Gardening With Vegetables in the Summer... August 11 2015
When it comes to growing veggies this summer, gardening guru Ciscoe Morris says heat can be a major problem, especially on tomatoes.
"They call it sun scald, and what you see is a white spot showing up on the tomato when it's still green," Ciscoe said. "You don't know what that is, then this big blister gets on there—it's gross—then it turns the ugliest black you've ever seen."
However, even if sunscald occurs, Ciscoe has some good news.
"You can't reverse it if it happens, but you can cut it out and eat it," Ciscoe said, as long make sure to cut it open first to make sure there isn't any black mold inside.
You can also try to keep the tomato sun burn from getting worse.
"If you see one that gets it, you can pick it and put it on the counter to ripen it up, and then it won't keep getting worse," he said.
Are your birds eating tomatoes? Ciscoe says that it's pretty unusual, but if it's a problem, net the plants with bird netting to keep them away.
With all of the warm weather, a surplus of fruits and veggies could be a welcomed problem.
To help give away extra fruit, Ciscoe said there's an organization called city fruit that can help direct you to where to take your fruit so it goes to a food bank who needs it.
He also suggests if you have extra veggies, to do a search on donating fresh produce, and it will come up with all the places you can take it.
But if you have an extra large or unusual piece of produce?
"Take them over to a friend's house, put them on the porch, ring the doorbell and run!," Ciscoe says.
On a different note, if your Rhododendrons are looking chewed up this summer, the weevil is most likely the culprit. Weevils are small beetle relatives that eat the ugly notches out of Rhododendron plants.
Ciscoe's solution: buying nematodes, little microscopic worms, and mix them in the soil so they can eat the weevil larva.