Triple Oaks Nursery & Herb Garden Newsletter


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July 14, 2011
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Summer in the garden / Do it now
Make compost!...Use summer grass clippings, weeds and vegetable peelings for compost now
Shrubs and Perennials blooming like crazy!.
Dear Friend of Triple Oaks

Summer is in full swing, and the weather has taken a turn for the gorgeous!  Bright sunshine, blue skies with white clouds and low humidity, what more could you ask for!  Well you could ask for more blooming perennials and shrubs!  Triple Oaks has a great selection of blooming plants, and if you are not going away for too long, summertime is just as good for planting as other times as long as you can water or if you have an irrigation system while the plants are getting established.


Summer in the garden / Do it now

When it is so hot and humid many folks sort of give up on gardening!  Well, there are some easy chores that can still be done early in the morning or in the evening . Watering actually cools me off and I enjoy hand watering using my thumb to custom gauge the water to each plant in beds near my porch and those in pots.  All the extra watering leeches out food , so I like to use a bit of osmocote time release about now to keep plants strong and nice until frost.Penstemon


Be sure to sprinkle copper or sulfur both natural fungicides on your roses. Cut them back and feed them if they look lanky or have yellow  leaves with black spots.  It is necessary to rake up these diseased leaves and sprinkle the fungicide powder on the soil at the base of the plant too. Care now means great roses in fall.


Dead head annuals, perennials , roses and even butterfly bushes for more bloom until summer's end.  Some food and a good long soaking will help get the new blooms started. It is only mid summer so do not give up because of hot weather. Visit local nurseries and botanical gardens and choose some summer blooming shrubs and perennials to add dependable color in years to come. I love red salvia and so do hummingbirds. Butterfly bushes, butterfly weed and vitex are all pretty now and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds till fall. Clethra ,roses and night blooming jasmine are good for nice fragrance near porches or pools, add some now for another dimension  of the garden.  Bright sunny black eyed Susans, correopsis, and Gallardia all tolerate heat and drought and also attract butterflies for nectar and birds for seeds in late season. They will come up next year  too, so add some now.


Make compost!

Use summer grass clippings, weeds and vegetable peelings for compost now. Today more than ever, gardeners must be in tune with the environment. We must strive to appreciate the fragile nature of our surroundings and help to restore a balance in nature by sound, natural gardening practices.


From that basil plant in a pot to a full kitchen garden, gardens run the gamut in size, shape and content. But one thing they should all have in common is a commitment to Mother Earth. Gardeners must be keepers of the earth, protectors of the environment and certainly links to all of gardening history. We carry a tradition set by both poet and peasants, one that strives to best improve the plot in which we tend and grow plants for use and delight. Literature from the ancient Greeks, Romans and Persians lauds the good bucolic practices of the environmentally sensitive gardener. Even then many of the intellectual were keepers of the earth and had beautiful gardens. Later in history the monks of the Middle Ages kept alive the gardening knowledge of those high points in bucolic life and once again became stewards of the earth. We can learn much from this gentle community of gardeners. They were aware that gardening refreshed the troubled spirit, but that also good gardening refreshed the earth.


 It is so important to tend the garden with the thought of improving the soil and replenishing, not ruining resources.

Heirloom tomatoes love compost and beneficial fungi will consume fungi which are detrimental to the tomato plants allowing you to garden naturally!  

Replenishing the soil is of utmost importance. Begin by  making a compost pile in which all organic materials from both house and garden are stowed so that they might best decompose. Compost is very beneficial when added to a garden as it provides nutrients to plants in a slow-release, balanced manner which the plant needs to grow, but it also improves the health of the soil for the long range.


Clay soils need this as often as possible to aerate them so that they don't pack and sandy soils benefit as the organic materials help retain moisture. The best thing of all about compost is that making it uses up all those leaves and grass clippings as well as kitchen scraps and will insure that what is taken out of the earth goes back. The process can be as simple as a heap behind a shed, a ring of chicken wire that can be moved from spot to spot or an elaborate gadget ordered from a "slick" garden catalog. We have even made large piles using four pallets, tied into a square, with one side removable for turning the pile.I have a small ring of wire just inside by garden gate where i can dump the weeds i pull in the garden or add vegetable peeling. I usually give most ot the chickens and they recycle them for me. This manure makes the compost pile 'work' even quicker.


Some folks follow certain rules for making compost, other just wing it, but just remember that you need to create a good environment for allowing decay-producing microorganisms to break down the materials. Some folks say your need four ingredients that are layered and turned. This is a common recipe found in many garden books:


4 parts brown ingredients (dry leaves, dry grass, shredded newspaper, straw)


1 part green material (fresh grass clippings, weeds, trimmings and kitchen scraps, barnyard manure)


Water when dry


Air for oxygen (turn pile to aerate)


These are just suggested amounts. I just dump what I have and hope for the best. Our chickens run free all day, often aerating the pile for me, but when they roost in the coop at night, they provide us with piles of droppings that really aid in the compost process. If your compost just sits, add some fresh manure and be sure to turn the materials and water. Smaller piles are easier to mange for most gardeners, so start a couple if you have lots of leaves and other materials. Start now so when the leaves in fall come down you will be ready to make a second pile. Remember, the best time to start is now, don't put it off. Summer peelings, grass clippings and weeds are all you need.  Happy summer gardening now!


Email with garden questions. call or email now to reserve a spot in our'FRee'  Garden Walk and Talk at 9 AM on Saturday july 23. Refreshments included/


July 23 at 1 Floral design class/ arranging your garden blooms in a rustic watering can.


Vitex - Chaste Tree
Shrubs and Perennials blooming like crazy!


Summer is a great time for blooming shrubs and perennials!  There are many great perennials and shrubs in bloom at the nursery.  We always recommend that our customers come in and visit the nursery once a month to see what is in bloom so they can have a progression of interest in their gardens.  Most people garden in April and May only and its common to see yards that explode at that time and then shut down for summer or fall.  If you come and visit the garden center once a month you can pick one of this or that and see what you like at that time of year and add it to your garden!



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