Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Garden Update June 2019

You want some pictures?  

We had an abundance of yellow squash and zucchini until, the dreaded vine borer moth showed up. Just like clockwork. Even with me skipping a few growing cycles. I actually saw the moth, itself, flying around. A month later and all the zuke plants were done for. The 'green' squash and another yellow, too. 

Nothing like fresh, out of the garden produce. 

Popcorn. I have about 6 ears filling in nicely. Let's hope the squirrels and raccoons stay away. 

The taters under hay experiment doesn't look great. We had more than a couple of days of 100* temps and I neglected them. Haven't flowered yet, so I haven't looked to see if any taters are under there. We'll see.

A volunteer mater. Not sure what it is. I hope cherry but, whose to say?  Behind it is a tigger melon. Haven't had any luck with them. 

The green and yellow squash plants graveyard. There's cukes back along the fence in this bed. 

Beefsteak and Dad's Sunset maters. I harvested and sliced one today. Tastes very good. Nice acid flavor. 

Basil, dill, and cilantro.


Green pepper for the Senior Whoa-man (MIL)

More cukes. Loaded. 

The zuke plants graveyard. Beautiful plants. Also, a patch of crook-neck squash. I lost to the vine borer (so far). I'm not holding my breath to see if any survive. 

Garlic died back this year. I'll leave it be and see what becomes of it next Spring. To the left is lavender. 

More zuke. I planted this one and the next pic at the same time. This one right here, outside. 

The other zuke. Planted along with the pic above, only inside in a cup. What a difference? 

A tub full of spearmint. 
That's pretty much what's been going on. Watering with very little weeding. I guess I'm stuck with the vine borer. I give up fighting it. I'll continue planting, early, and take what I get. Then, plant again middle of August and see what I can get for a fall harvest.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Green Crookneck Squash

The squash I planted this year is called, Crookneck - early golden summer. 3 of the plants are producing fruit at this time. 2 of them have yellow fruit while the 3rd is producing a green fruit. I researched and found a green crookneck variety called, Cousa. Not sure if the seeds were mixed at the grower or if these are heirloom and diverting back to origins or what?

Green. Not bright yellow like I'm used to. 
It's not the mosaic virus. These start out green while the mosaic virus changes once infected.

This is new to me. Never have I seen a green crookneck.

Monday, May 20, 2019

May Garden Update

Not a lot going on around here to blog about. I've gotten as much of the yard garden done that I'm going to do this summer.

I uncovered the squash. Male flowers weren't cooperating with the females. I do believe the ants are helping out, though. Not too long now and we'll be harvesting. 
The lone broccoli plant is producing. Bout the size of a plum. Perhaps it'll make it before bolting. 
Maters have started showing. I planted Dad's Sunset, Beefsteak, Purple Russian, Roma and a volunteer came up. I hope it turns out to be cherry. We'll see. 
The whoa-man bought these zukes. To the left is seeded cukes and to the right is seeded squash.
If the vine borers stay away I hope to get enough yellow squash to last the winter.  I have okra, green beans and green peppers in the ground, too.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Garden May 2019

Only been 11 days since last pics. Things are growING!

Each year I tell myself I'm going to plant an enormous amount of veggies. I always end up planting a small handful, scattered around the yard and let it go at that. This year (right now) I've changed gears and will do what I've told myself.  I've also decided to install a fence and till up a 25' x 25' yard garden. Yeehaw! I have a small electric tiller/cultivator that works marvelous. It takes a little time to complete a large task but, once everything is loosened up it's a breeze.

The fence will keep the chickens at bay. I can release them from their enclosure (tractor), just need to fence in the taters and corn, again. I'll work on that.
I've changed my mind on the raised beds (in a box) too. Difficult to manage. I'll keep the ones I already have this year. When they've completed their task, they're out and incorporated into the yard garden.

I cheaped out on wire fence and used some old storm windows to finish the short side. I also cut down some chain link fence posts and drove them in the ground to anchor some 1 1/4" wood posts I made. I've tilled an 8' x 25' section so far. One more tilling and I'm putting seeds in the ground. 

The taters could stand some more hay but, I saw a video where a feller plants his deep and let's them grow. He has more than enough to last him throughout the year with no additional work. These are my experiment. Let's see what happens.

The horrific chicken tractor. It was protecting the taters and corn. Now, the chickens are in lock down. One day soon, a new and improved/lightweight tractor will exist and this monster will be gone. 

The backside view. Along the privacy fence ending at the screen, from right to left, is my composting area. A bunch of 'gardener's gold' in there. 

Yellow squash. I still have them covered as a preventive method. Protecting them from the vine borer. There shouldn't be any borers this year. I didn't plant squash last year and that should've broken the cycle. More squash will go into the yard garden unprotected.

Tom Thumb head lettuce looks great. This variety is supposed to grow a head about the size of a baseball. Just right for me.

The purple cauliflower bolted. Not sure if the broccoli will form a head or not. The brussels sprouts have just begun to grow. They'll probably bolt, too. I'll plant cold weather crops again in the fall.

Lastly, let's not forget the squirrels. Those destructive pests are out there right now hiding their nuts in my freshly tilled areas. Time to pump up the pellet gun.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Garden April 26, 2019

Store bought taters. I've done them before. They grow. Hilling them under hay instead of dirt this year. 

Corn. Everything behind a fence or barrier due to chickens. 

Bib lettuce and kale behind a screen. Chickens!

Bush green beans. 



Purple of Sicily cauliflower


Yellow squash. I'm pollinating them this year. The pesky vine borer won't get them this year.  The plants are still on the small side but, they're starting to produce. 

Everything looks good. Didn't take pics of broccoli or cukes. Will update them later. I also have garlic coming up.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019