Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
I am enjoying the abundance of the plant!
The cantaloupes have been restrained after many lectures about leaving the peppers alone. We should have many of these dotting our fence soon. I will be doing an instructional vid on how to hang them once they get larger.Question #1: How long do I wait until I harvest the cabbage? I know it still has a ways to go. Also, once I remove the head, will another grow or is this a one time plant?Question #2: These Broccoli plants stand nearly 2.5 feet tall, but I don't see any fruit yet. How long before I see it?Question #3: This is actually the same as #2 but for my cauliflower, the two plants seem suspiciously alike....
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I also learned a good tip from Dave at the Downtown Farm Stand here in Muncie. He suggested an excellent way of using my compost pile. I put some in a bucket and put water in it. Let it sit overnight or swirl it around really well, then use that water to water the garden with - perfect organic plant food!! Thanks Dave!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Red leaf lettuce, I wish I had planted some this year.
I'm still trying to deal with the poison ivy. I've tried alcohol (rubbing, I don't drink:-), hydrogen Peroxide, Lanasil, tea tree, hand sanitizer, and I finally found something that kind of stops the itch, it's a natural salve made by Mountain Rose Herbs for hemorrhoids. (left over from child birth!) I went to the web site and found they have something made especially for poison Ivy! I've ordered it, I'll give a report when I get it! Click on the picture to see all the wonderful things they have.
I think this little guy is the main culprit.
He is a jumping beetle and I've found him on all the plants that have been chewed on. Some call him a potato beetle. He's as big as a pin head and does hop around. He's not impossible to catch though, so we do a lot of hunting and squishing.
We sprayed anyway, just went easy on the cauliflower. As soon as it dried I dusted them with flour. If hand pecking, spraying and dusting doesn't work I may have to spend $25 and try this: (click on pic to see where to buy). Unless anyone else has any ideas.....?
I found a squash this morning that had both a male and a female flower:
I used my finger and tried to use them to cross pollinate the other squashes. I felt kind of 'dirty' doing it, I've never had to artificially inseminate plants before.
Monday, June 22, 2009
I tried researching what to do with squash that doesn't produce fruit. I found out that I had the male squash, and somebody suggested I take a q-tip and cross pollinate...what? How do I do that???
My egg plants are all in blossom now. If you notice, there are tons of holes in the leaves. After some research we found the culprit to be a 'potato jumping flea' it's actually a beadle that's very hard to get rid of (they say), I sprayed them with the soap/water mixture as well. Any ideas for my egg plants?The cauliflower (Left) and broccoli (right) are also doing well, I'm just eagerly awaiting some sign of fruitage....Only one of my pumpkin's survived from seed, but after looking at it today, maybe that's enough!
and mint on the side of my house. It gets 1/4 sun, maybe I could plant the chard in the rest of the space there?I could use it as an edging for our front flower garden. See the fuchsia circle, recognize what's in it?