|Tomato growing out of Wall O'Water. These |
tomatoes are the same ones that were protected
from the hail discussed in the previous post.
Plants such as tomatoes and peppers are set back by lows under 50 to 55 degrees F and take days to resume growth. Development and harvest of your tomato or pepper crop is delayed from the labeled days to harvest number for the variety. That number is based on favorable growing conditions.
Tomatoes growing in Wall O'Waters with a source of heat (warm water in side channels) fare better. Even though the tops may have grown out of the water walls the heat is enough to moderate a cold night and keep the plant actively growing for a close to on-time harvest.
Climate modification through devices such as Wall O'Waters is important for vegetable gardeners to practice in our changeable Front Range Colorado climate.
|Squash seedlings growing in a hill.|
Photo credit: Tomato growing out of Wall O'Water, Squash planted in a hill - both Carl Wilson