~Springing Right into Summer~
Although we have experienced an almost perfect spring for growing-it seems the hotter days of summer are waiting to pounce. Garden needs will change, rainfall will lessen and long hot days leave soil and plants (especially vegetable and fruit bearing ones) in need of water.
Most garden plants need about an inch per week except potted plants…depending on the size of pot, amount of drainage, and the plant itself.
Water gauges are a great tool for plants in pots.
I hope you have a plan for all the fruits of your labor…..vegetables and fruits are best picked when flavor is at its peak. This means harvesting when things are ready and not leaving on the plant too long. Cucumbers for example become coarse and full of seed when not picked properly. Vegetables are like flowers, if not kept harvested the plant will stop producing and die.
Vegetable crops can be divided into three categories--
Harvest as soon as they are ripe: beans, corn, cucumbers and peas.
Harvest within a few days after ripening: broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, radishes, summer squash, tomatoes, and zucchini.
Can leave in the garden for several weeks: beets and other root vegetables, carrots, kale, leeks, pumpkins, and winter squash.
Problem Prevention is worth everything in the garden. One solution does not fit all plants/issues. Know what is causing a specific problem and use the solution that best works for that. I would encourage you to always start with the least invasive line of defense. Healthy soil and healthy plants is the number one beginning, avoid wetting the foliage when watering…it’s the roots that need the water, not the leaves or stems. Row Covers are amazing tools in the garden, encourages pest to move on and look for easier landing spots.
Insect and weeds should be eliminated daily and certainly once or twice a week.
** If a plant is diseased or looks to have root or crown rot, dig it up and discard, do not put into your compost pile or leave in the garden to rot away. Remove as much of the surrounding soil as needed and replace with healthy…this will stop the disease or insect causing the issue.**
Don’t forget to dead-head your spent blooms from roses and other repeat bloomers…as long as you are removing the old, you will have new blooms continuously. (Flowering plants need plenty water while blooming) * Lily’s and Iris’s are the exception for dead-heading…it is best to allow the bloom to die and fall off with no help.
You are invited to take part in Sage Hill’s gardening classroom, simply go to the website and sign up under -Classroom- you will have access to the published material as well as one on one coaching and questions with me.
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Tip….great spray for sunburned skin~
A Cream to soothe sunburn….Mix together…Equal parts…Coconut oil; Aloe Vera and Vitamin E…rub on gently as needed.
Antioxidants that will reduce sunburn from happening (still not ok to over expose):
Vitamin C, Beta Carotene (carrots, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes)
Remember…eat local and whatever is in season as much as you can…good for us and good for the local economy…wherever you may be.