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Gardening Update

We've been having a case of June-uary as per usual. There has been a lot of rain, low temperatures and sporatic bouts of sunlight. Though we haven't had to water the garden ourselves much, it has impeded production and caused some problems.

When I was on the bus taking Tiff to our place for the first time during our visit I texted Andy to let him know we were on our way and I got a text back saying 'I'll be in the back yard, gardening emergency" Tiff and i had a laugh becasue we couldn't wrap our heads around it and come up with what a "gardening emergency" could possibly be. Turns out an aphid infestaion is, indeed, a gardening emergency. The cold, wet weather had produced an infestion of a particular kind of aphid (I don't remember what kind) on our brussel sprouts. It was wried they sucked the moisture out of the leaves to make them curl up and when you opened the curl it looked like mold but was in fact thousands of little grey aphids. Gross. So Andy went to Swansons (the awesome Nursery down the road) and got some kind of oil to spray on the plants that the aphis dont like. he also got more lady bugs to put on the plants and he got this praying mantis egg sac. Supposidly we place it in the garden and in a few weeks we get 300 baby praying mantises. Scary! They haven't hatched yet. I have mixed feelings about when they do.

We've got production going strong on the green bell peppers. We had a couple of brocolinis sprount but they went to flower before we picked them because, clearly this is a learning experience and we don't know what we are doing. We weren't sure if it was time to pick them yet or if they were going to get bigger. The zuchinni has started to flower. We have some beats that are doing really well. The beans have climbed up the fence but are just starting to produce a couple of buds and the the corn is growing nicely, it's bigger than the fence now. The cucumbers have stalled, the tomatoes are barely hanging on in this cold and the burssel sprouts have yet to turn to stocks and no stocks in the artichoke yet either (I'm worried we didn't geive the menough space). And something still keeps eating the strawberries, but maybe it's an offereing that keeps the mystery vermin away from the other plants so I'm not too bothered.


Artichoke & beans

Our poor brussel sprouts HANG IN THERE!

Cucumbers (back) and zuchinni (front)





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Jun. 24th, 2016 08:27 pm (UTC)
Oh I don't know about that. Our dog is little enough that he can't jump over the little wire fences we put around the beds. he jumped through it once, but it freaked him out. Luckily he's not smart enough to figure out the damage he could do to the garden and he's not interested.

I have friends who put their veggie gardens in the front yard instead of the back yard because they had dogs or the light was better. Of course, perhaps you'll catch the reference fellow anglophile, that makes me think of the episode of Good Neighbors/The Good Life when a guy was steaming Tom's Leeks. Anyway, that might be an option? It's a fun hobby something I never would have thought I would enjoy but I totally do!
Jul. 9th, 2016 05:37 am (UTC)
oh my! it looks amazing!
no weeds at all!!
and no snails?
Jul. 11th, 2016 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! There aren't many weeds but a few. We don't have many snails here in this part of the country, the pacific northwest, but we do have thousands of species of slugs. I have a severe phobia of slugs (and am not a fan of snails either) and though they are there (they cause the holes in our brussel sprout leaves) luckily I don't run across them often. Probably once we get sprouts, we'll have to get slug traps, but that will have to be Andy's job because I seriously can't bare to so much as look at slugs, LOL.
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