June 16th, 2008

Veggie Tales

bio_lesliedHi All, Leslie in Las Vegas here.

I have many little squashes and melons, and I think some eggplants and peppers . . . and triple digit temperatures now.  It’s heating up in the desert.   It’s 104 on my porch right now.  Out in the garden it’s much, much hotter.  The thermometer blew over in wind last week . . . face down, of course . . . nuts, and I can’t read it.  It’s too hot to pick up, so I will wait ’til after dinner (dark), to turn it over.

I just finished resetting my irrigation clocks by adding some minutes to the morning watering and also adding another cycle at noon.  The plants are getting bigger . . . more water is needed for them as they grow.  I usually wait to see what time they get limp, and this is when I go around and adjust the irrigation clocks.  Today the veggies got limp at 2 o’clock and we still have a several hours of heat and sun left in the day.  This meant I need another frequency period to help them get through the hot afternoons.  By early summer I will be watering them 3 times a day, at 6am, noon and 6pm . . . 6-12-6, it sounds like an NPK number.

The heat really makes them grow fast and they are looking pretty good.

By the way, the Heartland tomatoes (not an OG test variety), are loaded with fruit and I picked a few more this morning.  Stupice (stew-peach-ka) is chugging along doing what it’s supposed to do, and we eat them every day.  Tomorrow morning I will go out with my electric toothbrush and make like a bee.  I seem to get a more prolific harvest when I vibrate the blossom petals.  I will do this to the peppers, too.

I’ll take some pictures in a few days.  Tonight I have to treat the new growth with some Die Bug.  I see some evidence that the grasshoppers are still here.  Does anyone know how long grasshoppers live? I don’t remember any issues with them in previous years and so far, they are the only uninvited visitors in my garden . . . I think.  But . . .  I’m ready to go hunting tonight.  I’ve got my Die Bug, my glass of wine, my radio, my little flashlight and my pruners . . . I am good to go.

Leslie

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