So, the other day, I received this kitchen gadget in the mail. That little drip coffee maker over there on the right side of the screen. I used to have one similar to it in the 90’s, but it was porcelain and required disposable filters. It was nice, but it broke in a move. Anyway, the Ivor has superfine stainless steel mesh, and is fully self-contained. Used it two days in a row, and – even though I still adore my French press – this is a really cool, really simple alternative.
Since I like my coffee prepared in as natural a way as possible, but with the highest octane possible, I’ve become kind of finicky about how I get that. Light roast, the highest caffeine levels possible, pure, boiling well water, and an uncomplicated delivery system. THIS THING WORKS GREAT! Seriously, I really like it and will use it often. Amazon has it right here.
Let’s get down to business:
What are we doing in our gardens this month?
- Dampwood termites begin flying late this month. Make sure your home is free of wet wood or places where wood and soil are in contact.
- If you’re thinking about revamping your lawn, or establishing a new lawn area, this month and the next are the prime times for doing this.
Maintenance and Clean Up
- Compost your lawn clippings and garden plants that are ready to be recycled. Don’t use clippings if lawn has been treated with herbicide, especially “weed-and-feed” products. Don’t compost diseased plants unless you are using the “hot compost” method (120° to 150°F).
- Fertilize cucumbers, summer squash, and broccoli to maintain production while you continue harvesting.
- Clean up and fertilize your strawberry beds.
- Use mulch to protect ornamentals and garden plants from hot weather damage If needed, provide temporary shade, especially for recent plantings.
- Camellias need deep watering to develop flower buds for next spring.
- Prune raspberries, boysenberries, and other cane berries after harvest. Check raspberries for holes made by crown borers, near the soil line, at base of plant. Remove infested wood before adults emerge (approximately mid-August).
- Monitor garden irrigation closely so crops and ornamentals don’t dry out.
- Prune out dead fruiting canes in trailing blackberry and train new primocanes prior to end of month
- Prune away excess vegetation and new blooms on tomatoes after mid-August. Concentrate on ripening set fruit.
- Prune cherry trees before fall rains begin to allow callusing in dry weather. This will minimize the spread of bacterial canker.
- Plant winter cover crops in vacant space in the vegetable garden
- Focus on your fall crops. Plant winter kale, Brussels sprouts, turnips, parsnips, parsley, and Chinese cabbage.
- Mid-summer planting of peas; plant fall crops of cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.
- Plant spinach.
- Plant cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, turnips, and parsnips.
** One of my favorite sources for heirloom seeds is SeedsNow. At the moment, they have some fabulous all-in-one assortments, as well as a ton of .99 seed packs – perfect for your fall/winter garden! Check them out here.
Pest Monitoring and Management
- Check apple maggot traps; spray tree with a non-invasive organic product if needed. The folks at the Rogue Garden Center are really helpful in this area.
- Control yellow jackets and wasps with traps and lures as necessary. Keep in mind that, while they are generally the big jerks of the insect world, they are beneficial insects and help control pest insects in the home garden.
- Check for root weevils in ornamental shrubs and flowers; codling moth and spider mite in apple trees; scale insects in camellias, holly and maples. Treat as necessary.
- Watch for corn earworm on early corn. Treat as needed.
- Control caterpillars on leafy vegetables, as needed, with Bt-k, or by hand picking and removal.
- For mite control on ornamentals and most vegetables, hose off foliage, or consider purchasing predatory mites. I like Planet Natural for biological pest control with beneficials. You can find them on the internet here.
- Remove cankered limbs from fruit and nut trees for control of diseases such as apple anthracnose and bacterial canker of stone fruit. Sterilize tools before each new cut.
- Continue monitoring peaches, plums, prunes, figs, fall-bearing raspberries and strawberries, and other plants that produce soft fruits and berries for Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). If SWD are present, use an integrated and least toxic approach to manage the pests. To learn how to monitor for SWD flies and larval infestations in fruit, visit or call our local extension office at 569 Hanley Road in Central Point, 541/776-7371.
- Spray potatoes and tomatoes for early and late blight. Baking soda, bleach free soap and water is a good choice
- Identify problems before acting, and opt for the least toxic approach. Cultural, physical and biological controls are the basis of a sustainable, non-damaging pest management program. The least-toxic choices are insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides and organic and synthetic pesticides.
There’s lots of work to be done before the end of the season, including getting ready for your fall crops. Now, stop lollygagging around, get out there, and grow something!