Color and Flavor

Today I’m bringing your a pair of items; one from the yard and one from the garden. I’ve noticed the color on single branches, and K-State gives us an answer to what this is. I grow peppers every year, like many of you. Here’s a great video in preserving your harvest….ENJOY!!!

Early coloring

Early coloring

Trees Coloring Early
We are seeing a number of trees, especially maples, that are showing fall colors early. Often it is not the whole tree but sections. As a rule, we consider early coloration as bad news as it often means the tree is under a great deal of stress. However, this year, many of the trees showing coloration look perfectly healthy. We think what has happened is the trees have come through a cooler than normal early summer and never hardened off to hot temperatures. Also, many areas are very dry including some that had heavy rains in June. Now that the weather has changed, the tree is simply entering dormancy early.The tree has had plenty of time to store the energy reserves it needs to survive the winter.
So, do we need to do anything? Yes, we do. Keep the soil moist as many trees have had root systems damaged from the last couple of years. We need to give that root system time to recover. This is especially important for areas that are still experiencing drought or have had so much rain earlier in the summer that soils were saturated for a period of time. Lack of oxygen from saturated soils is just as damaging to a root system as lack of water. (Thanks to Ward Upham for this article)

Picked peppers

Picked peppers

 

Here’s the link to the video;  http://www.hfrr.ksu.edu/p.aspx?tabid=980&cat=Tools_Skills_and_Practices&itemid=265&cmd=view#265

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