Contented Acres Produce

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Summer is Here

Summer weather has finally arrived in the valley and soon folks will be stopping by my farm stand asking for tomatoes. The shortest season tomatoes require over 60 days from transplanting to first harvest. Hopefully we'll have tomatoes before the end of June - but we can't have them on the first 90 degree day of summer.

If you don't have all your summer veggies in yet - it's not too late! Started tomato, eggplant and pepper plants can still be purchased. Melons, squash, and cucumbers will grow nearly as quickly if direct sowed in the garden - especially in warm weather like we're having now.

The advantages of late plantings include quicker growth and healthier plants as they start off in ideal weather. Also, plants that are sown or set out now will produce all the way until frost as long as you keep them free of pests and diseases.

So, get out in your garden and grow your own! There's still time for a productive summer garden when you consider that "summer" in the  Central Valley can continue through October.

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