Sunday, July 27, 2008
one 4-pack Kohlrabi Superschmelz (KH348)
one 4-pack Lettuce The Redder the Better mix (LT443)
one 4-pack Monument Chinese Cabbage (OV572)
one 1 Qt. Sweet Dumpling Delicata (SQ822)
I've heard that squash and cucumber can be tricky to start, and they were for me. My first squash didn't come up. My two 1 qt. pots of cucumber all came up but all damped off within 2 weeks. It's almost too late now, but I'm trying one last time anyway.
Stopped by the garden plot last night and had some ripe Sungold cherry tomatoes - our favorite variety.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This Cherokee purple fruit has blossom end rot and cat-facing.
My last issue is leaves with purple undersides or purple veining. This is a phosphorus deficiency. I used a 5-5-5 fertilizer at transplanting time and have since side-dressed with a low nitrogen, high phosphorus fertilizer, so it is present in the soil. Soils with low pH (like clay soils) tend to hold on to phosphorus and not release it for plants, so when I prepared the bed in the spring I amended with lime to raise the pH, so that shouldn't be an issue either. The only other cause is cool soil and air temperatures. I'm starting to see a trend here!
Hopefully, warm weather for the end of July through August will help the plants overcome all these issues.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Seed Co: Territorial LT392
Description: Crispy and crunchy, very light textured. Semi-heading. Great for sandwiches and fresh eating.
Germination: good, very slow comparatively, took about 12 days to fully germinate
First Harvest: 5/25/08
Days to maturity: Stated: 48 Actual: 40-50
Held in field/length of harvest: Was good eating from May 25 through July 5, or about 5 weeks
Problems: Very attractive to slugs, I had to put Sluggo down once a week to keep them from getting eaten too much
Results: Great spring lettuce, held for a very long time without bolting. I probably planted too much at one time, and should have split my indoor sowing into two groups 3 weeks apart. I’ll be planting more soon for fall and winter harvest.Transplanted at four weeks old under plastic during a cold month of April.
5 weeks later just big enough to start cutting.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Seed Co: Territorial PE629
Description: 3-4” long, thick-walled, stringless, edible pods on dwarf 30” non-climbing vines.
Sown: March 6
Transplanted: April 5
Germination: very good, 5 days
First Harvest: June 24
Days to maturity: Stated: 55 Actual: 100
Held in field: 2 weeks
Problems: Long to mature - this one took about 100 days from germination to harvest. When they did mature, they produced only half as heavily as the same amount of snow peas nearby. This "enation resistant" variety did not resist much - leaves were yellowing and flowers dropping a few weeks before the snow peas.
Results: The peas were sweet, very crisp and very juicy, but seemed to lack flavor. I'll be trying a different variety this fall.
June 14: Just about ready.
July 1: Enation sets in.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Vegetable: Snow Pea
Variety: Oregon Sugar Pod II
Seed Co: Territorial PE624
Description: 3-5” crisp green pods on dwarf, non-climbing 36” vines
Sown: March 6, indoors
Transplanted: April 5
Germination: very good
First Harvest: June 17
Days to maturity: Stated: 70 Actual: 90
Held in field/length of harvest: 3 weeks
Problems: Succumbed to enation (according to Steve Solomon) before 2nd round of flowers could set pods fully
Results: Matured later due to abnormally chilly May weather which slowed growth. Produced twice as heavily as Mega snap peas. Crisp, juicy, stringless pods were great fresh or stir fried. Stronger “pea” flavor than snaps. Good eating even when peas were allowed to swell up.
This weekend I started some seed for fall crops:
four 4" pots Cascadia Snap Pea
one 4 pack Fall Blend Broccoli
one 4 pack Early Cabbage
two 1 qt. Cucumber Bush Slicer
one 1 qt. heirloom Delicata Squash
I'll be starting lots more seed and trying to sow some outside for fall and winter harvest in the next few weeks.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Tomatoes are growing great and were pushing up against the plastic tunnel, so off came the plastic. All plants have growing fruit and lots of flowers higher up. Many of the maturing tomatoes are "cat-facing". This deformity results in puckered and misshapen fruits and occurs when the flowers get wet while the fruit is forming. The flowers stick to the fruit instead of browning and falling off, and the fruit grows around the attached flower petals. Looks ugly but tastes fine. This probably happened because I am spraying weekly with liquid fertilizer on all the leaf surfaces - pretty much drenching the plant. The flea beetles that have been munching on the tomatoes didn't really cause much damage and seemed to have moved on.
Our first ripe tomato. From a Stupice started about 100 days ago. Most seed packets give an indication of "days to maturity". This refers to the first harvest after the seedlings have been transplanted outside. For me, that transplant took place on May 18 - which was about 60 days ago - exactly what is stated on the seed packet for this variety!