Summer Salads

Above: Celery andlettuce in the pipehydroponic system

Above: Celery andlettuce in the pipehydroponic system

In your patch, sow dwarf beans, sugar snap peas, lettuce, radish, herbs, tomatoes and cucumber for summer salads. Add plenty of compost to your soil and a touch of blood and bone or good general vegetable fertiliser and work in well with a fork. Salad greens planted now will be ready to start harvesting in early December, and should still be OK up until Christmas. Remember to continue planting seedlings every three weeks to keep a steady supply all summer.
Tomatoes need a little extra work but the reward is worth it. No matter what variety you choose, add a good tomato specific manure into the soil. Then once a month drench the plants with a liquid seaweed fertiliser. Water regularly, a cousin who grew tomatoes commercially said “always water before 10am as the plants do not take up as much water during the heat of the day.”
Stake your plants well with a pyramid style form or a solid straight stake. This is because the central stem is not strong enough to grow upright on its own.
Break off any laterals as they appear. The smaller the lateral, the easier it is to break out, this will encourage the plant to produce more fruit.

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