Mid-Atlantic

August, 2001
Regional Report

Water Wisely

Slow, deep watering with a drip, trickle, or soaker hose-type irrigation system applies water more efficiently than by overhead sprinklers, puts the water directly at the roots where it\'s needed, and minimizes unnecessary moisture loss through evaporation. Use a timer and periodically check hoses for leaks to prevent accidental water loss.

Control Loopers


Protect fall broccoli, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts from cabbageworm and looper damage. Exclude the adult butterflies by covering plants with summer-weight, spun-bonded, row cover fabric. Kill the hungry little cabbage looper worms by applying Bacillus thuringiensis (sold as Bt, Dipel, or Thuricide) according to the label instructions.

Harvest Sunflower Seeds


Wrap sunflower heads in cheesecloth to protect them from birds while they ripen. When the head is brown and dry on the back and there's no trace of green, cut off the head along with about 1 foot of stem. Hang it to cure in a dry, airy location until the seeds pop right out easily when rubbed.

Prevent Blossom Drop


Popular home vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers resent high temperatures. Their flowers may fail to pollinate and no fruit will form during a summer heat wave. If you have kept the plants well-picked and they are otherwise healthy, fruit set should start up again about 2 weeks after the temperatures stay below 85oF to 90oF degrees.

Water Wisely

Slow deep watering with a drip, trickle, or soaker hose-type irrigation system applies water more efficiently than by overhead sprinklers, puts the water directly at the roots where it\'s needed, and minimizes unnecessary moisture loss through evaporation. Use a timer and periodically check hoses for leaks to prevent water loss.

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