Scott Evans Nebraska Extension
With the summer heat upon us and the National Weather Service forecasting temperatures in the upper 90’s and low 100’s, we’re going to have stress in the vegetable garden.
One of the best things you can do is mulch your garden. This helps maintain soil moisture and suppress weeds
Grass clippings make an excellent complimentary mulch. Just make sure they haven’t been treated with an herbicide.
Mulching plants also helps keep the soil evenly moist. This will help reduce the likelihood of blossom end rot in tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and vine crops.
There is also a chance of damaging flowers on vegetable crops. Pollen of many plants becomes sterile as soon as the air temperature is above 90 ° C.
This could be delayed when you receive your first tomato. We can also see leaf curling on plants. This is their response to reduce water loss throughout the day.
When watering the vegetable garden and landscape, try to do it in the early hours, between 4am and 10am. Usually this is the time when the wind is calmest, which helps reduce water loss.
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