Category: gardening

Garden Update 2018

While I wish I had more to say, basically nothing besides my ichiban eggplants are ready for harvesting yet (eggplants are tasty though). The tomatoes are getting close, same with my peppers. My raspberry bush has been steadily making berries, though I wish I had a couple because one on its second year doesn’t really make enough.

I did have some plant losses sadly. My yellow squash and zucchini plants got hit by a combo of sweltering heat and squash bugs. With them dying, it left my pumpkin plant defenseless to the squash bugs, so I got more squash and cucumber this time to replace them so my pumpkin can be protected. Two of my tomato plants, better boy variety, weren’t producing at all, which my suspicion is the sudden high heat was either impairing pollen production or fruit set. Either way, I didn’t want to waste space with tomato plants not producing at all for another season, so I got another Goliath variety since the one I planted earlier this season is doing great.

I’m really hoping my cantaloupe and pumpkin can pull through the heat. It’s definitely slowed their growth, and it didn’t help I had to replant both almost early June because something stole the seedlings back in May…I went out one morning and they were completely gone, not even withered or decayed. I had the same issue with sunflower seedlings too, but the second go of those has taken off thankfully. My cherry tomato plant had a weird hiatus of growth from May till now which was odd, but it still is producing tomatoes, and now is getting taller and wider. Not sure why that happened, it’s the first time I’ve had a tomato plant do that.

Well, that’s what’s happening with my garden lately. Hopefully soon I’ll have pictures to post of tasty tomatoes and peppers.

2018 Season Update

New year, new gardening season! I’ve got a full garden this year, and I’m so excited to see everything come up and produce.

I’m trying my hand at more squash this year. I’ve got yellow straight-neck squash in the left bucket, and bush zucchini on the right (had a bit of an issue with squash beetles while I was away, hence the discoloration).

In my west bed I have a bunch of potatoes in the left corner, some herbs in front (mint, lemon balm, thyme), a variety of peppers in the middle and back right corner, and oregano in the front right. Soon the basil should come up, i saw some seedlings yesterday.

My middle garden has most of the tomato plants this year, plus some nasturtium and borage in the middle of them to help keep bugs at bay and bring in bees. Lettuce in the front really took off with the rain we got last week. Green onion, parsley, and red onions all enjoying the sun next to the lettuce, and lavender and hyssop bushes on the right are starting to put out flowers.

My north east bed looks a little empty. The tomato on the left hasn’t grown too much, but the sage is starting to flower. Something ate my cantaloupe seedlings so I had to restart those. There’s a sunflower peaking behind the sage buds, my mom wanted some of the big flowers so I started them in spots around my garden. Rosemary happy as always, needs a trim.

My south east bed is doing pretty great too. Had a bit of an issue with flea beetles on my Japanese eggplant plants, but diatomaceous earth helped a lot. Some garlic still going on either side, nasturtium growing on the left, and more oregano I need to trim back. The pumpkin plant is coming up nicely too next to the fennel in the back left corner.

My raspberry bush has really grown. The second year canes have berries on them now, and the first year canes for this season are shooting up all over.

Last, but not least, is the spinach. For the most part they’ve done pretty well, I’ve had a few rounds of picking leaves already, but they got a bit water logged last week and I was gone so I couldn’t do anything about that. Strawberry plant enjoyed the rain though. A couple of the spinach plants died early on, but in one of the spots I started a sunflower which I’ll transfer to a better place once it’s big enough…some animal around my house likes to eat sunflower seedlings.

Peach Cream Tulips

Peach Cream Tulips

So this cactus has been out here since I moved…

So this cactus has been out here since I moved (10+ years ago) and is slowly falling over because it’s on the edge of a retaining wall (that needs repairing). I’m cutting it back slowly, hence the pile of panels. Hopefully once I cut it back a bit more I can just move it. Of course I’m going to try and get the panels to root and then I’ll have a whole bunch of cacti! 😸🌵

Boyfriend’s co-worker’s mom was tr…

Boyfriend’s co-worker’s mom was trimming her cacti and heard I’d be interested in the cuttings…. 😁🌵✨

I’m not sure if I’m going to keep …

I’m not sure if I’m going to keep them in this or not but it looks pretty nice right now.

Garden veggies hanging out in the back room un…

Garden veggies hanging out in the back room until it warms up next week. Bonus struggling pothos and an orchid variety in photo.

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It’s spring!!!

About time 😊

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Seeds!

I love sharing seeds… even if in the past you gotten seeds from me, you can get seeds again 😊 like always email me your address and will mail them 💚 … if you looking for something specific ask away, I might have it 😃

… freeseeds4penpals@gmail.com

My parents sent me an express mail package 😲…

My parents sent me an express mail package 😲😨😲😨 with one of my favorite fruits ever. (Did you see the postage?) Since I had surgery they want me get healthy nutrients to have a better recovery. So of course I had to make some juice 😊. Got 2 gallons of wonderful homegrown guanábana (sour sop). They also sent me the leaves to make wonderful tea.

2/7/18