Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Great Indian summer

So far it has been a great Indian summer.

The cool evenings are now just what the apple
and pear crop needs to ripen and become great
tasting fruit.

Many of the summer grapes are now done.  Wine
grape season is upon us or soon will be.

Tomatoes are still coming on gang busters.
Gardens started slow but are continuing to do well.
It is a tad bit late but as the weather continues to
hold, plant garlic and plant the winter garden ASAP.

Powdery mildew is hitting the pumpkin, cucumber
and squash plants.  Next year plant the bushes further
 apart.  An application of sodium bi carbonate each
week will help keep the powdery mildew from covering
the leaves.  Some people have had success with Neem
oil in low amounts.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hort happenings

A warmer than average September.  Strange   to realize
 that we have had 90-100 degree   weather in June, July,
August AND September.   

Usually we get a little warm weather just   as school starts
but it has been warmer   than usual......what ever usual or
average   weather is in the Willamette Valley.   

Bartlett pears - full harvest.  Prunes/plum -   full harvest.   
Apples are slower at ripening.  Still need   cooler evenings.   
Tomatoes just keep on giving.  For local markets, it has been
a good year.    The first of the year freeze/cold was tough  
on all plants; plus strawberries and cherries.    Powdery
mildew is hitting pumpkins, zucchini,   cucumber hard.   
Over all, it has been a good year with "bumps"   in the road.   

Hazelnut harvest will be starting soon.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weeks weather

The next 10 days look like sunner rather than the
 beginning for fall.   The temps will average 83-92
highs, and the low 49 to 56.

This is great for the tomatoes and warm season

With the short wet weather, we had a small infection
 period of tomato and potato late blight but the warm
weather has stopped the infections.

The weather will also prolong the ripening
of the apple crops as we need warm days and
COOLER nights.

Bartlett pears - should have been picked or are picking.
Early Gala apples - ripe.
Italian prunes - last week and this week.

Grapes - last week and the next few weeks for juice
grapes.  Taste them daily and then pick when they
 have the right amount of sugar.

Friday, August 29, 2014

For 8-29-2014

Apple crop - harvest continues.
Bartlett pears - picking.  Pears are turning
yellow but the insides are still not quite ripe.

Blueberries - some late varieties.
Blackberries - current crop has small berries,
due to the continued hot weather.
Some fall yellow raspberries.

Tomatoes - going gang busters.  Be aware as the
 weather MIGHT change to cooler and wetter;
be ready for late blight on tomatoes and potatoes.
This summer, early blight has been on many
tomatoes, but the diseases has not hurt the plants,
just yellow, spotty leaves.

Poor green bean year.
Garlic down this year.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Insect counts for the week

Corn ear worm and cut worm are in high
 numbers this week.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

August happenings

Bartlett pears - should be ready next week.
Gala apples - soon.

Blueberries - near the end of harvest.
Grapes - verasion or turning purple and should be ripe in
less than two weeks as long the days are warm.
Yellow or golden raspberries - ripening.
Blackberries - berries small due to warm weather.

Acorn squash - doing well.
Tomatoes - lots of them, all colors.
Kale - doing well all season.

Lots of grass - let go dormant.  It will turn
green in the fall.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weather 8-18-2014

Monday August 18

Briefly, weather will continue to be dry, except for thunderstorm 
action here on the east side of the Cascades (but that, too, will 
diminish heading into the new week).

Generally, temperatures for the week will be warm early, turning 
cooler by Thursday, as a NW flow turns on the onshore breezes. 
The weekend should remain dry, with rather cool conditions 
considering the time of summer.

A repeat: all indications are for a short, but rather hot, heat-up by 
Monday /Tuesday next week, the last one of August 2014. Highs 
in the 90s still look probable for most locations.