Unity’s July 2022 Newsletter

July is here and the days are long and surprisingly cool. It has been a delight to have so many cool nights this June but I don’t think we’re going to get away with that for too much longer. In the retail nursery we have been fine tuning our watering systems, working hard to keep things watered and healthy. As the summer creeps on plants in pots require more water and supplemental nutrients (ie fertilizers!). They are eating up their soil and replacing it with roots and above ground (/pot) growth. This can happen quite quickly in the growing season. When the pots have less soil in them there is less water retention and nutrient uptake. So we generally need to water more, and fertilize to keep the plants healthy and happy. Ideally all of them will get out of their pots and into the ground at your house before too long. 😊 

This is also the time of year when pest and disease threats ramp up. We are always on the look out for changes in plants that could indicate there is something going on to compromise the plant’s natural defenses. We practice Integrated Pest Management here where we opt to pick individual bugs off the plants and use things like baking soda, neem oil, castile soap and the power of a strong water spray to take care of what we can. This approach makes use of “common sense” practices to manage pests in ways that are as gentle as possible on people and the surrounding environment. 

Another common nursery activity these days that is also applicable at home is deadheading. We spend a lot of time deadheading our blooming plants.

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