seems like not a good year for cucumbers

 
 
Today I harvested a very nice cucumber. a pretty Corinto cuke. But Sadly, i don’t think it’ll be a great year (or even a good year) for cukes. Not sure what’s going on but the leaves on most of my vines are shriveling and vines are dying. I have about 20 plants, 6 or 8 varieties, and they’re in the back of three different beds, growing up the fence. A virus maybe? Some leaves have a lot of beetle-like damage, but I’m not seeing any beetles. I did see some…
 

spraying fruit trees

 
 
All of a sudden it’s warm! How does that happen. The snow and ice are suddenly gone. Time to spray my fruit trees. I use horticultural oil. The info sheet from UNH Cooperative Extention is great. Pears, Two applications to control psylla, mites and scale. First, spray at swollen bud stage, on 3rd or 4th warm spring day, use 3% oil. Spray again between green cluster and white bud stage. Apples, Spray once between tight cluster and pre-pink stage. (Use two applications if you’ve had previous trouble.) Cherry, One application…
 

chipmunk

 
 
Our little chipmunk has finally come out of hibernation! I think he had the right idea on how to spend this winter.
 

chipmunks (or voles?) party in the tunnel

 
 
My plastic tunnel with winter greens has hit the end of its season. 🙁 Last week, chipmunks discovered it. They tunneled in and out in many places. They feasted on the greens. They ate tops off the most tender lettuce, baby romain, butterheads and oak leaf. It looks like a little weed whacker went through. They stretched up and ate baby broccoli heads. They started to eat escarole frisée heads and kale. Once I discovered the damage, I harvested almost everything I could. The baby broccoli, all the frisée, any…
 

decontaminating late blight infected plant material

 
 
I was asked how I was decontaminating my late blight infected tomato plants this year. In past years, I have only had to deal with one or two infected tomato plants. I bagged them in black plastic, left them in the sun a few days so the heat killed the plants and pathogens, then I threw the bags out with my trash. This year, however, I had 24 tomato plants and they all were completely infected with late blight. And they were enormous plants. It would have been too much…
 

soil test results say the compost was the problem

 
 
I think the results from my soil testing are pretty clear. It’s not looking good for the compost… I did the testing because my tomato plants had terribly curled and leathery leaves, tall spindly growth, and very few fruits this year. I had brought in purchased loam and compost this spring, since we have a new property and I don’t have my own compost yet and needed to new fill raised beds. For the test, I planted the same tomato seeds in samples of 4 different soils: 1) purchased compost,…
 

late blight hit my tomatoes

 
 
My curled leaved tomatoes have been hit a final blow, late blight. I picked all the red and green fruits and cut down the plants. I’ll bag the infected plants soon and let them heat-kill in the sun for a few days before disposing in the trash.   I was able to harvest a good bucket of tomatoes to use for a few weeks. Here’s hoping for a better tomato season next year!!
 

tomato soil test day 7

 
 
Looks to me like the “sub soil”, the soil underneath my beds may be the problem. I did a soil test on this prior to plating and knew it was lacking in nutrients: pH 5.9, P very low(1.6), K low (63), Ca very low (500), Mg low (46), Sulfur good (14.2). Maybe its not a toxic chemical in the soil or a virus, but could be the lack of nutrients? I fertilized once this season with granulated GardenTone, but think I will try a few treatments with a liquid compost…
 

tomato soil test day 5

 
 
This is the test result at day 5. Seedlings are sprouting in three of the four soils: tomato bed, compost and greens bed. I’ll give it more time before I make any conclusions.
 

did my soil cause the curled-up tomato leaves?

 
 
In addition to my fall planting, I also set up a test of my garden soils to try to figure out if a problem in the soil caused my curled-up tomato plants. I’d like to know for next year. I have lots of Siberian Red tomato seeds, so I planted these in four soil samples: 1. Tomato bed (this produced plants with curled leaved) 2. Sub-soil (lawn) 3. Purchased compost (same compost that went into the tomato bed) 4. Green’s bed (loam and compost from sources different than tomato bed)…
 
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