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July 24, 2013

Heat brings pests to gardens

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The heat has caused our vegetables plants to grow like crazy. You may find that some plants have produced flowers, but no vegetables have set. The reason is that some vegetables don’t set when temperatures are above 90 degrees. Tomatoes, unfortunately, are one of them. There isn’t a lot you can do about this. It will create a lull in your crop down the road, but the cooler temperatures we are having now will mean a new crop of flowers will set and you will have fresh vegetables soon.

Remember that your vegetable garden always needs moist — not soaking wet — soil, and a steady supply of fertilizer to produce the vegetables you want to harvest. Also make sure to have in place now your tomato cages or heavy wood or metal stakes to support your tomato plants and pepper plants. Once these plants set vegetables, they get top heavy and a strong thunderstorm or a few days of rain will cause the plants to fall onto the ground if they are not supported properly.

Well, that’s all for this week. There won’t be a column in the paper next week because of Yankee Homecoming coverage. I’ll talk to you again in two weeks.

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Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is www.harborgardens.com. Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to ndn@newburyportnews.com, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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