With the abundant spring rains, SAWS customers are now under Stage One watering requirements.  Watering by hand-held hose or bucket is allowed any day, any time.  Drip irrigation or soaker hoses can also be used any day, any time.  Use of a sprinkler or irrigation system is permitted any day before 11:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m.  Even with these relaxed requirements, we still need to conserve our water usage. 

The White Elephant Coffee Company is a new coffee shop in the area at the corner of Carolina and S. Presa Streets.  Used coffee grounds are good to add to compost piles, worm beds and into flower beds.  The shop owners want to recycle the grounds from the shop by giving them to interested gardeners on a first-come basis.  Stop in Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Grounds for a good cause!

Garden Tips:

  • Kill fire ants with a mixture of 3 to 4 ounces of Orange Oil to one gallon of water and then drench the mound.
  • Kill weeds by mixing 2 ounces of Orange Oil to one gallon of 9% vinegar and a squirt of liquid dish soap.  Spray using a hand-held sprayer such as an empty Windex bottle. 
  • August is a good time to trim shrubs and roses that are getting too large.  Cut them back about one-fourth.  Plants such as bridal wreath, flowering quince, mountain laurel, climbing roses and others that bloom on “old wood” should not be trimmed until after they bloom next spring. 

An observation:  A neighbor says she does not garden but enjoys seeing well-tended gardens on walks through the neighborhood.  She refers to herself as a “Garden Appreciator.”  So to those of you who are gardeners, keep up the good work.

Garden Note:  Dignity comes from a life of collaboration with nature.  (From In Search of Lost Roses, by Thomas Christopher.)