Picture: Tom MacCubbin
Even if the tomato plants are cheap, right now, they
are probably not a good buy.
tomatoes, many peppers and eggplants stop setting their
fruits when the temperatures go consistently above 85
degrees. Some cherry tomatoes may set a few fruits but
for even these plantings good production time is over.
Do keep what plants are in the ground growing and
maturing the last of the spring harvests. Then you
probably want to remove them and get the soil ready for
late summer plantings. Tomatoes are added to the sites
around mid August to have good production for fall.
One vegetable you can be growing now is the sweet
potato. I know many of you are way ahead of me and will
be harvesting this crop in a month or two. You can still
plant sweet potatoes into July so my crop is still on
time. It then takes between 100 and 120 to get a crop to
dig. The plants do need lots of room so give them a
large enough space. You can keep them to a spot about 6
foot wide with periodic pruning.
All crops you
might grow during the summer need regular feedings. Use
a vegetable garden type fertilizer or one of the new
slow release products like Miracle-Gro Shake'n Feed or
Osmocote. Just follow the label and you won't have to
worry about feedings for 3 or more months.
are lots of vegetables to grow during the summer season
but you have to like them and learn how to use many of
the tropical types. Starts for many of these can be
found in the produce department of the grocery store.
Check out what to plant in the