Dear Garden Diary June 20, 2017

Zone 4/5  Recent Weather - Average rainfall and temperatures. Just sprinkled 1/3 recommended amount of all-purpose Osmocote granules second week in June everywhere with exception of vertical garden and deck plants which were planted in a 1/3 fertilized soil mix, as well tomato and pepper which were planted with their own eggshell/potash/phosphate/all purpose/epsom salt mix (5 Part Mix).  Additional fertilizer applications noted. Not seeing any bees,been a month, borage just now beginning to bloom.

Hand Pollination of Squash - Uncomfortably

This video tutorial from Growing Your Greens demonstrating how to hand pollinate squash makes me feel weird, as though I am watching something private that I am not supposed to see.  Although apparently 100k of us have watched this video.  I am always on the lookout for something done a bit more interestingly than expected.  This tutorial qualifies.  

Concisely:  Man uses human anatomy to show us how to hand pollinate squash.  

He seems cool.  Hope he finds his lady blossom soon.


Baby Begonia from Bulb.

Sometimes hard to find images of just emerged seedlings/plants.  Here is my contribution, begonia from bulb.  That is all.

Science - Fight Bad Crawly Bastards

As you are probably aware, I am fighting a war with squash vine borers.  After the bastards killed my winter squash last year, it was on.  For the record, they fired the first shot. This linked article from the Entomology Dept of the University of Kentucky explains how one can use daily temperature to calculate when particular little bastards arrive.  I've got my yellow pail among my most vulnerable plants.  I check the undersides of the leaves every couple of days for eggs.  I sprinkle DE powder and spray neem oil on the plants, approximately weekly.

State Park Visit

I hope you took my advice and are taking advantage of this nice weather.  Heading out to a local state park is one of the less expensive options for a day of fun.  On this day, I was trying to find the spot where I had taken a similar photo previously.  I'm not sure I did, but still took some fantastic pictures.  Another picture I wanted to take was to replicate one of my favorite photos, a mirror image of some granite bluffs alongside a local river.  I was too early, I think, to get the perfect mirror image, but I will absolutely try again.

Garden Observations and Notes - First Week of June

Prepare to be bored.  I always wonder how the garden compares to previous years.  So this is for next year.  I've taken a ton of notes and putting to permanence here.  Good list if you are curious about the drudgery and numbers of gardening.

April:  Temps above average, below average rain.

May: First half, above average temps and normal rain.  last half, below normal temps, above normal rain.

Current: Temps above normal, no rain yet this month.

Baby Summer Squash

I'm a tad overly attentive to my garden.  Obsessed probably.  Every morning (and probably at mid-morning, noon, afternoon and evening) I take a stroll and take a glance at every plant.  I am enough of a newbie that I want to catch any problems before I even know there are problems.  Finding a failing plant is also a handy excuse to pick up another one at the farmers market.  But the nice thing about babying plants is that you catch the good things early too.  

Art - Best Today - Blue 8

This piece was painted for me, for my birthday.  The artist is my favorite person in the whole world.  He is skilled using various mediums; charcoal, oil, acrylic.  In particular, I like how the painting looks wider on the viewers left side, a trick of proportion.  He doesn't like to showcase his work, which is insane considering we live in a selfie culture.  But I'll sneak some on here from time to time, and keep his name to myself.


For now.

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