Ms Robin's Garden

  (Caneyville, Kentucky)
Happenings on the Hilltop
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Moving Right Along

A special note to those who are still undecided about joining a CSA in the Owensboro, Bowling Green or Beaver Dam, KY areas...there's only one week left to take advantage of our 10% discount for joining us and paying in full by April 15th. We also have a payment installment plan available. We're pretty confident that you won't be disappointed. Email me, so I can send you the membership form.
 
It's hard to believe our CSA season starts in just a few weeks. Needless to say, we have been really busy. Everything is looking good and we are pretty close to being on the schedule I set up back in January. The greenhouse is overflowing with plants and we've been preparing and planting as quickly as we can. The grass has turned bright green from the last couple of rains and the trees are starting to leaf out. I love this time of year when everything starts coming to life! 
 
This past week we planted out transplants of Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage and Kohlrabi. White, Red and Yukon Gold Potatoes, Red and Yellow Onions were planted a couple of weeks ago, as were Carrot seeds, which are all already growing nicely. The Celery seedlings aren't quite ready to plant yet. Over the next couple of days, I'll be planting the following seeds: Beets, Radishes and Sugar Snap Peas, followed by Lettuces, Greens and Spinach and all of the Herb plants I started in the house. Plus it's about time to plant more Potatoes and Onions. Next week we'll start planting the Tomato and Pepper plants in the garden, then the remaining vegetable seeds, Corn, Beans, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Squashes, Melons, Okra, etc. Some of these seeds will be started in the house today, as a guarantee that we'll have the right age of plants once they are planted out, since it looks like we're in for some seriously fluctuating temperatures over the next couple of weeks. There are several crops, that as the summer progresses, that we will continue to plant every couple of weeks to insure a steady supply of vegetables. By the way, I was asked about the Herbs that will be included and I want to clarify that unless you are interested in drying them for future use, they will only be included as small quantities.
 
The Strawberries are putting out new leaves and the Asparagus should start coming up in a couple of weeks. The fruit trees are putting out blossoms. Looks like we have a good colony of honey bees for pollination this year. They are swarming all of the fruit trees and flowering bushes. Now, if we just don't get a hard freeze, we should have lots of fruit this summer. 
 
I finally got all of the Gladiolas bulbs, Peony roots, and Rose bushes planted. That will give us some nice flowers, along with the new annual flower seedlings that will go out later, for a flower bouquet once in awhile. Just a reminder, the flower bouquets aren't really a part of the CSA shares. This year they are just a way for us to say "Thank You" for joining us.
 
So, all in all, I'm really happy with the way everything is progressing. Looking forward to a successful and bountiful year!
 
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Comments:

It sounds like you're making great progress. I've wanted to ask you about what you do for pest control. I'm looking for an organic solution and, so far, found Safer Brand's Tomato and Vegetable Insect Killer. I like how it’s easily broken down in the environment into stuff plants and nature can use. Have you used this yet?

Posted by Brandon on April 21, 2010 at 03:20 PM CDT #

I have been very fortunate that I have not had a problem with too many pests. Tomato Hornworms and Japanese Beetles deal me the most fits, but I just hand pick off and smoosh them. I've had a problem with flea beetles on my eggplants in the garden, but have since learned that if I grow eggplant in containers on a deck or porch, that there is not a problem at all. I use a lot of interplanting of herbs and flowers that attract or deter pests. I do have a bottle of the Safer Spray, but have only used it once or twice. There's a lot of home-made sprays out there that work just as well, I believe.

Posted by Robin on April 21, 2010 at 07:36 PM CDT #

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