Monday, August 23, 2010
Also, any time I go to Portland Nursery I like to stop by the information desk to pick their brains about any problems I may be having. I have to narrow it down, as I always seem to a million things I want to know about.
1). Q: How can I convince my zillion green tomatoes to ripen? A: They get about ten calls an hour from everyone in the region having the very same problem due to the cold and rainy summer. The answer is to pinch off any new blossoms and to stop watering. They said lots of farmers in the region stop watering this time of year to induce ripening.
2). Q: Do I need to thin the apple clusters on my columnar apple trees or do I treat them differently? A: yes, you are supposed to thin the fruit, especially with a young tree.
3). Q: Some of my edamame has blotchy leaves, what is wrong? A: It hasn't been a very hot year for edamame; the problem looks fungal so stop watering as the edamame plant really doesn't like that much water.
Good to know.