Broccoli & aphids, tomatoes, onions my
Hi all - I've been quiet lately, but have been reading your posts. Seems like we are all having similar "challenges" from fluctuating temps, precip, and wind. Our highs have moved up from the 40s to the mid 50s and occasional low 60s, with 45-52 at night. The forecasters have been predicting mid-70s but doesn't happen. We've had unusual heavy rains and nonstop wind out of the NNE (20+ with higher gusts so it's nippy).
Most of my seedlings are still living on the screen porch - I repotted larger ones from their original 3" pots to large styrofoam cups -they are out-growing the cups now.
I'm looking at 40+ broccoli plants and about 20 bok choy that need to go into the garden today. planted napa cabbage and Komatsuna mustard spinach a month ago. The aphids are a huge problem, don't think I'll get any cabbage this year. I sprayed the cool weather crops with insecticidal soap which works until the next rain. Since we are getting heavy rain every 2-3 days, the soap isn't a good solution.
I'm thinking about planting the broccoli and bok choy seedlings (6-10" high), spraying them with neem or bt, and putting row cover on them right away - not waiting for the aphids to show up. Does that sound like a reasonable plan? I'm hoping the row cover and bt or neem will protect the broccoli from insects and the cold wind.
I planted about 1/3 of my tomato seedling a week ago - the day after planting, we got about 1.5" of hard rain. About 1/3 were beaten down to a pulp, but the rest are holding on. Plan to put the rest of the toms in the ground today - more rain forecast in next 3 days. Also have about 60 peppers - they seem ok for now so I'll probably wait to plant them.
Any ideas about how to protect the toms from getting squashed by rain and wind? Will row cover be sufficient? I don't have hoops for low tunnels but can put old tomato cages around them so the row cover isn't lying directly on them.
I have more questions but these are the most urgent.