Now the daylilies fade but the crepe myrtles are blooming!
In this heat most gardeners are weeding, watering, and swatting mosquitoes, and that’s about it. Make sure you don’t have anything in the yard collecting water, like old tarps or tires, sandbox toys, or your gutters. (More on mosquito control here.) You can still plant annuals, or anything you have in pots, as long as you’re willing to water them until they’re established, and in this heat you might have to water every day at first. Wait for cooler weather in September or October for any transplanting. Some gardeners like to make notes to themselves so they don’t forget by autumn what they’d like to move around for the next season.
Keep checking those wheelbarrows, bird baths, sand box toys, garbage can lids, and gutters for standing water, to prevent the skeeters from breeding. If you’re brave enough to venture out to harvest your tomatoes, beans, squash, and other edibles, you’ll reap the rewards of all your hard work earlier in the season! Otherwise, enjoy a swim at one of our community’s many lovely beaches, or take out a canoe. Enjoy the heat!