Water in the morning

In warm weather, water the garden in the morning to give plants a chance to drink up before the hot sun or strong winds evaporate the moisture. This also protects the plants from wilting in the afternoon heat. If you can’t water in the morning, try watering in the late afternoon—but not too late. There should be enough time for the foliage to dry before the sun goes down in order to avoid developing fungal diseases.

When is Corn Ready to Harvest?

Growing corn this summer? If you are and you’re not sure when it’s ready, you can do a quick check by peeling back the shuck and piercing a kernel with your fingernail. If the juice looks milky, your corn is ready. If the juice is clear, give the corn a little more time.

Harvesting Tip

Harvesting early and often helps keep vegetable plants in reproduction mode longer, which in turn increases yields.

Havesting Onions

When harvesting onions, one good sign that they are ready is when the foliage falls over. Dig up the bulbs and store them in a dry place for at least a week.

The Best Time to Harvest

To pick things at their peak, try and harvest from your garden in the morning which is when plants are full of moisture and nutrients. You can preserve the flavor and nutrients of leafy greens and root crops by putting them in the refrigerator.

Butterflies and Bees

butterfly and bee on a sunflowerThere are a many different plants that you can use to attract bees and butterflies to your garden. Some herbs that bees visit include lavender, oregano, mint, basil, and marjoram. Butterflies like zinnias, honeysuckle, azaleas, asters, salvia, butterfly bush, dill, fennel, parsley, sage, lavender, marigold and much more.

Natural Plant Markers

Plant MarkersMake your own natural plant markers. Write the names of plants (using a permanent marker) on the flat faces of stones of various sizes and place them at or near the base of your plants. You can even write the plant spacing (1, 4, 9, 16) on the other side of the rock for future reference.