Page 86

Tidewater Gardening

to plant extra since they stay on the plant longer to mature and produce fewer peppers. If you have limited space, try trellising beans, cucumbers and tomatoes. Drive stakes for future supports at the same time you plant tomatoes. If you use metal cages, install them when you plant the tomato transplants. If you try to install the stakes or cages later, you may damage the plant roots, foliage or stems. If your plantings are exposed to wind, trellis and stake downwind from the prevailing winds so plants lean against the supports when the wind blows. Most of the vegetable transplants that you purchase have been grown in peat moss pots. This is convenient, but I have also seen where incorrectly planting these peat pots can cause problems as the plants grow. When transplanting seedlings in peat pots to your garden, be

overgrown spring-f lowering shrubs like forsythia, f lowering quince, spireas and weigela. These plants set their f lower buds in the fall, so if they need a major pruning job, you can do it now. Take out no more than one-third of the branches at any one pruning. In shrubs like lilacs, you should prune out the dead f lower heads and the oldest, thickest diameter branches that come from the base of the plant. This “renewal� pruning will help to produce new wood and stems that will set f lower buds in the fall. The soil has most likely warmed up in the vegetable garden, so you can start to plant warm-season vegetables like green beans, squash, cucumbers, melons, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and sweet corn. When planting orange, yellow or chocolate peppers, be sure 84

Profile for Tidewater Times

May 2018 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times May 2018

May 2018 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times May 2018