Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2001
Regional Report

Harvest Vegetables

Continue to keep beans, cucumbers, squash, and tomatoes picked, whether or not you use the harvest that day. If many fruits are allowed to mature on the plant, production will slow and then cease. Fruit also stops producing due to hot weather. Be patient. Fruit set will begin again 10 to 14 days after the temperatures dip below 85oF to 90oF.

Freeze Tomatoes

Freeze excess vine-ripened tomatoes for winter use. After washing, cut out the core, cut them into quarters, and place tomatoes on a cookie sheet so the pieces don\'t touch. When they\'re frozen, transfer them to bags or containers for use as desired.

Fertilize Berries

Feed and water raspberry and strawberry plants. The size of next summer's fruit is determined this month so the more fertilizer and water applied now, the bigger the berries will be next spring. Propagate bramble fruits by bending the cane tips to the soil surface and burying 1 or 2 nodes, one inch in the soil. Prune them away from the mother plant once rooted.

Remove Tree Suckers

Remove tree suckers and water sprouts (long shoots growing straight up from the base of the trunk (sucker) or branch (water sprout). Keep trunks of young trees painted with a light-color, matte-finish, indoor latex paint to protect them from sunscald.

Cut Flowers fo Drying

Choose a dry, sunny day to harvest globe amaranth, baby's breath, cockscomb, lunaria, strawflower, and statice for drying. Cut them before the flowers are fully open or they'll shatter as they dry. Hang stems upside down in an airy room to cure.


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