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Garden Work In Dry Summer
Garden Work In Dry Summer

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Such a different summer


What the 2006 season was like is hard to say for sure. Harvestable? For some cultures, yes. But there were also failures. He was different. Our dacha is located on the Karelian Isthmus, and therefore we start work two weeks later than, say, gardeners whose plots are located south of the Gulf of Finland. I know this because I live in Peterhof and can compare.

May was very unstable - it was very warm, then it rained, and there were nights down to -5 ° С. Still, the main crops were done on time. Carrots, beets, celery, dill, parsley were sown. Apple trees, plums, cherries did not bloom. And the few apples that did grow turned out to be completely inedible. I think this is due to the lack of moisture. After all, June and August were almost without rain. Our wells are dry.

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I even had to buy water or carry it in buckets from a reservoir 100 meters away along with tadpoles and green algae. The lack of water affected the harvest of currants, gooseberries, raspberries. By autumn, the fruits of red and black mountain ash, viburnum, hawthorn were semi-dry. There was no desire to collect them. But the sea buckthorn surprised: the harvest was very good. There were enough berries for harvesting for three families, and on the tops were sea buckthorn berries for the birds.

I harvest sea buckthorn for the winter like this: I fill small containers to the top with berries, and then fill them with granulated sugar on top and leave them at room temperature for 3-4 days. During this time, the berries secrete enough juice. Banks can be stored in the refrigerator. It turns out a miracle juice with berries.

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About tomatoes. Last season, I decided to sow tomatoes, the name of which mainly sounds like St. Petersburg: Nevsky Prospect, White Nights, Nevsky Extra, Bronze Horseman, Tsarskoselsky, Admiralteisky, Leningradsky large-fruited.

And she sowed tomato seeds Chocolate, Sanka, Milady. I usually sow tomatoes with dry seeds at the end of March. I water them with a strong solution of potassium permanganate. They sprout in seven to eight days. I dive when two real sheets appear, and in separate containers - I have square plastic cups with a bottom slide out. Therefore, I practically do not violate a clod of earth with roots. I try to bring the land from the dacha, and I take the sand from the quarry. I plant varieties of low, early and mid-season.

I have been preparing the beds since autumn. I plant seedlings on them in early June. I try to make it before June 10. I put plastic arches over the beds and cover with foil. The arcs are convenient because you can change the bed every year, renewing the soil.

In 2005, I received a prize from the Poisk SPb company for my participation in the Summer Season competition - a set of mineral fertilizers for various crops, including tomatoes. Here I used them. I like it. The harvest is good. Almost all tomatoes ripened on the bushes last summer. There was no phytophthora.

In one of the issues of the Flora Price magazine, an experienced gardener Yu. V. Petrov told about his experiment on growing tomatoes in leaky buckets. I decided to repeat his experience. I planted the same tomatoes as in the greenhouse - 5 pieces. My result was not very successful. The plants grew smaller, and the fruits were smaller, and they turned out to be smaller. It seems to me that in a cooler summer, the result would be higher, then the soil in the bucket would heat up faster and better, the plants would develop faster. And so they needed more watering, over the summer they had to add soil two or three times under the bushes. The roots are trapped in the bucket. The earth heats up quickly, the water evaporates. Do not loosen the soil. But that's my opinion.


Peppers and eggplants in 2006 planted one bed. I also sow them with dry seeds in mid-April. Germination in 7-10 days. I dive, like tomatoes, into the same plastic cups.

I land on a permanent place until June 15. Last summer I planted peppers: Fry Type, Freckle F1, Early miracle, Belozerka, Tenderness. The most productive were, as before, Frye Type, Early Miracle.

Sowed eggplants: Robin Hood, Diamond, Solaris. The most productive was Robin Hood. The harvest was small, I think the lack of moisture affected.

I tried to grow watermelons and melons. I tried to follow the recommendations of the Romanov gardeners. Acquired melon seeds Ogen F1, Sweet pineapple, watermelon - Suga Baby. Gradka prepared warm from the fall. The seeds were sown in pots on April 25. We went up well. I landed on the garden on June 10. The seedlings took root well, grew and blossomed. Melons and watermelons even appeared, but they did not grow. Why?

Pumpkins grew badly last summer. Especially in those beds that have been in the sun for a long time. I think this is also due to the lack of water for irrigation. However, we got a crop of pumpkins and zucchini. Not as plentiful as usual. But it was enough to prepare caviar from zucchini and eggplant, and ripe zucchini and pumpkins lay in the apartment until spring; from time to time they went to prepare their favorite dishes.


About potatoes. I plant it usually in three terms: mid-May, late May and early June. I plant in furrows, into which I pour manure or compost, ash and a little superphosphate. Sprinkle lightly.

I pour it with a solution of copper sulfate. The tubers were green before the sludge, all with sprouts. Time has shown that the germination rate at the early planting site was not one hundred percent. The fact is that I mark on the plan the number of potatoes in each row and I can immediately notice where the tuber did not sprout.

After the emergence of shoots, all areas were spud three times, treated against late blight, and even at the beginning of the season, while there was water, watered. Harvesting at the early planting site, I found that the un-emerged tubers did not die. They had small shoots, and some were covered with small nodules on the side. The maternal tuber was as firm as before planting. What happened to them? Was the lack of moisture only affected? But most of the tubers gave a normal harvest …

I tried twice to grow strawberries from seeds. In April 2004, she sowed Alexandria seeds in a bowl. Germination was good. At the end of June I planted it in the ground. And now we are picking delicious berries on these plantings before the snow.

The strawberries have grown, and it seems to me that a lot of self-seeding has already turned out. Last spring, she sowed the seeds of the Ali Baba variety. Germination was low; only six seeds germinated. In August, the seedlings were transplanted into the ground. I hope that this summer I will get my first harvest.

What is a garden without flowers? I try to acquire and plant something new every year. I admired the new summer phlox - Drummond, and also a newcomer from the nightshade family, called titonia. A wonderful sight!

There are six hazelnut bushes growing on my site. The harvest is different. Sometimes it is not enough, but a solid harvest happens. We collect ourselves, and feed the squirrels in winter. Squirrels and the nuts themselves are harvested, they even collect those that have fallen to the ground. So we live in the country.

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