Skip to comments.Weekly Garden Thread Volume 24 June 20, 2014
Posted on 06/20/2014 12:30:26 PM PDT by greeneyes
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Busy week. Haven't been on line much, barely had time to water the garden. Have to get out later and pull some weeds. I had a couple of sections that weren't planted, so the weeds started.
Have made some sort of sour dough bread every other day. Trying different recipes and techniques to see which we like best.
Have some nice medium size green tomatoes going, some peppers starting on the pepper plants, and some peas are still alive in the containers.
Have pulled most of the garlic. I did finally get some good size bulbs and I dried them in front of the fan, since it started raining shortly after they were pulled. I usually just let them lay on the wooden timbers at the edge of the garden for a while.
The washing machine sprang a leak, the dryer quit working, and the apartment washer quit right in the middle of a load. So I have done laundry the old fashioned way. Really got the muscles in my hands and fore arms a workout. Was able to dry them in the dryer, so I didn't have to hang a clothes line.
Repair man came and fixed the main washer and dryer. The apartment unit needs a new motor, but they have quit making the part, so that's it. The dryer still works, and the unit is attached together, so we probably won't replace it for a while.
I have some mystery plants coming up in the midst of the lettuce containers. Looks like a melon or squash vine. I'll be backtracking last week's thread to catch up on what I missed this week.
Hope everyone is doing well, and wishing you all a great weekend. God Bless
Pinging the List.
What is the preferred home recipe for something to spray on plants to keep the bugs off? Ants seem to be a problem on my peach trees. Not sure what is eating the topmost leaves of my pear trees. The nutria in the pond behind my house has discovered my small sunflower plants.
I’ve been thinking Tabasco and dish-soap but freepers give the best advice. What do you suggest?
It’s an all out war here: Me vs. bunnies. I’m using tactics unapproved by the Geneva Convention. I lure them into the Hav-A-Heart trap, and then take them away from neighbors’ prying eyes and dispatch them with my air rifle.
Although I have no experience with fruit trees, I spray neem oil on everything for every issue: slugs, cabbage moths, blight, you name it. It works on everything except large critters.
after some late snows, my potatoes are coming up.
As goodwithagun stated, neem oil is good, but tabasco and soap also works. If you are overloaded with bugs and are careful, malathion will take care of them.
Bunnies are good eatin’! Easy to clean, too.
I’m thinking that would work. I have an all purpose spray that works on most of the insects around here:
Chop up an onion and a handfull of garlic cloves and put them in a quart jar. Add a few tsp of cayenne pepper, and fill the jar with hot boiling water. Let it sit overnight.
Strain and add a couple of drops of dish washing liquid and a couple of drops of oil to the liquid. Put it into a spray bottle and shake it up before using.
I was very skeptical of this when I tried it. Just after I filled the spray bottle the first time, I saw a bug running across the basement floor, squirted him, and 30 seconds later he was laying belly up dead as a doornail.
SSSSHHHHH! NSA is listening and watching.LOL
Thanks for the ping, worked great.
Another awesome day in Central Missouri. Garden is rocking!
My romaine lettuce has all bolted in the past couple days, along with most of my radishes, so I’ve been feeding that stuff to the chickens. One more picking on the snow peas and I think they’ll be chicken food as well.
Kentucky Wonder beans have vined to the top of the fence, cucumbers are halfway there.
Garlic is turning brown and falling over so I’ll be digging that in the next few days.
I can start digging spuds any time now. I uncovered one plant and it that one is any indication I’m going to have a nice crop.
Broccoli and cauliflower are ready to harvest.
I’m not sure how much of that I’ll accomplish this weekend. Mrs. Augie is out of town so I’m going fishing tomorrow morning and to the dirt track races tomorrow night.
Greeneyes sent me this one back in May:
Great news. I usually don’t even plant potatoes, because they are so cheap at the grocery.
However, I like potato skins, but I don’t like to eat pesticides, so I thought I would grow some of my own just so I could feel better about eating the skins.
They were so easy, I expanded this year. My favortie thing to plant so far. Just put them in the ground April 1 - 15. Cover with straw, and forget them till they grow a little and add some more straw.
Collect a few small ones to sample after they are blooming, and dig them up later for storage. Easiest planting, harvest, and preservation of anything I have every grown.
You are welcome.
Sounds like a fun weekend. You got a lot done last week, so it’s a good time to have a little fun - Yes?
I was sorry to read about you selling your herd, but I do know that I too wouldn’t miss all that work. I’d do it if I had to, put right now we don’t have to, so no animals except the dog for us.
I’d love to have my own pastured chicken eggs, but even that’s too much trouble.
My wife lets me dispatch the tree rats but not the bunnies. When a dog comes around they will run to her for protection. Luckily we have enough wild grass and violets to keep them from eating too much out of the gardens.
Life is awful when the W/D goes out. I’ve had to do just what you did, way too often.
Good to hear about those tomaters and peppers.
When you get the sourdough recipes sorted through, let me know! lol
Well, the whole wheat biscuit recipe is pretty much done. Now I am trying different ways and sorts of baking pans.
Still working on the bread. Last batch was doing great, taste and texture is good, just didn’t rise quite high enough to suit me.
Recipes so far use a mixture of the home grown, ground wheat, and all purpose flour, but I do have a recipe for a 100% sourdough that I want to try at some point.
I’m probably going to make some traditional sandwich bread tonight since we are out of store bought. It’ll be a kind of french type bread- not sour dough. I love sour dough, but hubby would rather have the other.
When we first got married, I used to bake all our bread, and we never bought bread from the store, but my skills are a bit rusty, so I thought I’d practice.
Going to teach the children how after I’m back up to speed.
I am sorry, but I have had no experience with chippies, so I hope someone else has some good advice for you.
I am going to plant some lettuce close to a tree where it will get shade all afternoon, and the house will give shade from the morning sun.
Tried it last year in the summer and it worked. I used black seeded simpson lettuce which is supposed to be heat tolerant.
It’s 93 and 16% humidity here. But I was out in the shop with a air circulater running, painting a wall. I got pretty hot and clothes soaked. Low humidity; It’s overrated.
Tomaters were a bust for us, 0 tomatos this year from 10 plants. But I don’t yet hate the birds and squirrels, If we had been at home to feed them 2 weeks ago, they would never have tried tomatos and developed a taste for tomato juice. I hope we can keep them alive till fall and maybe get a crop then.
Peppers are doing well, with the banana peppers and jalapenos getting real big. Ther peppers doing good to.
My wife’s flowers all over the yard in beds and containers are having a banner year, especially the sunset lantanas. They are about 4ft tall and about 10-12ft long in a large bed with only 4 plants. They are really putting on a show, along with the butterflies visiting them.
Borax for ants. Neem oil works pretty good for a number of things.
I think I may have found the problem that was causing a few of my tomato plant to die off. To much water. The soil has been to wet due to rains and me needing to test my new drip system. I know better than to over water but just did not take the rains into the equation when testing the drip system.
My other plants and 25 or so surviving tomatoes are doing fine. I have also ordered some shade cloth to cover the garden during the heat this summer. It should be here next Wed. I am going to see if my old drip system’s PVC pipe will be all I need in constructing a structure to hold the shade fabric, I hope so.
I started this garden very late this year and the summer heat here in Mississippi can do a garden in, especially a young one. I hope the shade fabric will help.
My fig trees have revived after the cold winter killed off all the old established branches. I will have figs! My two pear trees are full of fruit. So far everything is going well.
Good Gardening To All!
Exciting times here this week. Hubby killed a copperhead last night. Of course, the big slobber bucket had to sniff all over where it was blown to bits. I'm expecting one to find me in the garden the way I've been pulling weeds. It's ridiculous how fast they grow. Every year same thing. They grow faster than the vegetable seeds do so they shade them out and all I have to show are weeds. You've seen those paintings of women out in the fields with bushels of wheat in their arms, that's me with weeds. Every morning, bushels and bushels. Still no end in sight. Of course, I'm accidentally pulling up volunteer tomatoes with the weeds so am sticking them in the ground wherever and it's up to them to recover. The little green tomatoes from last week are still green so hoping they'll ripen when the nephews get here next weekend.
I found some poison ivy a couple days ago so had hubby dig it up. I'm greatly surprised I'm not all broken out but now that I've said it, I'll probably get into some tomorrow. Crossing fingers and knocking wood.
The garlic is drying and needs to be braided.
Had some little bitty corn from the garden for supper last night. Tasted like candy, yum! I sampled the two blackberries the birds left me and can't wait until they've matured next year. They're sending out branches and rooting themselves so all’s good. I need to maintain the fence they're supposed to grow on because every fence here is destined to have a multitude of invasive vines growing on them. No matter the mowing or chopping or Round-Up or pulling, there WILL be vines. I don't think the berries will be able to eventually take over so don't know how that battle will turn out.
Will be picking the first cuke in a couple days. I ran out of fungicide and need to get some more for the cukes. They normally don't get the ick on their leaves until the end of summer so don't know what's going on.
Something ate through the mustard greens. Something happened to the cilantro overnight. It's like it decided life just wasn't worth living and poof! But the ginger is popping up nicely. And the cabbage looks like it's thinking of heading.
I have a mystery plant, too. Found it in the asparagus this morning. It has little miniature pepper looking fruit on it though I've never planted anything like that. A neighbor a few streets over has some ornamental peppers so maybe a bird was sharing. Will have to investigate but it's probably all kinds of poisonous. I've told y'all about the cardinals who wait for me to turn on the garden sprinkler, well this morning there were about 10 dove waiting to play in the water, too.
Ooh, mama kitty is still has an attitude. If it weren't for the kittens I wouldn't feed her. Though I think it's mainly because she's skin and bones from feeding her babies. The kittens are walking around now, though not straying from the corner she has them in. One's back legs aren't operating well but maybe he needs a couple more days to catch up to his sibling so here's hoping that's all it is. They're coming to me so I'm picking them up despite mama's growls and hisses. When I was in the garden this morning, two neighborhood dogs, soaking wet from the river, came by to say hello. Then I noticed one was leaving the garage. Yikes, he'd been in there drinking mama kitty's water (which she never drinks)! Wet paw prints to the water bowl and back out so I don't think he realized the cats were right there. Our monsters still don't have a clue but I'm going to have to introduce the kittens to them soon because the smaller one kills any creature that comes into the yard. Can't have that. Sweet as anything but it's HER yard. A simple introduction and she's fine. Plus having cats around will help with the snakes.
Tomato season is over?!? You must be growing determinates. What variety? I’ve only grown heirloom indeterminates so the heat usually stops fruit production before they get mature enough to start fruiting. I’m thinking of going with some determinates just to get any to the table.
Where do you buy Borax? I used to find it everywhere but haven’t been able to find anywhere in the past 5-6 years that sells it anymore.
Check the laundry aisle for 20 Mule Team Borax.
Only heirloom indeterminates. About 8 varieties. The critters got all the fruit on the vines and they all have stopped flowering due to the heat. WE were a month late planting due to late season globull warming and an ice storm here.
Not a good year for us. Not one mater to the table. :(
I've had good luck this year with that rotten egg stuff you spray around the perimeter. Or maybe it's just luck....
Hello bgill . . . could your mystery peppers be chile petins?
My San Marzano tomatoes are doing well each plant has many, many small developing green maters and plenty of flowers my other tomatoes are flowering nicely. We have had only a couple of days in the 90’s so far. I am hoping the shade cloth I have purchased will help keep the heat down a few degrees and let my late started garden develop this summer. I need my Homegrown Tomatoes!
Guy Clark - Homegrown Tomatoes
What is that rotten egg stuff you spray around the perimeter?
Guy Clark won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You.
I bought a small bottle of thick liquid labeled ant poison. Ingredients say Borax. Works like a charm. One drop and the workers find it, take it to the queen and kills her! Wish it worked on tyrants.
I’ve got chilepetins growing. It’s my first time with then, I just it them and bought it. It has lots of little peppers on it. Saw a video of a guy eating them, he said they were fairly hot, hotter than habaneros.
Here is another one of his I like
Guy Clark - Texas Cooking
Now ya got me watching Guy Clark videos!
Here he is in his home studio explaining how the title song “My Favorite Picture Of You” came about.
Guy Clark at Home: “My Favorite Picture Of You”
He has some great music.
Sorry to have taken the the garden thread off in another direction ... but that is what this thread has always done ... wanders all over the place ... at the whim of each FReeper. It is a good thing and FReepers have always enjoyed the wandering.
I only grow romas. I think I have 22 this year. I would give you a recipe for sauce but I’m on a tablet over at my daughters.
I also make tomato powder from my romas. It’s like dehydrated tomato paste. Great in soups and other recipes.
Hello RD . . . the birds deposit Chile Petin seeds all over my 1 acre garden, they come up everywhere. I make a pepper sauce vinegar with them, Hubby loves to shake it on cabbage and broccoli. I also put a few in Chili and such.
1 clean malt vinegar bottle with a shaker spout.
About 1 inch of Chile Petins in bottle.
Pour hot white vinegar over peppers and fill to the top.
Let sit a couple of weeks and you’ve got a great hot vinegar sauce . . . Enjoy!
Love to Miss C. . . . we miss you guys.
The only advice I have is when you blanch your tomatoes to remove the skin do it for only 10 to maybe 20 seconds at most in rolling boiling water and cool them in an ice bath right away. The skin will slip right off.
Add a little lime juice to the jars you use for canning and you will be successful. they should keep for years.
Go for growing more tomatoes!
Going to my house tomorrow to check on house and plants. Large containers will be moved to north of Dallas and others moved based on space and condition of plants. No matter where I am, there will be a container garden.
Will report on condition of plants.
Yes, I enjoyed looking the the stained glass windows once and also at the carousels another. And recipes are always good here, cooking is a natural fit with gardening.
We’ll be going to the next town over for great grand daughter’s birthday party. Probably hit Lowes, Farmers Market and maybe super Walmart while we are there.
I’ll be looking forward to hearing your next report. Did you make any strawberry preserves, or did you just eat them all?
There were not enough strawberries to can. After more research, I will plant blueberry plants in the ground. The Tyler, Texas, area grows many blueberry plants and I want to check on which are grown there before I decide which to plant.
Forgive me, I was a bit slow, But I figured out where we know each other from. Just slap me once or twice, but no more than that!
C sends love back and we really miss being there and seeing our Hill Country family.
Thanks for the recipe, too.
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