Changing weather patterns in Colorado have left us with unusually late hailstorms and hot weather in the 90’s. The heat can inhibit germination in what would typically be cooler season plantings. The lettuce I planted the last week in August for a late cool season crop are still tiny, and the onions I planted have not germinated. .
When I looked at my tomatoes, peppers and squash I found white chips and bruising on the fruits. I couldn’t figure out what insect was attacking my produce. It wasn’t an insect at all; it was hail damage from 2 weeks before. My plants are not diseased, just injured, and they still taste fine. .
Hail can do a number on broad squash plant leaves. Mine were fairly shredded, so I removed the injured leaves which revealed healthy newer green leaves. Pruning is a balancing act, however, as photosynthesis occurring in the leaves is what provides energy to the roots and fruit. Too few leaves and the plant cannot sustain itself. .
You can protect your plants from hail by building a framework to hold 50% shade cloth over the plants. With Colorado’s intense sunlight, the shade cloth will not inhibit growth of tomatoes and peppers, and the moderated temperature may increase blossom set and productivity. .
CMG Jill, September 2018. .
My yardlong bean is doing great!!!! After I placed the trellis it took a incredible turn in regards to growth! While checking for pests yesterday I noticed a few flowerbulbs. Today, they are blooming!!! In order for them to bloom healthy and good I added some water laced with potassium.
This was done by letting some banana peels sit in water for a couple of days. I could've added inorganic fertilizers but chose for the organic route.
Furthermore, my gai choy seedlings are doing very well. The weather is actually doing most of the work. Rain mixed with sunshine is the perfect combo!
Ps some of the gay choi plants are on sale. Dm me for the info😁
The patunias are hanging on and hanging out with the #fallmums . I'm trying my best to keep my flowers healthy and vibrant as we approach fall weather and the growing season nears its end!! Ready for fall, but not quite ready for winter yet!!
Time for some organic carrot juice! Carrot juice helps to increase metabolism, improve vision, boost immune systems, reduce cancer risk and lower cholesterol. What’s not to love about these orange dynamos 🥕🥕🥕🥕🥕
What’s the battle in your garden? For me it’s lack of sun. I have so many big beautiful trees around! I don’t have a spot anywhere in the garden that gets more than 5 hours sun... trust me... I’ve watched and watched 😊I’ve put my veggie patch in the corner of the garden where it’s gets morning sun in summer and mid morning to mid afternoon sun in winter. I’ve done my best 💚
The morning glory have already lost most of their leaves, but are still flowering a lot. The alyssum is also still very beautiful, and so are the strawflowers. Please forgive the mess, but the relocation project of some of the raised beds for next season has already started. I hope to get most of it done before it gets too cold.
My big sister, brother in law and nephew finally made it up to the property and just in time for a big garden and egg harvest! I love sharing my passions and homegrown food with my family! They left with 4 jars of pickled zucchini, 2 jars of pickled duck eggs, 10+ large zucchini and 7 dozen fresh eggs! 🥒🥚