t an ideal time to plant, why not try something new, like composting?
- A good long soak for established plants is good once a week but newer plants will need to be watered more frequently.
- Plants may wilt in the hot summer sun, but also be careful not to overwater. If you over water, it could cause the crown and roots to rot. You can also move them into the shade if they are stressed.
- Containers – Potted plants might even need to be watered twice a day. Make sure you add some fertilizer (organic of course) to your containers
- Be cautious watering California natives, as they prefer watering in the winter months and like to stay dry in the summer
- Water in the early morning or evening when temps are cooler. During the day it’s too hot and the water will evaporate quickly.
- Compost is the easiest, cheapest and most efficient way to feed your garden
- I use 2 stainless steel trashcans and drill holes in the bottom and all over the sides to allow air in. But you can also purchase a composter at almost any home improvement store or nursery. You can even create a compost pile right on the ground but it usually will invite rats, opossum and other critters.
- Compost: Newspaper, fireplace ashes, brown leaves, grass cuttings and kitchen scraps such as fruit, veggies, ground coffee and tea bags (do not compost meat, dairy, grains, pet waste or weeds). Your local Starbucks or coffee place will usually even give you a bag of used coffee grounds! You can compost eggshells but they take longer breakdown.
- Turn your compost pile once or twice a week
- Make sure to keep it moist to activate the breakdown of the ingredients
- In 3-4 months you’ll have a lush pile of black gold to spread all over your garden
Most of this information is from my personal gardening experiences in coastal Southern California. I refer to these basic ‘Monthly To Do’s’ as a basic guide as well as my garden journal notes. They are always evolving and continually updated.
I have also compiled some of this information from these highly recommended sources such as: Green Thumb Nursery, OC Register (Home & Garden section), Rogers Gardens (Ron Vanderhoff’s monthly checklists are extremely detailed), Sunset magazine, UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County and Pat Welsh’s ‘Southern California Gardening’ book (this book is a must have)!