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2021-06-21 8:43:52 PM  
So, things are growing, slowly but surely here in the Final Frontier...

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Top: Strawberries in a pallet planter, Chard, Collards (under glass)

Middle: Garden bed (radishes in front, then turnips, rutabegas, beets, carrots, parsnips, more beets, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts), kale, mixed lettuce

Bottom: Horseradish just starting to peek out, Herbs, dill and chives

How's everyone else's gardens doing?
 
2021-06-21 8:53:57 PM  
Cut down a cherry blossom tree last year.

Turns out it was shading an old rose bush growing up through the hedge.

I noticed the first blossom the other day and it was one of the awesome smelling varieties.

Now that we know it is there we'll watch the thing.
 
2021-06-21 8:59:01 PM  
I picked my first squash today!  7" of yellow crook-neck goodness.

And I have the first tomatoes setting, too.  I'm doing the Florida Weave method with twine to keep them managed; we'll see how that works.  Anything has got to be better than the jungle than happened the last few years.

On the flip side, my eggplants look awful.  I'm going to get some diatomaceous earth to see if that will counteract whatever is attacking the leaves, but they've barely grown an inch in the last month.  That's 2 years in a row that I'll have terrible results from eggplants in my new place.  This is bad news for my ratatouille assembly line; I may need to lay out $50 at the farmer's market...
 
2021-06-21 9:02:26 PM  

puffy999: Cut down a cherry blossom tree last year.

Turns out it was shading an old rose bush growing up through the hedge.

I noticed the first blossom the other day and it was one of the awesome smelling varieties.

Now that we know it is there we'll watch the thing.


Oh nice!

The place I bought 18 months ago is crazy with roses - more than I have time or inclination to care for.  I gave away a bunch last year via Nextdoor, and did some judicious pruning over the winter.  It's mostly manageable now.  I've harvested a bunch of blossoms for potpourri, and my neighbor got a some to turn into rosewater for her soap-making.
 
2021-06-21 9:04:10 PM  

FrancoFile: puffy999: Cut down a cherry blossom tree last year.

Turns out it was shading an old rose bush growing up through the hedge.

I noticed the first blossom the other day and it was one of the awesome smelling varieties.

Now that we know it is there we'll watch the thing.

Oh nice!

The place I bought 18 months ago is crazy with roses - more than I have time or inclination to care for.  I gave away a bunch last year via Nextdoor, and did some judicious pruning over the winter.  It's mostly manageable now.  I've harvested a bunch of blossoms for potpourri, and my neighbor got a some to turn into rosewater for her soap-making.


Dried rosebuds can be great in black teas.
 
2021-06-21 9:15:43 PM  
My neighbor and I share a yard.  It got tore up a while back because plumbing reasons.  A couple months ago, we got it all flattened and smushed and reseeded.

It's patchy.  We've been watering it good, but some spots are shaggy and some are bare.  I was told to hold off on mowing so it could reseed itself.

THIS MORNING MY NEIGHBOR MOWED ALL THEM SH*TS.
 
2021-06-21 9:26:17 PM  

puffy999: Cut down a cherry blossom tree last year.

Turns out it was shading an old rose bush growing up through the hedge.

I noticed the first blossom the other day and it was one of the awesome smelling varieties.

Now that we know it is there we'll watch the thing.


Hooray!


FrancoFile: I picked my first squash today!  7" of yellow crook-neck goodness.


\o/

And I have the first tomatoes setting, too.  I'm doing the Florida Weave method with twine to keep them managed; we'll see how that works.  Anything has got to be better than the jungle than happened the last few years.

On the flip side, my eggplants look awful.  I'm going to get some diatomaceous earth to see if that will counteract whatever is attacking the leaves, but they've barely grown an inch in the last month.  That's 2 years in a row that I'll have terrible results from eggplants in my new place.  This is bad news for my ratatouille assembly line; I may need to lay out $50 at the farmer's market...


Well, crap.  I hate when that happens.  I wonder what eats eggplant...
 
2021-06-21 9:30:43 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: So, things are growing, slowly but surely here in the Final Frontier...

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Top: Strawberries in a pallet planter, Chard, Collards (under glass)

Middle: Garden bed (radishes in front, then turnips, rutabegas, beets, carrots, parsnips, more beets, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts), kale, mixed lettuce

Bottom: Horseradish just starting to peek out, Herbs, dill and chives

How's everyone else's gardens doing?


How far north we talking here?

I'm in Ottawa and it's usually a slow start here too but we've had a lot of early heat.
 
2021-06-21 9:31:44 PM  

rosekolodny: My neighbor and I share a yard.  It got tore up a while back because plumbing reasons.  A couple months ago, we got it all flattened and smushed and reseeded.

It's patchy.  We've been watering it good, but some spots are shaggy and some are bare.  I was told to hold off on mowing so it could reseed itself.

THIS MORNING MY NEIGHBOR MOWED ALL THEM SH*TS.


You should train you dog to poop in his yard.
 
2021-06-21 9:32:34 PM  

Honest Geologist: Benevolent Misanthrope: So, things are growing, slowly but surely here in the Final Frontier...

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Top: Strawberries in a pallet planter, Chard, Collards (under glass)

Middle: Garden bed (radishes in front, then turnips, rutabegas, beets, carrots, parsnips, more beets, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts), kale, mixed lettuce

Bottom: Horseradish just starting to peek out, Herbs, dill and chives

How's everyone else's gardens doing?

How far north we talking here?

I'm in Ottawa and it's usually a slow start here too but we've had a lot of early heat.


Alaska.  We've had a cool summer so far, with a couple days over 60F.
 
2021-06-21 9:35:59 PM  
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Lessons learned so far:

1. Don't let the potatoes share a bed with the carrots
2. Space the potatoes better
 
2021-06-21 9:38:12 PM  
Radishes!
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From seed to a pound of radishes in about six weeks. all in about a 3 square foot area.
I'm going to pickle the radishes, did a pesto with some of the greens, and the rest of the greens will get mixed in with stir fry and salads.

I'm really liking the Chianti Hybrid sunflowers so far.
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Also, in between picking and cleaning/cutting up the radishes a potted nasturtium was mostly eaten and a tomato plant that I had in a pot that was starting to do pretty well (but really was just a "let's see if I can keep it alive" experiment at this point) had been chewed down to the stem.
I saw a potential suspect on my way to work this morning:
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Kind of hard to stay mad at the adorable little bastards.
 
2021-06-21 9:42:34 PM  
Oh, and I'm starting to get tomatoes! I mean, there are a few the size of a peanut, but still....
 
2021-06-21 10:14:47 PM  
I picked the garlic scapes this weekend

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The potatoes are going strong

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And I'm onto the third sowing of spinach and lettuce. Peas are just flowering and the bush  beans are about a foot tall.
 
2021-06-21 10:15:35 PM  

Exluddite: Radishes!
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From seed to a pound of radishes in about six weeks. all in about a 3 square foot area.
I'm going to pickle the radishes, did a pesto with some of the greens, and the rest of the greens will get mixed in with stir fry and salads.

I'm really liking the Chianti Hybrid sunflowers so far.
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Also, in between picking and cleaning/cutting up the radishes a potted nasturtium was mostly eaten and a tomato plant that I had in a pot that was starting to do pretty well (but really was just a "let's see if I can keep it alive" experiment at this point) had been chewed down to the stem.
I saw a potential suspect on my way to work this morning:
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Kind of hard to stay mad at the adorable little bastards.


They've wrought havoc on my beans this year. I looked out the window and one was looking at me while chewing on a bean leaf.

I've tried a repellent spray of 1 L water, 2 tbsp soap, 2 tsp hot pepper flakes, 2 crushed cloves garlic. I call it MacGregor's Revenge but I'm not sure how well it works yet.
 
2021-06-21 10:28:39 PM  

Honest Geologist: Exluddite: Radishes!
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From seed to a pound of radishes in about six weeks. all in about a 3 square foot area.
I'm going to pickle the radishes, did a pesto with some of the greens, and the rest of the greens will get mixed in with stir fry and salads.

I'm really liking the Chianti Hybrid sunflowers so far.
[Fark user image 621x826]

Also, in between picking and cleaning/cutting up the radishes a potted nasturtium was mostly eaten and a tomato plant that I had in a pot that was starting to do pretty well (but really was just a "let's see if I can keep it alive" experiment at this point) had been chewed down to the stem.
I saw a potential suspect on my way to work this morning:
[Fark user image 614x459]
Kind of hard to stay mad at the adorable little bastards.

They've wrought havoc on my beans this year. I looked out the window and one was looking at me while chewing on a bean leaf.

I've tried a repellent spray of 1 L water, 2 tbsp soap, 2 tsp hot pepper flakes, 2 crushed cloves garlic. I call it MacGregor's Revenge but I'm not sure how well it works yet.


I make an arch of chicken wire over them until they get about 8" tall. I kept finding just beanstalks sticking out of the ground. Also good for keeping small dogs out of the carrots.
 
2021-06-21 10:48:20 PM  

whatshisname: Honest Geologist: Exluddite: Radishes!
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From seed to a pound of radishes in about six weeks. all in about a 3 square foot area.
I'm going to pickle the radishes, did a pesto with some of the greens, and the rest of the greens will get mixed in with stir fry and salads.

I'm really liking the Chianti Hybrid sunflowers so far.
[Fark user image 621x826]

Also, in between picking and cleaning/cutting up the radishes a potted nasturtium was mostly eaten and a tomato plant that I had in a pot that was starting to do pretty well (but really was just a "let's see if I can keep it alive" experiment at this point) had been chewed down to the stem.
I saw a potential suspect on my way to work this morning:
[Fark user image 614x459]
Kind of hard to stay mad at the adorable little bastards.

They've wrought havoc on my beans this year. I looked out the window and one was looking at me while chewing on a bean leaf.

I've tried a repellent spray of 1 L water, 2 tbsp soap, 2 tsp hot pepper flakes, 2 crushed cloves garlic. I call it MacGregor's Revenge but I'm not sure how well it works yet.

I make an arch of chicken wire over them until they get about 8" tall. I kept finding just beanstalks sticking out of the ground. Also good for keeping small dogs out of the carrots.


I have beans in front, back, and side. The ones in the back (Golden Harvest) were under an arch and got nibbled slightly. No arch in front, nibbled severely (Blue Lake). But the ones in the side... not nibbled at all. They're called Cherokee Trail of Tears beans - never planted them before - and supposedly from the indigenous peoples whose name they bear. They're a pole bean - others are bush - and maybe it's the beans themselves or maybe it's the fact that the side garden is a tiny strip of dirt between patio stones, but they get left alone.
 
2021-06-21 10:54:45 PM  

Honest Geologist: whatshisname: Honest Geologist: Exluddite: Radishes!
[Fark user image 441x330]
From seed to a pound of radishes in about six weeks. all in about a 3 square foot area.
I'm going to pickle the radishes, did a pesto with some of the greens, and the rest of the greens will get mixed in with stir fry and salads.

I'm really liking the Chianti Hybrid sunflowers so far.
[Fark user image 621x826]

Also, in between picking and cleaning/cutting up the radishes a potted nasturtium was mostly eaten and a tomato plant that I had in a pot that was starting to do pretty well (but really was just a "let's see if I can keep it alive" experiment at this point) had been chewed down to the stem.
I saw a potential suspect on my way to work this morning:
[Fark user image 614x459]
Kind of hard to stay mad at the adorable little bastards.

They've wrought havoc on my beans this year. I looked out the window and one was looking at me while chewing on a bean leaf.

I've tried a repellent spray of 1 L water, 2 tbsp soap, 2 tsp hot pepper flakes, 2 crushed cloves garlic. I call it MacGregor's Revenge but I'm not sure how well it works yet.

I make an arch of chicken wire over them until they get about 8" tall. I kept finding just beanstalks sticking out of the ground. Also good for keeping small dogs out of the carrots.

I have beans in front, back, and side. The ones in the back (Golden Harvest) were under an arch and got nibbled slightly. No arch in front, nibbled severely (Blue Lake). But the ones in the side... not nibbled at all. They're called Cherokee Trail of Tears beans - never planted them before - and supposedly from the indigenous peoples whose name they bear. They're a pole bean - others are bush - and maybe it's the beans themselves or maybe it's the fact that the side garden is a tiny strip of dirt between patio stones, but they get left alone.


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That's about three weeks ago. The beans (right) are almost to the top of the fence and the peas are pretty much done. I always get low yields of shelling peas, enough to snack on but never for a meal.
 
2021-06-21 11:02:06 PM  

Honest Geologist: Honest Geologist: whatshisname: Honest Geologist: Exluddite: Radishes!
[Fark user image 441x330]
From seed to a pound of radishes in about six weeks. all in about a 3 square foot area.
I'm going to pickle the radishes, did a pesto with some of the greens, and the rest of the greens will get mixed in with stir fry and salads.

I'm really liking the Chianti Hybrid sunflowers so far.
[Fark user image 621x826]

Also, in between picking and cleaning/cutting up the radishes a potted nasturtium was mostly eaten and a tomato plant that I had in a pot that was starting to do pretty well (but really was just a "let's see if I can keep it alive" experiment at this point) had been chewed down to the stem.
I saw a potential suspect on my way to work this morning:
[Fark user image 614x459]
Kind of hard to stay mad at the adorable little bastards.

They've wrought havoc on my beans this year. I looked out the window and one was looking at me while chewing on a bean leaf.

I've tried a repellent spray of 1 L water, 2 tbsp soap, 2 tsp hot pepper flakes, 2 crushed cloves garlic. I call it MacGregor's Revenge but I'm not sure how well it works yet.

I make an arch of chicken wire over them until they get about 8" tall. I kept finding just beanstalks sticking out of the ground. Also good for keeping small dogs out of the carrots.

I have beans in front, back, and side. The ones in the back (Golden Harvest) were under an arch and got nibbled slightly. No arch in front, nibbled severely (Blue Lake). But the ones in the side... not nibbled at all. They're called Cherokee Trail of Tears beans - never planted them before - and supposedly from the indigenous peoples whose name they bear. They're a pole bean - others are bush - and maybe it's the beans themselves or maybe it's the fact that the side garden is a tiny strip of dirt between patio stones, but they get left alone.

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That's about three weeks ago. The beans (right) are almost to the top of the fence and the peas are pretty much done. I always get low yields of shelling peas, enough to snack on but never for a meal.


Nice! You're ahead of me. We had cold weather until mid May, then a hot, dry spell. The stuff I started really early just sulked.
 
2021-06-21 11:04:53 PM  
Tomatoes 1!

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2021-06-21 11:12:53 PM  
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Herbaceous plants are happy too
 
2021-06-21 11:16:11 PM  
I finally got to put my hot peppers in the garden.
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Waiting on this praying mantis egg thingy to hatch so I hopefully get some aphid control.
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2021-06-21 11:23:05 PM  
We finally got a good soaking rain over the last few days and temps are more normal. I like having a break from watering.

My progress:

Pole beans are up 6' now and I can see the beginnings of flower buds
Cucumbers are up about 2'. No blossoms yet
Raspberries and blueberries are still green
A couple of strawberries will be ready this week
Lots of tiny green tomatoes. I had 2 nice ones except the little fingers attached to the 2 year old next door picked them
My first baby eggplant has started
My brand new honeysuckle is blooming (2nd year)
The clematis is done for this wave of blooms but I deadheaded and should get 1-2 more waves before frost
My perennials are doing well. I see buds starting on the daylily, crocosmia, and bee balm. The balloon flowers might be budding. The dianthus is in full bloom.

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2021-06-21 11:55:18 PM  
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2021-06-22 12:07:15 AM  
I pick blueberries this evening

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The rest of the garden is looking pretty good

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Pineapple guava has a lot of flowers this year too
 
2021-06-22 2:31:32 AM  

dr_blasto: I finally got to put my hot peppers in the garden.
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Waiting on this praying mantis egg thingy to hatch so I hopefully get some aphid control.
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Oh my squeee!  I want baby mantises!
 
2021-06-22 4:37:25 AM  

rosekolodny: dr_blasto: I finally got to put my hot peppers in the garden.
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Waiting on this praying mantis egg thingy to hatch so I hopefully get some aphid control.
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Oh my squeee!  I want baby mantises!


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2021-06-22 5:13:42 AM  

puffy999: rosekolodny: dr_blasto: I finally got to put my hot peppers in the garden.
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Waiting on this praying mantis egg thingy to hatch so I hopefully get some aphid control.
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Oh my squeee!  I want baby mantises!

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They're adorable! They look like little flowers!
 
2021-06-22 5:14:50 AM  

Sunidesus: puffy999: rosekolodny: dr_blasto: I finally got to put my hot peppers in the garden.
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Waiting on this praying mantis egg thingy to hatch so I hopefully get some aphid control.
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Oh my squeee!  I want baby mantises!

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They're adorable! They look like little flowers!


Like if a dragon made babies with a cherry blossom.
 
2021-06-22 7:14:47 AM  
We had so much rain this weekend that the garden was covered in mushrooms when i went out yesterday. Everything else has shot up out of the ground in the past few days. I may get some beans yet..
 
2021-06-22 7:24:47 AM  
I have to thin my carrots and beets but I feel kinda bad doing it.
 
2021-06-22 7:55:24 AM  

whatshisname: I picked the garlic scapes this weekend

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The potatoes are going strong

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And I'm onto the third sowing of spinach and lettuce. Peas are just flowering and the bush  beans are about a foot tall.


Nice scapes! We have already harvested and consumed all of ours this year.  Your bed setup is lovely.
 
2021-06-22 8:04:59 AM  
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From the left, squashes and eggplant, peppers, tomatoes.
 
2021-06-22 8:43:22 AM  
A nice video about what is eating your eggplants and treatments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41DXl​b​yAYlg
 
2021-06-22 8:43:28 AM  
the baby mantises hatched overnight, released them into the garden. Kill those aphids!
 
2021-06-22 8:50:56 AM  

Honest Geologist: whatshisname: Honest Geologist: Exluddite: Radishes!
[Fark user image 441x330]
From seed to a pound of radishes in about six weeks. all in about a 3 square foot area.
I'm going to pickle the radishes, did a pesto with some of the greens, and the rest of the greens will get mixed in with stir fry and salads.

I'm really liking the Chianti Hybrid sunflowers so far.
[Fark user image 621x826]

Also, in between picking and cleaning/cutting up the radishes a potted nasturtium was mostly eaten and a tomato plant that I had in a pot that was starting to do pretty well (but really was just a "let's see if I can keep it alive" experiment at this point) had been chewed down to the stem.
I saw a potential suspect on my way to work this morning:
[Fark user image 614x459]
Kind of hard to stay mad at the adorable little bastards.

They've wrought havoc on my beans this year. I looked out the window and one was looking at me while chewing on a bean leaf.

I've tried a repellent spray of 1 L water, 2 tbsp soap, 2 tsp hot pepper flakes, 2 crushed cloves garlic. I call it MacGregor's Revenge but I'm not sure how well it works yet.

I make an arch of chicken wire over them until they get about 8" tall. I kept finding just beanstalks sticking out of the ground. Also good for keeping small dogs out of the carrots.

I have beans in front, back, and side. The ones in the back (Golden Harvest) were under an arch and got nibbled slightly. No arch in front, nibbled severely (Blue Lake). But the ones in the side... not nibbled at all. They're called Cherokee Trail of Tears beans - never planted them before - and supposedly from the indigenous peoples whose name they bear. They're a pole bean - others are bush - and maybe it's the beans themselves or maybe it's the fact that the side garden is a tiny strip of dirt between patio stones, but they get left alone.


Odd, my bush beans (Royal Burgundy, Pencil Black Wax, and Blue Lake) got entirely ignored by marauding critters in early spring, but my pole beans have been completely wiped out. My second planting has sprouted and I'm going to keep them coated in Repels-All spray and hope one of these nights I have the motivation to sit on the patio with the BB gun all night to give the wildlife a real deterrent.

I've been picking blossoms off my tomatoes/peppers/squash to encourage them to grow more foliage before they try putting energy into fruiting. It's hard though, especially since my bees (who #*@(! swarmed this week, apparently, but that's another story) adore squash blossoms and I feel bad getting rid of them. Soon I won't have to though, everything's still growing like crazy.

The volunteer watermelons that sprouted where I let one rot last year are just as big as the ones I direct seeded in mid May. Both too small for me to have high hopes, but I can dream.

I picked about four pounds of mulberries from the trees along the side of my yard this week. Haven't decided what to do with them, since they're not great in pies on their own and I don't think I have enough to bother making jam (though, come to think of it, today's sudden cold snap makes it perfect canning weather...) Maybe fruit leather with all the other odds and ends in my fridge and fruit basket. I do love having plants in my yard that just give me fruit with no effort on my part, in any case.

I'm also hoping the surprise <50F weather last night will give my peas a new lease on life after all the early hot weather. Crossing my fingers for more flowers in the next week.
 
2021-06-22 8:56:55 AM  
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One of my bee balms is just starting to flower!

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And the sunflowers are getting big. They're a native variety so they don't get super tall, just tall. Happily the janky cage thing has been successful at keeping cute little furry vandals from messing with them.

Have also learned that it is completely pointless to start them early inside. They grow WAY faster outside, the time gained from starting them early is used up while they recover from being transplanted. Not worth it.

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2021-06-22 9:00:16 AM  
Small harvests of potatoes, gem squash, and a load of tomatoes in the last week (gave loads away).

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Arm still not entirely up to wielding hoe and spade in anger after the mini dumptruck incident , so getting on with some light hardscaping. Salvaged a solar shower, and used some pallet wood to make a tray. White paint. Couple of plants. Good to go. Plodding along making some screens, although we are secluded enough not to need them. Just Q&D pallet stuff I can take apart and shift at a later stage when I start working in the area around the pool, or toss out after a couple of seasons...

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2021-06-22 9:02:34 AM  
Everything is peachy keen in the garden.  Rabbits are limited to the little bit of spinach and lettuce that makes its way through the fence.  Only area of concern(more confusion) is my snap peas.  I've got 3' tall vines but have yet to see a single pod.  They went in early may.  I don't quite remember what the turn around is suppose to be but I feel I'm over due.
Just thinned the carrots, kohl, and squash yesterday and my cukes just sprouted.
Finally got some rain the past few days as well which is long overdue as we had a three week drought and temps between 80&90. The high water bill sucks but furthermore I mulch with grass clippings and don't want to burn the lawn just to cover ground.  Oh well, take it as it comes.
 
2021-06-22 9:05:39 AM  
My balcony garden experiment is going, not sure it's going well. It's hard to know what to expect, and it's odd to have the plants never rained on.

One nice thing is that the balloon plant is coming back, slowly but surely. I wasn't certain it would. It's over ten years old, and I wasn't sure when to begin watering it since it isn't rained on here.

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Also, I kept my suet feeder up and hairy woodpeckers visit it. A little of the food falls to the pots beneath it on a tray, so I also have chipping sparrows and an occasional cardinal come by for leftovers.

In worse news, the neighbor beneath me bought a waterfall she runs 14 hours a day. It sounds just like a burst pipe or overfilled gutter spout, and I don't enjoy sitting out there anymore.
 
2021-06-22 9:15:42 AM  

Anoria: I picked about four pounds of mulberries from the trees along the side of my yard this week. Haven't decided what to do with them, since they're not great in pies on their own and I don't think I have enough to bother making jam (though, come to think of it, today's sudden cold snap makes it perfect canning weather...)


Blend them, and use them in cakes. If you have a basic lemon cake or sponge cake recipe, mulberries work really well as a substitute or filler
 
2021-06-22 9:31:26 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Well, crap.  I hate when that happens.  I wonder what eats eggplant...


flea beetles, maybe?

Methadone Girls: I have to thin my carrots and beets but I feel kinda bad doing it.


I know what you mean.  I hate to thin too, and for the last 50 years I've been using the "thinning when they get sort of big enough to eat" method, so that the thinnings provide some early food.  I guess that's wrong, because the last couple of years I've been thinning when the plants are tiny and I've been getting great results.
 
2021-06-22 10:25:54 AM  
The balcony plants are finally repotted.  I only lost one plant during our little heatwave, and it was marginal to begin with.

I'm experimenting with these biodegradable coolers as planters, just because.

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2021-06-22 10:33:24 AM  
With some detective work, I've finally answered the question of "what's eating my Virginia Creeper?". It was also eating the jewelweed that grows wild in our back yard, at least one of the coral bells, and judging by the shape of the chewed holes, has started taking a liking to a toad lily. The culprit only comes out at night:

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It's small, maybe 1/5th to 1/4 inch long. I'm not 100% on this, but I think it's a type of flea beetle. Organic insecticidal soap wasn't working, so I bought something stronger yesterday. Hopefully that works. I'm just spot spraying though. There's a lot of jewelweed and I don't want to spray it all down as that would kill a whole lot of other insects that aren't really hurting anything.
 
2021-06-22 10:51:36 AM  

Exluddite: Kind of hard to stay mad at the adorable little bastards.


Heh... we have the same love/hate relationship with them. Every so often they eat something we don't want them to, but we don't have the heart to take drastic measures against them. Last year they chewed up a couple of our smaller hostas after leaving them alone for months, but we've got lots of well established hostas and they can take it. I just hope they don't eat the new ones.
 
2021-06-22 11:03:40 AM  

crzybtch: A nice video about what is eating your eggplants and treatments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41DXlb​yAYlg


Thank you!!!
 
2021-06-22 11:06:36 AM  
Well, in garden news, the peppers and tomatoes that got frozen back a few weeks ago continue to recover.

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The old tomato plants that got frozen are actually doing better than the replacement plants I set out after the freeze.

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The peppers are not recovering as rapidly as the tomatoes but they're all alive and growing.  They look better than the replacements too, but here in the North Country it's always a little iffy as to how many peppers will produce before frost.  Also, check out my new tractor!  I love that thing; it's already saved me a lot of work.  On the left is the sweet potato bed, covered with weed fabric.  I grew them this way last year and they did pretty well, despite our short season.

I finally got the last couple hundred feet of potatoes planted.  I just hope there's enough time for a decent crop.

We got some beautiful broccoli this year, which was good because I haven't been too happy with the broccoli I've been raising.  It just didn't seem as tasty as it should have been, with the bitter taste some crucifers develop if they grow slowly or have other environmental issues.  But this year's has been very good with nice big heads and side shoot development.  And the flavor is very good too.

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I've been an organic gardener for almost 60 years now, and sometimes I wonder why other folks have so much trouble with pests.  My major pest problem is the deer menace.  I don't seem to have much disease or insect pressure in the garden.  Naturally, I attribute that to my organic practices, but that might not be the whole story.  I'm pretty fanatic about crop rotation, and my garden is in a place that probably hadn't grown anything but hay for the last 50 years.  My nearest neighbor is a quarter mile away, so their bugs and disease problems don't easily spread to my garden ( they are not organic gardeners.)  I have decent soil, a sandy loam with a significant clay content in places. It is so much better than the beach sand I had in Florida for many years.

We started a new strawberry bed this spring and though you're supposed to pick off the blossoms the first season, we left a few just to see what they will taste like.  They are Honeoye, and they are fit to eat.

I need to pick my garlic scapes today. Fortunately the basil is big enough to pick, so it's going to be pesto night soon.

Well, that's enough, or more than enough, but It's fun to talk about the garden.
 
2021-06-22 11:11:23 AM  
This TX heat is wilting the hell out of my basil.

I still have just the one fig on the tree. Need to build up the soil around the base because it's retaining water, which is causing the leaves to turn yellow.

Been pinching back the blossoms on my shishiato (aka Japanese Twist) peppers so it'll spend more energy growing *up*.
 
2021-06-22 11:21:23 AM  
No photos here, but I am enjoying seeing everyone else's.

We have three raised beds in the backyard.  Green onions are going strong. Dill, basil, and cilantro perking up after transplanting from starter pots to bed. Nasturtiums putting on leaves; no flowers yet. Cucumbers vining up string trellis and putting on a few flowers. Roma plants have several green tomatoes. Early Girl tomato plants and jalapeños starting to flower. Radishes should probably get pulled so that I can plant another round of green onions. Garlic and shallots are halfway harvested.
 
2021-06-22 11:32:56 AM  

Sunidesus: Have also learned that it is completely pointless to start them early inside. They grow WAY faster outside, the time gained from starting them early is used up while they recover from being transplanted. Not worth it.


I think that's true of a lot of stuff people start inside.  Stuff like cucurbits, for example.  I see lots of those for sale in garden centers, but I always direct-seed stuff like that.  .
 
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