August, 2010

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Bougainvillea + Miracle Gro

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

There is one thing that loves being blasted by the August heat, and that is bougainvillea. Mine have been blooming all summer. I followed a tip I got at Shoal Creek Nursery one day. Miracle GroThey have amazing hanging baskets of bougainvilleas, spilling over with blooms. I asked how they achieved that, and the guy there said the woman that supplies the plants to them feeds them at every watering with a 1/4 strength solution of Miracle Gro. So I got some and have been doing the same (I use 1/2 tsp of Miracle Gro–the small end of the scoop that comes with the fertilizer–in the watering can I have, which holds 2 gallons of water). My bougies are in smallish clay pots on the west side of the house, so they need water every morning in this heat. And I feed them the Miracle Gro every morning. Seems to work pretty well. Yeah yeah, not organic, but it’s only for containers, and I go organic everywhere else….

White Bougainvillea

Austin Bougainvillea

Fall Tomatoes Planted

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

I popped a couple of the fall tomatoes into the ground today. Seeds were planted on 6/26. Removed the Black Krim that never did anything and replaced it with an Aunt Ginny’s Purple. Then added one more plant to the garden, a Cherokee Purple. Am leaving the cherry tomatoes and the Japanese Black Trifele because they still seem to be doing pretty well, so hopefully will be producing through the fall. Not sure about the Bush Early Girl yet, it’s a bit spindly, but still producing. May replace it here soon. Don’t have room for any more plants, so will have to sacrifice it if I want to try a different variety for Fall.

Austin Summer Tomato Plants

Slightly Crispy in the August Heat

Tomato Update

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Surprisingly, the tomatoes are still going pretty well. The cherries I expected to keep producing through the August heat, but am surprised that the non-cherry varieties are not doing too poorly either. Am getting decent tomatoes off the Japanese Black Trifele and somewhat decent tomatoes from the Bush Early Girl. The JBTs are juicy and seem normal (tho I have never grown them before, so not sure what normal is), but the Early Girls are sort of not fully plumped out with juicy tomato innards–there is a gap between the seed gel stuff and the outer tomato wall. I’m assuming this may be due to the hot conditions, not sure. But the JBTs are not showing any signs of this–are juicy through and through. The JBTs I’m getting are weighing in at about 3 oz. Pretty small, but one is enough to fill out a couple of turkey sandwiches.

Japanese Black Trifele Tomato

Japanese Black Trifele

Japanese Black Trifele Tomato

Japanese Black Trifele

Central Texas Tomatoes

Sungold, White Currant, JBT and BEG