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(Fark)   Everyone, Romaine calm. This is not a drill. Better late than never, it's your weekly FARK Gardening thread for June 8, 2021   (fark.com) divider line
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2021-06-08 7:55:25 AM  
It's been a good week. Roma tomatoes are already starting, though the cucumbers could be doing better. I suppose I'll be up to my eyeballs in them by August.
 
2021-06-08 7:58:33 AM  
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Lettuce see your progress!
Everything is planted and the super-hot spell is over. Now it's time to start hand-to-hand combat with the bugs! And a Bugs or three. The rabbits population has exploded.
 
2021-06-08 8:02:23 AM  
A SEED drill???

*turns up the Jethro Tull*
 
2021-06-08 8:07:37 AM  
Here's some flowers.

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2021-06-08 8:14:45 AM  
Moth caterpillars destroyed my mint and basil plants. The serrano peppers are plentiful and make a wonderful addition to eggs. Had enough to make a hot sauce. Planted some seeds from my MIL's cayenne peppers and those have produced 6 peppers so far.
 
2021-06-08 8:15:00 AM  
Didn't see this earlier so I posted a thread here.  Hope I didn't step on anyone's toes.


Anyway, I have a parsley problem.  It's already bolting.  This is a plant that's several years old.  This is the second year in its current location.  Weather got really warm about 2 weeks ago.

What can I do besides cut it back hard?
 
2021-06-08 8:15:49 AM  
this is not a dill.
 
2021-06-08 8:15:53 AM  
Seems like a bumper crop of June 8 gardening threads!
 
2021-06-08 8:16:43 AM  
How many gardening threads do you all need?
 
2021-06-08 8:16:56 AM  
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2021-06-08 8:17:16 AM  
The tomatoes are about 30" tall and are blooming. The bees are working the lavender and the birds are eating all the seed.
 
2021-06-08 8:20:50 AM  
Broad beans just starting to form pods. Spring onions have a few ready to pull. Tomatoes starting to take off. Leeks languishing. Cos lettuce repeatedly destroyed by birds; now considering interplanting the remaining starts between the beans that will be gone by mid-July to give them some cover. Dug and broke up poorly-performing tulips and discovered that they've split instead of flowering and now have many little bulblets to grow on, those have been stored in vermiculite.
 
2021-06-08 8:21:13 AM  
We're having some rain this morning.
The frogs are so freakin' happy.
 
2021-06-08 8:24:45 AM  
Vegetable garden probably ain't happening this year, but the flowers are out:
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2021-06-08 8:25:29 AM  
Planted some potatoes a week or two ago. A couple of them are starting to emerge.
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2021-06-08 8:25:41 AM  
I picked a bunch of rose petals and drying them for potpourri.  Peonies just about to bloom, so I'll do the same with those in a week or two.
 
2021-06-08 8:30:22 AM  
I give to you this photo of my dragon arum.

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2021-06-08 8:33:39 AM  

FrancoFile: Didn't see this earlier so I posted a thread here.  Hope I didn't step on anyone's toes.


Anyway, I have a parsley problem.  It's already bolting.  This is a plant that's several years old.  This is the second year in its current location.  Weather got really warm about 2 weeks ago.

What can I do besides cut it back hard?


if it's just a couple plants in a whole bunch, cut the bolting ones until there's almost nothing left and keep an eye out for other ones starting to bolt. Meanwhile, plant new parsley. They don't last forever.
 
2021-06-08 8:37:08 AM  
Japanese cuke about to get up in the cage.  Re-org'd since the sprouts were sad in the heat yesterday and it's time for the peppers to move to the head of the class.   Land of the Lost in the BeanCage.
Fledgling Catbird now thinking about how bugs that look tasty are possibly going to mess you up and be sticky and you might want a moderator to step in. Whom amongst us has not had to reconsider our desires?
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2021-06-08 8:42:31 AM  
Heat hit, arugula and radishes bolted (though radish seed pods are tasty). Beet seedling no longer happy, tomatoes haven't popped up, and artichoke sprouts do NOT like hardening.
 
2021-06-08 8:43:49 AM  
Oh, and Romaines. I guess I need to go buy some dressing and eat salad for a week.
The Valerian is doing well too.
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2021-06-08 8:50:03 AM  
 
2021-06-08 8:50:51 AM  
Zone 9a Blueberry harvest was over a month ago. Tomatoes have been producing steady since Feb. Tomande, Mortgage Lifter, Homestead, Jubilee and  Purple Calabash. Next year I will only plant homestead as it is the best of the bunch. Starting to get too hot. I put them under an oak tree and set up a drip irrigation. Going to spray them with copper sulfate later if the wind lays down.

I am a horrible gardener. That said, I have no idea why I put 800 blueberry plants out back this year. All in 40 gal pots. And now I have a bunch of peach trees and fig trees in pots. The plan is to always have something ready to eat somewhere on site. I ate some of the florida peaches this year and they were great.
 
2021-06-08 9:03:06 AM  
First year attempting several different plants.  Most excitedly, one of the kniphofia (red hot poker) is actually blooming, which is amazeballs.

The catmint, however, seems not to enjoy the heat as much.
 
2021-06-08 9:08:10 AM  
copy pastaing from the other thread:

Unseasonably hot here. We've been in the mid to upper 90s for close to a week and it's *maybe* going to cool off a little bit this weekend. Like into the upper 80s/low 90s if we're lucky.

I brought a couple of the annuals inside. Mostly just trying to remember to water everything at least once a day if not twice. So far that seems to be working. There's one plant whose name I can't remember (starts with an L, little bitty blue flowers, kind of ground covery/cascading out of a pot) that was a wilted mess until it finally started to perk up a bit yesterday. So hopefully that one will be ok.

Happily the hot pepper spray does seem to be working to keep the chipmunks away from my sunflowers!
 
2021-06-08 9:09:02 AM  

a_room_with_a_moose: I give to you this photo of my dragon arum.

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That is an amazingly cool looking flower!
 
2021-06-08 9:14:42 AM  
Things are actually going pretty well here in the Ottawa Valley. Kids' garden beds are a case study in "throw in fistfuls of seeds and let them fight it out".

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The yellow flowering stuff was supposed to be some sort of broccoli, but it's basically a weed. It makes tiny heads, flowers, and then makes a ton of seeds. I couldn't get out in front of it last year because kids + covid. But it sprouts easily so it's an easy win for the kids.
 
2021-06-08 9:16:30 AM  

Sunidesus: copy pastaing from the other thread:

Unseasonably hot here. We've been in the mid to upper 90s for close to a week and it's *maybe* going to cool off a little bit this weekend. Like into the upper 80s/low 90s if we're lucky.

I brought a couple of the annuals inside. Mostly just trying to remember to water everything at least once a day if not twice. So far that seems to be working. There's one plant whose name I can't remember (starts with an L, little bitty blue flowers, kind of ground covery/cascading out of a pot) that was a wilted mess until it finally started to perk up a bit yesterday. So hopefully that one will be ok.

Happily the hot pepper spray does seem to be working to keep the chipmunks away from my sunflowers!


Lungwort?
 
2021-06-08 9:18:13 AM  
Nothing too exciting here except we finally got rain yesterday. Everything is growing. The cucumbers have set their first leaves, the beans are up about 6", the tomatoes have their first baby tomatoes, and both the strawberries and raspberries are flowering and setting fruit. We are too hot. It has been high 80°s and our Junes are usually low 70°s. I am already tired of watering but the rain helped. The ground was soaked so I was able to get some weeding done before they got out of control.
 
2021-06-08 9:19:41 AM  
There's one plant whose name I can't remember (starts with an L, little bitty blue flowers, kind of ground covery/cascading out of a pot)

Might be Lithodora
 
2021-06-08 9:21:00 AM  
Got some beetroot, potatoes and tomatoes out of the veg garden yesterday.
For the rest, things are  on pause in Andalucia as the sun helps everything to ripen.

The garden needs to wait just a tad, as in the next few days we'll be digging a soakaway for the effluent from the septic tank.

The sun is hot
the pool is cool
 
2021-06-08 9:47:11 AM  
Tomato plants are looking great as well as most of the pepper plants.  The little serrano plant still doesn't look great but it just still might make it.  Already starting to get some early peppers growing from the cherry bomb pepper plant I'm growing.
 
2021-06-08 9:53:28 AM  
One of my first cooking jobs, I gave the dish kid a list of easy prep, including "chop Romaine lettuce for salads." He came up to me and asked how to make Romaine lettuce. I said "Get it out of the cooler, and it will remain lettuce."
 
2021-06-08 9:54:47 AM  

a_room_with_a_moose: I give to you this photo of my dragon arum.

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With the Virginia creeper and wild grape on the fence, that could very well be my yard.
Well, except that you planted something cool and it lived.
 
2021-06-08 9:58:27 AM  

gorrck: Moth caterpillars destroyed my mint and basil plants. The serrano peppers are plentiful and make a wonderful addition to eggs. Had enough to make a hot sauce. Planted some seeds from my MIL's cayenne peppers and those have produced 6 peppers so far.


Floating row covers are a great way to keep flying bugs like moths off your plants. It also helps increase temps if you garden in a cool climate like the PNW. I've done accidental experiments and the plants under the row cover grow much faster and larger than the uncovered plants.
 
2021-06-08 10:05:58 AM  

Sunidesus: copy pastaing from the other thread:

Unseasonably hot here. We've been in the mid to upper 90s for close to a week and it's *maybe* going to cool off a little bit this weekend. Like into the upper 80s/low 90s if we're lucky.

I brought a couple of the annuals inside. Mostly just trying to remember to water everything at least once a day if not twice. So far that seems to be working. There's one plant whose name I can't remember (starts with an L, little bitty blue flowers, kind of ground covery/cascading out of a pot) that was a wilted mess until it finally started to perk up a bit yesterday. So hopefully that one will be ok.

Happily the hot pepper spray does seem to be working to keep the chipmunks away from my sunflowers!


lobelia
 
2021-06-08 10:09:47 AM  
Everything is going really well in the garden.

I'll have onions soon I think, I thinned the beans and hilled them up a little bit, and pruned my tomatoes back and started getting them ready to train up. They need to grow another 6 in. or so before i can really get that done.

It got cold and my peppers are not doing well though
 
2021-06-08 10:11:06 AM  

Jory: Sunidesus: copy pastaing from the other thread:

Unseasonably hot here. We've been in the mid to upper 90s for close to a week and it's *maybe* going to cool off a little bit this weekend. Like into the upper 80s/low 90s if we're lucky.

I brought a couple of the annuals inside. Mostly just trying to remember to water everything at least once a day if not twice. So far that seems to be working. There's one plant whose name I can't remember (starts with an L, little bitty blue flowers, kind of ground covery/cascading out of a pot) that was a wilted mess until it finally started to perk up a bit yesterday. So hopefully that one will be ok.

Happily the hot pepper spray does seem to be working to keep the chipmunks away from my sunflowers!

lobelia


Those Sackville-Bagginses!!
 
2021-06-08 10:22:12 AM  

pheelix: Sunidesus: copy pastaing from the other thread:

Unseasonably hot here. We've been in the mid to upper 90s for close to a week and it's *maybe* going to cool off a little bit this weekend. Like into the upper 80s/low 90s if we're lucky.

I brought a couple of the annuals inside. Mostly just trying to remember to water everything at least once a day if not twice. So far that seems to be working. There's one plant whose name I can't remember (starts with an L, little bitty blue flowers, kind of ground covery/cascading out of a pot) that was a wilted mess until it finally started to perk up a bit yesterday. So hopefully that one will be ok.

Happily the hot pepper spray does seem to be working to keep the chipmunks away from my sunflowers!

Lungwort?


Someone in the now red thread figured it out. It's Lobelia. I am... not good at remembering plant names. Which is why I write everything down. But that's at home and I am not at the moment.
 
2021-06-08 10:23:08 AM  

Honest Geologist: Things are actually going pretty well here in the Ottawa Valley. Kids' garden beds are a case study in "throw in fistfuls of seeds and let them fight it out".

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The yellow flowering stuff was supposed to be some sort of broccoli, but it's basically a weed. It makes tiny heads, flowers, and then makes a ton of seeds. I couldn't get out in front of it last year because kids + covid. But it sprouts easily so it's an easy win for the kids.


Name does NOT check. Next I suppose you'll say you don't drink?
 
2021-06-08 10:28:42 AM  
Lettuce Rejoice!
 
2021-06-08 10:30:59 AM  

NINEv2: Honest Geologist: Things are actually going pretty well here in the Ottawa Valley. Kids' garden beds are a case study in "throw in fistfuls of seeds and let them fight it out".

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The yellow flowering stuff was supposed to be some sort of broccoli, but it's basically a weed. It makes tiny heads, flowers, and then makes a ton of seeds. I couldn't get out in front of it last year because kids + covid. But it sprouts easily so it's an easy win for the kids.

Name does NOT check. Next I suppose you'll say you don't drink?


I think I might have missed your point, but I can assure you I certainly do drink. Only sane response to these trying times.

Got grapes in the backyard, made some monumentally bad wine with them last year.
 
2021-06-08 10:56:22 AM  
Florida gardener here. Since it's getting into June I'm actually going to have to stop once the summer heat really starts cooking. I've got a single tomato and brussel sprout plant left that I've yet to harvest and I just put down a whole bunch of various flower seeds to use as a cover crop that'll hopefully last me until the start of September.

Meanwhile I've also started experimenting with a small hydroponic setup. Nothing big so far, just a bucket and light in my closet so I can perhaps grow a head or two of lettuce since that never seems to do well down here due to the high temps.
 
2021-06-08 10:58:51 AM  
Someone in the other thread asked about deer resistant shade tolerant ground cover, and I wanted to say this Coral Bells Grape Expectations might help. I got it because it's pretty.
 
2021-06-08 11:04:59 AM  

Lynx Nocturna: There's one plant whose name I can't remember (starts with an L, little bitty blue flowers, kind of ground covery/cascading out of a pot)

Might be Lithodora


Probably lobelia.
 
2021-06-08 11:13:08 AM  
Okay, remember me whining about my frozen tomato and pepper plants last week?

It was a weird frost that seemed to arrive without warning.  Weird because just a few feet up the hill, in an uncovered cold frame, a bunch of tender stuff survived undamaged, including basil and sweet potato slips.

Anyway, this caused me to hope that the plants might regrow from the roots or the still-green stems.  I bought replacement plants from the local co-op but haven't set them yet.  Strangely enough, they are actually regrowing from the base or the stems.

My dilemma is whether or not to replace the resprouting plants with the new plants, or whether to let the old plants stay in place.  The plants are certainly set back by being frozen, but on the other hand, there are a number of varieties among the old plants that I can';t buy as plants.  I have to grow them from seed.

What do my fellow gardeners advise?  So far I think I'll just let the old plants alone and open up more bed space for the new plants.

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2021-06-08 11:29:33 AM  

knobmaker: What do my fellow gardeners advise? So far I think I'll just let the old plants alone and open up more bed space for the new plants.


I'm still in training after 1.5 years, so no Officinalis. I tend to take the, "Come with me if you want to live" approach and am willing to give everyone their shot at fulfilling their plantly destiny. But plants HAVE taught me that sometimes the ones with growth issues aren't worth all the effort. And other times they'll reward your stewardship.
"Get in! D'you wanna live?! Come on!"
 
2021-06-08 12:05:30 PM  

Uranus: things are  on pause in Andalucia


I thought you were in Africa somewhere.
 
2021-06-08 12:08:44 PM  

knobmaker: Okay, remember me whining about my frozen tomato and pepper plants last week?

It was a weird frost that seemed to arrive without warning.  Weird because just a few feet up the hill, in an uncovered cold frame, a bunch of tender stuff survived undamaged, including basil and sweet potato slips.

Anyway, this caused me to hope that the plants might regrow from the roots or the still-green stems.  I bought replacement plants from the local co-op but haven't set them yet.  Strangely enough, they are actually regrowing from the base or the stems.

My dilemma is whether or not to replace the resprouting plants with the new plants, or whether to let the old plants stay in place.  The plants are certainly set back by being frozen, but on the other hand, there are a number of varieties among the old plants that I can';t buy as plants.  I have to grow them from seed.

What do my fellow gardeners advise?  So far I think I'll just let the old plants alone and open up more bed space for the new plants.

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I would leave the old plants.  They have already-established root systems.
 
2021-06-08 12:17:21 PM  
Northern Illinois tomatoes and zucchinis growing fast in the heat. Mother rabbit found a hole in fence big enough to lead 5 snack size furry offspring huddled under some coils of soaker hose. All found a way out even if I had to lift up the old chicken wire along the bottom to make an opening. One tried to go through a hole in the "poultry fencing" and got stuck half way. There was no backing out. I used the tip of an old scissors to cut the wire without injuring the little thing who was screaming bloody murder. He has to grow more. That will not feed a red tailed hawk chick. I put up new wire ti protect veg and flower seedings.
 
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