Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 28) July 22
Posted on 07/22/2011 5:42:39 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232
Good morning gardeners. I canned all the tomatoes I had picked the previous week this past Wednesday. Sadly it did not take very long to do the canning. I also roasted (chared and peeled) about half of the Jalapenos I had picked and froze the other half. I also cut up and froze some green Bell Peppers and zucchini squash.
On Wednesday I had a pop up T-storm visit the garden and then yesterday it was cloudy all morning and around 11 am a very nice, lazy, soaking rain started falling and it lasted for about two and a half hours. It dropped the temps down into the high 70s for a few hours and then the sun came out and the temps went to the low 90s, not a bad day at all!
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How do you keep your zucchini from getting kind of mushy from being frozen? We have more zucchini than we can eat or give away. Thanks!
Good morning! It looks like I’m finally going to get a bell pepper this weekend. Spraying them with soap solution seems to be helping. No tomato worms this morning (there were two yesterday), and the cat brought me a dead rabbit.
Lots of green tomatoes, but no red ones for the last several days. I’m picking a few green beans, a victory over the catz, who dug up my seeds as if it was a contest. AND my wisteria is having a bloom.
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Can you folks pleeeeeeeease keep your heat down there where it belongs? Mid-nineties today...are you kidding..? Thank G-d for self-watering containers...
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Nothing you can do to keep them for becoming mushy. Use them in cooking or in Zuke bread where the mushiness will not matter.
My tomato and pepper plants look great and are blooming, but not setting fruit. I have been telling myself it is the hot weather 100+ daily for several weeks. One of my neighbors has told me he had the same problem and in the past used “blossum set” to help. Do you have any experience with that?
I have been considering putting a mister in my garden to try and lower the temperature. I am sure there is some risk with this for the plants, I never water in the heat of the day with anything that sprinkles, the mister when working properly should be extremely fine, but I have not done this before. (I put a mister together for my back yard yesterday, but have not tested it yet)
Been hot and dry this week, temps around 100. We’ve had so much rain though things are just drying back to normal.
Getting ready to start the fall garden, already have cabbage and broccoli started to go in next month.
I have never used Blossom Set so I don’t know how well it will work. But other FReepers have used it and maybe they will chime in.
Wow sounds like a lovely day, been nothing but hot here in Indiana.
I'm also starting Chinese Cabbages, Collards, Cauliflower, Leaf Lettuce, Spinach, Turnips. Maybe even another Summer Squash. This is my first time majorly trying the Fall Garden option.
We have been baking for the past few days with more until Monday. The vegetable garden is producing summer squash and there are a lot of green tomatoes.
Our Black Jersey Giant "pullet" who isn't one has tried out his crow this morning for the first time. He was like a five-year old who just learned the "s" word and is repeating it with mad abandon. I have named him "Studly Hung-Well", much to Barb's chagrin.
I have a trencher reserved for tomorrow morning. I am going to run a 30-amp line out to our travel trailer summer parking pad so that we can run the air conditioner, and run seasonal water lines to various parts of the lawn, the vegetable garden, rose garden, pond and coop.
I replaced the posts on the north side of the new deck so that I can at a 4-foot extension for the barbeque and cooler. I am overloaded with projects and summer is half over!
Good morning, all. We might get a welcome T storm this AM. I was shocked this morning to look out and see a big fat, happy skunk skittering across the back yard. I guess we’ll have to set a trap, but then what to do after we catch it? I hope there isn’t a family of them out there.
This skunk looked like he was dragging another animal across the yeard — like maybe a rabbit? Is that possible? Would a skunk predate on something as large as a rabbit?
I’d go for it. Here in Massachusetts we’ve harvested tomatoes up through the first week in October, when we often experience 80 degree temps.
Visualizing your garden with the mister (in my head): it’s like the veggie section of the super market where just as you reach for a head of lettuce, the water comes on and gets you all wet! >>grin<<
Still hot and very dry in Texas and no relief in sight. 38th day of 100+ temps this year.
If you’re going to shred it for muffins and breads (any baked item) then mushiness doesn’t matter, but make sure you drain it well and squeeze it out before measuring and using in a recipe.
I chop up some of them and spread them on a cookie sheet and freeze, then put the chunks in ziplock bags for use in soups, stews, chili, lasagna, etc. The chunks stay pretty firm if you add them to the recipe while still frozen. And this way, they’re individually frozen so you can take what you need, versus just a frozen BRICK of zucchini. :)
I’ve used blossom set with mixed results. This year it didn’t do much good. I think the heat is not letting the fruit set. I set up some shade for my tomato plants last weekend to see if any more set. My neighbor has huge tomato plants and there are a lot of fruit near the center where there is a lot of shade.
Interesting article for those of us who maintain larger properties.
‘Mornin’, Diana. I heard a clap and a rumble of thunder just now, but no precip yet.
We lived in a company town of about 1000 people. We were overrun with skunks. Finally, a proffessional hunter trapped more than 350 skunks in just a few weeks.
Some people were hoping he would release the skunks far from town. He refused to work on those terms as the skunks will travel miles to favorite hunting grounds.
The only solution was to take them out to a remote area and use a shotgun.
I know they can appear so cute this is hard to do, but the alternative is pretty stinky. They will anything they are in the mood for.
Here is a pic of a mist cooling kit:
Here is a pic of the nozzle:
I brewed my test up with 5 nozzles and a 10’ section of SCH 40 PVC Pipe. Put a PVC Hose Thread Male adapter on the pipe so I could couple it with garden hose. At this point it is a test.
The nozzles make a 2-1/2 ft. cone spray, very fine. The idea is to use evaporation to lower the outside temperature in a small area. It works better where it is somewhat confined but still a breeze.
The more efficient systems have a pressure booster that boosts up to 160 PSI.
There are even “personal coolers” that you can carry around. The company sent a lot of them to the troops. Thought that was a good gesture.
Wow! I looked up where you are gardening and couldn’t help seeing your home page! You have an impressive c.v. and a wonderful family. Congratulations, and thank you for your service.
I hope your daughter enjoys Wisconsin and I hope she isn’t swayed by all the liberals in Madison! Gov. Scott Walker is our hero. If she’s teaching in Madison, she should be warned to keep her mouth shut if she’s conservative. Walker is a breath of fresh air to this state and is NOT the ogre that the wild eyed faculty at UW wants to portray. Note the tag line that Redleg Duke uses, quoting another of our Governors.
Back to tomatoes. I saw one at my local nursery the other day that was begging to be planted and was laden with fruit. I think you’ll find tomatoes in your nursery if you hurry. Good luck.
My husband uses a .22 from a distance and shoots them in the trap, but (shhhhhh) I wasn’t going to mention it. Another solution some of the farmers around here use is to put a bag over the trap and drop them in a barrel of water until they drown. Supposedly they won’t spray if they can’t see.
My fear is that if I’ve seen one there is a whole family out there and trapping will become a full time occuupation or the rest of the summer. I haven’t seen a skunk around here for 20 years.
I'm north of you, and I am still planting more tomatoes...the last of my black cherries and sungolds are going in this weekend. I hope everyone (plants) deals with the 95 degree day we are being dealt today...back into the 70's starting Sunday...until then; we're broiling. Peppers in 3-gallon containers are inside.
With regards to cooling plants with the hose...I have never had a problem with that...after all; they get wet when you get hit with a spot thunderstorm during periods of intense heat.
Avoid any tomato that is blossoming or setting fruit in a small pot...potential for production will be greatly reduced...try your best to find a plant that hasn't hit the blossom stage. None of the ones I am planting this weekend have hit the 'blossom stage', although I bet they will quite quickly once they are in their larger containers.
Very cool! I have my sprinkler on a timer. It is one of those ratchet affairs mounted on a tall tripod. I can never figure out the timing. I was showing a lady around my garden the other evening when it suddenly turned on. scared that poor woman right out of her shoes! We got out before we got wet, but I think she thought she was going to be shot. the sound of the sprinkler turning on was quite unexpected and startling, if you didn’t know what it was.
I was tired of the tour, so I didn’t turn it off. I was glad to get out of the garden. LOL.
Yes, even here in New England the growing season is fairly long in many locations.
Rain, blessed rain is falling....
Fun fact: it is TWELVE DEGREES COOLER where you are (78 degrees) than 1000 miles to your northeast in New Hampshire (currently 90 degrees just shy of ten o’clock).
Find a local soup kitchen to donate excess to. I donated about 13 pounds of cucumbers this morning to the soup kitchen my church volunteers with. The same soup kitchen the master gardeners plant-a-row garden donates to. It was good timing, they needed more cucumbers for their menu today.
What is a c.v.?
Hubby has been bringing in a hand full of green beans and blackberries each day. We finally have enough for a mess of beans, and some blackberry jelly.
Corn from the first planting is supposed to be ready by the end of July. The silks are still a little pink, so I know the soil is probably deficient in something, plus none of the stalks have more than 1 ear.
We have only harvested 4 cucumbers to date. I have two 3-inch midget cantaloupes and numerous tiny ones with lots of flowers. Tomatoes planted this spring finally have flowers. The indoor tomatoes that I stuck in a pot have some green tomatoes.
Everyone have a great weekend. Hope everyone gets the rain they need. God Bless.
Hot, Hot, HOT!! I don’t think we’ve hit triple digits yet, but the heat index has!
Ugh! Cucumbers are slowing down. I still have tons of green tomatoes but they are not ripening.
The heat wave is drying out my planters almost as fast as I can water them! Have provided shade by using landscaping fabric.
Keep cool and be safe in this heat.
There's another spin east of 90 halfway over Cuba that isn't mentioned that I think has a better chance.
Buying tomatoes the other day and noticed the planting instructions 'transplant into ground approximately 21 days before first anticipated hurricane'
I don’t know really but maybe this would help.
I have read that hot pepper spray will keep them out of your garden. They avoid bright lights. They are nocturnal, so while they are out of their den, you can surround it with flour, chalk, or any other white powder and they will not go back in.
Can not say from experience about anything, but they can carry rabies, so probably a good idea to get rid of them. Good Luck.
I sure hope that system comes our way. Lake Travis is dropping so fast now that they hooked up that 78” pipeline for Cedar Park and Leander.
Thank you! I like yours, too. We had Siamese when I was growing up, although in recent years we’ve had no-breed rescue kittehs. The one who brought me the rabbit is a big brown tabby.
Same thing as everybody else in the middle of the country, hot hot hot. Watering a lot. My mulched bell pepper plants look like they are thriving.
I really want to fertilize, but I don’t dare! I already have some plants burning up. :( When should I do it, in the evening?
It is hot hot hot here in Indiana. I do enjoy it though.
Blueberries are ripe now and so good this year. I picked 14lbs. yesterday morning before the heat wave. At 60 cents a lb. it is a great bargain.
I am getting 4-5 cucumbers every day and the beans need to be picked! Why did I plant so many again??
We have skunks in our area too. They have been digging in our neighbor’s yard. They don’t like moth balls or flakes. That is what I put in the area around the garden and flower beds.
Our neighbor’s dog got sprayed by one last week. We keep a skunk spray solution that they borrowed. It worked very well, but I hope we never have to use it on our pup.
Howdy, first time in a long time I’ve had a chance to check in. My garden is horrible this year. Temps and lack of rain just dried it out. Have had tomatoes to eat and cook with but not enough. Haven’t even had an extra pint to can. Pepper crop was slow too. One cuke out of 10 plants, no squash or melons. It’s just flopped this year despite daily watering. At this point just shading and trying to keep tomatoes alive through summer so I might get a fall crop.
Sure wish somebody somewhere would send us some rain - and that the devil would take back his weather!
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