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Plant Late Season Tomatoes

July 1, 2013

We are picking lots of tomatoes now and loving every minute of it!  If you love fresh tomatoes as much as us, you can plant now for a second harvest you will be picking right up until frost.  Many garden centers have plants available now.  Pick a location where tomatoes have not been grown for the past several years (this helps prevent diseases) or plant them in a container. If you are planting in your native soil add a couple of inches of fresh compost to your existing soil prior to planting.  I like Miracle Gro Organic Choice Garden Soil (click here for info).   If you are planting in a container I suggest using Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix (click here for info).  And don’t forget to feed your plants.  I like Miracle Gro Organic Choice Plant Food in my garden (click here for info), or Osmocote Flower and Vegetable Plant Food for my containers (click here for info).

We planted our tomatoes in a new raised bed this year along with Marigolds to discourage insects.

We planted our tomatoes in a new raised bed this year along with Marigolds to discourage insects.

We got our first ripe tomatoes in late June.  I think the jury is still out on whether we have enough sun in this area to maximize our yield.  So far so good.

We got our first ripe tomatoes in late June. I think the jury is still out on whether we have enough sun in this area to maximize our yield. So far so good.

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  1. Joe F permalink

    What is your thoughts on liming this time of year for your lawn? Also, how do you feel about air raiding a lawn as well this time if year?

    • Hi Joe F… Suggest you do both of these in Fall. Lime just prior to the alternating freezing and thawing in fall helps to raise your soil pH in the root zone. Aerating now could give you crabgrass problems as you expose seeds during the time when they can still germinate and provide lots of growth this summer. If you aerate in early fall, you can put down grass seed if you need it.

  2. ive had scotts for years. my lawn is green but my center island is loaded with a fast growing blade that is yellow green thats stands out ugly and taller than the grass. scotts has tried numerous consults that have failed. my neighbors with the same care and different service dont have the problem. ideas? jn

  3. For two years in a row now, we have had wonderfully healthy looking tomato plants and tomatoes that grow but don’t seem to ripen. This garden produced good tomatoes for several years and then stopped. We always turn the soil and fertilize and water. Plants get big and several tomatoes grow at a time but seem to stay green. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Hi Bob Grove
      I do not think it is anything you are doing with your soil, feeding, and watering. Tomatoes are slower to ripen during very hot weather (when temps are in the 90’s for long periods). Does that sound like your conditions?

      • That could be the problem. I had thought that others in our area were doing well with their gardens, though. Any suggestions for keeping critters out of the gardens? We can’t keep strawberries or other low growing fruits. We have problems with rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels. We also just started grapes a couple years ago and this year they are bearing fruit and we have noticed that something is getting to them but we don’t know what. We don’t have any large animals (deer) in our yard.

        Appreciate the information!

      • Hi Bob Grove… Critter problems are tough. There are repellents (Ortho has some good ones, you can put around your garden however not directly on food crops), there are traps (however, some areas restrict you from relocating animals away from your property), and there are barriers (netting, fences, etc.) Our cat does a pretty good job clearing our garden of some of the critters you cited. Sorry I am not much help.

      • I haven’t had much success with repellents but I don’t know that I have tried Ortho brand products for that. We have used fencing and even built a wooden frame with screens and hinged doors to be able to access the fruits and veggies but found that the critters would tunnel under.

        We will keep trying:)

      • Good luck Bob. Hope you have some success.

  4. Farooq permalink

    We have a problem of these tiny fruit fly type flying insects in the yard that go staright at the face. This is the first we’ve had this issue. Could the reason be Secada invasion that we had in early June. I applied Spectracide but it hasnn’t helped. Any suggestion.

    Secondly I see bunch of half inch diameter perfectly round holes going straigh down on one side of the yard – have no idea what it is or what to do about it.

    • Hi Farooq
      The flying insects will be gone when the weather becomes cooler. Until then you might try one of the insect repellents you put on your clothes and skin. The holes you are seeing are likely from the cicadas you mentioned in your comment. No need to do anything about that.

  5. Justin permalink

    When is the best times to plant cannas in the Northeast? Also, what fertilizer and insecticide should I use, on new plantings and during the flowering season.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Justin
      Plant Cannas in spring in your area. Ortho has two combination plant food systemic insecticide products. One is a liquid concentrate you use as a drench around plant roots: Ortho Tree & Shrub Insect Control plus Plant Food. The other is a granular you sprinkle around your plants: Ortho Rose & Flower Insect Control plus Plant Food.

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