Tangent Gardening "Extras"

Urban Gardening in unnatural heat... Why Not?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Is Time Marching On Or Going By?

    

   I can't tell if time is marching on or if time is going by? 
  
   I can't believe that it is Fall, now, and the weather is at 100 degrees still.
  Well, I can, actually, but I just think I would like to be somewhere to see the seasons change "sometimes..." (you know, to validate that I am moving with the season and not letting it pass me by...)
  
   Halloween, (Okay, before anyone raises an eyebrow, Here me out!) is my favorite type of holiday.
   I love that it is in fall, I love that my family gathers outside to see the neighbors and all the cute little children in their costumes coming around scared, saying twick or tweat... I love when my family and I get in the kitchen and bake all kinds of things and make candy and a smorgasbord of food to watch movies into late night...  I know and understand that there are many people that think of it with a stigma, or maybe not so nice night or what ever the reason it is for them... But,
   I know that that night means that I get to start Fall with my family and have the memories to go along, and also remember those that were apart of my family at some point and to light a candle saying I love them. I hope that Fall represents something like that for you and your family... Oh and happy Fall..

   Carnivorous Plants



I am back on a tangent...

   In the past years I have dabbled with Carnivorous Plants.. I mean haven't we at some point in the botanical world? It seems that I can keep them for about 4 to 5 weeks. That is about the best for keeping them alive. I have put forth the things I have learned about and read from very informed sites. Is it me? Or is it the same with you? I can't keep a handle on it.. I want to learn to grow and maintain and enhance my abilities with these plants.  So I think that, intense study is in store for me. Any suggestions on titles of books or web pages that pertain to them would be great...

Bird House Gourds Saga

Update on my the BHG'S 

   Every morning I see beautiful flowers on this plant... every day they are shriveled and making me think that I will have a chance at seeing some gourds. 


   I had found some leaves that were chomped on, and a very wonderful blog friend gave thought, that it could be a cabbage lopper... Not sure if that, that it is the culprit, but it is some one...
 
   I haven't shown what the BHG's looked like lately, so here they are....

 
 I know what a mess, The aphids really did a number... I still have aphids... but will see in the beginning of November...


Look how amazing my squash plants look... BUT, guess what?  Aphids....  again.


Back to the Grind.. Soapy water...



Look at my Eggplant, I am still harvesting from her.. What a great plant this year...



CONTAINER GARDENS


  
   These tomato plants will be going into the pots that I am planning for my front yard, I am hoping to
 to get it started this weekend... I'm not sure what species they are I have a suspicion that they could be heirloom yellow pear  but I guess I have to wait.

BELL PEPPERS


  
What more can be said.. They are just as happy as ever...

Swiss Chard

Look at the Chard.. They are gorgeous but the taste is really to bitter to eat..


But looking at them is just as good as ever...



GREEN BEANS




These beans have really made themselves look good. Finally, look at how great they look.
Can you remember what they looked like before?


  
Barely doing anything, thirsty from the hottest day and continuing to troop along...


One last picture to leave you with...


 Shazaam, the best red color as of yet!!



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Come ON!!!!

  
   Not only dealing with the aphids right now, the "live and learn" thing is interfering too... So, first things first, I have  been battling the APHIDS... This battle is becoming legend now!, every day I go outside and spray soapy water on them, every day I see more and more APHIDS... I am beginning to believe that I am making them multiply or something...(panicking)

    I couldn't handle the little hand held squirt bottle anymore, Yes my hand was getting verrrry tired... and well lets face it, I have been quite "lazy" or could it be frugal(???) lately in going to store.

  So I did a little thinking and, what is the word? Improvising? I grabbed an old liquid spray fertilizer bottle pried the top off and put soap and water in it..put the top back on, and attached it to the hose.... (ingenious? maybe) Will it work is the question????


  
   Today is the first time I did this... so here is to hoping this does work!!!!

   On to the "live and learn" problem. Yes, I was insane to think that my little make shift trellis was going to work... I didn't have a clue that it would totally break down as the Bird House Gourds took off and became rampant...

  

 


   As I examined the Bird House Gourds, there is so much damage to them form the aphids, I really don't know if they will come back. I also noticed the vines root in the ground too.. Would that be from them to continue to reach and extend, to What? make more flowers for non-existent gourds?



   
   Here is a flower just beginning to open, they are certainly beautifull... but they do not smell good that is for sure.
   I counted up the days and in the beginning of November, I should have gourds... but Im not seeing any... what's the deallll...


 Insect Identity.....


    Okay, I found as I was sighing over my gourds, found an insect that I haven't a clue what it could be...

     It was about a half a pencil eraser size... green and little bumpy looking.... it was kind of glued to the leaf and seemed like it was Caterpillar like... In the back of my mind, I am hoping that it is a beneficial... but really the reality of it is I think it will eat my gourds...

        What do you think? Here is the pic...




       A little bumpy, green and well I think caterpillar...





TOMATOES.....



      

        This is a tomato from the compost heap...   It looks great huh! So, I think I want to use this one out in planter out front..
         The beginning of the garden in the front yard...




Green Bean Flowers
 

        I have Green bean flowers,  after how long? Well, finally green bean flowers, It has taken so long
to have these produce flowers.  Well, I can't wait to get something... I have had a lot of things in the garden, but I'm not getting a lot of produce.. what's up with that!?!

         


    BEES!!!
 
Can you beelieve (ha-ha-ha okay! Sorry I had to...) I still have bees... Well, any ways look!



Buzzzzzzz!!!!!!! like they should...


 buzz!!!


Happy as a BEE!!!!



   Thank you to Augusta Ranch Animal Hospital for such wonderful care and sensitivity to our feelings and needs...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Aphids, aphids, aphids... again with the aphids...

Bird House Gourds
   
   My bird house gourds are incredibly huge and flowering wonderfully... but I am not seeing any gourds. I am questioning if the aphids as of now are the problem. My gourds are turning yellow in some areas and in those areas the leaves are overwhelmed with them..

   I figured that it has come down to having to purchase Neem oil. I have never used this before and and I think that it is organic buttt..  I also haven't purchased it yet... I keep using the soap water spray, but it isn't working...... (hello! It is the BIRD HOUSE GOURDS, that are in trouble...) I don't know what to doooo!!!

   So, Has anyone used this, and do you know what I could be in for, if I DO????

awhhhhh!!! 


BASIL, BASIL EVERYWHERE!!!

   I can't believe my basil plants, they are everywhere, and big and abundant and happy.. I can't believe how much I have... ha-ha-ha...
Opal purple basil

babies all over the place

more babies

One of the mom basil's

Another Mom Basil

Loads of babies in the compost pile

Flowering basil

and more basil

   So I guess more basil jelly will be made for gifts....Because it's coming out of my earssss..... lol...

BELL PEPPERS

    I have bell peppers, this one got um... spoken for but, oh well there is more where that came from...

One of the reds...



A NEW BATTLE

   Bird battle....


    I have a new battle, and here is who it is....



   This is a couple of woodpeckers and the battle is who will or can get to the Humming bird feeders without being seen, but the thing is I always see them and I try to get a pictures of them but they know... Are they that good at knowing???
   So this has been going on for more than I don't know two or three years... This couple makes the loudest noise...  ever.... Like they are proud that they arrived at the feeder before you ever did.... They seem a bit smug and have an, "I did it before you" attitude.



Creepy!

   Look whose peeking in to my Home!!!!


  I have a brand new visitor look who is hanging over my arcadia doors....

SPIDERS
Daddy long legs, maybe!!!


   Well only this one and I don't think he is to much of a bother,  so he can stay as long as it's there and not trying to come inside.... ishhhh.



My new Pumpkins in progress....

   Sigh, I know, I was hoping for these to be ready for Halloween, but well, beggars can't be choosers right?

   So here they are beautiful and happy and growing on there way...

September 16, new arrival but this is the third day.
and the other one for the 3rd day too...
    Now to research Neem Oil... eeeeeyyyy!!!
   






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