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banner_gardening_tipsAndrew said there is a legend that when the snow has melted off the saddle of the mountain at the south end of Cedar, then you can begin planting your cold crops in the garden.

Garth plays a radio playing softly by the garden. Some people say it should be a talk show and some say it should be hard rock music. This is supposed to keep the skunks away. They are not supposed to like being around human noises.

Richard trims the tops of his tomato plants around the end of July or the first of August. He learned that any areas that have no fruit, or only blossoms, will not be able to fully develop fruit by the middle of September (our estimated growing season). By cutting off this excess growth, the strength goes into the existing fruits to make them become better.
(FROM THE FARMERS ALMANAC: Determinate tomatoes, those that produce for a short period of time and finish, do not have to be pruned. Indeterminate tomatoes, those that grow until frost—or you pull them¬– can be pruned at any time. Pruning will help the plant to put its energy into producing fruit that matures, instead of producing lots of flowers that never develop.)
NOTE: Richard has some large round black planting containers (approximately 5 gallons) if anyone would like them.

Joyce grows her thyme and Rosemary in buckets so that they may be moved into the house during the winter and then moved back to the porch during the summer.

Gary stated that he got a tip, several years ago, from an older Enoch resident. He was told that when the silk began forming on the ears of corn that you should apply a couple of drops of the mineral oil on the silk of each ear and it would prevent bugs from damaging the corn.

As your onions begin developing well they should be sitting more on the top of the soil than being buried by it. If you planted your onions too deep, and the roots are established, but the soil comes up over the onion, pull dirt away from the top of the onion.

Many people say that planting by the moon is a great way to help plan your above and below ground crops. Go to almanac.com to learn more.

Melinda sometimes uses companion planting in her garden. She has a book called “Carrots Love Tomatoes” by Louise Riotte. This book explains the plants that benefit each other when planted together.

Joyce said that when she plants her peppers (sweet and hot) she places four wooden match heads in each hole with the pepper plants. She said it needs to be the old type of matches that have sulfur on them, not the new green matches. The matches give the peppers the phosphorus that they need to do well.

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