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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014 3:11 PM

This is the beginning of spring produce harvest. Pick your vegetables in the cooler part of the day. Pick your produce in their prime before they grow too large and become tough and bitter.

Your tomatoes may have black and brown spots on the bottom. This is called Brown root disease. This is a problem caused by irregular watering. Split skins, on tomatoes is caused by the same thing. Correct watering is deeper and less often. An inch, once a week is correct for your entire landscape, except in pots.

Bitter cucumbers and eggplant is due to stress. Increase water and fertilize and pick while they are small.

This is the season to seed Bermuda grass and other sun-loving grasses. Seed only an area, in the sun, that is large enough to water everyday, until the seed has germinated and begins to grow. Then move to another area. If you are using sod pieces for a lawn, it must be kept wet until the roots and soil have connected, about 10-14 days.

The rain will do wonders for our lawn and gardens, but don’t forget the fertilizing and mulch. The mulch all lawns, trees, shrubs, and flowers should be watered one inch deep, once a week. The mulch will help control the moisture. For container plants, using ¼ of the fertilizer each time you water, is considered a good way to fertilize. Organic alternatives are; cottonseed meal, fish emulsion, seaweed extract, and compost tea.

Learn to read and follow directions on product labels. They are the result of years of research.

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