Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 31 AUGUST 2, 2013
Posted on 08/02/2013 2:00:43 PM PDT by greeneyes
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I am quite behind with canning and preserving the produce this week. I have at least 5 batches of stuff waiting right now. I had hoped to make inroads this morning, but have been on the phone dealing with my volunteer work all day.
So I am taking a break, from household chores, baby sitting, and volunteer stuff to relax and visit about our gardens.
I hope all of you are doing well. Have a great weekend, and God Bless.
Darn, I just posted on the old thread..
Pinging the list.
LOL. Sorry to be late posting. Why don’t you copy your post over to here?
Muggy...yes. And at least one BIG Thunderstaorm a Day here.
It’s a great afternoon! How goes it with you?
I am taking a break, too...I will be babysitting an orphan kitten this week..It's eyes just opened two days ago.. I think it will mostly sleep..
The rain has made our plants grow like crazy. Hubby checked out my garden for me and found a huge cuke that was not there 2 days ago.
I don’t even want to think about all the stuff I’ll be trying to get done. The first and last weeks of the month are always busy, but this time of the year they are even worse.
Then there’s the harvesting and preserving this time of the year too.
We had an excellent stalk of Beautiful Bananas, one day, and they were gone the next. I think the landscapers took em.
I have a bushel of kale, chard, and spinach from my daughter’s garden to freeze this afternoon. I’m going to wash with cold water, blanch in boiling water, and seal in freezer bags.
Anyone have a better suggestion?
I live in an apartment now :( Trying to grow tomatoes in pots outdoors. Plenty of sunshine. But fighting bottom rot...put in some dolomite yesterday, hard to gauge the right amount, since directions on the box are for larger areas. I applied dolomite to just one pot/plant yesterday, a purple cherokee. The other two, different varieties, seem not to need it.
Any comments appreciated. Thanks.
Has anyone had any experience with rose rosette virus?
I am not certain but my red knockout roses have suddenly started having small and deformed blooms. I wondered if it could be that or something else.
I would welcome any advice...I sure don’t want to take up all 7 bushes. They were so beautiful up until 2 weeks ago when I first started to notice.
Oh, it’s overcast and overgrown around here. Plus I’m trying to plan a 100th birthday celebration for my mom 2500 miles away. And I’ve just learned that thieves and squatters have broken into her house and done (I don’t know how much) damage. All because I’m confined, nursing my surgical knee, which is doing much better, thank you.
I’m probably the only one in te USA who is praying for frost and snow so that I can get a handle on my garden. Thanks for asking.
What is it with thievery these days?
I know. It’s lousy.
My neighbor and i were watching our bananas so closely, waiting for exactly the right moment...and now they are gone.
Greens are usually frozen or canned in a pressure cooker. Blanch for about 2 minutes then cool, and drain. Leave headspace in the container.
I use the Ball Blue Book of preserving as the authoritative source on food preservation.
There are products for blossom end rot that are foliar spray that people say works.
I usually put a piece of banana peel and crushed egg shells in the transplanting hole, and cover with some dirt before transplanting or planting the tomato seeds, and have never had to deal with a calcium deficiency.
I haven’t had any experience with these. I have very few ornamentals. Those that I have need to survive with out attention.
If they don’t, I replace them with some more likely to survive. I save my time for the vegetable garden and fruit trees.
Ahhh Well, when it rains it pours. Had similar problems with my Dad’s property after he had a stroke.
Wish you well on your recovery. My Dad died at the age of 84 in 2008. I still miss him a lot.
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