This and That for May 2024 From Master Gardener David Wall

May 12, 2024 – Bell peppers don’t handle the heat of summer very well, but other sweet peppers as well as hot peppers don’t seem to be affected!

There are already 1,000 gigatons of carbon in the atmosphere contributing to global warming. If we went to zero carbon emission today, 1,000 gigatons would still warm our planet for 100s, if not 1,000s of years unless reduced. It’s estimated that planting one billion trees could pull enough carbon from the atmosphere to keep global warming from falling over the edge in 2050. The Arbor Foundation has committed to planting 500 million trees by 2030.

Rainwater helps your plants grow faster, and hydrogen peroxide is found naturally in the rain. To simulate rain and give your seeds a “shot in the arm” to help the growth of your plants, soak the seeds in a solution of one ounce of 3.5% peroxide for every two cups of water. Soak the seeds overnight, then plant as usual.

To boost plant health in the garden, spray your plants with a solution of 1 ounce of 3.5% hydrogen peroxide to 32 ounces (a quart) of water. The spray can also aid in protecting vegetable plants from sun damage. The plants use the chemical to control how leaf cells react to the varying levels of light.

Think global warming is a myth? Tornados and hurricanes have tripled in numbers over the last 40 years. Both are associated with heat, and the purpose of a hurricane is to dissipate heat. Hurricanes occur over the oceans, because oceans store 90% of the excess heat within the system we call earth.

If you use potting soil in your garden, run it through composting before trying to use it in next year’s garden. Its energy is gone and has to be rebuilt before using again.

KSSTs trees
KSSTs trees

Author: Matt Janson

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