And Gold Bond Powder. Yesterday I posted about critters eating my melon leaves and what to do about it. One gardener wrote that she puffed Gold Bond Medicated Powder (the cheap store brand) on her melon leaves, and the cucumber beetles (or whatever critter was chowing down) left her plants alone. Apparently they didn’t like either the menthol or the powder. Figured it was worth a try. If it killed the plants, well, the bugs would have done that anyway, right? So I misted the leaves and dusted with powder, and it didn’t look like there were any new holes today. Couldn’t say for sure, so I cut all the chewed leaves off and dusted again. This way, I’ll know for sure if it worked or not. I’m hoping it does, cuz those critters decimated the poor melons last year. I’ll let you know.
Before I get on with the flowers, got a quick question. I’ve mentioned previously that we were thinking of moving into a bigger home here in the park. We’ve decided that since it’s unlikely we’ll be getting out of this god-forsaken Valley any time soon, we might as well buy something. There are a bunch of foreclosed homes down here, so we can probably find something nice that we can still afford. So, the question becomes, am I a total garden geek for spending until 3 am this morning “daydreaming” about how I want my garden when we actually do get a house? I mean, really. I have no idea at all what kind of space I’ll have, and here I am planning a garden already. What kind of sense does that make? LOL!
Pics and more
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First, the side of the stairs container garden. Got one lone Bachelor Button still hanging in there. The mini roses are blooming. Aren’t they cute? The night-blooming jasmine I bought last year has grown quite a bit since I put it in Al’s Gritty Mix in a whiskey half-barrel. The gaillardia are blooming like crazy; salvia and lantana are blooming nicely too. Oh, the white thing around that one pot is a wind shield I rigged up. I planted some cosmos Sonata seeds in there, but it’s been so windy that the seeds that did sprout just dried up and died. Or blew away, maybe. Planted some more, and this time put the sun/wind shield around it. Hope it works.
Speaking of night-blooming jasmine, it’s blooming right now. When I open the door at night, it smells like…sugar, kind of. Reminds me of how cotton candy smells when it’s being made.
A branch of jasmine buds
Side-of-the-stairs from the top.
This little guy stayed still long enough to get a pic while I was out with the camera yesterday.
Butterflies love gaillardia.
Butterfly garden, beginnings…
Speaking of butterflies, here’s the humble beginnings of my butterfly garden. The pots with the pipes are cleome. As I’ve mentioned, it tends to be windy here, so I expect I’ll have to stake the cleome. The windowbox has Carpet Cosmos, which are only supposed to grow 6″ tall, and in the middle, 3 red penta. Two of the seeds have sprouted, but the babies are really small, about the size of thyme when it first sprouts. Hope they make it. The black container has just-transplanted blue salvia and some Cosmos Bright Lights seeds. The round pot has blue ageratum seeds, just planted today. The seeds are so tiny, and it was so windy, that I was afraid to try to plant them until the wind died down a bit. Also want to try zinnia, Cosmos Sonata mix, and maybe even a tithonia. Don’t tell me it won’t do well in a container; I refuse to accept that until I try! More on that as it evolves. Need more potting soil first; hoping to go get it tomorrow.
Mums and gazania
A while ago, I posted about dividing mums and gazania. Here’s a pic of the windowbox, blooming like crazy. I swear, I cut off all the buds when I divided the mums, but they would not be denied. They wanted to bloom, so I’m letting them. I think we probably have a long enough growing season to let them bloom again in fall. Seen it happen before with my mums.
I guess that’s about all she wrote, for now. Tired after staying up too late tomorrow, so g’nite, y’all.