Here recently we have been seeing quite a bit of rain. We’re working for you to find out all the pros and cons of this rain for your garden.
Today 59News talked to several farmers at the Uptown Beckley Farmers Market. Here are a few tips that farmers shared with us, that show signs of your plants receiving too much water: If your plants look wilted, have leaves that are yellow, or the soil appears to be green, those are all signs that your plant has received too much water.
However, many gardeners we spoke with say their gardens look like their flourishing. Gail Kinsey, said “Well I have monster tomatoes this year.”
But David Richmond, the WVU Agriculture Extension Agent, says right now your vegetables that are growing rather quickly and look like their flourishing could still be killed by a blight, “It affects pollination, the pollinators aren’t as active, it knocks bloom off, the amount of fruit that has been harvested has declined. You can also get excessive growth cracks in your fruit.”
Farmers went on to tell us that the rain threat isn’t prominent, but if the rain doesn’t let up soon it could cause vegetables roots to rot. Ed Centers, a farmer in Beckley says, “Yeah, they will develop rot probably. And you, you can’t spray enough to prevent it all. But, hopefully it will stop and everything will get rosy.”
Farmers may be struggling with mother nature, but plenty were still out and about with fresh fruits and vegetables at the Uptown Beckley Farmers Market.
The market is every Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. To 1:30 p.m.
Also WVU Extension is working on adding new events this year, including Master Gardener Monday’s, Wellness Wednesday’s, and Focus on Healthy Food Friday’s.