• Harvest tomatoes, beans, squash, pepper and eggplants to prompt plants to keep producing.
• Give your tomatoes a deep watering twice a week, more if they look droopy or grow in containers. Also, give them a boost with phosphate-rich fertilizer to help fruiting. (Always water before feeding.)
• Get started on the fall vegetable garden. Plant seeds for beets, carrots, Chinese cabbage, head lettuce, mustard, onions, parsley, parsnips, potatoes, rutabagas and turnips.
• In a cool or semi-shady place outdoors, start seeds for cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, bunching onion and radicchio. Those seedlings will be ready for transplanting in early fall.
• Sow seeds for perennials such as salvia, coneflower and yarrow in containers or flats for transplanting into the garden in October.
• Feed citrus trees now for a better crop in winter.
• To prevent the spread of brown rot (as well as potential pest problems), clean up debris around fruit trees and pick up dropped fruit.
• Continue to feed fuchsias, begonias, annuals and container plants. Mums can be fertilized until the buds start to open.
— Debbie Arrington