Experiential Gardener

Pink Milkweed (incarnata) transplants are still standing up to the 100 degree days. I was concerned that the soil would dry too much and they would suffer since they are in 4" pots, but I found that their roots were already spreading into the soil beneath the trays. These are super durable plants.

Pink Milkweed (incarnata) transplants are still standing up to the 100 degree days. I was concerned that the soil would dry too much and they would suffer since they are in 4" pots, but I found that their roots were already spreading into the soil beneath the trays. These are super durable plants.

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A Jibai Japanese cucumber vine climbed into the fruitless pear tree. I finally found a use for this tree -- a trellis that offers some shade for the cucumbers during these 98- 100 degree days.

A Jibai Japanese cucumber vine climbed into the fruitless pear tree. I finally found a use for this tree — a trellis that offers some shade for the cucumbers during these 98- 100 degree days.

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I enjoy watching the  butterflies, hummingbirds and bees that visit pentas.

I enjoy watching the butterflies, hummingbirds and bees that visit pentas.

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A climbing squash flower.

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Yummy sweet basil leaves. Be sure to snip off any flowers that try to develop during the summer months. Snipping off flowers makes the plant produce more leaves (instead of seeds) and become bushier. That means more basil leaves for cooking.

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A good way to remove oleander aphids on milkweed is to gently dip the tip of the branch (they accumulate on the top tips) into a bowl of water and make a swishing motion. The aphids detach and float into the bowl of water leaving the plant free of aphids and pesticides that would harm Monarch butterfly caterpillars.

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A cabbage in the kitchen herb garden on the south side of the house. It is still growing quite well even though we have had some really hot days. Monday will be our first 100 degree day.

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Purple petunias enjoying the sun.

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Some Anaheim peppers enjoying the sun.

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The Desert Willow is blooming again. I did not realize that it bloomed at various times throughout the spring and summer. It seems to bloom after a dry period followed by a heavy rain.

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