This week in the Flog:
- Cucumbers in steady decline due to pests
- Tomatoes growing like crazy
- Jalapeno fruits ripening
Mixed results on the garden front. My garden is overrun with pests. I’m not too worried about this. It will give me a great opportunity to test my Mitey Spray. The pests have had the opportunity since Ive been busy with family trips (taking our 4 month old son on his first adventure!) and other priorities. Also, the advantage of the tropics is the year-round growing season. I’m contemplating chopping the whole garden down and letting it regrow – all the root systems are well established meaning it will come back that much stronger next round.
Anyway, this happens with gardens and that’s a fact of life. I got a lot of lettuce and spinach out of the garden so far, as well as many pounds of cucumbers. For a garden that gets 0 direct sunlight, I’m pleased with those results. Of course I could be super upset about the pests, but better just to calmly figure out how to do better next round. Garden wisdom you can apply in your everyday life: 90% of what happens in the garden (in life) is beyond your control. But the 10% you have control of (your response), will make a bigger difference in how your garden(life) turns out.
So lets take a look at the garden! Look at these cucumbers covered in white flies. They have bigger problems than that however. The spider mites are taking over! The neem spray has done little to stop the advance – it is better as a preventative measure than eliminating them once well established. We will see if my spray has any effect – it is still fermenting so unfortunately ill just have to wait. Meanwhile the cucumbers:
The tomatoes, while partly infested with broad mites, are still growing like crazy, have long since outgrown the short trellis I built for them, and continue to flower madly. However very little fruit has come of them. Maybe I need direct sunlight? Some more fruiting promoter? I have not used any kind of natural fertilizer on these to speak of, since they don’t look like they need anything. They’re growing like crazy! The flower clusters have 12 blooms per cluster…Possibly this is the reason the fruits aren’t growing much – too much energy, in this limited light environment, used to grow new leaves and flowers, not enough left over to fruit. I will cut these back next week and see.
Speaking of cutting back, I did a bunch of trimming today. I trimmed a whole branch off the tomatoes and they are still overgrown. Man, I wouldn’t have thought indirect sun would be enough for plants to grow this fast. Next week I have more trimming to do!
And lastly, the jalapeños. The broad mites halted their new growth which is just as well since they were above the trellis already. The peppers that set are a little crooked and some a bit pale but they are there and ripening away so we will be eating jalapeños! I want to make jalapeño poppers. Yum!
I get to try out the Mitey Spray this week! Not sure there will be immediate results but it’ll be fun to use pesticide that I made from plants. Keep on gardening and keep in touch…