Planting in August and More…
Planting in August: There is still plenty of time to plant. Gardens should still be 80% planted. Look at the Plant Calendar under the Education Tab above for June to September planting. There is plenty of time for string beans, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, carrots and even a tomato plant so you can have late tomatoes!
Fertilizing: Plants need to be fed, just like humans! Our manure is great for the tilth of the soil but it carries no nutrients because the nutrients have been leached out by the straw and sawdust from the horse stables. Tilth is a descriptor of soil, combining the properties of particle size, moisture content, degree of aeration, rate of water infiltration, and drainage. All your plants need to be fed. A good fertilizer to use is Miracle Grow which works for everything. Do not use a long-acting fertilizer because plants need it “right now”. Always use a water-soluble fertilizer. Feed plants every 2 weeks because by then all the fertilizer previously applied is gone. The exception to that is tomatoes which you should stop feeding when you see the first fruit forming on the vines. If you continue to fertilize, you will get all leaves and less fruit.
Planning for Fall Season: If you plan to grow your own seeds for the Fall season, start them at the end of August. You can do this at home or right in your plot but you MUST protect from bugs and critters by covering with tulle. If you want Sweet Pea Flowers, plant the seeds in late Aug/early September to have winter flowers. Soak the seeds between two wet paper towels until they crack and shell a small sprout — then put in the soil. Edible Sweet Peas are done the same way but can not be planted until late October because they need cooler weather.
Gardening Hints generously provided by Joanne Rice, lifetime member.