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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 4-7-2015

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

  1. 4 inch soil temp 47.4⁰ F
  2. Growing Degree Days (GDD) since April 1: Actual total: 39 Average (11 year): 23
  3. Continuous use of high phosphorus fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or 15-30-15, or high rates of manure or manure compost results in phosphorus buildup in the soil. Although phosphate fertilizer applied to soil is bound tightly and resistant to movement in the soil, some runoff may occur If your soil tests high in phosphorus, use a low phosphorus (such as 32-3-10, 27-3-3, or 25-3-12) or no phosphorus (such as 30-0-10 or 24-0-15) fertilizer.
  4. Succession planting. Two ways to extend the harvest period for some crops are: 1) to plant varieties with a different number of days to maturity at the same time; and 2) to plant the same variety multiple times in succession. Succession planting to supply a continual harvest isn't difficult, it just takes some planning.
  5. Local high tunnels are filled with a variety of produce. Some high tunnel growers elect to fill the space with quick turnaround crops such as spinach and various lettuce (both head and leaf) then follow up with warm season crops. Others elect to companion plant these two types of crops. Either way works well. Try both and see what works best for you. High tunnel space is at a premium so whatever you can do to utilize the area is worthwhile and likely more profitable for you.

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