I went out this morning to spray because I saw some bug damage yesterday during my daily walk-through of the garden, and a Very Angry Bird started chirping and dive bombing me. I ignored it, figuring it was just surprised I was outside so early, when it flew down and landed just feet away from me on the rose arch. When I didn’t move fast enough, it actually moved to stare me right in the eye and tell me what it thought about me — and it wasn’t safe for a family blog. After a minute or two I suddenly came to the realization that the thing I thought was a clump of leaves caught in the shrub, wasn’t.
I didn’t see or hear any babies, but I decided do stop spraying and stay away from the nest after that. It’s be nice to have a bird or two in the garden. Maybe I should put up some bird houses….
Yesterday I went out and fertilized the plants in the straw bales. They are clearly not doing as well as the other plants. I can’t see the tomato stakes I put out at all, so apparently that was a bust. I put out a tablespoon and a half of blood meal and watered it in. I was a little worried that I might burn the plants, but they are looking very good this morning. In fact, the sickly experimental hybrid is still alive and looking a little perkier today:
The new Cherokee Purples are not looking all that great. It may take a bit for them to settle in to their new homes
I’ll wait and see what happens.
My original from seed Cherokee Purple is looking very good:
And the others look nice, too:
The Pink Plum tomato has been getting sicker and sicker. I thought it might have a magnesium deficiency, so I put some Epsom salts on it and picked off the sick leaves. Today after doing some reading I think it may have Yellow Lead Curl Virus. It’s spread by bugs, so I don’t have to worry about my other plants as long as I’m spraying, but it’s incurable. I’ll watch it for another week, and if it continues to decline I will pull and toss it.
I’m a little concerned about Bear Claw in the garden. It still looks a little scroungy. It wasn’t a super healthy-looking plant to begin with, and it’s been slow to settle in. It came with some leaf spot, and I think it’s stunting that plants progress. I may need to clean up the bad leaves:
The backup plants are growing nicely in their homes, but the Cherokee Purples do look a little sickly to me. Again, I thought it might be magnesium deficiency because of the yellowing, so I put some epsom salt water on them a couple of days ago. They do seem to look a little better. Today I also put some blood meal on them to help them bush out. Here they are May 25:
And here they are today:
Looking at these pictures makes me realize they’ve grown a lot, but I think that Miracle Gro soil is bad. They look so weak. Italian Grape is very healthy, however, and I think it is about ready to be planted out. Wednesday is going to get up close to 100 degrees, so I will wait until after that heat wave to plant it.
The squash and cucumbers have grown so much!
The little seed I stuffed down in the straw bale keeps growing! I think I will have all the squash and cucumbers I want this summer.
My blackberries are looking so great!
The plant in the picture with all the lateral branches is the one I topped last year and suddenly understood what I’d been reading about blackberry pruning. Here’s that picture:
Beans and peas are coming along:
I think I have a volunteer tomato coming up in the peas:
And here are more pictures of the garden:
With all the turmoil in America right now, it’s a relief to be able to go outside and see all of this. I am very lucky to live here.