Weather and Plants

How Is A Man Like The Weather?…Nothing Can Be Done To Change Either One Of Them!!!

The weather has a major contributing to the health of our gardens and yards.  This heat wave we have been experiencing is just on the border of being a major detriment to our plants as well as our forests and quite truthfully I find it very overwhelming and unpleasant especially when you consider that 36 degrees outside is 47 degrees in the greenhouse.  I am grateful that we have not had to experience this as much as our normal summers are and am delighted to say that the end of it is expected by mid week and as the season is passing so quickly that the end is nigh.  Although a lengthy fall would be appreciated as last year we had several days of hard frost very early in October and even covering my plants didn’t prevent sudden and irreversible destruction to most of my flowers and the garden vegetables.

Here are a few old world lores, facts and a few things of interest that one might enjoy iin regards to weather and its affects.

  • Rain and Lightning are fertilizing agents and rain also provides sulphur.
  • Snow has nitrogen, phosphorus and many minerals and is a great insulator but will do damage to limbs of trees and bushes If excessive.
  • Fog contains iodine, nitrogen and chlorine.
  • Static electricity will increase the size of your tomato plants.
  • Dew needs a clear sky and a windless night.  Morning dew means fair weather and no rain, if there is no dew in the morning expect rain.
  • A storm approaching will make sap run to the roots of a plant and it will return to the plant again afterward to repair any damage.
  • Excessive hot or cold temperatures can hamper plant growth and seed germination.  Cooler weather causing the plant to reduce growth and store energy while heat waves can cause much worse damage that is harder to detect until the plant actually dies.  Heat can cause leaves to wilt and the enzymes that affect growth can be affected as well.  This does depend on where the plant originated and the genes that it carries.  Also as the heat rises birds and other insect loving animals tend to hide from the heat and will feed less often therefore allowing insects and pest to increase in numbers.  Along with this viral and bacterial infections can also increase.  Heat can also affect photosynthesis and may even reverse the process of plants using carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.  Heat can also cause the leaves of plants to blanch.
  • Trees can take years to show the signs of a drought.
  • Wind especially with high temperatures can dehydrate plants, spread weed seeds and insects and in excess can really damage plants.
  • Too little rain can affect the cell walls of plants affecting growth and will cause leaf and root damage where too much rain will reduce the amount of oxygen in the soil and can increase fungal disease, cause the soil to compact and erode.

So whatever the weather, whether we want it or not is a major factor in our lives and gardens.

Happy Gardening

Samantha Nason
BS Ranch & Greenhouses
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