Skip to comments.Weekly Garden Thread Volume 30 July 25, 2014
Posted on 07/25/2014 6:35:12 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper
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May God bless her with healing.
I don't want to do that again anytime soon.
My garden is burning up.
I need cheap shade cloth that I can put up to protect the sensitive stuff.
This week, we have received 3 of rain, 0.3 more than the entire July average. Unfortunately, it was partially hail, though it looks like everything is recovering from the damage, except the various beans.
We did pick about 6 quarts of cherries from the bush cherry; and have another couple of quarts that will be ready tomorrow, to finish. Also getting cucumbers, but not much else yet.
That gives me a respite to harvest the winter rye...and discover just how dangerous a scythe can be. At least I didnt need stitches. LOL Also discovered that scything is NOT nearly as easy and effortless as several Youtube videos make out.
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My neighbor and I have been looking for the fall shipment of pepper plants (in Central TX/Austin area) and it seems that they aren’t in the stores (Lowes, Home Depot, WallyWorld, others) yet, and that they are about three weeks late. Has anyone else run across this, or seen their normal fall shipment?
Ow! Don't do that.
There's a reason that Death carries a scythe. ;)
Fair this week. Got a ribbon on my pumpkin. Volunteer came up in compost pile. Little early to have a ripe one here. Tomatoes are getting ripe. Will be busy soon
I started some new pepper plants from seed for the fall garden, but they are going slow, too.
Lesson learned. Got the side of my my thumb while sharpening it, when the file slipped.
I gave my neighbor a two year old Century plant. I have a nice one on the porch (Hungarian princess vintage) as well as a Blue Agave plant, they do surprising well in Ohio.
I'm babysitting the grandkids next week. Inside. ;)
Greeneyes get well and rest up. Hope your all having at least some measurable success at the gardening ‘thang’ out there.
Always a mixed bag it seems. Yeh we got the Tx heat from hades showing up now—whats new? My cukes were growing just dandy until the oven came along-— I got a total of 4 fruits from 4 vine plants——not a so a good a. Swiss chard in pots is surprisingly good even in the heat but with some PM shade.
Maters were all replacements so have to wait for Fall if I can get them past the scorch of August. Peppers got big and leafy and finally some blooms but same as above. The sweet and cinnamon basil are good, reliable soldiers out there and I salute them before eating them up on their designated food entries.
Over run with cukes, put up 42 qts so far- b&b pickles. should get at least that many more. Will probably make maybe a dozen pints of dill with some of them. lots of rain this year (central Illinois).
I’m babysitting the grandkids next week. Inside.
Thought you said you were done with dangerous stuff. LOL
I have one Gypsy Pepper plant, and it is my favorite variety. It is still blooming and setting peppers, and they are very great tasting peppers, large, sweet, and thick skinned, and very prolific. I highly recommend it for Central TX. I will have more when and if I can find them.
Also have a couple of “Yummy” plants, peppers are good, but don’t compare to Gypsy.
Not sure how many years 42 quarts would last us.
Prayers up for Greeneyes. Canned 9 quarts of salsa yesterday. My 15 tomato plants are heavy producers this year. It’s starting to get hot now so I imagine they will slow down.
What varieties are your fertile ‘maters?
Praying that Greeneyes is feeling well soon.
My tomatoes are just starting to look good. I grew some hillbilly tomatoes this year, the plants are kind of strange looking. we’ll see. I used horse manure in my garden this year, and had a lot of bugs, I had NO bugs last year. Don’t think I’ll do that again. My lettuce, okra, radish, and sunflowers suffered extreme attacks. I’m not one for dust or any of that.
We were in Montana this past week. Wow those people that grow cherries are serious about their crops. Gun drown for a poacher stealing their crop.
Wonderful State to see, we enjoyed every minute of it.
I give away most of them to family and friends at church.
Please be careful!
I want to be done with dangerous stuff too... This week I shot a 3 ft. long western diamondback, in my garage. I was most proud of my eight cats because they filed through the garage, passing the rattlesnake, and into the house (quietly and rapidly),so that I could have a clear shot. Cats and grandchildren: if you work with them and have great expectations, sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised.
I’m always careful; that’s why they call me Gimpy, instead of Stumpy! ;-)
Figured it was something like that.
Wow! Thanks for photos!
I've got Cherokee Purple, Marianna Peace, Azoychka, Coustralee, Eva Purple Ball and Stump of the World.
I wasn’t impressed with Cherokee Purples to be honest. After sinking your mouth into a lemon boy, everything else is less than.
Probably related to the Azoychka. Yellow with a citrus flavor.
Greeneyes .... hope you feel better soon!
We have been very dry for quite a while so it was a small relief yesterday to get maybe a half inch of rain via a couple of T-storms. The result of that rain was a major June bug hatch .... they’re flying all over the place. The crow family was in the field (where the garden is located) today, catching June bugs - it was rather comical, seeing them jump up and down trying to snag a bug. The two young ones were doing more begging the adults for bugs rather than catching their own. At least the bugs kept them occupied/distracted and away from the tomatoes. Actually, I’m putting up a ‘hoop house’ and have it far enough along to put netting over it - haven’t lost a tomato since the netting went up.
Thanks for hosting the thread and best wishes for greeneyes. We picked another 1 1/2 gallons of strawberries today that Lady Bender is prepping for Fellowship at Church Sunday. I like them warm right off the plants in the garden. I watered. the corn yesterday and it still has a couple of weeks to go.
Anybody besides me seeing signs of early winter?
Here in West MI, I’ve got BLACK berries ripening, mum’s blooming, birds flocking, fruit flies swarming, and several other late Aug early Sept flowers blooming for a couple of weeks.
Scarey, after last winter.
I have mucho nachos, and Gypsy. The Gypsy Pepper plants have done pretty well. In fact, I skipped picking some this morning as I was being lazy.
Not enjoying the Texas heat. We did get some rain about a week and a half ago. I thought my rain barrel was going to overflow, so flipped a plastic kiddie pool over to catch the excess..I thought moths were flying out from it..so I was shooshing them away, then realized they were yellowjackets. Oops, so lucky, they don't sting me, even when they should for chasing them from their nest.
Tomatoes seem to be getting their second wind, Cucuzzi, and trombettas don't seem phased by the heat. Armenian Cukes have tons of blossoms, but no cukes. I put tomato tone on everything yesterday, and have been injecting the tromboncino vines with BTK. I also planted some tycoons, and lemon boys for fall. I also finished digging up my potatoes. The last ones were the red, white, and blue ones..althoygh the blue looks more purple to me.
I live in Sarasota, Fl. Surprisingly, there are areas of a house which are difficult to populate with a robust, growing plant. Such was the case with the NW corner of my house which gets a lot of sun and the ground slopes so that the sand filled soil drains very rapidly.
I solved the problem with a Macho Fern which loves both sun and shade and thrives even in drought conditions.
I planted it two weeks ago and it’s doing great.
I would suggest you return mid-afternoon tomoroow (SAT.) for EXCELLENCE weather referral to "Joe Bastardi", climatologist, video @ weatherbell.com .
Earlier this spring, Bastardi stated that the winter of 2014-15 would be just like last year (2013-14 )
It will be interesting to see if he has anything new to report - if not ,I am headed South (Fla.) this winter.
I go through Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) and hunker down in the North like a big-ole-bear in hibernation, and get somewaht depressed by lack of sunlinght
so I NEED to head South , as did my parents who also had SAD even before it had a name .
Put up more wood, coal, or propane for the winter , and invest in wool clothing, or join me further South .
I have found Bastardi to be reliable and accurate. Check him out this Saturday P.M., video in the afternoon c/o Excellence.
Peppers were the only thing we harvested this year. Critters got every single mater. But they didn’t like hot peppers. Had some cayennes, chilitepins, jalapenos, banana,and some unknown pepper. It was labeled Jalapeno, but was not. It grew longer and had 0 heat, and no flavor, so I threw some in a jar that I was making Pepper sauce just to bulk up the jar a little for looks. I am cutting these off tomorrow, and transplanting the rest of the peppers into containers and going to clear the garden of all these useless plants, leaving a patch of nothing but mater stakes.
The Lord bless green-eyed lady. It has been a bin-buster year for squash, cukes, peppers, and beans in Missouri. Tomatoes are looking good except for fungus and the danged chickens. Corn is also outstanding but I have to watch for the coons. I woke up at 3 a.m. And had that feeling, so I grabbed the 20 gauge, exited the back door and found 3 coons in the front yard. They scrambled for the brushy border but I downed one. There is an endless supply. Last year I killed 13 in the yard and garden.
Oh, I have used a scythe. Yeah, one of those will teach you to appreciate a sickle-bar mower, of all things. And scythes are downright dangerous... cut myself several times sharpening them, until I got it through my knuckle head to wear a heavy glove on the stone hand.
Fortunately I never actually swung the thing into myself. That strikes me as being kind of hard to do, actually.
I planted a batch of Italian Red potatoes about two months ago that seem to be about ready to harvest (the above-ground part is dying off).
Two months from now (late September) is well-before expected first frost.
Can I harvest this batch, dry some for a few days, and replant for another crop this year?
Or do I need to do something else?
Or just plant spinach, which grows fast?
rightly, you can stop worrying - I have the required “ring”.
When you live in another area, It takes time to change all your addresses and phone numbers pertaining to companies with whom you have to deal. I still have my house so utility companies and all other bill companies had to be notified where I moved but I got as many bills as I could sent to me by email to cut down on paper through the mail.
As for gardening: I brought all my seeds with me as well as several plants. The Cherry Punch cherry tomato plant is still producing and the sweet banana pepper has new blooms on it. When I left there the first time to come here and then went back, the netting I put over all the tomatoes kept out the squirrels and birds and we collected lots of large, medium, and cherry tomatoes. Those tomatoes were Sweet Million, Fourth of July, Cosmonaut Volkoy, Tycoon, and Better Boy.
I'm going to try to grow a Cherry Punch tomato plant inside in the winter. It was developed to be a container tomato plant and has 30% more Vitamin C than other tomatoes.
Just before I changed my life for the better, I ordered Tom Thumb Lettuce seeds and (from Eden Brothers) bought a bunch of Bronze Mignonette Lettuce seed (one ounce) and Little Gem lettuce seed (1/4 pound). All these make small heads of lettuce. I have the two from Eden Brothers here but don't have the Tom Thumb. I missed getting that one in with the others. I bought these various seeds since I screwed up lettuce I planted earlier in the year. Either I screwed up, or lettuce hates me. I'll try to grow those this fall along with some other tomatoes. When we go to my house in the fall, I will dig up the Walking Onions and bring them here.
Dear Bob is adjusting to my prepper/gardener self. There is a fancy electronic rain gauge here but it isn't set up right now. I've put that on a “Honey Do” list so he will get it reporting. He was a wrestler in college and has superior upper body strength. Finally, someone to lift what I can't. Oh, I just told him I put the rain gauge on here and he laughed and said he would set it up when he goes outside in a short while. I love free labor. :o)
Poor Bob. ;)
Bob says that's a accurate description of his situation.
I looked through the papers, etc., I brought to do with gardening and found the two envelopes of lettuce I got to send to you. One of Bronze Mignonette and one of Little Gem. I'll get those in the mail to you, hopefully this evening.
Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary July 26, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:14:33 PM · by Excellence
discussion of low # of tornados and wild fires, and why
end of the month = below temps in Oklahoma and central U.S.
stunningly cool throughout the heartland by the end of the month
expect colder temps this winter , again !! ( just like last year)
super "El Ninio" broadcast by mainstream press is B.S., and designed for the hysterical media's need for headlines and viewership rateings ,
and complies with governmental approved climate change dynamics
I would try it !
Potatoes are fairly cold tolerant, although you might have to cover them in hard frost with a blanket, or with straw on really cold nights.
Go for the experiment !
and Play in your garden .. since it is sn experiment of what you can accomplish !
There was someone selling them at the local farmer’s market ... I asked her, she said to dig a few and wait until they grow eyes, then replant.
I’ll try that.
Most store-bought potatoes have been sprayed with a hormone which inhibits easy sprouting.
and are designed to have potatoes stored for long periods of storage or longer with refridgeration.
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