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Gardening Tips - Extending the life of your garden

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It’s not too late to reap more from your vegetable garden.

Here are a few tips:

  • Fertilize.  Side dress tomato plants with nitrogen fertilizer when fruit is well set to encourage size and flavor.  Every 4-6 weeks.
  • Reduce watering.  If fruit has reached full or nearly full size, cut back on watering to encourage ripening.  Water every 7-10 days.
  • Pick excess fruit.  Ripening fruit takes a good deal of energy from leaves
  • Trim suckers.  If they have fuzzy “future” roots you can re-plant. Remove lower leaves and dip stem in rooting hormone.  Then plant.  Voila!  You could have more fruit until the frost comes.
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