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Monthly Garden Gossip,

May, 2019

Welcome to our garden! We're proud of our hard work and want to share the reward with you, so here is what's going on in the garden this month..Central Alabama


May is the month for roses in the south. Take care of your spring blooming roses by pruning them back hard once they have finished blooming. Then give them some rose food to help get started again.

When you repeat blooming roses finish blooming prune them a little if they need it. Give them some fertilizer to help make more flowers. Fertilize them again in August for the fall flush of blooms.

Roses can be planted anytine as long as they can be watered during the hot dry summer months.

The rose on the right is Petite Pink Scotch. It is a spring bloomer only. I have this rose on a wall near my driveway and they way it seems to look its best is to prune it very hard after flowering. I cut it to about 6" tall. Then for the rest of the year you have a very nice green shrub. Most of the time it is evergreen through the winter unless we have some very cold temperatures.

Petite Pink Scotch

Summer Annuals

It is a good time to think about summer annuals. We planted a whole section of our vegetable garden with zinnias. It was probably the most photographed area we have ever done. It was beautiful. The butterflies love zinnias and they make great cut flowers.

Other summer flowering annuals are coreopsis, millkweed, gallardia daisies, cosmos which come in a variety of colors and of course sunflowers.There are many different sunflowers and some of them are pollenless which makes them nice for cutting.




Peaches, plums, cherries should be sprayed for shuck split with a fruit tree spray, a combination of captan and malathion.  This controls sucking insects, aphids and scale.  This spray also controls scab and plum curculio which causes wormy fruits and brown rot.  Chlorothalonil can be added for superior scab control.

Keep spraying your daylilies for aphids. Use Neem or Malathion. In lieu of spraying you can use a fertilizier with a systemic insectcide or one of the Bayer products that is systemic. It can be mixed up in a watering can and poured on the daylilies. It lasts up to 60 days. Spraying your daylillies with Neem will also help with the rust problem they often have.

African Blue Basil

It is now safe to plant all herbs. Plant basil, dill, parsely and all frost tender herbs. There are so many basils to choose from and each adds a little different flavor to your favorite dish. African Blue Basil is a beautiful addition to the flower garden and a favorite of the bees.

While we are on the subject of herbs, join Debbie Boutelier on May 25, for a seminar on Medicinal Herbs. For further details about this program click here.



Shelley has grown a wide variety of tomato plants this year. There are heirloom, slicing, paste and cherry tomato plants and many in between.

When planting your tomatoes, remove all but a few of the very top leaves and plant them deep so that they can form roots along the stem or use the trench method and lay the root and stem in a trench curving the end with the leaves up and cover the stem with soil.  Your plant will make a much larger root system making them more drought tolerant. I often put a hand full of pulverized limestone in the hole when planting, it helps to prevent blossom end rot.

We also have bulk vegetable seeds that are sold by the tablespoon for $1.00.

In the vegetable area there are plants of squash, melons, a variety of peppers and many others for those of you that need just a couple of plants.

Check your squash plants for squash bugs and vine borers. The vine borers can ruin your entire crop. Row covers work well but remember to remove them when the squash flowers so the bees can pollinate them.


Dr.Powell and his crew will be at Pepper Place again this year. Look for them about the middle of the month.
Summer Annuals

Most of the pansies are still looking greart but soon the hot weather will make them stretch and wilt. Now is the time to get your summer annuals. The selection is best before Mother's Day. There are so many different plants to choose from.

Some of my favoirtes are the Angel Wing Begonias and the Sun Patiens. They are so many different colors of Sun Patiens it is hard to decide which one to choose. They are happy in the sun or shade too.




We should start picking our blackberries about the first week in June.  If you would like to come and pick please call the shop to make sure that we are picking that day, 205-646-0069. 

Remember the Black and Blueberry Festival is June 8, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.