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Vegetables and Herbs

  • Vegetables need at least 1” of water each week to remain productive. In sandy soils apply 1/3” of water every third day to keep the top 6-8” of soil moist. In clay soils, water once or twice a week.
  • If your squash or zucchini plants collapse, they probably have squash vine borer. Inspect stems for borers and squish or drown if you find them.
  • Be on the lookout for early blight on tomatoes.
  • Keep soil consistently moist and don’t over fertilize to avoid blossom end rot on tomatoes.
  • Allow some basil plants to bloom to attract bees. Sow a new crop each month to harvest leaves.

Fruits

  • Figs ripen from June through August. Harvest fruits when they soften and turn downward.
  • Begin harvesting blueberries but wait a week after they first turn blue to pick to develop sweetness.
  • Harvest blackberries in early morning for best quality.
  • Blackberries require “summer tipping.” When canes reach 30” to 36” tall, cut off the tips to promote side branching.

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