Garden Update

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Posted by Gordon | Posted in News | Posted on 13-05-2011

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BEES ARE FLYING AND DELIVERING POLLEN AND NECTAR.  I SEE LOTS OF WAS FLAKES UNDER THE BOTTOM SCREEN SO THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY BUILDING COMB.  PEGGY!  DID YOU CHECK TO SEE IF THE QUEEN HAS BEEN RELEASED?  WE WILL NEED TO REMOVE THE QUEEN BLOCK AND STRAIGHTEN THE TOP BARS SO THE COMB WILL BE BUILT IN ALIGNMENT WITH THEM.  I DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE FORAGING BUT THEY HAVE FOUND SOMETHING.
I FOUND THE EMPTY BAG OF SILVER QUEEN CORN SEED AFTER THE RODENTS HAD EATEN THE SEED.  I APPARENTLY LEFT IT ON TOP OF THE SEED CONTAINER.  I PLANTED THE MIRA CORN YESTERDAY AND HOPE IT SPROUTS IN MASS THIS TIME.
I ALSO HAND WATERED THE GARDEN.  DID ANYONE FOLIAR FEED THE GARDEN WITH MIRACLE GROW?  THE NON-HEIRLOOM TOMATOES LOOK LIKE THEY NEED IT.  THERE ARE ALSO TWO TOMATO PLANTS THAT LOOK DWARFED.  THEY MAY HAVE A VIRUS SO LET’S KEEP A WATCH ON THEM AND REMOVE THEM IF THEY START TO WILT.
THE HEAD LETTUCE IS  FINISHED AND WE NEED TO RE-PLANT THE SPACE.  IT IS NEXT TO THE SWISS CHARD WHICH IS LOOKING GOOD.  WE ALSO NEED TO REMOVE THE BROCCOLI PLANTS AS THEY ARE ALSO FINISHED.  SPRING MIX IS BOLTING SO WE NEED TO HARVEST AND PULL.  CHRIS HARVESTED A FEW PEAS AND A NICE MEAL OF FINGER POTATOES YESTERDAY.  WE ARE DELIGHTED THAT THE POTATOES SEEM TO BE MAKING THIS YEAR.  THE RED STEMMED SPINACH IS ALSO LOOKING GOOD.  THIS IS A NEW “ALTERNATIVE” SPINACH THAT WE ARE TRYING THIS YEAR.  LOOKS LIKE WE NEED TO PLANT MORE NEXT YEAR – IT IS A VINE AND I TOOK A COUPLE LEAVES AND TASTED IT IN THE GARDEN AND IT HAS A MILD SPINACH FLAVOR-VERY GOOD.  THE RE-PLANT OF THE CUCUMBERS HAS SPROUTED AND LOOKS GOOD AS WELL AS THE RE-PLANT OF THE KENTUCKY WONDERS.  WE WILL HAVE TO MULCH THE KW BED AND PUT A NET UP ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE GARDEN FENCE TO KEEP THE DEER FROM EATING IT.  THIS WE NEED TO DO SOON.  THE MELONS IN THE NEW BED ARE SPROUTING AND SHOULD PRODUCE BUMPER CROPS.  WE WILL PULL THE MULCH AROUND THE PLANTS ONCE THEY ARE A LITTLE BIGGER.  THE SUMMER SQUASH AND ZUCCHINI PLANTS LOOK GOOD INSIDE THEIR CAGE.  THE BORING MOTH HAS NOT YET FOUND THEM (KNOCK ON WOOD).  THEY ARE STARTING TO BLOOM SO WE SHOULD GET A PICKING SOON.  PEPPERS ARE PROGRESSING THROUGH THEIR FIRST BLOOM.  THE DAYLILIES ARE BEGINNING THEIR BLOOM.  DON’T FORGET TO TAKE A FEW BUDS (BIG ONES) AND TRY THEM IN A STIR FRY, RAW IN A SALAD, SAUTÉED IN OLIVE OIL AND GARLIC OR COOKED LIKE ASPARAGUS.   THEY ARE VERY GOOD TO EAT AS WELL AS ADDING COLOR TO THE GARDEN.  WE NEED TO GET THE WINTER SQUASH IN SOON.
I AM VERY SURPRISED TO SEE HOW WELL THOSE POOR LITTLE WEAK ARAPAHO BLACKBERRY PLANTS ARE DOING.  ALL BUT TWO ARE BECOMING STRONG PLANTS AND THOSE TWO MAY DO SO AS WELL.  THE BOYSENBERRIES ARE GOING LIKE CRAZY.
I TURNED THE SOAKER HOSES ON AT ALL LOCATIONS FOR 4 HOURS YESTERDAY SO EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE FIG CUTTINGS HAVE BEEN WATERED.  FIGS NEED ATTENTION TODAY.
I WAS AWAY FROM THE GARDEN FOR 4 DAYS AND WHEN I GOT BACK, I WAS AMAZED AT THE GROWTH.  WE WILL NEED TO WORK IT DAILY (WEED AND HARVEST) TO KEEP UP WITH IT.
I TALKED WITH EDDIE POWEL IN MARSH HAWK YESTERDAY AND HE SAID THAT HE WOULD DELIVER A LOAD OF 6 MONTH OLD HORSE MANURE AT THE SAME SITE WE GOT THE SIX YEAR OLD MANURE.  THIS WILL MAKE FOR A GREAT TOP DRESSING AND AID IN NEXT YEARS FERTILITY.
THE GENERAL CONSENSUS FOR THE NAME OF OUR BLOG IS “A SEA ISLAND GARDEN” BUT THE “A” MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND ON THE WEB SO WE ARE GOING TO GO WITH “SEA ISLAND GARDEN”.  I WILL ASK JOHN TO START ON IT.  ONCE CREATED, WE NEED TO SEND AN INVITE TO ALL THOSE IN OUR ADDRESS BOOKS TO SUBSCRIBE AND FOR THEM TO SEND OUT THE MESSAGE TO THEIR LISTS.  WE COULD GET QUITE A NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS THIS WAY AND ENJOY THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS AND COMMENTS.  IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL OF US ADDRESSED IN THIS EMAIL MAKE REGULAR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS NEW BLOG.

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