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Monday, July 18, 2016

Good grief, they are double in size again

I got to the garden again after a few days, only to see huge plants just going like crazy.  These sunflowers are from seeds which I saved from last year's one giant sunflower plant.

Five days ago, they were only this tall! 
I learned that the leaves catch those strings and just pull them up to the sky with them! So yesterday I unhitched them, since they were just to keep the plants from falling over.  They are still loosely supported.

 A couple of zinnias (left lower plants with buds) were included with the "wildflowers to attract pollinators" packet. I didn't weed that area, so all kinds of things may be coming up.  Does anyone know what the lacy leaf plant is?

The ornamental pepper is producing a lot of leaves, as well as the basil.  Pesto anyone? The catnip on the right is blooming.   I may dry some again.  The last time my cat wasn't interested.

There were smaller sunflowers as part of the polinator packer as well...and they seem to attract the bugs.  I sprayed everything except them, with a mixture of garlic powder and a little dish soap.  But we had a good rain the following night, so I should go do it again, if I want to deter any critters on my veggies.

The tomato plants are also rampant at creating leaves.  I started pinching off some of them, I think they are called suckers, the secondary leaves that come at each branching.  Now just to get them to make blossoms!

Beans aren't doing half as well as I hoped, not like those sunflowers.  Perhaps they are in the shade of their taller neighbors.  I'm pleased with my 12 foot patch of earth however.  I keep harvesting basil and freezing it.

Today's quote:

Change your thinking to knowing that your life matters and that you are important.
Daily Om


  1. Nice garden! I've never tried my cats on home grown dried catnip because the love the pots with their fresh leaves.

  2. I think the lacy thing is a weed. We have some that comes up in our little garden too. My zinnia's are growing and flowering like crazy. They are attracting lots of bees and butterflies.

  3. I believe the lacy leaves are cosmos flowers, one of my favorites because of the lacy leaves and delicate petals.

  4. Barbara -- Wow all that lovely growth in your 12 foot garden! I was just talking with a gardener two days ago about suckers. I went home and found this good article about removing them. Removing sucker is not good according to this garden writer and he tells why -- an interesting article. Enjoy. -- barbara


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