Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Very brief update for August...

I've been traveling for the last three weeks, so nothing much going on in the garden. More eggplants than I care to eat. Lots of sweet banana peppers. My Tabasco peppers are finally ripening. Grapes continue to produce well (Nesbit), but they're winding down. Lost some more persimmons with all the rain we've been having (three inches in the last couple of days alone)... and it looks like Isaac might hit next week! Herbs continue to do well, but they're beginning to struggle with the heat, rain, and declining sunshine. (That combination is a perfect trifecta for the fungal problems that knock back my herbs like oregano, thyme, tarragon and parsley.)

Anyway, I managed to get a bunch of onion seeds started at the end of July. My first attempt at cruciferous seedlings failed, predictably. So, today, I started:
a/b: Cassius cauliflower
c/d: Bluewind broccoli
e: Winterbore kale
f: Moneta beets
g: Gonzales early cabbage

We'll see...


Unknown said...

You must take some really good vitamins, no wait, it's all the home grown veggies you eat that gives you your energy!

Sally said...

One year when I had a bumper crop of eggplant, I started dehydrating them from 3/8" slices. Now I won't use any other form of eggplant when I bake an eggplant parmiagiana. And, I can fit 4 eggplants in a jar. I put all my 4 leaved seedlings out for the day and something came thru and ate all the leaves. I'll be starting more this evening. I took your advice when I ordered my tomato seeds and got them with lots of letters after the name. Thanks.

David The Good said...

We've also had a rough time with the heat and bugs getting our fall seedlings. I've taken to throwing handfuls of seeds all over a prepared bed and then letting the strong survive.

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Orlando Landscape design said...

I agree about the eggplant

Anonymous said...

Hi, love your blog. Have been gardening in St. Pete for many years and I'm fascinated by your pics of poppies/large cukes/tomatoes and dahlias. I've tried all of these with no success. Do you always transplant or do you ever direct sow? I've bought small tomato plants at HD etc and have tried them for years - always get curly leaves/stunted fruit. Poppies, how do you do it? Any advice would be much appreciated!