Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 30) August 5
Posted on 08/05/2011 5:38:05 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232
Good morning gardeners. I transplanted 10 young paste tomato plants into my garden last Friday and wouldnt you it, the heat gets turned up again. The area of my garden where I planted them gets shade from about 3pm on but I am having to supplying them shade from late morning until then. So far they are doing ok. I hope they survive.
My pepper plants are doing well and producing nicely and I may get another round of zuke production.
I got a very nice hard rain yesterday evening. Probably about 1/2 inch.
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“I transplanted 10 young paste tomato plants into my garden...”
Well now, is that where tomato paste comes from! I did’nt know that.
Good morning. We’re finally get a reprieve from the heat here on the lower end of the DelMarVa peninsula. High today only supposed to be 86.
How are your figs? We have to winterize our and got them out late because of the cold spring. But I think we’ll get some fruit this year. Planted some peas at the base of the sunflowers. Got kale sprouts too.
Just trying to keep my lawn and trees alive. Gave up on the garden for now. Our forecast is a broken record. Highs at 105 - 107 for the rest of this week, and may drop to 103 by Tuesday.
Next on the task list is the Duck Run addition to the chicken condo. It is going to be about 9' long, as that is how much roofing I have left. I want to get it up and painted this weekend so that then I can move the duck hutch inside and install the chicken wire. I suppose that will lead to the final fencing project. (Sigh!)
We lost one of the major limbs off of our peach tree. Old age, I guess. I have discussed adding some new fruit trees to our property with the Duchess. The fruit trees are probably 30-years old. They are showing signs of old age.
I have a mesquite question for anyone who can help.
Since my garden turned into a desert this year, I figured the desert could be my garden. I’ve been told that mesquite beans are edible, so I’ve gathered up half a bushel so far. I’ve got a Lehman’s hand-crank grain mill, and am wondering if I can just grind them up with that.
Is this a good idea? If so, do I shell them like peas or just stuff them in whole? Do I need to rinse them? Dry them? In short, what’s the process?
Also, somebody said they make a decent coffee substitute. Anyone know anything about that?
Thanks in advance. I’d sure be happy to salvage something from this drought.
These are Pimento Peppers along with some Gardengirl Figs. The egg is just for size comparison purposes.
I will skin and take the seeds out of the Pimentos and can them today.
Any backyard chicken owners here? I'd like to petition my city to allow a few hens per household in the city limits. If I'm successful, I'd like to keep them on as much of a natural diet as possible. My purpose for this is to limit my OOP cost as much as possible; after all, chickens ate something before the invention of bagged chicken feed. Any suggestions? I'm in Zone 4-5 in the Ohio Valley, if that is necessary for info. Thanks!
86 degrees would be nice. It was 109 degrees here in Central Texas yesterday, and forecast is for 106 for the next 5 days.
Have to water the garden every other day to keep it alive, but got a lot of squash and okra yesterday. Even got enough blackeyed peas for a small mess.
My tomato plants are doing nothing. Had been blooming but not setting fruit, too hot. Same with my Pepperoncini peppers. The bell peppers are making now.
Seems like all I do is water plants. Planted a lot of new fruit trees this year, picked the wrong year. Looks like about 60% will survive. The trees in partial shade are doing fine, but the trees with 100% exposure did not make it unless they put out early. They were bare root trees.
I made salsa from 3 different type of tomatoes (red, yellow and green zebra) with my cayenne and anaheim peppers. It was really good.
My corn is beginning to be close to picking, and I can't wait to taste it. Thank God for the last few rains - it was looking pretty bleak there for a while.
Well.... aren’t YOU the ambitious one! Is the deck, duck run, painting, and fencing project on the “honey do” list or is it something that just had to be done and done right now? Question: how long do fruit trees last? Do they have an old age expiration date of sorts? I have always wanted fruit trees (my fantasy involving a farm house on some acreage) and like to learn as much as possible.
G-d have mercy.
It is nice to hear that someone is enjoying homegrown tomatoes!
“I made salsa from 3 different types of tomatoes... cayenne and anaheim peppers”.
I have a little story that will make you laugh. Years ago, I decided to make salsa and although I have canned before... this was something new to me. A friend had given us all sorts of extremely hot peppers and I had a bushel of tomatoes. I started to process the tomatoes and my loving husband decided he would “help” so he started cutting the HOT peppers up into small pieces. The salsa was processing and he suddenly said, “My hands are burning”. Boy... were they! His hands got hotter and hotter with time. I tried to help with “old school” tricks like soaking his hands in ice water, then milk, and I finally tried a homemade mud-soak (trying to draw out the hot juice). Nothing worked. I finally called Poison Control since he was now in A LOT of pain. Well.... he should have worn gloves (duh... figured that out by this time) and there is nothing that can be done/will wear off. For whatever reason, I told the Poison Control man that I would insist if my husband had to go the bathroom... he HAD to SIT LIKE A GIRL or I would be calling back with a “different pain in a different sight”. The PC man laughed and laughed and said , “That is the best advice in the world”. Husband was up all night and finally the pain/burn started to subside my early morning. I will say I made the hottest salsa imagined... the type that put a sweat on your brow.
After I posted I rethought it and realized that in consideration for my FRiends in Texas I should just keep my mouth shut. We are neither as hot nor as dry as you folks, although it has been unusually hot and dry here as well.
We got about 1/16 of and inch of rain yesterday afternoon and knocked off about 10-15 degrees of heat.
We have a cool 73 degrees on the way to a high of 87, and tonight’s lows of 72. Possible rain today. Bed # 1 and #2 gets sun from about 10am to sundown, so I finally had to put up makeshift shade using old sheets this past week.
Squirrel stole the only tomato that was almost ripe. Decent crop of corn from bed #1 was harvested this week, and several pints of green beans.
Grapes are almost ripe, so Hubby covered them with netting. We ordered seedless, but so far they all have seeds.
I spent a little time in the garden this morning, but am having a LAZY attack, so I didn't do much. Just doing some research on various topics.
Have a great weekend. God Bless.
Those are beautiful. We are not having any luck with peppers this year.
Hot pepper stories are always a hoot..........AFTER the fact!!
2 posts removed... on the gardening thread??? Huh?
Well, I double posted, turned myself in, and the Mods deleted BOTH of my posts. So, here goes again.
I harvested 3 cucumbers, 1 zucchini, and a handful of peas this AM. The peas are producing, despite their late planting and the high heat we’ve been enduring. I identified 8-10 watermelons coming along. The largest is Dodge Ball sized and the smallest is jawbreaker sized. They look very happy tied up on their trellis. Thank You, Justadumbblonde. Last night I brought in a double handful of cherry tomatoes.
I have many, many large, green tomatoes, but none are ripe yet. I further spotted at least one new Flying Saucer Squash forming but I didn’t have time to explore the garden any further. It’s quite a tangle out there. I did see lots of squash blossoms with bees buzzing in them. I didn’t check too closely. I didn’t want to embarrass my squash “in the act”. **blush**
When do I harvest potatoes? Do I wait until the leaves turn brown? They are all flopping over, but they are not brown yet.
Despite the fact that I keep cutting chunks off my fennel plant to give away, it is enormous. Not as big as the one I grew (as a volunteer) in California which approached 6 feet tall, but it’s sure big for Wisconsin. It’s pushing 3 feet and is very bushy. Since I use it only in omelets — a pinch at a time — I have way more fennil than I can possibly use. Suggestions?
I’ve gotta run. I need to set the sprinkler on that garden. No rain in the past week. I was having my 50 year old chimneys tuck pointed the past week, and the workmen disconnected all my hoses for the morter.
“AFTER the fact...”
Yep, he certainly wasn’t laughing at the time!! Later that week, the gal that had given us the peppers told us, “We grew some of the HOTTEST peppers in the world”. (for fear of being “removed by the moderator”.. I can’t tell you his response!). I remember one being called a chocolate pepper. They were all pretty small... proving the point that BIG things can come in small packages.
That is exactly what I have been doing.
Yeh, I was kinda wondering about that myself. Wonder who did it and what was said. LOL.
I feel for you guys in Texas - I have relatives there and it is very bad. Even in MD it has been dry and I was complaining about watering until I talked to my sister. Now I’m thankful for every drop of water we have.
I remember one time when hubby forgot about “sitting like a girl.” It’s funny now - but at the time laughter was the furthest thing from anyone’s mind.
Now that is funny, but I can imagine it wasn’t for your hubby at the time. I do remember that I grew a hot pepper years ago that I don’t remember the name. But I made tomato sauce and put these peppers in, and when you went in the kitchen your eyes would burn. So I had to add lots of extra stuff to that sauce to cool it down!
Could you add me to the gardening list?
I have a tiny garden in FL. In the fall I plant Chinese Cabbage, Green Beans, Jalapeno and Ancho Peppers, Arugula and Lettuce.
During the torrid summer months I concentrate on tropical flowers, Plumeria, Athurium, Ixoria, Ruellia, Lantan, and Bougainvillia.
In the Spring I harvest Mangoes, Bananas and Avocados.
Every time I eat a mango or an avocado, I replant the seed, so I am getting a tropical JUNGLE in my itsy bitsy back yard.
Oh...I also have a baby lime tree and tiny Oranges.
That was my fault (2 posts removed). I accidentally double posted, so I asked the Mods to remove one of them. Then I made a typo in my request so I sent it in again. Consequently, they removed BOTH posts. I can assure you there was nothing scandalous there. LOL.
I harvested the watermelons this morning. They aren't very big, but were cracking or getting some bad spots, so I figured I'd get them while I could. My first attempt at watermelon, so not too bad. Thats pretty close to the last of the cucumbers. Only a few left growing on the vines. Still plenty of green tomatoes waiting to ripen. And still plenty of peppers. Speaking of cucumbers, here is the pickle batch for the year.
I do have to admit, as I was grabbing the home pickled jars, I managed to pick up one store bought jar. It's one of the green lids without tape (the other is the barrel pickles I'm storing in the fridge now). I used the same jars for several batches of homemade after eating all the store bought pickles out of the jars, and just didn't notice until I was putting them back away. I don't want to claim a jar of homemade that was actually store bought. I also didn't want to take all the jars back out to get a picture without it.
I confess. See #33.
see post 25
The duck run is part of the expansion to allow the ducks a protected location in the evening. Right now, they are in a dog cage.
I have plenty of time to do these tasks, as long as they are done already.
Fruit trees' life expectancy? I am not certain, but 20 - 30 years sticks in my mind.
One problem with fruit is spraying them for bugs. I failed again this year and the apples are all misshapened and wormy.
You know... I am a terrible, mean, insensitive wife! For Christmas that year, I purchased all sorts of little “reminder” gifts for him. A red, hot pepper tree ornament, a t-shirt with hot peppers and the words “HOT STUFF! on it, and an apron with hot peppers all over it. Finally... as a stocking stuffer, I FILLED it with plastic gloves. Good thing he has a sense of humor... most men would have divorced me!!
Would wither of you mind sharing your salsa recipes? I still haven't found one I like.
Good Morning y’all. I do have some Breaking News from the garden department that will sound trivial to most of you but it’s a big deal to your Dear Old Briar Bender. I found two tomatoes on my lone bush (Siberian) and I finally have some cucumbers that got pollinated and are growing beyond the embryo stage in my two planters. The vines are very very healthy but we are having fog drip in the mornings and that could invite blight or mildew on the plants.
The potatoes are far enough along so blight shouldn’t affect the yield too much if it gets them now. We have only dug about 25% of them to mostly share with family and FRiends. The corn is looking good and some stalks are approaching 8’ tall and still producing pollen for some of the younger ears. I really don’t know how long the pollen is viable? Mrs Bender says two more weeks or less for our first corn but the fog could set that back a bit. I just hope what ever we get is sweet and tender.
Mrs Bender continues to make strawberry jam and tomorrow she will make me a apple pie with the Gravensteins we purchased at the Farmers Market Sat. She has a few fresh blueberries to add to it.
Our zucchinis continue to produce. I’ve canned zucchini relish, dried some, blanched and frozen some, and we’ve had grilled zucchini and zucchini soup. We also had a pleasant surprise when the ‘gourds’ a friend gave me (that I threw into the compost pile last fall) came up in my potato patch and produced a bunch of crookneck squash that we turned into a delicious squash-cheese soup! Yum! I made enough to freeze. The tomatoes in my raised beds have not done well because of the extended weeks of heat and no rain in July. Meanwhile, the tomato starters I stuck in the ground because I didn’t want to throw them out are doing well. I’m glad I planted them! Our cukes are failing, as are the Chinese long beans. Our bush beans gave us a nice crop for the freezer and we are going to try doing a second planting of those and the snow peas. Overall, we did ok for novuses. We learned a lot for next years garden. The two beds in which I used vermiculite (Mel’s Mix) definitely did better than the rest. I’ll add vermiculite to the rest of our raised beds next spring.
So, if a person wants to continue with fruit trees... do they start growing younger trees in a different area for a few years before the demise of the older trees? Sort of like having a “second string” ready to go when the “first string” is exhausted?
We have a string of hot pepper lights handing in the living room. The kitchen curtains are all hot peppers. The kitchen is painted red, green, and yellow. I have a framed print of a couple dozen varieties of hot peppers on the wall. Dish towels and pot holders all have hot peppers on them.........
Do you get the idea I have a thing about hot peppers???? LOL!!!
EXCELLENT WORK there Tatze! We have to buy our tomatoes and melons from the farmers markets here around Humboldt Bay and the tomatoes are late for the farmers this year...
I now wear gloves when handling peppers AND seed...
|Long Green Improved cuke. My favorite.||Poona Kheera cuke. Yes that is a cuke.|
|Purple coneflower around the light pole||Yellow coneflower out in the pasture|
|Currant tomatoes, about the size of a marble and strong tomato taste.||Amish Cherry tomato. This is a sport of Amish Paste I saved.|
|Red Zebra tomato||Horseradish|
|Four Seasons Lettuce saved for seed.||Pasture full of wild carrot and clover.|
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