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 USAblight.org.
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.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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?
Thursday, May 31, 2012
|Our early spring garden.|
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.|
Monday, May 28, 2012
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
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 with no tomato cages|
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
|Strawberries in blossom|
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
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. Mmmmmmm....love 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!