Seed Swaps

Just a Little Relaxation

30 Jun 2012
Storms 27°C / 81°F

Haven’t done a lot in the garden since the vegetable beds were done. Have added some soil to the box with the red corn in it. I think something was digging in there, but can’t be sure. Out of 16 plants, there are only 14 left. I hope that’s enough to get some pollination going on when the time comes.

Planted a bunch of planters and pots on the deck. The Pumpkin On A Stick plant is really unusual. There are thorns coming out of the leaves. I’ll have to see if I can get a really close-up photo of that. Most unusual.

The buckwheat is up but not with true leaves yet. The banana potatoes have made a good showing as well, so I guess it was worth planting all those tubers even if it was rather late. No sign of the zucchini or squash yet. The pumpkins and watermelons on the side lawn are growing well. Interestingly, the ‘moon and stars’ watermelon has the same spots on its leaves as it is supposed to get on the watermelon. I’ve never grown watermelon before and I’m noticing that the leaves are quite pretty. My Chinese cabbage looks like lace doilies. I’ve tried diatomaceous earth, BT, and slug pellets, but I’m not sure they can recover. Most annoying.

I need to spray BT on all the brassicas but ‘they’ keep forecasting showers and thunder storms so I keep waiting. If it doesn’t rain by morning, I think I’ll go ahead and spray anyway. I have lots of BT so I can do it again in a day or two if I need to.

I cut the bottom out of a large plastic pot and sunk it into the ground outside one of the vegetable beds … and planted two sage plants in it. They were a gift from my friend Carole. The sage in my Back Flowerbed is too old and when I went to use the sage from it last fall, it didn’t smell like sage anymore. I think I’ll dig it out one of these days.




What are you using the BT for? Does it work on slugs?

Posted on 01 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

I’ve read that you can cut off a pollen-shedding corn tassel and shake it over the silks to help improve pollination in small patches of corn – might be worth a try! Bummer about the Brassica pests. Are you dealing with cabbage worms or flea beetles?

Posted on 01 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

I’m using the BT for insects, period. I’ve not noticed that it does much good, so far, but I keep at it. We can’t buy a lot of stuff except the ‘safe’ stuff anymore, so I’m trying whatever I can. I haven’t noticed that it’s any good for slugs … or earwigs. I use those Safer’s Slug pellets. They help. I also spray my hostas with an ammonia/water mix once a month. It helps more than anything, but I don’t know if it’s safe to use on vegetables. I’ll have to google that ! Thanks for the tip @redloon. I will certainly keep that in mind. I think I’m dealing with cabbage worms or loopers. I’ve noticed a lot of cabbage butterflies recently. The diatomaceous earth is SUPPOSED to take care of those worms but I haven’t noticed any difference, to tell you the truth. This seems to be a really bad year for bugs and such. So frustrating!

Posted on 01 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

I just read on a Gardenweb forum that the ammonia is safe to use on vegetables according to one member’s agricultural extension office.

Posted on 01 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

Relaxation is not often a word I see in the gardening journals I read. Good for you!

Posted on 03 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

Diatomaceous earth works really well for slugs as long as the area is dry. Of course, slugs come out when it is damp. Once the DE gets wet, it isn’t really effective. I have used it off and on over the years and when you are only dealing with dew and a few showers, it works great! But in the rainy season, it’s not worth it.

Posted on 03 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

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