Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Nemesis

Everyone needs a nemesis. I just wish mine were more of the fun-loving, adventure seeking sort. No, mine is a very large canopied oak tree. It's a beautiful tree, but it blocks out all of the sun from after 3:00 or so on. I haven't been home during the day since all of the leaves came in, but I'm worried it's going to be more around 2:00 and after. I'll have to watch it on Saturday.
The extra shade back there is keeping my lettuce in the SFG alive...this tells me it may not bode well for the things that need a lot of sun during the summer. Then again, the afternoon shade in the brutal heat may keep things happier...we'll have to see.

Look you see what I see? This is my eggplant in the pots out front. They're just loving life out there. I hope that the pots are big enough. Isn't that color amazing!?
The Cayenne peppers are flowering like mad. After they flower and wither, the stems get rather brown and fall off very, very easily. Is this normal or poor polination? I've never grown peppers before. I'll do some research and see what I can find out.
Here are the blueberries. I'm thrilled that we may actually get some blueberries this year!
Not many pics of the actual SFG today...things are looking sad out there now that I severed the broccoli's heads and the beans and cucks on the trellised beds are coming in spotty, but my zucchini sprouted, so that's a good thing. Here's the royal burgundy beans in the side bed. They've grown a lot in a week.

Below is one of the toms in pots on the front walk. It's looking fantastic!!
I'm about to rip out the broccoli and plant squash this weeekend, but can anyone tell me how I'm supposed to get those roots out without disturbing the things around it? Most won't be a problem, but I have two planted next to some peppers that I'd rather not loose if I can help it. Any advice would be well appreciated.

The morning comes early. Sweet gardening dreams.


  1. Ribbit, could you get a butcher knife and cut round/under the roots of the broccoli? I wouldn't think leaving some of the smaller roots in the ground would hurt anything, so I'd just work on cutting around the main root.

    My, things are looking good!


  2. Ah yes, trees....they sure are beautiful, but can be a real problem for a gardener. Question....are you gonna put bird netting over your blueberries? OMG, I have to, as soon as the berries start forming. If not, the birds wreak havoc on them. About the pepper....It sounds like poor pollination.

  3. Thanks, Granny, I'll do that.

    EG, this is our first year with blueberries, so I don't know from bird netting. When should I set it out? Poor polination, huh? Sounds good to me. I'll check it out. Thanks!

  4. Gosh, that eggplant is a beautiful color! What kind is it?

    The tomato plant looks gorgeous too!

  5. It's an ichiban (spelling?) eggplant. Hopefully it will taste as good as it looks!!

  6. ribbit - you need to cover them quick....

  7. This may be a dumb question, but do you have to get the roots out or can they just become part of the soil?

    Great pics of your garden- I expect a huge veggie meal when I come to visit (ok, I still have no idea when that will be). You have inspired me to try to plant more things- I think it can keep one from getting too down when another crop fails... hum... what to plant next...