I decided to dedicate this post to showing the “real” side of gardening. Not everything is easy, joyful, and exciting. Sometimes you put in the hard work, wait a long time, and get nothing in return. Here are a few…
Blueberries – it seems that for the second time in a row now, my blueberries have succumbed to spider mites. At least, that’s what I believe is killing them. I have 3 different blueberry plant in pots. A couple weeks ago one of them had all its leaves turn brown and fall off. The other two plants were relatively close to it, so the mites must have just moved from plant to plant. They have tons of brown leaves and that darn web-stuff! I took drastic measures trying to save them: hosed them off, including the top layer of dirt; pruned off all infected areas; and spray them at least daily with a water, dish soap and peppermint oil concoction. They have not completely died, but are not looking good. They still show signs of infection.
Potatoes – yes, the same potatoes that brought me such joy when they first emerged from the dirt now appear to have early blight.
The weather has been wetter than usual and though it has been cool recently, we did have a couple weeks of very warm temps. I guess that provided ideal conditions for blight, which is a fungus. I have sprayed the potato plants once so far with a copper fungicide, but I’m worried it may be too little too late.
Cauliflower – while the broccoli turned out excellent, the cauliflower has taken longer to mature. In addition to that, I bought a “self-blanching” variety. It appears not to have “self-blanched” enough as you can see from the yellow head.
Yellow squash and Zucchini are growing nicely. I have the tomato cage upside down around the zucchini. I will be experimenting with trying to grow the zucchini vertically.
Onions – Lo and behold the onions are starting to bulb up and get some good height! Just took them a little extra time.
So tell me, what are some of your garden fails? And did you learn something to overcome the fail later?
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