This past weekend a group of local gardeners got together to look at what some plants are doing now that the full heat of the desert is here. Bob of http://xtremehorticulture.blogspot.com taught us how to prune tomatoes and zucchini. It’s too hot for tomatoes now. Our season is short and it’s coming to an end. Some tomatoes, such as Celebrity, will regrow and produce a fall crop once the temps start dropping. Prune back these plants to the new suckers that have appeared and those will produce tomatoes in the fall. Applying a fertilizer high in nitrogen will encourage new green growth. I have two Celebrities in an Earthbox that still have some good tomatoes on them so I’m going to wait a bit for them to ripen before pruning.
Bob also showed us how to clean up zucchini leaves. Any leaves that are on the bottom and being shaded by other leaves aren’t doing much good for the plant. Leaves need sun to produce food for the plant through photosynthesis. Another gardener pointed out that she’d been told that cleaning up the leaves touching the ground will help control pests.
For the second part of the meeting, April Asher from http://artisticgardener.wordpress.com and Bob taught us about blogging. Bob pointed out that there is a lack of good gardening information online for our desert climate. He hopes a few of us will join him and April in blogging.
And so it is that I start this blog…