Thursday, May 9, 2013

Planted tomatoes

Well, I gave in and planted the tomato plants that I mail ordered.  They sent them almost three weeks ago when it was way to cold to plant.  Still steamed that they did that.  I read Adrian Higgins in today's Washington Post and he said it was just about ok to plant as of last weekend.  Since my plants were looking peaky I decided to go ahead.  I had thought to myself to wait and go to DeBaggios Herb Farm to get tomatoes, but did not.  Of course Higgins suggests that they have the best toms because DeBaggio doesn't sell them until the time is right.  Next year I will listen to myself and Higgins or try from seed again.  Or do both!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Too cold for tomatoes and peppers?

I ordered some tomato plants from a seed company and they sent them to me a week or more ago.  It is still too darn cold to plant them and I really don't have a great place, like a greenhouse to keep them until they are ready to go totally out side on their own.  Darn you nurseries and garden centers.  I know you want to make room for other plants but really, it i still getting down in the 50's at night! Anyone else find this annoying?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Neem Oil: Update from Garden Remedies Page

I did use neem oil as anti fungal and for pest control.  I think it helped, but you must under take other measures.  First, for fungus, especially blackspot on roses the best help is to remove old mulch, debris from plant and any old leaves or twigs from around rose in the spring and replace with completely new, fresh mulch.  Also try spraying ground arond roses before mulching after clean up with mycorrhizal fungus.  This may help give rose plant a fighting chance against fugus and critters.  As for insects, spraying at the right time makes a big difference.  If you want to keep squash bugs from killing plants or japanese beetles from eat all of your roses and raspberries spray while eggs are laid in late May early June.  The neem oli covers eggs and keeps larvae from hatching.  Also, look for adult bugs to catch and kill preventing them from laying eggs.  Planting geraniums (pelagorums) seems to help with Japanese beetles.
Wow!  It has been many months since I have posted. But spring is finally here and I can take a break from gardening to write about gardening! This year the tulips did very well.  I planted more last fall and boy are they beautiful and they all seemed to come up even though there are a lot of squirrels in the hood.  I think buying them from a very good source helps.  I bought from Brent and Becky's Bulbs here in Virginia.  I am always a bit skeptical of bulbs bought from big box stores that are in boxes and bags.  You just do not know how long they have been stored and in what conditions.  Speaking of bulbs, my dad and I planted garlic last September using organic bulbs from the farmers market and they are growing like crazy!  In a previous attempt we used bulbs from grocery store, not organic and the did not grow well.

We have had a cool spring so far but my tomato plants ordered from Park Seeds came last week!  Too early to plant tomatoes.  So I will have to stick them in cold frame for a while.  Annoying.  But almost all garden centers already have tomatoes and peppers and other warm weather veggies for sale.  Shame on them. People will plant them and they will probably live but they won't produce very well.

This year I am going to try using liquid mycorrhizal fungi to assist plants roots in absorbing nutrients from the soil and added fertilizers.  The product is called Alpha Thrive and I have high hopes for the benefits of mycorrhizal fungus.
It helps legumes so why not other plants? I have not used it yet because the soil temperature has to be above 45F, and I am not sure it has warmed up that much yet.  Will keep you posted.