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Re: Planting / Growing Your Own - 2017
« Reply #500 on: July 25, 2017, 03:31:58 PM »
OH yes! On a pure cost basis (seeds, plants, amendments, watering...) I think there is a poor ROI on lots of garden stuff.  But it's not just cost, is it.

Honestly, the value of the herbs alone are going to make up the entire garden cost in like 6 months.

Growing swiss chard has also been pleasantly beneficial.

Tomatoes seem to return a decent amount.

Onions and beets were a less than awesome idea. I think root crops are definitely getting axed next year. Carrots might be the exception, but I'm really bad about thinning my carrots out.

I am not planting a dwarf squash in a container ever again....no sirree!

Peppers are not growing well at all. We had one tiny fruit so far.

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« Reply #501 on: July 26, 2017, 06:47:46 PM »
I have been using copper fungicide for my early blight and it does seem to be helping. I also cut off the infected leaves - doesn't seem to have hurt the yield much, and the foliage is growing back.

Suggest an inexpensive one that you might have tried? There are many in store from $10 to $60

I use this https://smile.amazon.com/Bonide-811-Copper-Fungicide-473ML/dp/B00BSULSHA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1500988079&sr=8-2&keywords=copper+fungicide

Diluted in a sprayer. It makes 8-32 gallons, but I generally go with 1-1.5 oz/gallon (not measuring exactly each time). So I get ~12 gallons for $16.

Got it at ACE. Didn't read instructions yet (As I wasn't sure it's the right one), Do I spray on leaves AND fruit? Ground as well? I don't think I have a big sprayer - just one of those little ones from household

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« Reply #502 on: July 26, 2017, 07:14:39 PM »
And How often should it be applied?

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« Reply #503 on: July 30, 2017, 09:19:48 AM »
I harvested 2.5 pounds of yellow beans last night.  Delicious.
I am also getting a good number of zukes and the odd cuke.
Tomatoes are coming along.  I ate one yellow pear shaped cherry tomato yesterday.
Onions and garlic are drying out in the sun.  Some of the garlic was rotting but I think I caught it soon enough.
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« Reply #504 on: July 30, 2017, 12:45:29 PM »
Tore out the zucchini - between fungal disease and maybe some insects - it was dead/dying. One plant kept trying to put out new growth and even had some very small fruit, but now it's in the compost waste bag with the others.  sigh....

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« Reply #505 on: July 31, 2017, 03:37:04 PM »
And How often should it be applied?

Apply every 1-2 weeks while you still see evidence of disease on the leafs/plants.


My green beans are starting to come in now. The peppers I planted late (pepperoncini) in the new garden (that had no nitrogen initially) are still stunted some but starting to fruit now.
 The cantelope plants are FINALLY producing. I should have the first one in the next week or so I'd guess (wild guess, but the largest is now about 80-90% the size of the melons in the stores). My cucumbers have been quite prolific and are getting to be more so. I've gone through about 3 quarts worth of pickles and I have 11 quarts pickled and untouched. At this point I'm just waiting to find my "favorite" recipes (trying a new one every batch of 2-4 quarts). I may cut back the number of plants some next year. Bell peppers are getting some rot again, so had to go spray them again this week, but otherwise the peppers have been doing pretty well (and getting better now that we're stringing together more than 1 day in a row without rain and cloud-cover...).
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Re: Planting / Growing Your Own - 2017
« Reply #506 on: July 31, 2017, 10:09:04 PM »
My Mortgage Lifter tomatoes are small this year, but they taste amazing. 

I thought I'd lost my zucchini plant, but the entire top died off and healthy leaves are growing from the base.  The yellow crookneck looks pretty good, but has only made like two fruit.  It's weird not drowning in summer squash this time of year.

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« Reply #507 on: August 01, 2017, 07:47:35 AM »
My mortgage lifters are still all green, but this year they are HUGE! I grew them a couple of years ago and they were much, much smaller. Didn't do anything differently, so, ???? Looking forward to being able to taste one!

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« Reply #508 on: August 01, 2017, 08:21:27 AM »
And How often should it be applied?

Apply every 1-2 weeks while you still see evidence of disease on the leafs/plants.


My green beans are starting to come in now. The peppers I planted late (pepperoncini) in the new garden (that had no nitrogen initially) are still stunted some but starting to fruit now.
 The cantelope plants are FINALLY producing. I should have the first one in the next week or so I'd guess (wild guess, but the largest is now about 80-90% the size of the melons in the stores). My cucumbers have been quite prolific and are getting to be more so. I've gone through about 3 quarts worth of pickles and I have 11 quarts pickled and untouched. At this point I'm just waiting to find my "favorite" recipes (trying a new one every batch of 2-4 quarts). I may cut back the number of plants some next year. Bell peppers are getting some rot again, so had to go spray them again this week, but otherwise the peppers have been doing pretty well (and getting better now that we're stringing together more than 1 day in a row without rain and cloud-cover...).

My favorite pickle recipe is using just dill and garlic.  No other spices or herbs (salt, water and vinegar of course).  It's simple and they are awesome.  I pack the jars and pour the cooled liquid over them and put them in the fridge (cold pack).  They last up to three months and are really crispy.  It takes about 3-4 weeks before they are ready.



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« Reply #509 on: August 01, 2017, 05:26:17 PM »


Good harvest tonight, about 8 pounds of tomatoes, nearly a pound of Jalepeno (from one plant! and it's only August 1st so far), 1.5 pounds of cherries and other peppers each.

Up to 62 pounds this year now. 26 of tomatoes, nearly 16 of green beans from maybe 25 feet worth of plants (!), about  7 or both peas and zucchini (RIP) each, and the balance being Jalepeno/peppers/tomatillos.

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« Reply #510 on: August 01, 2017, 09:15:53 PM »
Nice haul Ender!  All my tomatoes have been mature but green on the vine for several weeks.  Only the cherry tomatoes are turning.

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« Reply #511 on: August 02, 2017, 03:48:16 AM »
Nice haul Ender!  All my tomatoes have been mature but green on the vine for several weeks.  Only the cherry tomatoes are turning.


Huh. Same thing here, green but otherwise happy-looking tomatoes for weeks.

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« Reply #512 on: August 02, 2017, 05:43:40 AM »
I once heard that lots of green tomatoes not ripening can be a sign of nutrient deficiency.  The easy fix was a dash of epsom salts on the soil surface with a splash of rain water.  Worked great from me.

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« Reply #513 on: August 02, 2017, 09:25:36 AM »
I saw signs of ripening on a couple of the backyard tomatoes, finally!!

My strawberries are doing another small round of fruit. Just a couple berries on each of my 3 plants, but they are visually PERFECT and large and ripe and oh so sweet. :D

Northern climate folks, is it your experience when growing peppers that the plant will only make 1 pepper at a time? I have a Chocolate Beauty that's making a lovely large (but as yet green) pepper. It tried to make a couple of more, but those are stuck at the tiny-butt-end-of-a-pepper-poking-out-of-the-bud stage, and have been for a couple of weeks. This has been my experience in past years as well, with normal peppers. The mini peppers seem to be able to handle making multiple peppers at a time, but not the regular sized ones. Oh well. I hope the ONE pepper I get off this thing ends up tasting good, at least.

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« Reply #514 on: August 02, 2017, 06:56:27 PM »
@This Prior. My bell peppers are very slow. Just a couple of fruit here and there. But jalapenos are in dozens if not in hundred or more (total). I think a couple of seeds in bell bags were actually jalapenos, as I have a map of what I planted and it doesn't match :(
Waiting for jalapenos to go red this year for extra spice. They will be HUGE by that time

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« Reply #515 on: August 02, 2017, 08:08:29 PM »
A recent harvest:


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« Reply #516 on: August 02, 2017, 09:35:02 PM »
I once heard that lots of green tomatoes not ripening can be a sign of nutrient deficiency.  The easy fix was a dash of epsom salts on the soil surface with a splash of rain water.  Worked great from me.



Huh, magnesium shortage, maybe. I may try that, thanks. I have the epsom salts on hand and rain due this weekend.

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« Reply #517 on: August 03, 2017, 12:44:00 PM »
Finally posting something in here again, as I actually have a tiny bit of progress. It was a crazy start to summer (to make the story short, I found out I was pregnant, we closed on our house, and then my dad died on moving day, all in less than three weeks) so my garden has been blatantly ignored, to the point that I can't believe any plants survived at all. There's been ZERO rain here and the watering has been intermittent.

Still. Got the first few tomatoes ripening, and a bunch more on the plants. I'll use them to supplement what I buy from the farmer's market to make tomato sauce for the coming year.

I got one giant zucchini (with which I'm going to make this) and the rest all withered away. I'm certain it's nitrogen deficient so I've, uh, been peeing in the planter. Well, not directly in there. I've occasionally used the toddler potty, watered it down some, and carried that outside. It works, though. Got a few more tiny zukes starting, which will be thoroughly washed before consumption. :)

My potato plants are showing the first signs of being done. As I was trying a new method of growing them this year (in a structure I built out of pallets) I'm excited to see what the harvest might be like. Just a few more weeks....

My other crop doing really well are my onions. They're nothing like grocery store size, but I'm rather impressed I got them to grow at all. Not from starts, either, but from direct sown seeds. Woo! I think I've got about 30 small onions, and they'll keep growing for a while yet.

A few odds and ends: some blueberries, strawberries, cherries, and basil.

Soon to harvest: the apples off my mom's tree. We're going to sell her house (she can't live alone, needs assisted living) so this will be the last harvest from it.

Am getting from friends or urban foraging: plums, blackberries, pears, and more apples. (I make not only applesauce but we press our own cider, so we're always on the lookout for more apples.)

Since we have our own property now (!!!!) I'm planning and prepping for putting perennials in next year. So many yummy choices! And next year should (hopefully) be somewhat less crazy, so annuals might have a better chance too. I really miss having my own homegrown carrots.

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« Reply #518 on: August 03, 2017, 09:34:32 PM »
Hi Folks,

I just applied bonide copper fungicide on tomatoes and cucumbers, when 1.5 hrs later we had a downpour and strong winds. Did it ruin my application and I should reapply? :( such a waste if need to redo

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« Reply #519 on: August 04, 2017, 08:09:25 AM »
We are covered up in green beans, cucumbers and tomatoes right now.  Doing my best to eat a bunch of them nearly every day.
Hope to run across some good sweet corn this weekend and put up a mess for the freezer.

Enjoy this stuff while it's fresh, because it will be done around here in a couple months.

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« Reply #520 on: August 04, 2017, 08:43:40 AM »
The zuchini avalanche has begun here.  Two plants are in overwhelming production mode.  The cukes are doing poorly.
Tomatoes are starting to ripen up - we just had five days of good heat. 
I also picked a huge bouquet of flowers for the kitchen island. 

Fishindude is right - eat up and put away.
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« Reply #521 on: August 07, 2017, 12:00:00 AM »
After 3 months of tomatoes my plants are giving up. I got a hold of 20 milk crates so started filling them today - hoping for some good results - desert soil is hard to grow in. Planted some Romaine, cucumbers and curly parsley today. More to do but so little time. I built a drip system out of "stuff" in the garage - I am excited it worked.

Great progress by all.

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« Reply #522 on: August 07, 2017, 09:35:22 AM »
Ferrum, at the garden center they said to apply anyway if it's going to rain, because the rain spreads out the fungus. So if you can kill off some of the fungus before it rains and is washed onto healthy leaves, that will help.

That being said, if we have a downpour I have been reapplying. My plants don't look great, but they've definitely improved.

I got my first ripe Cherokee Purple yesterday! I'm so excited! And I may have some ripe yellow mini bell peppers soon; they are starting to turn color. It's been an awful pepper year for me, so I'll be sure to savor those. :)


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« Reply #523 on: August 07, 2017, 11:51:49 AM »
Our grape sampling survived three weeks of summer vacation without supervision. They have grown well in there plastic crate.

Our strawberries have produced well. There were even some ripe strawberries left when we came back.

We have gotten raspberries in the garden that have spread from somewhere else.

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« Reply #524 on: August 07, 2017, 07:05:55 PM »
We planted greens this year for the first time (from seed), as well as herbs which we've done before (also from seed).  And we've had huge ongoing harvests of kale for the past two months with very little effort.  I'm planning to use a simple fabric row cover to extend the growing season.  The basil plant is huge but is developing some sort of black dusty fungus.  We will probably just ditch it- unless anyone has any easy/frugal suggestions?

One exciting discovery- you can plant scallion bottoms (with roots) after you've used the green part and they will grow more green shoots!  I read that tip somewhere on the MMM forums and it is sort of mind blowing to watch.

We have one cherry tomato plant which hasn't produced much- but the baby gets a kick out of eating a couple of cherry tomatoes every time we're in the back yard!  Same story with the raspberry bushes.  I bet next year they'll take off...

All in all an enjoyable and cost effective food growing experience.

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« Reply #525 on: August 08, 2017, 04:11:54 AM »
I will soon plant a potato in a pot or in the garden. I hope to be able to find potatoes that will still sprout. It would be fun growing some of my own.

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« Reply #526 on: August 08, 2017, 07:41:46 AM »
Greenbeans, various cherry tomatoes (sunsweets, sweet 100s, rosellas and brad's atomic grapes), and basil in major production mode now.

Zukes, yellow squash, and peppers seems to be ramping up.

I've got tons of mature, yet green, larger tomatoes (mortgage lifters, cherokee purple and pineapple). When/if they ripen I think I'm going to be buried in tomatoes.

My kale seems to be petering out and my two red cabbages are giving up the ghost as well. Will probably try planting some fall crops towards the end of this month.

My two go-to cook books right now are the New Southern Garden Cookbook and Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Italian Cooking. I've eaten fresh food from my garden for the last several meals and it has been glorious!

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Re: Planting / Growing Your Own - 2017
« Reply #527 on: August 08, 2017, 08:48:01 AM »
I got basil in the CSA and put it in water on the counter so it didn't go black. It rooted so I planted it out in soil.  It will be interesting to see if it produces more shoots.

I made a 'pizza' from a huge zuke - grated and press out the water.  It was an odd recipe - 8 parts grated zuke, 1 part Parmesan...etc...but it tasted phenomenal and it used up a huge zucchini.
The yellow bush beans are super productive.
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Re: Planting / Growing Your Own - 2017
« Reply #528 on: August 08, 2017, 03:20:19 PM »
Frugal Lizard - I've seen the idea of making pizza boats with zucchini. Cut in half, hollow out a little bit, fill with cheese and pepperoni, or other pizza toppings that will fit, and consume.

Also, zucchini can be shredded and frozen for winter. I do so in zip-top bags that can be flattened in the freezer, in 1 and 2 cup increments. Then all winter I can pull them out for zucchini bread or zucchini pancakes (a family favorite) and get a taste of summer. Also, it helps spread out the zucchini instead of trying to use the glut up all at once.

Last, I like making this during zucchini season. Yum!

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« Reply #529 on: August 08, 2017, 05:12:23 PM »
That looks tasty SisterX. 
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« Reply #530 on: August 09, 2017, 01:31:46 AM »
Yesterday my DH made dolmas from the wine leave of his own wine plants.

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« Reply #531 on: August 09, 2017, 09:50:05 AM »
Also, zucchini can be shredded and frozen for winter. I do so in zip-top bags that can be flattened in the freezer, in 1 and 2 cup increments.

Good to know-  I was just wondering if this would work!  We have been eating massive amounts of shredded/salted zucchini sautéed with lots of butter and occasionally garlic/parm. When this gets old I'll start freezing it for the winter.

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« Reply #532 on: August 09, 2017, 01:49:20 PM »
Something got into my fenced garden and ate the foliage from all my carrots!  Who would do such a thing?  I guess a determined squirrel or chipmunk can get in, but would they eat carrot foliage and ignore ripe tomatoes?  We had a groundhog a while back but I don't see a good point of entry for him.

Will they grow back if about 50% of the foliage was eaten, or should I try to harvest what I've got (very small carrots)?

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« Reply #533 on: August 09, 2017, 01:56:35 PM »
@bender, I believe they will recover. Probably slower than normal, but most likely they will. My pepper that was eaten to the ground recovered - small plant now compared to others, but they are tough :)

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« Reply #534 on: August 10, 2017, 09:36:03 AM »
I discovered last night that a) I nearly killed my tomatoes from lack of water and b) I have a bell pepper!! This is the first time I've tried growing any peppers so I'm excited by even the one.

Also, the tomatoes have been properly watered and are recovering. They're also tomato-ing away, and so far I've collected about 3.5 oz. of tomatoes (in other words, just a few), with lots more on the bushes.

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« Reply #535 on: August 10, 2017, 10:05:35 AM »
I harvested three giant zukes, 3L basket of beans, cilantro and three green peppers.  Especially proud of the peppers because I grew them from seed.
I planted some lettuce, beets, carrots and basil seed for fall harvesting.
I have also decided to give up my allotment garden at the end of the season.
The garden is pretty disorganized and some of the rules are draconian while some things that I think are important are not getting addressed.  There is a rule that we aren't supposed to fence our individual plots but the perimeter fence is not bunny proof.  And I lost some plants because a human trampled through my plot.  The rain barrels are not hooked up but no one knows the code to the shed they are contained in.  But we are not allowed to haul water from the river.
It is a bit sad because I have got amazing soil through hauling wheelbarrows full of manure from my dad's farm, my compost bin and bags of leaves from my driveway.  Kids have given me permission to remove more turf and the neighbour has allowed me to take over the area in front of the greenhouse.  I am glad I made the decision now so that I can plan my garlic planting for the fall and move the strawberry plants to my house.
I am going to move a bunch of my flowers around to make an equivalent sized plot for veggies in the sunniest area of the front lawn and then I can do exactly what I please.
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« Reply #536 on: August 10, 2017, 10:09:39 AM »
Anyone in NC area have any fig trees?  Are they hard to maintain?  I've read differing things on the internet and looking for some experiences at this point.

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« Reply #537 on: August 13, 2017, 06:01:58 AM »
Our normal strawberries has stopped to produce strawberries. Butvthe bushed with forest strawberry are still producing a pile of berries. They will continue to do so the while season. I am going to dry them to add to the boring muesli on our future hikes.

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« Reply #538 on: August 13, 2017, 01:53:29 PM »
Two of our tomato plants seem to have early blight. Soo.... chopped away a bunch of those branches in the hopes of letting their fruit mature.

Luckily the others seem prolific still. Here's after 3 days worth of not harvesting...



Peppers are looking better and better. I was originally worried about an overall anemic crop but multiple plants have 10+ fruit growing on them now (after doing what appeared to be nothing for nearly 2 months).

Also, is there something absurdly good about Early Girl tomatoes? We have gotten twenty pounds of them already from just two plants. I mean I am not going to complain but that seems ridiculous.

Our green beans have been dying for weeks and yet producing still. We ripped out the peas a month ago and were going to take the green beans then too, but they keep on trucking even though they look horrible.

I think I forget that it is only mid August (in Zone 5). So we likely are going to get insane amounts more yet too. Going to be great! Almost 100# this year already and we are easily going to blow through that if not 200 pounds.

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« Reply #539 on: August 13, 2017, 06:41:38 PM »
Yes! Early girl is great (if all my toms didn't get hit with brutal blight. sprayed copper - still no recovery yet). Monster - not so great, got a couple of huge ones but that is pretty much it, not a big turnaround. Cherry - good, but need a different "brand" next year, I have a suspicion that blight comes from these plants (2nd year in a row)

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« Reply #540 on: August 14, 2017, 07:09:56 AM »
Something is eating my tomatoes before they are ripe.  Back up go the rodent barriers to see if we can't get some tomatoes.
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« Reply #541 on: August 14, 2017, 09:50:35 AM »
My Early Girls have always been crappy producers, but I seem to be the outlier on that one.

Does EVERYONE have early blight this year?! I've never seen anything like it. Most of the tomatoes in others' plots, in my community garden, have it. I know it can spread quickly in close quarters like we have. I still have it, but my plants are still producing so I'm just trying to remove the affected leaves as I can.

Ferrum, are you planting tomatoes in the same spot each year? Because apparently the blight can get into your soil. So you're supposed to move them elsewhere for a year or two. I can't do that as I've just got the one plot, and I'm not going to skip tomatoes entirely for a whole year!

From the small backyard raised bed, I am now getting HUGE Cherokee Purples and Mortgage Lifters. HUGE. The romas are ripening, but I'm disappointed in their flavor. They are pretty tasteless, to be honest. WTF? Oh well, I'll throw 'em in sauce with other varieties.

My banana peppers are FINALLY giving it up. I have 5 wee peppers starting on them. And I think my orange bell pepper is starting to make one too. Effing finally!! It's not going to be warm for that much longer here....

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Re: Planting / Growing Your Own - 2017
« Reply #542 on: August 14, 2017, 10:09:09 AM »
My Early Girls have always been crappy producers, but I seem to be the outlier on that one.

Does EVERYONE have early blight this year?! I've never seen anything like it. Most of the tomatoes in others' plots, in my community garden, have it. I know it can spread quickly in close quarters like we have. I still have it, but my plants are still producing so I'm just trying to remove the affected leaves as I can.

We do on a few of them. I hacked them to pieces though to hopefully protect the rest of them, as in removing nearly all the branches in hopes that the large clusters of remaining tomatoes survive.


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My banana peppers are FINALLY giving it up. I have 5 wee peppers starting on them. And I think my orange bell pepper is starting to make one too. Effing finally!! It's not going to be warm for that much longer here....

This is the same for us too.  Our peppers were looking like crap for almost two months and now are all doing nicely - we have close to a dozen bell peppers on one of our bells and TONS of smaller peppers. Same situation about lack of warmth too...

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Re: Planting / Growing Your Own - 2017
« Reply #543 on: August 14, 2017, 10:34:39 AM »
My Early Girls have always been crappy producers, but I seem to be the outlier on that one.

Does EVERYONE have early blight this year?! I've never seen anything like it. Most of the tomatoes in others' plots, in my community garden, have it. I know it can spread quickly in close quarters like we have. I still have it, but my plants are still producing so I'm just trying to remove the affected leaves as I can.

Ferrum, are you planting tomatoes in the same spot each year? Because apparently the blight can get into your soil. So you're supposed to move them elsewhere for a year or two. I can't do that as I've just got the one plot, and I'm not going to skip tomatoes entirely for a whole year!

From the small backyard raised bed, I am now getting HUGE Cherokee Purples and Mortgage Lifters. HUGE. The romas are ripening, but I'm disappointed in their flavor. They are pretty tasteless, to be honest. WTF? Oh well, I'll throw 'em in sauce with other varieties.

My banana peppers are FINALLY giving it up. I have 5 wee peppers starting on them. And I think my orange bell pepper is starting to make one too. Effing finally!! It's not going to be warm for that much longer here....

Effing blight!!! Most of my tomatoes got it. And yes, same plot every year. Cannot move it. I do, however, plant extras in various places around the backyard - and those seem to be less affected by decease. Cucumbers - same thing, most bottom leaves are gone now.
Romas - not practical, they are quite tasteless indeed. They are good for salsa and canning but not great raw

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Re: Planting / Growing Your Own - 2017
« Reply #544 on: August 14, 2017, 10:52:18 AM »
Canned 6 quarts of salsa this weekend. 4 smoked 2 oven roasted. Using jalepenos Roma's and cilantro from the garden. 
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Re: Planting / Growing Your Own - 2017
« Reply #545 on: August 15, 2017, 01:21:12 AM »
My Early Girls have always been crappy producers, but I seem to be the outlier on that one.

Does EVERYONE have early blight this year?! I've never seen anything like it. Most of the tomatoes in others' plots, in my community garden, have it. I know it can spread quickly in close quarters like we have. I still have it, but my plants are still producing so I'm just trying to remove the affected leaves as I can.

Ferrum, are you planting tomatoes in the same spot each year? Because apparently the blight can get into your soil. So you're supposed to move them elsewhere for a year or two. I can't do that as I've just got the one plot, and I'm not going to skip tomatoes entirely for a whole year!

From the small backyard raised bed, I am now getting HUGE Cherokee Purples and Mortgage Lifters. HUGE. The romas are ripening, but I'm disappointed in their flavor. They are pretty tasteless, to be honest. WTF? Oh well, I'll throw 'em in sauce with other varieties.

My banana peppers are FINALLY giving it up. I have 5 wee peppers starting on them. And I think my orange bell pepper is starting to make one too. Effing finally!! It's not going to be warm for that much longer here....

Effing blight!!! Most of my tomatoes got it. And yes, same plot every year. Cannot move it. I do, however, plant extras in various places around the backyard - and those seem to be less affected by decease. Cucumbers - same thing, most bottom leaves are gone now.
Romas - not practical, they are quite tasteless indeed. They are good for salsa and canning but not great raw


Worst year for blight I've ever seen this year.

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Re: Planting / Growing Your Own - 2017
« Reply #546 on: August 15, 2017, 11:05:45 AM »
And yet I have absolutely no blight in the small raised bed and containers in my backyard. That's all new soil, though. Maybe conditions this winter were such that it didn't kill off all of the nasty stuff in the soil? (We didn't have a proper winter; not too cold and nearly no snow). Just throwing ideas out there.

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Re: Planting / Growing Your Own - 2017
« Reply #547 on: August 15, 2017, 05:28:26 PM »
Many of ours are now showing early blight signs. I pruned a massive chunk off one of our early girls (which I think is still going to produce 5+ pounds even if the blight gets it).

Up to 60 pounds of tomatoes harvested, about 11 of that is cherries. So even if the blight kills all our tomatoes we're going to get a ton still.

Also pruned a few peppers which had bad looking leaves on them. Many of those plants now have considerable numbers of fruit, so if those all produce we'll have a great crop of them too.

And 4 cantaloupe are growing somehow! Will be curious to see if any of those mature.

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Re: Planting / Growing Your Own - 2017
« Reply #548 on: August 15, 2017, 09:40:00 PM »
Harvested ~5 pounds of tomatoes this morning and am cooking them into sauce right now.  Also picked about a dozen peppers that will be pickled tomorrow.  This is after of a larger harvest on Sunday.  My DW especially likes the Cherokee Purple tomatoes.  They are reserved for snacking.

Grapes are almost ripe.  Edible now but still quite tart.  It was a good year for the green grapes but the purple ones only have a few clusters.  This is a reverse from our usual harvest.

Looks like we will get 6-8 pumpkins this year, all volunteers.  The watermelon plant inexplicably started to die off a few days ago.  Looks like we will get one melon that is currently about cantaloupe size.  The other melon is only softball sized so it may not be that good.  The fruit are bright yellow so it will be interesting to see what they are.  (mystery seeds FTW) 


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Re: Planting / Growing Your Own - 2017
« Reply #549 on: August 16, 2017, 05:30:55 AM »
We have a million billion concord grapes this year. My dh is hovering over them, but I taste them every day, and they are NOT ready. LOL

We are also going to be eating butternut squash every week this winter.

The second round of raspberries is in full swing, but we could use some rain.