Garden Report

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Garden Report
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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 1:45am

I harvested the first (Asian) eggplants today, and made Eggplant Parm for dinner. The volunteer tomatoes are still producing a little but definitely on the wane...and the planted tomatoes aren't up to speed yet. A couple of Green Zebra's have ripened but that's it. Hopefully the volunteers will last until the others are in full swing.

Cucumbers are done...only two plants of six really produced. I had a bush variety, I'm trying to decide if I have room for a vining variety, and then if I can find some starts at the nursery. Same thing with the bush beans; I got heavy production for about 3 weeks then it was over. Pole beans produce for longer but need more space/support. I'd better hurry if I'm going to attempt a second crop!

Peppers and zucchini plant in the front have stalled, I think its too hot there for them. They'll likely perk up in September. The corn in back is looking great. The 3 Sisters bed is doing pretty well except that the squash sisters got planted awfully late and may never produce.

The flower beds are looking great! I've put more energy into them than other years (probably to the detriment of the veggies) but its nice to see blooms for a change. Things are chugging along. 

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Registered: 01-03-2001
In reply to: elc11
Fri, 08-03-2012 - 11:34am

Everything has stalled here due to the heat. I have tons of tomatoes but they aren't ripening (except for some yellow plums) and Eggplants and Cucumbers are bearing lightly at best... Even our CSA cancelled two weeks of pick-uyps becasue of the heat...

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Registered: 02-27-1999
In reply to: elc11
Sat, 08-04-2012 - 2:09pm

Everything here is dead except a few herbs.  Lucy ate the last tomato this morning while I was cruising around the yard with the reel mower.  I've gotten almost nothing this year, and I'm considering taking out the bed frames and letting the grass and the dogs have it back.  

I'll bring my rosemary inside this winter, and move the garlic chives into a pot.  I'm thinking about converting to containers next spring, the dogs are rough on my beds.  And I can move containers out of the direct blast if it gets as miserably hot as it has been this year.  

One of my beds is way too permanent, so I won't take it out, but I will likely move my Asiatic lily bed into it.  The lilies have outgrown their space in the front yard, and I'd rather have something there that will stay pretty for the whole summer.  

One success I had this year was volunteer zinneas.  One came up in the bed from last year, and I transplanted it to a new bed before I tilled the one it was in.  Another one popped up in the middle of the lawn.  I've been carefully mowing around it.  

BREAKING NEWS...now there are TWO volunteer zinneas in the lawn.  

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Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 08-08-2012 - 4:22pm

We're at the start of a heat wave here. I'm not going to whine because I know what you have been going through, for weeks now! Just mentioning the heat, because the warm nights always bring on the insects...besides the population explosion of spiders, we're getting hit by aphids. Yuck. I noticed that one of the 3 eggplant plants wasn't growing much whereas the others are looking great. I thought I saw some bugs, finally I got my glasses so I could actually see something LOL and sure enough its infested with aphids and they're starting to spread to the other 2 eggplants. This morning early I went out and sprayed off the aphids with water. I checked a few hours later and some of them are back but not nearly as bad as before. I'll try the water method for a couple of days and hopefully it will work, otherwise I have some insecticidal soap...at least the plants will be happy with all that water during the hot weather.

Some of the cosmos in front have aphids too. I cut away the plants on the worst cases and used the insect. soap on some others...so far it looks like it helped but I'll do a close inspection tomorrow morning. Grasshoppers don't seem any worse than usual...they're probably too happy eating the dahlias to bother to move to the other plants. I'm keeping a close eye out for tomato hormworms and leafhoppers but so far, so good.

Its always something, isn't it?

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Registered: 02-27-1999
In reply to: k_roni
Wed, 08-08-2012 - 8:58pm
Yes, it is! And that is what we love about gardening! Gardening is like a box of chocolates...
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