First, I need to do an early first Sunday of the month post for the GROW project report. It’s been a busy week, and getting busier, and with my oldest son coming up for a visit over the holiday weekend, I know I’ll be preoccupied with entertaining him and not have time to do much blogging.
Secondly, it seems something has caused a stir within the groundhog population around here and it’s turned into a small scale war. I’ve downed three in as many days!
Thirdly, well, I don’t really have a third point, unless it’d be about gardening in general. So, let’s get on with the GROW project report and go from there.
My “nasty” hasn’t really performed as well as I’d thought it should up to this point. But I might be convinced otherwise if more flowers start showing up. I noticed the first bloom on one today, and it does have a lovely reddish color. It’s the only flower on one I started from seed and it’s in a container with a black-eyed Susan vine. It may be finally adjusting to how I’m allowing it to flow down and out instead of up and over. I scattered other seeds here and there around the yarden and most of them have sprouted. What I find interesting about this is the fact that I sowed them in dirty dirt, not an organic mix like the one I started from seed, and they sprouted quicker. I think I read on another GROW project blog that nasturtiums do better in dirty dirt, this might be true, we’ll see because I sowed a few seeds in a spot that’s mostly all limestone rock and they sprouted. Will they grow and flower?
I mentioned something about the groundhog population earlier and just want you to know that nothing is ever left to waste when you live in a rural area. The following photograph depicts just that:
The latest news about late blight of tomato isn’t very good, they’re saying it’s reported in counties near and far. All I can do is hope it doesn’t get as bad as it did last year, and try to keep my heirlooms protected as much as possible with weekly fungicide treatments (I use an organic product, K+ Neem). It’s also that time of year for the massive influx of the dreaded Japanese beetles. I’m using a new product this year in my war against the beetles – “Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew” spray, it’s organic and supposed to be deadly. We’ll see.