I have tried to stay as “organic” as possible when it comes to insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Pyola has served me well as an organic insecticide, but this spring I had to break out the liquid Sevin spray to fight the dreaded cutworms that killed ten of my tomato plants. I only use herbicides in my garden paths and the driveway, never use them in the garden beds. For the past several years I have used Ortho Garden Disease Control (Daconil) to slow the spread of fungal diseases with pretty good results. However, this year’s cool and wet weather has Septoria running rampant and it is laughing at my weekly treatment of fungicide. I’m on my way out now to find some Mancozeb to wage war against this fungus or I may not end up with any tomatoes this year!
In other news, the rest of the garden is doing well. We’ve been eating lettuce for months, but we’re about done with it as it is bolting in the hot weather.
The onions are sizing up nicely as are the beets.
The cauliflower has been amazing as we’ve devoured heads of Cheddar and Veronica and will soon be eating the purple variety Graffiti.
The tomato and pepper plants are setting fruit and we’re just a week or two away from the first ripe tomato!
We’ve been drinking kale in morning smoothies and are loving this delicious way to eat this most nutritious green.
The garlic is a week or two from harvesting. I dig it when most of the leaves have turned brown. We have elephant and Russian Red garlic filling this bed.
We had loads of kohlrabi this year, but are waiting a bit to harvest these monster Kossack storage kohlrabi. They are bigger than grapefruits and growing fast!
We’ve also tried our hand at starting our own sweet potato slips. It takes a couple of months to get them to the planting stage, now I know why the slips are so expensive to buy!
The summer squash are growing nicely as well and should be flowering soon.
The cucumbers have found their way to the fence and are starting to climb.
The onions are sizing up and will be ready in a month or so. We’ve eaten a LOT of green onions but will have plenty for storage in the freezer this summer.
I’m again growing corn…it’s such a waste of space though. If we get few tasty ears it will be worth some of the trouble.
The carrot bed is very lush and rabbit free!
The bush beans are just about to flower. I’m hoping to have enough beans to eat lots fresh and then can some with my pressure cooker.
All in all, it has been a great growing season. Now…off to find some wicked effective fungicide!