Re: [gardeners] A postage stamp garden

Margaret Lauterbach (
Mon, 31 Aug 1998 07:14:05 -0600

>Next to this plant there are 11 bok choy plants, all of them ready to
>use simultaneously, of course. I don't think it lends itself to 

Penny, Joy Larkcom says you can dry it for later use in soups or you could
make kimchee.  If you don't have her book on Oriental Vegetables, you
should have.  
>Then we have one cherry tomato, Sweet 100's. Problem is that 
>Jimmie, in his enthusiasm, has lifted the branches up off the 
>ground and enclosed that plant with rigid wire. Now I cannot
>get my paws in there, to pick the tomatoes!  

Can you convince him to remove the cage?  He's trying to keep the tomatoes
off the ground, but in that case a better way would be to slide large
pieces of cardboard under the plant to protect the fruit.

We have one green pepper plant from which we are now getting peppers
>#6 & 7. Today a major branch has broken off, nobody knows how.   Of
>course, if one goes in to weed, there's no telling what harm besides 
>damaged rootlets might occur.... 

Pepper plants are very brittle, Penny.  I use those three-ring "tomato"
cage things on peppers and eggplants.  They're far too flimsy to hold up my
6-foot tomato vines, but are useful for peppers and eggplants.  Some places
sell them two for 1$ in spring or fall.  
>But the biggest mystery of all is the watermelons. I planted a hill of 3,
>and as of last week, there were two adorable melons growing. Jimmie
>decided that they should not sprawl on the ground when we use soaker
>hoses, so he carefully stuck a 4 x 4 sheet of rigid wire underneath, and
>placed all the watermelon vines and melons on top. Three days ago they
>looked terrific! Yesterday they were rotted and disintegrating. They had
>been larger than an orange and smaller than a grapefruit. BTW, we have
>had zero rain.  Everything is in full sun. 

Perhaps he introduced them to anthracnose if he moved them while the plants
were wet.
>Technically, the veggie garden is his baby. Very small (Alpine
>and raspberries, and one real tomato plant (unknown -- they all come to 
>a point..) plus all of the above.) There had been super scallions, the
>ate ALL the snow peas to the ground, and the lettuce was so very bitter
>we threw it all away. But Jim luvs his garden, and I can only encourage
>Penny, NY
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