This year I decided to inveatigate growing a vegetable garden. Every year I've planted tomato plants and had great jersey tomatos. This year I did those and in addition I planted lettuce and cucumbers (kirby). The lettuce was wonderful and the kirby;s are just now starting to grow so I'll let you know how it goes.
AS i have ben looking i have i have foudn some interesting stuff and would like to share:
Produce: Prime dates:
Blueberries July 5 to August 10
Broccoli July 1 to October 31
Cucumbers July 5 to August 15
Eggplant July 20 to September 30
Peaches July 20 to September 1
Peppers July 15 to October 31
Plums JUly 15 to August 15
Potatoes July 20 to September 30
Squash June 25 to Septmeber 1
Sweet Corn July 5 to August 31
Tomatoes July 10 to septmeber 15
This is are the best times for the freshest produce in New Jersey. Support your local farm market and farm stands.
Something else I discovered while attending a class at vegetable 101 in Deep Cut gardens great class and they will continue to have it once a month until Dec. use organic fertilizer on produce that you do NOT peel the skin and use regular on produce you peel the skin. This also goes for purchasing produce organic vs other.
Stay Fresh Tips:
Wash produce as you eat it. NOT when you buy it.
Store fruits separetly from vegetables, because fruit give off a gas that can shorten the life of a vegetable.
Some produce such as melons, potatos, tomatoes and squash are best at room temperature.
Allow peaches, plums and pears to ripen on the counter before putting in refridgerator.
I'd be interested in hearing your opinions.