Week 7 – Reporting from MCP Farm

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Hello gardeners, we’ll pick up where we left on last week’s post about our Pepper plants at the Mid City Prescott Farm. It’s been 6 weeks since we planted those seedlings and unfortunately they are not thriving as everything else is at the garden. If we could make one exception, it would be the red bell pepper plants; however any other type of pepper has struggled to adapt to a new environment.

I think part of the problem might be overwatering, which put us in a pickle situation since all other crops sharing the water line are doing great. I will try getting more red bell pepper seedlings and just stick to that variety and see what happens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our fruit trees are looking great, all have new buds, no signs of mildew or foes, and a couple of citrus trees are displaying a few fruits.

 

These zucchinis are out of control (in a great way tho), I proceeded to do a massive pruning session to the fan leaves and also to prevent the plants from growing into each other which is something cucurbitaceaes don’t enjoy too much. They are kind of territorial so it is important to use some support system to allowed them to climb instead of just spread occupying too much ground.  This picture is before the session, unfortunately my thumb and phone screen didn’t connect well for the after session picture, apologies for that.

I’ve also ran into baby hornworms as the tomato plants grow and look tastier, flowering but not yet producing fruits. We’ll see next week. So I decided to use a homemade organic pesticide with 4 ingredients: Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap, Apple Cider Vinegar, Ground Cayenne Pepper and Water. Using a sprayer to evenly apply from underneath the plant, trying to reach the bottom of the leaves and stems, as well as the soil around the plants.

  • 3T Apple cider Vinegar
  • 1T Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap
  • 1T Cayenne Pepper

 

Still waiting for our California native wildflowers to come up on those rows with more shade, excited to see how that goes. Trimming the top of all herbs to avoid them going into flowering too early since the weather has been overcast and not too sunny. Until next week gardeners, thanks for reading!

 

 

David Ames

David Ames

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