Cucumbers (Sown on May 10, 2023):
Your cucumbers should be thriving by now. Look for healthy vines and signs of flowering. Here's what to focus on this week:
• Support: As your cucumber vines grow, provide sturdy supports or trellises to keep them off the ground. This prevents rot and makes harvesting easier.
• Water: Cucumbers need consistent moisture. Ensure the soil is consistently damp, especially during hot spells.
• Fertilize: Apply a balanced fertilizer to promote fruit development. Follow the package instructions for dosage.
Onions (Sown on Jun 6, 2023):
With onions, they are still young, but you should see healthy green shoots. Here's what to do this week:
• Weeding: Keep the onion bed weed-free to reduce competition for nutrients and water.
• Thinning: If your onions are too close together, consider thinning them to provide ample space for bulb development.
• Watering: Onions prefer consistent, moderate moisture. Be cautious not to overwater, as they don't like waterlogged soil.
Cabbages (Sown on Jun 1, 2023):
Your cabbages should be getting larger by now. Here's how to care for them this week:
• Protection: Keep an eye out for cabbage pests like caterpillars. Remove them by hand or consider natural pest control methods.
• Fertilize: Use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer to support leafy growth. Apply it sparingly to avoid overfeeding.
• Water: Cabbages prefer consistent moisture. Water at the base to avoid wetting the leaves, which can lead to diseases.
As the season progresses, stay vigilant for pests and diseases. Regularly check your plants for any signs of trouble and take timely action. Remember that gardening is a journey, and each week brings new challenges and rewards.
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