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Re: What is up with this weather
  • Subject: Re: What is up with this weather
  • From: "Tricia" <pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2010 11:45:57 -0500

Last year I had the same problem with my tomatoes not having time to turn red before the thread of frost. I picked a ton of them and layered them in a box with newspapers between each layer. I couldn't believe how long I had tomatoes...way past January! They ripened beautifully. Of course a few didn't make it but it was worth the effort. We are having rain due to Hermine today. I hope we get at least an inch., they are predicitng 2-5 inches for us. It is coming really slow so that should help for it to go into the soil and not run off. I put pre emergent with fertilizer down yesterday. I skipped this last year and really fought crabgrass and dandelions all year. I think I will go back to regualarly putting down pre emergent from now on. We have had grasshoppers worse this year than in several years. I got nosema locusta but a little late to make a big difference. I have a lot of Master Gardeners using it so we could share a 50 lb bag twice. Next year I want to be sure to get it early.! . It seems like everything attacked this year! I hate spraying but have huge leyland cypress trees that really got hit hard by bagworms. I have pulled off 3 zip lock bags full but so many I can't reach. I still want to try to get up on the top of the pick up to try to get some more off.
I think I am ready for fall!
----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2010 9:36 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] What is up with this weather

Over Labor Day weekend it was over 100 degrees here. Got up this morning
and the wind is howling and it's 55 degrees. Welcome to fall I guess.

It is supposed to be around 80 today and then go back up into the 90s
later. My tomatoes are in the got-no-fruit stage at the moment as they
don't set anything during the summer heat. They'll start again now but
won't have enough time to ripen before frost. Mid-October there will be
some far enough along to ripen on the counter, and I have lots of
recipes for green tomatoes.

How do you like having a plot at the community garden? Are there a lot of people there, do they grow mostly vegetables?


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf Of betsy
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2010 6:28 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] What is up with this weather

Greetings from the Fire and Ice state of Colorado.

I am so bummed. Yesterday morning(Tuesday) it was a cold 30 degrees at
6am and fortunately I had wrapped my tomatoes for protection at the
house. But when I went out to the community garden where my other
tomatoes and cucumbers were growing, and a good 2000 feet lower in
elevation, all the tops were wilted and black. What gives??? They only
issued a freeze warning for the northern part of the state on the
plains. I HATE THIS PART of living in Colorado!GRRR

  Oh, by the way, it was 50 degrees at the house this morning.

Have a great day everyone and may the frost be late for you all.


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