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High heat, low rainfall a bad combo for local gardeners


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Warm temperatures and a lack of rain have made it tough on people hoping to grow their own food here in the Chippewa Valley.

According to WQOW News 18's LeAnn Lombardo, we are five inches below our average rainfall for the past three months. That has more gardeners adding their own water to plants, fruits and vegetables. Green oasis gardens hosted their first ever farmers market today. There was plenty of salsa on hand but specialists there say growing the tomatoes needed for it has been tough this year.

"Well it's a lot of watering on their part. If they don't water a lot of people are seeing a lot smaller tomatoes. Tomatoes like a lot of water. If you take them off too early they're not going to ripen all the way through," said Patty Marten, Garden Specialist at Green Oasis Gardens in Eau Claire.

They suggest watering towards the base of the plant instead of overhead watering to reduce the risk of fungus. Besides tomatoes, green beans and squash are two items most affected by the dry conditions.

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