Consider daylilies for your landscape. Look for the large bloomed selections that are blooming right now in yellow, gold, orange and rust. They are showy, drought tolerant, and not fussy about soil. The foliage makes an excellent groundcover unless you have deer in your neighborhood. Daylilies are a favorite deer food
The tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, eggplant, potatoes, peaches, and green beans are producing at their best now. Keep them harvested to insure high quality produce and an extended season.

The soil is loaded with moisture and more rain is in the forecast but San Antonio summers are always hot and dry. To preserve the moisture in well-drained soil and to reduce weed growth around trees and in gardens, apply a layer of mulch now. Leaves, compost, shredded brush, pecan shells and bark all work well.

 

Many of the wildflowers have finished blooming and dropped their seed. If that is the case on your property, the area can be mowed with the expectation that the wildflowers will return next spring.

Written by Calvin Finch
Dr. Calvin Finch is the retired Urban Water Program Director for the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.You can ask Calvin question and hear his answers on the air as he co-hosts the Gardening South Texas on the air at KLUP (AM 930) Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00pm.