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August 8th 2008
archived under: Gardening, Home & Garden, The Guy, Zora

Good: Basil is growing (from seed! Thanks Meagan, for the herb kit)
Not so good: No parsley is growing… it died (I like basil better anyway). Also, something is munching on the basil leaves a little.

basil

Good: The eggplant is making lots of fruits and flowers. The plant is in generally good health.

eggplant

Not Good: Something ate lots of little holes in all the leaves on the entire plant.

sad sad eggplant leaves

Good: Tomatoes galore, and they’re finally ripening!

tomatoes

tomatoes

Not so good: A few of the tomatoes were affected by less water while we were in Michigan, and have cracking on them.

Not so good: No zucchinis in a while… and the plant does not look happy. It got this way while we were in Michigan. Moral? Never go out of town, ever.

zucchini

Not so good: Cucumber plant has lots of sad dead leaves (again, trip to MI).
Good: It has flowers and  little baby cukes.

cucumbers

Good: Banana pepper has a few tiny peppers forming.

banana peppers

Not so good: The last two banana peppers that got big at all ended up getting big brown spots and I had to get rid of them. Also, the plant is scraggly and sad looking.

banana peppers

Good: Our green beans look happy and there are itty bitty beans starting to grow!

beans

Good: Zora is a very good helper. Here she is letting us know which tomatoes to pick.

zora helping in the garden

…and inspecting the fruit.

zora inspecting a tomato

So… we sprayed insecticidal soap on the ones that look like something’s been eating them. But any other ideas? Any amazing tips?

Most of all, I want our zucchini to spring back… I LOVE zucchinis, and the ones from our garden have been so good.





erin (1 comments)

Try finding real ladybugs to eat aphids– no kidding! I used a company called “Gardens Alive!” (yes, the exclam is included in the name, lol) and they are a wealth of great info for other organic tricks.




I used an insecticidal soap. I think there was another organic remedy I used I found from the store, can’t recall the name at present. I will see if I saved any of my google searches about it.

Great garden btw! I’m jealous! We moved too late in the season :(




Debbie (6 comments)

My guess on the zucchini is that it’s root bound. Vining plants can put out a lot of roots and in a pot they only have so far they can go. One way you can check is to dig out a couple inches of soil at the edge of the pot and see if you see lots of roots. If you do the only thing you could do is root pruning and repotting, but I’m not sure the plant would survive or if it’s really worth it. Ifc you plant like this again next year my suggestion would be to plant 2-3 pots in succession,about two weeks apart, using the same size pot. If you put them in bigger pots they’ll just take up the extra soil and not necessarily give you much more zucchini.

The only other thing is the zucchini is a determinate variety which means it will only produce a certain amount and that’s it. No matter what you do, when it’s done, it’s DONE. Some types of tomatoes are like that but I’m not sure about zucchini cause it’s one of the very few veggies I don’t plant!




Joyful Abode (953 comments)

Wendy, I’ve heard that too! I wouldn’t want my veggies to taste like cayenne though… would it wash off easily? I guess if it would, then rain would wash it away too, hmm….

Lindsay, I don’t know! We’re just watering it and I think a LITTLE miracle gro every couple of weeks. I killed the basil I had before (two years ago) and I did the exact same thing. So maybe I just got lucky seeds this year.




Lindsay (2 comments)

Ok, how do you keep your basil alive? I tend to kill any basil plant I get within a few months (or weeks). I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. :( Are you feeding it anything?

Me and my brown thumb… I envy you.




Wendy (32 comments)

I’ve heard that cayenne pepper can work as a natural deterrant for pests…






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