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Plant dry sets of shallots from now until April! About 50-60 days after planting, tops will be ready to harvest.

(Lady Wisdom speaking) “Prefer my life-disciplines over chasing after money, and God-knowledge over a lucrative career. For Wisdom is better than all the trappings of wealth; nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her.”

A beautiful plant with an appealing name: Serena Angelonias. This plant is “Super” because of how well it does in our area. Plentiful color and little attention: that’s the benefit of choosing this plant.

Serena comes in Lavender, Lavender Pink, white and Purple. Growing 12 to 18 inches tall, Serena Angelonias prefer full to partial sun (6 to 8 hours of full sunshine).

Plant your head lettuce seed now, but not too deeply; lettuce seed needs light to germinate. Plant leaf lettuce in September. Make sure you keep your lettuce well watered.

Recommended varieties: Mighty Joe, Ithaca, Mavrick, Great Lakes 659.

In September look for these leaf lettuce varieties: Slobolt, Red Salad Bowl, Grand Rapids, Red Fire, Tango, Red Sails, Salad Bowl, Sunset, Simpson or Elite.

Want Romaine? Look for these varieties: Parris Island, Ideal, Green Forest and Green Towers.

Looking for butterhead or bibb lettuce? Try: Buttercrunch, Ermosa, Esmerelda, Nancy or Oak Leaf.

What about batavia types (leaf lettuce with a unique flavor)? Try: Nevada or Sierra.

“Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.”

Bring it to your garden! What says Fall better than yellow, red, orange, bronze and white? Now is a good time to start transitioning those colors into your garden… and what better plant to begin with than sunflowers?

Sow some sunflower seeds and in 60-80 days, you’ll begin to see Fall colors springing up in your garden! (Excuse the pun.)

Right now is the best time to plant snap beans. In 50 to 55 days, you can be enjoying your own beans! Make sure they get adequate water and choose bush beans over pole beans.

Good varieties: Provider, Bluelake 274, Roma II, Derby, Bronco, Royal Burgundy, Green Crop, Strike and Caprice. For a golden bean, choose Golden Rod Wax.

 

“Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.”

Want to add a beautiful hardy addition to your garden? Try a Knockout Rose! Knockout Roses come in the original red, but also in Pink, Blushing, Double, Pink Double and Sunny, which produces yellow flowers.

This rose produces a lot of beautiful blooms and requires little attention from you. In fact, too much attention, in the form of over-watering, does more damage than help to this plant.

This rose blooms well in the fall, as well as in the spring, so it can be added to your garden for beautiful fall color. Do you already have Knockout Roses? Get ready to prune them in late August!

 

 

 

 

Begin planting mustard greens, turnips and collard greens this month. Make sure you keep your greens well watered.

Good varieties: White Lady, Tokyo Cross, Seven Top All Top, Topper, Southern Green, Just Right, Royal Crown, Purple Top WG and Red Giant.

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