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How the corn has grown in a month !!

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How the corn has grown in a month !!

So yesterday I visited the garden plot at SCGC ( Scottsdale Community Garden Club) to see how the corn had grown during my 3 week trip to Europe.

As you can see below, it has come on along quite a bit !


The ears are forming nicely. 
Probably another week and it will be ready - yum !  The good thing about planting corn in late summer for fall harvesting, is that it does not seem to get the "worms" so much, that often plague spring corn. The "worms" are the larval stage of the Corn Borer - "Helicoverpa zea" - a moth that lays it eggs on the young  plants. I wonder if this time of planting does not tie in so much with the life cycle of the moth. Anyway, it does seem to not get as many worms - which works for me !! Another update and harvest time in a week - I hope ! Happy Gardening

Blog Hiatus

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😃 Blog Hiatus !

Many of you will have noticed I haven't posted anything for a good month or so.
Well.......I moved house and went to Europe for a month.
But I am back now and ready to start sharing more gardening stories, photos, recipes and ideas.

For now - here are a few photos from England - lovely Autumn flowers and scenes.

Arley Hall Gardens, Cheshire



My Parent's Garden

Update on my corn

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Update on my corn

This corn was planted about a month ago and has finally decided to start to grow a bit. Might have to do with the fact that I finally got the irrigation sorted out properly !!
Anyway, if it keeps up this rate of growth we should have corn ( hopefully) by the end of October.

It was planted in the brand new plot - if you look at the earlier blog posts you will see how I started with bare cracked earth (July 2nd) and gradually brought the soil back to life.

It is now about one foot tall. I will let you know how it progresses. Happy Gardening !!

New Gardening Video

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Hello Fellow Gardeners,
I have been busy this last couple of months making a new gardening video.
Water Wise Fall Desert Vegetable Gardening


Check it out and let me know what you think.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8OKhMSvb94&feature=youtu.be Happy Gardening !!

August update from the garden - Black Eyed Peas are ready !!

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August update from the garden - Black Eyed Peas are ready !!

If you remember, I planted my Black Eyed Peas at the end of May. Well, they not only survived the summer but have been growing so rapidly that I am now having to cut them back just so I can get along the pathways. It's a jungle out there in my garden at the moment !!

They are now producing pods like crazy, which is fantastic. I am growing them for the dried "peas" and if you also remember, the variety I am growing is an Heirloom - Bisbee Red, bought from Native Seed Search based in Tucson. http://www.nativeseeds.org/ For how to grow Black Eyed Peas, please refer to my earlier post form June 2017. Anyway, here are the pods in all their glory. Note smaller green pod in background, with larger "mature" dried pod in foreground.
Harvested dried pods. Bisbee Black Eyed Peas Some will be saved for next year's planting, the rest will be stored for future eating !! ( note, they must be thoroughly dried be…

New Blog information

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New Blog information

Hello blog readers, Some new information for you. As many of you will have ready, this blog is only a few months old, so not without the occasional hiccup ! Anyway, I have discovered that my followers are not getting an email when I post anything new, which is what is supposed to happen. So.....after consulting tech support ( my daughter), this problem has hopefully been rectified. Here's what you have to do - There should now be an option for people to follow me by email, but you must click on a link to sign up. Just click the search at the top (the little magnifying glass) and you will get the option to sign up for email as well. That way when I post anything new, you will get an email notification of the new posts. Hope this works for everyone. And as always, Happy Gardening !! (picture above is a new watercolor of mine - an Agave)

Garden Plot update - Third and final part !

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Garden Plot update - Third and final part !

So as you saw yesterday, we have just had a lot of lovely rain.

I have also just finished the final part of the soil renewal at the garden plot. Luckily for me, I did it before the rain on Sunday (July 23rd 2017) AND I planted some corn, so now I am very hopeful of good and delicious things to come !

Anyway, back to the soil.

Here are some photos documenting the third and final stage of the plot renewal and soil improvement. Please bear in mind that it takes 7 years, on average, to make good garden soil. So while this is a good start, it is going to be a continuous process as I go through the seasons.

You saw in the previous post about this subject that I had already soaked the soil so that was ready to receive amendments. I amended the soil with steer manure and coffee grounds. You can purchase bags of manure, but at the community garden we get it in bulk. I also added some mushroom compost that I had purchased. This is fantastic stuff if…