Thursday, July 26, 2007

First Ripe Tomatoes for 2007

Should I be proud of this crop? I hope I do better in the future. I will keep you all posted on my progress. Click X to see picture.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Gardening magic

My son tells me if I use Scott's Starter fertilizer most of my gardening problems will end. Will it keep the rabbits away? What about the catepillars that are eating my broccoli? Will it stop my zucs from dying. Time will tell. He sure was right about using it on my hybiscus plants. They are green and healthy with lots of flowers.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Definition of "Woo"

0. Old geezer, fishing and gardening nut, computer nut (picture at left)
1. to seek the favor, affection, or love of, esp. with a view to marriage.
2. to seek to win: to woo fame.
3. to invite (consequences, whether good or bad) by one's own action; court: to woo one's own destruction.
4. to seek to persuade (a person, group, etc.), as to do something; solicit; importune. –verb (used without object)
5. to make love to a woman; court: He went wooing.
6. to solicit favor or approval; entreat: Further attempts to woo proved useless.

Gardening Insanity

My wife is sure I lost my mind. Recently I counted the tomato plants I have scattered around my house in various gardens. I came up with 98 plants. Wow, that is a lot of tomatoes. I could easily have a crop of over 1000 tomatoes. That is one hell of a lot of tomato sauce. Maybe I will sell them on the Internet with my shallots. So far these plants are doing well and are loaded with green tomatoes. I guess old age is getting to me.

Friday, July 20, 2007

July Gardening Problems and Successes

Not all problems. Tomatoes are growing well and peppers are doing better. I have harvested some string beans, but some critters have been eating them. Zucs continue to be a mystery. Two hills have produced some nice ones, but new fruit is yellowing off and dying before it develops. Plants seem to be OK. Another hill in a different location is huge with lots of flowers, but no zucs are developing. I had same problem last year. Could it be the lack of bees? Broccoli never produced any big heads though I did get some good side shoots for eating. Caterpillars were a bad problem which I just did not keep after. They ended up destroying the plants. They also have been eating my turnips, but most of them are doing OK. Onions were great. Lots of scallions early, and I am harvesting mature onions now. I have been planting tomatoes where I pulled up the onions. I have back up tomato plants in my green house. I did this last year and even though I planted the tomatoes very late they still produced some fruit. My Shallots seem to be doing OK, and I will start harvesting them very soon. My asparagus garden is doing well, and I should be able to start picking them next year. They are the best veggie. They just keep coming up every year. Only problem is it takes a couple of years for the original plantings to mature so you can harvest. I am looking forward to my first ripe tomato. This is my most important crop since I make loads of spaghetti sauce every year. Let me know how you are doing and any advice concerning my problems. Click pictures at bottom of the page to see videos related to gardening. Go back to the top of page after clicking to view the video.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Woo's Fishing at Cape Cod

I have not been fishing too much lately since they closed Nauset beach due to the Piping Plovers. Also we have had company at the house. I went out this morning to Pleasant Bay and got 2 stripers. Both fish were about 25 inches - not too bad for this year. One bass came completely out of the water and landed on my Lewy hooking himself in the eye. It was a spectacular hook up since he hit right in front of me. Not a great morning, but enjoyable. I fished from 6:00 am to 7:40 am.