The Good Stuff
As part of getting back on top of my gardening, I took a tour of the garden tonight and looked closely at how everything is doing. Despite my neglect, some things are doing pretty well. Here’s the rundown.
- Apples: The bagged apples that didn’t fall of are doing well. Looking nice and bug-free and growing well.
- Basil: The basil didn’t sprout after planting the first time, but the second round of planting has sprouted strong
- Beans: The pole beans I originally planted are doing great, and the bush beans planted recently have sprouted too
- Squash: I hadn’t intended to plant any squash this year, but ended up with several volunteers from the compost. They appear to be doing well, and have no signs of vine borers yet.
- Beets: I’m nearly positive that the beets have grown since we thinned them. They seem to be happy about the new space
- Blackberries: We don’t have a lot of blackberry blossoms, but the bushes have grown a lot this year and the blossoms that did appear have large green berries in them.
- Carrots: The carrots are doing OK since being thinned.
- Horseradish: The horseradish is thriving. I look forward to making homemade horseradish sauce next year.
- Marigolds: Planting marigolds instead of strawberries was a good choice for the driveway strip was a good choice. They’re hearty and don’t mind little feet and bikes running over them
- Onions: Adequate growth
- Peas: We’ve been eating peas as fast as we can. The new peas we planted after weeding have sprouted.
- Radishes: The seeds for these radishes came from an emergency seed pack from 1996. They were packed in an airtight #10 can. Someone gave them to us when they cleaned out their basement.
- Raspberries: It looks like this will be a banner year for the raspberries. Hooray!
- Tomatoes: The tomatoes seem happy to be out of their starting cups and into the dirt.
- Peppers: (No picture) Caroline and I planted the peppers outside last night.
- Wildflowers: Many of them are blossoming. The ones that haven’t blossomed might be weeds. I can’t tell.
The Bad Stuff
Every year of gardening has taught me about one more type of bug or pest that will undo my hard work. Here’s what’s been a problem so far this year.
Black Rot on Our Grapes
Our grapes are looking sick. About 1/3 of the bunches look like this.
Turns out that it’s Grape Black Rot (Guignardia bidwelii). The fruit rots and turns into hard shriveled black things called mummies. According to this PDF from OSU if I trim the bad bunches from the vine, that will reduce the spread. The UMN says “Many organic growers utilize fixed copper or sulfur products to control black rot. Chemical methods include ferbam, mancozeb, captan, or nova.” with notes that the organic methods are much less effective.
I’ll head to Bachman’s tomorrow and see what they have and recommend.
The spinach isn’t as good as it was last year. There are lots of yellow leaves, and it has gone to seed already. The leaves still taste good, but there aren’t nearly as many as there were last year.
Strawberries Under Attack
Something has been eating our strawberry plants. Google suggests that it might be slugs or snails. I’ll probably pick up some slug/snail killer when I go to Bachman’s tomorrow.
And with that, I think I’m back on top of what’s going on in my garden. There’s lots to do (more weeding, for instance), but at least I know what’s going on, and knowing is half the battle.