Compost Tea and Early Blight

There was an interesting article in the Washington Post yesterday by Adrian Higgins about the wet season we are having — after a multi-year drought, we have already gotten something like 30 inches of rain this year — and its effect on the garden. One of the most pronounced effects, which Higgins discusses in some detail, is the prevalence of foliage diseases and fruit rots in wet seasons. We’ve certainly seen that here:  our cultivated cherries had serious fruit rot problems due to the huge, tightly packed clusters of fruit (the smaller, less densely clustered wild sweet cherries along the driveway did not have this problem). On the subject of foliage diseases he notes that the season for early blight …

ShepherdCompost Tea and Early Blight

Fall Seed Order

The first of my fall seed orders arrived today. This was part of the stuff I wanted to get in the ground for transplanting a month or so from now (see the mid-summer planting post). These two orders were from Johnny’s and Cook’s and I am happy to say that both arrived within three days of my online order, which I consider a proper standard. Packing, shipping and handling charges, however…

ShepherdFall Seed Order

Plant Triage

Today I had to yank out two very nice Gem Marigolds that I had planted at the end of my second pepper bed because they were out competing the single Habanero pepper plant set betwixt them. While I am sure that they would have all grown together in an aesthetic way, the fact is that I want Habaneros and it ws two against one. So out they go!

ShepherdPlant Triage

Squash Experiment

Most gardeners — and even gardeners’ friends — know about the zuchinii glut. Oh, yes! But there is a second squash “problem,” too, and that is the way the plants get out of hand and block nearby paths as they vine out…yes, they call them a bush plant, but mine get at least four or five feet long, and that is way too big for a three foot raised bed garden! This year I am going to find a solution.

ShepherdSquash Experiment