If you have grown plants before you know some flourish and others wilt. This week I think I have given up on my rhubarb.
When I was given the roots they were really caked in clay. I can make several diagnosis but most important it did not get off to a good start. I have a friend who has offer rhubarb before so I am hoping to see if I can get some this fall.
This has been an exciting week of raspberry harvesting. Next week I think we will go to a you-pick raspberry farm to collect enough to make enough jam for the year and for gifts. We did start our jam season with a batch of strawberry jam. We purchased several quarts from a Mennonite family at a local farmers market.
The weather this week has really helped the garden grow.
The herbs are doing well. I did plant some more oregano and lemon balm seeds. Those two herbs did not germinate well. We will see what comes of these late seed plants.
Many of the tomatoes has flowers. While taking a picture of the flowers I also found a young tomato. Can you see it?
I do need prune the tomatoes and some of the peppers. I want good fruit not just beautiful plants.
One of my goals this past year has been to improve my “companion” gardening skills. Companion gardening uses the variety of vegetables and flowers to attract helpful insects and to discourage damaging insects. I planted some sunflowers and cosmos this week to add color. They will bring pollinators and other helpful bugs like lady bugs. I also hope some of the plants will discourage bugs who like to eat vegetables and leaves. Companion gardening also uses plant variety to maintain or improve soil quality. Beans and corn work well together this way.
A couple of weeks ago I heard from some friends, and they asked what a soaker hose is. Well here is how I use a soaker hose.
The goal is to keep the hose close to the root/stem. Then the plant root gets watered most efficiently. The idea is that this saves water by not spraying it all over and helps the plant by keeping the leaves dry. Wet leaves can spread disease or aid the development of disease.
Regardless, I find watering with the soaker hose much easier. I hook it up. Turn the water on and let it go. Then I forget I am watering the garden. I only turn on the water about two turns, in contrast to when I use the spray attachment when I turn the water about five or six times.
I hope you have a good week. I hope you are able to enjoy some relaxation during the holiday weekend.