Diary of an Average Gardener

Keep Tomatoes Staked

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staked Tomatoes

This year my tomato plants are the healthiest I've had in a long time. Even with the Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus and Early Blight. In fact, they are soooo big that they are overtaking each other. The leaves are extremely dense which contributes to the spread of Blight and TSWV. Also, with the plants so [...]

Powdery Mildew

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Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew is a common garden problem. It is a common name for several different varieties of fungi and can infect a multitude of garden plants, including perennials, ornamental shrubs, fruit trees, and vegetables. I have found it on my squash plants and my garden phlox.  The bad news is that there really is no [...]

Tomato Hornworm

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very large tobacco hornworm

  One of a gardener's worst nightmares is the tomato hornworm. It's a huge caterpillar. When I say huge, I mean huge! They can reach 4 inches long by 1/2 inch in diameter; however, they can get bigger. Look at the size of this one.     They are green...like a leaf, so they are [...]

Tomato Early Blight

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early blight

Early Blight affects tomatoes and other garden vegetables (peppers and potatoes). Blight is a fungus which lives in the soil and is not easily removed, especially here in the South where the winters are not typically cold enough to kill the fungus. Early Blight typically starts at the bottom of the plant and untreated will [...]

Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

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Tomato spotted wilt virus

I check out my garden every morning and it's a good thing I do. In early June I found a couple of my tomato plants that had some brownish spots and brown areas on the leaves. Most of the leaves were on the top of one plant. On closer examination I found similar spots on [...]

Spring? The Daffodils say, YES!

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daffodil

The weather warmed up today, so I took a walk through the back yard. "And what to my wandering eyes did appear?" Daffodils! So spring must be close, even though it's only the middle of February. I know we'll have more cold weather, but here in Georgia, Spring has been known to happen in February. [...]

Starting Seeds

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Time to start seeds

Tomorrow is Feb 1st. That's seed starting day. So, I can be ready for the middle of March. The middle of March.....what can you plant then?  Don't forget, I live just north of Atlanta and the onions, chard and other cooler weather items need to be ready to plant. We still get frost in March, [...]

Pansies in the Snow

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Pansies in Snow

Snow, ice, and long term below freezing temperatures in Atlanta. Not nice, not nice at all. In fact....it was down right nasty. I hear all you people from the North making light of our 2 inches of snow. In fact, if I still lived in Ohio, I would be laughing too. However, I moved to [...]