Tag: powdery mildew

My Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe

My Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe

| September 11, 2016 | Reply

My Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe, or I should say, the one I have used for years, comes from Vegetarian Gourmet Cookery by Alan Hooker, who developed the recipes over a number of years at the legendary Ranch House Restaurant in Ojai, California. I vary the recipe in this way: I don’t use sugar, my tomatoes […]

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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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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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Growing Heirloom Tomatoes Part 4!

Growing Heirloom Tomatoes Part 4!

| December 19, 2014 | 2 Replies

Growing Heirloom Tomatoes Part 4 covers the bounty of August, both in many pounds of colorful tomatoes and lots of issues from catfacing to sunscald and brown widow spiders. Did you know they are taking over Southern California? Don’t miss the very cool original music of Late Bloomer composer Jon Pileggi! Growing Heirloom Tomatoes Part […]

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Growing Sweet Peas Parts 1 & 2

Growing Sweet Peas Parts 1 & 2

| April 4, 2014 | 5 Replies

Growing Sweet Peas was my main preoccupation with my third winter garden. I grew four varieties last year and had such good luck, I tripled the number of vines and doubled the number of varieties. In other words, I went for broke! All through December, I had gorgeous white and magenta blossoms. Beginning of January, […]

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Late Bloomer Lesson #1 for Garden Issues

Late Bloomer Lesson #1 for Garden Issues

| July 26, 2013 | 3 Replies

Late Bloomer Lesson #1 for Garden Issues covers a problem that has arisen in July in the Late Bloomer Garden. If you have downloaded my free ebook, “10 Steps to a Great First Garden,” (sign-up box on right), you will have heard of my LBL’s, or Late Bloomer Lessons. The beautiful, wondrous and sometimes frustrating thing about […]

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Cucurbit Issues, or Trouble in the Parkway

Cucurbit Issues, or Trouble in the Parkway

| September 6, 2012 | 10 Replies

I was doing some research last night trying to find out what was wrong with my lemon tree. Though I have more than a dozen green lemons developing, the leaves don’t look so good. I decided to take a closer look. On the undersides of a few leaves, I saw cottony puffs and an ant madly […]

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What’s New!

What’s New!

| April 27, 2012 | 1 Reply

If you have watched “Curbside Cauliflower” – Episode 2 of “Late Bloomer,” you know I am growing cauliflower in the parkway, and you heard me say, “One morning, you go out and it looks like this…and the next morning, this is staring back at you.” And there is a photo of a fully-formed white cauliflower […]

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