Blueberries, raspberries, apples and cherries all seem to be late this season, likely because they have little energy left over from last year’s cool and wet conditions.
Some two dozen states, from Washington to Wyoming to North Carolina, have already launched exposure notification apps.
While picking apples, check the tree’s interior growth to make sure that future apples on the north side of the tree will get enough sunlight to ripen.
Get rid of some apples now to get bigger and better tasting ones at the end of the season.
Also, a short preview of the Harvest Fair and Farmers Market at the Juneau Community Garden on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Master Gardener Ed Buyarski has some inspiration for making something out of those blueberries, cherries, salmonberries and other berries you just picked.
Softness, taste and sometimes color are the best ways to check the ripeness of kiwi, apples, pears and tomatoes.
Cool, dry weather will actually boost the sugar content of plants, especially root vegetables.
Master Gardener Ed Buyarski has some tips for pollinating apples, cherries, kiwi and zucchinis in your yard and garden. Some may be self-fertile, but others may need manual intervention to move the pollen between male and female flowers and plants.
Master Gardener Ed Buyarski advises gardeners to thin out their apple and cherry trees, and start sowing spinach, peas, radishes, kale, and early mustards in their greenhouse or hoophouse.