Sep 26, 2017
Sep 2, 2017
Aug 27, 2017
What are you all doing with your produce?
Jul 19, 2017
i spray my porch with an old Paul Harvey recipe for mosquito's......the beetles do not seem to like it much either! it's mixed in a 1/2 gal sprayer: 3 C of Epson Salts, 3 stale (flat/cheap beers) a huge bottle of the cheapest blue mouthwash you can find. i spray my deck/porch and the foliage surrounding them with this solution......it really deters the mosquitos without harming kids, pets or plants!
Jul 17, 2017
my zinnias are almost ready to bloom, tomatoes are starting to trickle in, mostly the little grape ones. i've picked 2 zucchini and the cucumbers and peppers are blooming. my garden is late this year;but even those who got theirs in early aren't picking much yet.
we had sweet corn from the local produce stand last night, it was wonderful! this am i, fried some tators, with onion, bacon, tomato and the leftover sweet corn i cut off the cob.......added some cheese and fried an egg for the top of it. YUM!!!
Jun 27, 2017
May 29, 2017
I have planted watermelons and cucumbers close together in my garden. Friends told me that was a mistake, that the watermelons would taste like cucumbers. Do I have to move my melons further from my cucumbers? If so, how far?
You are in luck, you don't have to move your plants. There would be a problem only if you were planning to save seeds from your watermelon to plant next year. The effects of the pollen are expressed in the next generation, so if you saved seed and planted them next year, then the melon would have characteristics of the cucumber. Even then, the cucumber pollen would only have an effect if the genetic material from the cucumber pollen successfully fertilized an ovule forming a seed.
With regard to the watermelons produced this year, the pollen from the cucumbers would not affect the flavor of the melons. The melon is produced by the mother (seed) plant; only the seed itself is affected by the genetic material in the pollen. Since we do not intentionally eat watermelon seeds, and they do not contribute significantly to the flavor of the melon, this year's crop should not be affected.
This is a common gardening concern so I spoke with several experts to confirm my answer. Jim Sais, former New Mexico State University Extension Horticulture Specialist, confronted this question in his career and felt that often the cause of this was the eating of a melon which was underripe or bitter due to environmental stress. Dr. Paul Bosland, New Mexico State University chile breeder, also gets similar questions from gardeners who plant hot jalapeno chile next to bell peppers. The gardeners are concerned that the bell peppers will get hot. He said that this is not possible, but it may appear to happen because gardeners may eat a jalapeno in the garden then a little later eat a bell pepper and detect a burning. He attributes this to the fact that the body, thankfully, blocks the signals from nerves affected by the "hot" chemicals in the jalapeno, then when eating the bell pepper, the chemicals are moved to new receptors and the nerve impulses released again. However, this season's bell pepper cannot become hotter from being pollinated by a hot pepper nearby.
If you do find a bell pepper which can become hot in this manner, Dr. Bosland would like some seed from the same seed packet from which you got the bell peppers. However, the science of genetics does not support the idea that cucumbers planted next to watermelons will ruin the melons or that hot peppers planted next to bell peppers will make the bell peppers hot. It is a fact, however, that sweet corn planted next to field corn will not be as sweet, or super sweet corn next to regular sweet corn will not be as sweet. That is because you eat the seed of corn and the pollen does influence the seed.
May 18, 2017
My asparagus is still producing the spring crop.
I have gotten radishes from two plantings and the third planting is in the ground.
I have forty something tomato plants doing very good, I did lose one that was damaged in a storm.
There are 6 eggplants, 3 varieties, all doing fine.
The blackberries are putting on fruit and looking good.
Two plantings of cucumbers are growing well.
Two varieties of pole beans are growing well.
I planted 2 kinds of garlic last fall and they are looking good.
There are 2 varieties of watermelon and one type of cantaloupe growing well.
There are yellow strait neck squash, yellow and regular zucchini, and Lakota squash all looking healthy and growing well.
Three varieties of sweet peppers, (yellow, red, & orange) are growing well.
I have 6 rows of sweet corn that are looking good.
One row of okra is looking good. Cabbage, lettuce, kale, and chard are doing fine.