Summer is officially here. We've been having summery weather in our area for several weeks, hitting highs over 100 F some days. We hope your summer growing season is off to a good start, or will be soon. Tomato plants bearing ripe fruit have steadily taken over the trial garden at Valley Oak Tool Co.
Nothing is quite like picking your own sweet corn. Corn needs warm soil for best germination. Plan on making several sowings over your season. That way you’ll get to harvest throughout the summer. Corn needs plenty of sun, warmth, and water.
Grape leaves really put on a lovely show of glossy green foliage in the spring. In one garden we have an old grape vine, which has climbed up into numerous trees, and offers a dense shaded area once fully leafed out. The leaves are so copious that we did some research into how to use them to make dolmas (stuffed grape leaves).
Springtime for gardeners means planting, weeding, and enjoying the beauty of flowers and new veggie plants. It can also involve dealing with such unpleasant visitors as aphids, gophers, slugs, snails and marauding scrub jays pecking away at just-ripening fruit.
Our peach trees are putting on lots of fruit this year, and now is the time to thin the immature fruit. Thinning the fruit is an important part of ensuring a good crop of large peaches, and will also help prevent breakage of branches and limbs later in the season.