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Friday Five: Summer Garden Chores Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Friday, 08 July 2016
Deadheading Flowers

1. Watering
Whether you live in a hot and dry or hot and humid climate, most plants need to be watered to produce optimal blooms, vegetables, and fruits, especially if your region is experiencing drought conditions this year--and even if they are native species and naturally drought tolerant. Watering should be done in the early morning or early evening.

2. Harvesting
If you want to enjoy that spinach, you need to harvest it when it's ready or run the risk that the plant will go to seed. Other vegetables like snap peas won't go to seed but leaving them past their "due date" will prevent the plant from putting it's energy into growing more "fruit", or in this case vegetables.

3. Deadheading Flowers
If you don’t pick your flowers for bouquets, then it's important to deadhead them so that the plant can put more energy into producing more flowers instead of going into seed production mode.

4. Check for pests
Japanese beetles, tomato hornworms, spider mites, and other pesky critters are likely to have made an appearance by now. Tomato hornworms can be manually picked off the tomato plants. For other critters try beneficial insects, natural insecticides, or check with your local cooperative extension agent.

5. Enjoy your garden
Most people today are short on time so at times it really does seem like a chore to remember to sit back, relax, and admire the beauty that you have created.