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WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 27 JULY 4TH 2014
Free Republic | July 4, 2014 | greeneyes

Posted on 07/04/2014 12:43:46 PM PDT by greeneyes

The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks.

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GOOD AFTERNOON GARDENING FOLKS! A great beautiful Missouri day. For the first time in 49 years we have no company coming for July 4th. Now that's a little lonely, but liberating too.LOL

Just piddling around and cleaning out some drawers, straighening up the pantry, and double checking what needs to be used up next to see what's for supper.

Have another batch of green beans to can, and am at a crucial stage, so I'll post and come back a little later.

Will post the sourdough biscuit recipe for those who have asked. Experiment is not over, but on the back burner for now. Had to get serious about exercise, and couldn't continue the walking due to feet problems, so I am falling back on the old reliable swimming.

Takes an hour to drive to the nearest pool, and I spend 2 hours doing as much as I can and resting in between, so that's 4 hrs 3 times a week. It also means I get to visit stores on the way home that have wider variety than we have here.

I dug up some potatoes, and bought one of those microwave potato chip makers at super Walmart. Now that was some good stuff! Absolutely fat free which will help with my cholestrol check coming up at the end of the month.LOL

Still eating tomatoes from Mr. Indoor tomato plant, and have 2 more from the outdoor patio tomato. Lettuce is all gone, will have to plant more. Mystery squash/melon plant is growing fine. Hope I get some fruit to see what it is.

Blackberries, blueberries, and dewberries had almost zero yield this year. We have 1 cold hardy kiwi maturing. Hope we get to see what it tastes like.

Hubby's corn is doing terrific, mine not so much. Have been hauling buckets of water to my gardens. Pain in the you know what. We are getting about 15 gallons a day from the airconditioner to supplement the rain water collected. Have had a decent year rain wise, so we are heading into the dry season with a pretty good supply.

Hope every one is enjoying the holiday. Have a great weekend. God Bless.

1 posted on 07/04/2014 12:43:46 PM PDT by greeneyes
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Pinging the List. I think I have everyone updated who wanted to be added, but if you wanted a ping and didn’t get one, please let me know.


2 posted on 07/04/2014 12:46:44 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Herb garden bolting in very hot weather with too little rainfall. Now, here in the Northeast, we have rain on the 4th, lol.


3 posted on 07/04/2014 12:48:06 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: greeneyes

Checked my cukes today. Thought I had a few ready to pick for pickles and whoa, 2 nice perfect mature cukes. I tried bush cukes for the first time and they have just exploded. The bush cukes are shorter and fatter, yummy. About ready to pick my first banana pepper. Happy 4th to all. This thread is my favorite place at FR.


4 posted on 07/04/2014 12:48:06 PM PDT by MomwithHope (Please support efforts in your state for an Article 5 convention.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Yesterday afternoon, I was concerned about the low temps we'd been having, and how that had messed up my tomato harvest, and my peppers.

It's 91F right now, and I'm repenting of those thoughts.

It was a cool spring and early summer, though.

/johnny

5 posted on 07/04/2014 12:50:49 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

We should be made to put in our zone when posting. I’m 6.


6 posted on 07/04/2014 12:51:55 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: MomwithHope
I'm closing in on the first pint of ground paprika from the paprika peppers in our raised beds. We've had some good rains so the plants are kicking...

We placed Haveaheart live traps for the visiting night critter. We believe it's an armadillo. Checked one trap this morning and it contained a turtle.

Swimming in the lake this weekend off the dock as it is not safe to take the pontoon out. Too many amateurs in town and the Water Patrol is licking their chops. Yesterday a local guy swerved his boat to miss a jet ski, fell out of his boat and was run over by another boater. It's getting nuts out there...

7 posted on 07/04/2014 12:56:20 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: miss marmelstein
They changed ours recently. Last I heard, I was a Hardiness Zone 8 here.

Usually in July, I don't fret about cool days and nights. In fact... ever in my life before yesterday.

/johnny

8 posted on 07/04/2014 12:58:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: greeneyes
This is our corn as of five minutes ago. Yes, it's raining!


9 posted on 07/04/2014 1:00:51 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

It happens! I thought everything was rosy until two days ago. How sad to see my gorgeous herbs bolting, flowering, dropping seed like crazy while I ran around pinching, pinching, pinching.


10 posted on 07/04/2014 1:01:15 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: greeneyes

Happy Independence Day, FRiends!


11 posted on 07/04/2014 1:01:41 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: trisham

Can corn in a pot really work? If this is true, next year is looking up!


12 posted on 07/04/2014 1:01:54 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: greeneyes

Tomaters are doing real good. Mini SunSugar and Pears taste great. The beefsteak and beef masters, the big ones,, its just starting but so far what has been tasted is what fresh is all about.

Looks like I will be down on Asian pear but up on Fuji apple harvest, long as the squirrels respect the netting.

Bon appetit and HaPPy 4th of July All!!


13 posted on 07/04/2014 1:02:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: All
One of our Voodoo roses, looking a bit bedraggled today in the rain:


14 posted on 07/04/2014 1:05:01 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: miss marmelstein

This is the first time we’ve tried it, but so far, so good!


15 posted on 07/04/2014 1:06:19 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: All
Our radishes are looking good:


16 posted on 07/04/2014 1:10:31 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: All
These petunias have been reseeding themselves for years:


17 posted on 07/04/2014 1:14:19 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: miss marmelstein

We’re supposedly zone 6, but we’re actually zone 5 here in Massachusetts.


18 posted on 07/04/2014 1:16:25 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
All roses look bedraggled after I've finished climbing in a window over top of them. ;)

No pictures from here today. Maybe tomorrow. I've got other fish to fry.

/johnny

19 posted on 07/04/2014 1:33:56 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I hope that you’re having a nice 4th. :)


20 posted on 07/04/2014 1:37:59 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
Going into grandkid withdrawal. They are with the other grandparents while mom and dad are out celebrating their 10th anniversary.

I'm fairly sure I'll survive.

I'm thinking seriously about resting up for a nap later.

/johnny

21 posted on 07/04/2014 1:45:39 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I took a nap earlier. Naps are always good. :)


22 posted on 07/04/2014 1:48:33 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: greeneyes
I've finished harvesting potatoes, lettuce, and English peas. I've started harvesting banana peppers, squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes. It's also been a very good year for blueberries. I've probably put up at least 20 pints of blueberries from just three bushes. Things not ready for harvest include purple hull peas, lima beans, green beans, butter peas, corn, watermelon, pumpkin, cantaloupe, okra, bell peppers, and sweet potatoes. Oh, and I decided to add a few flowers to the garden this year, too.
















23 posted on 07/04/2014 1:51:48 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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To: trisham

Keep us updated!


24 posted on 07/04/2014 1:52:49 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Wow! Beautiful!


25 posted on 07/04/2014 1:53:20 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: miss marmelstein

I will! Thanks, miss marmelstein.


26 posted on 07/04/2014 1:53:59 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

You’re a farmer! Well! Those are absolutely gorgeous photos. My eggplants and peppers are just pathetic.


27 posted on 07/04/2014 2:04:59 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein; trisham

Thanks! I manage to find time to put in a garden about every 2nd or 3rd year. I was determined to get one in this year. As retirement nears I may get the chance to do it more often.


28 posted on 07/04/2014 2:07:20 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands; miss marmelstein; All

I hope to see more pictures of your garden as the season continues!


29 posted on 07/04/2014 2:08:58 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

You make me sooooooooooo jealous! I did get 20 strawberries this year.

Anyone have advice about strawberry runners? I have them running amok. I don’t know which ones to pull out and which ones to keep.


30 posted on 07/04/2014 2:09:41 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Zone 7 (I think) here in East Tennessee.


31 posted on 07/04/2014 2:14:02 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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To: miss marmelstein

It’s been a while since we grew strawberries, but if I recall correctly, I think that the key thing is to keep a little bit of distance between the plants. We had them planted on a little hillside that sloped down to the street. They did well there. The runners can be transplanted. (this was back in our old house, prior to our move here in 10/2002).


32 posted on 07/04/2014 2:14:03 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: greeneyes

I finally got a section of my shade cloth up over my tomato garden last week. My wife was on vacation and was a very big help. I have two other sections of 6’X 15’ to put up. I can tell it helps with the temps and the searing sun during the afternoons. I just hope it survives any windy T-Storms that brew up the rest of this summer.

The temps here in East Central Mississippi have been wonderful today, 64 early morning and 85 as a high, so far, this afternoon with very clear blue skies.

Seems like my San Marzano’s are going to be my best producers this year. I wish I had planted 10 or more of them!

I hope y’all have had a great Fourth. Nothing special happening for us this year just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather.


33 posted on 07/04/2014 2:16:33 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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We had one San Marzano tomato plant. It developed a disease and we had to dispose of it. Oy.


34 posted on 07/04/2014 2:18:29 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: miss marmelstein

C’est la vie. Ya never know how life will go. Catch some of that rain if you can to use another day.


35 posted on 07/04/2014 2:18:34 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: miss marmelstein

I did strawberries once. I decided to go with the black plastic approach to cut down on (some but not all of) the weeding. The problem with that was, when you get runners, you have to cut new holes in the plastic to root them. Each new hole also managed to be a springboard for new weeds.

After that adventure I decided that I prefer going to the grocery store for strawberries. I may try them again next year, but only in small numbers.


36 posted on 07/04/2014 2:19:21 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Hmmm...the upside for me is that this year I found little sweet strawberries under my rose bushes. So, how can I give them up? If the leaves were attractive I wouldn’t mind but they are ugly and deeply invasive. Now that strawberry season is over and the heat is oncoming, they are going nuts.


37 posted on 07/04/2014 2:23:50 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: greeneyes
Rooting a pink/white fluoro geranium on my windowsill (ready to plant) and picked some raspberries.

Have had to pay for help, can do a little, still hacking through the mess from letting everything go from last year.

Here are my Bristol black raspberries I grew from wintersowing some seed. It is a real briar patch, very thick so weeds can't get thru (yet), need to prune out some old canes. Fruit on second year canes.

I sorted, washed and put a little sugar and got two small bags to freeze, about a quart total. Am planning to make a black raspberry meringue pie I found a recipe for on the net (you cook, strain out the seeds, make a curd like lemon meringue pie). The recipe calls for more lemon juice than I want in it so I'll just use a little and dilute with water. The raspberries should be robust enough in flavor, always got tasty pies if I had quality ones to work with.

I so wish I had the strength to grow more but with no help except paid, just can't do it.

Black Raspberries

38 posted on 07/04/2014 2:24:09 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: greeneyes

I ate my first tomato of the season this week. It was a Cherokee Purple. There is a long time span between good tomatoes. I will be having an Azoychka and a Coustralee today.


39 posted on 07/04/2014 2:24:55 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: MomwithHope

Glad to hear it. We have only had 3 1/2 cukes. The first one was a little one kinda misshapen, so I count it as a half. Then we had a big one that was hidden, so it was too big, but ok for cukes and onion fresh pickles. The next one was just right, and then we another kinda big one.

I wound up using one of those big klauson pickle containers, put in a lot of onion and red onion and pickling mixture. I let the mixture cool down so that the veggies wouldn’t wilt. Already almost half gone.

I am hoping for some zukes! Last year’s discovery was a sweet and spicy zuke pickle that I like better than cukes. It was more cruncy than any pickles I have ever made. I made them in spears, and shaved all the middle mushy seed area off and left the rind on. Thanks for the encouragement.


40 posted on 07/04/2014 2:25:52 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Aliska

Gorgeous!


41 posted on 07/04/2014 2:26:04 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Nice! Looks so pretty. Thanks for the picture.


42 posted on 07/04/2014 2:26:51 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: left that other site

Right back at you. Hope you are having a great day.


43 posted on 07/04/2014 2:27:25 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Thanks, greeneyes.


44 posted on 07/04/2014 2:27:46 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Starstruck

Sounds good! I usually stay pretty basic as far as what i plant, but some exotic veggies can be worth a try too.. Used to grow eggplant , way to much of it. I miss my kohlrabi.

I like purple potaties too. Viking fan and all.


45 posted on 07/04/2014 2:29:38 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge; JRandomFreeper

Sounding good so far! We aren’t getting too much in the way of maters yet. I have had a few ripe ones. Hubby still has a bunch of green ones.

Hubby has been growing his tomatoes this year in 5 gallon buckets. Also his first year to try to grow roma tomatoes.
He just brought in some to show me, and they have some sort of discoloration kinda taupe colored on the stem end.

Anyone have any ideas about what it is and the cure? I told him to give it some bone meal and epsom salts, since that’s good to add at a certain point anyway.

Any help or suggestions appreciated. Thanks.


46 posted on 07/04/2014 2:32:32 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Now that’s some nifty pictures, garden, and flowers. Thanks for sharing the beautiful scenes.


47 posted on 07/04/2014 2:33:45 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

We cooled down to a perfect 75 degrees today. Kitchen got a bit heated due to the canning process, but I turned on the hood fan and opened the kitchen door and set a box fan in front of the door to draw the hot air outdoors, and now the kitchen is a nice 75 too.


48 posted on 07/04/2014 2:38:23 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: miss marmelstein

“Can corn in a pot really work?”

It did for me last year.

I had rows and rows (about 250 corn plants) all in containers and I had a bumper crop. But I did Silver Queen which gets 8’+ tall and mine certainly got at least that tall and some of my rows began toppling over and I had to use my tomato stakes to get the corn stalks propped back up. This year I went with White Mirani from Park Seed which isn’t supposed to grow as tall and which also matures in less time.

And I’ve already had ripe tomatoes (Sun Gold cherries) and I have a ton more that I’ll be picking soon. Home grown tomatoes before the 4th of July in the Pacific Northwest is something of an accomplishment, I think.


49 posted on 07/04/2014 2:39:38 PM PDT by bluedogpdx
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To: greeneyes

rain and thunder!

And I was going to go to a biker bash.

Now I’m not so sure.


50 posted on 07/04/2014 2:40:13 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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