2021 Garden plans

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  • #30667
    Janiebakes
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    DH tried spraying a milk and water mix on the plants with powdery mildew a couple of days ago. It seems to be doing a lot of good. They mildew is gone on about half the leaves of the cucumbers and snow peas. He repeated the spraying today. The spray mixture is whole milk diluted 1 part milk to 2 parts water.

    #30669
    Joan Simpson
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    Len those tomatoes look good!

    #30671
    RiversideLen
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    Thank you, Joan, I had them with lunch today, they were good. It’s going to be a week or two before they start coming in in quantity.

    #30675
    cwcdesign
    Participant

    All our tomato plants are gone – most of the plants in the community garden look the same. Beans and cucumbers are gone. The only things still doing well are the eggplants, peppers and flowers – all the peppers are some version of hot peppers. I forgot to ask Will, but I think the basil and parsley are still doing OK.

    The folks who took over the one plot we’ve already relinquished have started setting up their beds. Will offered them the cattle panel trellises he made and they gladly took them and have already put up one of them – great for tomatoes, peas or beans. When the rest of our plants are done we will give up our current bed.

    I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, but I closed in June on the condo I’ve been living in – I bought it from my landlord. So, now we’re figuring out what spaces are “ours” and what the limitations on putting planters on one side where we get the most sun. We didn’t start tomato plant seeds soon enough for a fall crop, but we’re going to focus on greens and such which should hopefully be easier than trudging to the garden.

    #30677
    BakerAunt
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    It is looking like we will not have the bounty of tomatoes we enjoyed last year. My husband says that one is starting to ripen. In the meantime, I bought a nice tomato at the farmer’s market (she uses green houses or tunnels) and had my first Bacon-Tomato sandwich yesterday with turkey bacon. I could not find the turkey bacon I liked from last year (Kroger seems to have stopped selling it), so I had to buy Oscar Meyer smoked. I would give it a B-.

    #30678
    Joan Simpson
    Participant

    Congrats on buying your condo Cwcdesign now when you pay the mortgage at least it’s yours!

    #30679
    Mike Nolan
    Keymaster

    When I look at my tomato plants, the vines and leaves don’t look as dense as I’ve seen them in other years, but usually the peak of the season starts around Labor Day so the vines could grow a lot between now and then. What we need some time in August is a cool spell long enough for the plants to blossom and set a lot of fruit, any day it hits the 90’s is pretty much a no joy day as far as setting fruit is concerned.

    We got our first two tomatoes that weren’t Fourth of July earlier this week, an Italian Heirloom plant.

    On the other hand, the cherry tomato plants in the Aerogarden are so thick I can’t see whether there’s any fruit ripe yet, though I see quite a few mostly pea-sized green tomatoes around the edges.

    #30704
    BakerAunt
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    We have spaghetti squash starts! One is rather large, and there are two smaller ones. It is taking over its section of the garden and crowding out the honeynut (small butternut squash) plant.

    We lost the tomato that was starting to turn red. It was on the ground this morning and half rotten. My husband says that happens sometimes.

    The snow peas and beans have been doing well.

    #30732
    RiversideLen
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    What’s wrong with my basil? I have a pepper and parsley in the same container and both those are doing well.

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    #30735
    Mike Nolan
    Keymaster

    My wife, a master gardener, says it is probably a nutrient deficiency in your basil, she just doesn’t remember which one. (Google says phosphorus.) There are also some nutrients where an excess of them can cause purple splotches.

    #30745
    RiversideLen
    Participant

    Thanks Mike.

    I did a little more research (youtube) and I found that it appears to be Downy Mildew. The solution is to plant varieties that are resistant to it. I’m going to pull it tomorrow. It’s too bad too, because this plant was really doing well. I have another basil plant in another location that has not been affected, so hopefully all is not lost.

    #30746
    Mike Nolan
    Keymaster

    Boy, your picture didn’t look anything like this site:
    downy mildew in basil

    Do you have a local extension service you can ask?

    #30777
    RiversideLen
    Participant

    The basil looked worse in person than it did on the pic. I pulled it. I don’t know if there is an extension service near here. I still have one plant that looks good.

    #30778
    Mike Nolan
    Keymaster

    We’re getting more 4th of July tomatoes than we can eat right now, even though we’ve given a number of them away. I may have to start blanching and freezing them, I don’t think I’ve got quite enough to justify trying to make tomato juice or sauce.

    Today I picked a couple of Rutgers and a Brandywine. I’ve got a First Lady turning color. If we get some cooler weather, we may still get a bountiful harvest in September.

    #30785
    Mike Nolan
    Keymaster

    I picked 5 pounds of 4th of July tomatoes today, each one weighs about two ounces and is around 1.75 inches in diameter.

    tomatoes

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