Category: Plant Diseases

Two New Growing Peppers Videos

Two New Growing Peppers Videos

| November 20, 2017 | Reply

I have two new growing peppers videos, which detail the complete start to finish experience. This year I grew 36 pepper plants, about 16 varieties, and all looked good till the end of August. While I was away for two nights at the National Heirloom Expo, 31 plants got attacked by leaf miner. My two […]

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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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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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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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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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Living with Powdery Mildew

Living with Powdery Mildew

| May 28, 2015 | 2 Replies

Living with Powdery Mildew (PM). I’ve accepted it. I have to live with powdery mildew on my edible crops. There was a time I thought I could get a handle on it, rise above PM, win out. But, even though I used a preventative spray on my seedlings this year, my new tomato transplants still […]

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Late Bloomer – Summer Garden Wrap-up

Late Bloomer – Summer Garden Wrap-up

| December 9, 2013 | Reply

Late Bloomer – Summer Garden Wrap-up covers the resolution of Kaye’s big mildew on cucurbits (squash, pumpkin, melons, cucumber) after a visit to friend Dorothy’s squash patch in the 20 degree hotter San Fernando Valley, plus seeding and planting her third winter garden. When the goldfinches have had their fill of the amaranth, the area of […]

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