Thanks for the feedback on the peppers. I think they'll pull through fine, but they definitely got set back a couple weeks by that hail... I am trying an experiment with a couple different soil additives recommended by a buddy of mine who is a turf specialist. Basically, they're both forms of gypsum, adding calcium (and one adds humic acid, I think) and the overall goal is to remove some of the excess magnesium. Apparently, our glacial soil is very high in magnesium, which tends to make the clay set up really hard. I've definitely seen that firsthand. So the magnesium forms Epsom salts and leaves the calcium behind. Then the magnesium sulfate should become soluble in water and leach down to the subsoil, leaving the upper layers rich in calcium and looser. We'll see what happens.
Anybody else growing quinoa? I decided to try it this year. Again, I got a pretty late start on the garden but with the recent heat and humidity, things are really taking off! I think I have a good chance of getting some nice quinoa.
My hops are getting nailed by what seems to be tiny leaf-hoppers. I'm not sure what they are, but the leaves are browning back from the tips and looking really nasty. I have tons of hops from last year in the freezer, so if I don't get a max harvest this year I'll be fine. It's just a bummer to see such damage to the plants.
Loving this garden forum, and I'm extremely jealous of guys like Baratone posting pics of their southern gardens going like ganbusters! :cheers: