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Dallying In The Dirt, Issue #186 --- The Zucchini trombata is looking for a new place to hide.
September 05, 2014
Does Mother Nature really not like me? Do I just irritate her with my conflicting requests? My little corner of the world was actually getting anxious for some rain. My weekend garden party starts with a bit of rain in the morning but it cleared up in time. The next day, I decided it was time to apply the Borax to the rest of the back yard turf and Ground Ivy mix. I did so. It then immediately rained. Not enough to really soak the ground but enough to wash the Borax off the leaves of the Creeping Charlie. We are supposed to apply it when it is cool and the weed is rapidly growing. We have now had three of the hottest days of the summer. It must be September. I just looked and the Ground Ivy is starting to turn brown at its edges so maybe M. N. is not really being mean but just teasing me. She also organizes the growth of my Aristolochia sp or Dutchman’s Pipe vine. It has very large leaves that create a dense screen. I have it planted to block the view
between my deck in the back yard and the little side yard deck. It took its sweet time starting this spring but it has taken off with a vengeance. It is up the arbour, across the top of the trellis, running along the bottom of the trellis and up the pole on the other side. Lots of large green leaves. It did not grow in the middle of the trellis, leaving a nice clear view between the two decks. I tried to train it. It ignored me. I will prune and train more carefully next year and see if Mother Nature will accommodate me.
Now it’s time to answer a few of my reader’s questions. Don’t forget to check the front page of the Website for frequent short ideas for current gardening activities.
Wendy Asks? I live in Ontario, between Fergus and Orangeville, in zone 5b, I believe and I have many varieties of daylilies in my garden as I love them. I've seen something unusual happen to a few of them(all in the same area) the last couple of years. The colour in the flowers are bleeding and getting streaky. Some of the buds have small bumps on them too. Plus some plants are showing an orange rust at their base and on the stalks. These are all good quality stock and some are 7 years old. Could it be a result of the weather conditions? The plants are somewhat close together (and could use some dividing), so I'm wondering if it's poor air circulation
that could be causing this as well. Last year, after some research, I thought it might have been thrips causing the problem but I thought they died over the winter. I'm concerned that it will spread to all of my other plants. Have you ever seen this?
Anne Asks? Why are my raspberries not ripening this year? The fruit has formed on the branches but have not ripened since they formed earlier in the year.
Ken Answers! This is one of those questions that is very difficult to answer as there could be many answers. Raspberries need a good supply of water in order to ripen and if it was dry in your area at that time of year, then that could be your problem. Too hot, too cold, not enough sun, any or all of those things might have some effect but my best guess would be the lack of water at the critical time. I run a soaker hose the length of my Raspberry bed and use it regularly
during fruit ripening time.
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