This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

garden notes

I noticed today the the squash stem borers are killing the giant pumpkin in the cold frame. It looks like it won't last much longer. I will try to remember not to grow squashes of any type in my yard as this is what usually happens.

The parasitic wasps I ordered for the Mexican bean beetles and corn ear worms are both back ordered. I'll be waiting weeks til they are available. By then, probably too late. Oh well. I will try to remember to pre-order next year.

Today I harvested cherry tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers. And I'm making a squash casserole with my garden zucchini and garlic, and using up the last of my store bought potatoes.

I saw lots of tiny melons starting to set at my community plot the other day. I look forward to watching them grow.

Eggplants are sizing up and basil is taking off.

My beans that the rabbit trimmed are regrowing and seem like they will recover.

I was asked "What is that big yellow thing?" growing in my community plot. I'm wondering too. I started 6 or 8 different types of winter squash and pumpkins and planted them in a patch, but it doesn't look like any of them. I'm wondering if I mixed up a label.


Blogger Gardening in Texas said...

My squash is suffering from the heat and lack of rain. I love that you have something growing your garden that you can't identify. I've done that! How will you know when it's ready?

July 26, 2011 9:16 PM

Blogger Vanessa said...

Squash vine borers, powdery mildew and the heat have all taken their toll on my zucchini and summer squash. Tomorrow I am going to pull them.

July 26, 2011 10:04 PM

Anonymous Roberta said...

Have you tried BT for squash borers? I used it last year with some success but it's hard to beat those borers. They have all day to bore and I considerably less time than that to combat them.

July 26, 2011 11:25 PM

Blogger ValHalla said...

I shouldn't speak too soon because I only have one squash on three vines, but the ol' cut the borer out and bury the stem procedure seems to be working for me.

July 27, 2011 1:34 PM

Anonymous Brenda said...

Your garden looks like it is thriving in spite of the bugs and the bunnies. We are eating cherry tomatoes now too. Isn't the flavor of a homegrown tomato wonderful? We don't have to worry about bunnies getting into our garden. I guess we are lucky.

July 27, 2011 4:34 PM

Anonymous Margaret said...

Is there anything that can be done about the squash stem borers. I think I have them in my Japanese pumpkins (kabocha). They work fast.

August 03, 2011 6:06 PM


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