A little rain to wash all of the summer dust off
of the plants. We need a LOT more rain...
Apples and pears still being picked.
Hazelnut harvest in progress and looks like a good
crop for the mid valley and good crop elsewhere
in the state.
Still a lot of green tomatoes out in the fields and home
gardens. As long as the weather stays dry, we are OK.
If we start to get cool weather, look out for tomato -
potato late blight. So far it has been pretty late blight
Maple trees are loosing leaves pretty fast already.
Other than the rain, irrigation MAY be needed until
we get a major weather change.
Grapes - table types nearing the end of their cycle.
The cool evenings are now just what the apple
and pear crop needs to ripen and become great
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.
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.