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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Funday Sunday! Time for the weekly garden update and then some...

Week 9 Garden Update - It is with great sadness that I have to report...i'm losing my squash. All of the sudden we have something destroying pretty much everything.

Whatever it is, it's boring into the fruits (the squash, the tomatoes, the zucchini, even the acorn squash that had been doing so well)  and we also have ants. Lots of ants.  The squash, all varieties, also seems to have a powdery mildew problem.  *sigh*  The sunflowers never even sprouted (not at all sure what's up with that) - might throw more of those out there and start pulling out some of the stuff that's having issues. 

The only things we've been able to harvest are strawberries and cucumbersThe collard greens still aren't doing very well. Frankly, the cucumber doesn't look that great either. I think part of the decline is due to the fact that summer is pretty much here in Central Florida. It's HOT.

Here are this weeks photos...

I moved the garden door for the cukes to climb - we'll see if anything helps. This door is the old screen door from the cabin. It needed to be re-screened because the coon keeps going in an out of it, $19 for a new door that comes screened VS. buying and cutting screen, taking the door down and re-screening. Yep new door. Mr. Paisley would have just thrown the old one out...he should know better by now. Removed the screen, re-screened it with chicken wire (wait, what do they call it at Home Depot? Poultry Netting - was "chicken wire" offensive to the chickens? Poultry Wire must be more politically correct) Now it's re-purposed as gaden trellis with some character.

One petunia...
The other petunia...

 The Poinsettia is filling in nicely...probably time to trim it back since I can tell what isn't going to grow now.

 The Split Leaf is very happy this time of year...
 The African Irises are blooming, but not a whole lot.

 More of the aloe in bloom (why yes, my neighbor's house IS country blue...keep in mind we live in 1940's cottages...)

 Palm tree still flowering...no nuts yet...hopefully it'll wait until after next weekend to start making a mess.
 This little guy was into modeling today...
 And I caught these guys hanging out in the Purple Queen. We have a TON of dragonflies this year - it's crazy! I love them.
 Ok...send your kids away. Turn back now if you can't stand "blood and guts"...here's where it gets ugly.
 mildew... *shudder*
 Death and destruction...
  Something was actually EATING this acorn squash last night...probably a citrus rat, maybe a coon. We have an opossum living under the deck...but I don't think they eat fruit - I could be wrong.
 See? I told you it was going to be bad...guts everywhere!
 Shriveled up squash...(yeah, there are a couple that are still good at the moment)

 Mystery (to me) bug eating the zucchini...we got ONE zucchini...I doubt any of these will make it to the table.

Sad collard greens...full of holes. I think it's bugs that come because of the other stuff...this is the first year any of the "other stuff" had grown and we've never had a problem with something eating the greens...I think they'll have a separate bed next year. They're hanging in there...I dunno if it'll be enough to feed the iguana girls without having to supplement from the store.

On to happy news - here's a few teaser shots of a project in progress as I sit here typing!

linking up for ABC Wednesday!


Rust-Oleum 243898 Designer Metallics Spray, Oil Rubbed Bronze, 11-OunceSet of 2 Modern Wrought Iron Metal Dining Chairs w/Cushion SeatsAll New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!Miracle-Gro 100432 LiquaFeed Refill 4-Pack

11 comments:

Wingnut said...

Bummer :( I'm not a garden type person (burned by bad childhood garden memories!) but understand how disappointing this must be. We tried growing tomato plants from seed and NOTHING came up. We're not that dumb so I can't figure out what on earth we did wrong. Just bought plants yesterday and we'll see how it goes.

Cindy said...

i can't believe you have cucumbers already. we are just barely putting things into the ground around here in michigan...

don't you love the projects that magically get done themselves??? ;) cindy

C.A. said...

Alright woman, I just found out you have a blog. WTF? Where have I been?

Your plants have what we call "Blight". It's hard to get rid of, and makes you feel like your "babies" have leprosy!

I love, love, love everything you've done with the house!


Big Hugs...

C.A.

~Robin~ said...

The joys of living in Central FL - we grow crap year round more or less!

C.A. where have you been?! We need to catch up - big time! Thanks for the house compliments - we've changed a few things since you last saw it LOL. More on the HoneyDo list (as always).

rosie said...

I think the phrase "losing my squash" could be my new favorite thing to say-as in "you guys better stop fighting, I am seriously losing my squash" Hope your squash survives-the rest of your garden looks great here in the northeast we are just getting started on the growing season.

Hood Photo Blog said...

AW! I am sorry to hear of your squash. It is no fun putting all that work into gardening when it spoils before harvest. Good luck!

Hood Photo Blog

Sylvia K said...

I think I'm with Rosie "losing my squash" just could be my new favorite thing to say, too!! I am sorry to hear that you're losing so much! No fun to invest the time, care and money and lose it! Terrific photos! Hope you're able to salvage some of your plants! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Roger Owen Green said...

So your Rustoleum gets very drunk?

Sad story. that's why I don't garden. Glad you do, though.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Tumblewords: said...

I think that's why I gave up gardening a long time ago - but I have to say that your 'bad' stuff looks better than most of my 'good' stuff did. :) Good luck. Freezing temps here the last 3 nights don't help.

Manang Kim said...

Wow it looks like somebody is feasting your veggies. Here in MI we just plow our garden. Hope to plant this week. Happy Wednesday!

ABC Wednesday~S

Joy said...

There is a war going on out there. On the bright side your flowers are lovely and nothing beats fresh strawberries, well apart from ice cream, and strawberries.