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Lost pepper plants & more miscellany

Monday, 04 Jun 12 Cloudy 21°C / 70°F

Harvested 16 lbs. of kale and the first batch of shell peas today. I really need to get the clover cut back, it is heavily shading the broccoli. My helpers are gone for a few days and it’s difficult to get sustained work done in the gardens with my little guys constantly interrupting. Still, it was a gorgeous day and I’m hoping this nice weather holds steady.

Some of the later (scrawnier) pepper transplants have disappeared. There is no sign of them at all. Do rabbits eat tender peppers? I found one that has a weak ring around the stem, doesn’t quite look like cutworm damage. Must research.

Flea beetle damage on potatoes. They were mulched up with straw and are flowering, but again I see. I evidence of potatoes set along root stems in the mulch. I give up. This is the fourth year I’ve tried some variety and method of potato gardening and apparently I fail as a potato farmer. At least I didn’t spend any money for seed this year. These were sprouting in my pantry so I planted ’em.

About half the bush beans either failed to germ or were grazed away. Will do a second sowing in the blank spots. Still need to sow the dry beans.

My plantings are limited this year. In have an enormous seed collection but lost motivation at direct seeding time. No cucumbers this year, will buy at farmer’s market for pickles. The pole beans didn’t sprout at all, experiment with planting in straw mulch failed. I didn’t even plant sunflowers or zinnias.

Onions I started by seed all died in flats due to my sudden stretch of garden ambivalence, along with about half the tomatoes I started. I did get a bunh of store bought onion sets in, they seem ok. Maybe I’ll get some mojo back in time to do a mid-summer sowing for a fall harvest.

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Day 78

peas: burpeeana

Pisum sativum

Harvesting 0.5 x bowl
Day 76

Potato

Solanum tuberosum

Flowering
Day 100

Kale: Dwarf Siberian

Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group)

Harvesting [16.0 lb]

Comments

  • HollyBee

    HollyBee wrote:

    I’m sorry you’re having a bad year. Here’s hoping your mojo comes back in time for you to enjoy the rest of the year.

    Posted on 04 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • anelson

    anelson wrote:

    What do you do with 16 pounds of kale?

    Posted on 04 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • creme

    creme wrote:

    That, my friend, is a very good question!

    I guess I need to learn to love green smoothies. :)

    I didn’t mean to plant that much. This is the third year I started seeds with the intention of having a plant sale and then didn’t have a plant sale for various reasons.

    We do love greens, though. I love Colcannon in the cold months. And whenever I make beans and rice I serve southern style greens on the side. I can use the kale instead of collards. I have a lot of mustard that self sowed this year, I may mix in some of those greens. I haven’t used the mustard greens, I was growing it for seed. I wonder if they are ok if picked from more mature plants or if they should be picked young.

    Posted on 04 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • rosemarieGardener

    rosemarieGardener wrote:

    Kale in the freezer is great to have on hand. I make something call ‘Braunkohl’ a peasant, german dish that looks like pig slop but we love it. Anyway……I, too, am sorry for your plant losses.

    Posted on 05 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

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