Victory Garden 2011: 7/1-7/11
You know, I really thought I was going to get around to blogging about my garden every single week.... but it hasn't panned out that way exactly, has it? On the upside, updating it every 10-14 days shows an enormous amount of growth!
Check out my corn plants (I took all these pictures tonight in the dark)!
My plants probably enjoy getting their Mittleider Magic weekly feed every week! 1/2 oz per running foot! No harsh chemical fertilizers here, only 14 of the essential nutrients ALL plants all over the world need and in a completely water-soluble form so that when you water your plants it gradually dissolves the fertilizer and takes it down to the roots every-time it is watered.
Ideally the Mittleider Method uses a modified drip irrigation system, but with the purchase of a new house and all the accompany expenses that incurred, hand watering with the flood irrigation system of each trench/row seems to work well.
As I stated last week, my plants are thriving now that I am finally giving them enough water! Too bad I didn't do it earlier so that more of my pea plants would have survived the increase in temperature.
At least I have some pea pods forming!!!!
I JUST decided as I've been typing that I will plant carrot seeds in between all the sparse areas of my garden so that I have food to donate to the local food bank. "Grow a Row for the Hungry" is a program that I know Territorial Seed Catalog supports as they sent me a packet of carrot seeds with my order a year ago - I never did plant carrots last year, but the seeds seem to be pretty good seeds! I re-seeded my carrot row (after realizing most of my carrots probably didn't come up because I didn't keep them watered enough) and they had sprouted when we returned from our weekend at the cabin! Much earlier than I expected!
|(The larger carrot tops are from my first planting, so if you can see the grass-looking seedlings, those are the 2nd round of carrots)|
My other 2 pumpkin plants on the west side of our lot are doing quite well! They definitely get a lot of sun and no nearby vampire trees to suck away the soil nutrients.
My sister-in-law should be very happy that the zucchini plant I planted especially for her is doing so well!
Next up... the new spaghetti squash plants I replanted from seed after realizing that I should stop being a 5 year old trying to see if my seeds are growing by digging them up!
The bush beans have regained some ground! I bought a bottle of ready to use insecticidal soap at the nursery the morning we were heading up to the cabin, so I didn't get a chance to spray them for aphids until last Monday - and even then I only had enough to spray one of these half-rows of beans. I thought I would see what the difference is and I can't even remember which one I sprayed and which one I didn't. Eek! Guess I'll just have to go buy more concentrate and respray BOTH rows this week! The plants are flowering and I am guessing we'll have beans ready to pick within the next two weeks.
Unfortunately it looks like I'll need to reapply straight potash to my bean plants to help make up for the potassium deficiency they are still obviously struggling from:
Speaking of beans... my pole beans sprouted over the holiday weekend and seem to be doing really well. I told Tips that we need to get a trellis up for them THIS week! Looks like a shopping trip to Home Depot down the street is in order for this week!
The tomatoes seem to be rebounding from the aphids - even my little plant on the end is starting to recover, which I am very happy about since it looked like it was going to lie over and die on us last week!
|I even have a tomato forming already!!!|
I forgot to take a picture of the entire garden - but I'll add it on after I take one in the morning (it's midnight as I write this - so later today I'll get a picture up of the entire garden!