The following bimonthly image galleries show what is happening in Wild Suburbia. There is a calendar of garden tasks at the bottom of the page.
May and June 2015 (click image for slideshow)
April and May 2015 (click image for slideshow)
Calendar of Gardening Tasks
January: Continue Dec. activities, weed, weed, weed some more.
February: Plant more wildflower seed in pots, harvest lettuce and plant more, remove, make monkeyflower cuttings; keep after garden spurge, chickweed, and other weeds.
March: Seed garden with sunflowers, repot container plants, rake deergrass and alkali sacaton, weed, remove some lawn.
April: Remove weeds before they set seed, start removing spent wildflowers including nasturtium, tend pots, attend garden tours, enjoy spring wildflowers; if rain was sparse, water trees deeply, allow lawn to go dry; check irrigation system for areas that will require it, plant tomatoes.
May: Remove annual wildflowers, harvest seed, leave some for the birds. Check automated sprinklers, sprinkler heads, etc. Set up automated drip irrigation for tomatoes.
June: Harvest first tomatoes (Early Girl); Continue tidying up parkway, harvest seed.
July: Deep water parkway garden; harvest herbs, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries; cut back dormant needlegrass, deadhead Cleveland sage, prune wild grape from trees.
August: Prune young oak trees for structure, weed bermuda grass from parkway garden, control wild grape by pruning.