Category: Gardening

Patio Gardening 2010: Week 20 – Red Spider Mites Take Over

The garden is not doing so hot. Those red spider mites I discovered last week are taking over. They’re affecting all the tomato plants and some of the peppers, and I’ve seen their webs on the squash/zucchini plants, and what’s left on the bean plants. Some of our tomato plants look absolutely sickly and we’re

Patio Gardening 2010: Week 19 – Icky Red Spider Mites

I’m sorry that I’m a day late on this post, but I was very busy yesterday with some other things and just didn’t get around to taking the pictures. Good news is, my camera will be back from repair tomorrow, so I’ll be able to take decent pictures again! All right, I have to admit,

Patio Gardening 2010: Week 18 – Cucumber Casualties

Well, this week is definitely bitter sweet. Last week, some of our cucumber plants were not doing so well and two of them succumbed this week. We also lost a pot of our bean plants (3 plants). The other ones are looking okay, but not their best. I think the heat wave was what did

Patio Gardening 2010: Week 17 – Harvesting Tomatoes

I’m sorry I didn’t get this post up yesterday. That was due to pure laziness and I was in a funk. Part of that funk was because things haven’t been going so well with the garden this past week. We’ve had that fun pattern of storms, humidity, and damaging winds alternating with really hot days

Patio Gardening 2010 Week 16: Female Flower on the Squash

This week has been a little more exciting in our garden. Last week was mostly just waiting. We’re still waiting, but at least we harvested some this week. This week’s haul included 2 cucumbers and 6 beans. They were delicious. Also, we use the basil and green onions whenever opportunity arises. We’re still impatiently waiting

Patio Gardening 2010: Week 15 – Waiting for Tomatoes

I’m sorry that I’m a day late on this post. We had a couple different things come up this weekend that were unexpected, and we haven’t even gotten around to filming this week’s video yet. The plan is to film that tonight, so I will post it when it’s online. Not too exciting this week

Patio Gardening 2010: Week 14 – Blossom End Rot

Overall it hasn’t been too exciting this week. The weather has been been hot and I’m not sure if the plants are liking it too much. I try to keep them well watered, doing it in the morning and at night. No fatalities yet! I did think I was going to lose my mind this

Patio Gardening 2010: Week 13 – Cutworm Invasion?

The plants seemed to survive our week long vacation. I don’t know how the weather was here in Chicago (I heard it rained) but where we were in New Hampshire it was hot, hot, hot! Unfortunately, my digital camera did not survive the trip. It had a nasty fall on our last day of vacation,

Patio Gardening 2010: Week 12 – Bugs on the Tomatoes

This post is coming a few days early because the boyfriend and I are headed out of town this weekend. A friend of ours will be coming to water the plants during the week we’re gone, but the update had to be done today. The weather this week has been wonderful–no rain and in the

Patio Gardening 2010: Week 11 – Cherry Tomato Flowers

This week hasn’t been too different from last week. We still have the same pattern of stormy days alternating with super hot days. This makes it a challenge because I’m trying no to over water on rainy and humid days but then have to make sure to water enough on hot and dry days. We