Sunday, April 29, 2012

Another Harvest

I have been busy with other things the last several days and have really not done much new in the garden lately other than harvesting a few things, included what is pictured below. The BT that I applied to the Squash seems to be doing the job - I have not seen any more caterpillars lately. I probably need to apply another treatment soon as a preventive measure. I do have some fungus spots on several leaves of various plants - probably due to the warmer weather and increased humidity. I need to plan to do a treatment of baking powder soon also.

Mustard Greens, lettuce, Cucumber, and mint

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cucumbers and other vines

The Cucumber vines are really spreading out and doing great. I am just letting them fall over the raised bed and into the mulched areas around the bed.

Florida Cucumber Vines
Cucumber Vines

I am also finding an abundance of tomatoes growing on all the vines now.

Aroma Tomatoes

Celebrity Tomatoes

There are also now some really large Spaghetti and Acorn Squash. I am not sure how much longer I will wait on these. They do seem to be getting bigger every day but I think I will harvest a couple soon.

Large Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti Squash

Acorn Squash

Harvest of cucumber, Swiss Chard, Carrot, and Lettuce

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Preparing Peppers and Tomatoes for the Storm

In preparation for some heavy storms expected this weekend I added some support to my Pepper plants. Last time it was windy a lot of my Pepper plants toppled over.

I used some left over fence posts and attached them to the bottom of the raised beds

I tied each Pepper plant to some wire that I ran between posts.

I also pruned and made some additional ties of my Tomato Plants to the Tomato Trellis to help support them in case it gets windy.

Invasion of the Pickleworms

After a couple of nice Gold Rush Squash harvests I am now finding a lot of damage to young fruit. I had this same problem the last time I grew Zucchini Squash.

mature Gold Rush Squash Plants


I removed all the infected fruit. Fortunately, there are still a few left that have not yet been infected. Most of the damage seems to be limited to just one of my three plants.

Inside the damage fruit I found what appears to be some very disgusting pickleworms.

I applied Bonide bacillus thuringiensis (BT) at a rate of 1 tsp in 32 oz water. I will keep a close watch to see if this helps.

Since BT does not have much of a storage life and I had a lot left over I sprayed the rest on my Chinese Cabbage, which is suffering from some type of pest problems also.
And since I was on pest patrol I also applies some of my soap and oil mixture on the Georgia Collards to control the Aphids. I also noticed this solution did a great of washing off the powdering mildew.

Friday, April 20, 2012

nice Gold Rush Squash Harvest

I harvested a couple of really nice large Gold Rush Squash before the bugs started to invade. Also harvested a lot of salad greens. With the warm Spring we have had this year some of my lettuce is already starting to bolt. We need to eat lots of salad every meal in order to keep up with the lettuce the garden is now providing. I also really enjoyed the Lemon Basil - it tastes just like fresh lemon and it was really great with the Squash.

Gold Rush Squash, Chinese Cabbage, Lemon Basil, Sweet Basil, Mustard Greens, Red Leaf Lettuce, Georgia Collards, Rosemary

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Reseeding front yard

I took a break from the vegetable garden to work on the front yard grass. I have St. Augustine in the front and sides and the side yards are doing very well. The back yard is Bahia and it is fine. However, the small areas around the front sidewalks and driveways tends to dry out in between watering days and then the St. Augustine goes downhill. I also noticed a lot of Palm tree roots in this area that are also helping this area to dry out much faster than the side yards. I decided to reseed just this area with Bahia.

The hardest part was removing the dead grass and weeds.
I used a hoe for this part and then I tilled up the area and raked it level.

I added some coarse vermiculite to improve the moisture retention.
Then I added some peat moss to also help with moisture retention.
Then I topped it off with some compost.

Then I tilled everything together with the existing sand.
Then I spread some Bahia grass seed.
I covered the seed with a light layer of additional compost and then topped with hay.
Finally I watered in the reseeded area.
Hopefully my neighbors will not mind too much that I will have a hay front yard for several weeks.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

First Squash of the season

This past weekend I harvested my first Squash of this season along with a lot of salad greens.
Gold Rush Squash, Sweet Basil, Red Leaf Lettuce, Turnip, Swiss Chard, and Chinese Cabbage

I also dropped by the 12th Annual Spring Fever in the Garden in Winter Garden.