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In the Garden
by Lacy Gray, click here for bio
Program: Food Forethought
Date: August 02, 12
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This has been a strange year for the garden. First, it was a long cool wet spring. Then when it finally warmed up, it warmed up; leaving us with tomato, cucumber, and pepper plants that, while they have wonderful looking foliage, they just aren’t producing. At first I thought it was just something I was missing in the growing process - not enough water, too much water, not enough fertilizer, too much fertilizer. But finally I decided it wasn’t me, it was Mother Nature. When it gets too hot, no matter how much you water them, garden plants just won’t produce. Reportedly, tomato pollen dies at temperatures over 95 degrees which is probably why our plants aren’t bearing much fruit. Pruning away excess foliage can help the plants use more of their energy to produce fruits. Plus I’ve been told that for the pollination process to go well the plants may need a little movement every now and then. So, if you can’t find me sometime, be sure and check the garden. I’m more than likely out there gently stimulating my tomato plants so they can self-pollinate. Strange, I suddenly feel rather cheap and tawdry.
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