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Niccolum

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Niccolum's Garden 2014
« on: June 29, 2014, 04:20:55 PM »
Thought it's time to toss my hat into the ring. I have also been a little better about blogging about my garden this year - http://investanickel.com/category/gardening/.

I'll add some pictures inline in the next post, but here are some YTD photo slideshows. I wish I could embed a Flickr slideshow right into this forum.

May 11 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/familym/sets/72157645435663525/show/
June 10 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/familym/sets/72157645424389602/show/
June 21 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/familym/sets/72157644880462709/show/
June 27 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/familym/sets/72157645421266291/show/

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Re: Niccolum's Garden 2014
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2014, 04:29:54 PM »
Of most interest in comparing these beds is the pepper (bell, poblano) bed that has been overrun by some tomatillo seedlings. When the I did the initial transplant, all of the tomatillos died (http://investanickel.com/2014/05/garden-2014-peppers/), or so I thought. However now they're taking over.

Here's June 21:

The Pepper Bed on Flickr

Here's June 27, just six days later:

Peppers & Tomatillos on Flickr

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Re: Niccolum's Garden 2014
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2014, 04:31:10 PM »
And here's a good over-all shot with the real (non-phone) camera from last weekend. Maybe I'll do some real photography tonight.


The Garden on Flickr
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Re: Niccolum's Garden 2014
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2014, 01:19:31 PM »
And here's a good over-all shot with the real (non-phone) camera from last weekend. Maybe I'll do some real photography tonight.


The Garden on Flickr

Do you remove the temporary fencing every time you mow?  Or do you just mow and edge inside the fencing?

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Re: Niccolum's Garden 2014
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2014, 03:39:14 PM »
Do you remove the temporary fencing every time you mow?  Or do you just mow and edge inside the fencing?

The fencing is zip-tied to the posts. I made paths between the beds wide enough for me to lift the push mower over the fence and then cut it with the bag attachment. Then I edge it with the trimmer.

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Re: Niccolum's Garden 2014
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2014, 03:53:18 PM »
Your peppers look excellent.

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Re: Niccolum's Garden 2014
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2014, 07:02:16 PM »
Thanks Cedar! I ran out in between rainstorms this evening while it was sunny and snapped some photo updates:

https://www.flickr.com//photos/familym/sets/72157645578184242/show/


The Garden - July 8
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Re: Niccolum's Garden 2014
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2014, 08:10:33 PM »
It's been awhile since I posted an update. I held our first "family harvest" this evening to pick the beans that matured while we were on vacation. I ended up with a ton of beans from a little 4x8 plot. The plans on the left are basil. Some cruddy tomatoes and a massive zucchini are there too.


The basil is going in the dehydrator tomorrow morning. I've decided that tomatoes hate me and I may skip them all together next year. My one pumpkin vine is going bonkers.


Power Pumpkin! on Flickr

However it's developing a mildew-looking powder on its leaves I need to look into. This is my first successful pumpkin vine. Please ignore the sickly tomato plants. They really are pathetic.

Finally I trimmed out a lot of the tomatillo plants. They just want absolutely crazy and transitions from shading the peppers to just choking them out. I cut about 50%+ of them back to give the peppers space. Didn't get a picture post-trim. Maybe tomorrow.

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Re: Niccolum's Garden 2014
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2014, 07:59:36 AM »
I got a lot of the powdery mildew this year too.  The mildew was worse this year than the past 2-3 years, so I think it's due to the cooler weather and wetter summer in general (at least where I am in PA).  Neem oil should do the trick.  If the mildew gets too bad, the leaves will get really brittle and eventually die.

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Re: Niccolum's Garden 2014
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2014, 08:23:46 AM »
Sounds like we're in the same general area then. Do you try to clean them off?

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Re: Niccolum's Garden 2014
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2014, 08:28:43 PM »
I read somewhere that mildew doesn't really impact anything unless it gets too much.  So no, my mindset was to not worry about it as it hadn't been a problem.  That was my mentality heading into this year.  Then the leaves started to get really brittle, so I got a little worried and did some research. 

Increase air circulation if possible (I thinned my squash/zucchini, but I'm not sure I'd do that with a pumpkin)
Help it get as much sunlight as possible
Use a soaker hose/drip irrigation (i.e. don't water from overhead)

None of that worked, so I used some neem oil.  The leaves are still there, but I'm not sure how much photosynthesizing they are doing because they are various shades of green/yellow.  And still have a lot of mildew.  I have sprayed them a couple of times last weekend.  But my wife and kids (and myself) have started complaining about eating squash/zucs again and again and again...  So decided to let it run its course from here on out.