Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I think the hydrogen peroxide treatment is keeping the bacterial speck from spreading too quickly. I've treated all of the plants three times so far to help keep it in check (they all have shown signs of speck to different degrees). I've also been removing diseased foliage as needed. Despite this, all of the plants are doing well.
Overall assessment: It's a good day!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Another great surprise, despite the rains, was how well this Red Morn Madness petunia held up. The other varieties took a few days to start blooming again. This variety just laughed at the rain. It's a real winner.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Once the sun came out today and dried off all the tomato foliage I went out with my pruners to face my tomato nemesis. Bacterial speck. Using advice from my friend, a tomato guru, I went out ready to fight. Armed with pruners, a garbage can, and a 1:1 mixture of bleach and water.
First, I started with the healthy tomato plants. I removed all foliage that came within a few inches of the soil. That way when it rains, diseases in the soil won't splash up onto them. Then I went through and removed all foliage that had signs of disease and threw them in the trash. Do not compost them! Between EVERY cut I dipped my pruners into the bleach/water mixture, so I would be less likely to spread any diseases amongst the plants. All diseased foliage is now gone with the exception of a 3 inch section of vine smack dab in the center of my Constoluto Genovese plant.
After some online research, I have decided to fight the spread of the speck with hydrogen peroxide. I've read that is you mix 1 Tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide with one cup of water. Spray it on the plants at night. The peroxide reacts to light, so don't spray when it is sunny outside. It's worth a try. If you try this, don't go crazy and add too much peroxide. Too high a concentration can act as a herbicide and kill your plants.
Score: Kim: 1 Bacterial Speck: 0
Round Two: Ding!
On a side note, my nice-sized Constoluto Genovese green tomato was slain during the fight. It was lost in the battle when I cut an infected branch. Sadly that spotted branch was the lifeline for that poor tomato. I didn't realize it until my hopes for tasting a delicious heirloom in the near future fell to the ground. He will be missed.
Score: Kim: 1 Bacterial Speck: 1
THIS MEANS WAR!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The front bed contains Jericho and Little Gem romaine lettuce (4 per square), Simpson Elite lettuce (9 per square), Scarlet Nantes carrots (16 per square), Tango celery (4 per square), Salad Bush cucumbers (2 per square), and bunching scallions (16 per square).
Overall assessment: After a fall and winter of squirrels digging up the garlic cloves, they seem to be doing well. The beds dry out quickly so plan on watering daily. Growing your own lettuce is surprisingly easy and WAY cheaper.
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Hostas: Guacamole, Patriot, Paul's Glory, Wide Brim, William Frances
Name unknown Irises
'Brite Eyes' climbing rose
'Sunshine Blue' Caryopteris (just purchased this year)