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Augusto

August 18, 2009 Tags: , , , , , Blog No comments

August is flying by very fast.  We have finally been getting some warm weather.  After all of the rain we’ve gotten this spring/early summer, things are finally taking off with the heat!  My Ensete is really growing fast.  When I first planted it about two months ago, it was only a foot and a half tall!  I applied a good amount of Oscmocote when I planted them and I believe that is really kicking in now.  I have only fed the banana plants twice with liquid feed, all other waterings were with straight H2O.  Everything else is really filling out as well.  Early this fall I will definitely be re-arranging some plants due to crowding and different heights.  I have made a few recent additions of some small, common perennials to fill in some empty spaces and to create rhythm, but they are still very small.  My Cleome, Agastache, Canna and Verbena bonariensis are still blooming strong!  I have a purple ornamental kale plant towards the north end of my herbaceous section that is about 3 1/2 feet tall and really neat!  My Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’ has really put on some new growth and excellent chartreuse color.  My Cotinus has also pushed some nice, new, purple growth this year.

One plant that has showed significant decline this month was my campanula.  It is similar looking to Lobelia erinus, but spreads more and has different flowers.  I am not certain of the cause of death, but this will definitely be added to my ‘not to grow’ list for Joyce’s evaluations.  The last thing a client would want is a plant that does not fair well without constant attention and care (unless they are willing to pay us to do it).

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For my vegetable section..Things are winding down.  My first harvest of beans and onions have come to an end.  My second crop of beans should be coming in soon after flowering.  I have yellow wax and purple wax beans.  As for my tomatoes, I had to kiss them goodbye.  Most all of the tomatoes in our growing area got blight this year.  We decided to remove all plants to reduce the disease spores for next year.  Once thing that definately contributed to the blight problems was the excessive rain we had early in the season.

Since I have ripped out my over-mature lettuces (left in for ornamental purposes) and some of my other crops, I have begun to fill in with near crops.  I have planted sorghum where my tomato plant were previously.  This sorghum (broom corn) will be used for a fall harvest sale along with other small pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn.  I am also soon going to be ready to plant my fall lettuce, spinach and peas.

My zucchini plants have been producing well and I have kept up with picking them at the appropriate sizes lately.  Both crops -yellow courgette and black beauty slowed down in production about two weeks ago, but are both picking up again.  One problem I have had with my spaghetti squash is that they have mildew problems, as well as bacterial wilt.  My fruits were all close to the mature size, and have mostly ripened.  Because most of us are growing our plants the ‘natural way’, some of my zucchini have gotten the squash vine borer and will soon come to an end.  I would have to guess that I have harvested somewhere around 160 pounds of zucchni from my black beauty alone.

Aside from needing weeded, and a bit of mulch, my veg. section is doing fine. 🙂

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July flies..

July 21, 2009 Tags: , , Blog No comments

The biggest change in my garden this month has been the growth on many of my plants.  I haven’t added anything major.  There is still some space left for a few neat herbaceous perennials, but I still need to go to the nursery to pick some out.  So far the only plants that I have fertilized are the bananas.  I have Musa ‘Dwarf Red’ and Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’.  Both of those have been fertilized with Osmocote slow release fertilizer and also water soluble fertilizer on 3 different times.  My summer container seems to be growing nicely.  The Lobelia erinus has finished blooming and is beginning to look a little messy.  I have cut it back to the nicer growth to see if it will flush clean again.  If not then I plan to replace it with Russelia equisetiformis. The deer had eaten my Heuchera (‘Plum pudding’) but it has flushed back nicely since then.  Many of my plants are blooming well, including my coreopsis, canna, agastache, cleome, catmint and cassia.

For my vegetable garden.. I have removed my cabbage about three weeks ago and have planted more beans, beets and carrots in their place.  In my raised beds where I had beets and some lettuces I have also planted more beets, bunching onions, carrots and beans.  Sometime later in August I plan to do a late summer planting of lettuces, spinach and peas for a fall harvest.

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The deer have been a real pain.  Aside from eating my Swiss chard, they have been trampeling through my garden where my young seedling are planted.  They haven’t eaten anything other than the chard and a few nibble at my beans, but I’m sure they will be going after my corn soon!  I haven’t had time to set up a fence like I wanted to earlier this summer, but Steven has some cinnamon spray that is supposed to deter the deer from the area.  I think I will try that to see how it works.  Other than the deer leaving their footprints, there seem to be no signifigant pests in my garden!  My corn should be ready to harvest in another 7-14 days.  Sweet Corn doesn’t always yield the most (in terms of weight) compared to the area they grow in, but I think it’s rewarding enough.  Besides, what is a garden without corn?

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Here is a picture of my netted squash!  They will ripen a lot faster than melons will (my original plan was to use melons) but at least it’s somewhat artsy.  It’s also fun and different to try hanging the fruits rather than have them grow on the ground.

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June bugs

June 30, 2009 Tags: , , , , Blog No comments

Well.. It’s been awhile since I have blogged and there is alot to catch up on!  And no, I don’t seem to have problems with June bugs, but I thought it was a catchy title for this month.  As for my veg. plot; my cabbages are huge and are ready to harvest!  The corn is really growing and so are the beans and squash.  I am beginning to train my summer squash up my fence posts.  The potatoes and tomatoes are both growing a lot also.  The deer have decided to make their first noticeable visit to my garden and took my Swiss Chard with them.  I also lost some of my beets and my two Heuchera plants in my herbaceous plot.  I actually removed the larger leaves of the Chard to let the younger ones grow and take over, but the deer managed to stop by the night after that and eat them too!  Oh well, you snooze you lose I guess.  I have harvested the largest of my beets and I am getting ready to sow more of them.  There are other ‘holes’ in my garden now that the cabbages, beets and a few other things are ready to be harvested.  I will be planting more beans, carrots, bunching onions and other crops that have a short DTH.  Probably around 60 days.

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Here is a better view of the cabbages that I was assigned to grow for my market crop by Harold Taylor

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This is the way I am training my Squash to grow up on my fence post.  Once the fruits begin maturing, I will then use hanging nets to hang them from the structure.

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As for my herbaceous section in my garden, things are really growing well.  I have added a few things to fill in the open spaces.  Some of the newer things I have planted include Musa accuminata, Ensete ventricosum ‘Marielii’, Verbena bonariensis, Cleome, Pentas and Tagetes. My Asclepias has been eaten by some Monarch butterfly caterpillars.  The plant wasn’t totally defoliated, but it seems they eat more everyday.  I have added Osmocote fertilizer to some of my plants that may need more nutrients than others and also to give them a slow-release supply of it.  I have fertilized my ‘bananas’, Canna, and the plants in my summer container.

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Here is a picture of my summer container.  Including Millet, Lobelia, Verbena, a Cayenne pepper plant, Bachelor’s Button and a newly added orange Marigold (not in picture).

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