Week 20 – May Garden Updates

It sure has been a crazy year for weather so far. I’m at a loss what to try to plant anymore. One minute it’s sunny and 90 degrees, the next the wind is blowing 60 mph and raining sideways. I’m trying to decide if we’re going to have a rainy year or not, but I just don’t know. I’m going to hedge my bets, and plant some stuff for either outcome. I decided as soon as the wind calms down enough to plant more carrots, as well as the Sweet Potatoes. I put in more Peppers, and 1/2 of the Peanuts. I’ll wait until after this latest storm to pass. The Tomatoes have bounced back pretty well, even though I haven’t dared to tie them up too well, afraid the vines will break.

Can you see the Cuke?

Can you see the Cuke?

The Cucumbers are taking off well, and the beans are up and looking good. The Okra needs help, since most of the seedlings I set out (around 100) have been blown around so badly they died. I’m just hoping the seeds I planted will germinate well soon. The Pumpkin plants I thought were going to die are looking much better, only 2 of them died. I have cleaned out all the Tomato plants in Solo cups, and recovered the cups, potting soil, and any stakes there were.

 

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First attempt at Tomato clones

I also have a few cuttings trying to clone the first Tomatoes. I’m going to do some tests on a few plants to see how long the process takes, so I can get the timing, and the procedure down. Fall Tomato transplants show to be getting planted in July… according to the planting calendar I have. I hope my plants will still be going then, but just incase we get a scorcher, and it kills them, I need to have some ready. The other half of the Peanuts are going into the seed flat, as well as more Okra. 20160516_190450-sm

I dug all the Purple Potatoes (labeled as Blue Potatoes from TSC). So far from the Reds, and Purples I have only around 35 pounds or so, not counting what we’ve eaten and sold. These were the latest planted ones. They were planted just after Week 8. The Kennebec and Red Pontiac Potatoes I planted in Week 5 are still going, so I’m hopeful for a better yield from them.

Grub, and the damage to a Potato

Grub, and the damage to a Potato

One thing I have to watch for are the grubs. I found several eating into potatoes when I dug them.

Colorado Potato Beetles

Colorado Potato Beetles

I have been collecting a lot of Colorado Potato Beetles…so It won’t be long before they beat down the remaining potatoes…

All the pics from the week are on the Week 20 Gallery, and I’m off to finish this week’s work… Cheers!

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