Gardening, Week Seven

May 4, 2011

Things are good and bad this week but the good seems to be winning. Still, there’s plenty of work to do be done this week – fertilizing, removing damaged parts and building a fence.

The tarragon and sage are growing well but the rest of the potted herbs aren’t faring as well this week. Luckily, they tend to be like weeds so they’ll recover as they’re pruned and fertlized. I’m wondering if the light dose of Neem Oil Extract caused some damage?

Peppers are growing quickly and staying healthy. The Thai chilis are scheduled for a move this week. The holes in the block just aren’t big enough and now the cantaloupe and cucumber are going to overtake them if they stay where they are.

The okra is healthy and growing fast.

The tomatoes are still spindly and slow but they seem to be recovering. I’m not giving up.

The best are all of the vines..cucumber, squash zucchini and cantaloupe. They get visibly bigger from morning to night.

They’re all putting out little clingers. It’s time to get serious about a small fence because these things have got to get outside the main bed or they’ll take over everything.

But aren’t the blossoms pretty? One day there were just two or three and by the next day they were everywhere!

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1 Jessica May 5, 2011 at 3:51 am

Your squash plants look beautiful! Everything is growing so fast. If you have some extras you should try out some fried stuffed squash blossoms. I have heard they are delicious. I am growing zucchini right now and am planning on trying it out soon myself! :-)

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2 thunja May 5, 2011 at 5:53 am

gosh the vines are so beautiful! how exciting.

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3 Natasha May 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I absolutely love your garden – you even inspired me to try my own this year! I do have a quick question: what is the best way to trim down herbs. I’m growing basil, oregano, dill, flat-leaf parsley and mint. Thanks for your help and I’ll be checking in every week to see the progress! :)

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4 Karen Bove May 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I just keep pinching them from the top, especially when they’re close to going to seed.

Good luck with your garden. I started with the containers last year. This is my first year in the actual ground and still quite a newbie!

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5 Natasha May 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Thank you! Well it looks fabulous. :) I’ll be checking in every week to see the progress!

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