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Garden Gleanings - WOW the mormings are great for puttering around the garden!

Posted Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at 9:18 AM

The garden is a great place for thinking. Saves on trips to the doctor, although I've never been to a psychologist. (yet)

The garden seems to have a way of centering me and it is amazing the topics that run through my head in such a tranquil setting. Of course, if I had that special camera PBS folks use of their insect segments, it might not seem so tranquil.

Out of all our tomato plants we have, just one has been visited by the tomato horned worm, BUT the parasitic wasps have done their job and all worms have egg casings on them. Or at least all that I have found.

Now if only the ladybugs had done their job with the aphids. I have several tomato plants that were set back by the aphid. Two are in rehab right now and the verdict is not in.

The lady bugs were out there, but their number was low and they could not keep up with the onslaught. I tried to withhold my home bug spray to allow them to eat well and prosper, but I must have left too many.

A few grasshoppers are out and about but they are causing minimal damage and I have not seen the Japanese beetle anywhere. Same for the squash borer BUT never fear, something had to triumph and this year it was the squash bug that finally got out of hand and wiped out most of my zucchinis and yellow squash. They are trying to get my acorn squash too, but I have my limits! The battle is on!!

Thankfully, the Chinese melons seem unaffected by the squash bug. No eggs are laid on them and they are growing by inches every day. Where is that PBS camera? I think I will make a spray from some ground up leaves and see if it makes the squash bugs leave my other squash plants alone. Maybe add some lightweight horticultural oil and soap too.

We are faithfully watering our container vegetables, feeding them fish emulsion and seaweed extract, but I am less than thrilled with the results. Our first batch of tomatoes had end rot and while that has disappeared, the plants are much less productive that the ones in the main garden.

It makes me wonder what extraordinary tactics are used to keep them looking healthy and productive. If it requires synthetic fertilizer, I will replant them with flowers. We have too much junk in our diet already from eating out and prepackaged meals.

Our cypress vines are starting to spread fast. Our hummingbirds are keeping a close eye on them and licking their beaks. I don't think they have lips, so.....

I planted some rosemary cuttings and peppermint in the kitchen gardens around the goldfish pond. They seem to be making the adjustment well. It would be OK with me if the peppermint gets a little aggressive here. At least I will enjoy the smell as I weed it and there is a limit that they can not exceed.

Our fig trees are coming back from the hard freeze last spring. I took some volunteers that were getting into the rock wall and put them in buckets. All have survived the transplant and I may bring one of the buckets to our next garden meeting.

That reminds me! We have so few talking about coming to the meeting this Friday because it is the 4th of July. Do we cancel? We may go to dinner anyway and see if any show up.

I will bring that fig tree ad a few rooted rosemary starts. The rosemary I brought last time had just been cut, so I don't know if they survived. If those never rooted, come get these. They have roots!

Guess I better get started on something that pays the bills. Until next time...

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We will probably "eat out" anyway so it might as well be there.

If someone shows up, we talk & eat, if not, we just eat. OF course, our family will talk anyway, but....

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 12:35 PM


I can be there Friday, but it sounds like there hasn't been much response for it.

If I don't think anyone will be there, I probably won't either.

Let me know.

-- Posted by espoontoon on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 10:13 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. 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.