Growing vegetables in the summer heat of Redlands will be the subject of the Horticultural Society – Redlands Daily Facts

Mindy Kuhn of SunnysideLOCAL Farm in Redlands will speak on “Growing and Maintaining Your Crops Through the SoCal Summer Heat” when the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at the Redlands Church of the Nazarene, 1307 E. Citrus Ave.

Kuhn will talk about managing vegetable gardens during the summer, with a focus on growing heirloom tomatoes and maintaining them over a long season, according to a press release.

SunnysideLOCAL is a small urban farm, nursery and jam making business with a connection to Redlands agricultural past. Thanks to the water-sharing irrigation system dating from 1882, the trees in the farm’s grove receive mountain water in two-week cycles.

After a career in pediatric nursing at UCLA Medical Center, Kuhn moved to Redlands with her family in the mid-1990s and she and her husband began managing their Sunnyside Avenue garden and grove. The farm is now home to several varieties of citrus fruits, berry bushes, herbs and heirloom summer tomatoes, according to the press release.

The Kuhns practice composting, erosion control, crop rotation and water conservation and choose crops based on biodiversity and climatic constraints. They manage pests with beneficial insects, organic herbal sprays and companion plantings.

Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society programs are open to the public. For more information, visit Redlandsgardenclub.com.

Jessica C. Bell