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The Wicked Garden

Posted in Gardening with tags , , , , , on July 6, 2011 by drduhgylie

I think my garden is wicked. It let me think I knew what I was doing in the beginning during planting and with the first of the blooms and fruit. Now I have went through the wet rot, Jap beetle, a few worms in the tomatoes, and now my cucumbers are turning its leaves yellow. Not so fast on my green thumb award. I hate to even lose one squash so the idea of a whole plant is going to drive me crazy. I have 8 cuke plants a long the fence of my neighbor and me. They started out great and started blooming and lil’ cukes are all over it. Now half of each plant has yellow and brown leaves. I water regularly and not too much and not too little. I hope. This gardening has almost taken over my life. I am in the garden early every morning looking and working on what I think needs to be done. I am virtually weed free and have some fertile looking soil, real dark and my seeds jumped out of it to form plants earlier than the seed packs said it should take to germinate.

Yellowing Leaves On The Cucumber Plants

You can see what I hope is a healthy cuke in this pic.(A little crooked)   You can also see the yellowing of the leaves.  This is happening on all eight of my plants.  I have four of the  burp less variety and four regular plants.  It is an ongoing struggle this wicked garden of mine.  Everyday something new to tackle.  It is a great learning experience and I will continue this endeavor and hope to become a backyard master.  I’m going to let these babies go and do what they are gonna do.  I’m thinking they need nitrogen and the only feeding I give them is a weekly dose of miracle grow plant food.  Just google yellow leaves on cucumbers and you can get lost with all the causes.  I am just leaning on the low nitrogen levels.  I haven’t started composting yet and I plan on doing that this fall and winter.  It will take the place of feeding for the most part.

A Week Ago

They looked a lot better a week ago.  They have really taken off and are at the top of this fence now.  I have added the coffee grinds we have been saving today to try and boost the nitrogen level a bit.  I put it around all of my plants and mixed it about two inches deep as this will help add nitrogen directly to the plant.  This is an “organic” way of feeding and time will tell if this helps with the yellowing leaves.  I hope it does.  I hope it rains soon also.

7/9/11 Harvest

As you can see the cukes look slim and sickly.  I have decided that my neighbors pool is the cause for the terrible cucumber plants.  Her pool when backwashed overflows into the cucumber patch.  It is a salt water pool.  She has had to backwash it several times in the past few weeks and I noticed the last time it was flowing through these plants.  I will move these next year or build a diversion around them.

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Watering Schedule

Posted in Gardening with tags , , , , on June 27, 2011 by drduhgylie

Squash is often affected by a Fungal infection called Choanephora Wet Rot.  It is caused by the fungus Choanephora invading the squash flower.  As the flower sets fruit the fungus grows and destroys the fruit.  Since the fungus enters the fruit in the flowering stage there are not sprays or treatments that are practical to prevent the infection.  Flowers open daily and at different times so spraying would be next to impossible to be effective.  I seem to have been affected by this by the daily watering that took place in the recent hot and dry spell we had earlier this month.  I was getting up and in the garden at daylight every morning and watering cause the days I didn’t I had some plants try to wilt on me.  Then the rains came and I had to back off last week and this is still a problem.  I have been told not to water at night because of this very thing so I did it in the morning.  The thing is when it started raining it really started raining.  Almost everyday for a week now.  After some quick research I found out my squash had bloom rot and this is the version that hit me.  I also have had some squash turn green as a result of the plants being sick from this.  However, it is still tasting great and is safe to eat.  I usually fry my squash and really don’t like it any other way.  In time and when the weather gets back to a more normal watering schedule of its own things should be ok.  I have kept the weeds out and feed my plants weekly and they do look great!  I have harvested about 30 nice and tasty squash already and my tomatoes are really looking good.  I also have my okra blooming and cukes too.  So I’m not really going to let this upset me and this will run its course.  Just an update on what is going on in the backyard today.

Wet Rot

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