Moisture has been plentiful these past few weeks, and while it certainly helps our plants to grow, sometimes it can be too much of a good thing. Below are some suggestions to help your plants ‘weather’ the weather.
Drainage is crucial during damp weather, so be sure to dump out standing water in your planters and hanging baskets. Water-logged soils literally drown your plants’ roots. During extended periods of rain, move them under an overhang or even into the garage during heavy downfalls. When we have a lot of rain, it’s really easy to forget about feeding our plants. Our rule of thumb is to fertilize every seventh watering. In sunny weather that turns out to be about once a week. When rainfall takes care of the watering, it’s still important to feed your planters and hanging baskets. The first sunny day, allow your plants to partially dry out and then feed the next morning.
With all this moisture, it won’t be long before we see tomato blight. Now is the time to do what you can to prevent it. A good and inexpensive preventative is to lay down about 5 or 6 layers of newspaper around your plants, then cover it with a layer of straw. This provides a clean environment for your plants and prevents the rain from splashing the soil, and with it the fungal spores, onto your plants. An added bonus is that it will keep weeds down, too. This same technique works great around your cucumbers, melons, squash and pumpkins. Clean growing space will result in more produce.
If fungus does become a problem, we recommend Fung-onil, a multipurpose fungicide that controls leaf spots, rust, blights fruit rots, mildews, scab, and molds on vegetables, fruit trees, flowers, shrubs and shade trees. And to prevent Tomato Blossom End Rot, we suggest Rot-Stop to control the calcium deficiencies that cause it.
Now is also the time to take action to prevent black spot on your roses. We think Bayer’s All-In-One Rose Control is the best product on the market for this.