Friday, June 12, 2009

warming up

Cool temperatures mean a little slower
growth on heat lovers like tomatoes.
The cool temperatures this June have been a little tough on the warm-season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. These plants haven't done much in the past week or so, but with a few warm days things should get going again. On the other hand the lettuces, kales, mustards, pak choy and broccoli raab have been loving the cool weather. The only problem with those are the pesky flea beetles which have selected their favorites: broccoli raab, baby pak choy, Osaka purple mustard, arugula, Mizuna mustard and the True Siberian kale. Damage however has been tolerable, and is really only cosmetic at this scale.

Check out the following links for suggestions on planting dates and information on flea beetles.

Planting the Vegetable Garden
Flea Beetles in the Home Garden

Flea beetle damage shouldn't pose too big a problem.
The plants are healthy and sturdy and should withstand it.

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