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Garden Gleanings - Breeding weeds with veggiesPosted Friday, June 27, 2008, at 8:49 AM
Wouldn't it be great? Instead of breeding plants to withstand herbicides and insecticides, what about breeding them to be as tough and aggressive as weeds?
I amazed at how fast my weeds grow and how healthy they are with the same lack of water my veggies experience. I have noticed that my volunteer cherry tomatoes are always more tenacious than my newly seeded ones.
Why is that? Should we plant our tomato seeds in the winter, or late fall? Should we just throw them on the ground or under a rotting tomato?
I have also had better luck with healthy tomatoes when I let them run. The fruits are not as clean but I put them on straw and they are not as "high maintenance" as the staked plants. They put down roots from the limbs laying on the ground and must get more moisture.
Any observations of yours? If you stake, do you have to pay more attention to your plants?
With the lack of rain, I am struggling with the choice of planting a third crop. Do I take the chance or wait? I really, really do not agree with intensive watering, unless I have rainwater to gravity feed to them. (which I don't have much left) Once they get started, they are pretty much on their own.
The six artichokes continue to look healthy, but they are not growing much. Since this is my first experience with them, I am not sure what to expect. They are supposed to fruit this year, but at this rate, it will be late fall. They can also overwinter, so I may try that as well.
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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