According to the local fish-wrap the weather is 4 degrees cooler than
normal here, north of San Francisco.
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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