For your summer vegetable garden, try to keep empty spaces filled with producing vegetables. Succession plantings of green beans can go in until the first of August. Late plantings of cucumbers, summer squash, and tomatoes can also do very well. If your spring planting of squash has been ravaged by the squash vine borer, pull the infected plants and toss them in the garbage can ~ not the compost pile ~ and plant fresh seed. In addition to planting your fall garden, be sure to keep the diseases and insects under control. If you have tomatoes or eggplants, I am sure that the Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB) has found them. These
Tidewater Gardening have well-drained soil, or a welldrained raised bed, you can cover your plants with a straw mulch after the first hard frost and the plants will continue to grow and produce for you during the late fall and early winter. I remember one year cutting beautiful broccoli heads on Christmas Day! Fall crop seeds may be a little slow to germinate because of the high temperatures in late July and early August. Try lowering the soil temperatures by covering the seed bed with a f loating row cover like re-may, or some other shading material. Wait until August for the fall planting of peas.
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Tidewater Times July 2017