Clean up your tomatoes.
Pull up your tomato plants by the end of the month. Any unripened fruit will ripen better indoors once the temperature starts to get colder. Keep the unripened fruit on a sunny window sill or if you have an abundance wrap them individually in newspaper, and lay them in a shallow box. Make sure you check them regularly and remove any moldy ones.
VEGETABLE OF THE MONTH
Here are my tips for growing great onions:
- Onion sets are easier to grow than from the seed. Sets are usually purchased early in the spring and you harvest the bulbs in the fall. Sets are baby bulbs that are produced the previous growing season
- Onions can be grown from seed, however they need to be started indoors very late winter or every early in the spring and transplanted out in May.
- Onions like fairly loose rich soil. It is always good to enrich your soil with compost and high nitrogen fertilizer when growing this vegetable.
- Keep the beds well weeded and water well when the leaves are forming. Size does matter, the taller the leaves the larger the bulb will be.
- The leaves of the onion stops growing when the days reach a certain length. In Canada is this around the first of July. Once leaves stop growing the bulbs start forming. July is a great time to fertilize your onion plants.
Well hopefully you did all the above, if not there is always next season. If you have any onions in your garden now is the month to harvest them.
- Harvest your onions once the tops have turned brown and the outer skin on the onion has dried.
- It is best to harvest your onions in dry weather.
- Store them in a cool dry place or hang them in a mesh bag.
Enjoy your bountiful harvest, make delicious meals with veggies from your garden and take time to relax by listening to the music on
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