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Japanese Beetle Invasion

| 6/7/2012 11:00:02 PM

I just about gave up on a vegetable garden this year.  My watermelons, cucumbers and cantaloupes either drowned after four inches of rain or died in the drought that followed.  Rain was forecasted several times, but went around my area.  A storm was forecasted again for Sunday night, and my tomato plants needed to get out of the greenhouse and into the ground.

Tuscawilla Tigress

I got the John Deere out and plowed up the garden and planted twenty-three tomato plants.  I grew my favorite Cherokee purple again this year, along with a Black Russian and German Pink Belgium, two new varieties I haven’t planted before.  I decided to give Mortgage Lifter another chance this year.  Last year hot spring and summer was a disaster for any tomato.

I dig a hole about a food deep and throw the soil off to the side. Before putting the tomatoes in the hole, I add Epsom salt, a time released fertilizer and an plant derived water retention crystal.  With the drought we’ve had, I don’t need to water as often.   After pinching off any leaves that would be below the ground and placing in the hole, I fill the hole from around the top until it is about an inch below the level of the ground.  That way water will stay around the plant and not run off.  I should have plenty of tomatoes for sharing.  Now I need to free up some of my hooligan cages protecting shrubs around the house for the tomatoes; put newspaper down and mulch.  I have two cages around small fig trees trying to grow back out after being mowed down. We won’t mention who did that.

My daylilies have been in full bloom and at their peak.

Spacecoast Starburst 

6/13/2012 1:25:52 AM

Dave, time is my problem also. I need to decide between flowers and a veggie garden until I have a little more time to spend doing both. I have 2 wall bins that I store their dog food in and has a lever that you pull down to drop food into a bow.. I make sure that I'm between the dispenser and Patches to keep her from seeing how to dump the food out of the bottom, or else I'll come home one day and 30# of dog food is gone. We only got 0.58 inches of rain, whereas the coast got 12-18 inches. It's only an inch on the road maps. I replanted my corn, maybe it'll come up. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Mary

6/12/2012 1:43:51 PM

Mary, your hooligans are smart dogs. I remember one dog from my youth that was able to open a door with a door knob on it. It would certainly entertain the visitors to hear the door knob rattle and the dog come walking inside the house. Of course, he never shut the door either. Our dog would somehow turn the handle with his paws and since he was already leaning on the door it would fly open when the latch released. My issue with gardening this year is just not enough time to spend tending the garden. Entertaining a seven year old during the peak of garden season doesn't leave enough time for the necessary things to be done. Ah, well, it is what it is. Everything looks great but just a little weedy. We just had about 3/4 of an inch of rain with the forecast predicting another three days of possible rain. That should really help with the weed issue. NOT. Have a great day on the homestead.

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