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August

  • Treat lawns with Dylox for grub control
  • Fertilize roses for the last time this season
  • Plant fall garden: beets, beans, carrots, radishes, broccoli, spinach and cucumbers
  • Plant container trees, shrubs & perennials
  • Late August: plant cool season lawns (fescue, bluegrass and ryegrass)
  • Aug. 15 - Sept. 15: Fertilize lawns with ferti·lome Lawn Food + Iron
 
 
 

August 5-10
Perennial Sale
Buy 3 get 1 free

August 10th,10 am
Flint Hills Flora
Mike Haddock will speak about Eastern Kansas Native Plants. Mike is a member of the Flint Hills Discovery Center advisory Board, has built and maintained several websites including 'Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses', and has written 'Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas' a Field Guide. Call to sign up spaces are limited!

 
Horticulture Hints
 

Annual Cutflower Garden

The best place for a cutting garden is in an out of the way place, not on public display. Treat it like you would a vegetable garden or even use part of the vegetable garden for your cutting garden. Plant rows of flowers that you can walk through and gain easy access to cut. You will want to plant this in a practical way rather than ascetically correct. You may consider planting in a neglected corner or behind the garage. The best cutting garden I ever had was when I sectioned a part of my vegetable garden and used it for flowers. When I was done I just tilled it up with the rest of the garden in the fall.

Create the garden much the same way you would any flower garden. Pick a site that receives lots of sunlight and prepare the soil so it will drain well. Add cotton burr compost for a soil amendment. Adding MYKE for annuals is also a great addition to your planting.

A good cut flower is one that has a longer stem that is sturdy enough to hold up the flower in an arrangement and a flower that looks good for several days. Daylilies that bloom only one day, or impatiens with a poor stem are not good choices.

Choose flowers for your cutting garden that have a variety of forms. To make balanced-looking flower arrangements, you will need some tall, spiked flowers such as celosia or snapdragons, rounded blossoms such as marigolds and zinnias. Don’t forget to select airy plants such as baby’s breath or Verbena bonariensis.

Consider bold flowers such as sunflowers and delicate selections such as larkspur. It’s always fun to grow something unusual to add interest to your arrangements, such as a green colored zinnia or Bells of Ireland.

Ultimately plant what you would like to see in your flower arrangements and remember that it is to be used for cutting, don’t fret over the loss of flowers. Most people use seed that is started after frost for their gardens and we have some great choices. Below is a list of great cut flower choices.

Tall Zinnia

Gomphrena

Cosmos

Larkspur

Cornflower

Snapdragons

Statice

Bells of Ireland

Silver Lace Dusty Miller

Celosia

Bachelor Button’s

Sunflowers

Baby’s Breath

Verbena bonarensis

Lisianthus

Salvias

Annual Asters

 
Nancy's Notebook
 

Planting a Fall Garden

It is hard to believe but August is the time of the year to think about fall gardening. With warm soils, seeds will germinate readily and may actually produce a better crop than in the spring, some even say the flavors of the veggies are better when grown in the fall.

Most of the crops that you planted in the spring will be the same as you would plant in the fall. Choose cultivars with characteristics such as cold hardiness and quick maturity.

Be sure and plant your seeds about twice as deep to insure they keep moist longer. You may even consider starting your seeds inside and then transplanting to the garden when temperatures cool. Be sure and slowly introduce them to the sun, putting them outside for only a couple hours at a time at first.

We have all your seeds and seed starting supplies available at the Garden store, and will have transplants later such as cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage.  We also can supply you a planting calendar that has vegetables and planting times.

Suggested plants for August
Beets, Snap Beans, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Carrots, Kale, Lettuce

Suggested plants for September
Spinach, Turnips, Lettuce, Radishes and transplants of cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli

Avery's Additions

Summer Scouting

It may be hot but now is a great time to take a stroll through your yard and see what’s happening. Hot humid weather brings out all kinds of pests and problems. Some things to check for are pest problems on your trees and shrubs. Bag worms and spider mites seem to be out in full force. By taking a closer look at your plants it’s easy to spot pests and get right to treating them. Also be sure to look down. Hot and humid nights cause brown patch to form on lawns and is easily treated with a systemic fungicide. Have something that looks suspicious? Bring it in and we’ll be happy to help you find a solution!

Also, don’t forget to fertilize your annuals. Annual flowers can tend to fizzle out in the heat if they are not fertilized. Use fertilome Blooming and Rooting to keep your annuals blooming.

 
 

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