Do I win for cheesiest blog post title ever? Do I? Do I?
So yeah, you may have heard that there was a little hurricane that hit the East Coast over the weekend. And of course, it hit right after I planted seedlings in the garden. Luckily the wee bitty guys seemed to stand up to the wind fairly well (except for one broccoli plant which has been rather limp since the storm). It was the bigger plants that got tossed around a lot. We took down the trellis that the melon was growing on, but the eggplant and peppers blew to and fro throughout the entire storm. I was sure that the big Japanese eggplant I had growing was going to go flying off the plant and into the neighbors yard, but it didn’t. Instead, it turned brown and got all bruised and mushy. My husband wanted to eat it anyway, but it was so gross looking, I convinced him that it was best to throw it out.
The carrot, beet, and radish seeds that I planted have all sprouted now. I’m waiting for the leeks and brussels sprouts to get a bit bigger before transplanting them, but all the other seedlings that I started a few weeks ago are in the garden. Unfortunately, cabbage worms had a field day with my broccoli and cauliflower plants. I spent an hour one afternoon meticulously combing through each plant and plucking the worms from underneath the leaves. So gross. I must have gotten about 50 of them. I think it may be time to buy some BT because I can handle a lot of bugs, but worms are just… ick.
I really thought I would have harvested my cantaloupe by now, but it’s still green. The plant has powdery mildew too, so I’m kind of wondering if I should just give up on it? It seems like it’s been an awfully long time to wait for what’s supposed to be a relatively small melon. I read that spraying plants with a mixture of water and baking soda helps fight powdery mildew, so I did that after things dried up from Irene and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it works. Oh, and while taking down the trellis, I found another small melon that I didn’t even know about!
I finally harvested some full size(ish) carrots this week. They’re the Parisienne carrots, so they’re supposed to be stubby and fat like this. And according to my husband, they were really tasty. I’m getting a near constant supply of these little eggplant balls and I think there are about 10 peppers on my Hungarian pepper plant that need to be harvested soon. They can be used in place of jalapenos in recipes, but most recipes only call for one pepper. If you know of any jalapeno recipes that call for more than one pepper, please share!
In non-Square Foot Garden news, I bought perennials from the farmers market and my favorite local nursery (shout out to Homewood in North Raleigh!) and planted those in a little garden my wonderful husband dug just outside of the patio. My plan is to extend the garden out further once we have a patio (hopefully) next summer. After years of apartment dwelling, I really know nothing about planting perennials or any other kinds of flowers, so I’m hoping it all survives the winter.
Do you have a perennial garden? Any tips for a novice?