Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Overages: Water and Fertilizer

I think I am over-watering.  And I did discover some containers are way over the "ideal" reading for fertilizer.

The oldest Jade bush beans are yellow.  They are no bigger than the ones planted two weeks later.  After looking at "yellowed bean plants" online, it looks like a case of over-watering.  But, if that were the case, then why are only the older plants yellowing?  Also, the tomatoes in the corners of the bed are the healthiest of any of the tomatoes I have.  The soil tested correct in pH, and "ideal" for fertilizer.

Yellowed Jade beans 6-26

Next to the parsley in the corner of the above photo is a very healthy, and size appropriate for planting date, Jade bean plant.  It is growing in a cinder block hole.  It was planted at  the same time as the beans above.

Healthy Jade bean 6-26



So, I am confused as to what is wrong with the others.  They were planted on 5-15, so still have a while to go before their 60 day harvest average.  I may just remove them and resow.  Water less, and see what happens.  We have had a lot of unseasonable rain this past week, but if it was over-watering, wouldn't you think all the beans would look this way?

Legend II (my Legend tomato try 2) looks over-watered too.  There seems to be, not a fine line, but an invisible line, between "keep damp and well watered" and "too much."

Legend (my Legend II) 6-26 with symptoms of overwatering

As for fertilizer, I tested the soil in all the planing beds and containers.  The Baby Boo, Jack B Little, and turban gourd containers contain WAY too much fertilizer!  That would account for their lackluster growth and yellowed, dying foliage.  Except...I read that over fertilizing will result in heavy foliage, and little fruiting.

Tiny Pumpkin Varieties 6-26




Friday, June 22, 2012

How the Herb Garden Grows...

I thought I would update the herb garden.  Like the vegetables, it has its winners and its losers as far as growth and over-all health.

We used some sage, rosemary, and thyme (hmm...something seems to be missing in that list...could it be parsley?)  in a roast chicken recipe a few nights ago. Yummy!  I just chopped the fresh herbs up and shoved them under the chicken skin.  It smelled so good as it cooked.

Speaking of good smells; when I water the herb garden all these wonderful odors waft into the air!  Especially the mints, thyme, and sage. 

CREEPING THYME:  spreading well, and covered with tiny adorable blossoms!

CREEPING THYME 5-11
CREEPING THYME 6-14




OREGANO:  it is much bigger, with long stems covered with purple flowers.  Should I have cut them off? I am not sure...I am new to herb gardening!

AMETHYST FALLS OREGANO4-13
OREGANO FLOWERS 6-14



OREGANO 6-14
SAGE: the healthiest looking of all the herbs...  a beautiful dusty green color. 

SAGE 6-14
SAGE 4-13











BASIL:  overall, not looking too good...  or at least no growth.  I did cut off some buds that were opening.  In my growing zone basil is an annual, so I guess it doesn't matter now well it does.

BASIL 4-24
BASIL 6-14

CHIVES: lookin' good!

ONION CHIVE 4-13
ONION CHIVE 6-14


CILANTRO 6-2
CILANTRO 5-6

CILANTRO:  growing larger, but I fear it is going to seed already.  It has the lacy top growth that indicates that. 


 LAVENDER: growing taller, and blossoming.  I am not sure it is getting enough sun though.

MUNSTEAD LAVENDER 4-13
LAVENDER 6-14



LEMON THYME: doing quite nicely.

LEMON THYME 4-13
LEMON THYME 6-14


ROSEMARY:  not much larger, but very healthy looking plant.

ROSEMARY 4-13
ROSEMARY 6-14











MINTS: both peppermint and chocolate mint are growing well. The chocolate mint is getting quite a bit taller.   The wooly apple mint is still small, but it got planted later than the others. 




CHOCOLATE MINT 6-14
CHOCOLATE MINT 4-13

PEPPERMINT 4-13

PEPPERMINT 6-14


Blossoms, Blooms, and Buds


The veggie plants are loving the new warm weather.  Blossoms and blooms are bursting out all over the yard.

LEMON CUCUMBER

CINDERELLA PUMPKIN WITH CUCUMBER BEETLE DAMAGE
WONDER BELL
ORIENT CHARM EGGPLANT

MR. STRIPEY - all of them are "double" flowered, or are they just deformed?
SUNGOLD






Saturday, June 16, 2012

Garden Update

A brief on text, long on photos, update on various veggies:

TURBAN GOURDS: looked better on June 1 than June 14.

TURBAN GOURD JUNE 1
TURBAN GOURD JUNE 14






MELON: The watermelon plants are nicely shaped and healthy.  But, are they supposed to be so small?
The cantaloupe seems to be coming back from the hail damage.

CANTALOUPE JUNE 16
WATERMELON JUNE 14

PUMPKINS: Cinderella is putting out amazing growth considering the damage it sustained in the hail.  Baby Boo and Jack B Little, like the gourds, looked healthier and greener on June 6.  Was it the hail?  Or could I be over-watering those plastic tubs?  Is the soil poor?  The plants in one container are barely hanging on. 

BABY BOO AND JACK B JUNE6
BABY BOO AND JACK B LITTLE JUNE 14



CINDERELLA PUMPKIN JUNE 14
TOMATOES:
Yellow Brandywine is looking better compared to a week ago. It is greener, rather then yellow.

YELLOW BRANDYWINE JUNE 14
YELLOW BRANDYWINE JUNE 6




Sungold, Legend (take 2), Ace, and Mr. Stripey have blossoms.  Japanese Trifele.  I pulled out the Momotaro.  Such a shame... we used to joke around that our clumsy Golden-Doodle, who doesn't look where he is going, would trample through the tomatoes, us calling out, "Edward! Get out of the Momotaro!"  Take a look at the photo for an example of Edward's grace!  We happened to catch this while taking photos of Boo on a pile of straw bales!  He isn't the brightest bulb on the tree... but he is super sweet and loving. 

"Edward!  Get out of the Momotaro!"

SUNGOLD JUNE 14
JAPANESE TRIFELE JUNE 14













       ACE JUNE 16      
MR. STRIPEY JUNE 16




BEANS:  Again, the older Jade bush beans looked better a week ago. The right photo shows beans planted two weeks apart, the yellowed ones oldest. 

JADE BUSH BEAN JUNE 16
JADE  BUSH BEAN JUNE 6










CUCUMBERS: Summer Dance doesn't look too promising, neither does one of the Lemons.  But the three Lemons I got at the high school Future Farmer's of America sale look great!  They are starting to climb the tomato cage trellis.

SUMMER DANCE CUCUMBER JUNE 14
LEMON CUCUMBER JUNE 16


PEPPERS:  The hail damaged Quadrato D'Asti Rosso is getting new growth, some from the lower stem.  The California Wonder had a blossom a few days ago, no telling if it set fruit.  One of the Wonder Bells is so-so, the other one got tossed yesterday.  As with the tomatoes, the mail order peppers did not meet my expectations.

WONDER BELL JUNE 14
CALIFORNIA WONDER JUNE 14



QUADRATO D'ASTI ROSSO JUNE 14

PEAS:  What can I say about the Cascadia peas?  Just that they are producing beyond my wildest expectations!  No sign of slowing, and putting out new blossoms daily.  Even raw they are tender and delicious. 

CASCADIA SNAP PEAS JUNE 14
So, that is my update on the veggie situation!