Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Garden blog

Starting a log of when and what we are doing to the garden, for future reference.

February 15:Started seeds in seed starter. Note: No need to start marigolds or okra for three more weeks.

April 1: Transplant into seed start soil mix. Note: should have done about two weeks sooner, around mid March. Started bringing plants out to greenhouse when sun/heat were appropriate.

May 5: Planted Garden....about two weeks late but extreme rain delayed. Fertilized with naturesafe. Planted marigolds in and around garden for pest control.

May 10: Fertilized with Naturesafe. realized eggplants are being eaten and need to make garlic oil spray and spray them asap. Should have sprayed after day two of planting. Garlic oil spray recipe:

* Three to four cloves of garlic
* Mineral oil
* Strainer or cheesecloth
* Liquid dish soap
* Water
* Spray bottle

To make garlic oil spray, mince or finely chop three to four cloves of garlic, and add them to two teaspoons of mineral oil. Let this mixture sit for 24 hours. Strain out the garlic pieces, and add the remaining liquid to one pint of water. Add one teaspoon of liquid dish soap. This mixture can be stored and diluted as needed. When you need to spray, use two tablespoons of the mixture added to one pint of water in a spray bottle.