Tomatoes

According to the local fish-wrap the weather is 4 degrees cooler than normal here, north of San Francisco. <http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100722/NEWS/7221013
Gardens are said not to be doing well in the region, but ours seems to be doing fine, he said immodestly. It could be the choice of tomatoes. The Glacier tomato is steadily giving me a few tomatoes at a time while others (Marmand, Old German, Blondkopfchen, Caspian Pink, Stupice, and Green Zebra) set green fruit. No fruit on any of the 90 DM tomatoes though (Hawiian Pineapple, Gold Medal, Brandywine).
The peppers are also producing fruit as the main crop sets and ripens.
The success with both the tomatoes and the peppers can be attributed to the use of clear plastic mulch, which raised the soil temperature significantly. At one point, the soil temp in the peppers was 85F, and there was the possibility that some straw mulch would have to be put down to moderate the heat adsorption, but as luck would have it, the weather cooled off.
In any event, if you live in a cooler region, your garden would benefit from clear plastic, even now.
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