Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Neglected Blog

I have seriously neglected my gardening blog lately! I guess it's because I don't have much exciting stuff to report. My garden's actually kind of pitiful, although it's in better shape that in was.

I've been having a problem with all of my little yellow squashes that the plant puts out getting about 3" long and then the end turning black and rotting. Also, the leaves stayed yellow around the edges. A friend gave me a couple of different fertilizers (one of them was ironite), which I sprinkled around all my plants and watered in really well. The leaves have changed back to a deep green, and hopefully I won't lose anymore squash.

My tomatoes have really taken off since I used that fertilizer too. The grape tomato and brandywine tomato plants have finally gotten tall enough that I've had to stake them. The jubilee is still pretty short, but it's been growing a lot the last few days. The only one of them to actually make tomatoes yet is the grape, and they're still green. Hopefully that will change soon too!

My jalapenos all died, but the Anaheim chiles are hanging in there. No blooms yet, but maybe soon. The tomatillos are about the same story. I guess I really haven't taken care of my little straw bale garden as well as I should have. I need to do better!


Janet said...

So, after your experience, do you recommend trying this kind of gardening? I had never heard of it until I saw it on your blog! I'm impressed that you tried it and have had some success! :-)

Heather said...

I think so, yes. Honestly, part of the problem with my garden I'm sure is that I haven't done my best with it. I haven't fertilized and watered as often as I should've. Also, I didn't follow the initial instructions of adding ammonium nitrate, etc. I think I'll try again next year and try a little harder with it. And the summer isn't over yet! :)