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Gardening update!

Yes, it's all still alive. Well, mostly. Just after I dug up all the potatoes a while back, my plot was beset by a mildew infestation - one of the neighbouring plots had it, left it untreated, and then it spread to the entire garden. Before going to Florida, I hadn't had time to do much beyond cut out dead leaves from the affected squash and zucchini plants, and when I got back, I found it had attacked the pumpkin vines. So tonight I finally had time to march down there with a pair of clippers and gloves to protect me from the spiky squash vines and do something about it.

As both treatment and preventative measure, I sprayed the leaves of the beleaguered plants with a milk/water solution that the other gardeners have had a lot of luck with. This actually seemed to work almost immediately, so hopefully the bits and pieces left of zucchini and squash plants will revive enough to give me a few more edibles before it gets too cold.

I forgot to photograph my only surviving pumpkin of meaningful size - the two that had made it to fist-size before I went on vacation succumbed to rot while I was gone, despite maelie's no-doubt heroic efforts. But I've got at least one, and it's not rotting! It's big! It's orange! I perched it on a brick to keep it from the damp and watered all the squashes very, very carefully, not wanting to wash off the milk solution. I hope I get at least one pumpkin out of the plot, or I shall be very disappointed.

And I forgot to check the garlic. Damn. Need to do that very soon, I think, since their leaves have by now been entirely shaded to death by the rhubarb and pumpkin leaves.

Beets and rhubarb

Speaking of the rhubarb, its time finally came, and I pulled it all up tonight. I put about six armfuls of various gigantic rhubarb and squash leaves into the compost tonight - the worms should be very happy. I also pulled up most of the beets, which are of substantial size, I think; most about the size of my fist, which I admit isn't very big, but isn't bad for vegetables I planted out of boredom and largely ignored all summer.

I feel much better and less neglectful, though there's still some dead flowers and a lot of weeding I didn't get done tonight, and I need to transplant my indoor tomato seedlings to bigger pots (I only have pots for about half of them - have to figure out where I'm going to get more!), and I need to find someplace indoors for the big healthy ones currently fruiting on the balcony. But there's always next weekend, I guess.

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kentamundo
Sep. 19th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
Time for rhubarb pie.
chandri
Sep. 19th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
It's in the plan.
daroos
Sep. 19th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
your beets totally kicked my beets' asses.
chandri
Sep. 19th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm sure they tried.
artemisiabrisol
Sep. 19th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
I would say "nice beets" but that sounds awfully dirty. Working with children for two weeks has rotted my brain.

You will be bring some rhubarb to Lethbridge so that you can make some rhubarb crisp in my ancient oven with my ancient sink.

... That also sounds dirty.

Damn kids!
chandri
Sep. 19th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
You will have to buy a pie plate. A great big one.

And yes it does.
deathpixie
Sep. 19th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
The beets look fantastic! So envious of your gardening fu!
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