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Weekly Garden Thread, Volume 28 July 11, 2014
Free Republic | July 11, 2014 | greeneyes

Posted on 07/11/2014 2:15:53 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.

No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that is part of the fun and interest. Jump in and join us!

NOTE: This is a once a week ping list. We do post to the thread during the week. Links to related articles and discussions which might be of interest are welcomed, so feel free to post them at any time.


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Greetings from Missouri. Weather is great, not too hot, glorious sunshine. Even had some nice rain this week.

Apologies for the late hour. I was unexpectedly delayed by the Department of Labor. DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED. Pain in the you know what and that's all I have to say.

We are getting a steady supply of produce. Had some corn, cukes, squash, beets, tomatoes, and green beans. Oh the beans out number everything else by far. Got another 7 quarts canned.

We now have enough Green Beans for 2 years of normal use in the pantry. Guess we'll be doubling our green bean consumption this year.

The amazing thing is the beans are still going strong. Hubby has decided he will let them go now, and harvest some dried beans from them later. We are all out of lettuce, so I'll need to try to get some more going.

Hope everyone is doing well. Apologies again for the being late in the day with kicking off the thread.

1 posted on 07/11/2014 2:15:53 PM PDT by greeneyes
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Pinging the list.


2 posted on 07/11/2014 2:18:37 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

For your amusement today:

How to make a clarinet out of a carrot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BISrGwN-yH4&feature=youtu.be

See to believe.


3 posted on 07/11/2014 2:22:28 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: greeneyes
Add me to the ping list, please?

Warming up in Western Colorado! Tomatoes are on the vine, along with cukes and quite a few chile peppers have been picked so far (jalapenos and New Mexico green). I was concerned container gardening would fail me, so far it has not!

4 posted on 07/11/2014 2:22:43 PM PDT by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: greeneyes

Greetings from Massachusetts! We had a beautiful day here, with low humidity, which was much appreciated. I envy you your bountiful crop of green beans, and will show you why in a few minutes!

Sorry about your encounter with the Dept of Labor earlier today.


5 posted on 07/11/2014 2:23:11 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

Good Afternoon. I am wishing the “Son of the Polar Vortex” cools things down just a little here in Mississippi.

I am just now getting some nice red color on some of my tomatoes especially the San Marzanos.


6 posted on 07/11/2014 2:24:18 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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To: greeneyes

(I’m not on the ping list but I’m reporting all the same.)

Checking in from NC — I’m working on a flower garden (in memory of my Mom). I’ve been battling leaf hoppers and mealy bugs for a few weeks. I’m feeling confident that the problems are almost licked. (Almost as I’m still finding leaf hoppers and mealy bugs but not in the great abundance of a few weeks ago.)

The one rose that was producing blooms was starting to look weird (curled petals and of a darker hue than the the flower itself). Botrytis, maybe?

Also have a tomato in a container whose little tomatoes were showing brown discolored bottoms. I took them off the plant. Hoping the next ones won’t be looking the same.


7 posted on 07/11/2014 2:26:09 PM PDT by punknpuss
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To: greeneyes

AFTR sent me some links from other threads:

How to make a carrot clarinet:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3178676/posts

EPA RUNNING WILD:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3177705/posts

Black Agnes sent me this one about food companies:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3178138/posts


8 posted on 07/11/2014 2:26:58 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: punknpuss

I’m seeing the brown discoloration on some of my tomatoes as well. What is that?


9 posted on 07/11/2014 2:29:12 PM PDT by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: greeneyes

Sorry about your Department of Labor troubles..At first I thought that was a euphemism for your husband deciding to let the green beans go.

My garden is the same. tomatoes, trombettas, and cucuzza. I need to get hopping on starting seeds for fall. I’m already a couple of weeks behind on that.


10 posted on 07/11/2014 2:29:31 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of course I didn't read the article. After all, this is Free Republic.)
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To: punknpuss

Hubby had similar issues with his roma tomatoes. I had him treat them with bonemeal and epsom salts per directions on the package, and no problems since then.

I have some roses, but I really don’t know much about them, as I have concentrated on growing food, but hopefully some one else can discuss it.

Let me know if you would like to be on the list. Of course you are welcome to post anytime anyway.


11 posted on 07/11/2014 2:30:43 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Made some salsa yesterday out of my garden tomatoes. They are a lot juicier than store bought tomatoes but the taste is worth it.


12 posted on 07/11/2014 2:31:36 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I put a note in my file for next year to get some seeds for those type of tomatoes.


13 posted on 07/11/2014 2:32:31 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: trisham

Not half as sorry as I am I bet.

Green Beans seems to be one of our most reliable crops. Peas not really. I like the beans better anyway.LOL


14 posted on 07/11/2014 2:33:49 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: dware

Will do and welcome. I usually post around 2pm each Friday, and we keep the thread going during the week.


15 posted on 07/11/2014 2:36:06 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
You may remember this pic of our little whistle pig.

This is what he did a couple of days ago to our purple velour beans:

He also ate all of the blossoms from two containers of petunias, and did some damage to the greens on our radishes! The above container has now been moved from the patio out front, onto the railing of our deck out back.

16 posted on 07/11/2014 2:36:57 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: punknpuss
 photo imagejpg1_zps6a3a8edd.jpg Does it look like this?
17 posted on 07/11/2014 2:37:03 PM PDT by murrie (Mark Levin: Prosecuting stupidity nightly.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

You beat me to it. I posted this and some others down thread.LOL


18 posted on 07/11/2014 2:37:08 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: dware

See my post 11 downthread. Most likely it is blossum end rot.


19 posted on 07/11/2014 2:38:36 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

This is the first time we’ve ever grown green beans. They seem sturdy and vigorous so far, if we can just keep the whistlepig away.


20 posted on 07/11/2014 2:39:19 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: sockmonkey

NO. It was the government bureaucrat making life difficult for ordinary citizen. Nuff said.


21 posted on 07/11/2014 2:40:04 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Actually, these aren’t green beans. They’re purple beans.


22 posted on 07/11/2014 2:40:25 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: murrie

http://www.gardeners.com/how-to/blossom-end-rot/5354.html

Good info on blossom end rot.


23 posted on 07/11/2014 2:41:21 PM PDT by murrie (Mark Levin: Prosecuting stupidity nightly.)
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To: Starstruck

You do realize that when you mention making stuff, you are supposed to post the recipe? Unwritten conduct guidlines.LOL


24 posted on 07/11/2014 2:42:10 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: trisham

Oh noes! What are you going to do about the pig?


25 posted on 07/11/2014 2:43:10 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: trisham

The more you pick the more is produced it seems.


26 posted on 07/11/2014 2:43:59 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: trisham

Beans are beans no matter the color. Never met a bean I didn’t like.LOL


27 posted on 07/11/2014 2:45:14 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
You do realize that when you mention making stuff, you are supposed to post the recipe?

I would but I don't have a recipe. I just start adding tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice until it looks right. I taste it and add salt. It may not taste exactly the same every time but it's always pretty good.

28 posted on 07/11/2014 2:56:30 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: greeneyes

Twice is twice as nice. They can play a carrot duet.


29 posted on 07/11/2014 2:57:33 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: greeneyes

My husband sprayed the petunias with something that is supposed to keep deer and rabbits away. It smells awful. The beans are now on a railing that is twelve feet off the ground, inside a six foot chain link fence where we let the dogs out. The whistle pig has shown no interest in the corn as yet, the roses may not be in danger, and he doesn’t seem interested in the tomatoes. That leaves the radishes and carrots. I’d rather not do anything, but we’re hoping to make our yard a less attractive place for him and Miss Piggy (there seems to be a female too).


30 posted on 07/11/2014 2:57:35 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 hope so!


31 posted on 07/11/2014 2:58:24 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
Thanks for the PING greeneyes -

Central Konnecticut:
* Garlic is up and drying already.
* Strawberries are done, but raspberries are cranking.
* Summer squash and cukes coming off now, tomatoes a week or so away.
* Snap peas and pole beans two weeks away.
* Potatoes, eggplant, and peppers three weeks away.
* Asparagus - two years (just planted crowns in May).

32 posted on 07/11/2014 3:11:22 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Starstruck

That’s the way I cook a lot too. I have started to kinda keep some notes as I go. When Hubby says I hope you can make that again, at least I have an idea what is what.LOL


33 posted on 07/11/2014 3:33:58 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: trisham

YIKES! Can piglets be on the horizon?


34 posted on 07/11/2014 3:35:21 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Psalm 73

I’d say your garden is coming along nicely.


35 posted on 07/11/2014 3:35:59 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

I think so. From what we’ve read, these animals can have up to ten different burrows, and some of their offspring may eventually take over some of those locations. Others may move on to new territory.


36 posted on 07/11/2014 3:38:42 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

Uh oh. Good Luck to you.


37 posted on 07/11/2014 3:39:45 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Thanks! :)


38 posted on 07/11/2014 4:02:37 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
Everything is growing...well?

Finally had to water this week, and deep irrigate the potatoes.

Cherries are almost ripe; raspberries, both blackcaps & reds are fruiting; another couple of weeks we might have some ready to pick. Meanwhile, the strawberries are finished for now.

Getting salad greens, and a few of the German Giant radishes; also slowly thinning out the Egyptian onions.

I know I have mentioned how big, how fast the Cornish Cross Broilers grow, so, since I processed 2 more today (got thunerstormed out, or would have done the rest), so here's what they look like:

3 month old cockerel 7-11-14 photo P7110628_zps61aff85f.jpg  photo P7110629_zpsa6df9f4a.jpg

Yes, that is a full sized dinner plate; and is for tonight's dinner. Removed both legs & thighs; the main attraction gets stuffed and roasted. They hatched 4-9; we bought them 4-11-14, just 3 months ago.

39 posted on 07/11/2014 4:42:28 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Wow! Fast growing and large to boot. That reminds me I need to reserve some birds for October slaughter from a local farmer.


40 posted on 07/11/2014 4:46:18 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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"...how big, how fast the Cornish Cross Broilers grow..."

Are those egg-layers, too - or just for meat?
We're getting six Leghorns next month, just fer' eggs - but I guess when they stop laying....

41 posted on 07/11/2014 4:50:07 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: JRandomFreeper; Marcella

Missing you today on the Garden Thread. What’s up in Ya’lls neck of the woods?


42 posted on 07/11/2014 5:23:35 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Psalm 73

They are pretty much a meat bird only, but will lay a super-jumbo egg, if you let them; but by that time they can have severe leg problems.

There is a related breed, Slow White Cornish Cross, which mature 2 or 3 weeks later; but about the same size or just a tad smaller. They are akin to the older strains of Cornish cross of the 70s/80s, and will also lay a jumbo+ egg, without the leg problems.

OTOH, a huge egg apiece 2 days out of 3 is fine for a family situation, even if they don’t have the production of an egg breed. The Leghorns will definitely eat a lot less feed, but when it rolls around to stewing time, the Leghorn is skin & bones.

I have 3 that are in their 3rd season of laying...and basically aren’t any more. Same for the Jersey Giants: stew meat, when I get a chance.


43 posted on 07/11/2014 5:39:20 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; greeneyes; Marcella; TEXOKIE; JRandomFreeper; bgill; ApplegateRanch; ...

There’s an orchestra in Germany that makes all of its instruments out of vegetables. At the end of the concert, they make soup out of the instruments and serve it to the audience!


44 posted on 07/11/2014 5:47:50 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (Mind your atomic bonds.)
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To: greeneyes
Oops, I got sidetracked. I didn't expect to have a teen in the house tonight, but I've got one.

The garden is holding it's own. Not enough rain, the peppers are doing so badly that I've started another set (not up yet). My tomatoes are big and beautiful, and green. And aren't ripening.

I had a small cantaloupe, but a field rat (from the teeth marks) got to it. New sunflowers aren't up yet.

I'm distracted with children, so I've been letting things slide.

/johnny

45 posted on 07/11/2014 5:51:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Silentgypsy

Link?


46 posted on 07/11/2014 6:02:08 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Actually, I read it in a book called, “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges into History.” When we lived near a Costco, my husband picked up every edition of the series. He leaves them lying about, and I read them when I have a very short period of reading time (like when I’m waiting for him to finish dressing so we can go out). There are a lot of interesting factoids in those books.


47 posted on 07/11/2014 6:16:41 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (Mind your atomic bonds.)
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To: greeneyes

Picked the first ripe peaches today. Sure smell good. I wish we had a dozen or more trees.


48 posted on 07/11/2014 6:23:39 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Silentgypsy
"...orchestra in Germany that makes all of its instruments out of vegetables. At the end of the concert, they make soup out of the instruments..."

Those Germans are just so damned efficient!!

49 posted on 07/11/2014 6:24:34 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: greeneyes

My wife is a by the book, by the recipe cook. Her meals are delicious. I grill, smoke, cook chili, spaghetti, Chinese etc. by the seat of my pants. Even when people tell me I have nailed it, I continue to experiment. I need help.


50 posted on 07/11/2014 6:24:43 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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