Posted by Gordon | Posted in News | Posted on 22-04-2013
I recently attended my 50th high school class reunion (MYRTLE BEACH HIGH Class of 1963) and shared this blog with several other classmates. They encouraged me to subscribe the entire class as there are many gardeners lurking in the list. We welcome you all to the blog and encourage you to send the link to other gardening friends so they can read and subscribe to the site if keeping up with a small garden adventure in coastal South Carolina appeals to them. I have been very excited with the interest shown by our members from all over the world. Don’t ask me how someone in France or Africa or Australia learns about this blog but we have members from every continent – the magic of the internet.
This might be a lengthy edition as I have a lot to report and many photographs to post. To start with:
3RD ANNUAL WISTERIA SOIREE
We bet that the rain would hold off and we won. We enjoyed a warm and sunny afternoon visiting with 20 visitors and shared our garden and food (shrimp, fruit, cheeses, and wine). We hope to expand our attendance next year to about 40 so if you are in the area when the wisteria bloom, plan to attend and bring a friend.
THE GARDEN BLOOMS
Most of the seeds are in the ground. Some have sprouted while some still wait for warmer weather – something in short supply this spring. The seedlings have been moved from the under the grow lights and placed in the garden and are starting to grow tall. We have tomatoes already set on some of the plants. Peppers are blooming as are the eggplant. We are harvesting carrots and sugar peas along with radish and onion.
Note the white insect covering over one of the raised beds. This is where I grow squash. I have to cover it to keep the squash bore (a moth) away from it or it will lay its eggs in the stems and kill the vines before they make squash. I am growing a squash variety that does not require pollination by insects to produce squash. I could grow a regular variety but I would have to hand pollinate each flower to get a squash which I choose not to do so I am trying this yellow zucchini variety this year.
We are starting to mulch the walk areas between the raised beds. Once that is complete the garden will almost be on auto pilot. Just a little weeding and a lot of harvesting. We do give everything a boost every 3 weeks with Miracle Grow and fish emulsion but use no pesticides except a non poisonous product called Green Bug.
Stay tuned as we have great expectations for this garden.