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Don’t stop thinking about tomatoes

Promptly harvest tomatoes to keep them producing into fall.
Promptly harvest tomatoes to keep them producing into fall. Bigstock

Want more? Pick more! Enjoy the peak of flavor from your summer garden – and make your crop last a little longer. Promptly harvest tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant to keep them producing into fall.

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

▪  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 lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower seedlings.

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

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