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August 13, 2012 Horticulture Column

Gardening in your yard!!!

Time has come to benefit the hard work of a great garden.  My garden was really great this year with potatoes, onions, carrots, peas, beans and tomatoes all over excelling this summer.  Many other crops also exceeded very well but I did not grow any of them.  I have had gardeners having a lot of trouble with blossom end rot in tomatoes, zucchini, squash and pumpkins this summer.  Blossom end rot does affect those plants all the same way with a leather black/brown spot in the end of the fruit.  Blossom end rot first culprit is from irregular watering of the plants.  Some have said they water their plants every day and others talk about watering when ever it does not rain.  The thing with watering is we need to develop a plan to water around a week apart.  This allows the plants to develop a strong set of roots but yet keeps them healthy in a warm environment.  My grandkids love this time of year.  They like the fresh veggies and Lauren and her day really like the new tomatoes.  I told her one day she will turn into a tomato and the comment was that she will turn into a lady.  I laughed and smiled and said yes she will one day but for today she was still going to look like a tomato.  It is great fun having the grandchildren this close to us as they always seem to pop in when Grandpa is in the garden or when Grandma is making bread.  Intuition sure comes from somewhere.

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