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Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 25, June 22, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde

Posted on 06/22/2012 7:06:41 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde

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Photobucket Anybody enjoying the heat???? Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! My thanks to Red Devil_232 and his beautiful tomato plants for hosting last week's gardening thread.

Here in NELA, we welcomed the first day of summer with temps in 3 digits ... at one time yesterday afternoon, our digital weather station had the temperature outside at 102.4! The remote unit that is transmitting the temp is on the north end of the house, tucked up under the eve and out of the sun. Whew!

Lots going on here. We've been enjoying sweet corn (var. Serendipity) all week, and the harvest begins in earnest tomorrow. Three acres ready now and another 3 acres that is 2 weeks behind the first planting.

Last week, I think it was although everything is in a blur here lately, we happened across a few wild plum trees and picked until the heat and humidity wouldn't let us pick any more. After cooking them down and filtering the juice, I got 3 beautiful gallons with which to make jelly. Didn't really have time to do this, but when you try to live from the land as I do, you have to take what you can get when you can get it. We were thrilled.

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My husband was kind enough to plant a few acres of scarlet cowpeas for me, which started coming up on the 2nd day after planting. Heat and adequate moisture are magic with seeds this time of year! Enjoyed the first tomatoes of the season from my volunteer plants. I have no idea what they were, but they were delish.

The apiary is also buzzing and keeping me very busy. I harvested another 7 gallons of honey Tuesday, off of 2 hives. Got a call yesterday to go look at 2 hives in one house that need to be removed ... both large and active! That will bring my beeyard up to 12 hives, more than enough to keep me busy and deep in honey year-round.

So ... what have you been up to???

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The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you.

This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked.

It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and that is part of the fun and interest. Jump in and join us!


TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Gardening; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: garden; gardening
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Previous weeks' threads:

Weekly Gardening Thread (Catalog Fever) Vol. 1 Jan 6, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Seeds) Vol. 2, January 13, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 3, January 20, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (U.S. Hardiness Zones) Supplemental Vol. 1
Weekly Gardening Thread (Soil Types) Vol. 4, January 27, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation) Vol. 5, February 03, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation) Vol. 6, February 10, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation?) Vol. 7, February 17, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Home Sweet Home) Vol. 8, February 24, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Soil Structure Part 1) Vol. 9, March 2, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Transplanting Tomatoes) Vol. 10, March 9, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Useful Links) Vol. 11, March 16, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread -- Vol. 12, March 23, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread -- Vol. 13, March 31, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Happy Easter!) Vol. 14, April 6, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 15, April 13, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 16, April 20, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 17, April 27, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 18, May 4, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 19 (Getting Projects Done) May 11, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Harvesting Wheat) Vol. 20, May 18, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 21 (Keywords) May 25, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 22 (Keywords 2) June 1, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 23, June 8, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 24, June 15, 2012


1 posted on 06/22/2012 7:06:55 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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2 posted on 06/22/2012 7:09:05 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I’m picking cukes, ‘maters and squash.-) Nectarines are rotting on the tree -(. My first year for nectarines. The tree was loaded. They started turning blotchy and are getting brown then rotting. Green beans going great.


3 posted on 06/22/2012 7:11:38 AM PDT by BipolarBob ("These aren't the droids you're looking for.")
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Morning....Hopfully cooler today


4 posted on 06/22/2012 7:12:06 AM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama: " born in Kenya.".. he's lying now or then?)
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To: BipolarBob

Sorry about the nectarines. Do you determined a cause?


5 posted on 06/22/2012 7:16:45 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

The wild plum juice has the most beautiful color!! I am betting the jelly will be beautiful as well. Good job, JADB!


6 posted on 06/22/2012 7:17:57 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: hoosiermama

Mornin’, mama. I hope it is cooler for you ... we are supposed to be getting hotter all weekend. Thank goodness all of my chores today are inside, except for hanging clothes on the line.


7 posted on 06/22/2012 7:18:38 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

North Idaho - had our first two days in the 80’s this year....has been wet...quarter size hail. Corn up about 1 foot tall, other veggies struggling to make it due to all the rain and cool weather. Another thunder and lightning storm coming in tonight and tomorrow night. Tomatoes fairing very well with three tomatos on each plant any many blossums...early here for them, but will be happy with what we get. Everyone have a great weekend!


8 posted on 06/22/2012 7:18:44 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Good morning! The plum jelly looks great. Temps here have been mild, low 90's but forecast for Tuesday is 104.

We have been enjoying the first fruits of our tomatos for this year all week long, about two per day. Wife put up 4 pints of banana peppers, with more coming, and we have an eggplant growing now. The okry is coming along just fine.

9 posted on 06/22/2012 7:22:00 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (We are Scott Walker.)
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To: momtothree

Thanks, mom! One of the things on my to-do list today is a couple of batches of jelly. It should be crystal clear and hot pink in color. We’ll see ...


10 posted on 06/22/2012 7:22:08 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Good morning!

Here in NELA, we welcomed the first day of summer with temps in 3 digits ... at one time yesterday afternoon, our digital weather station had the temperature outside at 102.4! The remote unit that is transmitting the temp is on the north end of the house, tucked up under the eve and out of the sun. Whew!

at 11:30 yesterday morning the weather station fit 101.2 with a heat index reading of 112 here in coastal Virginia. It too is on the north side under the eave. It is reading 99.9 right now. It is supposed to break with T'storms this evening - praying it happens!

11 posted on 06/22/2012 7:22:08 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: illiac

So far this year the garden is in four half whiskey barrels.

Eight tomato plants with blooms, and two bolting lettuce plants that were volunteers. Even have lettuce growing in the driveway. The wind must really blow those seeds around.


12 posted on 06/22/2012 7:28:55 AM PDT by wita
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Your plum nectar looks great. Do you all remember 2 years ago when I was trying my hand at making jam after nearly 25 years of NOT making jam? I was trying to make cherry preserves and it never jelled, despite following the recipe slavishly, so I re-labled my jars “cherry sauce” and gave it away to friends and family. I found a left-over jar the other day, and it has finally jelled. It has turned into an excellent jam, which I am enjoying. Why so long?


13 posted on 06/22/2012 7:38:34 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Ate my first tomato yesterday,nothing like it. I'll have sweet corn (Incredible)in a couple weeks if I can keep the treerats out of it.
14 posted on 06/22/2012 7:40:04 AM PDT by painter (Rebuild The America We love!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Wow! Your energy is boundless! The jelly turned out beautiful. I must learn to can someday when I have more time.

Hot as heck here and getting hotter. I have tons of green beans that need picking and no time to do it, but with the weekend coming on maybe I can catch up. Picking okra now, still no ripe tomatoes. Zukes, squash and cucumbers for 5 or 6 families. I must not do this again. Still no anasazi beans, but starting to flower. A few watermelons almost ready to pick. Pretty satisfied overall and starting to think about the Fall garden. Love going back and reading everyone's posts :)
15 posted on 06/22/2012 7:44:15 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Do you determined a cause?

Negative. All of the other fruit trees are doing good. Been picking peaches. Pears look good. I'm at a loss. The first year of fruiting for this tree. I've never sprayed anything on it. I guess I'll try dormant oil this winter.

16 posted on 06/22/2012 7:47:03 AM PDT by BipolarBob ("These aren't the droids you're looking for.")
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Beautiful jelly! I love these threads for the wonderful photos, great advice, and friendly conversation. :)


17 posted on 06/22/2012 7:53:00 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

That is beautiful plum juice. I bet it will make wonderful jelly (plum jelly is my favorite).

I made dill pickles (for the first time ever) this week. It’s so hard to wait for pickles’ flavor to develop. I keep wanting to open a jar and taste them. Next, I really need to make some pesto with all of that basil out there.

In addition to cucumbers, I am picking okra, long beans, pineapple tomatillos, bell peppers, herbs as needed, and I am getting watermelons and cantaloupes occasionally. Ancho peppers are almost ready (I planted them late) and the tomatillo plants have just started setting fruit. I am about to pull the last of the carrots. They have been in the ground way past the supposed maturity date; I guess they are never going to size up in this heat. (I’ll plant more in the fall; they should do better then.) I just pulled the last of the pole beans and planted more long beans in their spot.

The spring tomatoes have just about had it, but I am starting seeds for fall tomatoes. I just planted seeds for my first try at winter squash (moschata types). Hopefully they will grow well.


18 posted on 06/22/2012 8:04:18 AM PDT by FiscalSanity
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Happy to report that our new raised garden survived without a hitch from that ten inches of rainfall here in NE MN! The rest of the garden was a lake for two days and all lost there... replanting when it dries out.

The cities southeast of us got creamed in that downpour (Duluth). We also had our driveway and road washout, but am heading into town later today to arrange for some gravel/roadbase to be delivered to alleviate that problem... All in all we came through the flood quite well!


19 posted on 06/22/2012 8:20:27 AM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: illiac

Thanks for checking in! I hope you weather improves for gardening. We are headed up to Montana for July 4th.


20 posted on 06/22/2012 8:28:39 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: rightly_dividing

I hope you have a bumper crop of okra. How many plants do you have?


21 posted on 06/22/2012 8:29:39 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Gabz

Holy cow Gabz! THAT is a heatwave. I join your prayer.


22 posted on 06/22/2012 8:31:05 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; All
The GOOD news .... our tiny little garden is doing great .... now harvesting cucumbers & the tomatoes are well on their way!

The sad, sad news ..... we have a considerable number of very large, old, and beautiful pines around our place. They are the dominant feature that lends 'personality' to what the property looks like. In the front pasture (when mowed), it looks like a beautiful park with the green grass amid the stately pines.

This past week, we had a forester out to look at the pines. They have started dying .... some have been close to structures and taking down a huge pine is very expensive as we have found out from experience. The forester pointed out that the pines in the pasture (and surrounding forest) are infested with the Southern Pine Beetle. The pines are mature (60-80 years old) and it doesn't take much to compromise their health, thus they are more likely to be affected by the beetles. His suggestion was to take them all down and realize some money from them now rather than continue to incur the danger of dead trees and the expense of removing the trees one or two at a time as they die. The money realized would be used to replant the property with other trees.

What a blow, but not unexpected. We're still looking at the situation, but the expense of treating the trees due to size/number is prohibitive & probably would not be effective - realistically, I think we know what we have to do. We've been watching these pines grow for the last 45 years and the death of the pines is a harsh reminder that unfortunately, nothing ever stays the same. The Southern Pine Beetles are 'native' and there are several other 'hot spots' of beetle activity in our area. The last couple of days, I've been taking pictures of the various big pine trees & groups of pines so I'll have something to remember them by.

The best part of happiness is the pines. ~Terri Guillemets

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world. ~John Muir

You can live for years next door to a big pine tree, honored to have so venerable a neighbor, even when it sheds needles all over your flowers or wakes you, dropping big cones onto your deck at still of night. ~Denise Levertov

23 posted on 06/22/2012 8:36:01 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Pretty juice! Hope you saved the leftover pulp for plum butter. Plum butter is my favorite, well right after tomato preserves.

Whew, it’s HOT here. So hot the green beans are about kaput. The corn didn’t fill before they started burning up. I brought in a handful of nasty little ears for dinner but they’re really sad looking. Speaking of HOT! The jalapenos are nearly too hot for hubby, lol. He takes a bite, hollers, takes a bite, hollers but keeps eating them. He finally got around to starting to take down the hill that was left after some construction a decade ago. If/when it’s down maybe I can try some berry bushes there since two plantings didn’t take in the side bed. I’d also like to start some herbs and flowers there too. But of course that’s the only area where the good grass is. Well, maybe this fall.


24 posted on 06/22/2012 8:37:17 AM PDT by bgill
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

That cartoon at the beginning of this thread says it all about the hot weather. lol Had to pull up the pansies because it was too darn hot.


25 posted on 06/22/2012 8:40:25 AM PDT by tob2 (November can't come soon enough for me.)
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To: FiscalSanity
Never made pickles before, either, but I am thinking of trying these, should I get the time:

Microwave Pickes

Ingredients

1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
2 small onions, thinly sliced
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed


Directions
1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes; stir. Cook 3-4 minutes longer or until mixture is bubbly and cucumbers and onions are crisp-tender. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon.

They get excellent reviews at the website that has the recipe.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/microwave-pickles/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=microwave%20pickles&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page
26 posted on 06/22/2012 8:43:07 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Without hiking out to the okry patch to count, I would guess about 20.


27 posted on 06/22/2012 8:43:20 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (We are Scott Walker.)
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To: MissMagnolia

Oh, that is so heartbreaking. A friend recently had a number of older large pines taken out, so I am familiar with the cost. Unfortunately there was little to save on those, thus she didn’t receive much in return.


28 posted on 06/22/2012 8:50:10 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

I’ve cried a couple of times, already. We have enough that are still alive or newly infested that we should be able to realize enough to replant the property with some nice trees. The forester is a friend of a friend (also a forester) .... both are great guys, helpful and willing to make recommendations & put us in touch with reputable folks to deal with. That is some comfort, at least.


29 posted on 06/22/2012 9:04:25 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

You are the hardest working lady I have ever encountered in my long life... and you seem to thrive on it. We are getting a rare late June rain but it is not amounting to much just enough to keep us out of the garden so I’m headed to Costco for a few things and a stop to buy 2 tickets to Sunday’s garden tour. Lady Bender picked 3 gallons of Strawberries Tuesday and a gallon of Raspberries Wednesday while I continued installing drip irrigation and a thousand other minor chores including eating a few Kohlrabi out of hand. The corn is racing toward Knee High by the 4th of July (yes I read you are eating corn. Our temps run 58 to 68 degrees during the summers and 35 to 58 during the winters...


30 posted on 06/22/2012 9:15:38 AM PDT by tubebender
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; All
Beautiful bounty in those jars. Thanks for the thread. We are in the 90’s and still pretty dry. We did get about 1 1/2 inches of rain one night recently. Rain barrels got back to almost 1/2 full.

We have decided to just let clover grow in several of our raised beds till fall planting, because we just don't have the water this year to support them.

First corn planting is about knee high. We are collecting wild Blackberries daily. I will process them today. Since our freezer is on the Fritz, I am just going to do a light syrup and water bath canning. This will be great for cobbler or just berries and cream in the winter.

We had to have a new phone line put in, and even though the guys were pretty careful, they damaged one of the grapevines, and it appears to have died. All the rest have great looking tiny green grapes.

Several of the fruit trees we planted 2 years ago are struggling this year. Probably the lack of rain. We are only getting about 5 gallons of water per day from the air conditioner, and can't use much of the well water.

I really do think a cistern is the way we need to go.

Have a great weekend. God Bless.

31 posted on 06/22/2012 9:33:43 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
We've been enjoying sweet corn (var. Serendipity)
Mine is about 4-6", and growing rapidly; 6-25' rows of it. After looking it up before planting, we're impatient to try it. The Painted Hill corn is also up (5 6' rows) and doing well. The white supersweet variety we tried had about 35% germination, and is slow growing, so won't be bought again.

Squashes -- pink banana, green pattypan, cocozelle, and buttercup -- are taking off, as are both the pole & bush beans. Picking peas, and thinned the carrots; they'll be on the table tonight.

The tomatoes in the Topsy-Turvys are doing great: the Purple Cherokee has set at least 3 fruit; and the 2 Delicious & 1 Bonnie Best are also flowering. OTOH, the garden tomatoes haven't started to really grow yet, let alone flower, even though they were all started at the same time.

I took some brush to the free dump last week, and come home with about 25 iris, and 40-50 Egyptian walking onion plants, with lots of bulbils attached, that somebody had dug out and tossed. Couldn't let them just lay there, and die a miserable death. ;-) (Last fall, I also filled a feed sack with over 40 ears of still in the husk sweet corn somebody had tossed; the chickens & wild turkeys appreciated it. No excuse to waste perfectly good food.)

Potatoes have gotten their second hilling, and are looking great.

A thunderstorm came through Tuesday evening, and gave us an inch of rain, most of it slow & steady from the trailing edge of it. A close by strike also fried my modem, which the tech came out & replaced Wednesday morning. Second time this year; glad I don't have to buy them.

Thursday night/Friday morning last week, Big Mamma gave us a litter of 6 bunnies; one didn't survive, the rest are thriving. Hassenpfeffer!


32 posted on 06/22/2012 10:06:36 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
When you prepared the cherry jam, did you add pectin? One way to make sure that jelly or jam sets is to make sure that about 1/5 to 1/4 of your fruit is under-ripe. That fruit contains more fruit pectin and aids in proper setting. If you don't have any under-ripe fruit, added fruit pectin is helpful.

I make jalapeno and other pepper jellies every year and they are notorious for a slow set. Takes at least a couple of weeks, sometimes longer. But they do eventually firm up. Maybe cherries are the same way.

I've never made cherry jam, but I have done chokecherry jelly, jam and syrup. My syrup always gelled while stored, but you could pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and it was good to go.

33 posted on 06/22/2012 11:26:00 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: wita

You should get quite a bounty from 8 tomato plants! LOL at your ability to graze from the driveway. I go out everyday and pick dandelion greens and flowers for my desert tortoises to eat. People drive by while I’m pulling them from the ditch out front. :)


34 posted on 06/22/2012 11:35:01 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Wife and I made 2 batches of plum jelly this past weekend. They were purple plums and the jelly was great. We shared with family and neighbors, both the plums and the jelly.

Wife had zoysia grass sod put in our front yard, and we had enough left over to put a large strip down the backyard fence. I put that in myself. It really is greening up and looks great. The area we covered is shaded by large pecan trees and we are hoping it gets enough light to be healthy. Looks like it will, seems to like the shade.

Everyone have a great weekend. And may your garden be productive.

35 posted on 06/22/2012 11:35:20 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Forgot to mention that I did a bit of Web research, and the perennial bunching onions we have are finally identified.
Everlasting Onion - Plant , Onion

Sold as a Plant - Allium cepa perutile - Ht:30cm.

A non-flowering Evergreen Perennial onion that produces profuse clumps of bulblets which are pulled off the sides as needed for cooking, Very Hardy & stands well through the winter & for many years after. (Rare) This is NOT the Welsh Onion

36 posted on 06/22/2012 11:36:00 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: painter
Squirrels are tough on corn. The raccoons are feasting in my sweet corn every night ... they leave the shucks and cleaned cobs in the middles. I'm thinking some roasted coon with sweet potatoes is in order!

A couple of years ago, I had trouble with the squirrels in my okra. I learned to plant way more than we actually need.

37 posted on 06/22/2012 11:37:47 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Absolutely I added pectin. But, the fruit was store-bought and comletely ripe. Perhaps that was the problem.


38 posted on 06/22/2012 11:57:14 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: texas_mrs

I’ve actually made bread and butter pickles before; this was my first time making dill pickles.

The ingredients in that Microwave Pickles recipe are a lot like (a scaled-down version of) my canned bread & butter pickles. The only difference I see is that mine include turmeric. (I might try adding a dash of turmeric at the end...not too much because it can be bitter.) That recipe could be really convenient for making small batches to tide me over if I have the misfortune to run out of b&b pickles before next year’s cukes are producing enough to can more.

Thanks for posting it!


39 posted on 06/22/2012 12:39:25 PM PDT by FiscalSanity
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To: bgill

Well... I’ve been watching this 96 storm for two days now. As you probably are infuriated about (like me) the Austin 10day forecast ‘saw’ the hurricane a week ago and forecast the rain, then dropped it. It picked back up on it somewhat today, with a 40% pop NEXT Sunday. Chances will pick up sharply once the models bringing it to TX verify in the next day or two.

My tomatoes were stripped last night by a large green caterpillar I can’t find yet. Maybe some bird found him. Or them.

Monarch butterflies are hatching and flapping all over the place.


40 posted on 06/22/2012 2:24:43 PM PDT by txhurl (Scott Walker is my President.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Reading posts here about the weather reminds me why I live in FL. While I do miss cool summer nights, it just never gets THAT hot during the day.

Some kind of worm or caterpillar just ravaged my zucchini. A couple hundred square feet of leaves GONE in a couple days. It’s a 1/2” long green thing that folds over a portion of the leaf and makes a little cocoon by holding the leaf together with a silky looking stuff. Also present are a bunch of things that look like relatively fine grain pepper. On the bright side, I can walk between the raised beds again.

Tomatoes are about done for the spring, just a few more waiting to start to ripen. Long beans are starting to produce heavy. Looks like I’ll get a second batch from the blackberries. Should check the figs, a few looked like they were about ready to ripen the other day. Starting some seeds for the fall this week.

Got the aquarium started this week. My first crack at aquaponics will be to simply run the tank about half full with some lettuce and spinach floating on styrofoam with the roots growing into the water. We’ll see.


41 posted on 06/22/2012 2:41:06 PM PDT by Darth Reardon (No offense to drunken sailors)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

We’ve had over 10” or rain over the last 10 days or so. Clay fields are muck. Watched two colonies swarm a couple weeks ago. The upside are corn and tomatoes - going beautifully. Way too early to can yet but I’m thinking of setting up a summer kitchen with an old stove stored in the barn.


42 posted on 06/22/2012 4:20:50 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

We’ve had over 10” or rain over the last 10 days or so. Clay fields are muck. Watched two colonies swarm a couple weeks ago. The upside are corn and tomatoes - going beautifully. Way too early to can yet but I’m thinking of setting up a summer kitchen with an old stove stored in the barn.


43 posted on 06/22/2012 4:21:17 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: illiac
I'm pulling my tomatoe blossums off and I live in eastern Washington...we've had a cooler than ususal and wetter than usual spring and my plants are still small...

also here's a question for tater growers...mine look vibrant except the black spots...haven't grown taters in years, and I bought them at a reputable outlet....they are in 5 gallon containers...

blight?....can I just let them go and harvest after they blossum....I guess I don't even know when to dig them out...thx in advance...

44 posted on 06/22/2012 5:48:56 PM PDT by cherry
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Beautiful.

I chucked some peanuts in the ground this week. Never tried them before.


45 posted on 06/22/2012 6:09:28 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Viva Christo Rey)
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To: JDoutrider

That’s one tough garden.


46 posted on 06/22/2012 6:12:18 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Viva Christo Rey)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

You are inspirational! 3 acres of corn??? How do you process that all before it becomes overripe?


47 posted on 06/22/2012 7:34:39 PM PDT by JRochelle (Note to the MSM: Unemployment has been higher under every month of Obama than any month under Bush.)
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My back yard is heavily shaded by neighbor's trees, so the tomatoes are in the front yard, tucked in among the daylilies and other flowers, mostly in containers. I have about 20 plants and about half of them have "tomato babies" on them--small fruits. (Zone 6b, SW OH)

Sweet Million is my favorite; Sun Sugar is back for another season; new this year: Brazilian Beauty, Nazca, Plum Bush, Japanese Black Trifele. Almost all of them are growing aggressively.
48 posted on 06/22/2012 7:54:35 PM PDT by Nepeta
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It could be blight and if so they will soon be a pile of mush. Your milage could vary where your summer temps are warmer than here around Humboldt Bay. I wonder if it will spread to your tomatoes? My taters are beautiful and some blossoms are appearing. We had a rare late soaking rain yesterday and I awoke to weeds popping out of the soil by the thousands...


49 posted on 06/23/2012 8:27:22 AM PDT by tubebender
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
We harvested our corn patch a few days ago, and it looks like the cucumber vines are dying back, along with the zucchini and squash. Tomatoes are still going strong, along with the beans and melon. We'll plant pumpkin in the plot that was vacated by the corn. The peanut plants are also coming along.

I ended up shooting at a deer yesterday. It's a doe with two small ones, and it's real aggressive. It has learned how to push cages around the fruit trees to browse on the leaves and the thing even comes on our back steps and eats the Morning Glory vines. Don't worry, I shot a spoiler. I didn't have the time to slaughter the animal yesterday, and today it's just too hot.

50 posted on 06/23/2012 9:43:26 AM PDT by Sarajevo (Ever notice that when a beggar gets a donation, they immediately put their hand out for more.)
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