Saturday, June 16, 2012

Warning--Late Blight Detected

We received an email from Harris Seed Co. warning gardeners to check their potatoes and tomato plants for late blight. The article said Late blight has already been reported in NY, PA, NJ, VA, NC, FL and CA according to

Late blight brought on by wet weather ravaged the crops in 2009. Unfortunately once it takes hold of your plants, it is too late to do anything about it.

Read the article for information on late blight that I posted in September 2009.

Keep a watchful eye on your garden and be prepared to wage war on diseases and pests all summer long.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Drowning in Strawberries

I'm not complaining about having too many strawberries..nope. I love them. Today we put a tray of the June bearing berries in the freezer, then when frozen, we'll bag them for use later in the summer. I've made strawberry pies and topped ice cream with the delicious sweet berries. Next I guess I'll have to try baking a strawberry cake. If it's good I'll share the recipe. I've never done that, have you?

Cutting gorgeous heads of broccoli now. Fresh broccoli is so much better right from the garden. I have a friend who says "fresh is best." So true.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Garden Change

Our early spring garden.
This photo was taken on April 19 of our backyard vegetable garden. Things have changed in just a little over 6 weeks. Take a look!

Look how the letuce has grown!! And it is delicious. Big red leaf is Red Derby, Caretaker (head lettuce), green bibb, speckled bibb, and green romaine are the different kinds of lettuces in the plantings.

Strawberries blooming on May 14.
Amazing how just eleven days after taking the picture above, I had berries for breakfast! On May 25, my birthday, my hubby surprised me with strawberries from the garden for my morning cereal. A very special treat since the JUNE-bearing are about two weeks early.  So far my DH has picked nine pounds of the sweet berries...soooooooooo good!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day--Take Time to Remember

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those who served in our Military. 
Take time today to say a prayer for those who serve today in our armed forces 
and recognize those who gave their lives for our country.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Onion Maggots--yewwwwww


Is there anything more disgusting than maggots? Hate those pests. And this year, we have problems with them in our onions. It's been cold and wet, ideal conditions for them. We probably should have rotated the onion crops, but we didn't. It is impossible to get rid of them now. 

The Weekend Gardener has an extensive discussion on these nasty critters. Check out the site. This photo is from that e-mag and there are more good images of the disgusting creatures.

My DH has decided to grow onions in a container for this year instead of planting them in our ground. He will have to do some work on the soil to get rid of the maggots.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Growing Tomatoes Vertically

Growing tomatoes with no tomato cages
My DH is growing tomatoes this year with no tomato cages. He's decided to plant the tomatoes and then weave the plants through the re-enforcement wire. You can see the plants just set out next to the wire.

In fact he is planning to grow a lot of vegetables this year and attaching them to the wire. He calls it vertical gardening. It saves space and just think how easy it will be to pick the green beans standing up!

He is planning on growing Crista, Early Girl, and Sweet 100 tomatoes, cucumbers, honeydew, muskmelon, green and yellow pole beans, and peas on the wire. Stay tuned for how he will hold up the melons..I want to see that for sure....

Beans just set out next to wire wall. Corn plants on the right of the picture.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Anticipating Strawberry Season

Strawberries in blossom

Just looking at these strawberries in bloom makes my mouth water for strawberry cake or pie or a bowl of Cheerios topped with the delicious beauties. But I'll have to anticipate those treats making the sweet taste all the better.

These are June bearing strawberries. We gave up on Ever bearing berries because the production was low. However I see there are some new varieties out which are supposed to be improved. They call these Day Neutral strawberries and promise to bloom spring, summer, and fall. Let me know if you have tried these strawberries and how you liked them.

Waiting for this season's tasty berries. Yum!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Spring Garden is Planted

Spring garden...Hooray!

In the photo you can see the tulips, the bird bath (which had a chunk of ice in it this morning), the greenhouse to the right side of the photo, and the garden in the background. Please check the right side bar to see how my DH puts up this 10' x 12' structure. He takes it down and stores it in the garage when the plants are all moved out in the spring.

Forsythia, tulips, lilacs and gorgeous flowering trees. It must be spring..Who knew it would arrive four weeks? Amazing weather this year. Our tulips are gorgeous. Usually the deer are munching them off before they get a chance to bloom, but we put netting over the area this fall before we left for Florida.

My DH planted rye last fall in the garden, so with the early warm weather, the rye was very high and thick when we arrived home. He had to wait for it to die before he could plant the garden. At this time though, it's just as well he waited a bit because we are experiencing frosty nights and cool days.

Our spring garden is planted now with onions, beets, peas, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, radishes, and strawberries. The strawberries are in already established beds which wintered over beautifully. They are blooming early, so we covered them when frost was forecast--more frost coming too. Hmmm...our June bearing berries may be May bearing this year. those berries!

Please check back again as I will be updating you on this year's garden every week, offering gardening tips, garden information, and recipes for your garden produce.

Wishing you all a happy gardening season!