Worms and Flowers

Finally Fall?

Posted in Friday Garden Update by Lzyjo on September 25, 2009

Fog doesn’t seem half as bad as rain, in fact the foggy mountain view is my favorite because it covers up that U-G-L-Y cell tower.

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What a relief! A brief respite from the rain! I think I was getting a bit of, oh, I hate to say it, cabin fever. Already! But I got it all out of my system!

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The peppers are STILL going, if a little too strong!! There are also a few green tomatoes on the indeterminate Amish Pastes, more on that another time.

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This is the first year I have grown fennel, and wow, it’s smashed my expectations. It is a truly wild and crazy plant. Just look at that multitude of tangled and twisted flowers. Magnificent. Too bad the caterpillars haven’t touched it! It’s shoulder height on me and I am 5’9″. Wild! And that’s a lot of seeds too!

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I’m not sure if there is a month that does not go quickly, but this one certainly did! It seems like the peppers were just waiting for the equinox before they turned red, it’s all happening so quickly!

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One thing I don’t mind about long rains is the indisputable growth spurt. This cabbage has really taken off, far out-pacing the cauliflower, for whatever reason.

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The leeks are also doing well. These are exceptionally pretty ‘Blue Solaize.’

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Ah, another of my favorites, the fair Merveille des Quatre Saisons! I love the way the greens and blushing purples mix, it’s almost like an optical illusion.

There are good things about fall, when it’s not raining!

I hope you all saw some blue sky, before it gets worse this weekend!

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Friday Garden Update #10

Posted in Friday Garden Update by Lzyjo on August 21, 2009

Wow, it’s been about a month since the last garden update. A lot has happened in that time. The peppers are still producing wildly. The tomatoes are dying a long slow death. The zucchinis and gone and the yellowing squash are slowing down. The corn, which failed miserably, is being removed from the garden.

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Things for fall are already being planted. A few cauliflower transplants, some lettuce starts, leek starts, and a few things by seed, peas, spinach, and carrots.

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Cucumber. Hoping to save seed. It’s hard to tell in a photograph and gargantuan size of this cucumber.

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A reminder to stake those pepper plants.

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Here is a day’s typical harvest, a ton of peppers of all kinds. A few squash and a few tomatoes.

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I still have not tasted a Charentais, as the third one also split before ripening.

The tomatoes are really on their last leg. I have already pulled out three of my seven plants. I fear it’s too late for any preventative measures. Luckily, although the plants are dying, it did not effect the yields.

My biggest failure of the season was the corn, it wasted a ton of space and it sucked, in a word.  Oddly enough the corn that performed best for me, this year, was a hybrid, though I’d  rather believe it was timing that caused that corn to escape the evil corn ear worm. Arg.

Some good news.  Minus expenses we’re over $100 in the black!!! Woohooo!!!

Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy those unheard of temperatures in the 70s!

Friday Garden Update #9

Posted in Friday Garden Update by Lzyjo on July 24, 2009

This week was a a little bit of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Curses on the Charentais melon! Me and the French never got along, seems to be the case with this cantaloupe as well.

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Some of my tomato plants are really looking diseased. They can barely hold themselves up.

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Still waiting on the Marconi peppers. I’m hoping the turn red soon.

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Sheepnose Pimento is almost ripe, such a deep  red color. I’m really excited about these. I’m sure they’re going to be delicious!

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Another sugar baby watermelon. This one weighed seven pounds.

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The butternut vines all died. These did really well for me last year, but this year they are only 1/3 of their full sized advertised at 3 to 6 pounds each. I only had a few large ones, the average size is just under a pound each. There was no sign of disease of sawdust from the SVB.  I’m guessing it was just not a good year for these. Hopefully next year will be better!

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The chiles are going crazy! This weeks harvest was 15 ounces.

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This is one of my volunteer sunflowers, at least 20 flowers on this one.  A freak of nature I tell you.  It will be fun to see what next year’s look like, it seems like the variation of yellows is becoming greater and greater.

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I am pleased with the hyacinth bean, a big improvement on that ugly brown pole. (With an out-of-service satellite on it.)

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The biggest news of the week is that the garden expenses are in the black now!  Total harvest, minus expenses $6.70. Wooohoo!!!

Have a great weekend! TGIF!

Friday Garden Update #8

Posted in Friday Garden Update by Lzyjo on July 17, 2009

This was the week  of the pepper.

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Our hot pepper plants yielded a bountiful amount of chilies.

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Sheepnose Pimento

The sweet peppers are starting to set fruit in earnest.

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Marconi Sweet Pepper

My overwintered chili is producing great quantities of fruit and branching out widely.

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I guess we’ll see is 19 pepper plants are too many!

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There seems to be a problem with blight on my tomatoes, come to think of it, this may have been a contributing factor to the potato failure.

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There are tons of green tomatoes and still not a lot of red ones, even so I’ve harvested about 1 pound and a half.

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My midsummer succession plantings are coming in. There are summer squashes and corn where the potatoes were this spring.

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After a stern talking to my hyacinth bean has grown tremendously in the past week!

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This Charentais melon, a true cantaloupe, is really pissing me off. It is growing SOOOO slowing and the yields have been, in a word, unimpressive. I think I shall have a word with this straggler in the afternoon!

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The harvest tally stands at 66.52. With the expenses factored in we are -15.33, the break even point is in sight!!!

I apologize for presenting another bee/sunflower picture, but I just can’t resist taking them! These ( I think they are carpenter bees) were fighting for a place on this popular flower!

Have a great weekend and, my fellow Tennesseans, enjoy the cool weather!!