A Little Bit of Gardening…

I haven’t been able to work on the garden in a while. Today I was able to do a little bit, today… although I still have to fix up my third vegetable bed for the fall vegetables.

I did my monthly Coleus pot moves, moving some of the pots in the front patio back to the back and some pots from the back to be highlighted in the front. That way everyone gets their time in the spotlight…

The Coleus are in bloom now. I’ve been clipping the flowers back, but for some of the varieties that are past their prime, I’m letting them go.

I did notice that one of them is close to dead. I’ve had trouble with Coleus ‘Fishnet Stockings’ since the spring. For some reason the mealy bugs really like it and have been attacking no matter how much i try to spray them out. So I took some cuttings to see if I can start some off to over-winter.

I also sowed four six packs of Sugar Snap Peas and Dwarf Gray Peas (a Snow Pea)… I was gonna sow some lettuce and chard and other greens, but my Mom wanted to go grocery shopping, go I had to go. I’ll plant those tomorrow.

  • Your coleus rotation sounds very sensible. I have a couple that I just don’t care for very much, and I think I’m going to let mine go.

    • I also realized that I hardly have free space to plant plants, so containers are, like you said, more sensible. What Coleus are you letting go?

      • ‘Night Skies,’ ‘Fright Night,’ and a couple of not especially distinguished cuttings from the ‘Wizard’ series.

  • I’m sorry to hear about ‘Fishnet Stockings’…I was kinda interested in getting that one next year. It looks similar to ‘Gay’s Delight’ to me, though, which has done really well for me (whatta surprise *g*)

    • You should still try it, since it one of the more dramatic Coleus. I probably just got a weak plant, so the mealy bugs just really liked it. I quarantined the cutting with plastic bags in the hopes that the mealy bugs won’t spread.

      It’s funny too, because my Gay’s Delight cuttings from last year was giving me trouble… actually the mealy bugs were attacking mine like crazy. I did the same thing and took baby cuttings and happily those survived and are doing well.

  • I should’ve planted some peas already, but I couldn’t get to it. It’s sad to think we’ll probably have a killing frost here within a month. I really am not ready for fall. … I’ve had lots of trouble with mealy bugs and powdery mildew this summer for some reason. I’ve switched sprays. I hate using chemicals so much, but it’s about the only thing I can do at this point.

    P.S. It’s really good to hear from you. I’ve missed your posts and comments. :)

    • Thanks, turtleinashell… I know I’ve been gone a lot and not been posting much (and not reading much from my friend’s list) :( Unfortunately, I’ve just had a lot to deal with with work and the failed house purchase…

      You sure get a frost early (relative to our area)… Our peas usually last through the winter. I’m hoping by planting early, they’ll grow well and we can get a double harvest (fall and spring)…

      I don’t like using chemicals too… I would rather just let the plant go or try to take a cutting like I did with the Fishnet Stocking Coleus.