By Jodi Torpey
Win the blue ribbon each time! grasp Gardener Jodi Torpey bargains all of the info you want to develop champion greens — beans, beets, cabbages, cucumbers, eggplants, onions, peppers, pumpkins, squash, and tomatoes — protecting every thing from selecting the right kinds and scheduling planting dates to harvesting, getting ready, and transporting your produce. She additionally walks you thru each point of aggressive displaying, with helpful counsel for pondering like a pass judgement on. This booklet will pride you with vigorous images of colossal pumpkins, really colossal onions, completely pear-shaped eggplants, and the farmers and gardeners who develop them. packed with the buzz of a county reasonable, it’s a enjoyable learn in addition to a fantastic consultant to transforming into the most important, tastiest, best-looking greens for miles round.
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Indd 45 For high-quality produce you may need to fertilize once a month, especially during the prime growing season. Use the fertilizer of your choice or a recommendation from your favorite gardener. Some prefer fish emulsion and seaweed extract; others use fruit- or vegetable-specific organic formulas. There are many all-purpose watersoluble plant foods on the market, too. Whatever you use, follow the recommended rates of application (or dilution, for liquid formulas). Too much fertilizer makes plants more attractive to pests and can interfere with fruit production (and your tomatoes won’t taste as good).
Look for plants labeled as F1 , a first-generation hybrid that’s the result of crossing two pure plant lines. Some popular examples of hybrids include ‘Premium Crop’ broccoli; ‘Straight Eight’ cucumbers; and ‘Sungold’, ‘Better Boy’, and ‘Celebrity’ tomatoes. indd 23 23 WHY NOT GIVE IT A GO? As with any good project, planning is key. It pays to start thinking about the end of the season before the season actually begins. During the off-season, research the fruits and vegetables you want to grow.
My wife will tell you I’m overly competitive, that I just have a competitive nature,” he says. “But it’s the excitement of watching the garden grow and seeing it be successful. indd 54 9/2/15 2:58 PM In the days before the fair, Don’s friends and family all show up to help harvest and sort the vegetables. indd 55 9/2/15 2:58 PM 56 CHECKLIST FOR SNAP BLUE RIBBON BEANS ARE YOUR BEANS READY for prime time? Judges will be looking for the precise number of well-formed pods (either round or flat) that are at the perfect stage for eating or preserving — tender, firm, succulent, and stringless.
Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening: The Secrets to Growing the Biggest and Best Prizewinning Produce by Jodi Torpey