New England

August, 2001
Regional Report

Harvest Sweet Corn

Harvest sweet corn early in the day for the best flavor. Squeeze ears to see if they\'re firm and wait until the silks have browned and dried to harvest. Eat immediately unless growing the supersweet varieties that will hold their sweetness for a few days. Store in the refrigerator.

Remove Tomato Blossoms


To hasten ripening of tomatoes, remove new blossoms as they form. Chances are the new blossoms won't have time to mature before frost and they will take energy away from the developed fruit. Don't prune the branches because they are shading and protecting fruits from the hot summer sun.

Water Trees and Shrubs Deeply

When watering newly planted trees and shrubs, water infrequently, but deeply. Build a water basin around the dripline of the tree, but block the water from going up against the tree trunk. Fill the basin with water and let soak in 2 to 3 feet deep. Watering this way once or twice a week is better than sprinkling the soil more frequently.

Revive Dead Lawns


In areas that haven't had consistent thunderstorms this summer, lawns have dried up and appear dead. However, they have just gone dormant due to the heat and dryness. Unless you need a green lawn for a later summer party, leave it until fall when rains and cooler temperatures will revive it. Enjoy the lack of lawn mowing and concentrate watering on other plants.

Order Bulbs

Now is a good time to order spring flowering bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils. Many bulb companies offer discounts for early orders, and you\'ll get the exact varieties you desire. Even though orders will be received now, they will be shipped to your home at the appropriate time for planting. Just keep a copy of your order so you know what\'s coming.

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