Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Rain and beans

This morning was very dreary, cloudy and damp from last night's rain. I picked off another half dozen Japanese beetles – drowned them in soapy water. I guess the garlic didn't work. Allegedly the smell of the corpses deters more from coming. We'll see…

I'm glad for the rain (I don't have to water so often), but it's not good for my fungus infected strawberry plants. I got a copper spray for them. It will, of course, only stop the fungus from spreading. The infected spots will remain infected. I'll remove them when I get a chance.

Look at how well the mints (bottom center) are doing! It might be time for a mojito party!
And the lemon thyme (at the top) is spilling out of the planter. No idea what I'm going to do with all of it.

I got my first harvest of green beans. And it looks like many more are on the way!


  1. I am always so impressed with the lushness of your balcony! Don't drink all the mojitos in one sitting, you'll make a lot of it with all that mint!

    Aren't there mint jelly recipes, too? I started growing mint because I wanted to make chocolate mints--take a leaf, dip it in molten chocalte, let it dry, dip and dry again until you get the desired chocolate thickness. Then eat or give out in baggies as gifts for the holidays or something.

  2. I love your Balcony!!!!! It's awesome, I actually grow many vegetables as well, but in a city lot with 6 wooden planter boxes. I love it :) I live in Nova Scotia, Canada!!

  3. I'm amazed at what you're doing with that deck. You're doing great!

  4. Thank you all!

    I'm pretty happy with the mojito I made from the mint the other day. Wish I had a lime tree ;)

  5. AMAZING!!! i am admiring, envious and in awe.

  6. Your garden is GORGEOUS! Wow, I am so impressed that you're doing all of this for the first time. I started container gardening this year as well and am really enjoying my small garden of tomatoes, peppers, mint, and basil. Unfortunately, I'm having trouble with my hot peppers too.

    Keep it up!!

  7. I think in order for the home made garlic repellent to work on deterring pest, you need to spray it regularly, around once a week, especially after the rain. cos the smell could be washed away by water.