Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Harvested the rest of the peas and planted new ones. The old ones had powdery mildew. Don't want that spreading. Put the compost bin around the one potato plant in the raised bed and filled it with 6 cubic feet of topsoil. Wow, that stuff goes fast.

Planted corn among the already established corn stalks. Have to buy more corn seed.

Lots of peaches now. Mmm good!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Foliar fed all the vegetables today. While spraying the zucchini, I noticed signs of powdery mildew. I am so upset. I have been spraying Actinovate religiously (it's supposed to prevent powdery mildew, among other things) and then there it is. I also have it on the peas.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Quiet day in the garden. It's overcast this morning. I tied up two tomato plants on the hill, weeded, harvested one zucchini. Some of the zucchini are rotting on the vine. Hmmm? Have to figure that one out.

I am going to reseed broccoli where I pulled out all the mature plants. The heads of broccoli were very small. Maybe the sun was too intermittent. The sun is higher in the sky now, so hopefully too much shade won't be a problem and I will get bigger heads of broccoli.

Problem: too much kale. Why did I plant two rows? Have to find more recipes so I can use it up. Pak choi is just about done. Plant some more? One row?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The garden is getting so big. Everything is so tall. Saturday we will plant more broccoli. Today I planted red and white radishes, more carrots and spinach. I also have to find a place to transplant the small basil seedlings that have come up in pots.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Back from Denmark

I have been gone for two weeks. Three gardeners, Ginger, Juna and Marjan helped with the weeding and watering while I was gone. Now I have to catch up. Tuesday night I tied up the tomato plants. They were staked before I left, but they have grown substantially. I also cut back the cherry tomato plant in Garden #1. It is huge and will cause problems for the beefsteak tomatoes nearby.

Cut all the leaves off the tulip bush--red spider mites. Can't get rid of them. The only solution is to cut off all the leaves and see if they will disappear. If that doesn't work, I will have to pull out the whole plant. Don't want to do that.

One helper today--Juna. I had her pull out the two sage plants in the herb garden and save the seeds. She cut off the branches with seeds, then planted more sage in the same spots using the seeds she had just harvested. Tonight I will harvest all the seeds. So there, Monsanto!

Harvested all the snap peas and then pulled out all the plants--powdery mildew. I poured Actinovate and Super Thrive in the area before reseeding with Burpee peas.

Harvested very small heads of broccoli. I think the sun was too spotty. There is full sunshine now. I will reseed the broccoli. First I have to buy more seed.

There is a potato plant amongst the broccoli. Poured 1 cubic foot of topsoil around it. Doesn't look like I did anything. Will pour more soil around the plant tomorrow. Only have one bag. Must buy more!

The basil is finally coming up in the pots. I will transplant either this Saturday or the following Wednesday.

June 8

Even though I foliar sprayed Actinovate yesterday, I decided to use diatomaceous earth today. The white flies are increasing--and it's only June. What to do! I hope the DE works.

Monday, June 7, 2010

I sprayed Actinovate over all the vegetables and rose bushes. It helps stop powdery mildew along with a host of other horrible things. While spraying I noticed white fly in the beans and some of the other vegetables. Will it ever stop---the infestations! It's making me crazy.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Staked all six tomato plants. Put in two extra poles for the snap peas. They are getting so tall that the original supports aren't working as well as they should.

Weeded, harvested all the turnips and beets and planted red walla onions in their place. Still have to plant 2 more rows of carrots.

Watered everything.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The garden is flourishing!

Juna came today. We piled 7 cubic feet of topsoil and compost on the potatoes. Harvested so many turnips and radishes. Planted green and red onions and more carrots. Carrots seems to be very popular. Need to plant even more.

Looking for recipes for kale and kohlrabi. I have decided to make a cookbook--a book of recipes for the garden vegetables I am cultivating. So many people don't want to take a certain vegetable because they don't know how to prepare it. They have no experience with that vegetable. For example--bok choy, kale, turnips, kohlrabi. I am investigating new recipes so that everyone can take advantage of all the vegetables in the garden. I will put a book together eventually. Am also asking the gardeners for t heir favorite recipes. We have artists from Japan, Korea, Argentina, Iran and Nigeria to name a few. I am sure they all have some great recipes to share.

Tuesday, not Wednesday

Tuesday, June 1--I foliar fed all the vegetables and fruit trees with Bill's Fertilizer, Spray N' Grow and Coco Wet. The garden looks great. Much more advanced than I would have expected so soon, it's only June 1.