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Your Regional Garden News - Zone 6

August 1 to August 30

 

Discover what you should be doing right now.  Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.  

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August and the heat continues at least for most of us in August. The biggest challenge in the gardens in mid to late summer is keeping up with the produce and the weeds! Here are some tips to help you this month.

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    Harvesting Great Vegetables.

    Harvesting Great Vegetables: Part of the fun of growing your own vegetables is bringing them minutes-old to the kitchen. Key to getting the best from your vegetables is to harvest at the right time. Knowing what to do with all those summer squash, tomatoes and beans is another matter! Here are some harvesting and cooking tips:

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    Harvest Helpers.

    Harvesting beans, potatoes and berries takes a large bucket or basket to hold them all. We have a great variety of baskets and buckets that hold all your produce and save the number of trips from the garden to the kitchen.

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    Books for summer vegetables.

    Sometimes we need inspiration when the bounty from the garden gets too much. We have great books that give summer recipes, and tips on preserving the harvest for winter use.

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    Learn How to Care for Summer Vegetables.

    Beans, tomatoes and pepper are great summer crops but do you know if they need more nutrients to keep them healthy and productive all summer? We have growing guides for many of the vegetables in your garden, and it is a good idea to check them out.

     
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    Bug Patrol.

    When the temperatures go up and the humidity goes up, there are fungus and bugs that like to take advantage of the flowers, shrubs as well as your vegetables. Keeping the crops well-watered is essential, but even then some bugs will arrive. Be ready with our range of organic treatment products. Remember – even with organic treatments it is important to know what your plant is suffering from so that you treat it correctly and always READ the LABEL!

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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • After the husks have turned brown and the kernels have dried a bit, harvest homegrown popcorn, shell the corn and pour it into clean old nylons. Hang the filled nylons from the rafters in the garage or garden shed. This allows air to circulate around the kernels resulting in uniform drying of the popcorn and a balanced moisture content critical for high-quality, “poppable” kernels.