Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 36 SEPTEMBER 6, 2013
Posted on 09/06/2013 11:58:59 AM PDT by greeneyes
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I have some beautiful tomatoes that are green, but will be big slicers Lord willing and the critters don't munch. Getting ready to pull out almost everything else, and add some compost and soil nutrients etc to prepare for winter planting.
It seems that the growing season has really flown by this year. It's hard to believe it is almost fall. The persimmons are almost ripe. Hubby had a minimal grape harvest, but he did get a gallon of juice.
Hope you all are doing well. Have a great weekend, and God Bless.
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I wish my maters had done better this growing season. We had soooo much rain the soil never dried out. The hot peppers didn’t like it either. But I have gotten a few peppers here recently. My tomato plants are dead now so no hope for those. With all the rain I wonder what winter will bring!!
I will be getting my garden plot ready for the fall garden this coming week. We need rain in Texas. Our lake is at 33% capacity and is expected to go lower. We are on water rationing for the foreseeable future. Really stinks to be in such a drought.
from CT: My turnip greens seeded themselves and gave me another crop! Even in the walkways of the garden! Lots of Tomatoes - mostly green, hope they turn red before the frost. Butternut popping up everywhere. okra just starting. thought I had no flat beans but got a lot the other day. my cup runneth over.
The Fuji’s looks good this year, Asian pears have been bountiful, the dwarf fruuit trees have delivered,, juicy crispy yummy, squirrels not pleased , the netting made a big difference.
I may have to grow some veggies next year, and knock back a lemon tree, it,s getting too tall to pick from easily.
Enjoy your harvests.
Our new Excaliber 3500 should be delivered Monday; got it at Amazon, and for some reason known only to them, white was $20 less than black. I’ll break it in with sunflower seeds, to get the moisture content down enough to store without destroying viability; ditto corn I want to save for seed. Plan to also put some cilatro in it, as well as catnip. Might have to do apples somewhere in between. Between the Amazon discounts; free shipping, and a $50 gift card from redeeming CC ‘reward points’, it only cost $130 out of pocket: The Frugal Freeper strikes again!
We’ve be “squashing” everyone in sight, including a powerline crew doing maintenance on the right-of-way. We’ve also gotten our first winter squash. early this week.
Jacob’s Cattle beans are finished; Great Northerns & White Greasy cutshorts are about half way or so done. Still getting green Espada bush beans; I’ll plant them again, even though they’re a hybid. The brown cowpea-type limas are loaded with immature pods; those seeds are savable, too..
I learned for next year: plant JCB as bush beans, since they don’t climb; and GN as pole beans, as they DO climb. I was certain JCB were clibmers, so planted nearly 40 left overs that didn’t fit their area next to a row of the Russin sunflowers, so they could climb the stalks: MISTAKE; as bush beans, they got too much shade and didn’t produce at all. I should have put them away for next year.
Still getting cukes; and I can’t believe the potatoes still aren’t anywhere near ready to dig. Okra was a bust, as it was too cool & wet for it early & mid summer.
Sometime this coming week I need to get the tilling done for the winter rye & wheat planting due the following week.
Carrots have had a banner year, and our first ever attempt at leeks has been a success, after a rocky start.
And 1st out.
Don’t forget to change your drivers.
I know of tractors that can plow faster than some of my picks of late
A question or two about figs: this is the first year our tree is really bearing. If I leave them on the tree to ripen, the ants and the hornets get to them (and I’ve brushed off the insects and bit the other side of the fig - superb.) If I bring them inside before the bugs get them, they don’t ripen nearly as well, and some of them ferment and the fruit flies get them.
So what do you fig growers do?
In previous years we always had lots of hard green figs about now and I thought NJ summers just weren’t warm enough or long enough to ripen them. But this has been the wettest summer in fifteen years or so; the grass in the field is six feet high. So in future summers I will water the fig tree well if we don’t have as much rain, and see how that works out.
This season really has gone quickly, hasn’t it?
LOL. Still pretty spry with the fingers on the keyboard.
One thing about the weather is it can always suprise you just when you think you have it all figured out. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.LOL
I really empathise with you all. I remember last summer here, and you all have really had years of it.
I have a friend who has a very prolific fig tree and she dehydrates them when they ripen on the tree.
I didn’t know Turnip greens would do that. I might have to develop a taste for them.LOL
Count your blessings and preserve the harvest!
Wow! Frugality pays!
We have had no return on our dwarf orchard so far. This year should have had peaches, but they are dying. Next year we hope to have some apples.
I am putting leeks on my wish list for next year. Still waiting for my garlic shipment for fall planting. I won’t have to worry about planting winter wheat till October 15 thank goodness. September is shaping up to be a whirlwind of everything except gardening.