Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 23 JUNE 7, 2013
Posted on 06/07/2013 1:13:59 PM PDT by greeneyes
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I have managed to get 2 beds planted this week, Including Amaranth, Sunflowers, Peanuts, 4 varieties of musk melons. I have 1 bed left to plant. Then I'll be looking around for spaces to fill in and try out some more new stuff.
I read an article on fertilizers. One of the best is GRASS CLIPPINGS. A little dab will do ya- 1/2 to 1 inch used as mulch will help prevent weeds, conserve moisture, and provide the nutrients that most crops will need for the season. One of the cheapest and easiest sources for many people.
Hope everyone is doing well. Have a great weekend. God Bless.
My garden has washed away. Three times so far this week. I can’t get out there to finish mulching it because I’ve got to fix all the washing away. And then it washes away again.
HOPEFULLY, this weekend, I’ll be able to catch up. Good thing we’ve got a long growing season, my peanuts washed away and there’s no telling where they’ll be sprouting. I’ve got to replant those this evening.
Looking like a cool summer here. We haven’t even hit 60 degrees today.
Pinging the list.
We, believe it or not, haven’t hit 90 yet. And us in the 2nd week of june for all practical purposes.
And it’s rained. And rained. And rained. I’m afraid to complain about the rain for fear it won’t rain again until October. Which is a possibility here. HOWEVER, I can mulch and use soaker hoses and still get stuff to make. With it raining all the time nothing will make. It’ll all drown, wash away and get consumed by fungal funkiness. augh.
Here’s the staple crops recommended for the Southern Interior States (Texas and non-gulf states east of Texas)
Cabbage: Early Flat Dutch, Winningstadt
Collards: Green Glaxe, Variegated
Dry Beans: Black Turtle, Debarika
Grain Corn: Neal’s Paymaster, Reid’s Yellow Dent
Kale: Red Russian, Vates
Peanuts: Carwile’s VA, Schronce’s Deep Black
Potatoes: Purple Viking, Red Pontiac
Sweet Potatoes: Covington, Jewel
Wheat: Red Lammas, aka “Red May”
Winter Squash: Tahitian Melon, Waltham Butternut
My first attempt at mushroom production isn't looking too good, but I did get some horse manure for the 2nd batch, and that should work much better.
Marco sent me some sesame seeds and those got planted this morning.
Cantaloupes are sending out runners amongst the tomato plants, which is good.
All in all, with the rain we had this week. I'm a happy camper, and grateful for how the garden is growing this year.
I clipped some scapes off of the hardneck garlic and made the first batch of garlic scape soup for the season. We’ve been craving it since the tops if the garlic peaked through the soil in early spring. Tomatoes are chugging along but some of my hot pepper seedlings look a little iffy from the late frost and wind we were hit with a couple of weeks ago. This might have a negative effect on my husbands winter supply of hot pepper butter and jalapeño relish. Poor guy!
I’ve got a sink and table full of stuff that needs to go in the ground, but there is this little gall called Andrea hanging around that caused me to decide to wait another few days before putting them in.
Coastal Virginia weather has been the pits this year so far.
I had a bed that did that. We dug a trench around the bed and filled it with rock. Added some vermiculite, and peat to the soil, and put some of that cheap edging around it.
It helped with stopping the run off. Don’t know if it would help or be practical for your situation.
It’s so discouraging to have to keep replanting stuff and then shortly thereafter have it destroyed.
LOL. I forgot the disclaimer: These are according to the article in Mother Earth, It is their opinion, and the person posting the thread has no position regarding the veracity of the article or their recommendations.
Also, it is just the gulf area of the states that are not included in the Southern Interior east of Texas as well as the Texas Gulf Area.
Would you please post a Recipe for the Garlic Scape Soup?
Wise decision. The mid-west has been a little challenged this year too, but I am thankful for the rain.
Waaaaaa, my Shronce’s deep black are the peanuts that washed away. I’ve got some regular virginia peanuts to replace them with though.
I am going to reorder the black ones and save them for next year. Along with the Georganic.
yep, Pinto—State bean of Texas
Are you growing any pintos?
Oklahoma is Southern Interior with an overlap of central midwest.
Pinto Beans are the main staple for our house, and I have enough stored to eat pinto beans for a year every day, so I wouldn’t argue.LOL
Next in line is navy beans, and great northern beans to cook with ham hock.
Now tell me where you get the pintos you plant in the garden.LOL