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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Audrey III and friends

My garden has been taken over and largely destroyed by killer gourd vines.  I finally yanked them all out the other day but not before they overran everything that was trying to grow - which wasn't much, in fact.  Naturally the zucchini is growing apace; and the winter squash will be fine, I guess.  The peanuts died, the peas died, the beets didn't grow...corn is still coming up and it looks like the potatoes might do something yet.  Basil is great.  But not the bounty I was expecting, by a long shot.

In the upper garden, the tomato plants are getting very tall but very few flowers and so far no baby tomatoes.  I know we have crummy soil but I composted the heck out of it and if there's one thing I'm proud of, it's my compost.  So I don't know what the problem is.  Very discouraging; especially compared to Kim's perfect garden.

1 comment:

Kim said...

ii Janet,
hmm. Perfect garden, hardly. Seedlings are very difficult and I'm still trying to figure them out. Lately I've taken to just keeping the seedling pots wet. I keep the seedling pots in a pan of water. Then wait or let them grow until they have their second set of leaves at minimum before transplanting. More leaves seems to be better. But still not all goes well. I find beets and carrots to be particularly problematic . Onions, leeks, garlic, and squash Seem to be fairly straightforward. Tomatoes, beans, lettuce okay. We've had fun with the potatoes because they have a mind of their own. I'm not able to harvest 100% and some bud manages to survive and start over. That is a benefit of no freezing temperatures.