Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Late Summer Update.

I've been picking tomatoes at a pace faster than I can consume them. Oh the joys of Heirloom cherry tomato plants. I will definitely be planting more next year. The fruit is as sweet as candy.

The powdery mildew really did a number on my zucchini and cucumber plants. I picked what I think will be my last two zucchinis this past weekend.

I have late blooming eggplants; however, there is a destructive critter in my garden - an unidentified eggplant targeting slug-bug critter. My first eggplant was severely wounded by these little guys and so are the leaves to the plants. I haven't a clue what to do.

Here's the culprit hard at work.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...I've got a new crop just starting to fruit: Acorn Squash. I've got a little learning to do in order to know when these guys are completely ready to be picked, but it does feel good to have a new little thing to look forward to.




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Egg + Pepper = Growth

I was looking for ways to spur a little growth out of my pepper plants since they are one of my only crops left now that my squash plants have taken a turn for the worse.

An internet search yielded this suggestion:
Crush up eggshells (I actually put them into my coffee grinder)
Mix the shells with water and let them sit for 24 hours.
Pour the mix at the base of the plants.

Maybe it is coincidence, maybe it is not - but my pepper plants are definitely in production mode.
Try it if you are looking for a way to get a higher yield off your plants. Let me know if you see the same success.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What I learned from my sunflowers.

Instead of duplicating content...I'm going to send you over to my other blog Firing up the Canon for the lesson I learned from my sunflowers!

Enjoy.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Clean up. Clean up. Everybody everwhere.

This has been clean up week in my garden. If you've been reading for a while you already know that I've been battling the powdery mildew on my zucchini and cucumber for weeks now.

So after hacking a majority of leaves off of the zucchini plants I was able to get a good look at their root systems. I wasn't surprised to find whole lot of root rot snarling at me from the soil. I pulled up three of the zucchini plants in the garden and decided that their time had passed. I had to admit defeat.

My cucumbers haven't produced anything edible at all; however, they did manage to rope themselves around every last plant in my garden. I decided to admit defeat there as well and give them the old heave ho. So now I'm down to one zucchini plant in the garden and two thriving on the side of the house. Fine by me. I was a bit overzealous with my intended zucchini crop at the beginning. I overcrowded my plants and have learned my lesson.

I've been pondering my late summer / early fall planting. I know I want to plant garlic, but I'm not sure what else.

I'm also watching my eggplant plants hoping that although they haven't given me fruit yet, they might. They are all flowering, but that's about it. Any suggestions?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sunflowers

When planting my garden I decided that in addition to vegetables I wanted to add a little height and color. I purchased a packet of mixed variety sunflowers and sprouted them with everything else. They are now wildly beautiful - the photos speak for themselves.





Monday, August 2, 2010

What's GROWING on right now.

Not too much has changed in the past couple weeks as far as the garden is concerned. I've reduced the amount of powdery mildew on the plants by cutting leaves and by doing a milk spraying. It's still there, but I'm producing zucchini so I'm not worrying too much.

My cucumber vines are plentiful and flowering, but not producing any veggies. I'm perplexed. It was suggested that I try a fertilizer high in phosphorus - the middle number displayed on fertilizer. I'm going to have to try it. I have a feeling that my acorn squash is going to be a slow producer as well. I haven't seen anything on the vine.

My beans are producing modestly, but enough for me to pluck em off a couple times a week for a small serving - which is good enough for me.

Most of my tomatoes are still green, but I do have one or two cherry tomato plants that are beginning the process of turning red. I'm excited to share them once they have fully ripened.

I haven't picked lettuce or kale for a while - I might try doing another harvest and refrigerating it for a couple days to see if it cuts any of the bitterness.

My peppers are growing slow and steady. Again, not a huge crop, but good enough for me.

I'm looking forward to figuring out what my fall crop can be and starting some seeds:)

What's growing in your gardens?