Garden Post # 2–July 8

Well, we have had plenty of heat since last I posted, though today is mercifully cooler (and showery)–gardens need a variety of conditions to flourish so it is all good.

We’ll start with the problems:

–early abundant rain has led to incredible weed growth in the paths–action is needed!

–the promised (dreaded) potato leaf hopper (PLH) has arrived. These tiny plant-juice suckers have a taste for bean and potato plants, and can devastate a crop. I think it has been over 10 years since they last paid us a visit (they winter far south of here), but I remember it as the year with no green beans. Then, I had no idea what the problem was, now I both know and was forewarned (MOFGA pest report!).  So John was out on Saturday spraying an organic-approved pyrethrum mixture, and will follow it up again on Tuesday. I hate to spray, but I’d even more hate to lose the bean and potato crops!

–there are plenty of slugs and snails, but I let the ducks in now when I’m in the garden and they are keeping the populations down.

The harvest report has not changed much from last week.

Update news:

–the first lettuce is starting to bolt, as are the earliest radishes, but both crops have been re-planted.

–the second planting of carrots is up and thinned, shallots and garlic are beginning to mature and tomatoes are flowering.

–the corn was not knee-high by the 4th of July, but it is growing fast, as are the cucurbits under their reemay protective blankets–those will come off at the end of this week so pollination can occur

–the fruit possibilities look very good this year–apples, pears, a few plums, peaches, grapes, blackberries, raspberries and elderberries are bursting along

And, as usual, the ladies in black (as well as the ducks) are keeping us well supplied with eggs!

Here is a photo journal of the day, all images courtesy of Margaret!



  1. Phoebe says:

    haha, the “Ladies in Black” love it!

  2. Emily says:

    Foraged some blackberries this weekend outside at Point Reyes National Seashore – ours are a bit ahead of yours even though its colder!

  3. polly says:

    The potatoes are huge! since last time I walked down there…

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