I had to take back my new mini tiller to Sears today; it would not start. I was tilling the other day and the tines became filled with Bermuda grass; all wrapped around. The tiller died and I cleaned the tines but it would not start. Started yesterday for 1 min. and died again; to never start again.
Here’s something I learned about the gas you put in your gas-powered equipment. The gas today has some Ethanol in it, usually 10%, but if it is over 30 days old in your gas container (can) or container on you equipment DO NOT USE IT. The gas becomes like varnish according to the man at Sears I spoke with. He said, “that is the biggest killer of these small engine machines.” The instruction book specified to not use gas older than 30 days but never said why. I do hope that is not what is wrong with my tiller. The gas was about 45 days old. We shall see. Sears is sending it off to have it looked at and will let me know before the end of the month. We do still have the big (OLD) tiller I can use if I can get it started.
In the mean time the grass in growing in the garden as are the vegetables. It is almost time to dig up the onions. The tops are drying out. I pulled up two today to have for supper and they were small. I don’t expect to have much of an onion crop this year since it was so dry.
My Dad is anxious for me to dig up the potatoes. I pulled one up on Thursday and the potatoes were small. I am hoping this rain we’ve been getting will help the along. The plants are still green, but are starting to sag to the ground since the blooms died.
I went out in the light rain around 7 p.m. yesterday to sprinkle 10-20-10 fertilizer on the ends of the corn and green bean rows. I don’t know why but the back ends of the rows are not doing as well as the front ends of the rows. The garden does tilt slightly toward the front, perhaps it is getting more water there. 10-20-10 melts when it gets wet and soaks into the ground. We got another good rain last night. YEAH! Today was hot again though. I love to garden but I love cool/cold winter weather just as much.
I recently posted a picture of last years Queen Annes Lace out by our mail box. This years is bigger and prettier. It is rounded instead of flat. I did some research on the internet and couldn’t find any Queen Annes Lace that looked like this. I thought it might be something else but I ran out of surfing/hunting time this morning. I am keeping an eye on it to see, as it ages, if it will go flat like the others growing 7 ft. away from it. Here’s two views:
Yesterday I posted a picture of the tater bug invading my potato plants. Today I looked him up and found out he’s called a Colorado Potato Beetle.
Here is an excellent link about them with info on how to get rid of them..
I finally tilled the garden this evening. We’ve been having chances of rain for the past couple of days and all we got here were sprinkles. The temps have gone down for this week to the mid 70s. I am loving it! The garden is flourishing and as I was tilling I saw I had a sweet banana pepper on one plant. I pulled up a few radishes yesterday. I really need to plant more. The volunteer squash plants continue to bloom, but no squash yet.
I mentioned potato bugs in my last post and today I worked on getting rid of them. Instead of opting for pesticides I went plant by plant looking for eggs and bugs. I used my scissors to cut the adult bugs in half and I trimmed the leaves off with the babies & eggs on them; placing them in a bucket. I took the bucket and dumped it in the woods AWAY from the house. I’m sure I didn’t get them all so I’ll have to keep an eye on the plants. I would still love any suggestions on removing them other than picking them off.
Here’s a pic. of the bug whos babies were eating the leaves off my potato plants.
COLORADO POTATO BEETLE
It’s been a VERY busy last few days. My Dad is now home from Rehab and is doing well with his new knee. The garden is showing my lack of attention.
Potato bugs are on my potato plants. Any suggestions out there on a quick REMOVAL and killing the eggs?? The plants currently look great and a few are flowering.
The garden is in desperate need of tilling and I HATE hot weather so I am waiting till this evening. Todays high is supposed to be 91 degrees. UGH!
The rest of the garden is looking really good. I am quite pleased.
Flowering potato plants.
We’ve had rain here in AR all week with a promise today for it to stop. I took a peek in the garden yesterday and the radish seeds are showing their green tops. The potatoes continue to hide in the ground. I am concerned that they have rotted from all the rain. Our garden has sandy soil and the run off from the rain has been good. I can’t tell that it has washed away any of the soil. Perhaps all they need is a few days of sun shine to pop out of the ground.
The local Harps/PriceCutter grocery stores have their plants now. I bought my cucumbers, sweet peppers from there last yr. and they did great. I think I’ll get them from there again if they look like good plants. I’ll have to look at the planting calendar to see the good planting day for above ground crops and buy accordingly.
A link to the 2012 Planting Calendar is at the top of this page above the picture of last yrs. cabbage plants.