Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 38 SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Posted on 09/20/2013 12:16:53 PM PDT by greeneyes
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Have some squash to do something with, so am thinking about putting up a batch of pickled zucchini spears and some summer squash.
Had planned on doing some patio cleaning and garden prep for winter this weekend, but the rain has rescued me from that for another day.LOL
Sockmonkey-you caught me right in the middle of posting.LOL
Pinging the list. Have a great weekend everyone. God Bless.
We got an inch of rain last night and another half inch a couple nights ago. Was badly needed. I need to get out to the garden and see if the fall greens I planted have sprouted. Mrs. Augie made a couple gallons of salsa earlier in the week and I’m still not tired of BLT’s for supper. LOL
I harvested the peanuts, and the yield was lower than I wanted because of the lack of rain over the last month, but I have peanuts to make peanut butter with.
Next year, as with my tobacco, I'll be planting more.
I opened up some land that is mostly/partial shade to grow my tobacco in next year. The plants that were at the shady end of the garden produced more, and better quality tobacco.
Tomatoes in the small garden are blooming, and pretty happy with the rain last night and today. I should have fall tomatoes before too long.
Equinox is Sunday, and I'll be starting my fall garden stuff inside.
Woohoo! We’ve had light rain off and on today but there’s a flood warning for later with road closures already in Austin. The creek is still bone dry since it’s soaking in immediately. The temps have been in the 90s this week and dropping into the 80s next week so that’s a big plus. I haven’t seen the cooler weather helping the garden any but maybe eventually.
Yes we were getting awfully dry here too. The rain has been a blessing-no doubt about it.
Rainy greetings to you. I ran outto the garden just now to see if I have anything exciting to report.
Sugar Pod Peas I planted the 8th are about four inches high. One Black Beauty Eggplant should be ready in about 2 days. I have lots of green tomatoes.
My okra, yard long beans, and peppers are just sitting there, except for the hungarian wax, and jalapenos. My toy choi, and wa wa tsai, I planted the 8th of September are about an inch tall, and just sitting there. Oh, and my swiss chard is just sitting there at about two inches tall.
Sarajevo, please stay where you are, so it will keep raining here.
I’ll be thinking about starting some seeds for the winter/fall planting season. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
My to do list is so long-I hesitate to get started. Then the hesitation turns to procrastination, then I get over the urge to get started.LOL
Glad you all are getting some rain. Hope you have some rain barrels to catch the runoff from the roof.
The new hose and nozzles have come but I cant go out there under the roofed part and bend my neck to get it attached to the water spigot and toss out the old one. I dont have to water as it has rained some the last several days and all day today and the humidity must be 100% out there when it isnt raining because my glass doors are fogged up and that seldom happens.
I think my calling in life is to grow Tromboncino Squash. That plant grows inches at night and it is definitely over 5 feet tall and is at the end of the support built into that barrel. How do the tendrils on that plant find those plastic rods on the support and latch on to them? That is some kind of intelligence to find those rods and wrap around them. The other baby one I transplanted from under the grow lamp is over 6 inches now with more leaves, growing very fast. All the plants look great and growing, but no blooms on anything. I need stakes for the tomatoes that are falling over but Im not driving the car to get them due to my neck I cant turn my neck to see what other cars are doing. And, if I had the stakes, I cant move my neck to get the states in and the tomatoes attached. Maybe by Sunday the neck will be okay and I can get those stakes.
The dog has alerted me twice to a squirrel walking on top of the back wall, but he/she hasnt come in that we know of, so the trap is still out there and set. There are six walking onions up. The sesame plant has more of the very small white bell flowers.
If I can actually get some food produced on these plants, I would know I can grow food right now all I know is, I can sprout seed and plant plants and keep them alive.
Johnny, you said you have blooms on your Roma tomatoes, and I have no blooms on these eight Mortgage Lifter tomatoes. That is depressing I need blooms.
I envision you being enwrapped in a giant trombonciono squash vine, being taunted by a pesky squirrel..
Are you getting any rain?
It's because my heart is pure. ;)
Take it easy, and let your neck get better. Those plants don’t need daily attention. In fact, a little neglect sometimes helps.LOL
LOL. I wondered where you went. Thought you would be the first one posting.LOL
Well, never mind my post..You were “reporting in” while I was typing my post to you.
Since rain is a bit of a novelty around these parts the last several years, I had to go play in it..I'm sure all the Texas Gardeners are as happy as I am over the wet stuff gracing us right now.
BTW, the old saying, “a watched pot never boils”..well, checking my rain gauge every five minutes is kinda the same thing..
No doubt you are correct. Break out Gene Kelly’s rendition of singing in the rain.LOL
Source : << http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/09/1-million-truckers-protest-barack-obama-shutting-america-3-days-october/ >>
"Truckers to Shutdown America." a 3 day strike October 11th thru 13th
As someone whose family operates a trucking company, there was no surprise when the announcement to organize a one million trucker march
in October appeared online at reagancoalition.com and on a Facebook page.
According to reagancoalition.com:
There is a Facebook page called "Truckers to Shutdown America." This is one of the messages they posted:
"My fellow patriot this effort is to support the truckers in a major shut down of America ion [sic] a 3 day strike October 11th thru 13th.
Obamacare will be in effect and most people will be ready to take action.
No commerce on those days stock up on items that you will need.
No banking no shopping no money transactions. It does not matter if a million or 50 roll through DC in this effort.
Congress will listen to We the People...(continues )..
Last but not least is Fuel prices.
I don't know if this issue will come to pass , however , it is best to be prepared in view of this publicised event.
(Anyway , Marcella , I hope you already have your new solid water hose and connections .. )
Yes, I got the hose and connections. I had kept using the massive leaking one until this past Wednesday when rain started.
I always have food stored so I’m okay. I hope the truckers make a difference. Bless the truck drivers who keep us alive.
Since you are getting rain, maybe my friends in Bandera are getting rain. Will have to email her. I send her the gardening thread link every week so she can read it.
Wishing everyone the best. Hoping everyone is successful in their efforts to beat back FEDZILLA. Don’t hold your breath.
Prayers Up for the salvation and restoration of America.
We are FINALLY getting some runoff rain in central Texas. Over 5” at home and 8”+ in the hill country. All that will end up in Lake Travis which is over 60 feet below full.
Thanks for sharing the pictures. Looking good-no doubt about it.
Good news at last. Thank the lord, and harvest any produce you get.
Johnny says he is going to start a fall garden inside. Greeneyes, you say you are maybe starting seeds for a fall garden. Isn’t this fall now? I would say the plants I have outside now are fall garden plants - is that not right? I mean it’s September - isn’t that fall?
I think there is a conspiracy to give me wrong information so as to confuse me. It must be an insidious plot - let me get my tin foil hat so you can’t get in my brain.
I don’t get your garden lingo - what months are in the fall garden season?
You are in the hill country, aren’t you? Some places near Fredericksburg or Kerville had over 8” during the past few hours. We are over 5” and still raining.
I haven’t even started the fall garden. This rain will give me a chance to get something into the ground later this week.
Well, I know that on my Fanick's Calendar that seeds planted July 1st and into November are considered part of Fall Garden Crops..
Hope you get to feeling better soon.
I think I said fall and winter garden. Officially fall begins September 22-based on position of earth with respect to sun.
From a practical standpoint, any crop I plant now that matures in 30 days is a fall plant. I plant lettuce, carrots, onions, garlic, snap beans, wheat, and rye in the fall. Some matures during the fall, some during the winter, and some in the spring. I call this my fall and/or winter garden.
Sometimes we get a small frost, and can actually grow stuff until December with a little help from row covers on various cold nights. Sometimes it’s colder, and we get less fall and more winter. Some stuff continues to grow until you get down to freezing temps. Tomatoes don’t they need 50 degrees at night.
States to the south of Missouri, usually can grow stuff much longer into the “fall” and “winter” than we can. All is relative with respect to planting season, but technically fall hasn’t started yet.LOL
I can assure you, haiving gone out every 5-10 minutes to check my rain gauge, I am slightly less than a half inch here in Kerrville.
If the rain is following the same track as yesterday, it is west of Kerrville, and east of Fredericksburg by a few miles.
Went dove hunting near Stonewall yesterday. Few doves, and not much rain there either. There was a nice shower between Kerrville and Fredericksburg.
Things winding down here in west Michigan. Still getting some tomatoes, peppers, herbs, have not dug carrots or potatoes yet. Been busy canning tomatoes, will fill a dozen or so jars with salsa tomorrow. I get a little jealous when I read some of you in warmer climates having fall gardens. As I get older each winter gets a little harder.
I know, I was thinking the same thing. Just didn’t even feel like messing with it until we got some rain. Lots of stuff that I usually have planted already, I probably won’t mess with.
I’ll do a small patch of lettuce, carrots, and garlic-if it ever gets delivered and some stuff for spring green soil enhancement maybe-whatever spirit moves me.LOL
For anyone interested, here's the U of Utah Extension sheet, with pictures, for it: http://thoth.library.utah.edu:1701/primo_library/libweb/action/dlDisplay.do?vid=MWDL&afterPDS=true&docId=digcoll_usl_2249150
The Serendipity* corn harvested for us is in the pressure canner as I write. Just started to put out steam, so in 10 minutes I can button it up, and let it start building pressure. The rest of it is being allowed to field-dry for the chickens.
The Painted Hill corn is finished, seed saved, and the rest stored. Golden Bantam is still drying on the stalks for the chickens.
Beans (except the limas) are finished, as are the cukes; but still getting zukes & pattypan squash. Winter squash & pumpkins are ready yet, though some of the Buttercups are nearly so. Been harvesting German Giant radish seed; should have enough to do some sprouting for salads, as well as to plant next year. The potatoes still haven't died, but they are beginning to lay down, and lose the bright green, so it won't be too much longer.
Was finally able to till under the oilseed sunflowers, as well as the rest of that plot yesterday, so it can get the winter rye sowed. The Grey Stripes will get harvested PDQ.
Made our annual run to the
dump "Waste Management Transfer Station" on Wednesday. While there, paid $10 & brought home a screen/storm door combo. Had to reverse the hinges, but it's now on the chicken coop, replacing the “temporary” screen door I put up 3 years ago; I had to cover it with black plastic in the winter. Now I can just raise or lower a large glass panel.
The chickens have been in heaven, eating all the garden trim & windfall fruits; but quit laying to molt, and haven't restarted yet.
LOVING the new Excalibur! We're getting nearly as much onto one tray as our old, round, Waring holds on all 6; and the temp control & no constant rotating of the trays is a Godsend. In addition to drying fruit & veggies for storage, we've been using it to speed up drying of the seeds, grains, corn, & beans that we could never put in the small one.
As soon as hunting season arrives, it will be getting used for some venison jerky & a bit for hard-dried venison for “chipped beef”. * Serendipity is the first "triple sweet" corn.
"TripleSweet corn actually contains TWO kernel types, selected and reselected to create an ear that is 75% sugary-enhanced and 25% supersweet. Ideal for home gardens, it needs no isolation from other corn, and has great staying power on the stalk.>
It’s been quite eventful here! Some rain for past couple of days.
Went to State Fair and learned some things which I found to be vastly important.
I had seen some really scary looking critters crawling all over my cucumbers munching down. I thought they might be thrips, because of some things I had read. But I wasn’t sure. I started killing these as much and fast as I could. I had a little nudge, possibly from one of my garden angels to take a picture of these beasts and ask our county extension guy what they are. So I did.
I had not planned to do this, but when I got to the Fair, I had my camera with me. I saw an extension agent running a booth in the ag area, and realized I could ask her what this horrible beast is. I was distraught to learn that I had been a lady bug murderer. These little critters were the good guys munching down on the aphids which had been the real culprits interfering with the already prolific cucumber production.
I am so glad to know what these guys are now because I had had NO IDEA! Never had seen them before! I really thinned down the herd, but did not manage (thank God) to kill them all.
[scroll down a bit on the page to see the relevant pictures]
We also saw the people who have developed a product called “Garden Anywhere Boxes.” Darlin’ and I were both mightily impressed! They have several kits, and seem like they are quite reasonably priced. Probably are similar to others which have been discussed on these threads, but we got to see these in action and broken down and got to visit with the guy who developed them to make this particular configuration work. They are out of Newalla, OK.
Harvest has picked up a bit. I’ve been getting some BLACK TURTLE BEANS which I’ve been allowing to dry and collecting into a jar. I had thought with some of my difficulties with them at the start of the season that they would not like it here, but that hasn’t been the case. It isn’t a big amount, but I did not expect it to be. I was trying different varieties to see what kinds like our soil, etc. This is the bean varity that have made it the best. GREAT WHITE NORTHERNERS have also eeked in some representation, but I know that the black turtles can grow well here. The SNOW PEAS are actually making a comeback after I found the caterpillars which had been destroying them. They are flowering and have produced a few pods here and there which I’ve put immediately into soups.
I’ve absolutely been bowled over by the OKRA! Our four little plants have turned into a veritable forest, and we have a LARGE mess of them building up in the fridge, even with me giving away a couple of double handfuls!
We harvested three of the SUNFLOWER heads which were huge and quite heavily laden. Also was harvesting some late smallish TOMATOES - about 3 so far, but several are green on the vine yet.
We were tickled to have the EGYPTIAN WALKING ONION order arrive today! Darlin and I plan to do some dirt prep before planting them, but I am so stoked!
We did some minimal fertilization of our PECAN trees last spring, and it seemed to do some good. The ones we have picked to test are heavy and fat. We are excited about that and glad we learned that pecans need zinc sulphate in addition to the other nutrients required in conventional fertilizers.
We learned about a special class being held in January and February in our state called “Master Gardener’s Boot Camp,” which was described to us as a general overview of the state’s perennials, annuals, trees, landscaping, soil, bugs, etc. We are seriously considering participating in that but will have to see how our schedules shake out.
So there you have it, hope everyone else is doing well!
Wow. Great harvesting news. Serendipity, I am likeing the sounds of no need to isolate. Might have to try it. I love sweet corn of all kinds.
Glad to hear about your snow peas and okra. Sounds as though your snow peas are happy and thriving. Our okra just sat for the longest time, and finally the growth hormone, or whatever it was kicked in and they have been growing and producing like crazy! Hope that happens to yours as well!
We should be in peak harvest time for Super Bowl Sunday salsa-making.
One of the Austin stations had a report that the Pedernales watershed had over 8” during the night and early morning. Hope they are not pulling a fast one on us. We are about 35 miles NW of Austin and have had close to 6” by now.
Thanks for letting people know about the Trucker protests, TIK! I’ve been praying for it, that any media blackout is unsuccessful and that there is a huge response and turnout for it.
I’ll be tilling my garden and planting turnips, leaf lettuce and other fall garden veggies this week. I saved some garlic and onion seeds and have them in pots to see if they come up.
I had several onion stalks that had seed pods on the tall stems. My dad used to just throw them in the dirt and they would come up.
Gorgeous garden there, mlizzy! Thanks for the pix!
Lots of info there. Thanks for the links. That boot camp sounds interesting. I’ll have to check our extension center and see if they have anything like it.
I know we have a master gardener course, but I didn’t think I could manage the time it would have required, plus they want you to do a lot of volunteer stuff when finished. My volunteer stuff already takes as much time as a full time job-so I thought it best not to do it this year.LOL
What varieties did you receive? Do you have a garden patch, or are you using containers or what?
” I didnt think I could manage the time it would have required, plus they want you to do a lot of volunteer stuff when finished”
That was an objection that Darlin pointed out. When I was asking about the “Boot Camp” I also asked about the Master Gardener program. Yes, it does require about 60 hours of volunteer work. Darlin reminded me of the several other projects I’m working on, and basically discouraged me from thinking about getting the certification any time soon. So I guess I’ll table that ambition for a time as well.
But the bootcamp doesn’t require the volunteer hours does it?
Thank you! She is small, but she is powerful... :)
Those garden boxes are pretty cool, thanks; I can’t find the dimensions, though...
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