August can be a slow time of year as gardeners wait for their tomatoes to turn red. For Food for Lane County volunteers, now is anything but slow.
Intense July heat and a lack of rain is forcing gardeners to make a tough choice on their cool weather plants: either pull them out by the roots - or chop off their heads.
Sunny days mean garden plants are growing rapidly. That also means gardeners have to pick some of their vegetables quickly or they’ll grow too large and won't taste very good. But there’s a cheap way you can preserve your produce to keep it fresher longer.
A few vegetables in the garden are now producing, but many tomatoes have yet to turn red. And if you’re noticing some early blight on your tomatoes, experts say that’s not necessarily reason to panic.
A week in the 90s with no rain is enough to leave your garden bone dry, but there are steps you should take to keep your plants from suffering heat stress.