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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
Daniel, nice picture. I see ladybugs in my garden every once in a while, and it makes my day.
Barbara, your lemon cucumbers sound healthy. I've loved cucumbers most of my life, but stopped growing them a few years ago because they're tasteless to me now. If I hear of a strong-flavored kind, I'll try it.
Daniel, it looks like your work force of aphids and butterflies have their summer all planned out.
How happy I would feel if I could find even one ladybug on any of my plants. I haven't used insecticides, so I don't know why they didn't get to work this spring.
I am harvesting garlic today; one of my favorite tasks.
Randy, what is your USDA plant zone? If I read
If I read the catalogs correctly, nectarines do not do well in Spokane, or Newport, WA. With the changing in weather and temperatures being so unpredictable, I don't know if plant zones will matter much anymore. I enjoy the taste of nectarines and buy them at the grocery store all the time. I am sure having them in your yard and picking and eating them fresh can't be topped.
The killer for me is the late frosts that kill the blossoms.
Barbara, your lovely lemon cucumber looks refreshing for these hot days.
It is hard for me to imagine rain in your part of the country after living for several years at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Darnall Army Medical Center at Ft. Hood and Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston.
When I think of those homes, the sweat comes out on my brow.
Some plants just don't like to be transplanted, i.e.
"Root crops (carrots, beets, turnips, etc.) are not suited to transplants as the process will damage the root. Corn, cucurbits (squash, cucumbers, melons) and beans/peas don't like to be transplanted but can be with care."
William Beaumont Army Medical Center
Chris, I love the thoughts of your "Secret Garden". The charming film from Hallmark in 1987 tells a story of a Secret Garden. You might have a story in your special garden.
For some reason my ladybugs are nowhere in sight and the aphids take over their favorite eating stations. I don't want to order ladybugs by mail in this heat, they would surely suffer. I hose off the plants with aphid infestations. Hope that lasts until the weather cools down. I don't of anyone locally who has ladybugs. There are several source for worms for the worm farm.
Isn't it amazing how excited we become over one little ladybug? And when I see the bees buzzing in and out of the cucumber plants I want to do a happy dance! :)
You know, Barbara, I didn't plant one melon (cantaloupe) seed this year. I never get any, so why bother. Besides, my kids grow them aplenty.
Otherwise, my garden is doing well, despite--or as a result of--tons of rain. It's a muddy mess.
I transplanted 17 nectarine trees, only 12" tall, onto my farm kids' farm. My one "mother" tree didn't produce any fruit this year. That happens with the peach family, including almonds. Ah, the whims of mother nature.
I was doing some reading on various melons available, and container vs. in-ground growing. I found this article small area melons and I think I'm going to try one of them next year.
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