Radishes, Broccoli, Catnip, and Epsom Salt…

Veggie Sprouts!! Radishes in the front, broccoli in the back...YAY!

Veggie Sprouts!! Radishes in the front, broccoli in the back…YAY!

The rain came back this week, and my veggies are beginning their celebration. I was so excited the other day to walk out to my gardens, coffee in hand, and see my little radishes poking through the soil. After closer inspection, I saw the super tiny noses of broccoli poking through…bonus! I’m really looking forward to when the carrots and corn make their appearances.

I have to admit that I am more excited to see the corn come up than the carrots. I think that is because I have not had great success with corn in the past. Sure, the plant itself seems to grow quite well and looks very healthy, it’s the ears of corn that have been the disappointing factor. The first time I grew corn, I ended up with very small cobs with almost no kernels on them. The second time, quite a few years later, the cobs were larger, closer to full size, and had most of the rows of kernels developed, with random voids in the rows. Seeing as things went better the second time, I’m hoping this means that, this time, I’ll have full cobs of corn bursting with complete rows of kernels, no voids. Fingers are crossed.

I had to move my catnip plants. Ok. Maybe it wasn’t necessity, but I think it was. Though the plants looked to be growing healthy, with new growth coming in a beautiful, fresh

My brown catnip leaves

My brown catnip leaves

green and robust, the bottom third of the plants’ leaves are a brown-ish color. Now, these brown-ish leaves are supple, but…well, my catnip is always a gorgeous green color. I just couldn’t handle the brown so I moved them. Most of the plants, I just moved forward, into the single row of sunflowers that I had planted in front of them. I moved one plant over to the stump area to see how it will do there.

We noticed last year that everything planted right up next to the hangar wall did not fair well. I think the first one to two feet of soil next to the hangar wall is not very healthy due to all of the runoff from the roof of the hangar (there is no gutter). I thought I had planted the catnip far enough away from the hangar wall for it to be alright, but the color the catnip was turning makes me think otherwise. I hope my lily trees will be alright. Again, fingers are crossed.

Lance’s Raspberries are doing really well. There are a bunch of tiny flower buds all over them. This makes my husband happy, which makes me happy as well. It’s neat to see him getting into this whole growing things with me.

Most of my bulbs have poked their noses through, even in the garden around the stump area. This, of course, makes me happy. I picked up more bamboo skewers to mark where the bulbs are in the stump garden area because they are sooo hard to see right now and I would hate to accidentally step on one.

I think I am going to be adding some epsom salts to the soil in the stump garden area. This adds magnesium to the soil, something acidic soil is deficient in, and it also adds sulfur. From the different articles I have read on the subject, applying 1/2 cup of epsom salt to the soil per plant definitely helps with the plant growth, but it appears that mixing 1 tablespoon to one gallon of water, applied as a spray to the foliage of the plant, works best. I think I am going to start with adding some to the soil and then follow-up with mixing some up to spray on the plants as the growing season progresses, applying the spray once every 5-6 weeks. We shall see how this goes.

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2 Responses to Radishes, Broccoli, Catnip, and Epsom Salt…

  1. Ted Ellinger says:

    Your garden is so far ahead of ours. Tulips poked through the ground and the deer promptly chomped on them. They have been a problem the last few years. The park system had a cull this year and took 200 deer and donated the meat to the local soup kitchens. We were hoping that the cull would take the pressure of our plants this year. Not starting out very promising. Love Dad

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    • The weather here has been a bit unseasonal. We are supposed to be back up in the lower 80’s this Sunday and Monday. I’m hoping this doesn’t mean we are going to sort of not really have a Summer, but coninued rain with random hot days. My garden, obviously, is loving it regardless.
      I have to admit I don’t really like the sound of culling deer but at least the meat was well used. You can hand corn cobs away from your tender sprouts, which should attract the deer away from them. Also, deer deterrants, like hanging shiny, reflective streamers help by creating movement. I saw something about hanging bars of soap work to deter deer as well. I haven’t read the article, yet, so don’t have any other info about it, but will let you know what I found out.
      As for the snow, GOOD LUCK!! love you, Dad!!

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