The Garden Plot: Monday is the first day of summer – The Stokes News


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On Monday we begin summer and the days begin to get shorter by one minute each evening. The season of spring seems to be the shortest season of the year and its probably because in spring there is always plenty to do, which seems to make days go by faster.
The full moon of the month of June will rise in the eastern horizon after sunset next Thursday. It should be pinkish in color and a romantic moon filling the summer night. One thing to remember about the full Strawberry Moon is that the moon looks down and sees everything, so be careful what you do under this full moon!
With spring now over, the days will be having more humidity and our metabolism will automatically slow down a couple of notches. The Garden Plot may experience some relief in the form of an afternoon thunderstorm and rewarded by a colorful rainbow. Thunderstorm bring a certain amount of cool relief to sweaty conditions and a pleasant aroma to the nostrils. The remedy is also seen in the fresh look of leaves on trees.
If we go a few days without a thunderstorm, connect the water wand to the hose and water the base of all the vegetables in the garden, especially the tomatoes, to prevent heat stress.
Still time to plant geraniums
The summer season is long and there’s plenty of time to start a pot or container of geraniums. Not only do they have lush round green foliage but clusters of balls of blooms. after they bloom, you can pinch off old blooms to promote the growth of new blooms all the way until frost. If you have space inside the home, you can winter a pot of geraniums over all winter long.
Set out tomato plants each week
To assure a long harvest of tomatoes,set out plants (three or four each week) for as long as you can find healthy plants. at this time of season, purchase plants that you are assured are healthy and do not buy plants that are already in bloom or have small tomatoes on them. Also don’t buy tall plants that have legged out of their containers. Keep healthy tomato plants fed with Tomato-Tone organic tomato food sold in 4 lb. zipper lock plastic bags. This will help you produce a harvest of tomatoes in late August.
If your first tomatoes shows signs of blossom end rot, take an extra measure to control it by placing three cups of powdered lime in a sprinkling can of water and pour around base of the tomato plants.
Feeding the roses
The roses had an abundance of blooms all during May. As we reach past mid June, they could use a drink of Miracle-Gro liquid rose food or an application of Rose-Tone organic rose food applied around the base of the bushes and hilled up around them. Summer may bring the arrival of leaf mites and other insect enemies. You can control them by filling a spray bottle with Sevin and the proper amount of water and mist it on the leaves.
The old spent rose blooms need to be pinched off or trimmed so that new roses can form. As we move closer to summer, feed the roses with Miracle-Gro liquid rose food or Rose-Tone organic rose food stirred into the soil around base of the rose bush. This needs to be repeated every two or three weeks. Water rose bushes every week when no rain is in the forecast. Use the water wand and apply water only at the base of the roses.
A row of strike beans
Strike and contender green beans will perform well in warm June soil and provide an abundant harvest by the end of July or beginning of August. When sowing green beans, apply a layer of peat moss in the furrow before and after sowing the seed and then apply a layer of Plant-Tone organic vegetable food before covering and tamping down with the hoe blade.
Morning glories
Weed season is on its destructive path and the most effective way to get rid of the weed population is to pull them up by hand and toss them out of the garden. The morning glory needs to be pulled up before it develops long roots that look like drill bits. Pull them up early in their growing cycle and never let them produce vines that choke vegetable plants. Do not let morning glories bloom because one flower will produce a seed pod with hundreds of seeds.
Japanese beetles
We hope this will be a slow year for Japanese beetles. Keep a sharp eye out for these dastardly pests. Their favorite meals seem to be grapevines and roses and green bean leaves. If you see signs of them on foliage or roses, mix water with liquid Sevin and place in a spray bottle and apply a mist to the foliage on a humid sunny afternoon. Place beetle traps facing away from the area where beetles are spotted to draw them away from infested areas.
Bavarian Blueberry Torte
½ cup butter or margarine
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup plain flour
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
1 cup sugar
4 cups fresh blueberries, mashed
Preheat over to 450 degrees. Cream margarine or butter and mix in one cup plain flour. Spread the dough on the bottom and the sides of a greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish or pan. Combine cream cheese, most of the sugar and vanilla. Mix well and sit aside. Combine remaining sugar and mashed blueberries, mix well. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the dough in the baking dish or pan. Spoon the blueberry mixture over cream cheese mixture. Bake for ten minutes. Reduce heat to 400 degrees and bake 20 more minutes. Cool completely and top with Cool Whip and a few fresh blueberries.
Hoe Hoe Hoedown
8-year-old Darlene told her parents at supper that Jonathan had kissed her after school that day. “How in the world did that happen?” asked her mother. “It was not easy,” said Darlene. “It took three other girls to help me catch him.”

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