Monthly Archives: October 2013

Anthracnose on Peppers

Some of my peppers appear to be afflicted with anthracnose, a fungal problem caused by Colletotrichum piperatum growth.  These are two peppers that never made it to maturity.  They were supposed to be Chocolate Bell peppers.  My Pimento peppers have also suffered from this problem.  I do not plan to save any Chocolate bell pepper seeds this year.  I have picked 2 Pimento peppers that were anthracnose free but I do not plan to save their seeds - I don't plan to grow pimentos again for a long Read more [...]

One More ‘Return from Death’ Story, Basil This Time

I let basil growing in my smallest raised bed dry out during the heat of the summer.  The box didn't have much organic matter in the soil, just mostly sand.  As such, nothing in that bed grew very well.  OK, the plants dried out, leaves dropped off and all that was left was the stems.   A week of rain came.  The basil recovered.  You can see the brown stems and green shoots growing out from 2 sides of the old branch.  Look at all those beautiful green leaves - they went into several batches Read more [...]

First Year Fig Recovered from Apparent Death

I got careless and neglected to water these first year figs for a day in the hot summer heat.  The leaves dried up to a crunchy green dead leaf.  I figured the little thing was dead.  After a few days of rain, I noticed tiny regrowth of leaves sprouting on the branches. The fig tree on the left, the one with the lighter green leaves, is the re-sprouted tree.  I am so happy this little tree came back.  Now, until I greenhouse moved over here - I miss it so much!!! - I am trying to figure out Read more [...]

Squash Blossoms on the Compost Pile

An interesting thing here - I pulled out most of my summer squash plants because with my limited space, it is time to plant my winter garden.I tossed the pulled squash vines on the compost pile and the next day I see these blossoms on pulled plants.  It amazes me how much life is still in pulled plants. By the end of the day, lots more waste was tossed on the pile and covered these blooms. Read more [...]

A Load of Horse Manure

My raised beds are filled with poor, sandy soil so I had to do something to get a serious amount of organic material into the beds.  My solution? A ton or 2 of composting horse manure from a local stable.  The trailer was fully loaded and piled high when I pulled it in.  It took me about 4 days of serious shoveling to get the other poop out of the trailer and into the beds.  I shoveled more out than is pictured.  Have to find a good place to store the rest until next spring planting.  I lined Read more [...]

Onion Seedlings A Week Later

The onion seedlings are growing fine.  I'm not sure how I will handle them.  I'm thinking I might let them grow where they are for a few more weeks or so - unless they look like they are getting to long.  I might then transplant them into the garden.  The onion sets that I buy from stores seem durable - but those little plants are larger than I imagine these seedlings will be.  I plan to eventually plant them around the garden and leave them until they - hopefully - bulb this spring and mature. Playing Read more [...]

Morning Glories In Full Bloom In The Cooler Fall

These morning glories slowly and steadily grew their vines throughout the summer.  They didn't set many flowers in the Spring because with our move, I was so late in getting them planted.  However, with the cooler Fall temperatures, they are now in full bloom.  Just a half dozen vines yield dozens of beautiful blue blooms every morning. Closeup - notice the blooms ready to flower the next day: Each bloom area has at least half a dozen blooms that mature one or 2 at a time. Beautiful blooms!  Read more [...]

Onion Seedlings from 3 Year Old Seeds

I had always read that onion seeds (along with corn), are short lived, that they are viable only for about a year.  So, I cleaned out my old seeds and planted most of some old packs.  I planted all of a pack of Victory Seed Company, White Sweet Spanish, packed for 2009,  Red Burgundy, also from Victory Seed and dated 2009.  Also some Violet De Galmi from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, packed for 2010 and some Red Creole Onion also from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and packed for 2010.  It looks like Read more [...]