Peppers can be staked as well. Using similar one-inch square stakes, place them about every fourth plant with twine running from stake to stake. Start the first twine four inches above the ground. As the peppers grow, put another string about every four inches above the first. Start with the first stake and go on one side of the plants. Then go around the next stake and so on. When you get to the last stake, come back down the other side of the plants to box the plants in and keep them from falling over. For tomatoes, some people simply use wire cages to put over the plants. The plants grow and are supported by the cages. Another method is to drive a one-inch square, four-foot stake into the ground by each plant and tie the plant to the stake. By Terry KelleyUniversity of GeorgiaThe seeds have come up, the gnats are out in full force and the garden is growing. It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer. Well, not exactly. It’s time now to trellis some of those veggies you planted. Trellising gets the plant and fruit up off of the ground, making way for better quality fruit and less disease. It also helps to maintain order in the garden and makes harvesting easier. Trellising is one chore that should be done fairly soon after plants are established. Cucumbers also grow better when trellised. You can use four-foot fencing wire and some posts to build a temporary fence beside the cucumber row. Then just train the vines up on the fence as they grow. You’ll find and pick your cukes easier. Eggplant can also be staked. Tomato stakes or rebar, a common steel bar used to reinforce concrete, can be placed next to each eggplant. Then secure the plant. If you have a long row of tomatoes, you can set a large post at each end of the row and again about every 20 feet within it. Attach a wire across the top of the posts and about four inches above the ground. Use twine to tie each plant to the wires for support. Be careful not to cut into plants as you tie them with twine. But keep the twine tight enough to support the plants. Don’t forget to scout for insects and disease problems, too. Keep your weeds in check and water as needed. A gardener’s work is never quite done. But doing chores when needed will help you relax and enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer a little more.
Tottenham have agreed a £17million deal to sign midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians, according to the Brazilian club. The Brazil international held a press conference on Monday, one day after lifting the Confederations Cup with his country, to confirm he is leaving the Sao Paulo club. The club also said in a statement on their website that Spurs were set to pay 20 millions euros (£17m) to release the player from his current deal. “It’s hard to say anything at a moment like this, but I am sure those were three wonderful years in my career, with many titles and working with the right people, who always helped me,” Paulinho, 24, told reporters. “What I have to say to Corinthians is ‘see you soon’. Pretty soon I’ll be back, owing to everything you have done for me.” The statement from Corinthians thanked Paulinho for his contribution to the team, with the midfielder helping them win the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2011 and both the Copa Libertadores and the Club World Cup last year. He scored 34 goals in 167 appearances for the club and was also instrumental in Brazil’s 3-0 victory over Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup. Spurs offered no comment when contacted on Monday night. Press Association