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September Discussion Thread: Bring the frost; kill the bugs.


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1 hour ago, HoarfrostHubb said:

Apparently the summer weather was a bonus for Mass apple growers, bad from other crops... from an article in the Glob the other day:

"Happily, June’s heat and sun followed by July’s plentiful rain has yielded a healthy crop. “Apples are going to be big and juicy this year,” says Nicewicz. “The water helped their size.” At the same time, the rain was problematic for peaches, he says. “They lost some of their flavor with so much water and less sunlight.

Bob Connors, fifth-generation owner of Connors Farm in Danvers, agrees: “The apple crop looks beautiful this year. Wish I could say the same about the cucumbers and tomatoes.” He explains that the early-summer heat wasn’t detrimental because the orchard got abundant water in July. “The trees never stressed,” he says. Water is critical, from rain or irrigation, when the fruit is sizing during summer months."


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2 hours ago, dryslot said:

One of my better ones up here this year but all that is left are some tomatoes and peppers, Everything else has gone by.

Average at best here - had some issues with fungus on the beans (though mostly after a planting had been picked) and on the spaghetti squash vines.  Oddly, the cukes right next to those vines are fine, though yield is BN.  Carrot tops look lush.  The white fungus on the beans began in late July; the month's RA was 2" AN but it was the endless cloudiness of July/August that fostered the rot.

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12 minutes ago, moneypitmike said:

My daughter's 4-times postponed wedding is slated for next Friday (in MD).  Hoping for the best!

Good luck MPM.  Congrats.

Just a cloudy day up here today, still a bit dewy though.  Plenty of water from yesterday, the mountain is soggy.

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39 minutes ago, mreaves said:

Most of your garden is container, right?  That’s got to be a huge advantage in a year like this. 

Mine is 100% container and the heavy rain doesnt really affect it. The weeks of cold and rainy weather in July did though. But mine is still going pretty strong, biggest issue is plants falling over from having too many fruits.

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