It's August, Almost Harvest Time

It’s August. Time to prepare for the most rewarding experience possible in a vegetable garden- harvest! Chances are, you are already harvesting some veggies, maybe tomatoes, cucumbers, or zucchini. But to maximize your harvest in the short time you have left, it pays to take a few steps.

For your tomatoes, you can still see results from fertilizer. Use a fertilizer with higher P and K numbers. Your plants no longer need to grow greenery, they need to focus their energy on fruits. If you are having blossom end rot, you can apply Yield Booster spray to the foliage and get good results.

Your cucumbers should be flowering by now and maybe growing fruit. The same type of fertilizer that works for tomatoes, like a Big Bloom variety, will help here too. You can remove some flowers if you think there is an overabundance, but for now you should be able to get a great harvest in the next month or so.

Squash (zucchini or winter squash) should be flowering like crazy now. You should be getting loads of zucchini starting soon, and you can keep that going by removing the zucchini as soon as it’s a usable size, before they become zucchini monsters. Check your plants daily! Winter squash will do well with some controlled flower removal at this stage, as the squash will grow better with 5-10 veggies on the vine than 20+. Limit your pure numbers of veggies and the plants will produce better and finish faster. Of course, fertilizer will feed those as well.

Finally, you can still plant some cold-temperature plants for the fall. Lettuce and spinach will do well in the fall season if started now. Water seeds well through the hotter weeks coming up (and maybe shade them with some shade cover) and they will settle in for a September/October harvest. If we get a frost, you can extend the season for your cold tolerant plants by covering them with a frost tunnel or frost fabric. That will even work on your tomatoes with a light frost. We carry both light and heavy frost material to extend harvests in the fall and plantings in the spring.

What else are you planting and harvesting? Let us know at Native Roots!