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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #350 on: May 23, 2018, 10:21:40 AM »
@sunhat - the beds were not producing well - even with generous amounts of manure.  I find that raised beds dry out too quickly here.  And I wanted to expand the capacity.
When I got the soil out of the beds, it became apparent that one of the problems was very little organic matter in the soil.  After the top inch or soil the soil was so heavy.  Hopefully all the measures that I am taking now result in a higher yield without needing too much irrigation.  It is not my house so I don't have regular access to water.

I think my climate is similar to yours, and yeah the raised beds dry out fast unless you keep them mulched. The compost I bought to fill them originally also did a horrible job with water retention if it was left bare to the sun, including in-ground beds I used it for amending. 

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« Reply #351 on: May 23, 2018, 01:24:56 PM »
I have a mixture of raised beds and in-ground beds.  Last spring I started an experimental new raised bed by piling rotten logs in the bottom of it, then compost and soil on top of that. (Hugelkultur meets raised bed).  Last summer the plants in there did fine.  The soil seemed to resist drying out more than the other raised beds, which I'm attributing to those rotten logs buried in there, that were acting like an underground sponge.

Last night I dug into that bed for the first time this year to plant tomatoes, peppers and potatoes.  The soil looks great.  Will keep you posted on how the plants do this year, as those logs keep decomposing.   


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« Reply #352 on: May 24, 2018, 08:42:45 AM »
It's warm out, finally! Three peppers went into the ground yesterday. Hoping to get the rest of them, and some tomatoes, in this weekend. About half of the tomatoes are still too little to get planted, but I should be able to get a decent number of them in the ground.

Found out there's a neighborhood plant swap near me on Saturday so I'll be going to that.

Can we talk about flowers here? I was given two hanging baskets by a neighbor. The shallow round kind that have that sort of brown mossy stuff in the bottom instead of an actual pot, and then the dirt goes on top of them. Anyone have suggestions for something that's easy-care to put in them? I know absolutely nothing about flowers, only veggies, so I'm not sure where to start. I'm going to put them on my balcony which gets good afternoon sun. Flower-wise, my favorites are long skinny flowers in blue/purple tones like larkspur and delphinium and lavender, but I feel like those would look weird in such a shallow hanging basket. Maybe petunias? Hm.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #353 on: May 25, 2018, 03:20:03 PM »
Tris Prior - lavender might be worth considering, since it's drought tolerant, and I suspect that those baskets dry out quickly. I don't remember what their root system is like though. Petunias are reliable standards if you don't want to chance it.

Frugal Lizard - I hear your pain about heavy soil. The mix that I had delivered to initially start my raised boxes was supposed to be 25% compost, but it was still very heavy in clay. I've had to add a lot of mulch and manure just to lighten it up. On the plus side, canvassing my neighbours for unwanted leaves has been a good way to meet people on my street.

Spring here went from late and cold all the way to blazing heat in the space of a few weeks, and all with little rain. Now that all of my plants are in, I'm going to start adding a layer of leaves around those that are established, in the hopes of retaining moisture. Since I don't have a mulching mower to break them down, I'll be using them whole, on the assumption that that's how it works in forests. Has anyone had successes or failures to report with this approach?

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« Reply #354 on: May 25, 2018, 07:24:52 PM »
Backyard garden is just about done - I'll probably stick a couple of basils here and there where there is space. Everything looks happy! Finally some warm weather!

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« Reply #355 on: May 26, 2018, 07:11:32 PM »
Worked on the church garden today.  Tomorrow the messy church service will be a blessing of the seeds and then planting the tomato plants.  We already planted the cukes, zukes, peppers and basil.  We also planted asparagus and rhubarb.  All the produce from this garden goes to a food bank that the church supports.

I also puttered around at home in the heat.  It was unbelievable.  Tonight I planted a few exotic tomatoes and peppers in my own garden while I watered and mulched. 
A whole bunch of stuff that I planted last weekend is up.  Except I keep having to replant the cukes and zukes.  I think I might have the chipmunks foiled.


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« Reply #356 on: May 26, 2018, 07:14:04 PM »

A whole bunch of stuff that I planted last weekend is up.  Except I keep having to replant the cukes and zukes.  I think I might have the chipmunks foiled well fed.
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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #357 on: May 27, 2018, 05:11:52 AM »
Going to be a bumper summer raspberry crop. The blooms are covering the plants.

First hilling on potatoes. Soil level is already tall enough in the beds that I might not be able to hill again. Might try potato towers next year, as Iíve got a number of odd spots I could put 2x2 foot boxes in that arenít currently growing anything.

Will have first salad soon, very close to harvest size.

Way behind on weeding, and I forgot just how bloody persistent the ďsporeĒ form of a rabbit parasite is and seem to have reinfected my herd by feeding weeds, so now those weeds are much less useful to me, as the chickens love their salad - but they can only eat so much of it. Just the clippings from my grass paths and weeds from the beds is enough for them, so I may start eradicating dandelions again, weíll see.

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« Reply #358 on: May 27, 2018, 06:30:42 AM »
Way behind on weeding, and I forgot just how bloody persistent the ďsporeĒ form of a rabbit parasite is and seem to have reinfected my herd by feeding weeds, so now those weeds are much less useful to me, as the chickens love their salad - but they can only eat so much of it. Just the clippings from my grass paths and weeds from the beds is enough for them, so I may start eradicating dandelions again, weíll see.

You do know that dandelions are edible by people, too, right? ;)  I really wanted to try making dandelion jelly this year, but we didn't know if the neighbors use pesticides on their lawn so wasn't comfortable foraging them.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #359 on: May 27, 2018, 07:10:19 AM »
Way behind on weeding, and I forgot just how bloody persistent the ďsporeĒ form of a rabbit parasite is and seem to have reinfected my herd by feeding weeds, so now those weeds are much less useful to me, as the chickens love their salad - but they can only eat so much of it. Just the clippings from my grass paths and weeds from the beds is enough for them, so I may start eradicating dandelions again, weíll see.

You do know that dandelions are edible by people, too, right? ;)  I really wanted to try making dandelion jelly this year, but we didn't know if the neighbors use pesticides on their lawn so wasn't comfortable foraging them.

Oh, I know, but I canít eat sugar (so no dandelion jelly) and Iíve had enough severe reactions to leafy greens besides spinach (several make me deathly ill) that Iím scared to try the greens.

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« Reply #360 on: May 27, 2018, 08:35:12 AM »
Raenia - I made dendelion jelly a few years ago using blooms from a local sports field, since I knew that the community centre didn't use pesticides. The recipe called for a fair bit of lemon juice, resulting in a slightly citrus, floral jelly that was somewhat like honey in taste. I highly recommend trying it! I haven't made it since, since I discovered that while I love making jams and jellies, I don't actually eat them :)

In my garden, I've learned the hard way that I should have looked up what quinoa and rutabaga seedlings look like as soon as I planted them. It turns out that they look identical to two varieties of weeds that I have in spades, so I think that I've plucked out all of the quinoa and rutabaga. Alas. On the bright side, that opens up space for a couple of other things that I forgot to plan space for.

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« Reply #361 on: May 27, 2018, 09:17:15 AM »
Within the last 2 years, 7 new families have moved into houses within walking distant. (All but the house directly across the road, I suspect they're going to stay there until they HAVE to move.) I've met a few, this is a small country town that has the attitude 'You live your life, we'll live ours'  but talk when we see someone walk down the sidewalk - if we're out.

 I have more variegated hostas than I need. 25 years ago my brother in law and his wife bought a house in the nearest city, which came with a bunch of hostas, that they didn't like. I took them, divided them, and have been dividing them ever since.

Last week I was digging a few up, wondering where in the yard I was going to put them, and noticed the lady 2 doors down planting some flowers by her mailbox.  I walked down, introduced myself, and asked her if she'd like some. I have a bunch in my front yard, I told her in the front of the big blue house with the red door. I have to divide them every 9-10 years.

She seemed happy I asked, and since she was out front by her mailbox, with an about 2 yr old nearby, and a 9 mo old (she told me) in a stroller, so I told her I'd put them in a wheelbarrow and wheel them down. So I did? How country is that? (City Boy TheHusbandHalf is always glad he's not home when I do stuff like that!)

We have a burning bush that our neighbor (69, has since died) said her kids gave to Pressie (the original owner of our house, who we bought the house from).
When we drive down the road, I see many plants that started life here, though the owners don't know that.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #362 on: May 27, 2018, 10:36:48 AM »
Oh, I know, but I canít eat sugar (so no dandelion jelly) and Iíve had enough severe reactions to leafy greens besides spinach (several make me deathly ill) that Iím scared to try the greens.

Fair enough :)

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« Reply #363 on: May 27, 2018, 11:49:43 AM »
Oh, I know, but I canít eat sugar (so no dandelion jelly) and Iíve had enough severe reactions to leafy greens besides spinach (several make me deathly ill) that Iím scared to try the greens.

Fair enough :)

Same problem here.  I found out the hard way that I have a severe allergy to mustard greens, and now I am verrry cautious about trying any new ones.   I usually stick with my tried-and-true spinach and kale.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #364 on: May 27, 2018, 12:10:19 PM »
Gave away a few seedlings to a friend.
Planted a few more in my own garden.
Planted the rest of the ones I grew for the church at the church this morning.
It is so unbelievably hot today we are hanging out on the porch looking at the garden.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #365 on: May 27, 2018, 02:20:30 PM »
My country garden plot is taken down and done. Had a number of trellises to dismantle and horrible landscape fabric paths to pull up.

It was a good experience to try it for two years, but much too far away, though I think any off-site garden is too far away for me, unless it was a literal next door neighbor. I like being able to work gardening into my day in short bursts, not drive and have to get 4, 6, or more hours in before driving back.

Way behind on my home garden, weeds everywhere, but with that task no longer hanging over my head I can focus on the house and get it in shape. I have some empty beds still, just waiting to see if my sweet potato slips ever show up in the mail.

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« Reply #366 on: May 27, 2018, 02:45:27 PM »
It's 100+ today and we're gone for the weekend :\

I watered most things heavily friday before leaving. But it's super warm for May right now. Hoping things survive...

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« Reply #367 on: May 27, 2018, 07:16:14 PM »
Made soup today with carrots, rosemary, and a couple parsley leaves from the garden. I planted a bunch of parsley seeds but only one grew and it's pretty scraggly. I've been waiting for it to fill in but it doesn't look like it's going to. The carrots have been really successful, and the kids love picking them and eating them straight out of the ground (after washing, of course), so I think I'll try planting another crop in the fall.

Spied a couple zucchini that I expect will be ready to eat by next weekend.

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« Reply #368 on: May 28, 2018, 08:55:42 AM »
Apart from the immense satisfaction that comes with producing your own food - last night featured a big garden salad and freshly caught fish - there is also the fact that I find the garden just a wonderful place TO BE.


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« Reply #369 on: May 28, 2018, 05:06:53 PM »
It's 100+ today and we're gone for the weekend :\

I watered most things heavily friday before leaving. But it's super warm for May right now. Hoping things survive...

Outdoors things seemed to have survived.

Some of the peppers inside our 4 season porch though.... :\ I think I should have brought them inside. Will see how they recover but it's not looking good.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #370 on: May 29, 2018, 07:27:02 AM »
My new garden is coming along.
Harvested a small bowl of the most super sweet tasting snow peas.
Beets, cilantro, shelling peas, snow peas, lettuce, cukes, zukes, potatoes, new asparagus, and spicy greens are all up.
Transplanted tomatoes, zukes, rhubarb, peppers, basil and onions all appear to be settling in. 

Chipmunk barrier is holding steady.

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« Reply #371 on: May 29, 2018, 08:57:20 AM »
Got about 100Ė120 fruit trees which of currently only bananas, limes and lamiyai are bringing fruits but 2 years from now should have plenty more than we can eat.

Should mention that this farm locates at my weekend offgrid house in Northern Thailand

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« Reply #372 on: May 29, 2018, 09:20:36 AM »
My spinach is doing so well this year, even in the heat! Usually it's sparse with small leaves and it bolts as soon as it gets a whiff of 90-degree temps. This year I'm getting huge crisp leaves as big as my hand.

The cilantro did bolt, though. Oh well. I don't have much luck with cilantro; should probably give up on trying to grow it as it only does well for a few weeks. I don't have the patience to keep starting it from seed over and over again like I've read you're supposed to.

All tomatoes are now in the ground and look good!

And, I'm so excited - my purple raspberry bush that did exactly jack shit last year is starting to form buds! Not many, but as I got zero berries last year from it and it never even flowered, this is progress.

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« Reply #373 on: May 29, 2018, 11:53:36 AM »
Got about 100Ė120 fruit trees which of currently only bananas, limes and lamiyai are bringing fruits but 2 years from now should have plenty more than we can eat.

Should mention that this farm locates at my weekend offgrid house in Northern Thailand

Green with envy even if I have no idea what lamiyai are.

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« Reply #374 on: May 29, 2018, 12:53:58 PM »
My spinach is doing so well this year, even in the heat! Usually it's sparse with small leaves and it bolts as soon as it gets a whiff of 90-degree temps. This year I'm getting huge crisp leaves as big as my hand.

I've been enjoying a wonderful spinach crop as well Tris...unfortunately a warmer and drier than normal May has much of it bolting with abandon now. I've made a note NOT to plant Samish variety spinach again...this bolted a full month before my Tyee and Olympia varieties. Oh, how I will miss the wonderful fresh spinach salads and spinach based pastas.

One positive is that once I clear out all the spinach that will open up some much needed garden space. Not sure what I'm going to plant there, probably this coming weekend....

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #375 on: May 30, 2018, 02:07:20 AM »
Got about 100Ė120 fruit trees which of currently only bananas, limes and lamiyai are bringing fruits but 2 years from now should have plenty more than we can eat.

Should mention that this farm locates at my weekend offgrid house in Northern Thailand

Green with envy even if I have no idea what lamiyai are.

Sorry about that I always thought it was the English name for it, but turned out its called Longan in English
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« Reply #376 on: May 30, 2018, 04:23:59 AM »
Got about 100Ė120 fruit trees which of currently only bananas, limes and lamiyai are bringing fruits but 2 years from now should have plenty more than we can eat.

Should mention that this farm locates at my weekend offgrid house in Northern Thailand

Green with envy even if I have no idea what lamiyai are.

Sorry about that I always thought it was the English name for it, but turned out its called Longan in English

Thank you Finntastic! I have never heard of the Longan either, but I just googled it and learned something new. 

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« Reply #377 on: May 30, 2018, 07:27:19 AM »


I've been enjoying a wonderful spinach crop as well Tris...unfortunately a warmer and drier than normal May has much of it bolting with abandon now. I've made a note NOT to plant Samish variety spinach again...this bolted a full month before my Tyee and Olympia varieties.

You know, I've tried all the heirloom longstanding and slow-bolting varieties with little luck - and the spinach that's performing well now are these boring Bonnie Spinach plants I picked up at Home Depot on sale. Go figure.

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« Reply #378 on: May 30, 2018, 03:23:30 PM »
We need some rain here.  North end of town got some on Saturday evening.  None here.  Going to have to water with city water again today.  It has been windy and 30C today.  Might be some showers tonight but I am not sure if I can risk the seedling going until tomorrow if it doesn't rain.  Rain barrels are empty.

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« Reply #379 on: May 31, 2018, 04:53:32 AM »
We need some rain here.  North end of town got some on Saturday evening.  None here.  Going to have to water with city water again today.  It has been windy and 30C today.  Might be some showers tonight but I am not sure if I can risk the seedling going until tomorrow if it doesn't rain.  Rain barrels are empty.

We got some needed rain yesterday, otherwise I was due to water this morning before we go up to a bit over 30C again.

Could poke your finger in the soil to judge moisture and make a call then. I find everything does much better with rain than city water, but city water isnít hugely expensive, so I irrigate whenever needed.

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« Reply #380 on: May 31, 2018, 05:05:10 AM »
I ended up watering.  Surface was completely dry.  Peppers are in bud to  actually blooming.  Most of the seeds are just up.  I have straw over most areas but am waiting for the actual rows to come up before putting the last bits of straw down.  It hasn't rained yet.   Looks like it could today.

Harvested greens, basil, peas and chard.  Nothing tastes better than peas straight from the pod.  Greenhouse pea experiment is a success.

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« Reply #381 on: May 31, 2018, 06:40:33 AM »
Peas are definitely something best very fresh! I spotted my first pea bloom yesterday. Yield wonít be incredible as Iíve got them in my most marginal bed but theyíre growing better there than anything I tried last year, even with this crazy heat.

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« Reply #382 on: May 31, 2018, 07:13:25 AM »
Forecast yesterday was storms all day long. When it still hadn't rained, and didn't look like it might, by the time I got off work around 6, I went and watered. An hour later we had torrential downpours. Oh well.

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« Reply #383 on: May 31, 2018, 07:32:31 AM »
Forecast yesterday was storms all day long. When it still hadn't rained, and didn't look like it might, by the time I got off work around 6, I went and watered. An hour later we had torrential downpours. Oh well.
If you hadn't watered it probably wouldn't have. 

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« Reply #384 on: June 01, 2018, 08:24:34 AM »
Forecast yesterday was storms all day long. When it still hadn't rained, and didn't look like it might, by the time I got off work around 6, I went and watered. An hour later we had torrential downpours. Oh well.
If you hadn't watered it probably wouldn't have. 

Despite everything I know about science and causation, I feel this way too. Just like how I plan to stave off rain by bringing a raincoat to a volunteer gig this weekend.  That said, I'm loving the smell of cool post-rain mornings with the air smelling heavily of lilacs.

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« Reply #385 on: June 01, 2018, 08:44:44 AM »
We are hot and humid with promised thunderstorms.  We are not parched but a thunderstorm or 3 would be welcome.  This 83% humidity is getting to me.  At least the night-time temperatures are warm enough that the tomatoes and sweet potatoes can get planted this weekend.

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« Reply #386 on: June 01, 2018, 08:55:54 AM »
My plants must be so confused. Yesterday it was nearly 90. Right now: 57. Ugh.

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« Reply #387 on: June 01, 2018, 09:02:59 AM »
I haven't posted here this year yet. We had an abnormally cold spring (still having lots of 30/40 degree days in April) and now we have temps in high 80s.

My spring plantings failed miserably. My peas just sort of petered out and my spinach was puny and then bolted. Broccoli, collards and brussel sprouts might make it though.

My fingers are crossed for tomatoes, green beans and squash and I usually have luck with beets. I also planted more herbs than usual this year and I planted some cut flowers this year (zinnias and blacked eyed susans).

The thing that I am most excited about is that I made a cool double tee-pee with a connecting arch for the entrance to my garden. Between that and the flowers, it should at least look pretty.


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« Reply #388 on: June 01, 2018, 10:53:28 AM »
@StarBright are you planning to grow anything on the arch?

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« Reply #389 on: June 01, 2018, 11:02:00 AM »
@furrychickens - green beans!

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« Reply #390 on: June 01, 2018, 11:03:17 AM »
@furrychickens - green beans!

Nice! Iíve thought about doing a trellis arch over my front walk. Me being a fan of redneck engineering, it will probably be a bent cattle panel, lol.

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« Reply #391 on: June 01, 2018, 11:04:31 AM »
@furrychickens - green beans!

Nice! Iíve thought about doing a trellis arch over my front walk. Me being a fan of redneck engineering, it will probably be a bent cattle panel, lol.

I used two hula hoops (painted dark green)!

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« Reply #392 on: June 01, 2018, 06:15:43 PM »
Encore lettuce mix from Johnnyís made a tasty salad base tonight, impressed with how it handled the crazy heat and was only barely bitter.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #393 on: June 01, 2018, 06:55:41 PM »
"There's no such thing as sustainable, only exponential growth, or exponential decay" --> https://youtu.be/nEQRjMb0Q_Y?t=9m30s

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #394 on: June 03, 2018, 06:01:34 PM »
Planted, irrigated, and mulched the rest of the peppers today. Also mulched the previously planted peppers and relocated raspberries. Up to:

  • 11 tomatoes (early girl, brandywine, amish paste)
  • 2 cherry tomatoes (sungold. the. best. cherries!)
  • 3 tomatillos
  • 36 peppers (variety)

Fun to see them grow.

Was surprised how big the plants were for June - it's only June 3rd! We still have 3 full growing months! If these plants survive (go away blight...) we're going to have huge pepper/tomato plants. I pruned a decent amount of the lower tomato leaves, too. Hard to believe how much tomato plants just explode with growth once they get settled and have warmth, sun, and water.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #395 on: June 03, 2018, 06:12:02 PM »
Today I finished my 2 week project of clearing 3 raised beds (2 years worth of weeds), adding massive amounts of compost, and planting.  Now in the garden are 9 tomato plants, 4 sweet peppers, and a bunch of sweet potatoes.  Still to go are 3 cucumber plants, but they will have to wait, tomorrow is supposed to rain all day.  Plus some beans will get planted once the rain stops.

And I am exhausted.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #396 on: June 04, 2018, 06:58:56 AM »
Trying out my new herb drying rack with some oregano. Unfortunately also dealing with some pest damage on oregano and mint. Anyone dealt with tiny red bugs that leave spots in the leafs?


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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #397 on: June 04, 2018, 08:17:41 AM »
I spent a little time Saturday afternoon and a big chunk of time Sunday morning in the garden.  I think they are full - no more seedlings or new plants will fit. I got most of it weeded.  Most of the straw mulch is down - although I have a little bit more for the areas I just planted once the seeds are up. Things are coming along nicely.  Good blooms on the plants I grew from seed.  The roots I bought have all sprouted shoots - and hopefully in a couple of years my days of buying rhubarb and asparagus are done.


And tonight it is dropping to 6C overnight - WTF it is June.  I have covered my peppers and cukes etc with floating row covers.  The tomatoes are a little more challenging.  I think I am just going to fill every jug I have with more rain barrel water and arrange them around them for a little thermal mass.  I can't cover them unless I take out the stakes and many of the plants are all twisted around them. 

Nice herb drying rack @furrychickens .  No experience with red bugs.


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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #398 on: June 04, 2018, 09:04:35 AM »
We were 28C two days ago, yesterday was 23, today is 10 (10!!!) and raining.  No single digits forecast though, which is good because the sweet potatoes don't like cold.

Tiny red insects, could they be red spider mites?

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #399 on: June 04, 2018, 09:21:31 AM »
This weather's been crazy. Nearly 90 one day, 50s the next. Not as cold as you all are north of the border, though! Yikes!

Frugal Lizard, do you have a frost blanket? I have had success in the past sort of clipping the frost blanket around the tomato cages. You have to clip it securely though or else it'll become a sail in the wind.

My spinach bolted. Boooooo.