First, a quick update on items just hanging out there.
Today's harvest (4 tomatoes, 8 beans -- what do you do with 8 beans?, some purple basil, and our first vine-ripened habanero):
See honey, I told you that outdoor shower would come in handy!
I removed all the leaves from the sage plant that showed signs of powdery mildew. I find it extremely odd that the pile of diseased leaves was larger than I had expected and that the plant didn't end up looking completely bald:
VPH mixed up a solution that I found on-line, which of course, I can't find again, but it was hot water, baking powder, and dish detergent. I hope it works. I would love to use neem oil, but I can't find it in a local garden center and purchasing it on-line doubles the cost with shipping and I just can't justify the expense to myself. I'll keep looking for it and maybe I'll be able to pick some up during a fall sale on-line.
The ugly tomato moved to the bastard garden:
I guess I haven't explained in a while that it only exists because VPH hates to destroy living plants. So it's sort of a way station on the way to the composter. Any time I say "Honey, please pull that plant and put it in the compost," -- because I can't bear to do it myself, he says, "Can I put it in my bastard garden?" And since it's behind the shed and out of sight, I really don't care what he does back there.
We took a trip to our local garden center on Saturday with 5 specific goals:
1. Buy a fern to replace the bleeding heart that was decimated by some sort of animal (perennials were 25% off). Preferably a tall fern and not one that costs $20.
2. Get some annuals to fill the planter table because the current contents look like crap.
3. Do not come home with mums -- you don't like them -- even if there is nothing else at the garden center DO NOT COME HOME WITH MUMS.
4. Find some seedlings for the empty container in the veggie garden. Not the ornamental kale that is advertised as on sale, get something that is actually edible.
5. Do not buy any herbs. You don't need them, they're at the end of their season. There isn't a lot of selection. Just pass by without looking!
3 out of 5 isn't bad. We got a great plant called a Branford fern which was developed right here in Branford, CT and it was only $6.50:
This is the time of year where the western side of the house gets about 20 minutes of sunlight right around the time I'm home for lunch so I finally got a decent shot of the shade garden:
Can anyone explain why the slugs love this hosta (I think that's slug damage):
And they totally ignore this one just feet away:
While I'm on this side of the house, the impatiens are doing a lot better (and I just gave them a little fertilizer so I expect more blooms):
This one's a little blurry:
I have to say I'm really proud of how the shade garden turned out and I can't wait to see the plants start filling out next year. I think I may still add some astilbe for color in the spring in the shade portion of this garden, but I'm not doing anything more with it now and I kind of want to keep it a perennial garden, so I have more research to do over the winter. I also have to figure out what's going in the sunny portion at the end of the walk over the retaining wall, but I have all winter to decide between herbs, vegetables, or flowers. I'm not going to try heather again, I read that it's really finicky in my climate and I'm pretty sure my soil just isn't right for it. Oh well, I knew not everything was going to make it through the summer.
Are you dying to know which 2 of the other 4 goals we were able to accomplish? You'll have to wait until tomorrow.