Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 35 AUGUST 30, 2013
Posted on 08/30/2013 1:16:25 PM PDT by greeneyes
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Back from the windy city. Attended lots of training sessions from 8am to 6pm,then came supper, and a walk over to my hotel to get in before dark. No strolling around dowtown Chicago after dark, for this gal-I have better sense than that. So tired I would go immediately asleep, then wake up about 3 hours wide awake. So I'd drink a little herbal tea, review conference materials, make notes and action plans. Finally I would wind down a bit and go back to sleep about 3am, and then up at 6pm. Eat breakfast, clean up and stroll over to the conference site by 8am to do it again.
Someone asked me if I was having fun. LOL I didn't go there to have fun, and I didn't really have any. I had great suppers, and learned a lot of sutff, that will translate into lots of work to do for my volunteer work. I would say the conference was necessary, informative, and useful, but FUN-I'd rather be almost anywhere else for fun. LOL
Sorry I did not get to answer all your posts from last weeks thread. There was an issue with truncation, so I answere the ones I had. I promise I wasn't ignoring anyone.LOL
Garden did not do so well while I was gone. It was pretty droopy, and needed some immediate watering. Some of the perennials may not come back they got so dry.
Cukes and cantaloupes have succumbed to some sort of wilt. They will have to be pulled and taken to the burn pile. I'll have to do some research to see what happened to them, and whether there is anything I can do for next year.
I may have to just grow them in containers with new potting mix next few years, since I have a feeling the soil is now infected with spores or something.
Almond Tree produced some fruit. It looks just like a peach. There is a pit inside that looks like a peach. Cracked the pit, and there was a beautiful almond. The fruit wasn't quite ripe. Now I'm thinking phewy on youey peaches. I got me some almonds, and the fruit is just peachy enough to be a great peach substitute, and I get almonds, a great source of vitamnin E, to boot.
Just maybe this is a superior tree for our limited acre fruits and nuts from the same tree.LOL
Hope you are all doing well, Have a great weekend, and God Bless.
You might have had vine borers in your cukes and cantaloupes.
Not unheard of. One of our neighbors lost every cucumber to vine borers one year.
Oh, what variety almond/peach is that? I’ve seen one at Starks but have been too chicken to order it.
Pinging the List.
You could be right. IIRC it started on a leaf higher up rather than on the ground, and spread like wild fire.
I didn’t grow cukes this year but when I do I take DE in one of those little snot puller bulb thingies you use with infants and puff the DE under the leaves and on the vine of the cukes.
Have to repeat after rain or a heavy dew.
Well, I am not too sure. I thing it was called hardy almond. We were looking in the nut tree sections of several catalogs and ordered 2 or 3 which didn’t survive the winter.
So we oredered some more and planted them in another part of the yard and they survived. None of them were advertised as being fruit trees. They were just plain ole hardy almonds.
Hubby came in and said looky here our almond tree has turned into a peach tree. He cut the fruit and found what looked like a fruit pit. Well maybe there was a mixup we thought and they sent us a peach tree?
So I said split the stone pit and she what’s inside, and there it was-an almond nut. That is the extent of what I know. Gonna have to put it on the winter research list.LOL
Thanks for that tip. I’ll try to remember it for next year.
I got busy this year and only planted potatoes. They seem to be doing well. I need to start digging up some and using them.
she=see please forgive all my typos and transpostions, my fingers don’t always type what I am thinking in the right order, I try to catch it before posting, but don’t always.
It all started innocently... I burned myself in the kitchen and gritched to my daughter that I needed an Aloe Vera, since my last ones had died in the nuclear summer of '11.
So she got one from her grandmother (my ex-mother-in-law) and brought it to me.
It had little ones, so I transplanted them to pots. And then there were more little ones, and I transplanted them to pots.
These things are reproducing like tribbles.
Mine are ready to dig too. They aren’t as large as I had hoped, but they are great tasting, and will make some beautiful potato skin appetizers.
I neglected to build up the soil/hay as much as I should, and I failed to water them a few times when I was busy and should have.
Pretty good results, though for my first try with potatoes. I plant a patch next year too, I think.
LOL. That’s the trouble with tribbles. Reproduction is abundant.LOL
Want to plant lettuce seeds this weekend here in DFW for the Fall. Never tried a Fall planting—its been so hot here I’m concerned that any seedlings wont be able to handle the heat if they sprout at all.
Should I wait a week or two for it to cool down somewhat before planting the seeds?
Do you plant seedlings or transplants? Texas A&M was recommending no later than Sept 15th for this area (DFW) but if planted in October do you cover them up in late November when the cold comes around?
The inner nut of the peach and apricot pits are related to almonds. The kernels of apricot and peach pits have a similar flavor and the same toxic effect (destroyed by heating) as bitter almonds.
I planted lettuce that is in seed tape on August 21st. It's up, and I wil probably stick with seed tape over seeds in the future..
The seedlings are all so perfectly spaced, and in a perfectly straight line..unlike when I plant seed.
Yes, they will be tiny little seedlings. I don't direct sow anything, actually.
A doe ate most of one of the walnut trees I planted this spring. It was doing every well, with a mate nearby. The leaves were vacuumed off. Just damn !
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