Archive For June, 2009
Summer is in full effect here in Maryland. It is hot and when it rains, it definitely, definitely pours. The plants are diggin’ it though. So far I’ve come up with about a dozen healthy yellow squash- all of them delicious. And a couple cucumbers have popped up, too. I have a pretty impressive pumpkin [...]
The second bed is filling in quite nicely. Even the first zinnia has flowered.
Dear Caterpillars,Please stop eating my cabbage. And tell your nasty slug friends to get lost while you’re at it.Sincerely, The Budding Horticulturist
The slugs are everywhere, in greater numbers than the caterpillars and doing much more damage. I bought a product called Ortho “EcoSense” to combat them, but I don’t think I’m going to use it. The active ingredient in it is iron phosphate, which in and of itself doesn’t set off any red flags in my [...]
For weeks now, something has been eating my cabbage. I’ve sat out there and watched and watched and watched, but not until today did I manage to catch the culprit. A big, fat, green, fuzzy caterpillar has been eating my cabbage. I removed the plants with the most damage. Maybe that was a drastic move. [...]
Nothing terribly exciting to report today. I stopped by the garden center and picked up some bamboo stakes which I posted in the plot for the vines to grab onto. I also broke one of the stakes into a few pieces and stuck them next to my pea plants. The whole thing is going to [...]
Photographed above is the third Summer Squash (Butterstick Hybrid Zucchini) that my garden has produced. The seed package says that the squash should be ready to harvest 50 days after planting the seeds. Pretty accurate! The package says to harvest them when they’re between 6 and 8 inches long. They are delicious. Yum. You can [...]
These are my pea plants. The third from the right is actually the same one that was harmed in the initial mint attack. I didn’t think it would recover, but just look at it. As these plants grow the leaves just unfold in the most mystifying patterns, like green origami. Beautiful. The support that they’re [...]
This is the same little squash that just three days ago had a flower on it. It is the very same one that I hand pollinated. Looks like it worked!
Early this morning, water stopped falling from the sky, making it possible for me to get a better look at what is going on out there. Low and behold, lots and lots of flowers! And several fledgling yellow squash just growing away. The flowers open up and in the morning and only last for the [...]