There’s not much to be done in our gardens in late July. It’s too hot outside to plant or fertilize or amend the soil. Do plan on making a weekly check of the irrigation systems, making repairs and adjusting timers if necessary-harvesting regularly and cleaning up fallen fruits and vegetables-and monitoring for pest insects, including the fairly recent stinkbug arrivals, the Bagrada bug and the leaffooted bug, both of which suck the juices out of ripe fruits. (Check on the UC Davis website, http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu for photos of the stinkbugs and their damage).
If you love garden fragrance and non-stop bee and butterfly activity, then the sweet almond verbena or tree verbena is a must for your landscape. Those traits, coupled with drought tolerance and ease of growing, were just some of the reasons it was chosen as the Florida Plant of the Year in 2008.
Many homeowners have experienced the irritation of dealing with low water pressure in the house at least once. Low water pressure makes simple daily activities, such as showering or washing your dishes, frustrating and time consuming, but finding the cause can be the most irksome aspect of this common plumbing problem.
PITTSBURGH - Everyone loves the views from Debbie and Rick Peterson's condo in 151 First Side, a condominium development in downtown Pittsburgh, especially their young grandsons visiting from North Carolina.
Defining personal style for some can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Creating a personal style can also be an evolution. As an ASID interior designer, I am so often faced with clients who don't know where to start. I often ask them to help me determine their design style by asking them to literally rip images from a magazine and use them as inspirational images. It is often a great start, but since often clients don't know how to define their own design style, here are three basic tips to help get started.
Insect infestations thoroughly creep me out. I'm sure a lot of moms out there feel the same way after kiddo brings head lice home from school. I can handle a few grasshoppers and other bugs in my vegetable garden, but when a single species develops into large populations, my skin crawls. Once bugs reach infestation levels on your vegetables they not only defoliate your plants and spread diseases, they can kill the crop when numbers get high enough. This is the organic farmer's worst-case scenario because it's nearly impossible to knock down an infestation without pesticides.
It's an awesome idea: an app that will identify a plant just by a photo. Perfect for snapping pics when touring gardens or wondering whether you should let that volunteer flower have a permanent home in your garden. So when the LikeThat Garden app recently added a version for Android devices, I was more than ready to try it out.