Garden Thoughts

Posted: June 7, 2012

Some points to ponder from Lycoming County Master Gardener Sandy Murray

Too much water is just as bad as not enough for your vegetable, berries and fruit trees.

Last year the rain and heat caused early blight on the tomatoes – don’t let it be a repeat for you. Later in the season, you may see late blight.

Wet warm weather can cause all kind of problems with your fruit trees, blueberries, and strawberries. If you’ve been blessed with more than enough rain, make sure you have good drainage – even around your vegetable garden. Raised beds help with drainage. If you have a small garden that is extremely wet, dig a small trench around your garden to help water pool like a moat and not in your Garden.

When you do need to water, don’t water the leaves, aim the water at the root system, and water deep instead of little each day. There are many fungal diseases that develop with wet leaves and poor air circulation.

When it rains, the water does get on the leaves, so be especially careful to trim unwanted, damaged leaves and allow good air circulation around your plants and good drainage around your garden and trees.

As you have questions regarding your garden and lawn, please contact the Lycoming County Master Gardeners Hotline at 433-3040. A Master Gardener can help you with your questions.