By Jannie Vaught Using the tomato due to its popularity and my personal keystone plant to evaluate the garden’s condition. Will extreme heat kill my tomatoes? Maybe not. Will heat especially nighttime temperature affect fruit set? Yes. Heat consistently above 90 and nights above 70 will greatly reduce the plant’s ability to flower and pollinate. There is a critical time when the first tomato flowers … Continue reading How High Day And Nighttime Temperatures Affect Tomatoes
By Jannie Vaught, Tomatoes are for this gardener finishing up as the temperatures have soared to above 100! But this is the time for harvesting the final crop and enjoying the fruits of your labor. For me it has been tomato canning time and as I grow Heirloom tomatoes, saving the abundant seeds for next year and to share with fellow gardeners. Saving heirloom seeds … Continue reading Tomatoes
By Jannie Vaught, Last week we had severe storms that had high winds. And what occurred out in the garden was this. Some of the larger tomato plants had their leaves curled inward. On inspection, after I re-tied them, I found no yellowing or insects under the leaves and no Mosaic Virus mottling on the leaves. I went to the computer to the Texas A … Continue reading Tomato Leaf Curl
By Jannie Vaught Our gardens are beginning to shape up! Our potatoes have been hilled for the first time, Compost and Phosphorus and Tomato Tone along with some Calcium Nitrate granules all measured and mixed into the compost, wheelbarrow going down the rows and placed at each plant and a handful between for the growing roots to find. All this done or still in process. … Continue reading The Whole Picture Of The Garden
By Jannie Vaught Plan first, sort seeds and decide what you need to purchase. You can still plant some cold crop plants, Asian greens, lettuce, radish, and spinach. It is also bare root fruit tree season and cane berry time. Most nurseries will begin to have fruit trees and blackberry plants in or will have them in soon. If you purchase small blackberry plants it … Continue reading What To Do In The Garden In January?
By Jannie Vaught This is the big question most gardeners get, and it is simply the fact that after the winter and a slow spring we are hungry for a homegrown tomato. Here are some numbers, and they also can vary due to soil temperatures and when they were planted in the garden. After you have started them inside lovingly under lights and a heating … Continue reading How Long Does It Take To Grow Tomatoes?
By Jannie Vaugh I don’t know about you but this has been a steady week of planting the garden! Tomatoes and peppers have been the first focus. They have been getting tall and leggy under the lights outgrowing their little pots. They have been outside to harden off and get used to the sun and wind. Now they are ready for going in the … Continue reading Focusing On Tomatoes And Peppers For The Spring Garden
By Jannie Vaught Tomatoes! The one I patiently wait to ripen, and this year is a “doozie”. They took their own sweet time to ripen, then all of a sudden my counters are loaded with beautiful tomatoes. Here are some cool facts about the tomato: Thought to originate in Peru, the name comes from the Aztec word “xitomatl”, which means, … Continue reading Xitomatl