Garden checklist: Keep picking to prolong harvest

08/23/2014 12:00 AM

08/22/2014 11:58 AM

Enjoy the peak of flavor from your summer garden – and make it last a little longer. Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant to keep them producing.

• To prevent the spread of brown rot and other problems, clean up debris around fruit trees. Pick up dropped fruit.

•  After cleaning up, feed fruit trees for better production next year. Make sure to water deeply first.

• For more summer blooms, feed begonias, fuchsias, annuals and container plants with fertilizer high in phosphate. Always water plants before feeding.

• Start the fall vegetable garden. Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots and potatoes directly into vegetable beds.

• Transplant cabbage , broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, as well as lettuce seedlings.

• Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

• Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

Debbie Arrington

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