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June Garden Updates!

Well the garden is certainly blooming – I can’t believe how fast things are coming up! Unfortunately we seem to be going head to head with bunnies (and other garden critters) and as you may notice, some gardeners have been constructing removable fences around their plots – so far I have yet to come across and non-physical barriers that have been effective for rodents, gophers and rabbits.

  • BEETS- If you seeded some beets in early spring, you’ll likely be thinning the beet patch and eating beet-leaf salad. TIP: Eat young beet greens fresh, in a salad. As they become larger, the leaves become tougher—at which time you can treat them like spinach and steam them.
  • GARLIC – It’s time to harvest the scapes! These are the long curly things that are coming out of the top of each plant. It’s actually the seed head but when pinch off right at the bottom (where it appears to be coming out of the plant) they can be used as a tasty addition to salads and stir-frys. They are delicious. Although edible, I’d suggest you leave a couple of the garlic scapes intact so that you can later harvest your own seed from the garlic.
  • TOMATOES have started blooming. I’ve started tying them to the stakes. You’ll see in the picture that there is red lettuce coming up under the tomato plants. TIP: Scatter some lettuce seed under your tomato plants now. In the heat of summer, the shade of the tomato plants will provide a cooler spot for a lettuce crop.

TRAIN AND TIE TOMATO PLANTS – If you’re staking your plants, you should have stakes in the ground and be tying the stem to the stakes now. The tomatoes are already blooming and once fruit start to form, the weight of the fruit will pull down the plants. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to tomatoes but you might want to do some research to figure out what’s best for your plants, depending on your situation.

– Some people let them vine along the ground unsupported, which is how they’re grown in the field. Left alone, the stems will fork, giving multi-branched plants. Some people grow them upwards on stakes, leaving only one main stem. Some people take a path somewhere in between. For a little more information on sorting out staking, check out this link:

http://www.garden-helper.com/articles/techniques-for-supporting-tomato-plants.asp

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