Gardening Week Eleven

May 31, 2011

This week’s garden news is a mixed bag, some good and some not-so-good.

The best? Eating from the garden this week! Squash, zucchini, Thai chiles, cucumbers, okra, sage and serrano peppers have all made their way to the table.

Overall, it still looks pretty and full.

Okra was tasty this week and I’ll be picking more soon. Next year I’ll have to make room for more okra plants so we can pick more than a handful at a time.

We put a good handful of serranos to use this week and there are still plenty on the plant.

The bells are growing a little slower but it still won’t be long before we’re picking them too.

The tomatoes are finally, SLOWLY starting to produce.

The Romas have a handful of fruit. I gave up on the Lemon Boy tomato and put it out of it’s misery this week.

Since being freed from the confines of the peat pot, the Thais are making a nice, green comeback and are putting out peppers as fast as we can eat them.

The cucumber. Sigh. Although I picked four big cukes right after I took this photo, I don’t have high hopes for that yield continuing. I don’t know what’s eating or damaging it. The cantaloupe, squash and zucchini have a little of this going on but not nearly so rampant. I’m picking damaged leaves off and I sprayed for mildew with a soap/baking powder mixture. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

Baby cantaloupes!

At least I’ve had great help!

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1 Becky May 31, 2011 at 10:58 am

My squash almost always gets hit by bugs. I just try to plant enough for everyone and usually, by the time we’ve had our fill of squash and zucchini, the plants are done. I have tried using a red pepper/oil spray I found in one of my organic gardening books – probably Rodale.


2 Mary at Deep South Dish May 31, 2011 at 11:28 am

Looking pretty good to me! Wish I could help with the cucumber but there are so many possibilities. If you haven’t seen bugs, it could be mildew, but cucumber beetles can cause bacterial wilt too. Watch for ants tooling around the plants – if you see them, check for aphids under the leaves also.

What a precious little helper you have too!


3 Karen Bove June 1, 2011 at 9:34 am

I’m thinking aphids or some other bug might be the problem. And yes, my helper is adorable, even when she’s trying to pick the leaves off the plants :)


4 steph May 31, 2011 at 11:36 am

Google “chamomile tea spray for plants” or something along those lines. My folks grow a completely organic garden and use the leaves from their chamomille plant with a mixture of other things as an anti-fungal for their plants.


5 steph May 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

I wanted to add that there’s a garlic oil spray that works for bugs as well.


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