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I had a good weekend in the garden. I was able to get a lot of routine chores done. Mostly weeding. I am happy to report that things are looking pretty good! We haven't had a good rain in a while, though...so things are a bit wilty. My watering time is tomorrow morning, so I will hopefully be able to help that situation soon.
The veggie beds are just growing like mad and I am looking forward to a bountiful harvest! Everything looks pretty good so far, but the broccoli is already showing signs of trouble (like last year). I think I may just be better off buying this at the store. HAH! Also, it seemed to have gotten too hot too fast for the sugar snap peas and the spinach, so I am going to fill in the holes with some similar warm season varieties. We did harvest the first sweet Gypsy pepper over the weekend and it made a nice addition to our dinner salad:
I also collected another bowl full of radishes today that I will add to our salad tonight. This time I will just cut them up raw and forgo to greens.
Today, while working on the weeding in the back, I noticed that my astillbes seem to have mealy bugs, so I sprayed them with insecticidal soap - hopefully that will help. Also, The Bearded Irises that had the aphid infestation got a nice trimming way back on the affected foliage. It looks better. I am hoping that I didn't cut so much back that they will have trouble storing up nutrients for the blooms next year...we shall see.
So, tomorrow I hope to get some watering done in the morning and I will continue to do some weeding in the front.
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Jun 2, 2008 | 9:29 PM PST
I planted broccoli one year and only got several small heads, but left them grow through the summer and in the fall, they produced again as it was getting cooler and they put on larger heads.
You have a great day and happy gardening. Bill Mitchell
Jun 3, 2008 | 3:06 AM PST
Sounds great! We had great success with broccoli in the past, but we aren't doing anything but tomatoes this year. My basil has already bolted. Too hot too fast, as you said.