Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2012
Regional Report

Inoculate Bean Seeds

Use legume inoculant on bean seeds as you did earlier with peas. The inoculant contains the bacteria that form nodules on the beans' roots that enable the plants to use nitrogen from the air. Sprinkle a bit of the inoculant powder in the hole or furrow, place the bean seed on top, cover with soil, and water it all in.

Plant Corn in Blocks

Plant corn in blocks of at least four rows in each direction to assure good pollination. Make succession plantings through the end of June only, as later plantings generally suffer from severe smut problems when they mature in September.

Fertilize Established Fruit Trees

Now that trees are growing strongly and developing and ripening fruit, they need more fertilization to help them provide a good leaf canopy with these additional nutrients.

Pinch for Bushier Mums

For fuller mum plants with lots of blooms this fall, pinch back stems after each six inches of growth. Continue pinching until July, then let growth develop naturally, staking as desired.

Go Easy Using Manure

While some manure is good for your garden, a lot is not necessarily better, especially if it's chicken manure and the weather is hot. Excessive levels of salts and ammonia may burned the roots of seedlings, reduce yields, even kill the plants, and the salts remaining in the soil may limit your choices for future crops.

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