The raccoons may have got a lot, but they didn’t get my tomatillos.Leave a comment
General growing and maintenance guidelines. Your plants and how to care for them…
Yikes. It’s been a long while since I’ve updated. Obviously an awful lot has happened in my gardens since my last update. The weather has been the strangest this spring/summer of any year I can recall. It has been wetter, cooler and greyer. As a result, some plants have grown taller and bigger than ever before while others are stunted and sad.
It’s time to start posting updates on my gardens before things get too out-of-hand. Over at the community garden plot I dug in some fresh soil amenders and finished planting quite a while back. Thanks to some rain all the seedlings are coming in nicely. This year I planted:
- Purple Cherokee tomato
- Black Krim tomato
- Lemon Boy tomato
- Striped German tomato
- Purple Prince tomato
- Swiss Chard
- Egyptian Onion
I also planted some chamomile, oregano, valerian, dill and calendula along the perifery. I like to plant flowers to attract beneficial insects. Some of the perennials I planted last year such as red valerian and calamint are doing well. The calamint is currently bursting with flowers. The smell is incredible and strong!
I can happily state for a fact that the hay mulch was the best thing I did last year. There is a lot of debate about whether hay is a good mulch because slugs are attracted to the environment it creates. However, they also say that slug predators are attracted by the mulch so that evens the score. Whatever the case, I don’t seem to have a slug problem although slugs are present in the area. I have found a few underneath the mulch but haven’t seen enough damage to be concerned. Overall, the soil is much, much better than last year and the worm population has exploded.
So far the only problem this year has been with the ‘Two Inch Strawberry’ corn. It didn’t germinate! I was so looking forward to harvesting tiny, red cobs of corn.Leave a comment
My seeds have arrived. Some are just in time for planting and some are kind-of late but manageable. Just to be clear I have done a first batch of seeds. This is a second, last-minute batch. They are all heirloom varieties purchased from Seed Savers. I’m very excited! I’ve already opened every packet and inspected all the seeds. I suspect most gardeners do this as a result of the pure excitment of it all. However, I will admit that at times I’ve purchased seeds just to see what they looked like, with no intention of growing them. That might be slightly more than a gardening quirk.
Here’s what I purchased: