Harvesting and pruning in the summer garden

There is a lot of work to be done in the kitchen garden in the coming weeks, from sowing winter salads and eating tomato plants to chopping garlic and pruning fruit bushes.

Help tomatoes

Let’s start with this tomato plant, which at this time should be decorated with heavy, ripe fruits. Unfortunately, early summer and the cold, wet weeks of recent weeks have not been good for these tropical plants. But keep in mind that even if you have a strong desire to start the ventilation in your glass house or polystyrene, it can increase the humidity to the point where it becomes a real threat to diseases such as gray mold and mildew. For the same immunity, organic potash-rich liquid leaves like vinaigrette.com can really improve the health and productivity of your tomato plants, and it is important to spray these. Allow the leaf to dry completely before the cold temperatures of the morning and evening.

Another important way to make your tomato plants happy and reduce the risk of disease is to carefully throw, tie, and carefully remove hand-picked leaves or fallen fruit. It also helps to remove the leaves below the lower fruit trees of the cordon species, which are indistinguishable from the tomato varieties. To encourage the growth of tomato plants, such as cordon, to keep their energy in the fruit, continue to color any side or root buds regularly. Once a sufficient amount of fruit is properly processed or stored (usually six to eight in the ground, less for container-growing plants), you should stop growing Ford-like tomato plants. A few leaves are growing above the main stem of the main stem. Also, avoid over-watering and over-eating your tomato plants, as this will reduce the taste and quality of the fruit. Instead, it is only when the fertilizer starts to dry out and you need to feed more than once a week.

Harvest of garlic

Collected garlic bulbs. Photo: iStock

Would you be surprised if your garlic was ready for harvest? If the leaves turn yellow, it is time to quickly disperse those dense, fragrant bulbs and remove the individual’s scales before they are in danger of decay. For best results, choose a dry day to do this, make sure you keep the leaves on top of them (this will help them store better) Use a garden fork to gently dig out the bulbs. Gently shake off any loose soil before placing them on a table or bench for a few weeks to dry. Once dry, the bulbs can be collected as fresh and tasty as possible and stored in a cool, dry place.

Cutting fruit trees

Blackcurrant bush is being cut down.  Photo: iStock

Blackcurrant bush is being cut down. Photo: iStock

Want some trimming? Many (but not all) fruit trees and shrubs can be pruned at this time of year to keep them healthy and productive and to prevent them from growing in their assigned area. That list of strawberries that produce summer fruit (cut all the old fruit stems to ground level and gently attach the new growth to the horizontal training wires); gooseberries and redcurrants (cut all side shoots back by a third); Cut black curves (the oldest, thickest trunks of the plant from the ground down to the bottom) or three or four. And Cordon and Spider-trained apple trees and fan-trained peach, pear, nectar, cherry and plum trees. These are more complicated to cut: Check out rhs.org.uk for detailed step-by-step instructions or get your hands on a copy of his ancient and most accessible professional series of DJ Hession Fruit Expert. Vegetable books.

Sowing winter salads

Rapidly growing winter lettuce leaves can be sown at this time of year.  Photo: iStock

Rapidly growing winter lettuce leaves can be sown at this time of year. Photo: iStock

When the insane sowing season, which is part of early spring and summer, ends next year, some crops will do better than August sowing, especially if they grow under their clogs and provide some protection. Or in a glass house or in a polite. Fast-growing winter salads are an excellent example of sowing, tasty, nutritious leaves for many months in late summer and early autumn sowing. Suitable varieties of oriental leaves such as rocket, mustard (various green roasted and red fruits), mibuna, mizuna, corn salad, chocolate and pack choy as well as some very heavy salads, such as bright little pearls, all to a weed, fertile, fruitful , Can be sown directly in well-drained soil or as young plants to their final growth. For best results, sow every two to three weeks from now until the end of September and water the plants well. Other vegetables that work well in early summer / autumn when grown under winter cover include Swiss chard and perennial spinach. Recommended seed stocks include Green vegetableseeds.com, brownenvelopeseeds.com and seedaholic.com.

Affordable cuts

Pieces can be taken from rosemary plants.  Photo: iStock

Pieces can be taken from rosemary plants. Photo: iStock

Cutters are an easy, affordable, and surprisingly rewarding way to grow a wide variety of plants, including rosemary, lavender, bay, lemon varbena, thyme, oregano, marjoram, mint, sweetwood, hyssop and sage. Semi-ripe cuttings and heel cuts are used at this time.

For best results, select young, healthy, non-flowering shoots and collect your pieces quickly in a clean plastic bag and with a few teaspoons of clean water until ready. Use semi-ripe pieces, sharp, clean handicrafts or cuttings to cut below the leaf node (one point from the stem where the leaves grow) and then trim or remove the lower leaves. Also cut any flower buds and any very soft growth at the cutting edge. With one or two leaves at the top, you are trying to reach the finished 10-15 cm stem. To cut the heel, gently pull a small side part of the stem of the selected plant or the heel still attached to the base of each side shot. Place your cuttings in a two-liter pot filled with good quality seeds and gently pat the holes around the edge of the container using a few generous plants with a fruit or vermiculite light pencil or bamboo stick. Approve them. Cover the label, generously water it, and then place the pot in a transparent plastic bag wrapped in a flexible band before placing it in a warm place away from direct sunlight. Semi-mature cuts usually take root in four to eight weeks, but if you can provide the lower heat in the form of electric propulsion or heated carpet, this will help speed up the root process.

Soil care

Last but not least, take care of your soil. I can’t worry about how important it is to open any freshly planted garden beds to the atmosphere – the inevitable consequences when we go into the harvest are damage to soil structure and soil health, loss of nutrients and rash, and unwanted weed seedlings quickly colonize the land. Instead, try to cover it quickly with organic scents (suitable examples are well-decomposed manure, homemade fertilizer, grass clippings and safe black plastic from Irish companies such as enrich.ie, mulch.ie, and geeup.ie). Another great option is to grow green manure that can be re-dug into the soil to increase soil fertility, support soil health, increase organic matter and reduce pests and diseases. Suitable varieties of green manure to sow in the coming weeks include field beans, winter vetch, grazing oats (also known as Hungarian grazing oats), crunch clover, buckwheat, and fascia. Recommended stock shares include the above with Quickcrop.ie.

This week in the garden

A horn fence is being cut down.  Photo: iStock

A horn fence is being cut down. Photo: iStock

Beach, hornbeam, lilac and tuja fence should be given their second and final receptions of the year in the coming weeks (the first should have been given back in May) in order to be orderly and orderly during the winter.

During this time many plants are producing ripe seeds, most of which can be pruned and used in the future (F1 and F2 blends are unique). Signs that the seed is ripe and ready for harvest include brown or dry stems, seeds and seeds, and seeds that are hard to touch and usually brownish-black or golden in color. Always collect ripe seeds on a dry, fresh day and place them in a clearly marked paper bag in a cool, dry place to dry directly from sunlight to air.

Dates for your DR

Sunday, August 29 (9.30am-5pm) Airfield House and Gardens, Overend Way, Dundrum, Dublin 14. The Irish Specialist Child Care Association will host an exhibition at the end of August, with many ISNA members with lots of herbs, clematis, trees and shrubs and vegetables. irishspecialistnurseriesassociation.com and airfield.ie

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