April Week 3

This past week has been most fruitfully green. We have been picking greens every day and have begun to weigh everything that is harvested. Since March 11 we have harvested a total of 210.9 0z which comes to about 13lb.

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Finally got the time and energy to reorganize some plants around the house then headed into the Greenhouse to make some decisions about what to plant in the bed and proceeded to stake up some tomatoes that really ought to be given more room to grow.

Greenhouse Bed:

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Since none of the Green Onion or Basil seeds directly sown sprouted, starts were added. In the After Picture, from the bottom up there is: 4 Red Onion of Florence, Genovese Basil, Mrs. Burns’ Lemon Basil, Genovese and Sweet Basil, Thai Basil, Purple Ruffles Basil. There is Green Onion planted in open spaces throughout the row as well.

Greenhouse Right:

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The Tomatoes on the top of the Rack began to fall over at 90 Degree angles at the base. They have all been taken down and staked, and are now waiting to be potted up.

Fruits in the garden are starting to take shape, Peppers are beginning to emerge, visible Peach fruits are forming, and our second Strawberry of the year is ready to be picked!

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Insects are starting to pop up in abundance. Current Pest Controls include running fingers over plants and killing everything possible and spraying off with water. We won’t look at it today but some of the Tomatoes do have Spider Mites which need to be sprayed.

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The Gopher has decided to expand his reach by prowling around the Salad Bed.

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The Cilantro has been turning yellow for a while and, due to the dead lettuce devoured by the roots on the other side of the bed, I think it is reasonable to assume the gopher has been chomping on the Cilantro roots for a while now and has progressed to finding a way into the bed. It will be interesting to see what else he favors from this bed. Lessons from the front bed show he likes Cilantro, Dill, Sunflower, Yarrow and Calendula (listed in order of observed preference).

For more gardens and harvests go to Daphne’s Dandelions. Otherwise, look forward to more Gopher Chronicles when the culprit strikes again!

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2 Responses to April Week 3

  1. What kind of spray do you use? I have a hard time fending off attacks from insect pests, especially on my fruit trees (peach, plum, apples). Most years I get zero harvest.

  2. Barbie says:

    EEK! A gopher? UGH! I hope you can find a way to get him to find another home. Your hoop house is lovely!

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