Well you better hurry up , or you May find it's already June ... I have
'maters that are almost 3 feet tall now , the lettuce patch has kicked
into high gear , and a couple of days ago I planted some anaheim pepper
seedlings I got from the co-op . They are also doing well - I've never
been able to grow these from seed , whether planted out or started in
trays . And the bees are blowin' up , I'll be checking them today to see
if they need more storage space . Also be looking for queen cells from
the last splits , with an eye to starting a couple more colonies . Those
will probably need to be fed , since the spring nectar flow is going to
be coming to an end soon .
Bzz, bzz, bzz!
I've only gotten one bed planted so far (out of 8) with
four tomato plants which have been caged and heavily
wrapped in netting to keep the deer out. But Bambi is
determined and managed to find enough of a gap in two
of 'em after high winds to chomp down the middle of
two of the plants. (Both are Italian varieties making
me wonder if it's an Italian deer ;) I've re-wrapped the
plants and so far, so good. I've also got several marigolds
planted in the bed around and between the tomatoes hoping
that will further discourage the buggers.
We also had a week of heavy rain last week which pushed
back any garden or yard work, so I've been catching up on
A visit to a Big Box store with hopes of finding a few
bargain plants was a wasted effort. <sigh>
I did have some herb seedlings I'd started under my plant
light, so those have gone outside in pots. I'm planning on
filling two large pots with my special soil mix for carrots.
I can't plant carrots or other root crops in the main beds
because of voles nibbling anything available.
I'm hoping to plant some green beans and come up with a
netting plan to save them from being deer food, but another
round of rain and storms are due in on Sunday and go into
With all the rain we've been getting, I'm considering changing
my hobby from vegetable gardening to boating.
Nyssa, who thinks she's growing webbing between her toes
because of all the rain we've had this spring
My solution is to use a fence made up of 24" chicken wire at the
bottom , with 6" turned flat to the ground on the outside , with 3
strands of electrified wire above . The one time I caught a rabbit in
the garden it was because I left the "gate" open . No sign of deer
inside at all - nor bears ... The bee yard is annexed to the garden now
and shares the fencing system . I had a hive damaged by a bear last
spring , since it's been inside an electric fence we've had no further
problems . I was kinda mean , when I first installed electric fence
around the (former) bee yard I baited it with bacon ... and I can tell
you from personal (accidental) contact with that fence , it HURTS . I
think it must work for 'coonsand 'possumstoo , there's no way to get
over the chicken wire without contacting a hot wire .
I am not suppose to plant till the second week in June
But I'VE GOT WWWWW EEEEEEEEE DDDDDD SSSS !!!! Hay,
your maters may be thee foot tall, but my weeds are a
foot tall and I got millions of them!
Okay, not much of a comparison.
Look over at my patch for growing tomatoes and
it is a forest of cheat grass. My poor back!
Are you mulching ? I put a heavy layer of straw down between the
rows/plants , helps a lot with weed control - plus as it decomposes it
adds organic material to my soil . Another measure I take is to burn any
grass , in hopes that it will kill the seeds . On another topic , was
it you that had problems with squash bugs ? Found a few out on/near my
acorn and other squash plants , and squashed them ...pun intended . I'm
wondering if just removing the eggs from the leaves is enough , or if I
need to take additional steps to prevent a major infestation .
No I haven't been mulching. I haven't the time or resources.
Fire? You do know I am a married man? When she is done
killing me, she will come for you! (ordinarily, she is
the sweetest thing on this earth, but don't burn anything
The little buzzards are hard to squish, so you really have the stomp
hard. And they are stink bugs, so don't squash them with your hands
or gloves. Pew pew pew.
They will lay their eggs under squash leaves. Look under the leaves to
find them. When you get good at it, you will notice a stain on the
top of your leaves. I just mash/squash them with my fingers (eggs
The same stain can also signal a group of immature bugs.
They are social and clump together, so you have about three
seconds to spray them with organic pyrethrum. You can kill
about 20 with one squirt.
I spot water with a watering wand. Squash bugs LOVE the trunks
of squash plants during the day and despise getting wet. So I
water the trunk first and wait and see what wonders up. Then
I spray them with organic pyrethrum. The adults are armor plated,
so you have to spray then right on the nose. Some will go under they
vulnerable underbellies, and that will kill them. Their backs
are impervious. They are also pretty slow to react during the
heat of the day.
I love to catch the making wooppie. Their butts are together and don't
comes apart. They fight each other as to which way to run. Easy to
nail two at once.
They also love the underside of your squash fruit during the day as
it is cooler under there. I shake them off and stomp them.
Death to squash bugs!
Death to earwigs!
Death to weeds!
we react very badly to smoke too so i agree with her.
besides it is a waste of a precious resource... you
need all the organic matter you can get out there.
cardboard is free, rocks are free, smothering works
purselane starting up yet?
ours are just starting to show up, millions more i'm
i was hoping to get some beans planted today but
with last night's heavy rain and more rain this morning
i'm going to take the next two days off. forecast is
for 91F both days.
gardens planted yesterday morning is good enough start
for me. normally we plant about this time and then i
fill in any gaps with beans into early or even mid-June
There has been a thunderstorm every day for the past week
here too. Everything is pretty muddy.
I planted a bunch of radish seeds and onion seeds:
Imai Early Yellow Onion:
Bora King, Hybrid Korean Radish (purple):
Big Time, Hybrid Korean Radish (white) (had larger blue seeds ):
Four radish sprouted and zero onions. Me thinks I
need a different supplier.
On the other hand, the potato onions I over wintered
and going great guns. And the garlic never died
off over winter.
when did you plant them?
radishes here are coming back from seeds dropped by
previous plants so i've not had to reseed them. same
for turnips. i'm going to have to teach Mom to not
weed them out because she wants to weed the garden
they are in. i also have strawberry plants in there
she'll need to leave alone and not trample. it may
be a challenge more than she has patience for. we'll
here for the garlic it depends upon snow cover and
when i get them planted. if later in the fall the
garlic won't be up until spring, but if it is the
previous existing garlic or planted earlier it can
stay green all winter, but that also depends upon the
snow cover. too bare and too cold means the leaves
will eventually give up, but they'll regrow once it
gets warmer again. i have tons of garlic i'm still
trying to weed out of a larger garden. still haven't
been able to get back to that project. too many
other things with higher priority going on...
I planted the onion seeds in the fall. They are suppose
to "over winter" and love cold and ice.
I planted the radish seeds about five weeks ago. They
are also suppose to love it cold.
I have no problem with regular radishes, just these
Korean ones. Regular radishes sprout like weeds!
My garlic love it freezing cold and snow and ice.
I plant them in the fall.
after they sprout perhaps, but i've not heard before of
planting onion seeds in the late fall. did you plant
them in the early fall before the rains and frosts came
Korea may not be noted for cold, so perhaps it was
a bit too early for those. not sure. here we had
a long and very cold winter with repeated freeze/thaw
cycles, they may not have liked that...
you could put some in again and see if they sprout
same with onion seeds.
yes, mine are growing well. i've never been able
to kill it (not that i want to :)).
This variety of onion is suppose to be planted in the fall.
If memory serves me right, I planted then in late November
on a warm day.
My potato onions failed last year because of that.
This year the love it.
I am zone 6b. There are a lot of 6b's in South Korea
But I do not know exactly where these radishes are grown
These radishes are YUGE. And not hot and nasty
like our radishes.
Onions are reseeded.
Tomatoes and peppers are in.
Ground pots have been turned over, awaiting seeding.
Figured out why some of my ground pots are not so
productive: rocks. When I turned them over, I found
the low producers where only 6" deep and had rocks
in the bottom. Apparently, I had got tied and ignored
the rocks. I find that ~ 14" deep is perfect. And,
now when I hit rocks that are too hard to dig up, I
pour a gallon of water in the hole and wait a half
hour. (It doesn't go down.) Then they are easy to
dig up. So all my ground pts are proper depth now.
Today when I get home from work, the goal is to
plant my zuke seeds.
I am using "a lot" of organic fertilize this year too.
we have plants, some of the perennials got planted this
morning. have to get the hoses run to the garden and will
be ready to plant the veggies. really hot and humid today.
i really need a break, but i'm not going to get it.
Mom was out there this morning trying to get ahead of the
heat, but it is so humid already. i'm not sure what we'll
actually get done today. not too many to plant, but it all
takes time. onions, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes. beans
i'll start in on next week.
finished up tile yesterday on ceiling so now let it dry
for a few days and then grout. will be glad to have it
the only thing three feet by this time is the ditch
grass. alfalfa is up about a foot and a half. clematis
are up about that too, but they grow fast up the trellises.
need to get some buckwheat in a few weeks ago as it
would be flowering within a month's time. you can plow
it under later. good cover crop. i use it for smothering
weeds or keeping the weed population down.
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