Baby tomatoes are on, corn is singing taller and taller!
Sow or transplant lima and snap beans, beets, carrots, celeriac, celery, chard, corn, cucumbers, egg-plants, oakleaf and other heat-tolerant and bolt-resistant lettuces, melons, okra, peppers, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, New Zealand spinach, summer and winter squash, and tomatoes. Keep the party going!
Transplant Terminitus No, no, not really, but here’s what happens and what to do! You thought you would just run over to the nursery, pick up some plants and pop them in the ground, be home in jig time! Those plants at the nursery have been well fertilized, growing quickly in the warm weather. Root bound! Not the end of the world. Just gently spread out those roots so they can function – breath, drink, pick up nutrients, get their toes tickled by microbes! Sprinkle mycorrhizal fungi right on their roots for more uptake! Otherwise, at the end of the season, and you wonder why they didn’t produce very well, pull them out, why, whoa, out comes the little ‘plug’ just the way you put it in, six pack shape. The roots never got to do their job. Maybe your plant wilted frequently. Water didn’t help. Ok, got it? So just take those extra moments. Everyone will be happy.
Compost well where you want foliage crops – spinach, kale, and lettuce. No compost, especially no manures for carrots or beans. Carrots get hairy and forked when the soil is too rich, you wasted your Nitrogen. Beans will make handsome leaves but no beans. Same with strawberries. And no chickie manure for strawberries.
Would you believe?! Harvesting takes twice as much time as weeding? It’s true. But know you gotta do it to keep your crops coming! Otherwise, your plant thinks it has done its work and starts quitting.
Here’s a TOMATOES, POTATOES, and especially PEPPERS Tip! Several times during blossoming time, dissolve one tablespoon of Epsom salts in a watering can (gallon), and spray or sprinkle the solution on the leaves and blossoms. Pour the remainder in a ring around the plant at the dripline. This magnesium treatment will give greater yields for eggplants and squashes too!
The first squash blossoms don’t set fruit, don’t worry. They’re male blossoms. The female blossoms (the ones with the miniature squash at the base of the flower) come next, bees pollinate them, you will have fruit!