On Friday, I stopped by to cut daisies out of my plot (with the thought I would be digging them out on Saturday to make room for squash). One of the neighbor girls stopped to water and I gave her a bouquet. After I left, Celess and Neal stopped by to plant, weed, and water. I now have daisies in almost every room in my house and still had enough to give a bouquet to my neighbor.
Gardening Tips of the Week. My cilantro is starting to go to seed in this heat. One way to delay this process is to pinch the plant back every time flowers start to form. Or, you can prune the plant back by half (and then, as I did last night, wash, pick and dry the leaves before tossing them in a freezer bag to use later). At some point, though, you will want to let the plant go to seed. The seed heads are the coriander spice and are helpful (if you store them) to use as cilantro seeds next Spring.
Also, if, like us, you missed out on all of last week's rain, remember that your plants are stressed. Not only will they need water, but a little fertilizer would help them quite a bit, too. Sabrina was administering dried organic fertilizer around her plants before watering them yesterday. This means that you sprinkle it on the soil and scratch it in a bit (so it won't all wash away when you use your watering can).
Finally, when planting thirsty seedlings in a dry summer, it pays to build an earthen cone around the plant to trap the water and help it to go down into the earth instead of spreading horizontally along the ground.
Upcoming Projects. Since we started planting a little later than normal (with the cooler May temperatures), we're a little behind. I still need to clean out the herb garden area (of weeds and grossly overgrown oregano), and plant basil. There are beans to be planted in the food pantry plot, back gate roses to be weeded and fertilized, a front gate sign to varnish, additional tomato and pepper seedlings to plant, squash to be planted, the kids' melon/pumpkin patch to be cleaned out and planted, and Mari's plot to be weeded and planted (since she's under the weather and not expected to return for a month or two). Whew! Volunteers are welcomed!