THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN
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THINGS TO DO IN THE GARDEN
 

Stake tomatoes. Double your crop. We use spiral tomato stakes.

Apply bordo mixture to tomatoes to prevent early blight. Once every 2 weeks all summer.

Prune evergreens, especially cedars including cedar hedges.

Remove spent flowers from your peonies and other spring flowering plants. It is true that if you remove spent lilac flowers, the plant will bloom more prolifically next year.

Feed container grown plants like petunias and geraniums with 20-20-20 water soluble plant food every 10 days to 2 weeks. All summer.

Relax. Hammock time... read a good book. Mark recently read Douglas Tallamy’s The Nature of Oaks…. What an amazing tree! The oak in your yard is among the most important trees in the world from an environmental point of view. They live a long time too. 

Also, by Douglas Tallamy, Nature’s Best Hope. An amazing, eye opening treatise on the impact of residential gardens and the potential they have to help solve climate change challenges.

 

THINGS TO DO IN THE FOOD GARDEN:

Especially with all this rain, make sure to apply bordo mixture to your tomatoes every two weeks from now until harvest. Stake your tomatoes as well, if you want to double your harvest by improving airflow and light penetration. We like spiral stakes as opposed to cages.

Sow leaf lettuce, mesclun, radish, carrots, broccoli, onions, carrots, peas late season crops for harvesting right into the cooler temperatures of fall.

Harvest those raspberries and cherries – important to stay on top of this job so they do not rot on the plant!

Another important job under damp conditions, spray your fruit trees with End All and Garden Sulphur to prevent fungal pressure and to keep insects at bay. Both applications are safe and you can save time by applying them together.  

 
About Mark and Ben:

Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author & broadcaster and holds the Order of Canada. His son Ben is a fourth-generation urban gardener and graduate of Guelph and Dalhousie University. You can sign up for their free monthly newsletter and find his weekly podcast & blog at www.markcullen.com.

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