Friday, August 24, 2012

Blossom End Rot

Blossom end rot on tomatoes is often the result of uneven watering and calcium deficiency. Some years, I don't get any but other years like this year, I get a few. These blossom end rot tomatoes appeared in my raised boxes. I'm not really a fan of raised boxes in the garden, they were a trial run. I had used a container soil with extra manure but I think next year, I'm going to put a layer of top soil in them instead. So as a recap to my earlier post on tomatoes, plant your young tomato plants with a couple of tablespoons of crushed egg shell at the bottom of the hole, place a handful of soil on top of the egg shells and transplant your tomato plants. Water less and more often, but don't soak the plants because tomatoes don't like wet feet.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Preserving dill weed

Dill grows wild in my garden. Every year, dill pops up all over the place and we leave it grow and go to seed. When I have way too much, I harvest the dill weed. Some I wash and dry in my fruit/veggie dryer and some I freeze. A friend of mine of Ukrainian heritage, told me that she always freezes hers just like her mom taught her how and how her mother taught her how. The fine dill weed is washed and then let to drip dry on a towel and then frozen in baggies, no blanching involved. So this year, I dried some and then I froze some too. The dill in the photograph is in flower and will go into seed. Some of the seed I will save and the other seed I will leave so that come next Spring, more dill will grow wild in my garden once again. Dill is a no fuss no muss herb that grows like a weed.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Garden in full swing

Yes, I have been neglecting my blog! Or blogs in my case. We have not had rain in almost two months. Luckily, I have been using my reserved water sparingly. I'm down to my last quarter of a tank from the original 1200 gallons. Watering has been a challenge. I've been spot watering to conserve water and watering alternatively different parts of my garden every night. Today, I'm happy to share photos of my wonderful garden!
This is the great excitement in my garden....a tiny watermelon that has doubled in size in three days. I have tried for years to grow watermelons and cantaloupe and my garden is not frost free long enough for them to mature...this year, I may taste my first home grown watermelon! 
All my cabbage family plants are growing really well. The broccoli and Chinese cabbage  have also grown really well this year. We've been keeping down the population of caterpillars and so far minimum damage to the leaves.
My tomatoes are finally setting fruit. It has been so hot that many of the plants in my garden were not setting fruit. We had a few days of Grace and the bees were very very busy! My tomato plants love this heat and are up to my waist in height! They are full of blooms and should yield a great crop!

The apples and plums and cherries are not having a good year. We have very very little fruit. Too cool a Spring, then too wet and now dry hot weather. We have been watering to save them. The little bit of fruit we had is not in very good shape.  I guess, it's next year country!