Category Archives: Garden 101

Back at the Ranch

Vacation is over 😞😭. I will have a post or two later on the trip.

After bringing all the bags and stuff (why do we take so much on vacation) into the house I go to check out the garden.

I notice that my freeloading critters realized that I was gone and had a major feast on the watermelon…..again.

I knew that they weren’t eatable after their first meal but I was letting them continue to grow so I could see how big the others would get.

Hopefully I will have others soon.

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Garden Update

Let’s get the negative stuff out the way first. My unwelcomed squatter, the groundhog, has taken a liking to my precious watermelon.

I can not find his latest entry point. He is getting really clever.

Now for the positive updates.

There is a new watermelon in the beginning stages of forming,

9 new bell peppers growing and

2 additional beefsteak tomatoes on the tomato plant that I thought was a goner. So in total I have 3 beefsteak tomatoes.

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Surprise Surprise

In a previous post I asked for suggestions on what to do about my beefsteak tomatoes as all the leaves were curling but everything was still green and seemingly growing fine.

This afternoon I took a visit to the garden and to my surprise there is a tomatoe growing!

There are still a few blooms so maybe I will get a few more.

I am glad I did not cut it down.

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Unable to Produce

I have 2 types of tomatoes planted, Juliet’s and Beefsteak. Now the Juliet tomatoes are doing great. I have picked a bunch of tomatoes already and there are lots more still growing.

Now the beefsteak tomatoes were growing perfectly fine. The plant is nice and big with lots of limbs. It even started to flower. But no tomatoes ever formed. Now all the leaves have started to curl. All leaves are still green, no sign of bugs or anything.

Do I need to cut it down and start over or is there something I can do to save it?

 

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Birdhouse Gourds

The Birdhouse Gourds are growing great. The vine is well over 10 feet long and there are approximately 20 gourds formed and growing beautifully.

This is an image of the largest gourd growing.

The Luffa Gourds are slow growing compared to the Birdhouse gourd. They are now a little over 6 feet long, maybe more. They hang not flowered yet but hopefully they will soon.

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Fruits of My Labor II

Today I harvested stringbeans, onions, Juliet tomatoes and tiny red skinned potatoes.

The potatoes are small because they were in a container that was not big enough. These are the only ones picked so far because the were close to the top and coming out the soil. I carefully repotted the plant into a much larger container.

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Soon it will be Gone

I have learned that when a Hen and Chick flowers it is at the end of its life. Their life cycle is approximately 3 years. I have 2 that are in the final chapter.

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Yellow

My watermelon plants have started to bloom with bright yellow flowers. There are 3 plants in this bed.

 

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Flower of the Day 7/6/19

Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and offer thanks for all the troubles we don’t have.

Blooming Onion

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2 of 4

I finally captured a picture of 2 of the young groundhogs. There is still another young one and their mother.

The saga continues and I am sure they are playing with full bellies from my vegetables. I have faith that I will prevail in the end.

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