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Came scarily close to a frost last night!! Predicted 30's at night all week here. My transplants really need to go into the ground but that won't happen this week.
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Frost is a possibility where I am but unlikely. We use Mother's Day as a guide but it is more of a sure thing toward the end of May.
Got a lot done over the weekend. Went to the local greenhouse and got some annuals for around the house. Those are planted. Also got some peppers and tomatoes and planted them in my garden. Put string bean seeds in pots on the deck (deer eat those too when planted in the garden).
Lettuce and spinach that we planted on the deck have all come up and are doing well. All of the potatoes have come up. Some will need mulching next weekend. The lawn is going nuts ... had to double cut it again this weekend.
My Yukon Gold potato plants are dieing off so I dug some up over the weekend. Some were eaten and some were used to brew a cream ale. They were tasty as always. Yields aren't so hot but I will take it. Hopefully the other varieties will do a bit better.
The lettuce that we had growing on the porch did well. String beans, not so much. I just planted some squash this past weekend. I have some peppers growing, and quite a few green tomatoes but very few ripe ones yet,
Our local farm stand is selling Jersey corn so it won't be long before their own corn is ready. It is delicious.
The potatoes sound good and I think we have local corn around. Last year it was good but the year before it was hit or miss.
I have harvested lettuce a few times for salad and it is really tasty. My tomatoes are going kind of crazy and kind of took a beating in some thunderstorms. I will have plenty of tomatoes and peppers. I think I have brussel sprouts coming. The plants are huge and I think I am seeing little sprouts. The celery is looking good and I am anxious to have some fresh onions.
DJJan, do you ever have insect problems on your Brussels sprouts? There is some kind of green worm going after mine. I have been using Dipel on the plant (organic microbial insecticide) but it doesn't seem to be preventing it. I think the worms are going after all the nice tender baby growth, so I have big plants but no sprouts. Just wondering if you have a secret weapon.
This is my first year trying brussel sprouts. No sign if bugs but something has been munching on my basil. I could probably google it but I would rather be surprised. One of the guys at the gas station told me to take off the sprouts at the bottom when the come. Those ones get tough. IDK?
It might be Japanese beetles on your basil. The beetles are crazy bad here this year. They are really going after my pole beans and blueberries. I've been taking a plastic cup half full of water and flicking them off my plants into the cup. Then I let the chickens dispatch them. Anyway, my dad complains of the beetles eating his basil so he put a sheer cloth cover over it. They leave my basil alone, but I think it's only because they prefer to eat bean leaves.
Good luck with your sprouts!
I have kicked some beetles off my plants. They aren't as bad as they have been in previous years. A couple years ago they nearly killed one of my peach trees.
Dipel uses BT to change pH in the larval gut. It is the "toxin" in BT crops the anti gmo'ers love to hate. Personally I would use a synthetic pyrethrin like this http://www.cdms.net/ldat/ld5FT021.pdf but you need at least a private applicators license to buy. Surely there is a similar diluted product homeowners could buy at your local garden center. It is very safe with short pre harvest intervals.
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