garden link upHappy Friday to you! I missed you and your gardens last week. Since we were on our way to Berlin, I figured one week off from gardening could do us all good!

Thankfully, my seedlings were forgiving about us being gone for a few days and they are still growing like mad. With May 1st being just around the corner, I’m already thinking about hardening them up now. And we’re supposed to have some nicer weather this weekend so it should be a good time to start that process.

The green beans are at least two feet tall now, and the vast majority of the seeds have opened. There were a few that didn’t do much of anything, but that’s just how it goes with seeds.

The tomato plants are looking great and I can almost taste the fresh ‘maters already…although it will be quite a few more months before that becomes reality.

Eventually, almost all of the peppers did end up sprouting, so I’m glad I didn’t do anything radical in the meantime. A few of the watermelon plants and the okras are getting ravished by stupid bugs so that is on my to attack list for the weekend.

I seriously have to wonder where these things come from. Are they on the seeds already? Or in the dirt? These plants have never been outside, yet they are COVERED in whiteflies. I didn’t even notice them for a while until I was watering them and the oh-so-well-known white cloud fluttered out from the bottom of the leaves. Ugh.


So today I’ve also go to pull out my neem oil and see about mixing up some of my own natural pesticide (which also happens to be a fungicide). I’ve been out of the gardening game for so many months that I almost forgot about neem. But it’s a really great oil to use for purposes like this — and it works against aphids too. But you do have to reapply after rains, of course…and spray about once weekly to keep up the battle.

What is your garden up to?

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