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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
When I planted my 2 Alpine strawberries almost 4 weeks ago, I pulled off all the flowers and just developing berries, so they wouldn't loose energy on berries until they established themselves.
I let any new ones alone, and today I found a small berry that had red on top and a light yellow bottom. I gave it a slight tug 90 degrees to the stem, and it came off easily. The flavor was dissapointing to say the least. Very bland. I'll wait longer before picking the next one to make sure it's ripe.
Barbara, what do you do to get rid of fire ants? Does the diotomacious earth work for them. Your weather may be too wet for that remedy.
Randy, I am very interested in your opinion of Gardens Alive. They are pricey, and I use a lot of their plant foods, even though I mix a lot of my own from formula recipes I get from an ancient Rodale book of formulas. I feel I have better control over what goes into my soil. At least, I know what goes in.
Randall, at least I know I'm not alone in dealing with hot, humid, and wet. Perfect growing conditions for my grass. At some point it should stop raining and things will dry out - then I can get out my scythe and start mowing. In the meantime, I have lots of green tomatoes that refuse to ripen.
Joan, so far, I have used nothing for insects. I guess I've been lucky, or maybe not wearing my glasses when I go out to the garden helps. :) I think it is simply too wet for both the good and bad insects. I did notice some aphids on the milkweed plant this morning. Other than that no insect activity. Just plants growing, growing, growing - except for those that simply gave up and drowned.
Chris, I haven't read The Secret Garden in years. I do however, have the mental images from reading it as a young girl and I think it is that memory that has inspired me to create my current space. I've become obsessed of late with Adult coloring books and there is one called "The Secret Garden" which I'm going to order.
Daniel, all I can say is when your "Walking Around" arrived in my mailbox this morning I simply sighed. Such a pleasant sight ... maybe in a few years my space will come close. Thanks for providing such good information and visual feasts.
Spud, I thought the lemon cucumbers would have a lemon flavor. Actually it is just the shape and color. Mine have more seeds than actual cucumber, so given a choice, I'll plant regular ones next year. And I find most cucumbers don't have much flavor either - old taste buds I guess. I just feel good about eating something good for me. :)
Joan, Gardens Alive is based in Indiana. I'd like to visit it sometime. As for my climate zone, it's 5 (50 miles NW of Indianapolis).
More rain overnight, this time with wind. Blew down some willow tree limbs (soft wood) which will take my chain saw to clean up. Worse than that, my sweet corn has been flattened. Happens EVERY year, I swear (and literally so). Cleaning up the yard and propping up the corn stalks is not my idea of spending a nice quiet Fathers Day.
Nice! The Secret Garden! It was my mother-in-law's favorite book. Would have been nice if she hadn't mixed it with half-baked xtian science ideas...
Vegetable Pest Control from Gardens Alive
Barbara, I do too know what I would use on corn crops, Pyola® Insect Spray from Gardens Alive.
I started using Gardens Alive products before my kids graduated from high school. After they all moved out I changed my vegetable garden into an ornamental one. I will be returning to that product.
Pyola® Insect Spray
Barbara, the years I lived in Texas, all each location, I planted sweet corn. It did very well, except for those damned insects and fungi! I used pounds of Sevin in order to get a decent yield.
Well, now I know that Sevin is not a safe chemical. Every gardener had sacks and containers full of the stuff in their sheds..
Sevin Dust is NOT Your Garden Friend!
I don't know what I would use now. I haven't grown corn in at least 20 years. If you find out, let me know because I will be growing vegetables again when I move to Newport.
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