Monthly Archives: September 2014

Still Growth Problems – Aminopyralid Still Around?

After a total disaster this spring with planting in this bed, I decided to grow a quick crop of bush beans before I plant broccoli and cabbage seedlings in this bed - which will be covered with hoops & plastic this winter.  I figured that the added nitrogen would be good for the soil and I was looking forward to yellow wax beans.  Didn't work out that way. Well, one end of the bed - actually about 2/3 of the bed, the beans did not do well.  At this end, they were the most stunted, a bit less Read more [...]

Fig Trees From Cuttings

We finally got all 5 remaining baby fig trees planted this summer.  The 3 3rd year figs seem to be doing  fine, but the 2 2nd year figs have just taken off.  It may be that the 3rd year figs were more root bound because they had an extra year of roots in the pot, or it could be that the places the 2nd year plants were placed were just better locations - I think it is a bit of both. This is a 3rd year plant.  It is doing fine, but hasn't bushed out like the 2nd year plants did. This little Read more [...]

Squash Bugs – Nymphs and Their Damage

These pics are from a month ago, before the plants died off.  I have since gone on a malathion rampage to wipe out as many squash bugs as possible before they hide for the winter.  I do this every fall.  And it worked - I see very few squash bugs.  In a new post I will show what my replanted squash plants look like now - they are jumbo and beautiful with narry a squash bug.  The very few that I have seen, I can squash with a gloved hand. Here, I have circled 2 nymphs and a light spot on the Read more [...]

Brassica Seedlings

Time to get the broccoli and cabbages started and in the ground.  This is usually a difficult thing for me because it is usually so hot until about the end of September and then it can cool down quickly and I just have a hard time trying to get cole crops started when it is so hot.  This is just something that I have to work on, having the discipline to start seedlings when the charts say to. Today I started planting the largest of my cabbage seedlings.  A few days ago I started planting broccoli Read more [...]