Summer’s Here

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Best. Summer. Garden. Ever.

In the summertime when the weather is high, you can chase right up and touch the sky…

The lovely flower above is borage. A gorgeous edible flower that repels the tomato hookworm! Its flowers and leaves can be used to make tea and its essence is administered for courage. Bees love it too and it’s important to attract bees to your vegetable garden. It grows easily from seed.

Always plant flowers with your veggies. We need those bees (in the biz we call them pollinators, and for good reason). Try marigold, nasturtium and sweet alyssum.

Summer is an important time to WATER your plants. Most of my clients do not water enough. I count to 40 as I water each plant. You can chant your favorite mantra, sing a refrain of a song or say the Hail Mary. Just water deeply. When in doubt, get in touch with your soil. Dig six inches deep with your hand and see just how moist the soil is. Mulching with compost or straw helps prevent evaporation.

Another Erin tip:

Plant your pepper plants in containers. They like to have their roots bound. Kinky peppers! 🙂

Summer Planting Master List

plant all these this spring: basil, pole or bush beans, berries, chives, cilantro, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, kale, lettuce, watermelon, cantaloupe, mint, mustard greens, onion, oregano, parsley, peppers, rosemary, sage, summer & winter squash, swiss chard, tarragon, thyme & of course, tomatoes

Why Didn’t I Know This About Tomatoes???

There are 2 very different kinds of tomatoes and you can’t tell by looking at them…you have to check your labels!

INDETERMINATE – buy if you want tomatoes all year and have lots of room. These will need staking and pruning, and you will have a smaller yield over a long period of time…sometimes year-long.

DETERMINATE – buy if you want that summer bumper crop and are short on space. These guys are more bush/less vine but will need pulled out after the summer. Do not prune.

And when in doubt, plant a cherry tomato. They are way easier to grow than slicing tomatoes. And to foil squirrels from eating your perfect tomatoes, pick them early and let them ripen inside…where it is safe!

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