for Mark’s reference next year…..a couple ‘new’ lessons I learned in this weird 2016 summer of weird cool/warm/damp/dry summer . . . . .
1. Tomatoes. water regularly, sure, into Late July or early August…when you have all those tomatoes out there, GREEN …. ripening is encouraged by reducing the watering…. it convinces the plant, summer’s almost over… and by mid-Sept, QUIT watering the plants.
2. Tomatoes – yes, keep pruning any and all dying leaves, THIN out thick inside growth to allow venting and more tomato fruit growth…… do all you can to maximize the use of the cages to help those heavy branches keep from splitting.
3. CUCUMBER – esp. LEMON…. **Plant this against a fence side…. and encourage that thick bunch of vines this plant makes to grow up along the fence. the “lemons” aren’t ever so heavy that they’ll hurt vine growth.
4. Peppers – don’t plant a whole row….we keep planting several odd types, and they NEVER mature in our cool summers.
5. Corn – GET seedlings started EARLIER next year in little pots, even if you have to re-pot b-4 putting out in the garden….use the 1 variety that’s always worked here: Golden Jubilee…..
6. Where? **Tomatoes were in the east-north side 2016….move to opposite next year.
7. HERBS – remember to plant just inside a fence opening access so you don’t waste time just going out to get some mint, parsley, etc.
8> More later?