We came home last night from Bill’s paving convention at Big Cedar in Branson, MO. On the whole, Missourians were pretty disgusted with their weather and kept apologizing because it was unseasonably hot.
I almost laughed, out loud even.
Missourians are nice folks and want you to be comfortable in their state. However, half my birth family is from Missouri, so I’ve spent a lot of summers up there visiting my granny. They may get more rain than we do, but it creates one hot and humid mamma jamma.
Bill’s paving convention was scheduled a week earlier this year in the hope things would be cooler. Mr. Sun and Ms. Jet Stream decided not to cooperate. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time as always. How could we not? Big Cedar is one of those places where it is difficult to have a bad time. This was our sixth year. For us, it’s like coming home. We stay in a log cabin which overlooks the lake. The good stuff rarely changes, except they add a few more exciting things to enhance that “camp” feeling like this season’s Airstream trailer which served ice cream. It is a great place to take younger kids. Relaxing, great food, etc.
Oh, and they don’t pay me to say that. Instead, I pay them. (I crack myself up.)
As we drove southward, we noticed it was getting hotter and hotter (and less humid, thank you Jesus.) From 102F to 99F, take your pick, it’s not that different. Thank goodness for our nephew and niece. They watered the plants and generally kept an eye on things.
So, it’s June, and it feels like August. Well, crud. The best thing we can all do for our gardens is the following:
- If you haven’t mulched, do so. Pick something, cottonseed hulls, shredded pine bark (if it’s sustainable), shredded leaves, cocoa hulls (if you don’t have sweet doggies), etc. One to three inches is a good start. You will want to refresh in the fall.
- Containers will need daily watering. Water early in the morning, and run the hose a bit to make sure the water isn’t hot. You don’t want to boil your plants’ leaves. If you have agaves like these in the bottom of the photo, don’t water them hardly ever. They are used to a desert climate.
- If you live in town, and this heat continues, expect water restrictions soon. So, water wisely. Don’t run sprinkler systems in the middle of the day and set up a slow water system like soaker hoses or invest in a drip irrigation system. My garden would not be so robust if I didn’t have one.
- Resist buying 1/2 off plants because it is too hot to get them settled in. Just wait until September for perennials, trees and shrubs.
- If you have delicate flowers like daylilies and roses, go out and enjoy them before you go to work. Otherwise, they will be shadows of their former selves at day’s end.
- If you plan to weed, do it in the shade or in evening. Don’t forget some type of bug repellent for mosquitoes.
- Harvest fruit and veggies early. Also cut flowers in the morning and take them to work with you to enjoy. My friend, Laurie, takes daylily blooms with her to work and floats them in a bowl. Try it. It’s pretty.
- Watch out for insect damage on plant. Keep a spray nozzle handy to get rid of aphids and the like.
- Keep an eye out for diseases like blackspot on roses and powdery mildew on almost everything else.
- Leave that sugary drink inside and drink water while in the garden to keep from attracting wasps and other pollinators. They think you have nectar, and you don’t want to be stung while drinking out of a Coke can. Believe me, it happens.
I’m sure there’s more to write, but I need to make a grocery run. Like Mother Hubbard, my cupboards are bare. Ciao!