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Post  JeanneRamick on 7/1/2012, 4:18 pm

Can't figure out what's doing this to the leaves of my bell peppers, cukes, and broccoli. Also why I have little green cukes and now some black, shriveled ones.

The green beans, tomatoes, herbs, beets, and carrots are seem to be fine.

New box with fresh MM this year, grows on a cement patio (not lawn/ground). I do use a sprinkler about 7am as needed. These old joints don't do well bending for bottom watering and the soaker hose I bought was too thick, long and twisted to be of any use ... I felt like it was trying to attack me when I tried to lay it through the 3x4 SFG bed.







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Post  littlejo on 7/1/2012, 4:37 pm

The little black cukes, probably not fertilized.

Leaves, maybe a catipilar, or some kind of bug?

Maybe overhead watering and too hot(sunburn, water on leaves) Overhead water in the pm so leaves don't burn. I know, gardeners say don't water in pm! I don't know if you are having the severe heat, but watering in pm allows plants to take in water all night, before the heat arrives.

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Post  JeanneRamick on 7/1/2012, 5:47 pm

@littlejo wrote:Overhead water in the pm so leaves don't burn. I know, gardeners say don't water in pm! I don't know if you are having the severe heat, but watering in pm allows plants to take in water all night, before the heat arrives. Jo

Yes, it's been very hot, dry and windy for the last couple of weeks.

I have great empathy for the local farmers. First we had summer temps in March, which cased so many fruits to blossom. We lost almost all of our cherry crop, and I heard the same for grapes with apples and peaches also being hit hard. Now we have this heat and no rain.

What do others think of watering in the PM?
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Post  walshevak on 7/1/2012, 9:13 pm

As long as you water early enough in the pm to allow the plants time to dry off before dark, it works very well. In the 100* windy days we have been having, I have the sprinkler set to water at 6 am and 6 pm

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