How Does Your Garden Grow
TOP 10 FLOWER, FRUIT OR VEGETABLE
If you love fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers and enjoy eating and sharing the fruits of your labor, you’ve probably started working – or at least thinking about – your summer garden. What fruit, vegetable or flower do you plant that thrives in this North State heat? Below are the answers we received from our online poll.
1. Tomatoes: The most common fruit grown in the United States, tomatoes require plenty of sun and even watering they grow well in containers.
2. Cucumbers: These veggies grow quickly and you can start planting them in April. Space plants about a foot apart and make sure they have plenty of growing space. They require full sun.
3. Plum Trees: Plum trees prefer well-drained soil. Fertilize in early spring and again in August and you’ll produce delicious, sweet, flavorful fruit.
4. Basil: Very easy to grow, basil loves the North State heat. It requires plenty of sun and good soil.
5. Bell peppers: Bell peppers take 70 to 90 days to mature. Encourage new growth and continuous production by harvesting the bushes regularly.
6. Zucchini: Because zucchini grows very quickly, it’s easy to get overrun with a bumper crop. Make sure you have plenty of friends and neighbors to help take some of the extras off your hands. Zucchini also freezes well.
7. Melons: Is there anything that compares to chilled melon on a hot summer day? Melons do best in the hottest part of the garden.
8. Onions: Onions do well in high temperatures and low humidity. They are fairly easy to grow as long as you water and keep the soil weed-free.
9. Roses: Who can resist the scent of a fresh rose? Roses grow best in well-drained soil and full sun. There are so many varieties to choose from – long stem, miniatures, climbers.
10. Rosemary: Use it fresh or dried, Rosemary grows best in raised beds in a place with good drainage and a lot of sun. Clip the fragrant leaves or sprigs anytime.