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Garden Update 5-1-2011


Wow it’s been 3 weeks, I try to update every 2 weeks. I’ve had a lot of things keeping me busy. I have a new project I will post about soon.

I got busy at work and we had a caterpillar eat up the cabbage, maybe it could have been saved but we needed space for other plants, we pulled it up and didn’t get to eat any of it.

I think last time I said we lost all the figs. I’m learning about the LSU Gold, it has 2 crops – a Brebas(early, on last year’s growth) crop, and later a main crop (the bigger and better tasting crop). We lost all the early figs. But now we have main crop LSU Gold and Chicago Hardy Figs on the trees. There’s quite a few. We gave a way one VdB fig to a friend. We now have 3 of the Violette De Bordeaux Figs, 1 Chicago Hardy and 1 LSU Gold.

Fruit Trees – Peaches – about 20 fruits , Satsuma probably a dozen, Persimmon only a few – most dropped.

Our Braeburn apple tree did not get a single flower that turned into a apple. It bloomed and looked pretty for a few weeks. Not sure if pollination or just first year tree issues. My wife loves it so it will stay regardless of fruit status.

Got busy and didn’t pay enough attention to some powdery mildew growth (didn’t know what it was) but after a quick search now I know we have Powdery mildew infections on all the squash plants, and they are not happy about it, they are pretty weakened by it. Searches about fixes involve a 50/50 milk/water spray, or a 1 tablespoon Baking Soda to 1 liter water spray to try to control it. Conventional would just be  chemical anti fungicide spray, but we’ll try to get around it organically. I’ve applied the baking soda today and will see.

Harvests-

We were getting 2-3 cups of strawberries every day other day for a good 3 weeks in April! End of April it’s over.

We get a “handful” of dragon tongue beans -these taste great and they don’t make it inside, because Luke eats them ALL right off the plants. They are really a great fresh tasting bean.

A few purple pod beans, every day or two more on the way.

Picked a few sun gold tomato tomatoes 4-28 and many more ripening.

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