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To: greeneyes

When hubby gets home this afternoon he’s got about 10 ripe pumpkins to pick. I’d pick them but he likes to make sure they’ve got enough stem to last and then he keeps meticulous track of how much they weigh. So I let him do that part. There are probably 10 or 15 more that will be ripe in another couple of weeks. Here in temperate southern MS there’s time for another making. When we pick these pumpkins the vine will sull for another week or so and then put out shoots and set another pumpkin, sometimes two. Those will be ripe sometime early October and it’ll repeat the process. It’s those last squash/pumpkins that we cover with the homemade fencing/plastic tarp teepees to let them ripen after we get a heavy frost in late Oct/early Nov.

I have a sneaky Long of Naples that’s snuck into my corn patch. It’s got a female bloom that will probably open tomorrow. I’m going to have to fertilize that part of the corn patch to make sure they don’t feed to heavily on what the other needs. I’ll probably use the regular algoflash for that.

My rice is 5ft tall and each plant has ~20 pannicles of rice grains. Still smells wonderful at mid day too.

Getting a few tomatoes. Got them out late because frost got the first set in early May. Unheard of this far south.

Getting scads of hot peppers though, they were still in the garage that night. Our low was supposed to be 42 but it was 36 on my back porch that next morning and had gotten even lower in my garden.

Corn is 5ft tall right now. It’s really liking the warm nights we had over the past month. It was 65 at my house first thing this morning. Cooler than normal and todays high was all of 84 degrees. 8deg lower than normal. Feels like early fall here. Hopefully it’ll warm up to upper 80’s or lower 90’s next week. For my garden’s sake.

Sweet potatoes are taking over now too. I wish there was some way you could tell how they were doing underground. We’ll have to wait and see though.

My Kroger ginger is about 1ft tall now it its pots. It’s liked the hot/humid weather we’ve had the past 2 or 3 weeks. I need to remember to feed that when I feed my citrus.

And lastly, the Arbequina olive I got from Jungs has put on a whole bunch of new growth since I gave it a bigger pot. I’m growing it for a potted ornamental for my yard as much as I am to see if it will make olives. We’ll cross our fingers for the latter.

It’s all good this week.


3 posted on 08/16/2013 12:56:39 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes

You have an olive small tree? You can grow rice - that is just amazing to me.


11 posted on 08/16/2013 1:15:04 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Black Agnes

Sounds like a really great year for your garden. We have had some good stuff this year, but disappointments too. Biggest of which is the dying peach trees, and the goji berry bushes.

Last year, the goji bushes did very very well, and were superbly drought resistant. This year they keep being cut off or the leaves chewed up. Insects supposedly don’t love them, so they are supposed to be kinda easy and trouble free.

Last year they were A OK. This year not so much. Doubt they will have the strength to survive the winter.

What is the name of that weather guy that you have talked about? The one that says we are in a 1950s weather pattern, and doesn’t believe in the Global Warming stuff so much?


18 posted on 08/16/2013 1:47:24 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Black Agnes
My rice is 5ft tall and each plant has ~20 pannicles of rice grains. Still smells wonderful at mid day too.

Ooooh, rice! I've been wanting to try growing this. Where did you get your seed? What variety is it? Do you grow it in standing water?

Kitazawa Seed Co. sells rice seed for a "sticky rice" short grain variety. I have a packet but haven't planted it yet.

108 posted on 08/17/2013 1:53:08 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: Black Agnes; Marcella

I have two Arbequina Olive trees in the ground for two years now. They are extremely hardy. I’ve barely watered them during this drought and they still grow. They make very attractive ornamental plants, and one actually produced a handful of olives this year.


123 posted on 08/17/2013 11:10:06 AM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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