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10-15-2019 09:53 PM
BrettTheOkie
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Until next year then! Thank you as always for following my blog. I've enjoyed your company and sharing information with you. So I finish this year as I finish all years:

FINIS
Thank you for sharing!
10-14-2019 09:17 AM
citykittyatheart
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Before you go, a question... have you named it?
No I have not I'm trying to grow it first. As I said, these things are a bit dicey, like growing orchids or bromeliads. If it lives through its dormancy period and comes back in Spring, I'll consider naming it.
10-13-2019 03:51 PM
Weedinhoe
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n the meantime, I'm trying my hand at growing a most unique and unusual house plant, the Venus flytrap. Carnivorous plants have always been a mild interest but they require fairly specific conditions, and aren't the easiest things to grow IMO...Every gardener needs a side hobby, right? I'll likely have to feed it blood worms since most insects die off in winter up here.
Before you go, a question... have you named it?
10-13-2019 02:08 PM
citykittyatheart Well, it's that time of year. The temps have dropped to the freezing level, and it's only a matter of time before we get a hard freeze. I've cleaned out my garden and spread most of the soil, leaving only the two largest deck containers for the moment. For one thing, it rained before I could clean them out and I'm not a fan of moving wet & heavy soil if I can avoid it. Also, I can use that soil to cover my perennial beds when the plants die back, for overwintering. Leaves are also good for this; you'll see in one of my pictures why I'm putting more soil in.

Here's what I got from the carrots and the beans. Not much at all! Many of the pods were immature, usable but not for seed. The Purple Koronis produced some very nice pods but not one is mature. Those beans are the white & green ones. The other two varieties, Red Hitadsa and Spanish Toloscana, produced well considering but again, many immature pods. I only got 1/4 of one pint jar or so harvest this year.





The Cosmic Purple Dragon carrots are usable but again, very small. Keep in mind that these were planted after I dug the potatoes about June-July. So yes I got something all around, but not as much as I'd have gotten if the plants were allowed to mature. The carrots & some of the potatoes are cooking with my roast, so there's that. It would be a long, hungry winter without grocery store backup though!



Remember my mention of the soil? I filled these beds with new garden soil at the beginning of the season, right to the top. Look how much it's compacted! Due to the rain of course, and I'm sure some has washed away too. So, might as well use what's left to refill and cover.



Such beautiful blackberries, and the birds are more likely to eat them than I am. They didn't flower and set fruit until late in the season, and this is the result. I'll keep an eye out of course, just in case I can get some too.



The comfrey, oregano, and calamintha all produced well this year. That amaranth did nicely but at this point, I don't need pig weed. I'm sure I'll be pulling more out in spring too! My garlic has sprouted, which is nice. I haven't seen hide nor hair of the Liatris and might have to replant in spring.

As you all can imagine, it's been a really frustrating year! The rain and cold really shafted the usual stuff like tomatoes, bells, and beans. Those gardeners that I know who did better all spent lots of time covering stuff and dealing with disease, or they have greenhouses. A small one for my deck might not be the worst idea, or even for my yard. Both the Septoria and the Verticillium spread like wildfire in the rain and given my reluctance to use fungicides, took my plants right down. I may have to rethink that attitude. When the situation is dire, extreme measures are often called for. Even my second spinach planting went nowhere! I got a few bowls at the beginning but after that, nothing. Very little salad greens since they bolted right away if they grew at all, and even the catnip wouldn't cooperate! Yes indeed, a very frustrating year.

Oh well. Next year is another year. In the meantime, I'm trying my hand at growing a most unique and unusual house plant, the Venus flytrap. Carnivorous plants have always been a mild interest but they require fairly specific conditions, and aren't the easiest things to grow IMO. Since they're adapted to bogs, they require a low-nutrient soil. This means sphagnum moss and either distilled or reverse osmosis water, since the minerals in tap or even filtered water can kill them. They also require grow lights, or a very bright window sill without a screen. Sunlight hasn't been easy to come by this year and it'll be dimmer over winter, so grow lights it is. Not like I don't have a few racks lying around, right? So we'll see. Every gardener needs a side hobby, right? I'll likely have to feed it blood worms since most insects die off in winter up here.



Until next year then! Thank you as always for following my blog. I've enjoyed your company and sharing information with you. So I finish this year as I finish all years:

FINIS
09-29-2019 10:33 AM
citykittyatheart Oh yes! Montana is being hit hard, and they're not the only ones. It's hard to believe, but someone is having a worst gardening season than I am.

The beans are Spanish Toloscana. Yes they are pretty! I can't wait to see what the Purple Koronis are like!
09-28-2019 01:07 PM
Weedinhoe What a nice long tap root on the carrot! And those are really pretty beans, too.

With the heat here it's hard to imagine anyone is nearing frost time. But you're lucky you aren't having the big snow happening out west.
09-28-2019 10:54 AM
citykittyatheart Purple Dragon carrot is maturing. Small but completely usable. I planted them specifically because they're quick to mature and this at least is paying off.



This morning's bean harvest. My little pint jar is nearly half full. Could be worse. I'm not a huge bean eater, but beans are a great source of protein just in case.



These are the Purple Koronis beans. I only planted six of these. Looks like I'm going to get a few for my trouble anyway. The other plants have a few of these large pods too.



The sugar snap peas are blooming. It remains to be seen if I actually get a pod or two for munching. Nights are getting cool and again, frost date is near.



The other thing I did last week was plant my garlic. This year I'm growing Music and Metechi, both hard neck varieties since I like the scapes. I'm trying the soak in compost tea overnight thing just to see if it really makes a difference in my yield. This coming Tuesday is also garlic planting day at my school project; I bought my bulbs well since I filled my space and have three bulbs left over for them! The kids are so eager to learn, and getting them outside and moving can only benefit them. So I always look forward to that. I plan to continue there next year, teacher, Extension, and God willing.

That's it for now. Until next time, happy gardening!
09-28-2019 10:41 AM
citykittyatheart Good morning! Since I have a few positives to report, I thought an update was in order.

My Liatris came last week. Obviously, even for dormant plants, the first thing they need is light and a good watering.



Second thing they need is to be planted ASAP. So into the ground they went, next day.



I know this is going to shock you, but it rained all day yesterday! Good thing the plants are shipped dormant. Hopefully they'll survive and establish.



I pulled the amaranth last week. It never did bloom really, and I'm pretty sure this is the pig weed variety. It has tiny black seeds hidden in lots of chaff. It occurred to me that my ancestors, knowing that pig weed is very nutritious, might have fed it to the pigs for good reason. IE, it might not be the tastiest or highest yielding variety of amaranth for the work. Since the tomatoes are pretty much gone and it's wind down the garden time, I pulled it. Since those tiny seeds felt a lot like work for little gain, it went into the yard waste pile. I may be hungry enough in later years but thanks to God and my hard work, not this year.



The volunteer buckwheat. Sturdy plant, to have survived! I doubt there's enough to bother trying for flour but it's an interesting lesson nonetheless.



Bell peppers are ripening. There are a few tiny fruits on the other plant but I'd be seriously surprised if anything edible comes of them. Average frost date is in two weeks, kids.



The last couple of tomatoes. If you look closely at the leaves, you'll see the beginning of the leaf spot. Over the winter I'm going to consider if the use of chemicals is actually warranted here vs. planting something else there next year. Since the other four beds have gone to perennials, this is my only annuals bed. Tomatoes in containers are an option but I've noticed that mine at least simply aren't as happy as they are in soil.



Blackberry bush is loaded! I've been nibbling fresh berry every couple of days. Would be nice to get enough to freeze, but I'll be happy with a few bowls of fresh too. The blackberry is squeezing out both my old rose bush () and my comfrey. Since the comfrey has spread elsewhere, I'm actually good with that. I like roses though, and I'll miss that bush. Rose hips are great for vitamin C but they're kind of a hassle to harvest.



Now to the deck garden.
09-22-2019 08:48 AM
Weedinhoe
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My other strawberry bed, at four years, was giving me bowls full this year! That's what I like, walking past the farmer's market booths without having to buy. Strawberries aren't the cheapest berry either.
Isn't that a great feeling? I think you've convinced me to dedicate one of the beds here to strawberries even though there's a u-pick-it place 7 miles down the road.

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-Accept what the garden gives and work with it! Just about everything is useful somehow.
-When you do have something, put up as much as possible!
-Weather matters but I can't control it. I can only try to work with it.
Wise words for gardeners! Simple truths but why is it so hard to accept them? It took me a long time. One can't force Mother Nature to cooperate and at times that's very frustrating. It's much better for one's outlook and mood to just follow the old saw about taking lemons and making lemonade!

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And hands in dirt is usually a good thing.
Amen to that!
09-22-2019 01:00 AM
BrettTheOkie Great pics, thanks for sharing!
09-21-2019 04:24 PM
citykittyatheart Continuing in the lower garden:

My blackberry is also happy, even though it's crowding out one of my rose bushes. I'd hoped it would grow up the side of my house. The blackberry has had other ideas. But at least it's set lots of fruit.



My new strawberry bed has taken off nicely, but if you look closely you'll see rabbit predation. Next year it definitely gets fenced, first thing! It's bloomed and I've had a couple of tiny berries but again, this is an investment in future years. My other strawberry bed, at four years, was giving me bowls full this year! That's what I like, walking past the farmer's market booths without having to buy. Strawberries aren't the cheapest berry either.



A very happy patch of calamintha! There are no days when I go here that I don't have at least a half dozen bees in here. Since bumbles are ground dwellers, I'm careful about turning my soil. I don't rototill these small areas anyway, but I do turn the soil at the beginning of the season and when I plant. The rains have compacted the soil so badly that it's almost like cement, and the same effect happens with the snow cover over winter. So a no-till garden isn't that big of an option for me, except for the perennial beds.



Very happy comfrey! This stuff takes over the universe and just laughs at me when I try to cut it back. It is handy stuff though, and it's another thing the bees seem to like.



I decided to try making a salve from the leaf. It's not really difficult to do; infuse the oil, toss it with some beeswax, vitamin E, and lavender oil into a pot on the stove, and cook over low heat until the wax melts and sets to a desired consistency. I don't see a mold problem with salve, and salve is much neater to use than poultice anyway. I'm curious to know what would be used to make a salve, lacking beeswax. I'll have to look into that.





There's not much else to say, at least not that I'd put on a public forum! This has been a terrible year, but it does teach its lessons as well.

-Accept what the garden gives and work with it! Just about everything is useful somehow

-When you do have something, put up as much as possible! I haven't done one batch of meat sauce this year. I've got half a dozen pint jars of tomato sauce though, and might get a couple more out of the tomatoes I pulled today. Good thing I still have some from last year!

-I've done my best to keep on top of the weeding and diseases. That's likely why I have any tomatoes at all. And I like digging in the dirt, as most of you can imagine.

-Weather matters but I can't control it. I can only try to work with it. If it's too cold for arugula, plant spinach.

-I shudder to think what I'd have if not for the raised beds! Even a couple of inches off of the ground gives more drainage than in-ground, and boy! have I needed the drainage!

Other than that, I've got my garlic space cleared out and ready. I've also purchased a flowering perennial called Liatris for the butterflies. I heard about it from a friend who's really into bugs, spiders, butterflies, etc and it's a lovely plant. So why not? It'll look better in that area than the garlic mustard does anyway. I'm putting it on the side where the city drones can see it. Can't hurt, right?

Until next time! Happy gardening somewhere. It's been frustrating gardening here this year, but instructive. And hands in dirt is usually a good thing.
09-21-2019 04:24 PM
citykittyatheart Well, it's update time again. Gardening season has been a rough one up here! So much rain and wet that I've been learning a lot about plant diseases and proper raised bed drainage. So, here goes.

The carrots in the VegTrug seem to be doing well. I planted spinach in there also, since spinach is a cold tolerant green. Both carrots and spinach are resistant to Verticillium also.



These are the Purple Koronis beans. I planted just a few in the potato bags, just to see if I'd get anything. We're still 3-4 weeks out from our average frost date so maybe, but it's not a sure enough thing to plant lots.



The Spanish Toloscana and Red Hidatsa beans. I've been getting a few pods every few days. I doubt I'll fill up my pint jar though. Next year I'm going to plant fewer, perhaps in round pots, and run the string up to the rain gutter. I got far more beans from fewer plants doing that last year.



Wondering just how much rain? That 5 gal bucket is nearly full, and it's all rainwater. Not even diverted from the roof. Just rain.



Now to the lower garden. My Great Wall of 'Maters isn't even a hedge! In fact I pulled most of it today, leaving only one vine that has some good sized fruits on it that might actually ripen. The rest is gone.



This is the problem: leaf spot disease. Could be Septoria or a couple of other organisms. I've been clipping diligently trying to keep it from spreading, but no dice. It's just been too wet. Bah.



Bells are very stunted. I took the two from the other plant a few weeks ago, and I'm keeping an eye on these. In other, warmer years I'd have much taller plants with many more peppers. This year, bupkis. The clover and oregano have been doing well however. I haven't really taken much oregano since I have enough from last year. I've left it to bolt for the pollinators so it'll come back next year.



The amaranth, OTOH, seems to be very happy. I'm watching it closely but it still hasn't bloomed that I can see. Hopefully I'll get to try some out! If it's good obviously I'll find a space for it next year. And it would ease my pain on the lack of yield from other stuff.



Happy asparagus, at least mostly. Thankfully these beds are somewhat sheltered from the wind and rain. Not thick enough for the fork yet but that's to be expected. I knew this to be an investment in future gains.







Since I just got a too many images error, I'll continue in the next post.
08-27-2019 12:27 PM
Weedinhoe Just to see, I put "dehydrating herbs in the microwave" in the good old Duck Duck Go search box and there's lots of information.
08-27-2019 09:51 AM
citykittyatheart
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Love it! And right you are about having backups. I've had trouble of various sorts with tomatoes this year too and don't have a lot canned up either.
Yup, been one thing after another on the tomato front. I have enough to sauce, so that's a start, and plenty more on the vine. How much of those vines translate into usable fruits remains to be seen.

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Oh geez, I hope not. I have a good friend in Richland Center and they never really got their garden growing as it was swamped with water most of the spring until it was too late to put stuff out. You guys have had a horrible growing season this year.
Oh yeah! The entire month of June was cold and wet. I put my stuff out as usual around Mother's Day. It's never grown to full, and I was covering the garden pretty much every night. My yard also faces south and east, maximum sun! Which is probably why I have what little I have.

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The lettuce is still really young so it will be a while before it starts to head. If it's heads you want you might think about a little thinning but it'll do just fine with leaves getting picked. Good old "cut and come again".
It's actually more than two months old. I have thinned the leaves, but again, this variety has just never grown very large. It's starting to feel like fall around here, which obviously means greens will bolt. On the up shot, I can take that out and plant more spinach


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It'll be pretty when it heads up. Is it a white flowered one or colored one? It would be interesting to know what amaranth sells for in a store (maybe Bob's Red Mill?) and throw that at the 'crats if they got nosy. "Hey! I'm growing food here and saving $x.xx."
LOL I'll keep that argument in mind! It's headed up but hasn't turned color yet, so I'm not sure which variety. I've been giving the heads a shake here and there to determine harvest time, which isn't yet. And hey, how many urban dwellers spend their off time separating heads from chaff? Not enough by far, I'd say.

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Have you tried some in the microwave? I read that you can dry herbs in the microwave but you need to be really careful that they don't just burn up. For grins and giggles I tried nuking some of the roselle calyxes and since they're so fleshy it took about 4 minutes total at 1 minute increments. I put the rest in the dehydrator since I had too much material to do 4 minute small batches. But nuking did work. If it worked on the roselle I bet it would work with the comfrey. You'd just have to experiment with the timing.
I'll give that one a try! Comfrey leaves are very thick, as you may know. I've seen articles discussing hanging them outside, but again, don't want other noses into my business, especially the kind that can levy fines. Like I said, I'd really like some for winter! I think I mentioned making some into salve as well. Another crazy hobby while my neighbors are playing video games and watching Pravda.
08-23-2019 10:23 AM
Weedinhoe Good to see you pop in! Yep, life has a way of keeping one busy with all sorts of stuff.

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I'm not sure if I'll even have enough tomatoes to make my usual meat sauce this year. Oh well. This underlines 1) the goodness of grocery store backup and 2) why my grandparents didn't really have an obesity problem.
Love it! And right you are about having backups. I've had trouble of various sorts with tomatoes this year too and don't have a lot canned up either.

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I've heard that winter is coming, probably early, and going to be nasty. Our usual frost date in this zone (5a) is mid-October. We'll see.
Oh geez, I hope not. I have a good friend in Richland Center and they never really got their garden growing as it was swamped with water most of the spring until it was too late to put stuff out. You guys have had a horrible growing season this year.

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This variety of lettuce is supposed to form heads. Those don't look like heads. The leaf is good, so maybe it just doesn't like the container. It would be the first green that didn't.
The lettuce is still really young so it will be a while before it starts to head. If it's heads you want you might think about a little thinning but it'll do just fine with leaves getting picked. Good old "cut and come again".

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The free amaranth, OTOH, seems pretty happy! I've been reading about when to harvest and how to separate the seed from the chaff, and looking forward to giving it a try. I'm sure the city bureaucrats would class it as a noxious weed, so thankfully, my garden is somewhat hidden from general view.
It'll be pretty when it heads up. Is it a white flowered one or colored one? It would be interesting to know what amaranth sells for in a store (maybe Bob's Red Mill?) and throw that at the 'crats if they got nosy. "Hey! I'm growing food here and saving $x.xx."

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I've been experimenting with drying comfrey leaves for winter, with no success so far. I've tried drying them naturally and in the dehydrator, and both batches have molded. I'll try leaving them in the dryer for a bit longer, then perhaps freeze them.
Have you tried some in the microwave? I read that you can dry herbs in the microwave but you need to be really careful that they don't just burn up. For grins and giggles I tried nuking some of the roselle calyxes and since they're so fleshy it took about 4 minutes total at 1 minute increments. I put the rest in the dehydrator since I had too much material to do 4 minute small batches. But nuking did work. If it worked on the roselle I bet it would work with the comfrey. You'd just have to experiment with the timing.
08-22-2019 10:18 AM
citykittyatheart Hello! I know it's been awhile, but life has been busy and while the garden has been growing, it's been a challenge. The warm-loving stuff has never been that happy but at least the perennials are growing. I'm not sure if I'll even have enough tomatoes to make my usual meat sauce this year. Oh well. This underlines 1) the goodness of grocery store backup and 2) why my grandparents didn't really have an obesity problem. Anyway.

I pulled the sugar snaps awhile ago since they were basically done. For grins I planted a few more, just to see if I'll get any more. I've heard that winter is coming, probably early, and going to be nasty. Our usual frost date in this zone (5a) is mid-October. We'll see.



Also pulled the rest of the potatoes since the plants were dying off. I don't have a useful scale, but I estimate a bit north of a ten pound bag's worth. Not my best haul, but better than nothing. I planted Purple Koronis beans in the bags.



This variety of lettuce is supposed to form heads. Those don't look like heads. The leaf is good, so maybe it just doesn't like the container. It would be the first green that didn't.



I planted Purple Cosmic Dragon carrots in the VegTrug. Hopefully I'll get some nice carrots from these aspiring plants.



As you can see, the Great Wall of 'Maters is more of a hedge this year. In previous years, three plants has been more than enough to fill that space. I do have a few fruits so far, but many have been cracked (no problem since I'm either eating or canning them) and a very few of the Tie Dye Green have had soft, rotten spots. I've been diligently trimming leaves that demonstrate leaf spot, of which there's been quite a few. Disease loves cool and wet. Tomatoes, not so much.



I have a couple of bells on each plant, and the plants are small compared to previous years. But at least I'm getting Something. The soil temps were in the high 40s when I planted, and I've read that cool temps will stunt the plants. Seems as though. Warm-loving stuff prefers 50s at least, and evidently 2-5 degrees makes a difference.



The free amaranth, OTOH, seems pretty happy! I've been reading about when to harvest and how to separate the seed from the chaff, and looking forward to giving it a try. I'm sure the city bureaucrats would class it as a noxious weed, so thankfully, my garden is somewhat hidden from general view. The amaranth has pretty much shaded out the buckwheat though. No big.



Asparagus going gangbusters, though obviously there's not a fork-sized spear to be had. Maybe not even next year, but likely the third year will yield at least a little bit. In many ways, this year's garden has been more of an investment in the future than an instant gratification.





The new strawberry patch is finally taking off! The plants have flowered some and even set some fruit; I've let the flowers happen since that's the only reliable way to differentiate between my strawberries and the evil cousin invader. The latter has thinner tri-lobed leaves and yellow flowers. I've read that the fruits are edible but horrible, so why bother. I want the yummy stuff!



And lastly, my blackberry bush has finally decided to flower. I've had to cut it back a few times due to storm damage, so perhaps that's why they're late. But it looks like I'll get a handful here and there. That's been about par for the course.



I've been experimenting with drying comfrey leaves for winter, with no success so far. I've tried drying them naturally and in the dehydrator, and both batches have molded. I'll try leaving them in the dryer for a bit longer, then perhaps freeze them. It would be nice to have some for poultices in winter. So the experiments will continue. The new security cameras are working well, catching many cats visiting among other things. It's comforting to have them though. There have been many incidences reported by my neighbors, mostly petty thefts and strangers messing around in yards not theirs. I'm not the only one putting up cameras! Let them be a deterrent, that I may remain unbothered by porch pirates. Ugh.

Off I go, to the business of living! Happy gardening
07-20-2019 11:29 AM
citykittyatheart A happy blackberry bush, along with a muted rose. There's comfrey growing on the other side of that bed, and the rose is slowly being pushed out by the other two. Bummer but true. But while I like rose hip tea just fine, I like comfrey poultice better.



The large bed is doing well. Tomatoes are really taking off in this heat, flowering and setting fruit finally. I found this delight by accident a few days back, and there are more. Just not quite so big. Yet.





Bells are very happy too. Cool and wet just isn't them. They're definitely heat & solar powered.



Experimental amaranth and buckwheat are doing just fine. I doubt I'll get enough wheat to bother processing, but it's nice to see how the plant grows. Garden and learn, right? And free is good. Ditto for finding something to do with the amaranth.





And the Purple Passion asparagus is growing gangbusters! I'm keeping the bed weeded and my fingers crossed for future gain. Gardening is, after all, a capitalist endeavor as much as a therapeutic one. I didn't take a picture of the Jersey Green Bed. It's growing, just not as quickly. I have 9 of 10 bare roots sprouted in the PP bed, and 6 of 10 in the JG. Overall, 15 of 20 could be a lot worse.



My reward for a day's weeding: some fresh oregano and dandelion root. The neighbors may think I'm nuts but since when does a lioness care what the sheep thinks? I'm eating better, the neighborhood grifters don't bother me, and that's what matters.



This weekend's project is setting up a security system. My contribution to Prime Days :D Five cameras and a base station, all wireless. Today isn't a good day to be outdoors with a drill, but I can still get started. Two of those cameras are going indoors. The window stickers are going in the garbage. That should cut out all but the true professionals hacking into my system.

Until next time, happy gardening!
07-20-2019 11:12 AM
citykittyatheart It's that time again! We've been so hot and sticky around here that I've been trapped indoors mostly, thankful for AC and the fact that tomatoes love this stuff and will grow by themselves. I spent a quick session this morning digging my potatoes in the VegTrug. They've died off and I'm thinking a fungal (Verticillium) wilt, especially since the potatoes in the bags haven't died off yet. My peas also seem to be suffering. From my reading, it seems the only way to deal with this is pull the plants. So I pulled them and dug the potatoes. Not a huge haul but something for my trouble. I suspect this is where baby reds come from.









At least I am enjoying a handful of sugar snaps in the morning. A good replacement breakfast for the strawberries, which are done.



Beans, on the bright side, are doing well. I'm looking forward to a nice harvest of those. I don't eat that many, but it's nice to know that what I do eat came from my own garden. No pesticides or other adverse growth or processing conditions here.





Arugula, butter crunch, and red wing mix lettuce. I've thinned then out once and will enjoy doing so again.



I don't suppose any of this looks very exciting, unless you're a gardener. We gardeners, however, know the joy of success when we're eating our own goodies! Even if I have to account for time, soil, and supplies, I'm still pretty sure gardening is cheaper than buying. And much more satisfying!

On to the lower garden.
06-30-2019 10:15 AM
citykittyatheart My potatoes are growing their usual gangbusters, although they don't really like the hot weather. Digging them in a couple of months will be another treasure hunt. I had to add some support since they were leaning too much. They've also taken over that container, so no green stuff in there. I might try more spinach later in the season though.



Sugar snaps and beans are thrilled. I'm not totally happy with my trellis but it's working for now. I need to think of a way to expand the base of my triangle. It's holding up because my deck is protected on two sides and I've anchored it, but I'd like a better way. Still thinking about it.



Catnip and an interesting variety of lettuce coming along. It's called Sanguine Ameliore, and the yellow with red stripes is exactly how it looks on the packet. I'd planted a lettuce mix in the other container that didn't come up, so I reseeded with catnip. Now they're both up. The cats will be thrilled.



I've tossed and reseeded the other three small pots. The rapini had bolted without giving me edible leaves anyway, so time to start over with warmth worshippers. I've put buttercrunch, a red variety mix, and arugula in there. Hopefully something yummy my way comes Spinach has bolted and is pretty much done in this heat so I'm letting it set seed. If I'm really lucky I'll get more in my CSA box to go with my strawberries, but I doubt it. Spinach is not a heat lover. Oh well. There are other kinds of strawberry salads.

That's pretty much it for now! I hope your gardens are growing well. Until next time, happy gardening!
06-30-2019 10:03 AM
citykittyatheart Good morning! Time flies during gardening season. Time for another quick update.

It has indeed warmed up! We've gone from a cold & wet spring to our usual hot & sticky summer. The tomatoes, bells, and other warm-lovers are very happy. Here's a surprise: some buckwheat has found its way into my garden. Of course, it couldn't stay in the asparagus bed and I don't know if it'll live in its new spot. But hey, garden and learn. That plant ID app is proving its usefulness.



The Purple Passion asparagus is growing its heart out! I'm really pleased with this so far; 8 of 10 crowns have sprouted and it's growing gangbusters. I'm looking forward to how lucky I'm going to be in a few years.



The Jersey Giant is either not as happy or a slow starter. I did a bit more weeding after taking this picture, but only 6 of 10 crowns have sprouted and the plants aren't nearly as eager. Keeping my fingers crossed on this one.



Strawberries are finally here! I've got a ton of them on the plant, so weeding is now a treasure hunt. I don't need to save them, since I've got some left from last year, so they make an excellent breakfast. I might pick up some milk & yogurt for smoothies too.







The new bed is coming along. They're starting to look like strawberries, although it's obvious that I won't be seeing any berries for a couple of years at least. Oh well, I kind of knew that. Perennials are an investment with a long-term payoff. If I want a faster payoff I'll plant annuals.





The large bed, with the tomatoes, bells, and oregano. I'm letting the clover grow for ground cover and soil nutrition. I'm sure the cinnamon basil is in there too. Basil is another warm lover that hasn't been very happy in the cool & wet, but may take off now.



Tomatoes and bells are flowering. I think the weather has confused them but again, now that it's hot & sticky, I think the growth will catch up.





I didn't take pictures, but my blackberry and the calamintha are growing nicely. I don't know if I'll get any berries this year, since blackberry likes to take some time off every few seasons, but it's nice to see it growing back. I was finally able to kill the useless vine that was covering my house, so the blackberry can grow a bit more in that space. The comfrey is also growing gangbusters and very hard to contain. It is, however, helpful in a poultice applied to my lower back. So, cutting some isn't as much work as it used to be. I'm also drying some and putting it aside for winter.

Now to the deck :D
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