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By Anne Skinner

Now that it’s summer and the garden is under way, let’s take time to focus on the gardener.

I find taking a morning walk before starting garden chores is a pleasant start to the day and loosens up my muscles before picking up that heavy watering can. I like to look at my neighbors’ front yards to get new garden ideas and see which plants work well in our area.

Another great place to see gardens of roses, flowers, vegetables, and fruits is at Bravo Lake Botanical Garden in Woodlake. Planting is best left until fall, when the days are cooler, but the soil is still warm enough to encourage growth.

A daily check on the water status of your garden is essential in this weather, especially potted plants that dry out quickly in the heat. If you have automated drippers or sprinklers, a weekly check will find leaks or plugged emitters...


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