Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Optimistic peppers can't wait for summer

Posted Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 2:31 PM
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  • So far so good on the few peppers that have come up..."Pablano" must be hardier...

    I'm getting white mold looking spots on the top of the dirt of a few things, hope it don't kill the sprouts...but that's just in the one starter tray...could just be a little mildew it was soaked originally!...some sunshine might fix that...if the sun would actually come out!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Mar 20, 2015, at 10:26 AM
  • The mold is not good. Even if that particular mold does not hurt your plant, the conditions are ripe for wilt. Drying out would be good, and if the "sun don't shine" at least put a light breeze to dry the surface.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 20, 2015, at 12:26 PM
  • I've had them sitting out this week...I got one tray that nothing but those poblanos is coming up in, if it wasn't for those I'd start over with that particular starter tray ...

    No worries though, in about three weeks I'll be putting a lot out in their real home, the garden!

    I heard the weather man say another cold front is headed our way the first of next week...time to move them all back in about Tuesday I think. We will see! They have not predicted sunshine this week like they thought we would get some. Tomorrow the sun should be out I hope, instead of all this gloomy chilly rain.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Mar 20, 2015, at 8:43 PM
  • Thanks for bringing that cold front to my attention. I would be tempted to bring the greenhouse plants back out.

    On a side but very positive note, my mother-in-law is back home and almost back to her normal self. Still a little weak but the last time we moved her from the hospital to rehab I would not have given her a lot of Hope to get out.

    Now, if we can keep the gall bladder behaving, we have a great chance of getting back to normal. Really amazing!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 20, 2015, at 8:57 PM
  • Glad she is feeling better, she's such a sweet person, I wish her well for sure!...

    In my food experience, I recall spicy foods can trigger or aggravate a gall bladder condition...

    Better cover or bring in any plants Thursday night...they are calling for possible frost Friday thru Sunday I think...I've had my trays out sitting in the sun.

    I will also have to cover my dahlias that are breaking ground in a heavy pot out there...I would have to hire a gorilla to move it, it's very heavy!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Mar 24, 2015, at 10:42 AM
  • Yes, spicy food but they are also saying bread and pasta? They fed her bread and pasta at rehab and NOW they are saying no? (Taking that with a 'grain' of slat since her eating is more important)

    I never put my full grown plants back outside. Guess I will after this weekend.

    I did however plant about 80 broccoli, cabbage, kale and lettuce plants. They should be OK with the weather I see forecasted but I will be covering them with a white non-woven fabric anyway to keep the cabbage worms off, so I do not expect any issues.

    Our cats and dogs will be the bigger issue! LOL

    It will not look as prim and proper but I will probably just lay some tomato cages on their side, then drape the fabric over them.

    I started 5 bales of straw yesterday to transfer tomato, pepper and eggplant to in a couple of weeks.

    For nitrogen I used cotton seed meal. While not totally organic since I don't know the source of the cotton meal, it will do for now.

    Since it is actually an animal food product it has a little molasses in it to entice eating. One of our dogs decided to try it but I don't think it will e a big hit.

    Today I will mix some fish emulsion in the water to add more nitrogen and may experiment with coffee grounds on a bale or two, I also plan on putting some of them in big plastic bags to see how (if at all) it influences the composting. (with air and drain holes)

    I expect it will hold moisture better and may speed decomposition because of increased heat. In summer, I will change a few to white bags to see if it helps cool the bale.

    Of course, this will not reap any "Southern Living" awards for decorating but.....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Mar 24, 2015, at 11:59 AM
  • I seem to be working on the Southern Living thingy (award), I got a beautiful green bamboo structure to tie my tomatoes to this year and planning on a vine or flower or two climbing up it as well...

    Now the plants just have to feel they are special enough and grow like they are proper and pretty enough to grab the prize!

    I'll have it in the bag if my pumpkin tree works like I want, we will see! Ha!

    I have t be creative in most things, but this is only my second garden so I'm learning.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Mar 24, 2015, at 10:23 PM
  • Trying to clean up the garden that never got ready for the winter and have opponents to that action.

    Wasps are trying to build their nest in my outdoor workspace. I am taking them out one at a time.....Right before I RUN back into the house and find something to do there........

    Oh, right, I am still collecting and cleaning up after mice.......30 now with a trap still being sprung....... No signs this morning......

    Last year the wasps built a nest in my mower and when I tried to fill the gas tank I got stung....The red wasps are very aggressive and their sting is wicked....... That's what I have this year.

    Needless to say, gardening is getting off to a slow start this Spring.

    Peppers and tomatoes are up and are being moved to larger quarters. Smaller crop than last year.... That one wore me out.......

    What a surprise......The tree peonies that are in pots are full of buds.....Many buds......The Winter didn't take them...Sigh of relief..... Small pleasures.......Big pleasures........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Wed, Mar 25, 2015, at 7:53 AM
  • I noticed the Dogwood trees behind my house are fully in bloom and loaded with tons of flowers this year...with this sun shining its a beautiful thing!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Mar 25, 2015, at 12:16 PM
  • Your peonies might have actually liked the cold snaps. Since they were not prolonged hard freezes they mimicked weather up North?

    A peony bush full of buds sounds like a beautiful Spring coming up!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Mar 25, 2015, at 2:42 PM
  • I have not noticed the dogwood yet, nor the blush of redbuds. I don't get out enough I guess.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Mar 25, 2015, at 2:43 PM
  • I ended up with a pot full of the smaller Dahlias...I threw a towel over them (a thick one) just in case...they had already started breaking through the dirt...I might have to drag a quilt out if there's any more frost down the road...

    Something, I'm not sure what yet, will be going in the dirt next week!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Mar 27, 2015, at 7:14 PM
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