Skip to comments.Weekly Garden Thread - September 12-18, 2020
Posted on 09/12/2020 6:00:32 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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Good morning. Not much going on here-clean up. Going to order seeds for next spring now. Also need some winter wheat for planting in October. Lemons are finally starting to turn yellow.
I have 2 turmeric plants a little over 3 ft. tall. Such pretty leaves.
I planted some Minnesota midget melons this year. I started them in a container and transplanted later. First time I actually got vines to last long enough for the fruit to mature.
Very strange thing happened. I got yellow smooth melons bigger than the usual midgets and not a flavorful. I got smaller melons(usual size) that had netting and more flavor.
Since these were seeds straight from their packet, there should have been no difference.
I’ve been up all night, so signing off to catch some ZZZs. Have a great weekend. God Bless.
Have to admit not reading all - and it serves me right.
I should have been paying more attention to the posts on canning.
I make my cloth masks (that I have to wear at work) out of cheesecloth - very breathable.
Usually get the cheesecloth in the paint section of the hardware store - but they were all out.
Some worker seen me looking about - asked what I was looking for - then she walked me across the store to the home canning section - rolls and rolls of cheesecloth.
And thank you for the beautiful sunflower!
We’re closing in on 24 or 25 frozen stuffed peppers in the freezer and the pepper plants are still kicking em out.
I estimate we’ll have two or three dozen big peppers to give away.
Good Morning, Everybody!
You’re Welcome, Tiana!
Greeneyes: I, too, am buying seed for next season. No more dinking around with ‘determinate’ experiments which resulted in lower tomato yields than normal and less disease resistance.
Totally Tomatoes still had my faves in stock, so I bought (and highly recommend):
Alliance Pepper (green to red)
Baron Pepper (green to red)
Gourmet Pepper (orange)
Chef’s Choice Black
Chef’s Choice Orange
Chef’s Choice Red
La Roma 3
Going to see what Jung’s still has available in seed, today.
(Jung’s owns both companies as well as Shumway, Vermont Bean Seed Company, and a few others; just different marketing, same seed stock.)
I’m in the midst of the California wildfires - I’m not getting the flames, I’m getting the smoke and ash fallout. The smoke is making the skies overcast so it a bit cooler and the plants like that after the brutal heat wave we had last week.
Last week’s 115 degree heat was hard on my garden but I only lost one salvia from my bee garden. There was also some drop-off of figs from my fig tree.
Today looks to be a bit clearer so I’ll be able to work outside again.
Stay safe! Lots of prayers going up for California Freepers these days!
I am pulling my basil out today and replacing it with spinach for the fall. Took cuttings this week from my lemon verbena and lemon thyme to transplant indoors for the winter. I have them in water to root first. Deciding on what other herbs. About a month ago I planted some seeds in an empty pot with a child, mainly to keep him entertained for a few minutes. I now have three pepper plants I am going to try and keep going in a south facing window.
Next year, I'm gonna stagger the planting so that one batch is two or 3 weeks behind.
The melons were awesome in taste and texture. Pretty easy to eat two a day.
My Fall Zinnia Garden has its first bloom, with plenty of buds so it should be a very colorful spot in the garden soon. I've been making a lot of jalapeno poppers so I don't waste peppers. We been using up the bell peppers by stir frying with onions for a homemade version of Beef Pepper Steak. The hummingbirds have started migrating - we have a few still around, but I'm already missing all the aerial acrobatics & "buzzing" around the garden. Earlier this week, the hummers drained both feeders (10 oz each) in 2 days & after that, I noticed the activity had dropped off dramatically. They were 'fueling up' for their trip south. The figs are ripening - we can't keep up with eating them and I haven't had time to try canning them.
2nd pot of coffee is ready ... I've been up since 3:15 & downed the first pot by 5:00. It looks like the vehicles from next door are being moved to our field - we're hosting the parking. I see some setup going on around the tent - huge tent - 3 peaks on the roof - looks like something out of Camelot!
Have a great day/weekend, everybody. Couple of butterfly-on-Tithonia pics .....
Good advice from a sunflower, Diana. Thanks for posting. Speaking of happiness...
Happiness is the truth.
A Free Republic is a Fun Republic.
This morning I sent your sunflower to several far away family members. Your flower is spreading seeds of happiness for sure. Already received wonderful replies. Even from one who really needed it.
It is another big harvest day...more tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers (oh please...make them STOP!), and SWEET POTATOES!
Great pics. Thanks. i had a hummingbird right outside my window yesterday enjoying the tiny red flower on a bush (don’t know the name)...and last week i opened the curtains to my walkout and had a preying mantis on the outside window looking right at me...face high. What a cool way to start a day. Most days 3 cranes are in our yard or the neighbors when my wife and i are taking the dogs for a way.
“What a wonderful world. Relax and enjoy it.” - park bench quote on Oceanside Pier, CA (forgot author)
R.I.P. Louis Armstrong. Thank you, sir. love
Not a great pic - camera wouldn't focus on mantis.
I had to pull my cucumbers....They were driving me nuts..was picking 10 a day. Didn’t even plant a second crop. But did do peas, lettuce, spinach, basil, bush beans in a round two.
taking the dogs for a way.
Well do you expect them to come back?
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