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WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 32 AUGUST 7, 2013
Free Republic | August 7, 2013 | greeneyes

Posted on 08/09/2013 3:12:55 PM PDT by greeneyes

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/08/06/NYC-heThe 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!

NOTE: This is a once a week ping list. We do post to the thread during the week. Links to related articles and discussions which might be of interest are welcomed, so feel free to post them at any time.


TOPICS: Gardening
KEYWORDS: agriculture; amaranthpest; food; fungalcommunication; gardening; gardeningping; hobby; mushroomcompost; weedpaper
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Sorry to be so late to the party. I never thought that I would be this delayed in getting back to the computer today.

It's been raining all day today and lots during the week. Hubby has not been able to work construction, so he's been busy harvesting during the temporary cessations of rain, and produce has been busy producing like there is not tomorrow.

Hope you are all well. Have a great weekend, and God Bless.

1 posted on 08/09/2013 3:12:55 PM PDT by greeneyes
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To: greeneyes

Glad you are getting rain, not so here in SE Texas.


2 posted on 08/09/2013 3:15:05 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: greeneyes

Hi! Heading out for fish Fry.


3 posted on 08/09/2013 3:16:51 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: greeneyes
I need some help with my Ghost Peppers. They are not doing well.

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I put some calcium on it and a little nitrogen, but they don't look any better. Help please!

4 posted on 08/09/2013 3:17:53 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Mmmm...fried fish. Hope you enjoy the dinner.


5 posted on 08/09/2013 3:19:16 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Pinging the list.


6 posted on 08/09/2013 3:20:36 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes; All

I don’t know how I managed to get Brietbart in there, and I don’t know if it’s possible to take it out. Please feel free to ignore it.LOL


7 posted on 08/09/2013 3:22:25 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: rightly_dividing

I would send you some this week if I could.


8 posted on 08/09/2013 3:23:32 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
Peanuts are about the only thing in the main garden that haven't been harvested. Soon, I put the fall tomato plants in the ground, they look strong and healthy in their pots.

We need rain, and it's been hot. We saw 109F one day this week. Supposed to be a chance of rain over the weekend, and we need it. Badly.

/johnny

9 posted on 08/09/2013 3:24:32 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: greeneyes

Pretty good year in SE Wisconsin. My Contender green bush beans barely survived getting chewed on by little white flying things. The Roma style flat green beans were not affected at all. All the other veggies are doing well.


10 posted on 08/09/2013 3:24:36 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: rightly_dividing
Additional photo of Ghost Peppers, shriveling up dark green leaves,other leaves have some yellow spots and some dark purple areas at the point where the pepper stems come off the main stem. This is my third plant and first to produce peppers, 9 of them. Internet searches have not helped much, that is why I added the calcium, but the seems to not be the source of the infection. Something was eating and them, I could not see anything, but sprayed both sides of the leaves with soapy water.

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11 posted on 08/09/2013 3:28:41 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: greeneyes
Hi greeneyes! Thanks for posting the thread! We ended up planting all of our herbs and vegetables in containers this year, but it's not such a bad thing. This is one of our most interesting results:

This is a new one for us. :)

It's sitting on our kitchen counter at the moment, but I think my husband may be cooking it tonight.

12 posted on 08/09/2013 3:28:58 PM 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: greeneyes

Starting to pick about a tomato a day. Going to make stuffed jalapenos this weekend. This is definitely the summer of peppers. Weather here in west Michigan has been gorgeous, mid 70’s and a rainy day now and then. I have quite a few maybe a dozen or more tomatillos on my lone plant that I hand pollinated. Big fluffy green sacks hope there is something inside. Feeding a babyu tree sparrow my daughter brought home. We are taking turns. It’s county fair week and w2e do a lot of volunteering. Bird still has some wispy feathers on its head so we named it Don King. really looks like him. I do have pictures will probably wind up posting all my photos on one thread. Taking hubby to PT 3X a week he’s doing pretty good.


13 posted on 08/09/2013 3:30:18 PM PDT by MomwithHope (Buy and read The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin!)
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To: greeneyes

I will take whatever rain we can get from whomever wants to share.


14 posted on 08/09/2013 3:30:27 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: greeneyes

Everything is doing well here in Western Washington state - corn and tomatoes ripening and we are buried in green beans.


15 posted on 08/09/2013 3:30:56 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: rightly_dividing

I am not sure what is wrong not enough info. When I grow peppers in pots, I use the self watering kind, as well as a ceramic gizmo that holds a soda bottle of water that I can add water soluble fertilizer to according the package directions.

I also use a soiless mix so that my tendancy to overwater doesn’t lead to root rot.

Have you tested the ph, and nutrients? Are you watering too much or too little? Are you watering overhead? Have you taken a magnifying glass to look closely at them and the under side of the leaves?

Have you checked the roots of one of the plants to see if there is anything amiss?


16 posted on 08/09/2013 3:31:17 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: dainbramaged

Our green beans are just about done for, but it’s time to plant the fall crop.


17 posted on 08/09/2013 3:32:39 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: trisham

Siamese twins!


18 posted on 08/09/2013 3:33:35 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: rightly_dividing

“Glad you are getting rain, not so here in SE Texas.”

Conroe has 30% chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday and 40% on Monday.
Marcella


19 posted on 08/09/2013 3:33:49 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: rightly_dividing

Look up Curly Top Virus.

Other than that I have no clue.


20 posted on 08/09/2013 3:34:28 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: rightly_dividing

“I need some help with my Ghost Peppers. They are not doing well.”

It’s because they are ghosts - all that disappearing and coming back is sapping their strength. You are welcome to this sage advice from me.


21 posted on 08/09/2013 3:36:33 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Black Agnes

Exactly! :)


22 posted on 08/09/2013 3:37:14 PM 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: greeneyes
My wife is a lily lover and has a gorgeous garden. This photo was taken minutes ago...

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23 posted on 08/09/2013 3:37:54 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: trisham

I’ve had double squash before but never connected together.

That’s cool.


24 posted on 08/09/2013 3:38:07 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: greeneyes
1st red Brandywine, 08-2013Our first "red/pink" (heirloom) Brandywine (about to be enjoyed by our son) was gathered last week. Our daughter partook (of our second Brandywine yesterday) stating it was the best tomato she had ever eaten, smooth and with a sweet aftertaste. As a tip for those only getting a few fruits off of this variety (as per someone's tip online), I placed mushroom compost under the plants and shook them (to move the pollen around) three to four times a day, and after about 7-10 days, all these baby maters started to appear. :) Life is good! Also, for an added taste sensation, we slice most all our veggies on a Himalayan salt slab leaving them on the block for a couple of minutes before indulging. Very yummy!
25 posted on 08/09/2013 3:38:20 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: MomwithHope

LOL. Don King that’s a hoot for a bird’s name. I just got discharged from PT 3xweekly a few weeks ago. Up until the last 2 weeks, I have done pretty well with the follow up home excercise, but not doing so good for a couple of weeks now.

Strength and stamina is still not back to baseline, but so much better, I continually overschedule and repent in exhaustion.LOL


26 posted on 08/09/2013 3:39:42 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: gorush

Oh wow. Now that’s pretty.

Is that some sort of fruit tree with the little red thingies on it?


27 posted on 08/09/2013 3:40:19 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: greeneyes; All

FYI It is August 9. My brain transposed what I was thinking between the brain and fingers.LOL


28 posted on 08/09/2013 3:40:54 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Black Agnes

It is a “Dalgo Flowering Crab” as I have been told.


29 posted on 08/09/2013 3:41:18 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: greeneyes

Tim overdoes it and then pays for it, it’s been a real roller coaster. Glad to hear you are doing better.


30 posted on 08/09/2013 3:42:14 PM PDT by MomwithHope (Buy and read The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin!)
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To: greeneyes

I wanted to re-pot, but not wanting to gamble with peppers already growing, wasn’t sure if it would be their demise. I rarely have to deal with plant diseases or problems, so I dont have stuff the check nutrient levels. Normally, we just move on after a plant fails and replace it with something else, but I want some really hot peppers. Under normal condition, it is either too much or too little sun that is our problem. We water everything at the ground, never above on the leaves.


31 posted on 08/09/2013 3:42:25 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: gorush

Looks like it’s making little crabapples.

I like the particular colors she’s included in that. The pinks compliment each other nicely.


32 posted on 08/09/2013 3:42:49 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: JRandomFreeper

We haven’t harvested peanuts or potatoes yet. I have a few fall tomatoes started and a bunch of peppers. Hubby has lots of indeterminates, so they should continue, if he continues to pick them as soon as they get a little blush.


33 posted on 08/09/2013 3:43:48 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: rightly_dividing

My only other suggestion is to go to:

www.tomatoville.com

and see if they have any idea. There’s a whole pepper forum over there IIRC.


34 posted on 08/09/2013 3:44:00 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: UB355

My grandaughter only likes the flat beans, so I alway grow Romas. They have all done well for me too. Very trouble free.


35 posted on 08/09/2013 3:45:00 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

I got a peach! One whole peach. But I am happy to have deprived the woodland wildlife of that, let me tell you. It was a wonderful peach, fragrant, juicy, sweet.

The tree had been LOADED this year, second year of producing really. I was unable to save any fruit last year, so this year I experimented with using tulle as netting, and clothespins to hold it in place, protecting select fruit on a handful of branches. Didn’t work.

But one day last week I found one decent sized peach that seemed close to being ripe-so I picked that peach. There were about a dozen smaller ones left still. Next day there was not a single peach on that tree or on the ground beneath. I carefully ripened that one peach, and today .... I ate it.
Bwahahahaha!


36 posted on 08/09/2013 3:50:11 PM PDT by Ladysforest
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To: rightly_dividing; JRandomFreeper

Some things only come out after dark. Sometimes I go check on stuff at midnight. My sunflowers looked like the leaves were had some sort of bad spots developing, but I couldn’t see any thing.

The next thing was a few looked like cut worms got to them. After the hot and dryer weather got here, I checked the garden at midnight and found slugs.

The new stuff is doing great, but it’s so late I doubt that I’ll get any flowers or seeds this year. I’ll know next year though.

Johnny’s grown more peppers than I have ever even seen, so maybe he’ll know what’s up.


37 posted on 08/09/2013 3:50:21 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
My mystery 'mato.

I bought a package of mixed heirloom seeds. I've been watching these tomatoes, but they didn't seem to be getting ripe. Well, it finally dawned on me that maybe they were meant to be green. Sure enough, they're green sausage tomatoes!!

Can't wait to try one. My Black Russians were spectacular!!

Finally - will used kitty litter - the non clumping kind - keep rabbits out of the garden if I spread it around the edges? I've got one little bunny thoroughly enjoying my bush beans and I;d like Mr BunBun to move on to some one else's yard.

38 posted on 08/09/2013 3:51:48 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: greeneyes

We have gotten more rain in the past two months than we normally get during the entirety of our wet season , almost what we get during an entire year .

I normally start my fall tomatoes and peppers this time of year in sunken beds to catch water . The beds are now flooded with standing water and are full of tadpoles. (wish I had planted rice in them lol )

I have a bunch of 55 gallon barrels that were given to me so I think the tomatoes and peppers are going in them for now .

Seeing all this rain it is just hard to fathom that some areas of the country are still very dry.


39 posted on 08/09/2013 3:54:00 PM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: JRandomFreeper
We need rain, and it's been hot. We saw 109F one day this week. Supposed to be a chance of rain over the weekend, and we need it. Badly.

You can have some of ours.

40 posted on 08/09/2013 3:54:45 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: gorush
Wow!! Beauuuuutiful...

Has your wife ever grown Madonna Lillies? I'm having difficulty finding them... And if your wife has the time, could she give me some input as to the lillies I could start out with in this plot (to the right)? It is the back yard of where we're moving, and it's pretty much all weeds right now as you can see, but the landlord said I could garden it... The spot is part-shade.
41 posted on 08/09/2013 3:54:48 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: trisham

I didn’t ever get around to planting many pots this year. Best laid plans and all that. In years, past I have planted in lots of containers when I ran out of room in the raised beds.

I actually like it. If it’s too sunny, you don’t have to mess with rigging shade cloth move the pot. Weather gets too cold, bring it indoors.

I ran out of steam and left 2 raised beds. Made them into compost piles till fall. Then I’ll plant some rye to turn under in the spring.


42 posted on 08/09/2013 3:55:02 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Marcella

You are using a different weather website than I do. Mine updated Sat to full sunny, and 30% Sun w/ iso showers with the next best chance being Wed. These little light rain showers are small and often never rains here at our place or not nearly enough to help. We haven’t had any rain in two weeks or more. Two weeks ago I used the garden auger to drill some holes for a street number sign and at 20in it was still turning up dry sand. We will survive it.


43 posted on 08/09/2013 3:56:21 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: Marcella

LOL. What a wise aker you are.


44 posted on 08/09/2013 3:56:42 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Black Agnes
She has some amazing lilies.

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45 posted on 08/09/2013 3:56:56 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Black Agnes

Thank you, I will search that.


46 posted on 08/09/2013 3:57:15 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: gorush; JRandomFreeper

Love flowers. Thanks for the pictures. Gotta make sure Johnny sees these.LOL


47 posted on 08/09/2013 3:57:48 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Marcella

Thank you much, Marcella, for the Paul Harvey on that. My inquiring mind was wondering. :)


48 posted on 08/09/2013 3:58:57 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: gorush

OMGosh, these are awesome, and what type of camera are you using? Talk about quality images!


49 posted on 08/09/2013 3:59:26 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: mlizzy

Great looking tomato and kid. Thanks for sharing the picture and the tip.

I found out that mushroom compost works great for growing lettuce and spinach too. Best crop ever this year was planted in a bag of mushroom compost.


50 posted on 08/09/2013 4:00:14 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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