to Jesse and Donn's backyard, well almost!
Our most recent meeting
My apologies for the
newsletter delay, but I did not attend the last meeting down in
Sarasota, and neither did my trusted feedback givers, so I am flying
blindly here. Still, it was at Jesse and Donn's, so even at its
worse, they would have made it wonderful!
will be on Sunday, August 19th at 5:00.
We will be heading to our northern boarders up in Palm Harbor and the
the home of John and Norm. Yes, they are welcoming up again, to
their beautiful home in Lansbrook. They have plenty of space for our
whole group, so let's try to fill up the place! The pool is
always fun, and they are inviting anyone to come a couple of hours
early to enjoy the swimming.
enough to share in the potluck, and when you are in line,
remember that everyone behind you in line also wants to sample the same
goodies as you, so moderation. You can always go back for more!
Directions to next meeting: Login to Members page
Don't forget to bring something
good for the plant raffle!
Florida Gardener's Almanac:
monthly timetable of gardening chores:
The Height of Summer! Here’s a list of things to do in your
Suncoast Garden this month.
Trees and Ornamentals. Shop for a fertilizer that contains
or timed-release nitrogen. To determine the correct amount of
fertilizer to use, simply divide the first number on the fertilizer bag
(which represents nitrogen) into 100. Apply this amount per 1,000
square feet of lawn and landscape area. Broadcast the fertilizer over
the soil or mulch and water. The nutrient and water absorbing roots of
trees and shrubs are concentrated in the upper 6 to 12 inches of soil
so there is no need to punch holes in the soil--simply water the
fertilizer in. Watch for
lacebug infestations. Examine plants weekly. These
sucking insects attack azalea, pyracantha, and sycamore producing
whitish speckling on the upper leaf surface. Shiny black spots of
excrement can be found on the underside. Treat when necessary with an
insecticide or horticultural oil. Spray roses to
prevent black spot and powdery mildew disease.
Symptoms of black spot are dark, round spots with yellow halos followed
by dropping leaves. Purchase a fungicide labeled for the control of
these diseases and follow label directions. Fertilize
muscadine grapes after harvest. Mature, producing vines
should receive 4 to 6 pounds per year of 6-6-6 or 8-8-8 with 25% to 30%
of the nitrogen from slow release sources. Split applications are more
efficient than a single application so use 1 1/4 to 2 pounds per
application and apply three times per year (recommended times are late
March, May and just after harvest). Fertilize
outdoor potted plants. Soluble fertilizers should be
applied frequently during the spring and summer months. Or a slow
release fertilizer, such as Osmocote can be applied once or twice
during the season. Correct palm
and cycad deficiencies. Queen palm, paurotis palm,
and king sago frequently develop manganese deficiencies. Look for
yellow, brown, or distorted growth on new leaves. Foliar sprays of
manganese sulfate (not to be confused with magnesium sulfate) at a rate
of 1 teaspoon per gallon along with one pound of manganese sulfate
applied to soil will correct this deficiency on the next flush of
growth. Add organic
matter to garden soil. Grass clippings, leaves,
manure or compost are all suitable as soil amendments. Till it in, wait
two weeks and have soil pH tested. County Cooperative Extension offices
offer soil-testing services. Plant
vegetable seeds directly in the garden or seed bed. Sow
watermelon seeds by the 10th, but delay planting others until
mid-month. Sow seed no deeper than twice its diameter. Remove old
flower and seed heads from annuals, perennials and crape myrtle.
Prune off old flowers to encourage blooming. Groom roses to
enhance fall bloom. Remove dead and dying twigs
and reduce length of excessively long canes. This is a neatening, not a
major pruning. Lightly prune
poinsettias for the last time. Flower buds initiate
in October. Pruning after September 10 results in small bracts
(flowers) or none at all. Start cuttings.
Take 4 to 6 inch cuttings of tip growth. Remove
lower leaves. Dip cut ends in rooting hormone and stick cuttings in a
sterile, moist soil mix. Cover soil and cuttings with a clear plastic
bag. Place in strong, indirect light. Establish
plants during the rainy season. June through September
are usually rainy months. New plants require frequent irrigation to get
established, but you can reduce work and water by taking advantage of
according to the needs of plants. Lawn grasses and
vegetables may need 1/2 to 3/4 inch of water twice a week in summer.
Water the lawn when 30 to 50% of the lawn shows signs of wilt
(blue-gray color, folded blades). Place a few shallow cans or glasses
in the irrigated zones and measure how much your sprinklers apply.
Adjust your timer schedule accordingly. Landscape and fruiting plants
will suffice with 1 inch of water per week. A rain shut-off device will
override an automatic irrigation system in the event of rain.
Sources: Florida Home Grown; Florida Gardening Month by Month
Again, I can only repeat that I did not attend this meeting. I
can tell from the fine photos on our facebook page that Randy and Shiva
took that it was overcast, and I believe they said it sprinkled out
once or twice for a few minutes after eating.
There was a small turnout at Donn and Jesse's home., about 20 people
and 6 guests. This is small considering it was a new location for
most. Still, I am told that it was a very nice group.
Donn and Jesse were prepared for our visit. Almost all of the
plants in their garden had printed lables, telling about the plants.
I have heard from several people that the dish Jesse made was
tremendous, and was a very welcome addition to the potluck.
Jesse, as many of you know, does not participate in the
potluck due to severe dietary restrictions, so it is always special
when they have something to share.
Since we had no business to discuss other than Pride results, there was
no business meeting after dinner. The meeting ended
with Jim leading us in the plant
raffle. The ever generous Donna and Jesse donated about 100
plants to the raffle, so there was more than enough for everyone to
take home plants!
Our next few
meetings will be in Pinellas County, all North of St. Petersburg.
I have heard a few rumbles about this from our friends in other
areas. We can only go where we are invited, so we do our best to
make things as convenient as possible for our hosts. If you would
like to host an upcoming meeting, please contact Shiva or any of our
board members. The meeting can't be any closer than your own back
As it turns out, Rich, our program director has found some very
interesting speakers who happen to own specialty nurseries. This
has resulted in new locations and businesses who welcome us for
meetings. This usually benefits us by way of special
prices on the items they sell.
This next meeting, for example will be at John and Norm's in Palm
Harbor. The speaker is a specialist in Begonias. While he
normally gets a speaking fee, he is waiving it in favor of the
opportunity to sell some of his stock.
Please help the club to defray speaker's fees by purchasing their items
and by patronizing their nurseries!.
If my version of the meeting is incorrect, please let me know!!
are for the calendar year and now due.Pay
online, or pay at our next meeting.
us with any updates or changes.
Upcoming Group Outings
to help coordinate a group outing?This
month would have been an ideal time to schedule a sidetrip to Selby
Gardens since we are going to be in the area for our monthly meeting.
has asked Rakes and Blades to spend
an afternoon poolside and come up with ideas on how to make it a
tolerant paradise.If you are
interested, emailBud G.
Upcoming Rakes and
Blades Meeting Locations:
August 19th - John and Norm in
September 16th - Islands Bamboo,
October 21 - Wilcox Nursery, Largo
November 18 - Jim Ferri, Sarasota
you want to host a
meeting or event, or make a presentation, please contact one of our
board members - email links below
Our monthly board
meeitings are on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm - 7:30pm.
All are welcome to attend and participate. Meetings are at
the St. Pete MetroCenter -www.metrotampabay.org/