Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Summer gardening tips

A continuing compendium of tips and tricks from Home & Garden Television. The following are tips for summer gardening:
- Peas in the summer garden before they get overripe. If you're growing them to shell, harvest them when they are plump. If you're growing peas for their juicy sweet pods, pick them when they're thin.
- Broccoli reacts to the heat by turning yellow and trying to flower. Harvest it before it starts flowering, then continue to let it grow and you'll get small broccoli heads.
- Carrots and onions thrive in the heat. Let the foliage grow because it actually feeds the vegetable underground.
- Tomatoes prosper in the heat, but if overnight lows get too warm the flowers will fall off and the plant will not be able to set fruit.
- To ensure pollination in tomato plants, shake your tomato plants gently to help spread pollen.

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