July 2nd, 2008

Test Gardener Update

Michelle Zettel, zone 3, Idaho.

Wow has it been busy around here!  Our business is river rafting so now is our time.

We had a frost on June 12th.  I had most everything out.  I did not kill everything but it certainly knocked things back.  However as we now have some heat 86 today.  Everything is really starting to go.  The potatoes look great!  Well the vines anyway are starting to bud.  A few tomaotes are starting to think about doing something.  But they are the ones that are in the wall-o-water.  They went out about 2 weeks early and were protected from the frost.  I am very interested to see how the 6  in the walls-o water do compared to the others.  I took one of each test variety and put it in so I could see if there was a difference.  The sugar snap peas are really doing well but again nothing to report as far as harvest.  The frost took out two my squash plants.  The rest of the squash is set back but they all seemed to pull through.  The corn is up to but very small, I doubt that I will get anything out of it as we can have a frost in late August.
By the way the strawberries that I planted are doing well.  Everyone said to pick the blooms which is very hard to convince my two boys that this is a good idea.  But we compromised and are leaving one plant with berries so that they atleast get a taste.
So that is the update on what is going on around here.  The picture is of the wall-o water.

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