Watch My Garden Growing

My gardening attempts in a new environment.

Second Time Around

Since the eggshell experiment failed, I decided to go with traditional starter trays with 98% success! I am guesstimating the percentage; however, I planted three 72-cell trays and all but 24 cells have fully germinated. 24 out of 216 – you do the math, I don’t really care. ūüôā Oh, and I replanted 12 cells and transplanted the corn to larger cells. So, I guess I have planted 228 and I have partial germination in the 24 cells (I plan to replant once I transplant the other cells into larger containers).

So here they are: (since they are in a window pictures are dark, but you can see the growth)

wpid-img_20150409_072019527_hdr.jpg      Corn babies. wpid-img_20150408_145150079_hdr.jpg wpid-img_20150408_145157417_hdr.jpg         Lettuces, spinach, etc.            wpid-img_20150408_145211753_hdr.jpg

 

 wpid-img_20150408_145205947_hdr.jpg       24 Hour growth of peas and beans!wpid-img_20150409_072012783.jpg

I purchased clear plastic solo cups to transfer my non-cold resistant plants into to allow them to grow a bit more. My plan is to transplant the cold hardy plants into the garden this weekend. Peas, lettuce, etc can go in the garden bed while the others can get a little more strength while we begin hardening them off during the day. I will probably need to replant the onions, leeks, and chives as they are not looking their best and am not certain they will transplant well. Since I am square foot companion gardening this year I can direct seed in a couple of the squares and transplant what I have. I will thin them out as necessary.

Due to my dirty, rotten, stinking allergies being twice obnoxious this year I am not as ready to plant this year. I will have one bed ready this weekend and possibly have the second moved and filled. One day outside in windy conditions sent me inside for four and one-half.

For more information on square foot gardening: http://www.melbartholomew.com/

For companion gardening: http://permaculturenews.org/2010/07/30/companion-planting-guide/

For companion square foot gardening: http://www.mysquarefootgarden.net/companion-planting/

 

 

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Survival of the fittest

We have survived. The garden, that is. I had to cut about two feet off the tomato plants and hubby built a nice trellis to tie them up. The storms have not killed them off!! I did add more soil to the beds to help with root growth and stability as well.

The cucumbers are doing well. The pickling cukes I planted first have grown up and across the tops of my deer netting!! I plan to snip at least one today as it is about six inches. I make a cuke and onion salad for hubby that he will eat daily!

It rained too much and then got too hot too quickly for my lettuce. Much of it turned stringy and went to seed, as did my radishes and beets. I will re-plant in the fall. The chocolate mint is loving this weather! Most of the herbs are having a swell time in this hot wet weather.

My poor peppers are not loving the rain so much and the cloudy days. SOMETHING is eating at the leaves as I have tiny holes all over them. They are also curling. Have to do a little research.

Something else has been growing in the fields around us – chiggers and ticks. We did something we HATE to do – we sprayed insecticide in the field behind the house – only about 30-40 feet from the back of the house. We do not wander in the woods much so we did not go any further. I do not like using insecticides; HOWEVER, we felt it was a last resort. Since my diagnosis with Lyme Disease and the overpopulation of ticks (cannot walk to my garden without numerous getting on me) we had to take care of the immediate problem. We also discovered chiggers. My husband had never heard of chiggers before but after working outside one day – and not even in the tall grass – he was “bitten” from the chest downward. EVERYWHERE. He brought them in the house and infested our bedroom. I had to wash everything in very hot water. All of our clothing he touched or contaminated with his clothing and all of our linens.

We discovered the contamination when we both awoke with what looked like bites from waist down. After doing some investigating we discovered we had been infiltrated by chiggers. Using just an anti-itch cream was a temporary fix. We went to Wally-World and purchased benedryl cream and Chigg-Away. Seems to work.

Unfortunately, just walking to the end of my patio seems to get us covered in one or the other so we have taken steps to kill them back and then cut the grass/weeds/growth of vegetation down to the ground to remove any hiding places they have. We had planned to remove the growth anyway as we are building a deck off of the patio.

Life in Williamsburg is much more rural than Wytheville!

I go back to the doc this week to discuss the Lyme DIsease again as I am not sure the first round of anti-bacterial meds killed it off. Using colloidal silver and hemp oil as natural aids to assist me.

Now, off to fold and wash/dry laundry. WOOT! WOOT!

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Updates and pictures coming!!!

So, this week we repotted the tomatoes and pepper plants. The pepper plant seems to be lunch for something. I did see a red spider-like insect on it tonight as I was watering. It is trying to form peppers but I nipped them off. I really want the plant to develop before it tries fruiting.
I will take pictures and maybe someone can give me a clue. I did fertilize a bit tonight and I watered thoroughly. By tonight I mean at 6PM so we had plenty of time for the plant to dry out before the sun went down here.

Tomatoes look great. I have been clipping back the buds as well. No flowering allowed yet. Too soon!!

Nasturtium blossom. One. LOL! AND they are all a bit flimsy. Not sure what is going on in this bed but I think hubby added too much peat. He does not understand that too much peat is not good for certain plants. I need to go get some more compost and manure to help it out I think. Lettuce is still trying to come up. Some radishes are looking better but something has been eating them. Beets too!

Never had this bad of a problem growing before. I am a little stumped.

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