I have noticed that during the hot summer days, many of the plants look wilted, especially the cucumbers, sweet potatoes, and zucchini. At first, I thought they were low on water, so I watered them. The next day the same wilted look occurred but at dusk the plants looked vibrant. After a few rounds of this, I think this is nature’s way of conserving water loss through the leaves.
It is about that time to cover strawberry plants. Did you know strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside? When the first hard frost occurs, usually late Nov or early Dec, layer 4 inches of straw over the plants to protect them from the wind and elements.
In early September, apply 10-10-10 fertilizer around the strawberries.
We have several strawberry plants which were started in spring – many made it, many did not.
Alas. The garden is plowed under. As in the past, the garden was chopped down using a weed mower on an Allis-Chalmers tractor. The scraps were raked up, burned, and the ashes evened out over the garden though if I was in town I would have put the scraps in the compost pile.
Last year I planted annual rye grass (green manure) which was plowed under in the spring. Unfortunately, the only place I could find it within reasonable driving distance went out of business. So this year the ground is bare.
Another tractor, an old Farmall, wasn’t charging the battery through its generator (yes, generator). After a few voltage measurements, we thought the voltage regulator was bad though it was put in a year ago. The generator was tested and had a new bearing put in. Yes, the regulator was bad. It was tested, too, and failed.