5 ways to improve the garden this week, Sept. 14-20

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1. Watch the wind

Watch out for winds – Santa Ana Winds, especially, which come out of the East or North, carrying hot, dry air. Plants which are already struggling with high temperatures need extra moisture during windy conditions – especially if they are carrying flowers or bearing fruits. So if the wind blows, irrigate your plants in the early morning or late evening hours.

2. Lettuce begin

Although the several types of lettuce need cool weather to mature, they actually get the best start if planted while the weather is hot in September. This is true whether you start lettuce from seed, or put in starts from pony-packs. The results will be so productive that you will wish you had planted two or three times the amount you might do in spring. So why not go ahead and do it now?

3. Start your strawberries

Plant strawberries in September and October. Planting now allows the little bushes to develop so they begin producing harvestable fruit in February or March and continue into summer. You may use runners from existing plants, or buy new plantlets. Water regularly, but don’t start feeding for about a month.

4. Herbal additives

Some kitchen herbs actually make attractive and practical houseplants, especially in a well-lighted room – such as a kitchen. They are easy to grow and convenient to get to when you need them for cooking. And some of them also have fragrances that you can enjoy just by touching them from time to time. Try basil, chervil, chives, dill, mint, oregano, rosemary, summer savory, sweet marjoram, and thyme. Parsley is good, too, particularly the flat-leaf type.

5. Room for rhubarb

Cut off any flower spikes that form on rhubarb plants. Flowering rhubarb plants produce far fewer usable leaf stalks. While rhubarb stalks are best harvested in spring, it’s OK to harvest just a few more stalks in autumn for holiday pies, but be sure to leave several to nourish the roots. Continue regular watering into November.

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