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As usual, summers in Texas are a bit rough, with temperatures varying from the high 90s to 110. We had our hottest ever July day. It doesn’t rival 2010, but it has been a hot year with very little rain.

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Last year was a bad one for okra, and my poor production has continued this year. I’m not sure if it is root-knot nematode again this year, or the extreme heat. It was the 110 degree day that halted production.

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The peppers have had a stellar year, since I added slow release sulphur to the beds, to fix the PH problem. My new favorite pepper is from Baker Creek Heirlooms, called Habanada. It is a non-spicy Habenero, and the flavor is amazing! I only planted 3 plants, but have gotten well over 100 peppers. I’ve been putting them in everything. I also tried Marconi for the first time, and this one will be on my repeat list as well. It is a large yellow bell pepper with great production, and flavor.

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Melons produced pretty well, and I am still getting a few.

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The tomatillos usually die out in the heat of the summer, and this year they lasted a bit longer. I don’t know how long they can hang on, and if I’ll get any fall production.

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Malibar Spinach is thriving, and such a lovely plant.

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Summer beans are just starting to produce, with black-eyed peas leading the pack.

Cut and Come Again Zinnias have been the star of the garden. They seem to like a good soaking every 3 days. My vases have been full all summer. I’ll definitely be planting these again.

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I’ve let the cowpen daisies take over this year. They spread pretty aggressively, but are easy to pull out so I’ve just let them do their thing. They make the veggie garden pretty, when most things are hanging on for dear life.

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As usual, the thai basil has done the best of the varieties. I don’t really care for the flavor, but it is a favorite of the bees. The honey bees have disappeared lately, maybe due to the abundance of robber flies, but I have seen a few bumbles hanging around.

I just started fall seeds this past weekend under the grow lights, so despite the heat, fall is just around the corner!

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Veggie Garden

Veggie Garden

 

Onions

Onions

 

Potatoes

Potatoes

 

Bee Bed

Bee Bed

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Green Beans

Green Beans

 

Tomatoes - 1 of 3 beds

Tomatoes – 1 of 3 beds

 

Tomatillos -- been fighting cutworms all season in this bed

Tomatillos — been fighting cutworms all season in this bed

 

Squash and Cucs

Squash and CucsĀ 

 

First Tomatoes

First Tomatoes

 

Hairy Vetch

Hairy Vetch

 

Tomatillo Flower

Tomatillo Flower

 

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

 

Volunteer Sunflowers

Volunteer Sunflowers

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Seedlings Ready to Go

My spring veggies seedlings are ready to get outside. It looks like the forecast is telling me Sunday afternoon. There are two nights in the low 40s in the forecast for next week, but I’ll keep the tomatoes well covered. The only seeds I still need to start inside are the Okra. These don’t usually go in the ground until earliest April 1, so I’m not too late.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Peppers and Cucs

Bell and Hot Peppers

Squash

Squash

Melons and Luffa

Melons and Luffa

I also found this really cool seed cabinet at “Antiques and Things” a few weeks ago. It may not have been its original intended purpose, but it is a perfect fit. Plus, it slides right into the corner in my sunroom.

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Seed Cabinet

Seed Cabinet Drawers

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>Seedling Progress

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Romas & Cherokees
I just moved these to the grow light shelf yesterday, so they still look as little sad. The true leaves haven’t shown up yet, but should within the next few days.

Peppers, Romas and Herbs
The peppers are looking really great. They are already growing their third set of leaves. I thinned them out this morning to give them a little more room to grow.
I did some calculations and realized that I will be running out of space once I transfer to 4″ pots, even w/ 18 sq ft! I’ll probably have to use the window a little bit this year as well.

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>New Seeds

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Friday the 8th during my lunch break I drove to The Natural Gardener and picked up some seed packets. Since the peppers and herbs are well underway, it’s time for tomatoes. I picked up “yellow pear” cherry, “supersweet 100” cherry, “cherokee purple”, “green zebra”, and “celebrity”. I also bought toma verde tomatillos and some amaranth.
Planting Dates
Romas – Jan 7th
Cherokee, Zebra – Jan 10th
Cherries, Celebrity – Jan 16th
Last fall I spoke to The Natural Gardener about making my own seed mix. They recommended a mix of Worm Castings, Perlite, and Vermiculite. As for amounts, you want it too retain moisture, but not be too soggy. The amounts I have used for my seed mix are 4 parts perlite, 3 parts worm castings and 2 parts vermiculite. So far it’s working great.

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