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Thursday, July 16, 2015

SpaRRows & fence veg in mid-July

1. View from the deck this morning (brrrr - only 48F!)
Onions, beans (in 2 big pots: Contender bush), tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers, chives, tomatoes & assorted flowers.

2.  San Marzano tomatoes

3. The cart pots: (big dipper peppers, chives, Red Robin tomaotes (dwarf) and Bush Goliath tomatoes. (Row of bush beans in ground behind: Blue Lake & French Filet)

4. Fence veg: 2 vines Sweet Success cukes; tomatoes: 2 San Marzanoes, Rose Quartz, German green & Mortgage Lifter

5.  View back towards the deck
Very curious to see what kind of harvest I'll get from this setup.

The biggest disappointment is that the Contender beans I bought (when I SWORE the pack said POLE beans) turned out to be BUSH beans.  The trellis I put up is pretty darn useless this year.

Well, No matter the harvest - it's all looking very attractive!

Stay tuned.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

More better.

Really been enjoying working in the container garden (spaRRows) this week.

The 3 big pots have been allocated.  This season I'll grow a Rose Quartz tomato in 1 of them and pole beans in the other 2.  (Reason is - I had 12 extra Contender climbing beans left and hey, what the heck, let's use them.)

Mom had given me 2 sets of wooden trellises a couple years ago ago ad they fit right over the pots.  I soaked the beans until they had some nice roots and planted them out a couple days ago.

This should be fun.  I have 12 of the same plants on the fence trellis.  Will be interesting to compare progress/harvest from both locations.  (Also used 2 different organic low-nitrogen fertilizers.)

Meanwhile, in the bean department, I soaked/rooted the few rest of my own saved blue lake bush beans and planted them in the vacant spaces in the bean border.  They were up in 3 days.  Now if I can only keep the bunnies away.  The netting does keep them from eating.  But it doesn't keep them from LAYING down on them.  *sheesh*

The 3 Hungarian hot wax peppers were never very robust and had been losing leaves daily.  So out it went and I replaced them with 3 med hot block peppers.  They seem to be settling in.

Finally, I was at Marc's yesterday and found they, too, had some of the fake grass carpet.  A piece 40"x60" for $8.  Picked one up, cut it in half length-wise and put it down along the bean border.

A bit of soft for the old knees and additional heat mitigation for the pots.

Today spaRRows enjoyed 1.5" of good rain.  All the plants look happy.

The bunny doesn't.  LOL

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Cooler cukes

This is the 3rd year I've grown cuke vines in the corner between the sunroom and the deck.

It's a bright sunny corner with lots of east and south light (until around 1:30 pm).

I've tried several ways to prevent so much wilting of the vines, even on cool bright days.

I usually revert to an umbrella around 10:00 am and remove it when the sun slides past the overhang.

I figured the sun was too bright.  But yesterday - on a bright mid-70s day I took a temp reading.

That corner space is hot!  It's not the sun, it's the heat that the vines can't beat.

I certainly didn't want to keep cooling things down with an umbrella - the plants need good sunlight.

Then I remembered a brilliant trick that Tammy over at Casa Mariposa devised.

Her plants suffered from window reflected heat.  So she put up curtains - on the OUTside of her house.

Here the heat is generated from the sun beating down on brick and very dark brown siding.  


I rigged up a double layer of floating row cover and draped it in front of that section of brick/siding.  Gave the guys a drink and let it go for an hour.

Then a temp check.  Way down and the cukes looked good.

Yay.  Thanks and a tip of the hat to Tammy. :-D

Gotta love the blogosphere!

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