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29 June 2010 @ 07:10 pm
Oh, somewhere there's single streak of green below  
Glory Bees, the humidity has broken at last! Would that it had done so with the promised line of thunderstorms yesterday afternoon and evening. Once again, I had to water my garden, and I'm not pleased. I put the plants (which I bought as starts) into the ground (that someone else tilled and prepped). I mulched around the bases, weeded - TWICE! so far - and treated against potential ailments. Now, it seems, I'm expected to water, too... and not just the plot. Oh, no. My window boxes, the flower beds, my herb garden with it's newly sown echinacea (or is it tacos?)†... honestly, I think it's high time nature stepped it up.

Truth be told, though, I am glad of the sunshine. I think one of the problems last year - aside from my lack of the barest gardening common sense and truly cruddy soil - was the incessant rainfall. Also the early blight and powdery-effin'-mildew.

As to this year's troubles, I've not a clue as to what is going on with the (newly planted) lupin; it's all brown-spotted and eaten to bits. I sprayed it with a natural antifungal/insecticide to no avail. It really, REALLY wants to survive; it keeps putting up new leaves that last a few days before succumbing to the creeping brown. My sedum, which was an end of season purchase last summer (poor thing, all cramped and sad in that wee plastic container) was flourishing. Just this morning, though, I found a good quarter of it bound up in fine, tightly spun spider webs. I freed it best I could, but after a few minutes there was nothing for it but to throw the stick to the ground and run off shrieking in a supremely girly manner, flappy hands and all. *ughSPIDERSshudder*

Question for those among you who are possessed of Garden Fu: some of my tomato plants are growing tall and lush and starting to put out blooms. Those which are slow to flourish already have a fruit or two forming on the plant. Is this hindering the growth? Same thing with my pepper plants.

More weeding tomorrow. I might hit a couple of the local nurseries to see what's still on hand. I've yet to plant anything in the would-be night garden, and I do want to get some hardy/any idiot can grow them perennials mixed in among the herb bed. I've still got a bit of room in the veggie plot, too, but I can't imagine what's worth putting in at this late date, or even what's left to buy.

It's probably too late/too warm to plant peas from seed. Right? RIGHT? Would it be stupid to go ahead and do so anyway?

Won't someone come live with me and be my gardening sensei? *taps hoe* Is this thing on?

This is why I should NOT store my seed packets in the kitchen. It's probably a good reminder to put things away in the pantry in due order as I unpack my groceries.


It's been pointed out that I look as if I'm wearing nothing but a hat, gloves and seed/taco seasoning packets. I'm delighted to spare you that mental image; I'm in an sports bra, threadbare tank top and a fair amount of dirt smudges.

p.s. There is a whistle pig in my yard. I want to snuggle her. She is not board on with this plan.

p.p.s. The chipmunk that taunts my kitties through the screen door has found a friend. I am determined to catch their antics on video. They've got some serious moves.

p.p.p.s. I quite like the idea of Glory Bees.
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on June 29th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't discourage the plants from putting out fruit early. The tomatoes in particular should love the weather this year - lots of heat and humidity, mixed with a decent amount of rain.

Peppers prefer less water to more; let them dry out thoroughly before bothering to water them.

Peas - yes it's too warm now, but you may be able to get a set going in the fall. I've never tried a later planting though.

Lupins - I've never grown them. I'm looking but not finding much. (OK. I found a Lupin Nudist Resort site. I don't think that'll have helpful info. :-p)Take a close look with a magnifying glass, or even a jeweler's loupe if you have one, to see if there are teeny bugs or if it's some sort of mold or what. If it's bugs, and you grow marigolds, you can run fresh petals and water through a blender, strain and spray with that.

If you can't find an answer, you can probably take a sample to the local cooperative extension for diagnostic help - find their number and call first.
formerlyfbformerlyfb on June 29th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
It is far too hot for planting peas. But, if you wait until the beginning of September, and soak the pea seeds before planting that should be good timing. They will sprout in the warmth, just won't grow well. Oh, and if you need nitrogen inoculant for them, I have plenty enough to share.

As for your tomatoes-why are you growing them? for the fruit, or for the lushness of the greenery? Also, are they determinate or indeterminate varieties? That would make a difference, too.

And, the wildlife (of the 4 footed variety)-your whistlepig will be very happy to eat your garden! I haven't yet figured out how to rid my yard of ours. (somehow, the bunnies don't bother me as much, even though they get as hungry.)
Kelladyjoust on June 30th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
I'll wait and try the peas later on; I may just hit you up for the inoculant (and thank you for offering).

I am growing the tomatoes for the fruit, but being a neophyte gardener I made the assumption that lushness was necessary to produce a decent crop. My bad! Of the four types of tomatoes I'm growing, only one is determinate.

*fingers crossed* So far, the whistle pigs haven't bothered my veggie garden. They're nibbling away at my hostas, and had I not put my parsley in a separate pot and placed it on a table they'd be going to town on that, too.
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on June 29th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
From here: Powdery mildew can be a problem, as well as aphids. Control these with a fungicide and pesticide. Lupins can also develop viruses that cause stunting and discoloration. If this happens, destroy the plants; do not add them to the compost pile.
Kelladyjoust on June 30th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
Ugh. I treated the poor boo already, to no avail. I think it's a loss. Thanks for your help!
Kerry: Funnyscreamingdolai on June 30th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Lupins also turn into werewolves at the full moon, so watch out for that.

Also, I lurve the look on your face in that pic. You are seriously contemplating just growing tacos in the yard, aren't you?
Kel: Jack*grin!*ladyjoust on July 1st, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
"What's for dinner?"

"Fresh picked tacos! And I got them before the lupins transformed, so there aren't any bites out of them!"

Fjordhopperfjordhopper on June 30th, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
I am not full of advice, although I believe that you need to "pinch back" new growth on tomato plants, to help them bear more fruit. That way the energy goes into the fruit rather than the leaf growth. (at least that was something my mom always told me to do!) I only have flowers in my garden right now, but you are making me want to get some tomato plants!! (I know I NEED to get a basil plant at least, so there can be pesto)

and most importantly, you are seriously so adorable in that photo!
Kel: Gwen/Jack lurveladyjoust on July 1st, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Pinching back the bits of growth between the stems is the ONE bit of gardening lore I possess. And yes, get basil for pesto/tossing into pasta or salad greens, but also hit your farmer's market for other things with which to make pesto. Parsley, spinach, cilantro - whatever is at hand!

and you are very sweet, m'dear. and I might be blushing just a wee bit.