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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Veggie Garden Sundays

Filed under: gardening — shaye3 @ 3:45 pm

Ok, since you guys started this journey with me, I thought I’d start posting weekly updates on my little veggie garden.

When we last visited my back yard, I was getting ready to plant my seeds. I don’t know if I shared it with you guys or not, but I found out that our soil has a fungus called Verticillium Wilt. That stuff is kills all kinds of plants including several kinds of trees, potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, several herbs, and rhubarb. At first I realized that my mint was turning black and dying when we started drinking a lot of mojitos. It was getting harder and harder to find mint in my herb patch that didn’t have black on it. Then I noticed that my rhubarb was all turning yellow and dying. That’s when I started doing some research in my handy-dandy Rhodale’s gardening book, and found out that it has probably all been caused by this fungus. I’m not at all happy about it. I think I’m going to take out the rhubarb bed and put in some asparagus. The rhubarb has been there for decades, but I can’t help but think we’d get more use out of the asparagus anyway.

We’ve had nothing but thunderstorms since the day I planted. I haven’t even had a chance to transplant my bell peppers or marigolds. Hopefully it’ll dry out soon so I can get back in there since my bell peppers already have blooms and my marigolds are seriously starting to outgrow their containers. For now, I haven’t even walked into the garden far enough to weed because the whole thing is so muddy. Because of the wilt, I decided to plant my eggplant in containers, but the seeds haven’t germinated yet so I didn’t take a picture. My carrots are still holding out, too. I hope that all the hard rain didn’t wash my poor carrot seeds away, but I’ve heard that carrots can take a while to germinate so I guess I’ll wait. I decided to chance my tomato plants in the ground with the wilt, so everybody keep your fingers crossed. Two of my tomatoes didn’t make it through the storms. My “Early Girl” got broken off completely, and another one bent enough to worry me.

Here are my transplanted tomatoes. I’m going to have to replace the one on the bottom that broke off. (The maple seed helicopters appreciate the nice soil in the bed, too. I have about a million tiny volunteer maple trees that I need to get out of there.)

Here are my rows of little green beans and edamame

Here are my summer squash hills. I had four, but something happened to the one in the upper left corner. If you look further up from that, you can see the Creeping Charlie weeds that are threatening to come down and take over the whole plot.

My original plan called for two rows of carrots, but I ran out of seeds after one row, so I put green onions in the row closest to the tomatoes. They’re just starting to come up. (This picture is blurry because they are almost invisible to the naked eye and my camera didn’t want to be that close.)

I need to weed and get the rest of my plants planted, and I also want to start some spinach seeds in containers before it gets too hot. (What am I saying? It’s supposed to be 90° today. Gah!)

And that is the fascinating tale of the first week of my garden!


1 Comment »

  1. Wow, that’s awesome! I can’t wait to see what you can this year! 🙂

    Comment by the delish — Monday, June 9, 2008 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

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