A little chore this month is to really look after the grape vine. | p.lozano
As we creep into this wonderful month of May full of sunshine and flowers the subject of watering comes very much to light. Yes, it is into serious watering time now. The ground does still hold a little moisture so it’s not quite a daily chore but it really can't be overlooked for too long. I am very much in favour of the Mediterranean way of watering which of course is a must in the heat of the summer months, this is the little gully between the rows of plants that can be filled with water and just left to sink into the ground. When the sun is at its highest and hottest in the summer we are advised not to water during the daytime and certainly not to sprinkle the plants allowing water to just stand on their leaves to work as a magnifying glass and really scorch everything. Evening time is also advised as the best time to water allowing the moisture to filter in slowly and not evaporate in the hot sunshine thus allowing the ground to remain damp all through the night. There is one exception to this. If you have a lawn of the typical Bermuda grass/ Grama, that just loves to be watered any time during the day. A great deal will depend on how much you use your lawn because nobody wants to sit on soggy grass!! But Grama really thrives from now on and will always be lush and green if watered frequently and fed with an all-purpose fertilizer every now and again. It will need cutting far more frequently from now on but watering, feeding and cutting keeps Grama looking and feeling like a real lawn. To keep a traditional Rye grass lawn looking just as nice one needs to be watering sometimes more than once a day, which means you, can hardly ever sit on it and that to my way of thinking is what a lawn is all about.
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