To keep vegetable plants producing, harvest as soon as food ripens, taking the extra to food banks.
Fertilize with a low-nitrogen fertilizer, so bud production and root development is enhanced.
Seed veggies now for your fall garden: beets, swiss chard, lettuce, radish, and turnips. Transplants are best for these: broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, leeks and cauliflower.
Late summer is the time when powdery mildew makes its ghostly way into the garden, shrouding the leaves of woody ornamentals such as lilacs, dogwoods, azaleas and roses. Susceptible perennials include garden phlox, bee-balm, aster, yarrow, coreopsis and rudbeckia. To prevent it, keep soil moist and make sure plants have good air circulation. Here are a couple popular home remedies: Make a spray solution of 1 part milk with up to 9 parts water. Or mix 1 tablespoon baking soda and ½ teaspoon dish detergent and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil with a gallon of water. Shake often. These sprays should be used every other week. Make sure the plant is watered well two days before you spray. Plants may be damaged by dishwashing detergent or vegetable oils, so you may want to test on a small area.
Learn about gardens at North Mountain Park in a tour of their butterfly, amphibian-reptile, native plant, herb and heirloom gardens. The free tour starts at 9:30 a.m., Aug. 2. Ages 10 to adult are welcome. Register online at ashlandparks.recware.com or call the Nature Center at 488-6606.
Phoenix Family Garden Club. Meeting every fourth Thursday of each month (except Nov. & Dec.), at 7:00 p.m.For more information, 541-512-8723. Address: Phoenix City Shop/Public Works, 1000 South B Street.
Other area garden clubs do not meet during the summer. Meetings resume in September.