Break out the tomato transplants; it’s time to plant! Night temperatures are warm enough and so is the soil, so get those babies in the ground now. Plant them deep to promote good roots. In fact, this is a good weekend to get a lot of work done on the summer garden.
• When will those tomatoes be ready to harvest? Most varieties will start bearing fruit about 60 days after transplanting.
• With nighttime temperatures above 50 degrees F., plant seedling eggplant, squash and peppers.
• Plant seeds for basil, beans, corn, cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squash, sunflowers and radishes.
• Time to harvest, too. Bring in peas, fava beans, lettuce, cabbage and green onions. Pull lettuce and other greens before they go to seed and turn bitter.
• Mulch around plants to control weeds and conserve moisture. Be sure to leave a small circle around the base of each plant to prevent rotting stems or trunks.
• For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses and other flowering plants. (This is called “deadheading.”)
• Check for powdery mildew on grapes. If needed, spray with sulfur or potassium bicarbonate, available at nurseries.
– Debbie Arrington