Harvesting and End of the Season Clean Up
Most gardeners appreciate wildlife, until they start helping themselves to produce and your hard work. Fencing may be your best way to deal with animals. However, Bonide Product Solutions can help you. The chart below includes common animal problems along with the Bonide Solution.
Harvest vegetables at their peak of maturity, when a vegetable's full flavor has developed. Vine-ripened tomatoes, tender green beans and crisp lettuce will have the best flavor.
At the end of the harvest season, remove plant material and debris. For containerized vegetables, do not reuse the same soil for a second season of production. Infected soil mix can spread disease into the second season unless it is properly composted. Properly composted planting media can be reused.
Cornell University Vegetable Garden Program - www.gardening.cornell.edu
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County
Fine Gardening Magazine - www.finegardening.com
"Great Garden Companions" by Sally Jean Cunningham
"The Vegetable Gardener's Bible" and "The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible" by Edward Smith
"Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew
Washington State University, Benton County Extension (straw bale gardening)
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (straw bale gardening while building good soil)
"The Home Vegetable Garden" by Leonard D. Topoleski
Insect Pests of Vegetables by Kenneth A. Sorensen, NCSU
Gardener's Supply - www.gardeners.com/