Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New! Garden Journal

I started a gardening journal today so this first post contains several entries. Share your experiences with us so we can all learn from one another! I'll posts results of my experiences as I go.

03/18/2013 -
~ Harvested 9 green beans (Blue lake 274 - sow date: 02/09/2013) from 2 plants (would have been more to harvest if fungus gnats had not become an issue). I will be planting more.
~ Research indicates bush beans should be picked when they are 4 inches in length (minimum) for good quality, but before they get lumpy. If you keep them picked, they should keep flowering. It may depend on the variety, but if you can avoid diseases, pests, and bugs, you can keep them going until frost. Harvest when plants are dry to prevent diseases. Another gardener says they should be harvested when the beans are the diameter of a pencil. An 80ft row produces 2.25 bushels.
~ Pole beans, snow peas, and sugar snap peas can also be grown in containers; 25 plants can be sown in a square 12"x12" pot. 1)Place container in full sun. 2)Plant 2 seeds per hole every 2". 3)Cover with clear plastic to keep soil moisture even until germination 4)Thin to one plant every 2"
~ 1 sugar snap pea pod from one plant almost ready to harvest (Cascadia Sugar Snap - sow date: 02/09/2013). I will be planting more of these also. One plant died because, I believe, it was not staked properly. Just learned that plants have to be tied to stake. Tied all plants to stake with cotton string
~ Research indicates pea pods are ready for harvest 50-60 days from sow date; approximately one week after flower starts to die, and new pods should be ready for harvest every 3 days. Look at plants closely as pods are very hard to see (the plant camouflages them really well)

~ My Homemade Insecticidal Soap Recipe:
(other recipes from various gardeners can be found at the bottom)
I have not tried any of them (not even my own before today)

3tbsp Dishsoap
2tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide
1/8tsp ground cinnamon
Combine all in an 32oz spray bottle

~ Used above original recipe 3/18/2013 on entire plants,flowers and all:
Peace lilies (red spider mites or thrips?)
Orchid (red spider mites or thrips?)
Bush beans - 2 in main veg garden (fungus gnats)

~ Sprinkled fresh ground cinnamon straight from the bottle on ground around all plants in main vegetable garden (fungus gnats)

Organic Recipe 1)
1 liter of water,
1/2 liter of alcohol,
100 g* of tobacco (the best is that one sold in pieces, if not possible, use that one from cigarettes),
100 g* of garlic 50 g of hot pepper (chilly).
(* I don´t know the pounds weight – In Brazil our metric unit of weights is “kilogram”)
How to prepare:
- During 5 minutes boil 100 g of tobacco in 1 liter of water (it is necessary to prevent mosaic tobacco virus).
- Once did that wait to the liquid be in normal temperature.
- Cut the garlic and chilly in small pieces (as if you were using for cooking) and join them in the tobacco´s water, mixing also half a liter of alcohol (that one for domestic usage).
- Save this organic mixture in a dark glass bottle (to use when necessary).
- After 3 days, percolate and use it pure, spraying in the regions of the plant where the plagues are.
- Just once is necessary to destroy all the insects etc.
As it is organic, it doesn´t prejudice the plant or our health. A natural protection to our plants!
Greetings from Brazil! José Luiz.

Organic Recipe 2)
10 drops dishsoap
1.8 ml cinnamon extract (about 1/2 tsp.)
2 cups tepid water
adjust ingredients as needed.
This is great for cleaning leaves, bacteria and fungal infections, bug teterrant, and now bug and slug killer!

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