July 2012 Newsletter

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Gardening Question of the Month

Q: What’s the best way to store leftover seeds?

A: For best results, store your seeds in sealed bags in a cool place. The freezer is a great spot to keep your seeds, and storing them in this environment will help them last longer.

Weeds in Your Garden

Your garden may be your pride and joy, but the sight of weeds invading your precious garden space can definitely ruin your day. When weeds show up, they often come in full-force to relentlessly threaten your garden. Ignoring the weeds that start to pop up around your vegetables can soon lead to an overwhelming situation.

It is important to keep weeds in check to help your garden plants stay in optimum health, since weeds compete for space and resources. Many gardeners also dislike weeds simply because these invasive plants are an eyesore in an otherwise neat and tidy garden.

Although the battle with weeds may seem never-ending, you have various choices of methods for control and prevention. One of the simplest ways to get rid of weeds is to stay on top of the problem by pulling them as soon as you find them popping up in your garden. The key to this is to pull the weeds when they are small. It’s easy to pluck a tiny plant out of the soil, but it’s different once the weed has grown deep roots that won’t come up easily.

For bigger weed issues, there are tools you can use to make the task of weeding easier. Devices designed to yank weeds out of the ground can be a great help to the gardener whose crop has been overcome with weeds.

Another option is to use sprays to help kill weeds. These might be weed poisons, or something less potent that can kill or weaken these unwanted plants. You’ll need to be careful, however, when spraying poisons around your vegetable garden. For this reason, many people choose more organic methods that will have less of an effect on nearby vegetable plants. Common household items like vinegar have been known to help with weeds, for example.

For prevention, mulching the garden bed is a great way to slow or stop the growth of invasive weeds. Using mulch with landscape fabric can work even better at controlling weeds and keeping your vegetables safe. Mulching may not be ideal for all gardening situations, but it can work great with larger plants and weed-prone areas around the garden.

Although this time of year can be the worst for weeds, do your best to stay on top of the problem to keep your vegetables healthy.

July Recipe

Cooked Swiss Chard

1 bunch of Swiss Chard
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

-Wash the Swiss Chard thoroughly, then trim the leaves from the stems. Discard stems.
-Heat a frying pan with the olive oil and garlic. Add the Swiss Chard leaves and salt and pepper, and stir. Reduce the heat, cover, and cook for 3-5 minutes more.

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