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9/23/2014

Zinnia: All-purpose flower


I may look like the crazy flower lady, with zinnia taking up a good chunk of space in my vegetable garden.  But there are great reasons to grow zinnia as a "crop".  The butterflies love them as a nectar source.  And they make great cut flowers; I like having a bouquet of garden flowers on my desk that will last a whole week.

This is a gulf fritillary butterfly.  I grew their host plant, passion vine, at my old house and got to see their caterpillar stage.  Below is the picture I took a few years ago.


7/22/2014

Cracks in Tomatoes



Are your tomatoes cracking up on you?  It's all this rain we've been having recently.  The abundant moisture causes them to grow too fast.  The tomatoes are like the Hulk, bursting at the seams because of a sudden growth spurt.  

7/16/2014

Tomato Competition


We have a competition going on to see whose tomato plant can grow the best tomatoes.  So far Big Boy (my son) is beating out Amelia (my daughter) and German Queen (me) when it comes to sheer mass production.  I'm still waiting on mine to turn, but I think they'll be tastiest.  


6/29/2014

Ultimate Plant Cage

 My tomatoes are finally ripening!



No, I didn't stick all those stakes in at an angle, they are actually anchored like that from a central ring staked in the ground.  This is the Ultimate Plant Cage I was given to try out.  Overall it is working pretty well, though it was probably designed with more delicate plants in mind. 

But the Ultimate Plant Cage has allowed the tomato plant to spread out a little bit, which I'm thinking is good for air circulation and letting in more sunlight.  In the typical cages the branches tend to get smooshed together as they grow bigger.

5/01/2014

Time to prune azaleas!

My azaleas are starting to fade, so now it's time to cut back some of the long straggly branches.  This picture was taken a couple weeks ago by my daughter.