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Title: Garden 2012
Post by: kaz814 on February 20, 2012 06:27:25 PM
What are your plans for your garden in 2012?

I've just planted the sugar snap peas in the containers on my porch.  I also seeded a couple containers with lettuce seeds.  With any luck, I'll have starts quite soon.  I hope it's not too cold ... but it's been nice and I've got some lids for the containers for when it gets below freezing (as, of course, it has tonight.)

In a couple weeks, I'll start my blue lake bush and golden wax beans, my basil, cilantro, and parsley, and my tomato and zucchini indoors.  I'll try to transplant those end of April/beginning of May unless it gets really nice out earlier (which with this winter, who knows!)

And I'm going to try to do a fall crop of more peas and lettuce and perhaps some kale.  We'll see how it goes!


What will your gardens look like this year?


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: Antidigger on February 21, 2012 01:28:53 AM
In a couple of weeks I'm going to be really busy.

I've already got some broad beans in the ground, I plan on planting a container full of lettuce (it lasted us from April til July last year!). Also we're going to plant runner and french beans, sweetcorn, beetroot, turnips, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, chillis, potatoes, parsnips and carrots.

I'll also be creating a herb bed this year too.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on February 21, 2012 04:57:34 AM
I've been starting seeds every two weeks already.  I'll need to pot up tomatoes this week, then need to find a place to put them.  All of the seeds we ordered are here.  We're going to try a few new kinds of pumpkins this year.  With this crazy weather, I want to go plant stuff already!


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: kaz814 on February 21, 2012 05:22:40 AM
Antidigger - your plan sounds great!  How big is your container of lettuce?

MW - I think I'll see how my lettuce grows and then follow your lead and start some more in a couple weeks, too!  And I totally get you.  It's going to be near 70 this week, which makes me just want to start my summer crops, too!


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: Antidigger on February 21, 2012 03:53:10 PM
Not really that big. About 2 feet long and 10" wide, but it's one of those self watering ones. I put 2 rows of cut and come again in, fed it well, and hid it from the slugs. I suspect it did so well because the slugs couldn't find it.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: kaz814 on February 22, 2012 08:41:44 AM
I haven't ever used the self-watering ones.  Did you buy it or make it?


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: Antidigger on February 22, 2012 03:56:14 PM
I bought it I confess :-[. Although I did adjust it a little (the funnel tubing was useless so I used a fizzy pop bottle instead). They are brilliant: perfect for when I'm away all weekend during a heatwave!


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on March 11, 2012 06:38:47 AM
I have gotten a plot at the community gardens, but it is a plot that has been untended for some years and is heavily shaded on one side. Since it is 40x40', there is still enough area with part sun that hopefully some things will grow there. Some large trees (some dead, some alive) need to be cut out of one corner before I can start cleaning up the rest of the plot. Yesterday we cut down some of the trees, but the remaining trees are too big to do without a bunch of people and a chain saw.

I am hoping to put in some raspberries and blackberries, a dwarf cherry tree (there are no restrictions on planting trees or cane fruit), a leek bed, some rhubarb and artichokes, and then several beds of dye plants.  On the shady side I will put in a compost heap and an area of native full shade plants, like ferns, mayapples, and jack in the pulpit.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: kaz814 on March 11, 2012 07:50:24 AM
Oooh, that sounds fabulous, ptarmic wumpus!  I'm jealous of your berries!  :D


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on March 11, 2012 09:13:01 AM
Jack in the Pulpit is one of my favorites. 


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: kaz814 on March 14, 2012 08:17:07 AM
My sugar snap peas have sprouted and look almost like little plants!  The lettuce (black tipped) is coming up, too, though it looks more like little blobs of green so far.

This weather here in MD has been crazy - I will be starting the rest of my seeds this weekend or next, and I could probably start hardening them off by mid-April, if they grow quickly!


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on March 19, 2012 08:51:40 AM
We got an early start on peas in our greenhouse.  I'm making cheesy pasta with peas, mushrooms and leeks for dinner tonight.



Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: Antidigger on March 19, 2012 10:59:06 AM
Mmmm, fresh veggies. I shall continue to hope.... I've got tiny sprouts.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: kaz814 on March 21, 2012 06:34:32 AM
Those peas look delish, MW! 

And tiny sprouts are where it all starts, Antidigger!  :D  My lettuce is (still) at the tiny sprout stage.  I think the wacky warm weather is confusing it.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on March 26, 2012 05:06:05 AM
The only thing I have planted is a rhubarb root.  And some seeds, most of which have not germinated yet. I did buy some blackberry and raspberry canes and some little herbs, they are all waiting on my porch.

I haven't been able to plant anything because we needed to clear the trees out of my plot first. My father came over with a chainsaw and we had help from the people in the neighboring plot who also wanted the trees cut.

Before, although six or seven small trees were already cut by hand:
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=521116)

After:
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=521114)

The whole plot:
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=521115)

My plot starts at the log/stumps and goes back to the far fence. You can see the huge 7 foot fall stacks of cut branches in one corner. It is 40'x40', but only maybe 1/3 gets good sun because it is heavily shaded on the east and south. The west is now open with the removal of the trees. We can't cut or trim the trees outside of the plots, only the trees in the plots.

Next weekend I am going to plant the canes and start marking and digging beds.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on March 26, 2012 06:18:52 AM
It's a blank canvas, PW.  You're going to have so much fun there.  This morning I harvested beets, planted cucumbers and am getting ready to pot up hot pepper plants.  I love this time of year.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on March 26, 2012 07:30:58 AM
Well, there are a number of limitations - heavy shading, difficult plot access, lots of deer, and most important the complete and total lack of available water. There is absolutely no way to carry more than a gallon or two of water to the plot, so the plants are going to have to fend for themselves.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on March 26, 2012 08:36:43 AM
Here's a possible solution for the deer, it worked miracles for us last season -
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=380733.0

Could you take a large tub with water in a wheelbarrow or something, then dip a watering can to water your plants?   


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: underthemountain on March 26, 2012 08:58:48 AM
Neat!  I wonder if your solution would work for us MW.  We ended up making a natural deer repellent solution from eggs. http://www.deer-departed.com/deer-repellent-recipes.html

We are trying to grow luffa atm.  I hope it works.  So far we have tiny seedlings. :) 
I wish we had good sun and could grow tomatoes.  My brother always grows the most wonderful tomatoes.  :)


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on March 26, 2012 09:08:34 AM
We've tried all kinds of commercial and home made deer spray and it never seems to work for us in our orchard.  Probably because we're not diligent enough to keep reapplying.  You can read that as lazy.   :D  We tied paper bags over the baby fruit last year and finally got to taste an apple.  Our trees are young so there weren't that many to protect anyways. 


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on March 26, 2012 09:42:56 AM
I tried growing luffa, but it didn't seem to like Colorado much :)

I'm not super worried about deer, but I may need to net the berries to keep birds off. Plus the giant pile of branches is blocking one side of the plot from deer, not that they couldn't jump over the fence on the other side....  If they start showing up and eating stuff, I may try your method though MW!

I live in a high-rise apartment about a mile from the garden. To get water there, I would need to fill containers at the tap, carry them down the hall, down the elevator, across the parking lot, drive them in my compact car up and down several hills, then walk through several other plots (no access for carts or wheelbarrows) to get to my plot. I can do this for seedlings and recent plantings in the spring, but there is absolutely no way I can do this for the whole plot in midsummer. So I'm trying to stick with drought-resistant varieties...


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: underthemountain on March 26, 2012 10:29:27 AM
I can see how lugging water around would get very tiresome.  My brother's place had a plot like that.  It was crazy cheap to get a plot $1, but getting the water there was the problem.  I've seen people taking their water over in wagons.  Luckily these are townhouse structures so it's fairly easy to load up their wagon and then drag it across a field to get to the plots.  Still it was so time consuming that my brother gave up his plot which had a very old fig tree on it.  I was sad.  Thankfully he still has the old bay leaf tree in his backyard.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on March 26, 2012 12:00:28 PM
Yikes PW, that is a long haul!


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on March 28, 2012 10:12:10 AM
I had put my seedlings on the porch last week to acclimate, then on Monday it was windy and all of the leek seedling containers were knocked over, killing all the leeks. I planted new seeds and put them out this morning....and now I am eyeing a large line of thunderstorms sweeping south out of PA. Perhaps direct seeding would be a better choice...


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: underthemountain on March 28, 2012 05:31:31 PM
Here are a few of my luffas!  I recently learned that they can get shocked going into the ground.  My friend recommended taking them outside for a week until they get accustomed to being out there.  Crazy!



Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: myloveasdeep on March 28, 2012 05:47:43 PM
This is my very first year in my own house with a bit of yard! The soil is absolute crap: sticky clay full of rocks. My front flower bed was the worst, so I mixed in sand and put in a blue spruce bush, hens and chicks and some other succulent ground covers, pea gravel, river rock and some big brick pavers. It's a nice little rock garden. I'm waiting for yucca to show up in  stores so I can add that, and a neighbor has a lovely prickly pear patch I might beg some cuttings from. My very minimal Spanish skills should make that conversation amusing.

I mixed in compost and sand and put in irises my grandma gave me, tulips, and some orange tiger lilies with the ashes of my orange kitty who died in November. No little grave or anything, but the flowers will be a memorial.

For veggies, I haven't built the raised bed yet ( soil is crap and there might be electrical lines), but I did make a garbage can compost bin and I ordered seeds from Baker Creek Heirlooms: Genovese basil, a beautiful flat, deep orange pumpkin, cilantro, serranos, black tomatoes both cherry and regular, and purple sweet peppers. Oh, and cucumbers. I cannnnnooottt wait. I'm in Denver and I am expecting that last blizzard to hit as soon as I put seeds in the ground, though, so I'm going to start some of them indoors tomorrow.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on March 28, 2012 06:32:18 PM
myloveasdeep, can I suggest that you may want to get some water walls for your warm temperature veggies (peppers, tomatoes, squash). These really protect the young plants and they grow a lot faster at first. For peppers and tomatoes, you can just fold down the plastic when the plants get larger, but for squash you need to remove the walls.  If you set the walls out full of water a week or so before planting seeds, it helps the soil to warm up too. Squash don't like to be transplanted, so I'd plant the seeds in early May (this was when I lived in Boulder) with the water walls with no problem (without the walls you should wait until Memorial Day). The warm weather plants really don't like the cold nighttime temps in Colorado.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: myloveasdeep on March 28, 2012 06:53:21 PM
Thanks PW--I will get some of those!


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: Antidigger on March 29, 2012 02:25:14 AM
My tiny sprouts now have true leaves and so need potting on: I hope to get the tomatoes done today.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on March 29, 2012 04:31:27 AM
I'm going to start more tomato seeds today, too.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: kaz814 on March 29, 2012 06:47:02 AM
I'm going to start more tomato seeds today, too.

Me, too, MW!  I need to also start my beans, basil, cilantro, squash (new for me this year - we'll see how it works!)

I'll post a picture of my pea plants, too, and my lettuce, once I thin it!


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on March 29, 2012 09:37:10 AM
We cleaned up our raised beds and mixed in fresh compost this morning.  This is our first batch of tomatoes, we started them indoors in January.  We planted cucumbers in pots this week and carrots, peas, chard and spinach in our newly refreshed outdoor beds.  I love this time of year!



Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on April 01, 2012 03:47:03 PM
Aaaaagh! Poison ivy is trying to take over one side of my plot, right where I want to put the blackberry canes. I tore out some of it, but there are tiny vines spreading everywhere and over into the area where I am going to put beds. I am violently allergic, it will be miraculous if I can actually get rid of all the vines without getting any on me.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: kaz814 on April 02, 2012 08:48:05 AM
Oh no!  Good luck, ptarmic wumpus!


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on April 15, 2012 11:53:02 AM
The poison ivy is officially everywhere. I have managed to only get a few spots on my arm so far, but more of it keeps appearing in the plot.

This month I am trying to dig beds, it hasn't rained in weeks so that is making planting difficult. I want to start putting in some seeds to the beds that I have finished, but I think I am going to wait until there is a at least hope for rain....

Two long beds done so far:


I am digging out one more long bed, and then putting in some frame beds in the sunniest area.

I've only planted some rhubarb, a fern, the cane fruit, and a cherry tree, I felt they needed to go in the ground asap.

dwarf montmorency cherry:

I was going to get a super dwarf, but the only ones I could find locally were sickly. This guy grows a few feet taller (8-10') and has about the same spread. Hopefully he will get enough sun.

blackberry canes (raspberry in the far distance)

I will be putting in a wire trellis for these guys.....later. There is a lot of poison ivy in this area.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on April 15, 2012 12:15:24 PM
I know that's a lot of work, PW!  Your cherry tree looks really healthy. 


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on April 27, 2012 03:59:58 PM
A lot of the poison ivy is growing in shaded areas where I am not intending to put beds....and I'm afraid that if I just cover up the vines, later on I will be digging and end up covered in poison ivy from the old vines.

Last week I dug out the last bed, tomorrow I am going to put in raised beds for leeks and madder. I also want to put in a raised bed for stinging nettles, but that might wait because the seeds say to plant in fall.



Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on April 28, 2012 03:47:18 PM
So here are the beds:



I need to get a few more bags of soil. I was going to make smaller beds, but the lumber only came in larger sizes, so it ended up as two 4x6' conjoined beds. Leeks will go on the left, madder on the right.

The leeks and madder are currently waiting on my porch. They'll wait at least another 1-2 weeks.

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=526665) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=526666)

I planted a few early seed types in some of the beds. They are just starting to sprout now.



My woad has not germinated, it has been more than a month; I will try to buy plants next week at Maryland Sheep and Wool. After the last frost date (mid May), I'll put in some zucchini and squash vines.  Next Sunday I plan to work on pulling poison ivy, again.  Last weekend I scored a free straw bale, so once things are planted and sprouted, that will go for mulch.  The deer attacked my rudbeckia, I may need to take measures....


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: Myrdda on May 02, 2012 08:12:31 AM
I was lucky enough to find a book titled "Gardening Between Frosts" which was written by someone who's lived and grown a market garden in my area for the past two decades. He actually put together a list (based on info from experimental farms in our area and people who've lived here forever) of specific types of plants that grow in our area. I'm thrilled! I'm planting peas, beans, lettuce, onion, garlic (cross your fingers on that one), carrots, and a pumpkin. And I'll break down and buy a hanging basket of cherry tomatoes, as growing them in the ground is very labour intensive here in Prince George. Also herbs: basil, oregano, thyme, mint, sage, and maybe parsley. Oh, and catnip, if I can find a place where the cats can't get at it.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on May 02, 2012 09:48:32 AM
That's great, Myrdda! 


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on May 12, 2012 01:35:43 PM
Myrdda, I'm in Prince George's County....but I suspect that our climate is totally different, being on the other end of the continent! And I think it was a different Prince George as well... :)

Some of the seedlings were starting to grow aggressively, so they went into the ground today. We are still way behind on precip, but it should rain significantly starting on Monday, so hopefully they will start to perk up. The seeds that I have planted directly in the beds are not doing much yet.

The temporary tarp-rain catcher, works ok for a lighter rain. If it rains too much, the water pools on the tarp and doesn't go into the basin. I may get some 4x4's and make a permanent setup, but that means getting a real water barrel first.


Incriminating hoofprints next to the rudbeckia.


Blackberries! Probably I should cut these off and get the canes to concentrate on growing instead.


The raspberry canes, still need to work on trellising.


Woad plants (eaten by bugs) and japanese indigo (eaten by deer). I think the indigo will recover, not sure what made so many holes in the woad.


I planted these raised beds. The straw-covered one has the madder starts, the other one has leeks. I still have an extra tray of leek seedlings, but I'm not sure how many of the starts will survive their transplantation. I have two of the plastic bowls, this one will have some taro and parrotsfeather after I drive up to Lilypons. I'm also thinking of planting a gourd vine near the bowl and tree stumps, maybe it would be more aggressive than the poison ivy (there is a bad infestation in the stump area).


Little weld seedlings. I have high hopes for these, I saw some dried weld at MDSW last weekend and I think is was $80 for a bag!


The little Victoria rhubarb plant lost all its leaves, but is now sending up a new shoot. Yay!




Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: laurend1982 on May 12, 2012 08:53:37 PM
 Gorgeous Prince George's. I had a great potted garden with the help of a an avid farmer friend. We live right next to Greenbelt Nation Park and the deer ate well last spring. I was heart broken. Your's are fairing well considering the whack weather we've had.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on May 13, 2012 05:42:55 AM
I think the bunnies got an entire bed of soybeans at our place.  Love your rain catcher, so clever.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on May 13, 2012 05:44:44 AM
laurend1982, this is in the plot area off of Gardenway next to the pedestrian overpass. There is a fence around the plots, but it is too low on one side and the deer can jump right over it. I'm hoping for a good soaker Mon-Tues, or the seedlings will be in trouble...

Oh my, MW! I've seen a bunch of small bunnies but I don't think they have been munching....yet.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on June 03, 2012 12:35:45 PM
We got almost 4 inches of rain (10 cm) on Friday night, plus around an inch earlier in the week. There was standing water all over the place in my plot, it is still soaking in today. Also lots of slugs.

I have finished all the major projects now, having put in the ends of the blackberry trellis last week and a three-sided deer fence using MW's suggestion. The deer can still jump over the regular fence (about 5-6 feet tall) on the other side, but I can't do anything about that.

There is still poison ivy everywhere. I keep pulling out wads and finding more. Last weekend I got it all over my arm, so itchy. One of the other new gardeners chose a sunny plot with huge brambles and two ~40 foot trees that are absolutely covered in poison ivy, so I can take a small solace that this plot isn't quite that bad...

photos:

black princess taro and parrotsfeather in one of the bowls.  Parrotsfeather is very aggressive and will climb out of the bowl later.
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=532564)

I prefer to direct seed squash, which means that mine are pathetic looking while everyone else has larger plants for the first few weeks. But I've had better long term success with direct seeding. This is a pink banana squash, I planted another one down in a weedy area where it will have lots of room to roam.
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=532565)

The deer trampled over my earlier planting of zucchini and yellow squash so I had to reseed.
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=532566)

The weld is beginning to settle in but something is munching on it (an insect)
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=532567)

japanese indigo
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=532568)

I probably planted the woad too close together. My plan is to collect seed from these plants and then to plant a whole row of woad next year.
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=532569)

the dyer's chamomile has been slow to start
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=532570)

elecampane did a bit too well from seed
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=532571)

The madder is starting to spread in its raised bed (closest in the photo). The leeks are still looking pathetic but I think they will start to grow better soon. In the dug row,  the Victoria rhubarb is doing well but the middle rhubarb has lost all its leaves. I couldn't find any artichoke plants so this row is all rhubarb and squash. I bought a packet of artichoke seeds and will start them in the winter (you need to start super early for artichokes, usually before seeds are available).
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=532572)

The messier end with more shade. I planted mint on the shady end of each row to keep the weeds at bay.
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=532573)


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on June 03, 2012 12:37:41 PM
Oh, and there has been a darling tiny toad hopping around on several occasions. I bought some dried gourds at the farmers market and plan to make a toad house out of one of them.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on June 09, 2012 01:28:54 PM
Here's this morning's harvest...  peas, carrots, a leek, late asparagus and some shallots.  We also pulled up our garlic beds today, the heads will hang in the shade for a few weeks. 



Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: kaz814 on June 09, 2012 01:32:31 PM
Oooh, that's fabulous, MW!  Your peas look great!  What kind are they?

I've had maybe a dozen and a half pea pods (though not all at once - ha!), as well as lots of lettuce, which my rabbits enjoy greatly. 

Gotta love fresh-picked veggies!


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on June 09, 2012 01:36:41 PM
They're called Mr. Big.  They were from the previous season though, and didn't get as big as last year.  We still have a bunch left over, but think we'll toss them.  I just love that you grow lettuce for your rabbits!


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on June 09, 2012 01:57:07 PM
I like that one purple carrot in the mix!

Any idea what would eat just the leaves on squash? As in, entire leaves missing with the stem pinched off. I'm pretty sure it isn't deer, as their favorite snacks were inches away from the squash and not touched....


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on June 09, 2012 01:58:53 PM
Maybe bunnies PW?   ???


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on June 09, 2012 04:29:45 PM
Could be! Don't think I can blame the skinks.....

I do suspect there was a raccoon in my plot, as something tore open a bag with some raw fleece skirting. But I don't think raccoons are really into zucchini leaves.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on June 09, 2012 05:11:12 PM
Now that's something our dog would do!  Are you using skirting for mulch?  We do.  It's also fantastic for the bottom of pots.  It keeps the soil from running out and contains fertilizer.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on June 09, 2012 05:37:36 PM
Yeah, I'm planning on mulching some more areas as soon as the little seedlings get a bit bigger. I have straw mulch on a couple of places already...

Something has moved into my water bowl with the taro. It may be a little frog, I just see the sudden movement when it dives to the bottom. Maybe Mr. Toad is actually Mr. Frog? I cut up a gourd into a toad house and waxed it, so either way Mr. Amphibian will be happy, I hope.

For some reason, the mosquito dunks are not working, I may need to get something to eat the larvae, although I don't know what I would do with it (presumably a fish) in the winter. And raccoons love to eat fish and frogs out of these types of bowls, shredding any and all plants in the process, so maybe that is a bad idea.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: kaz814 on June 09, 2012 08:25:28 PM
Ack!  Aphids on my cilantro and parsley. :(

Since I have absolutely no luck in getting rid of them and the plants were looking way worse for the wear, I just tossed them.  But now I'm on an aphid hunt to keep them out of my beans and tomatoes and basil!


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: MissingWillow on June 10, 2012 03:24:14 AM
I hate aphids!  We spray with neem twice a week.  It's a vegetable oil used in organic gardening.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on June 10, 2012 05:17:40 AM
I have made aphid spray by simmering rhubarb leaves in water (actually, I was simmering them to use as a mordant, and just saved some extra liquid). It worked pretty well, but some people don't like to use it on edibles.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on June 10, 2012 08:15:06 AM
A frog sighting! He is bigger than Mr. Toad, and very shy. I think he is either a wood frog or a leopard frog, and Mr. Toad looks like a Fowler's toad.

Something is also eating my gourds plants as soon as they sprout. I suspect pillbugs.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on June 24, 2012 09:28:48 AM
I think my cherry tree has a canker...it is looking pretty sad and has symptoms of one of the cankers. I trimmed off the dead branches (most of the tree) but I think it will probably die. There are also raspberry cane borers attacking the raspberries, but I think I can control that at least.

Otherwise, the madder is doing very well and trying to invade the leek bed. The squash are finally starting to take off, but no flowers yet. We are a bit behind on rain, but managed to get a little bit on Friday. I need to get a good rain gauge to put in my plot.


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on July 04, 2012 07:15:34 PM

Here is a sloppy montage of the plot. I need to get a push mower or one of those serrated hacking blade things to deal with the weedy areas...


The leeks are doing pretty well, I may need to start building up soil around them soon


Today was the first zucchini harvest

the other squash are slower, and the deer keep munching on them:


My poor cherry tree did die, I scrounged the bird netting from it to try to keep the deer from eating the squash. I'm not sure if I should plant another tree next year, I would have to put it in the same place, which is still not that great (poor drainage and not much sun), and I am afraid the canker might remain and infect a new tree. And I can get sour cherries at the farmers market in June (plus I keep having serious storage issues due to repeated summer power outages).


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on August 12, 2012 09:03:48 AM
Has anyone done cut and come again with leeks? Ie where you cut the leek in the bed above the roots and the plant regrows from the base? I am thinking about trying this with some of my leeks, as they are starting to get to a harvestable size, and there might be enough time left in the season to regrow somewhat.



Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: Antidigger on August 12, 2012 10:33:33 AM
I've never heard of cut & come again leeks, but surely it's got to be worth a try with a couple. Do let us know how it goes.....


Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 02, 2012 08:33:53 AM
I started to harvest just a few leeks today....I dug them out to the base of the leek, used sharp garden shears to cut the leek about 1/2 inch above the base, and left it uncovered. I'll see how this goes - if they just rot, I'll try something different on the next harvest batch.




Title: Re: Garden 2012
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 29, 2012 12:29:23 PM
So, a lot of the cut leek "stumps" just rotted, but a few of them re-sprouted:


Some of them started to sprout, and then turned to slime, possibly because we have actually been getting rain and cooler temperatures. Leaving a bit more of the leek there seems to help.


Also, I decided to plant some garlic. Because the sunlight/tree trimming situation for next season is uncertain, I didn't want to put them in beds. I saw some pictures of "garlic grow bags" online, and then realized I had a bunch of those cheap ikea blue bags. So I poked some holes in the bottom of the bags, filled them with nice soil, and planted some garlic. One bag has hardneck garlic, the other two have the softneck garlic. The nice thing about the bags, aside from being USD$0.69, is that they have handles, so I can drag them around if I need too. I got about two heads of garlic into each bag, which is probably a bit too crowded, but I expect that all the bulbs will not survive the winter. My leek survival rate was about 40-50%.

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=551522)