Children’s Vegetable Garden Program Agenda 12, May 9, 2015

Our day started with the task of pulling the weeds to make sure the organic fertilizer goes to the plants instead of the weeds.

We found out that it is a never ending battle with the bugs as evidenced by what we saw today. Are we going to win this battle, you bet we are!!! We found nymphs of the leaffooted bugs feeding on the foliar tissue & tomatoes, piercing the fruit with their proboscis and sucking the juices thereby causing distortion & discoloration. Spinosad  will take care of the nymphs and adults but squishing the eggs with gloved hands eliminates the nymphs from hatching.

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Another problem we encountered is the early blight on tomatoes that is caused by a fungus which overwinters in the soil. Lower leaves turn yellow & brown. Early blight is more common after periods of heavy rainfall & humid weather & we have had a lot of heavy rainfall and humid days. The best control is prevention. Remove & destroy infected leaves & treat organically by drenching with fungicide until leaves are dripping, at least once a week. Rotate crops for the fall season, early blight remains active for one year and be sure to water the soil  NOT the plants.

Tycoon tomatoes are producing large beautiful fruits and some of the BHN 968 are ready to be harvested today. Some onions will be harvested today also. The ‘Cheers’ head cabbage will be perfect for next week’s vegetable contest, the yellow squash with their blooms have spread out & we can see little squash peeking out from under the leaves getting ready for the Vegetable Contest next week. The ‘Diva’ cucumbers are blooming and climbing their trellises reaching out trying to touch the face of the sun. At the end of the day the cucumbers will be drenched with spinosad, I just know we will win the battle of the bugs!

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At the end of the day we fertilized the plants with Hasta Gro, 1 oz.per gallon of water.The violet carpet petunias are blooming more profusely today due to being dead headed last week. Dead heading or pinching off spent blooms to prevent the seeds from developing will produce more flowers.

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  1. Bush beans – 1 gallon
  1. White Stream Lobularia – 1/2 gallon.
  1. Yellow Squash – 1 gallon.
  1. Diva cucumber – 1/2 gallon.

Nora Richards

Bexar County Master Gardener

Class 8

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