Maintain a thick layer of mulch around plants to hold in moisture and suppress weeds.
Warm season vegetable seedlings (tomatoes, squash, peppers, eggplant) and seeds (corn, beans) can still be put into the ground through July for fall harvest.
Plant Brassica family seeds (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower) in August for winter harvest.
Carrots, beets, and turnips can be planted by seed all summer.
(Thank you to California Gardening Magazine, published by the San Diego Floral Association for wonderful seasonal gardening information.)
For a more detailed planting guide, go to Master Gardener planting guide.
Keep your soil covered with plants or compost. Grow cover crops (lava beans, alfalfa) – they heal and enrich the soil.
If you use only kitchen scraps in your compost pile, you create a bacterial compost which weeds and Bermuda grass love. Add straw and paper to make fungus predominant compost. This is good for most plants.
Plant cool season vegetables such as:
Brussel sprouts mustard
fava beans spinach
kale Swiss chard
Environmental Working Group’s latest consumer guide highlights 12 of the worst chemicals that are known to disrupt cancer-related pathways and gives you tips on how to avoid them. You will also find guides to minimizing exposure to pesticides in produce, chemicals in sunscreen and other personal care products.
Their website is here.
ARCHES (Alpine Ranch Creative Health and Ecological Solutions) is a non-profit organization, offering classes on healthy cooking, nutrition, and sustainable gardening. We sponsor the school garden classes at Jamul Primary School.