Last of the Watermelon

This season hasn’t been that great for me.  I lost focus of my garden as I delved deeper into my candles.  Plus, bugs on the tomatoes, the cukes had a small production window, and my peppers (tabasco not included) have been nothing.  Not much encouragement………..but my watermelon patch was the most successful I’ve had. 

The biggest watermelon weighed in at 15 lbs, but it was picked too early.  Same story with a few smaller melons, and one melon, I let it ripen to the point of rotting.  Judging the correct time to pick the watermelon has been tricky for me.

This weeked I did some work in the garden, mainly clearing it out, and I pulled up the wrong watermelon plant.  And today, it’s dead.  Completely.  Dried up and brown, so I picked its melon, which happens to be the last one growing.

I brought it inside and took pictures, and when I cut it open, I exclaimed words.  The smell was very watermelon-y, and the taste was very watermelon-y.  

The last watermelon was the best.

Happy gardening ūüôā

So Much Basil….

Well, it’s August and I’m in prime harvesting season for basil apparently….I have so much basil that I’m at a loss of what to do with it. ¬†My lone basil plant from last year was extremely successful when it came to propagation. ¬†I put a dent in the bed, though…

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So far I’ve dried some basil and poured apple cider vinegar over some to make basil vinegar. ¬†I don’t know…we’ll see what happens with that…Pesto, though, is very much in my future.

These Tomatoes…and Pests

My tomato plants are gorgeous!!  Never have I had such green and lush tomato plants.  Early blight usually has poked his head around to all my plants.    *knock on wood*   Despite them being so close and hardly staked, the foliage is perfect.  As are the fruit settings.

What’s not perfect are the fruit…because of bugs….

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Stinkbugs

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Leaf-footed bugs

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Never did find out what these are...their too long to be aphids, I think.

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Life is just getting sucked out...

Being that I garden organically, I don’t use pesticides or seven dust.  I’m weary on using a mix of dishwashing liquid and water because last time I scalded my plants.  No more leaves…..so….Might put my cigarette butts in some water.  Let that soak and use it as a spray.  I think tobacco attracts some kind of tobacco pest or virus?, but there’s no tobacco growing around here….hopefully its ailments and pests don’t make it down to south Louisiana…

However, there’s some hope still…

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Happy gardening  ‚̧

Moonflowers

I’ve been getting at least one bloom a day for a week.  The most that have opened up at the same time were two.  I stop to smell each one.

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I planted more seeds around the garden.  I love them so much.  Now….my next step with these, is collecting the seed.  Their seeds are big.  Bigger than a pea seed.  So…..I’m wondering where these things are forming….I reckon I’ll find out soon enough.

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I am crafting candles at the moment.  South Louisiana swamp ass candles, curing with this Louisiana humidity.  I couldn’t ask for a better place to live. 

Through my music, I hear the crickets, snd frogs, and cicadas.  I see and feel the june bugs…..

The sky is clear.  Scorpio’s low and bright, Mars and Saturn leading and following along, and a beautiful waning moon.  It’s a southern moon, waking up late, coming up red, and going to bed in mid morning, well seen against a blue sky. 

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Tomorrow, think I’ll plant some more moon vines and morning glory’s, cukes as well.

Happy gardening ‚ô°

Hello, Summer.

2016’s first day of summer is off to a great start with a good soaking rain this evening.¬† We’ve been having sporadic showers this weekend, but not a heavy rain like this and its given me time to update. ¬†Though I haven’t been blogging lately, I have been taking pictures.¬† So hold on to your butts.

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Before

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During

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And done til I get more beer bottles

This was my first time mulching.¬† I have avoided it solely for looks as I much prefer looking at black soil.¬† However….since this bed is bad for the weeds and grass, mulched it was.¬† Even did the other side.

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In the first picture above you may have noticed some white plastic bags.¬† In those plastic bags are all my raw food scraps and egg shells.¬† Felt like there were about eight bags.¬† The smell was gag worthy and of course I got some on my hands…

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The other section of the fence, before.

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Adding the grocery bag compost

 

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Mulched til I ran out of dirt

Harvesting as been slow yet steady. ¬†There’s been bean, cuke, and cherry tomato, and zucchini pickings so far. ¬†Everything that was stunted is showing signs of improvement, so I’m very optimistic with the whole garden. ¬†Even the flowers…

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June 20, 2016

That particular sunflower is over 5 ft tall. ¬†It’s the tallest one so far.

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Scarlett O’Hara Morning Glory

 

My favorite flower so far, the one I’ve been waiting ten years to see and smell, is the flower of the moon vine.¬† A Moon Flower. ¬†It swirls open just before dusk.

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Its smell reminds me of the beach.¬† Not only of the beach itself, but of sun tan lotion/sun block aromas, too.¬† Also, reminds me of jasmine.¬† It’s oh, so very nice. ¬†I’m very pleased with the smell, but I’m very disappointed that each flower only blooms once.

Wine Bottle Alley is about halfway done.

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And here are the pictures taken just now.  My complete garden.

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Also, there’s these things everywhere and I don’t know what they are…

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I planted lemon balm seeds in a few places, and these unknown plants are in a few places as well.¬† The leaves are fragrant, kinda citrus-y, so I was leaning toward lemon balm, however……this weekend I picked what I thought was a small oregano looking weed and just from milding disturbing it, the smell it emitted was so strong.¬† Very lemony.¬† I replanted it, but I don’t quite remember where and I haven’t seen it since ūüė¶

I’m very curious….

Sprinklers

Since using one, I find I don’t get the bugs off anymore.  With the hose in my hand and control, I can give my leaves a better washing.

No stink bugs yet, though I smelled them today, but I’ve seen several caterpillars and leaf footed bugs…….

Welcome, June!

I’ve reached several milestones this season. ¬†Not only have I expanded the garden into 7 beds, but I’ve succeeded in growing flowers. Well, two flowers. ¬†My moon vines haven’t budded yet, neither have any morning glories (which they say is one of the EASIEST flowers to grow), but I have a single Sweet Pea plant (out of 25) to survive and bloom. ¬†The second flower to bloom is a Black Eyed Susan vine. ¬†Its vine is the oddest one I’ve seen. ¬†The leaves look like blades of grass with leaves sprouting from the end.

 

The back fence bed is the one I’d thought I’d have the most trouble with. ¬†I first transplanted 21 pepper seedlings there and they slowly withered away, and everything else seemed stunted and slow. ¬†Fast forward a couple of months and things are looking much better. ¬†Zucchini and cucumbers are growing really well, as well as a couple of cantaloupe. ¬†The tomatoes I planted there seem to be doing really well, the basil, too. ¬†Yesterday, I planted a spearmint plant in a vacant spot. ¬†The only thing that seems to be struggling is the muscadine. ¬†It’s the one of the few plants in the entire garden that have been hacked at by insects.

 

The herb bed is coming along nicely. ¬†Some of the basil have started flowering and I have a couple of lavender blooms (another milestone). ¬†It’s Spanish Lavender. ¬†I was told it does very well down here as its more suited to our climate than other types of lavender.¬†The string bean bed is doing great. ¬†I’ve a few beans that I hope to pick tonight. ¬†I’d like to pickle them. ¬†I’ve probably a dozen sunflowers that are 3 ft tall; no flowers yet.

 

The main bed is coming along. ¬†There’s a few cukes that are hiding under leaves, but I’ll be able to pick some really soon. ¬†Tabasco peppers have appeared, as well as new jalapenos. ¬†The tomato plants are growing taller and they’re starting to flower, but I’m worried that the summer heat will keep them from producing fruit. ¬†I may need to shade them some kind of way. ¬†One day I’ll be on schedule with my tomatoes….

 

Rosemary: The Queen of My Garden

Rosemary is hands-down my favorite herb. ¬†We met about four years ago when I decided to (why not?) start a garden. ¬†Thought to myself that it was easy! ¬†Just dig a hole and plant a plant…..

While we all know it’s not as easy as that (though it can be, but most gardeners want their gardens to do the very best that they can), rosemary IS as easy as that. ¬†Her story lies in her origins…

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Picasso’s “Mediterranean Landscape”

Rosemary hails from one of the best places on Earth, the Mediterranean. This is where she received her..official name. ¬†Rosmarinus officinalis. ¬†If you don’t run around in those Latin circles, that translates to “mist of the sea”.

 

It’s a rocky, sandy area, the Mediterranean. ¬†A bit dry, too, but rosemary grows rampant there. ¬†She’s an easy-to-get-along-with plant. ¬†She’s tough, she can handle drought, something I know personally. ¬†Ever seen the top soil of a four-year old potted plant whose soil went undisturbed, except, for like twice?

It was like a mat. ¬†Not much water was getting through, but she didn’t mind. ¬†Rosemary isn’t a fan of wet, stagnant roots. ¬†If the soil doesn’t drain well, rosemary ain’t growing there. ¬†She’s never shown any sign of struggle or distress, so I let her be. ¬†Like I said, very easy to get along with.

She’s one of my original plants. ¬†The only one that made it. ¬†I bought her along with oregano and thyme (which I’ve never been able to grow), ¬†and basil, and mint. ¬†I had to put her in a flower pot because she needed a home. ¬†Her house wasn’t ready yet, so I moved her into a trailer. ¬†She eventually toured the whole yard, and I’m sure she had a great time, but I think she was ready to put down roots. ¬†The¬†next stage of life has begun.