• Harvest Your Summer Vegetables in August While Planning For Fall and Winter Crops
    Monday, August 3, 2009 at
  • August is the time to enjoy tasty homegrown vegetables and fruits, and take pleasure in the beauty of green plants, trees and flowering annuals. It's also time to plan your fall and winter gardens, says Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of premium soil products and one of the state's largest green materials recycling companies.

    Pick Your Summer Vegetables: Even with a modest garden, summer vegetables are in abundance and ripening continuously in August. You may have run out of recipes for all your zucchini and squash, but pick them regularly even if you don't plan to use them immediately. This will stimulate new growth so that the plants continue to produce into fall.

    Plant Your Fall and Winter Vegetables: Plant seeds or starter plants of fall and winter vegetables such as green onions, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, mustard, radishes and beets. The seeds and young plants will benefit from August's warm soil. For seeds, the germination process greatly increases in warm soil, than in the cooler soil of fall and winter.

    Plant Cool Season Annuals: You can also get a jump on your winter flower garden by planting seeds for cool season annuals. These annuals include calendula, delphiniums, pansies and snapdragon.

    Garden Maintenance: To ensure your garden looks its best, set aside time each week to spruce up your garden by removing dead flowers from rose trees and other flowering plants. Keeping up on flower removal will help trees flower longer. Trim and shape fast growing trees and bushes. Pull weeds while they are small and before they have the opportunity to go to seed. If the seeds are allowed to germinate, you will be battling new weeds next year. Plus, weeds steal nutrients from plants and sometimes attract insects that can harm the garden.

    Water Smart: Deep watering will help plant roots grow farther into the ground where there is more moisture than near the surface. A quick watering every few days is a waste of water as the water evaporates quickly before it can reach a plant's roots. Make sure the soil is moist at least three to four inches below the surface.

    For more gardening tips, go to www.agromin.com.

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