Vegetables after hail, heat, and hungry herbivores

Happy to say many of the vegetables survived the early hail storm.

Yesterday we were happy to see a big fat flower on the crookneck squash, and many more buds are appearing on all the squash plants.  I believe the nasturtiums may yet flower to help protect the squash from bugs.

The new jalapenos are taking root, and the cayennes have a number of peppers already a few inches long.  There is nothing on the ghost or poblano.  I don’t know if those had buds prior to the hail storm.

The tomatoes are coming along and have some fruit.  A single fruit on one brandywine, a few on the celebrity and the supersweets.  The black krim has not set fruit, but I’m still hoping.

The onions are very happy.

Radishes are such a hardy lot.  They are the only seedlings to survive both the hail and what ever critter finds tender shoots tasty.

Critters have killed the following:

  1. Carrots
  2. beets
  3. lettuce
  4. spinach

I am trying to decide if there is enough season left to try a second batch.  I will have to start them indoors and come up with some method to cover them.  The cover below may be just what I need.

This photo has been linked from www.grovida.com

Another possibility is using PVC pipe as a framework.  Here 2, 10 foot lengths of PVC are zip tied together to form a frame.  Then any kind of material could be strung over it.  I don’t think I will need such a large frame.

 

With the extreme heat we are seeing, its been in the hundreds for days now, I just don’t know if seeds sown outside will propagate, or how well a round of seeds grown under lights inside will adjust.   I have even hesitated to plant other perennials opting instead to keep them in the shade and well watered until this wave passes.  I am hoping it will be soon!  The fires in Colorado are plenty and extreme.

I have to decide soon.

**Of note, as this has been the strangest of years, I have not seen the usual number of bugs of all forms.  We have few bees flitting about the flowers and few flowers for them to flit about as their seasons are set so early this year.

 

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