Category: Pests

Growing Orange Thai Chili Peppers

Growing Orange Thai Chili Peppers

| November 30, 2016 | Reply

Watch “Growing Orange Thai Chili Peppers,“ my latest “Late Bloomer.” See me document growing them for the first time last year, how long it took for peppers to develop, why I love growing them, and problems I had this year. Also, you can find my biscuit recipe (easily modified with only ancient wheat flour) here. If you […]

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An Hour a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

An Hour a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

| June 20, 2016 | 2 Replies

An hour a day keeps the doctor away. That phrase kept going through my head this morning as I did my morning ritual of checking the garden. Sometimes that hour makes the difference in my mental health for the day. I felt so much happier when I came in. And I know eating fresh food from […]

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Calm Before the Storm

Calm Before the Storm

| June 17, 2016 | 2 Replies

From the sublime to the worrisome, my garden on Sunday represented the calm before the storm. Full slideshow on Google+. My early morning garden vigil revealed the beginning of harvests to come, as well as problems. I’ve been spraying lemon cucumbers and tomato plants for weeks with milk and baking soda, trying to prevent and beat […]

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Get Your Garden Under Control!

Get Your Garden Under Control!

| April 16, 2016 | Reply

Get Your Garden Under Control! In “Garden Control: Hairy Vetch, Powdery Mildew” am back hacking away at my out of control garden in the latest Late Bloomer! Yes, I actually planted vetch! I hope I’m not hacking it back for years. It was beautiful while it latest though. Unlike the powdery mildew on my peas! […]

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Tomato & Tobacco Hornworm Pests

Tomato & Tobacco Hornworm Pests

| February 24, 2016 | 2 Replies

Tomato & tobacco hornworm pests can devastate your garden, specifically your tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. I first heard about the hornworm from my neighbor, Jim, who appeared in my first tomato episode. I felt lucky I had not seen one! For a couple of years, I visualized having to get a pair of tongs to pull […]

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Pshaw, Cushaw!

Pshaw, Cushaw!

| September 25, 2015 | 8 Replies

Pshaw, Cushaw! I mean, it’s not the cushaw’s fault I’m a little impatient. Powdery mildew is laying claim to the cushaw vines (also known as green-striped squash) and even though I’ve sprayed each week, spots cover every leaf and stem. GRRRR. Update: see Growing Winter Squash Part 2, Kabocha & Cushaw. As you saw in […]

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August Harvest & Issues – 2 Episodes!

August Harvest & Issues – 2 Episodes!

| September 20, 2015 | Reply

August Harvest & Issues – 2 Episodes are the latest videos from Late Bloomer. From spaghetti squash and tomatoes in Part 1 to eggplant and tomatillo in Part 2, there’s loads to see on Late Bloomer. Each episode starts with a slideshow set to music: Part 1, everything that was blooming in August, Part 2, […]

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My Slice of Pepper Heaven

My Slice of Pepper Heaven

| September 7, 2015 | Reply

My slice of pepper heaven kicked off the Labor Day weekend. I was so busy on Friday, I’d forgotten to check on my, now, 19 pepper plants on my upstairs balcony. The disadvantage to growing them up there is it’s off the master bedroom, and I work downstairs and out front all day. (The advantage is fewer pests and more […]

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Top 5 Late Bloomer Lessons!

Top 5 Late Bloomer Lessons!

| August 19, 2015 | 6 Replies

Halfway through Season 4 of Late Bloomer and past the mid-point of my fourth summer garden, I think it’s high time to publish my Top 5 Late Bloomer Lessons (LBL’s)! LBL #1 –  Don’t bite off more than you can chew  An increasingly common thing has been happening to me lately. I was just in the Apple store and […]

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Cutting My Losses with Melons and Beans

Cutting My Losses with Melons and Beans

| July 28, 2015 | 8 Replies

Cutting My Losses with Melons and Beans – It seems the garden was healthy and lush for way too brief a time this July. The start of the month was stupendous and I was filled with expectation of two months of production before issues took over. In spite of all that I have learned in […]

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