Marianne Binetti

Marianne Binetti

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Marianne Binetti

Pick lettuce, berries early in morning for peak freshness

The third week of July is time to harvest early crops such as lettuce, raspberries, blueberries and everbearing strawberries as well as fresh herbs. To enjoy the best flavor from your berries and the most crispness from your leafy crops, harvest in the morning. Early in the day, when flowers are full of moisture, is also the best time to gather roses, sweet peas and other cut flowers to enjoy indoors.

Marianne Binetti

Mid-summer pruning can lead to a second blooming season

The end of June is the time to do some summer pruning. If you cut back early perennials now, you’ll be rewarded with a second flush of flowers. Tall and spiky plants like delphiniums and foxglove can be pruned as soon as the tallest spike has faded flowers and this will allow side shoots to take over for weeks of more color.

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