Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bringing Practical Back

I seem to have been been too busy or unmotivated to come up with anything good to write about in the past week. Maybe it's time we got back to the basics of this here garden blog.

Saturday I dropped some nutrition on a few plants. Everybody is looking mighty tired in this every-day 100-degree heat, so I thought maybe they could use some encouragement. I pulled out my trusty fertilizer bucket and gave a handful each of cottonseed, bone, and kelp meal to the cantaloupes and the new Tromboncino and Butternut squashes. 

I also gave a little bone and kelp to the peppers which have, as usual, been disappointing me with their refusal to hold onto blossoms long enough to make peppers. Yes, Cayenne, that's right, you've been very good about making peppers, although I wouldn't get too cocky since you can't seem to turn any of them red.

And then I yanked three tomatoes -- the ones that were growing around the compost bin, Japanese tomato-ring style. That's a shady area and it doesn't get much water, so they were all pretty sad looking. The upside of that is that I can now get to the compost to turn it, which reminds me that I've been meaning to write up my compost situation, which I'm sure you will all be hotly anticipating over the next week.

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Blogger Lewru said...

What's the final word on your squash borer situation? They've found me and I'm pissed. 4 plants gone so far and 6 are holding their breath.

July 15, 2008 9:51 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Still resigned to them. The current squash are growing well -- I planted the seedlings about 3 weeks ago. But if my memory serves from last year, the SVBs will be active again between now and October, so I'll remain diligent. Last year the Tromboncino produced into November even though the borers had gotten into it, so I'm still looking forward to plenty of eatin'.

Good luck -- did you at least get some squash?

July 15, 2008 11:39 AM  
Blogger Matt & Carrie said...

I'm up to my ears in them as well. Stupid bugs. I've harvested 5 nice zucchinis, and have a few more that are ripening and should hopefully mature.

July 15, 2008 4:19 PM  
Blogger miriam said...

just happened upon your blog--lucky me. i'm interested in why you are giving cottonseed, bone and kelp meal to the cantelope. i am growing cantelope and watermelon and finding that they aren't as sweet as i would like. can you give me any advice?
you can see pictures at and

July 17, 2008 5:19 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

The fertilizer mix is just the combo I have on hand this year. The cantaloupe have been looking pretty tired in the heat and not blossoming quite as much as earlier, so I thought the phosphorous and potassium in the bone and kelp might help out. I've got 4 melons on the vine at the moment.

This is my first time growing cantaloupe, so I don't necessarily know what's working, but I do hear people say that cutting back on your water a bit when fruits are ripening can concentrate the flavor. it might be that they've got a lot of water in them diluting the sweetness.

July 17, 2008 10:30 PM  
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July 17, 2008 10:54 PM  

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