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Week of August 16, 2021

White varieties of onions don’t store as well as red or yellow varieties.White varieties of onions don’t store as well as red or yellow varieties.

Use crop preservation methods for surplus harvest: drying, freezing, canning.

Inkberry (Ilex Glabra) is a shrub or small tree that produces berries which are an excellent source of winter food for the birds. Its summer-blooming, white flowers attract a variety of bees making inkberry a preferred choice of plantings for beekeepers. Thriving in part shade and moist soils, inkberry is hardy in zones 4-9.

Harvest and use split tomatoes immediately.

Pinch off new blooms on pumpkin vines to help existing fruit develop.

If raspberries and blackberries are on your planting plan for next season, choose a site with well-drained soil and full sun. Don’t plant red raspberries within 100 feet of wild berries. Buy cultivars that grow well in your area. Prepare a weed-free soil and plant in early spring.

Choose ‘Abundance,’ ‘Betty Corning,’ ‘Duchess of Albany’ or ‘Minuet’ for a late blooming, small flowered clematis. 

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