Western Mountains and High Plains

July, 2011
Regional Report

Be Patient with Peppers

Peppers and tomatoes can be fussy when temperatures get over 90 degrees. They will often stop setting fruit. Be patient and keep watering deeply. Mulch to keep soil moisture uniform around the plants.

Plant for a Fall Crop

Now is the time to plant more beets, bush beans, kale, collards, leaf lettuce, radishes, turnips, chard, and spinach for a fall harvest. These vegetables do well as the temperatures cool and have plenty of time to mature for fresh eating.

Wage Biological Warfare

Dust or spray Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) if you see signs of attack from tomato hornworms or cabbageworms on cabbage. broccoli, and cauliflower. This is lethal to these caterpillars but does not harm the beneficial insects in your garden. It works best when applied while caterpillars are small.

Handpick Bean Beetles

To control an infestation of Mexican bean beetles, handpick these tiny beetles from the bean foliage. You can easily squash the spiny, yellowish larvae found underneath the leaves. Or if you prefer, drop the larvae and adult beetles into a pail of soapy water.

Keep Weeds at Bay

Don't let up on the battle of weeds. Try to prevent growing weeds from developing seed heads. Even the task of breaking off flower heads will help reduce future invasions of weeds next year. Dig and hand pull weeds after a good rain or deep irrigation.

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