Think Twice About Hot Summer Garden Says LSU AgCenter Horticulturist

Thomas J. Koske  |  4/19/2005 10:28:29 PM

Distributed May 2004

There are not a whole lot of heat-loving vegetable crops, laments LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske. The horticulturist lists the meager choices.

In late spring, you can plant collards, vine crops such as squash, cucumber and pumpkins, or crops like okra, malabar vine spinach and southern peas.

"The rest is a big risk," Koske says.

If you plant tomatoes, plant only the heat-tolerant varieties like Solar Set, Sunchaser, Sunmaster or Sunleaper. You might also try cherry tomatoes for summer fruit.

"Mostly, however, I would take a break from gardening until starting the fall crops," Koske says, adding that he would use the fallow time to clean out weeds like cocograss-nutsedge with a glyphosate herbicide.

The LSU AgCenter horticulturist says the key to nutsedge management is not letting the plants form ‘nuts’ in mid- to late summer. You must cultivate well or spray them out.

"Fall plantings will start soon enough," Koske says.

For related landscape topics, look for Gardening and Get It Growing links in the Feature section of the LSU AgCenter Web site: Other yard and garden topics are available from an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office.


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