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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Got your BUZZ on? Then reconsider wearing yellow in the garden.

Posted Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 5:55 PM
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  • I pulled another fat and juicy tomato horned worm off that Black Cherry tomato this morning. That makes four and no wonder it was a skeleton. I cut the plant back and hope new leaves will emerge.

    I never did find the culprit on my peppers but new leaves are already starting to come out, so I expect a full recovery.

    Speaking of recoveries, I picked the first yellow squash off the plant that had been apparently hit by a vine borer. I say apparently because I never found the body, but if it was there, I slit it with my knife. I just did not separate the stem to look inside.

    I thought there was no frass (worm poop) on the outside , but after looking closer at some pictures I took, there actually was some brown stuff around the split stem.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 13, 2014, at 4:18 PM
  • I mentioned above that I was cutting the bean runners. I was also cutting the tomatoes that were bushing out all over for several reasons.

    One is that they were making it hard to walk in the paths but the second reason was to see if that would redirect their energy into making fruit.

    And the third was to start thinning out so I can FIND the fruit when it does come. That may seem easy, but some of you know that with bushy, leafy plants many things can be hidden.

    Maybe a ripe red tomato will standout, but when those tomatoes are blue, black, pale yellow and orange, they can start to become difficult. When the beans are the same color and shape as the stems and leaves, they can be almost impossible to find.

    Some folks wonder why I pick my yard-long beans when they are the size of a narrow straw. It is because I SAW them and if I don't pick them then, the chances are good that the next time I see them they will be too big!

    I am seriously considering going underneath and snipping every other plant to thin them out. The seed was three years old, so I was not sure how well they would germinate (probably 99%) and after that I tend to let them grow to see which ones are going to prosper.

    Well, it looks like most received the Vulcan blessing for growing long and prospering. If you're not a "Trekkie" you might not know the traditional Vulcan expression, but maybe you watch the Big Bang Theory?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 13, 2014, at 6:20 PM
  • Steve, I got my sister a double rose of Sharon for her birthday. She is having trouble with yellow/black leaves any idea what she could put on it? I'm not to up on plants, and their blights.

    -- Posted by haybar on Mon, Jul 14, 2014, at 6:15 PM
  • I have not experienced it but let me ask a few more questions to see if we can narrow it down.

    How long has she had the plant?

    Is it in the ground or a pot?

    Are spots forming on the leaves before the leaf dies or are the leaves turning yellow and then black?

    Are the leaves dying from the bottom up, intermittently or all over?

    After I get those answers, I'll probably have one or two more. If she wants to contact me through e-mail, no worries. I can then post the results of what we found out here for others.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 14, 2014, at 8:31 PM
  • Haybar, I got your pictures and assuming the plants were healthy when you got them, I am going to first consider the shock the plant is experiencing being transplanted, and the high heat we have had before I would think it is a fungal or bacterial disease.

    Not saying it isn't because I seemed to notice some discoloration higher up on the plant so if possible carry a few leaves into the UT Ag Extension office on Midland Road in Shelbyville for first hand analysis.

    Since they are new transplants, baby them a little. Make sure the soil stays moist but if it is pure clay and water does not drain well, be careful not to keep them soggy.

    Remove any leaves that do yellow or develop spots and destroy, not compost.

    The basic plant looks healthy so I do not think it is a "root" issue. If the Extension determines there is an issue, they will make recommendations for resolving.

    Anyone else have some experience they want to share about the double Rose of Sharon?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 22, 2014, at 9:40 AM
  • Thanx for your help Steve, I'm not to savy on how to upload the pics to your blog - that's why I emailed them to you. I will pass the info on, it probably is shock from planting.

    -- Posted by haybar on Wed, Jul 23, 2014, at 6:28 AM
  • There is no way for you to upload them to this blog, so you are as tech savvy as me. :-) I'll post it above on the main post. Give me a few minutes though, one of our cats is asleep on that computer. LOL

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 23, 2014, at 10:45 AM
  • Haybar, I am going to put the picture in a new post. It may not get seen here unless someone comes back to it

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 23, 2014, at 1:17 PM
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