Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Rainy Day Garden Update

It’s been an incredibly busy month (thus the lack of updates lately) but the garden is starting to really grow in now! If it stops raining for 5 minutes I hope to get all the tomato cages in before the plants get too wild.

The garden last weekend
Since I started the dill and cilantro early, I am already starting new cilantro and dill seeds, as both plants have started to flower. It’s always a good idea to re-seed cilantro every couple of weeks as the season goes on so that you always have a nice supply. Once it turns “dilly” and flowers it loses most of its taste. You can still use it, but it will lack the punch it once had. 

Swiss Chard!
In other garden news, it appears that my recycled soil mix is working just as well as the Miracle Grow! The peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, flowers, herbs, and squash are in the recycled mix, and all are doing very well. Now we just need some warm temperatures and sunshine.

Eggplant in the recycled mix
Speaking of temperatures, I usually like to wait to fertilize until a day or so before a nice warm and sunny spell, which has proved difficult lately since it has been about 65 degrees, cloudy, and rainy just about every day lately. Hopefully things will dry out a bit so I can apply some more Tomato Tone sometime in the next few days. Also, I plan on being very aggressive in battling powdery mildew this year by spraying the cucumbers and squash with a 50/50 milk/water spray. More to come on that soon though!

I finally got petunias to grow from seed this year!
 Until next time, happy gardening!