It is hard to believe how fast this summer is cruising along.
Now that some of the determinate tomatoes like Rutgers and Marglobe have matured and been picked, gardeners may be wondering what else he or she can follow up in succession in the garden as beds open up.
There is a lot of the growing season still awaiting your actions.
No one ever knows what the next week’s weather will be like, but the challenge of growing one’s own fresh home grown vegetables will get individuals out in the garden working their heart out to put something else on the table before cool weather and Jack Frost come along.
Gardeners may have already started some seeds indoors like Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. If not, a great task to do tomorrow.
Individuals also can start these in starter trays placed in a shady area so the young plants don’t get ‘heat stroke,’ or as a gardener would say, get a bad case of dehydration and die. Young plants are fragile until they have hardened off.
As long as gardeners can control the heat and maintain some moisture to the young seedlings, he or she will succeed. Other vegetables such as corn, beans, tomato, sweet potatoes, eggplant, peppers, winter squash and celery should be planted straight away into the ground for a good late crop.
August is just around the corner and towards the middle of that month individuals can start seeds for kale, mustard, radishes, turnips, more lettuce, more cabbage, beets, spinach and carrots to add to the mix. Don’t forget to start some fall broccoli, peas, winter squash, Irish potatoes, cucumbers and collard greens.
Oh, and don’t forget to space out seed starters around two weeks apart for more produce.
For any questions, stop by the master gardener help desk on Saturday mornings at the Downtown South Boston Farmers’ Market or give the master gardeners a call at Virginia Cooperative Extension (434) 476-2147.