Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread (Harvesting Wheat) Vol. 20, May 18, 2012
Posted on 05/18/2012 5:59:55 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232
Good morning gardeners. JustaDumbBlonde asked me to post the thread this morning because she and her Husband are out in the fields harvesting their wheat. Looks like they will have good weather.
I hope all of your gardens are doing well. My gardening efforts have been scaled back this year to a 6x6 raised bed planted with eight of my three favorite tomato varieties. I am also continuing to pursue my Homebrewing hobby and will be brewing up a Honey Bee Ale later this afternoon and also bottling a Cranberry Mead that I started last November with a cork popping planed for this up coming Thanksgiving.
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Weekly Gardening Thread
Every year I grow a very small quantity of wheat planted by birds that crap wheat kernels on my driveways, sidewalks, or garden.
I wait until it matures and turns golden, then pull off the heads, and crumble in my hands, and save the grain, discard the chaff. If I do not eat it immediately, I store it in pill bottles. Then, I eat the grain whole.
Thanks for the tip - I’ll look into it!
Hi, Red! Did you use an ‘old ping list’?
Do you think a small greenhouse would help?
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I used the list I have always had with the new additions added since JADB to over the thread. I did miss two that JADB had that I didn’t have.
Gotcha. JADB had removed me from the updated list...I got a ‘ping’, and thought maybe my computer had a ‘glitch’of some sort...
Indigo Rose? I am growing those this year for the anthocyanins, which are supposed to be of benefit to people dealing with insulin resistance syndrome.
The eventual desired color lol:
Does she know you were removed?
She must have...I haven’t received one over the past seven or eight Fridays...just one of those things, I guess.
Thanks RD. It will most likely be cloudy and it’s just as well because people don’t realize the danger in watching...
Julienne tomato and mango
Julienne tomato and banana
If you have a little space, a small hydroponics setup may work.
Hydroponics May 2012
Hoophouse gone wild:
Cukes and beans:
We've already harvested summer squash, peppers, and zucchini. Acorn squash, ebony squash, and cukes will be ready to start harvesting soon. The melons and corn will probably be ready in mid-summer. The peanuts are so-so. About half the plants look chlorotic, even though I've amended the soil with ferric sulfate and super phosphate.
We've already suffered an attack by the deer.They jumped the fence in a small enclosure by the back door to the house and ate the Morning Glory......missed the grape plant though ☺. I think we have a rabbit in the neighborhood too.
The ducks have been nesting like crazy. One duck has already raised two clutches of 6 ducklings each, and the second female duck is currently sitting on another clutch. It looks like we'll have duck in the freezer this fall.
What are the dimensions on your raised beds?
Okry planted and watered in this morning. Five varieties, five rows. It should be interesting to see how our new garden in the way outback does. I did not invest in a drip system and timer yet, I ran soaker hose down the rows and will manually start and end the cycles. If we leave town for a few days, I will put a timer on it though.
How do you avoid powdery mildew? If I plant cukes or melons or squash, one fairly rapidly develops it and infects the others, but my cukes seem to come down with it first.
Cukes are my favorite crop to watch grow, but I’ve never harvested one, no matter how many vines I plant.
Arrowhead can grow them fine, and we have nearly identical climate and soil conditions. I have a little more wind than he does.
Don’t crowd your plants they need to have good air circulation. Plant where they will get the max sunlight. There are powdery mildew (PM) resistant cukes one is called “Diva”.
You can spray your plants with a mixture of milk, water, baking soda and dish washing soap. 1 part milk to 9 parts water a couple of drops of soap and a tablespoon of baking soda. The baking soda raises the pH which makes it difficult for PM to survive. I don’t know what the milk does. The soap is there as a surfactant to help the spray spread and cling to the leaves. It is best to start the spraying before PM sets in. Reapply once a week. Spray the tops and bottoms of the leaves.
If your plants are already infected with PM - apply a fungicide.
Sorry to hear about this. Hope you and your Mother get better soon. It’s almost never too late to plant bush beans. LOL.
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