Pest Control – Aphids

As things started to get warm this summer (i.e. late June), we got some major aphid infestations.  I didn’t catch it right away and it was pretty bad on my cabbage. I used an organic spray called EcoSMART which contains Rosemary Oil, Peppermint Oil, Thyme Oil, and Clove Oil.  It doesn’t smell very bad.  They…

Summer 2013 Report – Cabbage

The cabbage was moderately successful.  We’ll try again next year and should be able to do better.  I planted three white cabbage and three red cabbage plants. The red cabbage was growing well and then got a rather large aphid infestation.  I was able to fight the infestation but didn’t catch it until it had…

Summer 2013 Report – Broccoli

This was a failure.  I’ve heard that broccoli is not a summer plant.  That seems to be the case.  It started to flower early and while I had four plants that all grew well, there was little edible broccoli produced. What I did get tasted bitter.  I’m assuming that’s because it was just about to…

Summer 2013 Report – Peppers

I planted four different pepper plants, three chile peppers and one bell pepper. The chile pepper plants took a while but eventually produced a lot of peppers.  These were great on salads and other foods, not too spicy.  But they were spicy enough that you couldn’t eat a lot at one time.  Jenny pickled a…

Summer 2013 Report – Cucumbers

As Jenny reported, the cucumbers were easy to deal with and produced TONS of cucumbers.  I planted four of these and they took over a four by four section of the raised bed and spread over the sides as well. No special care was required.  It may look like there are no cucumbers.  Then once…