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 Post subject: Aubade's Garden 2014
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 8:13 pm 
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I downsized to 1/4 of what I had at one point but I'm still so excited for this year's garden. If everything grows the way I hope, it is going to be beautiful!! The way things have been going the past few years that is a big if though. Here's hoping!

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I just planted everything yesterday so it doesn't look like much now. But from left to right I've got:
    sweet million cherry tomato
    sweet italian pepper
    jalapeno
    sweet italian pepper
    basil
    rutgers tomato

Off to the far right are some herbs (cilantro, chives and dill) and butter lettuce that were growing wild in random places in my yard from last year so I replanted them all in this new spot.

Just tonight I planted fairy tale (small striped purple) and gretel (mini white) eggplants in the middle, plus empress of india nasturtiums. Finally a french thyme in the left corner to balance with the chives in the far right corner.

I ordered some trombochino squash seeds that should arrive in the next few days. They'll grow up the trellis in the back, with some velvet queen sunflowers on each end of the trellis.

I'm also going to plant a few borage flowers in front of the tomatoes.

I can't wait until August!!

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 8:17 pm 
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Ok here are some close ups.

Left side (sweet million, sweet italian pepper & jalapeno)
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Right side (sweet italian pepper, basil & rutgers + random herbs/lettuce)
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 9:21 pm 
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your garden is rock'n! niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!

i've never had much luck growing eggplant - i hope they behave themselves for you... just finished up on our garden today; yours makes me wanna snag some more herbs 'n peppers. i'm already excited about photos of your future garden p0rn. MEGyay!


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1st tomatoes picked yesterday!

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And today's harvest (in the shape of a funny face, I think it looks like a dog)

Mini eggplants, italian pepper and a newly ripe tomato.

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1st ripe blackberries today!

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those blackberries are huge! and making my mouth water.

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Well, my tomatoes are done. They're covered in yellow leaves (blight). It happened like literally overnight. I'm so bummed!!!

I don't know if I should pull them out or just keep cutting off the yellow spotted leaves - though that's probably half or more of the plant at this point.

*cries*

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So here she is as of just now:

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It is lacking in flowers because the nasturtiums just didn't do well. I don't know why. The sunflowers and borage never grew, I think because they were older seeds.

I guess you can't see the blight too much, but here is a close-up:
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some of the tomatoes look spotty. I don't know if it is safe to eat them?

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On the positive side, here is my blackberry bush:

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and my bee balm (wow do the bees ever love this plant, but the nice thing is they're so happy with the flowers they never bother us!)
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I grew this plant from seed a couple years ago now so I'm really proud of it. I even transplanted it from one side of the yard to the other last spring and it is still doing great!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:14 pm 
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i can send you some borage seeds. i just got them last year.

also, here's my spreadsheet. go ahead and choose some stuff to go along with it. goo.gl/kEJUwE

in addition, i just ordered these and haven't gotten them up on the spreadsheeet yet:
Greek Sweet Red Squash
Red Belgian Pepper
Yellow Gem Calendula
Dill Elephant
Landreth Stringless Bush Bean
Desiree Dwarf Blauwschokkers Garden Pea
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Aubade wrote:
I guess you can't see the blight too much, but here is a close-up: . . . some of the tomatoes look spotty. I don't know if it is safe to eat them?

Are you sure it's blight? It's hard to diagnose problems from photos so I might be completely wrong but the small specks look like you may have two-spotted mites and the yellowing may be a magnesium deficiency. Both are fixable so this may not be the end of them!

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No, I sort of just assumed since there was a huge blight epidemic a few years ago and my tomatoes have never been good since.
How do you correct a magnesium deficiency?

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oh. the photo of the leaves didn't show up for me before. it doesn't look like blight. i don't see necrotic patches. is it possible it's tomato mosaic virus? the veins look like they might still be green, so that points to a nutrient problem. (but if it happened overnight, that seems kind of unlikely.) this will help you figure out which deficiency it is. http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load ... 28794.html

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Thanks! Also thanks for the seed offer! That is so nice of you. I think I'm done planting for this year and hopefully by next spring we'll be in a new home where I can start fresh with all the things I learned doing this garden.

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if you do want seeds, just let me know. (it's best for me to get a package together during garden downtime, and also to mail it during a colder snap)

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Aubade wrote:
How do you correct a magnesium deficiency?

I'd check up on the two-spotted mites first, to see if you have them, since they can also cause leaves to yellow and eventually go crispy brown and die. Look underneath the leaves anywhere where you can see very small yellow spots in the top of the leaf. They are hard to see without magnification so look for any small dots that appear to be slowly moving or for any webbing (they make little webs when you have high numbers of them).

If you do have an infestation you'll have to decide if they're worth fighting or not. While I did say they were fixable it's not always easy! (but there are several options)

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Catepillar you may be right. I never really did anything and now they have pretty much turned brown and died. I think I'm going to pull them and try a fall crop of lettuce. It may be too late, especially if this cold weather keeps up and we get snow in oct. like they're predicting....(AUGH!) but might as well try.

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