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Summer Seed Plantinbg Experiment: Perennial flowers. 7.14.18
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.
Lemon cucumber, a little over ripe, now 6' tall and still growing - rain all this week.
When you start in pots how long do you wait until you move to garden? Some of the seeds I bought stated they didn't like to be transplanted and I should plant directly. Do you just ignore that?
Plinius, I quite like the idea of your hidden garden and that it is a surprise to your guests. :) Not sure how I thought they multiplied, but didn't know snails laid eggs. During the period of heavy rain I had tons of them, so much so my walkway became "crunchy" each time I went out. Did you use anything to eliminate them?
My garden is quite hidden: third floor (you'd call it fourth floor) and only visible from my apartment or from the neighbours'. But the people who visit me are pleasantly surprised.
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