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(Fark)   Hey-ho, Fark Gardeners - it's another cool day over here in Alaska, and the taters are drowning... But tell us all how wonderfully your garden is doing in your Fark Gardening Thread for Tuesday August 16, 2022   (fark.com) divider line
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2022-08-15 7:27:34 PM  
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2022-08-15 7:40:26 PM  
Time to start checking out the dahlias

/ brb
 
2022-08-15 7:43:01 PM  
It might be different were you are with distance/prices availability.

But here...the family garden I'd tend didn't have potatoes or carrots. I wanted to use a post hole digger to make a
potato well..and fill it with compost etc.
Dad said "Don't bother, growing potatoes are far too much work and available cheap year 'round' and keep months. Just get them by the bag from the store'.
More peppers (bell and hot), tomatoes, zucchini, 'spring onions/new onions' then we knew what do with tho.

Storage tip: We get a big bag and use Tupperware box with it's lid askew to make a little 'root cellar' for the potatoes to rest on wadded up news paper. Check'em every month or so and turn them.
And don't store them with Onions. They don't like onion gas.
 
2022-08-15 7:47:14 PM  
I got my first sunflower finally.

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And my fall crop of beets sprouted today! No picture because they just don't look like much.
 
2022-08-15 7:49:22 PM  

budawold: Time to start checking out the dahlias

/ brb


Mine are blooming.

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2022-08-15 7:52:16 PM  

fly_gal: budawold: Time to start checking out the dahlias

/ brb

Mine are blooming.


pretty

*sigh*
 
2022-08-15 7:54:04 PM  
I've gotta go to my brother's farm next town over to see them and the coleus, tho
 
2022-08-15 8:16:29 PM  
This drought is kicking my ass, but I'm keeping everything alive. The tomatoes have been finicky in the humidity, but the jalapeño plant has gone bonkers and I've discovered a variety of okra (silver queen) that my partner will eat.

I made green pepper flakes with the first surplus of jalapeños. Pepper sauce comes next. I'll probably be offering baskets of jalapeños to passing cars by the end of the month.
 
2022-08-15 9:14:48 PM  
Soon my little strawberry friends
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2022-08-15 9:18:01 PM  
Ive only picked about 10% of the tomatoes as a guess, maybe less. Rest are still green.

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2022-08-15 9:19:21 PM  
Will someone please tell me how the fark to grow zucchini and cucumbers.

These plants that are dark green and unstoppable for everyone else in the universe just barely get started playing n my yard and then wilt and die.

I've tried full sun, partial shade, I've overwatered, I've underwatered, I've fertilized with chicken shiat pellets. I've even built fun trellises for them to climb on. I've planted them with the right companions.

Anyone got any helpful advice?
 
2022-08-15 9:20:07 PM  
FFS, I guess I'd better get used to feeling this way for when the Jr Geologists are teenagers in a few years.
 
2022-08-15 9:45:33 PM  
My mini sunflowers are about to bloom! They've gotten nice and tall. I'll have to post a pic tomorrow.
 
2022-08-15 10:17:10 PM  

Honest Geologist: Will someone please tell me how the fark to grow zucchini and cucumbers.

These plants that are dark green and unstoppable for everyone else in the universe just barely get started playing n my yard and then wilt and die.

I've tried full sun, partial shade, I've overwatered, I've underwatered, I've fertilized with chicken shiat pellets. I've even built fun trellises for them to climb on. I've planted them with the right companions.

Anyone got any helpful advice?


You might have fusarium fungus in your soil. It's tough to get rid of it. Maybe try planting them in another location.
 
2022-08-15 10:19:27 PM  
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Took out some old peas and planted some fall spinach this weekend.
 
2022-08-16 12:20:53 AM  
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2022-08-16 12:22:44 AM  
I have made bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers in my air fryer lately...

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2022-08-16 6:46:12 AM  
The passionflowers are starting to grow a little faster. Only 2 fruits so far. It did so well last year...
 
2022-08-16 7:20:23 AM  
My peppers are a bit late this year but they're starting to come in.

Aurora peppers that are people, then yellow, then red.  They're delicious and fun for cooking colorful foods.  We planted enough to make a white wine pepper jelly in a couple weeks, if nothing goes wrong.

Rooster spur peppers for drying and using the rest of the year.

And boring things like okra and watermelon and strawberries.

I wasn't planning to do anything this year because I was in pretty bad shape in the spring, but Mrs Crazy got me to get the kids out digging and I'm glad she did.
 
2022-08-16 7:45:00 AM  
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So many cucumbers....send pickling jars.....

Since it been hot in New England my cucumbers have gone nuts. We've eaten about 3dozen and they are still coming!

My Japanese Black Futsu squash is doing great. Planted them right in the manure pile this year and they have taken over that bed.
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We've also gotten hills of beans, mashed potato squash, eggplant, lots of dill and tons of cherry tomatoes. For big tomatoes, this year I did Burpee Super Sauce (Roma hybrid and the fruits can get up to 2lbs a piece) and Bodacious Burpee (which are currently the size of softballs). We had no tomatoes last year so I can't wait!!

Anyone had good luck with onions? Mine we down right pathetic ping pong ball sized roots this year.

Also the groundhog has gone MIA!!! It's the Maine woods so he was a tasty snack for someone but it means my flowers bounced back.

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2022-08-16 7:48:01 AM  
I think I can finally declare victory from fungus gnats and start top watering my houseplants, so that's nice.

As far as my outdoor stuff went in the small patch the building gave us oddly my sunflowers never came up?  The glads I planted also were not impressive. But they were sale bulb and looked pekid going in the ground.  Maybe next year.  Also, my dahlias haven't bloomed, which I am attributing to too much shade.  Maybe next year I will put them on the other side of the building.

If there's any movement on the dahlias I'll post pics.


Take care everyone.
 
2022-08-16 7:54:26 AM  
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The other side of the sun rise morning glories
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2022-08-16 7:59:15 AM  

optikeye: It might be different were you are with distance/prices availability.

But here...the family garden I'd tend didn't have potatoes or carrots. I wanted to use a post hole digger to make a
potato well..and fill it with compost etc.
Dad said "Don't bother, growing potatoes are far too much work and available cheap year 'round' and keep months. Just get them by the bag from the store'.
More peppers (bell and hot), tomatoes, zucchini, 'spring onions/new onions' then we knew what do with tho.

Storage tip: We get a big bag and use Tupperware box with it's lid askew to make a little 'root cellar' for the potatoes to rest on wadded up news paper. Check'em every month or so and turn them.
And don't store them with Onions. They don't like onion gas.


My experience is that with decent soil potatoes will grow with almost zero work others than harvest. Next year if you're still hesitant plant like 2 or 3 and see. I only water during prolonged periods of no rain and that's really about it, but we have really good native soil here.
 
2022-08-16 8:00:51 AM  

Honest Geologist: Will someone please tell me how the fark to grow zucchini and cucumbers.


My solution was to partner up with another gardener who grows them like crazy and just keep trading. I think my soil has the fungus mentioned upthread. Partner gives me produce and I give him pickles and zucchini bread.

My own garden has given me a bumper crop of hot peppers and jelly. Aside from all the salsa I've made both tomato and pepper jam and finally learned basic canning.

I also planted Agastache (in pots) for the first time and I have never seen so many bees and hummingbirds in my life! I'll definitely be planting more next year.
 
2022-08-16 8:19:28 AM  
Our eggplants have broad mites, according to the local extension guys, and I am sad. They are microscopic, and once just a few of them are feeding on the plant, it's basically too late. Sadness!
 
2022-08-16 8:22:05 AM  

weddingsinger: My experience is that with decent soil potatoes will grow with almost zero work others than harvest. Next year if you're still hesitant plant like 2 or 3 and see. I only water during prolonged periods of no rain and that's really about it, but we have really good native soil here.


Do you have hard packed red clay soil 4 inches under the top soil and a base of lime rock after that?
 
2022-08-16 8:23:03 AM  
I grow peppers, several varieties of varying heat levels. Trying to save the season in what will be the final season in my tired old raised bed. When I built it in 2009, the trees around it were several feet shorter. Now half of it gets way too much shade. My soil is also apparently depleted of phosphorus. Plenty of lush, giant pepper plants with very few flowers. I've been hitting it with extra Miracle-gro and they're pushing out some flowers now. Hopefully they'll ripen before the first killer frost, which is typically a week into October where I live.
 
2022-08-16 8:26:46 AM  

someonelse: Our eggplants have broad mites, according to the local extension guys, and I am sad. They are microscopic, and once just a few of them are feeding on the plant, it's basically too late. Sadness!


Next year start a bunch of these inside in mid February and release them in March or when they hatch.
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2022-08-16 8:28:33 AM  
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Bog is doing well, I always have something blooming. The PAPYRUS!! has gone to seed, so I'll be harvesting those soon (every time I look at it the SNL skit pops in my head, and may have been one of the deciding factors for that particular reed). Green string algae is building up again, I'll scoop that out this weekend and add it to the compost pile. Large pond is still nice and clear though the tannins from the pine needles is causing brown tint after the first 2 feet of water, hand skimming and the pond skimmer cannot keep up with the volume of needles that fall daily. Just added three brown bullhead catfish to help control the minnow population and eat the dead plant matter and bottom algae growth.
 
2022-08-16 8:31:00 AM  
Here's my garden. 1/2 mile away from my house, very cheep...and I get to save my back and knee.
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2022-08-16 8:32:49 AM  
Bonus year for garlic.  These are NOT elephant garlic, it's what we got when we replanted solo garlics in steer manure. Large egg for comparison. I made garlic sauce, which called for four bulbs of garlic (one cup/130g). It took three of these monsters.

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2022-08-16 8:32:56 AM  

optikeye: weddingsinger: My experience is that with decent soil potatoes will grow with almost zero work others than harvest. Next year if you're still hesitant plant like 2 or 3 and see. I only water during prolonged periods of no rain and that's really about it, but we have really good native soil here.

Do you have hard packed red clay soil 4 inches under the top soil and a base of lime rock after that?


Lol, close. 18-36 inches of rich, dark top soil before eventually a red clay.
 
2022-08-16 8:35:24 AM  

natazha: Bonus year for garlic.  These are NOT elephant garlic, it's what we got when we replanted solo garlics in steer manure. Large egg for comparison. I made garlic sauce, which called for four bulbs of garlic (one cup/130g). It took three of these monsters.

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That is glorious.
 
2022-08-16 8:50:14 AM  

kdawg7736: I have made bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers in my air fryer lately...


My wife makes homemade mac and cheese and I was staring at the leftovers in the fridge while thinking about the gargantuan jalapenos in my garden.

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2022-08-16 9:02:36 AM  
0.14 inches of rain last night, but the drought continues.  Forecast looks a little better. Seeds the rotation patch into a cover crop mix yesterday just in time.

Got a few pumpkins growing:

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2022-08-16 9:03:45 AM  

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Hot damn!! Those are some spectacular sunrise morning glory shots there! Absolutely beautiful photo composition there.
 
2022-08-16 9:06:31 AM  
Okra plants are now 5-6 feet tall and picking up steam.  Okra pod count YTD = 66 (6 plants)

I let a few of these get too big, but I looked away for 5 minutes.  Truthfully, when eaten fresh, the larger pods are just fine until they get really large.

I spent a weekend day cleaning and weeding the garden, new mulch on the walkways and planted fall crop seeds, including sugar snap peas, beets, carrots, various leaf lettuces, turnips, swiss chard, and radishes.

What I picked this morning:

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2022-08-16 9:17:07 AM  
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We have a fantastic ecosystem going in our garden. There's at least six anoles (two adult males, two adult females, and two juvenile of different sizes; confirmed at night), a Dekay's brown snake, several skinks (five lined and southern five lined, but they're pretty hard to get a clear count on), and our female Carolina Mantis.

Here's a few of our anoles. (photos from the night of the tenth)
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Male 1

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Female

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2022-08-16 9:23:41 AM  

Otera: female Carolina Mantis.


What ever you do don't use miracle gro .

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2022-08-16 9:27:49 AM  

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Hot damn!! Those are some spectacular sunrise morning glory shots there! Absolutely beautiful photo composition there.


Thanks, an i agree. The sun risers were from deathrockette.  She's rarely up that early but had a dr appointment this morning and was amazed at the view I get every morning while making my lunch!

Every now and the , she pulls one out!
 
2022-08-16 9:36:46 AM  
We've been getting a wet summer after a dry spring.
The shrooms are about the only interesting thing at the moment.
Columbine, glads just never bloomed at all, and the deer and rabbits have taken their share.
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2022-08-16 9:40:02 AM  
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The petunia is doing well. The peas are starting to produce, and I finally found some greens that will grow well enough to eat: sweet potato and malabar spinach.
 
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