Summer Vegetable Tips
- Tap your tomato plants to encourage good pollination – this involves gently tapping the blossom stem, causing a vibration, Water every day and start feeding them weekly once fruits set.
- Mound the soil up around your potato plants. It does no harm to the plant if the soil covers the stem; on the other hand, being exposed to sunlight can turn them green and in some cases, poisonous. The same general principal goes for celery plants – as the stalks grow taller, pull loose soil around them to hide the stalks to keep them tender.
- Consider growing a lettuce container garden – they’re beautiful! They don’t require full sun, so a partially sunny area is fine. Growing in pots discourages many lettuce-loving critters, and some copper tape around the rims of the pots will keep snails and slugs at bay. This time of year you can start them from seeds, adding a few more each week or two for a continuous supply.
- Pepper plants like slightly acidic soil and lots of iron and magnesium so if yours start looking a bit yellowish, mix up some Liquid Iron and watch them green up and grow up!
- If you are growing Tomatillo plants, remember you have to have two plants for pollination – one on it’s own will grow fine but will not produce fruit.
- If Deer are helping themselves to your veggies, try our Deer Ban capsules placed every 15’ around the perimeter of the garden. One application followed by one more in 4 – 6 weeks should get you through till most harvests.