Thursday, June 11, 2009
Garden Update -6-11-09
Does anyone know what is wrong with my basil? The leaves are turning a brownish gray. It started at the bottom and is making its way up the entire plant. Very little of the plant is currently discoloration free. Do I scrap it and start over?
Daytime temperatures are in the mid to upper 90's now and my poor container garden is feeling the effects. The plants now need to be watered at least twice per day or they become dry and brittle. I'm going to spend some time next week trying to find an inexpensive self-watering system for my poor containers.
We are starting to harvest more. The Cherry Tomatoes are producing really well. We are harvesting a handful or so each day.
Parsley and oregano continue to grow well. We'll be harvesting a red bell pepper in a few weeks. We'll be harvesting figs in a few weeks, too. They are growing well and are already almost full size. The lemons are almost full size as well, but of course they are still green. The watermelon plant my son planted a month or so ago has not grown. It still looks like a seedling. I think its the soil it is planted in - mostly clay. The beans we planted are growing slowly, as are the Black Krim tomato seedlings.
I will probably add more basil, some blueberries, and more parsley at the beginning of next week. I'm also considering building a 8 or 12 inch tall raised 4X4 bed with a bottom and drainage holes that I can put on saw horses or some other "table" to make a "large" container for gardening. If I do this, I'll need more "soil" but I think it would be a better place to garden than the little containers and would still not dig up the owner's yard.
Our Farmer's Market opened last weekend. We were able to go to the mid-week market. I posted our haul here. I'm glad our market has so many farmer's selling cucumbers, squash, and zucchini, since we did not plant any. Saturday's market is much bigger than the mid week market. I can't wait to go this weekend :o)
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