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Gardening Success Stories

In light of yesterday’s post of Tossed Salad gardening catastrophe, I thought I’d share a couple of successes.

A month ago I cut the snapdragons back, snipping off the old ends, thinning out a bit, and then the monsoon rains have watered them well.
I now have snapdragons to use for cut flowers indoors again!

Two weeks ago I replanted green beans. Within one week they were sprouted and pushing up through the covering.
At this rate I figure I will be harvesting beans in early September! Yummy!

Hail and Garden Update

Last Friday was the official first day of Monsoon season here in Arizona and on Saturday we had our first rain. What a rain it was! Rain, wind, hail; we had it all!

Looking out the front door, you could see water rushing down the street and hail on the yard and sidewalk.

The hail in the backyard showed up even more against the green of the grass. In the front yard, on the hot stones, the hail melted away pretty quickly once the storm passed. In the backyard, though, hail was still evident up to two hours later!

The hail put a lot of holes through the leaves of my green bean plants and also bruised numerous tomatoes.

I have thrown away ten or more similarly bruised tomatoes. Luckily, though, it didn’t damage them all! As far as I can tell, this tomato escaped unharmed:

And we have been eating green beans for almost two weeks now!

I planted a few more things this week: zuchinni and yellow squash plants, one tomato plant, two pepper plants, basil, rosemary, and sage plants, along with seeds of swiss chard, beets, lettuce, radish and nasturtiums. I think I am about done acquiring plants and seeds … what grows, grows and what doesn’t, doesn’t!!

Fresh Veggies!

It has been almost six weeks ago that I posted pictures of my garden. I am happy to be able to report that today I picked my first mess of green beans! And they taste awesome!

I also have peppers and tomatoes forming, so I consider the Earthboxes to be a success!

On the left are two varieties of peppers (three plants total), in the middle box is the green beans, and on the right are two varieties of tomatoes (two plants total). The peppers have not fared as well as the other plants. We had some very strong winds two weeks ago and the peppers were practically tipped out of the Earthbox planter. We moved the planters against the west wall (mostly we have west winds here) and the other plants (green beans and tomatoes) recovered nicely, but the peppers still do not look all that great. They are still blossoming and have set peppers, so all is not lost. Lesson learned, though!

I wish I could say the rest of my gardening is going equally as well. My flowers look fine, as do the various mint plants (I have discovered the joys of adding fresh mint to my smoothies, so have acquired several different types of mints).

But my attempts at planting any vegetables, seeds or seedlings, directly into the ground have been an unmitigated disaster. The seeds never sprouted and the seedlings all die. At first I thought maybe the birds were eating the seeds and the subsequent seedlings we planted, so our second attempt at seedlings was accompanied by bird netting. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear like birds are doing the damage. Here is a yellow squash plant four days after I put the seedling in the ground.

The first two days it looked fine, then over night it completely wilted and has not recovered. The zucchini planted at the same time did exactly the same. Two days later, we planted a cucumber and a winter squash seedling and those both did not look well within 24 hours after planting. I have pansies planted in the same area and they look fine, have been growing great for several weeks.

The squash are in the same area where I successfully grew squash, peas, lettuce and spinach two years ago. But yesterday Bill remembered a small piece of information that might be explaining the issues; last summer he sprayed Roundup on the weeds that grew up in those beds. He is not sure why it would last a full year or why it would affect only the veggies and not the flowers I planted, but it is the only thing we can think of that might explain what is going on.

In any event, I think I am going to get a couple more Earthboxes and use those for squash, spinach and lettuce. They (the Earthboxes) are quite a financial investment, but we should get many years of usage out of them and I think, if we have a mild enough winter here (like we did last winter) I could grow spinach and lettuce in them almost year round. It’s worth a try! Heaven knows we eat enough lettuce around here! Bill keeps saying he feels like he must be starving a rabbit or two, with the amount of greens he is eating!