According to an article in the Daily Herald this past Sunday, powdery mildew is a big problem this year for lots of gardeners: Prevention essential to reducing powdery mildew in crops.
Unfortunately our cucumber plants succumbed but there are still a few cucumbers holding on–we will let them grow for a little while longer. We plan on replacing them with kale and chard seedlings in the next week or so. August 27, 2014
Our poor cucumbers!
Cucumbers are still producing but they’ve developed powdery mildew on their leaves. Best guess is that the leaves have been too wet too often this summer which can be a problem especially at night. The Library has a sprinkler system that is set to go on every night and the cucumbers are fairly close to one of the sprinkler heads. This, plus cooler temperatures in general, plus the heavy rains we have experienced lately have all been contributing factors. August 8, 2014
Lots of tomatoes coming!
July 25, 2014
July 12, 2014
July 2, 2014
Cucumbers last week.
Cucumbers this week. June 27, 2014
Tiny cucumber and there are lots more!
Tiny pear tomato.
A variety of tiny peppers.
Basil looking full and delicious!
June 20, 2014
EarthBoxes haven’t needed much watering but that will change as soon as the hot weather sets in…
June 12, 2014
Green Committee members planting EarthBoxes.
Setting them up outside.
We planted our seedlings and put them outside this week. We have 4 EarthBoxes with the following: 2 tomatoes; 4 cucumbers; 6 peppers and 6 basil plants and they are on the southwest corner of the library. May 30, 2014
The plants have been enjoying some fresh air and sunshine. And they have also been experiencing some cool (under 50 degrees) nighttime temperatures and some elevated wind conditions. They are almost hardened off completely and we are planning to plant them out next week. Today is the first day they were in the sun for most of the day. May 22, 2014
Here they are enjoying some time at the picnic table!
This is what they looked like just before they were removed from the light.
This is the sad empty table today…
Yesterday the plants were removed from the light table in the lobby of the Library. They were taken to the home of a Green Committee member to be “hardened off” and become acclimated to conditions outside so they can be planted in the next two weeks or so.
The seedlings will be taken outside for a few hours a day to start, out of direct sunlight. Gradually we will increase the number of hours outside and start to put them in the sun for increasingly longer intervals.
A good rule of thumb for judging when to plant outside in the garden is when the night time temperatures consistently stay above 50 degrees. These plants will be kept indoors at night until that threshold is reached.
The entire process generally takes about two weeks. May 14, 2014
We received our shipment of Earthboxes late last week. We ordered 5 of them: 4 for our planting project and one to raffle at the Green Farmers’ Market on August 17. We are planning on beginning the hardening off process next week: the seedlings need to be brought outside for a few hours a day to get gradually acclimated to being outside. I think they are ready for the transition!
Some of the pepper plants already have tiny peppers growing. And the tomatoes and cucumbers are ready to be transplanted as well. May 7, 2014
The cucumber seeds germinated over the past weekend–just took 3 days or less to sprout up!
April 30, 2014
We planted cucumber seeds today in small pots–2-3 per pot. And transplanted the tomatoes seedlings into one per pot. The pepper and basil plants continue to grow–they are ready to be planted!
We ordered the EarthBoxes yesterday and will have 4 of them outside on the southwest corner of the Library grounds. We have been monitoring the spot and it gets loads of full sun for many hours per day. But we still have at least 3 weeks to go before we can even think about planting them out. April 25, 2014
The tomato seeds have germinated–mostly. Only 3 of the cells do not have seedlings.
And a few of them are starting to get their true leaves already.
The peppers and basil are growing almost too fast–we won’t be planting them for at least another 3 weeks!
Some of the peppers are starting to set fruit and may need to be potted up very soon. April 18, 2014
Half of a 24-cell flat was planted with tomatoes seeds this past Monday. The varieties are Earliana (an early smaller variety, 4-5 ounces) and Beam’s Yellow Pear (cherry-sized and pear-shaped). We also added a small oscillating fan to promote a stronger root system in the seedlings and to keep air circulating which prevents mold and insect infestations. April 10, 2014
We planted our pepper and basil seeds one month ago today! Some of the seedlings were getting too big for the cells in the flat so we transplanted the largest of each of the varieties and separated seedlings that were growing two to a cell. In the bigger pots, the plants have more room to expand their root systems and do not need to be watered daily or twice daily. We will be starting tomatoes in the next few days. April 5, 2014
The seedlings are growing fast now. They have developed sets of true leaves and are now ready to be transplanted in to larger containers which we will do early next week. Next week we will also be planting tomato seeds. March 28, 2014
The seedlings are getting taller and the light has been raised slightly from its original position. Stop in to take a look! March 22, 2014
In the past five days there has been a significant amount of growth as over 25 seeds have germinated thus far! Staff check the flat each day, misting with water as needed. March 16, 2014
We have germination! One Thai basil seed has sprouted. It has been one week since it was planted. Now the light will be on 18 hours a day (on a timer starting at 6:00 a.m. and turning off at 12:00 midnight). March 11, 2014
The Seed Starting Project is underway! We planted our first flat using all heirloom pepper and basil seeds. Pepper varieties include: Long Cayenne, Miniature Chocolate Bell, Alma Paprika, Kalman’s Hungarian, Santa Fe Grande and Tequila Sunrise. Basil varieties include: Genovese, Purple Dark Opal, and Thai. We’ve put the flat on a heat mat as bottom heat helps to promote germination for many seeds. Most of these varieties should germinate by the middle of next week. Check back here to see the progress! March 5, 2014
The Green Committee of the Mount Prospect Public Library is excited to begin our Seed Starting Project! Look for our seed starting set-up in the lobby of the Library near the Registration Desk starting in early March. We will be planting peppers and basil to start. Later we will plant tomatoes and cucumbers. If you would like to know more about starting your own garden plants from seed or if you’d like to join in the discussion, please register for Seed Starting and Sharing on March 5, 2014 at 7 pm in Meeting Room B. Febuary 27, 2014