As the summer jumps into full swing, we finally get to the experience the little things. The sun in all its shinning glory beating down on our backs, the buzz of the bees pollinating the flowers, the warm summer breeze that reminds us of a simpler time, and a nice sopping …shower? This was not what the farm had in mind. With all the rain drowning the crops, we have been experiencing root rot in a few of the vegetable gardens, the tomatoes in particular. Tomatoes are fast growing plants that have very little resistance to disease, especially root rot. Root rot is a soil-borne plant disease that is most effective after heavy rainfall or over watering. Fusarium root rot causes the leaves to yellow and wilt as the plant dies. Root rot can be prevented by keeping the tomato plants in well-draining areas and by sheltering them during excessive rainfall. Unfortunately, once the root rot sets in, the plant must be removed and discarded before it can infect other plants.
Even with the massive amount of rain, the Howdy Farm still endures! There has been enough sunshine in College Station for the farm to contain like business, or shall I say pleasure, as usual. This past week, we were able to harvest vegetables such as eggplant, jalapenos, potatoes, beets, radishes, and tomatillos for the Farmer’s Market last Saturday. Summer has arrived bringing with it new produce and prosperity.