6 · SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017 Planting season has arrived for fall crops ByDave Vargo For Trib ToTal Media Now is the time to start planting fall crops of lettuce, endive, broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, beets, kale, collards and Swiss chard. Gardeners who plant these crops now enjoy extending the growing season and say the crops do better in the fall than in the spring or summer. The reason they do better is the soil is warmer than in spring, the temperature is more constant, and insects are pretty much done for the season. Prepare an area for these crops by mixing in some PREMIER BioMax 3-in-1 Compost Soil along with Nitrate of Soda and Espoma Garden-tone Organic Fertilizer. PREMIER BioMax 3-in-1 Compost Mix is a ready-made blend of compost, black earth and Canadian sphagnum peat moss that helps vegetables to grow healthier. This Garden Mix encourages biological activity of soils to have a larger water-holding capacity and air porosity. It is a wonderful soil conditioner. Once seeds and transplants are planted, be sure to keep them watered with a liquid fertilizer such as Jack’s All Purpose Fertilizer or Vegetable Garden Fertilizer. Continue to fertilize every time you water or at least twice a week. It’s too early to plant garlic, and it won’t be available until mid-September. It’s not planted until early October, usually around Columbus Day. But now is the time to GARDENTIP: Get a head start on weeds for next year. Every weed removed now that doesn’t go to seed is an investment toward fewer weeds in future seasons.Weeds are easiest to remove when the soil is moist.Many annual weeds are shallow-rooted and pull relatively easily.They also can be smothered with mulch at this time of year. Spend more time on perennial weeds — all of the underground portions of the plant must be removed or the plant is likely to sprout again.And, if using a weed killer, be careful of overspraying. prepare the soil for planting. Garlic grows best on welldrained soils high in organic matter. Sandy loam or loam soils have the most ideal texture for garlic. Drought or excessively wet conditions will reduce yields. Heavy clay or stony soils are difficult to work in and can cause misshapen bulbs. To increase the organic matter in the garlic bed, incorporate to the soil PREMIER BioMax 3-in-1 Garden Mix or compost. Along with BioMax, mix in 3 to 5 pounds of Espoma Garden-tone Organic fertilizer per 100 square feet. Preparing the bed now will let the soil settle and the microbes in the compost and organic fertilizer get established. In October, when the garlic is planted, apply 1 pound of Nitrogen per 100 square feet. If using Nitrate of Soda, GARDENING this will be approximately 5 pounds per 100 sq. ft. If using Urea this will be 2 pounds per 100 sq. ft. If you plant a 10x1-foot row and space the cloves 6 inches apart, you will need 20 cloves, which will be approximately a half-pound of garlic, 1 pound of nitrate of soda, 1 pound of Espoma Garden-tone Organic fertilizer and 1 pound of lime. Come next July, from those 20 cloves of garlic you will harvest 20 bulbs of garlic or about 160-200 cloves, all from a 10-square-foot area. Dave Vargo is the owner of Arnold Feed & Garden Center (724-335-1821) and Kiski Plaza Garden & Feed Center (724- 845-8201). Products mentioned in the article are available at either garden center. Any questions, call or email dvargokiski@ comcast.net. Like us on Facebook @kiskigardencenter. Lettuce is one of many vegetable crops that often grow better in the autumn months, as opposed to spring and summer. 3X1-FIL-1 TribLIVE.com • 1-800-909-TRIB Real Estate Briefs CENTURY 21 AMERICAN HERITAGE REALTY ANNOUNCES TOP AGENTS FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2017 LORI WEIG-TAMASY, AMY MYERS, MARY ANN TEGETHOFF, NANCY CALIGURI, KIM REYNOLDS (MISSING FROM PHOTO ASHLIE DANIELS) Company wide leaders are Nancy Caliguri and Mary Ann Tegethoff. In the Allegheny Township location of C21AHR the office leaders are Lori Weig- Tamasy and Amy Myers. At the Lower Burrell office along with Nancy Caliguri, Kim Reynolds was office leader and in Sarver, Ashlie Daniels came in second to Mary Ann Tegehoff to round out our top agents of the month. Great job everyone!
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