Sunday, September 5, 2010

News from Ye Olde Garden

It's been a while since I have done a garden update...I have been putting it off until we got our new computer {since I can't upload photos onto the one I am borrowing; all the photos in this post are from before my computer died}. We still haven't had the time to go together and get one, so I am doing an update now and will post the photos I have been taking when I can. :)

As one can imagine, things have been busy in the garden with harvesting veggies, herbs, and seed collecting. Our pumpkins are all turning orange and we have one that is pretty much ready to come off.

We have been getting some cold, wet weather and a couple of weeks back I noticed that our pumpkin plants were beginning to show the early signs of powdery mildew {eek!}. Given the stage they were at, I wasn't too concerned, but I wanted to try and get that shit under control pronto.

I used the tried and true method of baking soda and it worked pretty good. The only problem is that the baking soda burnt the leaves a bit, so I used a little less. There are several versions of the recipe, but this is the one that I use:

2 L of water
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
A small squirt of dish soap

We are already beginning to plan next year's garden, more so the layout and where things are going to go. We have found that with the layout of our older patch while pretty, was not very practical for moving around in. So we are going to be doing row beds next year in that is less likely to be trampled on!
Well, that's pretty much if for now. There is more to come {hopefully sooner rather than later!}.




Hertha said...

Thank you for the update! I love your photos!

nefaeria said...

I am glad you enjoyed it and thanks for reading! :)

Marisol said...

Thank you for the recipe, I will certainly try it if I get powdery mildew again. ;-)

Bek said...

Looking and sounding good! Is the third picture your kitchen? Love the wooden log / pole (?) for drying herbs :)

nefaeria said...

Marisol: You are welcome! Here's to hoping that you won't need to use it. :)

Bek: Thanks! :) Yes, that is in our is a supportive thing-a-ma-dooey, and it sure comes in handy when herbs need to be dried.