Category: What To Do Now

WHAT TO DO IN AUGUST!

npkzFEEDING YOUR PLANTS!

How Much and What Fertilizer Should You Use? Some gardeners have the best intentions for the growth and health of their plants, but inadvertently over fertilize by thinking “if a little bit is good, more will be better.” Too much can be worse than not enough. Other people forget to fertilize then overdo it with one big dose of plant food after months and months with none. Too much at one time can be worse than not fertilizing at all. This applies to houseplants as well as in-ground trees, shrubs and flowers.

If you think you have over- or under-fertilized your plants, come in to either of our stores to find out ways to deal with problems that may have occurred. Different plants need different types of fertilizers. Stop by either of our locations and ask our gardening experts. They will be happy to help you determine which fertilizer(s) are best for you.

For more information about fertilizing  click here and learn more about how to choose the right fertilizer.

HARVESTING TIPS!

 

pickling

Here’s a tip about how best to harvest your cucumbers!

There are two main types of cucumbers. 

Slicing varieties are meant to be eaten fresh, while pickling types (pictured above) are bumpy, rough and even though they can be eaten fresh, blanching and pickling enhances their flavor.

Whichever variety you choose to grow, you need to know how to tell when cucumbers are ready to pick. It’s not an exact science, however, cucumbers need a fairly long growing season and are ready for harvesting usually in 50 to 70 days.

Cucumbers generally should be harvested when they are small, dark green and are firm to the touch. Some varieties, however like the Lemon Cucumber, are harvested when they turn yellow while other cucumbers are white when they are mature.

TJ’s TIP: When you slice open the cucumber and it looks like it is drying out and/or slightly hollow… that means that the plant is probably not getting enough water. Hollow cucumbers, or any hollow fruit, may result from inadequate fertilizing, inadequate pollination, but the most common reason is irregular watering. Always maintain an evenly moist soil, not too dry and not too wet.