Thelma’s garden always had a bumper crop of vegetables. She says she started growing her own veggies for two reasons: to know they were free of pesticides and because the kids would be more likely to eat them if they helped grow them. Follow her tips to help your harvest and to get more veggies on the plates in your home.
When it comes to radishes, Thelma swears by the Farmers’ Almanac. It says that you have to plant them by the dark of the moon or they’ll go to tops. She says the only thing she follows the Farmers’ Almanac for is her radishes. When she doesn’t follow it, she doesn’t have radishes.
While the stalks are delicious, rhubarb leaves are poisonous if eaten, so be sure kids and pets don't eat them. Thelma has found a great use for them nonetheless – keeping aphids away. Put a pound of chopped rhubarb leaves in a pot and add a quart of boiling water; let the mixture sit overnight, strain it and add a tablespoon of deter gent. Then place the liquid in a spray bottle and spritz your plants with it ever y now and then.
Never count out the seeds you’ve planted. Thelma once waited years for parsley plants to grow from seed. When they finally sprouted, she was tickled.
Thelma grows onions every year, and since they’re hardy perennials, they keep going without any maintenance. She likes to put them in her garden next to her beets and carrots to help keep the bugs away.
To prevent weeds and rotting, Thelma keeps her cucumbers mulched with rhubarb leaves or grass clippings. There’s no need buy mulch when your garden provides it for free!
Tomatoes and Peppers
Thelma’s advice for tomatoes and peppers is to water them about an inch a week. With the right amount of sun, they’ll grow like the dickens!