Category Archives: Hybrid Plants

Another Look At What I Consider A Failed Squash Season

An analysis of my first summer squash planting.  (I plan to replant by the end of July - we have 2 planting seasons here, although with this global cooling of the past few years, the cold weather gets here sooner in the fall than it used to ). I am very disappointed with the plants and their production.  Something got the garden this year and I strongly suspect Dow Agriscience and their poison aminopyralid had something to do with it.  The heirloom Rattlesnake Pole Beans also totally failed - Read more [...]

Three Types Of Cucumbers This Season

I have grown 3 types of cucumbers this spring.  The 3 shorties on the left are Little Muncher/Ferry Morse from a store rack.  The next 2 are Tasty Green hybrid from Twilley Seeds.  The 2 on the right are Heirloom Japanese Long Soyu. I don't like Marketmore type cukes - I prefer English type cukes.  Thus these 3 varieties do not have that bitter jelly like filling around the seeds like the standard Marketmore cukes do. Read more [...]

Squash, Zucchini and Cucumbers Are Starting To Come In

Finally, the squash and cucumbers are starting to come in. The round zucchini is a hybrid 8 Ball. I think that the 2 zucchini on the left side are Elite Hybrid - I picked the small one a few days too early.  The pepper is a sweet banana and the 3 cucumbers are either Twilley Tasty Green hybrid or Japanese Long Heriloom - I am picking the onions that I find.  I waited too long and some of the tops have already dried up.  If I miss some onions, they will re-sprout in the fall.  Some of these Read more [...]

Overview Time

Time for an overview.  This garden, except for the peppers, has exploded in the past 3 or so weeks. This view is from the center row, looking up at 4 raised beds - 2 on each side.  In the far set of beds, you can see the summer squash over flowing into the row between the beds.  Since I don't have very much bed space, I planned to grow squash on each side of the raised cattle panels in the middle and allow the squash to grow over the side into the middle beds. In the front bed on the right, Read more [...]

Female Blossoms, But No Male Blossoms To Pollinate Them

These hybrid 8 Ball Zucchini plants grow fast and strong, but they put out female blossoms first!?  I have had 4 female blossoms so far, but not a single male cucurbit blossom to pollinate them with.  Since I'm not saving seed, ANY male cucurbit blossom would have worked - squash, cucumber or melon. What a waste.  I decided last season that I didn't plan to buy anymore 8 Ball seeds because they could be hard to harvest.  Often, the round fruit would form on the bottom of the plant stem so Read more [...]

Tomatoes in Pots

I am growing some tomatoes in pots - they look to be about 5 gallon pots.  I simply don't have enough raised bed space for all of the tomatoes that I start from seed.  These guys didn't make it into the garden proper.  We have a secondary raised bed where we are growing about 4 dozen tomatoes.  This is the main eating and canning bed - where we grow the crop to can. These are Twilley Seed Co seeds.  The large tomatoes (8 oz) are Grandoise.  I don't recall off the top of my head what the cherry Read more [...]

Cutworms? Something Is Loose In The Garden

These are new beds so for some reason I didn't expect to have a problem with cutworms.  Well, not so.  In at least 2 of my raised beds, I have numerous peppers that have been cut off at the ground.  I have also found a few cucumber seedlings and Chinese Long Red beans that have also been cut off. The picture shows the cinched stem there at the ground level.  That healthy green stem ends with a constriction and grayish tissue.  I have sprinkled diatomaceous earth around the pepper stems where Read more [...]

A Sample Pepper Harvest

The peppers were planted late, also, but they are producing fairly.  I learned that I can plant my peppers twice as dense in a raised bed next spring.  I had never planted them is a 5' x 16' raised bed before, so I wanted to leave them plenty of room to expand.  Lesson learned:  they don't need the room that I left them.  I had planted 3 to 4 plants across the 5' length, only about 10 rows along the 16' length.  Next spring I plan to start twice as much pepper seeds - that means 144 plants Read more [...]

Squash and Zucchini

Because of out move, the entire garden was put in a month late. This has resulted in several issues.  Some of the plants didn't mature enough before the heat - and some plants are actually stunted.  I didn't get enough production out of the plants before the heat and drought hit.  You can see the powdery mildew on these leaves.  This zucchini is a Grey Zucchini - an heirloom that is one of my favorite zucchinis. This is an overview of a row of Patty Pan summer squash.  The plants are strong Read more [...]

Two Types of Cucumbers

I am growing 2 types of cucumbers this season.  Tasty Green, a hybrid from Twilley Seed, and Ferry Morse's Muncher cucumber.  I prefer an 'english' type cucumber and Tasty Green is that.  Just for the heck of it, I picked up a Ferry Morse seed packet and Muncher was a"'non-marketmore" type cucumber.  I call the standard grocery store type cucumber 'marketmore'.  English type cucumbers - and fortunately,  Muncher, do NOT have that jelly like center that surrounds the seeds.  It can sometimes Read more [...]