This is my first year gardening in this location. As previously mentioned, I had to build raised beds because the soil here is red clay. I filled the beds with a load of mediocre quality sandy soil and bags of cheap compost from Lowes. This is all that I could afford to do this year. Each bed is 12" high. I left about 3 to 4 inches of each bed empty so that I can add bags of compost - and compost if I can get a hold of some) this fall and next spring.
I have to wonder if the poor quality Read more [...]
We had to cut down about a half acre of thick woods for the house. I was cleaning up the remaining tree parts and came across some very unusual logs. These trees had large, odd spikes on the bark. I had to look it up and as it turns out, this was a Toothache tree. It is also known as Hercules-club tree and Southern Prickly Ash. (zanthoxylum clava herculis).
The trunk - about 6 inches diameter: (it has been laying on the ground for about 6 months and it looks like some of the spikes are Read more [...]
Powdery mildew has shown up. I have been using Neem oil to treat it. Seems to keep it from spreading. A few years ago I tried to go organic and used a potion made with baking soda - yes, it stopped the powdery mildew, but it also killed all of the leaves it was sprayed on.
This pic was taken a couple of days ago. I treated with neem oil spray on the day the pic was taken. As of today, I nave not noticed any spreading of the mildew. Read more [...]
These banana peppers are ready to harvest.
I am having issues - for the first time ever - with my peppers. I feel they are too light yellow green. I am used to dark green pepper leaves. I have several possibilities: either the sandy soil is not able to hold nutrients, or the soil is too wet. I'm not sure what could be the problem - we have had a lot of rain lately, but the sandy soil should drain quickly. When I dig my finger into the soil, it moist but not soaking wet. I have spread fertilizer Read more [...]
A nice pot of mint. I never could start the stuff from seed and get it to grow to any good size, so I just buy the stuff. I am now, however, trying to root a few stems of mint that broke off when a dead limb fell off of the tree the pot is growing under and landed on the mint.
Some of the branches have started blooming. I want to try to root some more. I really need to find a spot around the garden and stick it in the ground and hope it will spread in this poor soil. Read more [...]
The plants on the left side of the pic of the first bed are Basil. I start Basil from seed each year, with occasionally buying a pack of another variety of basil. Most of the seeds that I started from last year are 'regular' Basil. This year I bought a pack of Globe Basil seeds - those plants grow somewhat slower, but are very interesting. They do indeed grow in a round ball and the leaves are smaller. Hopefully they won't cross with my 'regular Basil' for next year.
Under the raised cattle panel, Read more [...]
This pic is from early May, when I finally got my raised beds built. I had to build them myself - quite a job for an old gal like myself! You can see in the beds near the bottom of the pic that I had already planted my heirloom peppers that I start from seed each spring. I put wood chips and mulch in the walkway between the beds - it covers the red clay. The beds were filled with a load of mediocre quality top soil mixed with 18 bags - added to each bed - of cheap Lowes compost and soil. Read more [...]
This zucchini plant doesn't look well. It developed light spots when it was still a young plant and has just gotten worse with time.
It started getting small light spots on the leaves that looked like the tissue was dry in between the veins. It spread. New leaves have it. It starts at the leaf edges and spreads inward.
I looked here, a plant diagnostic page, but didn't see anything that looked like what is happening to my squash. It will be best to pull and burn the plant in case it Read more [...]
I want to expand my garden, to do so I will have to do some clearing of the woods. These woods are just beyond my raised beds and our yard.
The soil is mostly red clay. Clay. The woods has about a 12" layer of nice black compost from decades of falling leaves, pine needles and tree parts, but that gets disturbed when the tree roots are dug up. I don't know what I'll do. I'll probably build raised beds, thus I won't have to dig up the root stumps. However, I don't want to cut any more Read more [...]