First off, sorry for the outage. Apparently someone was trying to spam slam kill somethingerother the Ft2Garden.com boards and the provider took down the sites to shore up the defenses. You can tell I'm a reall computer guru... Anyway, it was short lived and nobody lost anything, so all's good. Besides, I'm still under the weather and working insane hours so the garden hasn't gotten much attention.
Let's see, the spinach is over two feet tall and shading everything in the bed. The best I can come up with is from various places that sell Space Spinach and say it has an "upright growth" so I guess that means it grows 2+ feet tall. If I'd known that I would have put it behind things. Next year I'll have to remember to put the lettuce in front, then carrots, then broccoli, spinach and cauliflower. hehe Ahem, I went out to water after writing this and found my mom harvested all my spinach. She's going to blanch it and freeze it to make spinach caseroles. While I was out there I noticed the start of flowers in the middle of the stars. Darn, they are bolting. Ah well. The baby spinach is close to being ready.
Speaking of spinach, being sick has made me not want salad. My last salad was Monday and I'm still only wanting smoothies for dinner. So yesterday thinking that my spinach was bolting, I called my family and asked my mom and brother to come and harvest greens and radishes. My radishes I planted around my broccoli are all mature and I don't want them to split.
One of the first things I need to do when I'm feeling better is to add a board and more dirt to my potato bins. They're so tall now it's not even funny.
And this one's got real flowers on them. Not sure if I should pinch them or just burry up to them and stop there?
While I was watering I actually found the "lady bug" that my kids found this afternoon while they were harvesting spinach. It's actually a different one but the same insect. They seem to be on my radishes for some reason. Anyway, I know there are imposter beetles that look like lady bugs, and frankly I've never looked at a lady bug close up, so can anyone confirm the insect here?
I put it on my tomato where it belongs just in case it is a lady bug. If it's not I don't want it anywhere near the plants where it wanted to be. hehe.
Speaking of tomatoes, I was worried that the leaves were curling. It's getting bad, look...
I was really worried. I "knew" it had water because I filled it last week and before that I'd filled it a month ago. In between it used less than a gallon of water. Not knowing what to do to a closed loop system, I did the only thing I knew how, I watered it. Sure enough the reservoir was almost bone dry. I was shocked. It went through water really quick. We haven't even had much warm weather lately. Go figure. I'll check it more regularly now. Let's hope its just lack of water and the leaves will bounce back.
The last pic I've got is of my little pole bean that could. It's RIGHT next to the four that died in their prime of life, yet it's reaching for the stars (ok, enough of the cliches hehe).
The last thing I did out there was to respray the Monterey Spinosad stuff. It's been a few weeks and we've had a fair amount of rain. I paid close attention to the holey leaves and the beans. If it's something eating the leaves let's hope this stuff works on them. I removed the dead ones, they were too depressing. But I asked for advice on GW and so far all I've seen was spider mites. There's nothing much on the underside of leaves but specks of dirt, unless they're tiny tiny things.
Well, enough for tonight. I better get better soon. I've got a ton to do in my garden and it's not getting done without me...
Enjoy your garden!