Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ginger & Marjan worked in the garden today. Ginger helped me put up a wall next to the potato plants so we could mound the soil around them for support. I need to get a lot more soil. Three bags plus 1/2 bag of compost hardly did anything.

Marjan weeded and watered everything. It was her first time harvesting vegetables. She was really enjoying pulling the turnips, lettuce, beets and radishes out of the ground.

No sight of insects anywhere and no powdery mildew. The Actinovate and Neem Oil are really doing a good job or keeping problems in check.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

It was misting and drizzling today--great for the garden and for the cherry tomato plant I transplanted yesterday. I think it is going to survive. I may lose a branch or leaf, but it looks as if the plant is going to survive. Hurray!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Got a lot done in the garden today. I transplanted another cherry tomato plant. Turns out it was too close to the other tomatoes. It's looking rather droopy. I hope it survives. Juna arrived around 10 a.m. We planted more lettuce, mache, and spinach. I transplanted 4 bell peppers in the front yard while Juna watered the whole garden,

Tomorrow I have to figure out how to make a wall for the potatoes. I planted them too close to the edge and they need a wall to push the dirt up against. I have 1/8" luan board. Now I have to find some stakes to support the wall. Bought top soil to mix with compost for the potatoes. Hope it works.

Harvested snap peas, lettuce, radishes, turnips, bak choy and chard. Good day!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monday & Tuesday

Monday-I sprayed Bio Tiller on all the soil. It changes the texture of the soil, makes it easier to absorb water. Today I foliar fed Neem Oil on all the vegetables, fruit trees, roses and some other flowers to prevent bug infestation. Already the potatoes seem to have one too many white flies and it's only May.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Monday & Tuesday

It drizzled both days. Great for the garden! Didn't have to water. Didn't work at all in the garden. Ginger is coming to water this Saturday. She might bring a friend to help. Everything looks so healthy. Next week I have to foliar feed all the vegetables and fruit trees.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I built up the mounds around the potatoes today. They still need lots more earth around them, but the compost I purchased is hard to break apart, sort of like hard peat moss.

Have to spray copper on the plum tree tonight to get rid of the peach curl.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I've been busy. Worked 2 1/2 hours in the garden today. Transplanted one of the cherry tomato plants to the hill with the zucchini. No room in Garden #1 for it. I still have 4 tomato plants and two bell pepper plants. What to do with them? I think I will put them in the front garden.

Yesterday, I sprayed Bio-Insecticide on the potato and turnip plants. Seems I have a white fly infestation. The day before I sprayed Actinovate on everything. It a once a month foliar spray for powdery mildew and other such fungus.

Meanwhile, I have snap peas, radishes and lettuce. I think the turnips are also ready. Time to make a great vegetable soup.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jasmine is blooming!

The jasmine are starting to flower--the fragrance is heavenly! The whole backyard smells so wonderful, so healthy, so invigorating. I worked alone in the garden today. Sometimes I really like it like that. It's so meditative. Everything is doing so well. The radishes and lettuce are ready to harvest. The turnips (mmmm-great soup) and pak choi will be ready very soon, as will the snap peas. I planted more carrot seeds in the rows where the carrots didn't come up. One row of lettuce just didn't come up, so I decided to plant some spinach. And what about the jalapenos--no sign. I planted some jalapeno pepper seeds in pots. I need some jalapenos. I hope these new seeds will come up.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Good day in the garden. First I fed the hydrangeas and azaleas. Yes, I do have flowers in my garden. Then I reseeded where some of the plants did not come up--arugula and basil. I had planted basil in little pots, but no luck. This time I put them right in the garden. Hopefully, the soil is warm enough. Mache is coming up, as is the kohlrabi, pak choi, kale, cauliflower, turnips, royal oak leaf lettuce, carrotz, radishes, corn and tomatoes. I seeded green onions where a row of carrots did not come up. It's going to be a great garden this year. Meanwhile, everything on the hill is also thriving-zucchini, cucumber, watermelon, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, and cantaloupe. I transplanted what I think is a bell pepper in Garden # 1. Some of the gardeners did not mark the small pots, so I don't know what I have. Everything pretty much looks the same when it's small. I guess I just transplant the other seedlings where ever I have room and see what comes up. Watered everything. Next week I need to foliar spray Actinovate. Maybe Tuesday. Don't forget.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Did a soil drench of Actinovate on the hillside, after spotting some signs of powdery mildew on some of the zucchini leaves. Then I foliar fed all the plants with Neem Oil to stop any upcoming infestations of insects or fungus. The garden is looking good.

Tomorrow, I must spread some more Escar-go around the broccoli seedlings. I must also use some fish emulsion on some rose bushes and other plants in the garden. I will also buy 6 bags of compost. I should buy stock in compost.