Middle South

July, 2006
Regional Report

Harvest in the Morning

Plan to harvest vegetables and flowers in the morning, before the heat of the day stresses them. Vegetables, especially greens, will be crisper, and flowers will last longer in a vase. If you must harvest in the afternoon, chill vegetables and flowers as soon as possible.

Remove Salt Buildup from Containers

Frequent fertilizing of container-grown plants can lead to a buildup of damaging salts in the soil. About once a month, apply water to containers until water drains through the drainage holes, then repeat. This will dissolve and flush away the accumulated salts.

Eat and Freeze

Peaches and blueberries are in their full glory right now, so eat as many as you can fresh and freeze any leftovers. Peaches and blueberries make good partners in pies and cobblers, too.

Plant Pumpkins

You still have time to plant pumpkins in time for a Halloween harvest. Choose short-season, small-fruited varieties, and plant in rich soil. Keep plants watered and fertilized, and watch for pests, such as borers.


Groom Crape Myrtles

To keep crape myrtles looking tidy, trim any suckers that grow up around the base of the plants. Also, thin crowded branches to improve air circulation, which can help control powdery mildew on the foliage. Then enjoy the show!

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