Borage is usually sold in the herb section of your garden store. The leaves smell like cucumbers! The beautiful blue flowers attract bees and other pollinators into your garden. Courtesy photo
Get your cage on your tomato plants while they’re still small! This simple cage system is shown about four weeks after planting. It’s made from concrete wire available from your local hardware or lumber store. Ask for the six inch grid, so you can get your hand through to pick the tomatoes! Just poke branches back in when they try to escape. Note the landscape fabric to reduce summer weeds. Good quality fabric can last for several years. Courtesy photo
The label on the fertilizer bag or box tells you what’s in it and what it’s made from. On the left is a typical synthetic fertilizer. Most of the nitrogen sources are petroleum products. The nitrogen in the organic fertilizer on the right is mostly from animal byproducts. Courtesy photo
Cosmos is a great addition to the summer vegetable garden, and an easy annual for the flower border. Plant directly from seed, or transplant purchased seedlings; they bloom from June through September and attract butterflies, beneficial pollinators and hummingbirds. Courtesy photo

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