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w8in4dave June 24, 2009 09:51 PM

Re: What are you all doing for your gardens right now???
 
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Originally Posted by Locavore (Post 299826)
:DJust planted two 3x3 plots, one in carrots one in lettuce. Started a tray of broccoli and one of Brussles Sprouts in the greenhouse. I might finally get the fall planting thing down :p

why a greenhouse in your zone now?

GreyMoon9 June 24, 2009 09:56 PM

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I fertilized the corn finally, and today dug around my peppers and put in a bit of bone meal. hoping that fixes my problem of thin walled tiny bell peppers.. guess time will tell.

gardentoad June 24, 2009 10:02 PM

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It was too hot to plant zucchini tonight like I wanted. Hopefully I can get out in the garden tomorrow morning before it starts heating up. My squash and pole beans are coming up. Yay.

kellygirrl June 24, 2009 11:57 PM

Re: What are you all doing for your gardens right now???
 
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Originally Posted by Locavore (Post 299826)
:DJust planted two 3x3 plots, one in carrots one in lettuce. Started a tray of broccoli and one of Brussles Sprouts in the greenhouse. I might finally get the fall planting thing down :p

And another question, isn't it too hot for you to plant lettuce now?

TastyofHasty June 25, 2009 10:35 AM

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In the past couple of days I transplanted some little pots of green purslane I'd grown from seed into somewhat shady area of the garden, plus two potato bean plants that I grew in a big pot of soil that I had highly amended with peat (I read they like a lot of organic matter and somewhat acidic?), and a couple watermelon plants that were just little things with a couple leaves. We do not have good soil for melons, but why not try?

Oh yeah, and planted a flat of chia.

Ajla June 25, 2009 10:39 AM

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Harvesting, blanching, freezing!

SoCalAddicted June 25, 2009 11:55 AM

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getting ready to pick the next batch of Cukes. Markets on the left, pickles on the right.
http://www.lucetiusdesign.com/Temp-F...03606-half.jpg

Hopeing the corn is going to do something soon. :)
http://www.lucetiusdesign.com/Temp-F...03607-half.jpg

Picking lots of strawberrys and watching the pumpkins come up. (we are up to 45 strawberry plants, 5 different types.)
http://www.lucetiusdesign.com/Temp-F...03611-half.jpg

Alpine strawberries. They were just moved from the pot and aren't to happy about it.
http://www.lucetiusdesign.com/Temp-F...03614-half.jpg

SoCalAddicted June 25, 2009 11:57 AM

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We have a honeydoo. The sugar baby watermellons are looking a little crispy so I've increased thier watering. I hope they make it.
http://www.lucetiusdesign.com/Temp-F...03605-half.jpg

About one more week to eat these guys. Babcock peach...Yum
http://www.lucetiusdesign.com/Temp-F...03613-half.jpg

These should be ready soon as well. Ein Sheimer apples
http://www.lucetiusdesign.com/Temp-F...03615-half.jpg

Mt.Imagine June 25, 2009 05:25 PM

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Great pictures, Socaladdict; your peaches look marvelous!

I harvested my first delicata winter squash today (and my first winter squash ever,) I've just planted five square beds of heat-tolerant lettuce, spinach, milk-thistle, amaranth, cilantro. In early evening I will do some preventative neem oil spraying to ensure that the massive amounts of cucumber and zuchini I've just planted live on, and I'm going to plant more melons; it looks like two of my sets (one sakata's sweet, one pettit gres des rennes) have finished flowering in my hothouse and starting to get some big melons; the asian's are even close to ripening!

tashak June 25, 2009 05:46 PM

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The tomatoes etc. that I planted in individual basins are doing much better than those otherwise planted.
So far though all I'm harvesting is pak choy and mizuna, and my first snow pea. The three weeks or so of cooler weather and unseasonal/nonregional monsoon type rain really have slowed things down, but we are now a little more seasonal re heat.
I still need to finish transplanting into the ground the started from seeds various onions and leeks, and the last of the squashes etc....

Locavore June 25, 2009 07:20 PM

Re: What are you all doing for your gardens right now???
 
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Originally Posted by w8in4dave (Post 299962)
why a greenhouse in your zone now?

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And another question, isn't it too hot for you to plant lettuce now?
Excellent questions, w8 & Kelly. The greenhouse was a consession to my gardening partner at Mills. She coordinates the community and botanic gardens here at Mills and the plantings we did were for the community garden. Basically, it came down to her desire to make use of the infrastructure we have. She's worked hard--both physically and in terms of fund-raising--to build the greenhouse to it's current fully-functional state, and as it's been pretty empty of late, she really wanted to use it.

Our compromise is that we're germinating on the heating pads in the greenhouse, than making a quick hardening off transition to the lathe house to grow out the seedlings. Not ideal, IMO, but I respect her perspective and need to demonstrate use of the facilities.

In terms of lettuce, it's an interesting question. While we're in California, the specific microclimate we're in is known as the Bay Area Fog Belt, and is characterized by cool foggy summers--bad for peppers, good for lettuce. We have a garden book that is specific to our exact area and the various micro-climates of our Bay Area. It claims that lettuce can be planted in succession throughout the year, with the possible exception of Sept/October, when we get our real heat.

Also, we've located them in a spot that's almost always shaded by a tree, so we're hoping for the best.:D

sharon1957 June 25, 2009 07:23 PM

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Watering and resting. It's been over 100 degrees all week and projected a few days more. Plants (mine and the weeds) where I water are VERY happy. Tomatoes, beans, peas, fake kuckleberries, zukes, cukes, melons, and especially winter squash UGSP all growing wildly and widely. Husband thinks I need to pull about half the blossoms but I'm shy of future trouble pulling the other half.
I am contenting myself with watering every second or third day, and pulling a few weeds while I check what is ready to harvest every evening right before dark.
Okra that I planted -- four varieties of red -- supposed to be 3' dwarf to 7' giant, but all about the same size: under 1 1/2'. Don't know what's wrong but they are producing so not too upset about it... just confused.
And taking pictures with my new camera phone. Just figured out how to get them off the phone and onto the PC; next is how to get them in here.

jeffinsgf June 25, 2009 07:29 PM

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Locavore,

I take it you're where Mark Twain spent his famous "worst winter".

ratdog June 25, 2009 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Nokiaj (Post 299096)
Fabulous Garden!!! Do you keep hay in between all your beds? Does this help?

Almost all,good mulch,helps keep the weeds down.

ratdog June 25, 2009 08:34 PM

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SoCalAddicted-wonderful garden!! Nice pics.

w8in4dave June 25, 2009 09:05 PM

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I planted my inky binky tiny tiny tomato I had goin.. Im going out of town.. I wonder if it will still be alive when I get back?? I also planted my chocolate mint , my basil and my lemon basil :)

Gardenizit June 25, 2009 11:43 PM

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Place a minimum 32 oz. container on the high-side of the plant, with a 7/64th hole drilled in the bottom of it, with the top screwed on tightly, and you should be OK. Leave one inch air space at the top of the container.

w8in4dave June 26, 2009 07:10 AM

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Ohhhhh I see hmmmm thats a great idea .... Gots to find me one...Thanks gardenizit.. I was thinking a 5 gal bucket with just a lil tiny hole at the bottom

Gardenizit June 26, 2009 10:05 AM

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It depends on how long you will be gone.

Two days, and I would use a minimum 64 oz. container.

Three days and I would use a gal. milk jug, minimum.

A 5 gal. bucket would work, but the problem is that you likely cannot seal it at the top and your water will flow quickly with the open air vacuum.

You want to release slowly, but enough to sustain the plant. I am still refining the process for my own garden because I have no other choice in being away in the future.

That seal (I prefer the screw-on's) should be very tight at the top of any container.

TastyofHasty June 26, 2009 10:50 AM

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Place a minimum 32 oz. container on the high-side of the plant, with a 7/64th hole drilled in the bottom of it, with the top screwed on tightly, and you should be OK. Leave one inch air space at the top of the container.
Gardenizit, sounds like you've refined it pretty much already!

gerry June 27, 2009 10:11 PM

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Looking at amazement at the jungle that developed while I was out of town for 2 1/2 weeks. :( Four o'clocks in the tomatoes/bell peppers??

MIL and wife picked some (but only some) squash while I was gone. Need to harvest and freeze a bunch more. Corn is "as high as an elephant's eye" and some is ready to harvest. Not much in the way of beans in the Three Sisters garden

The screen I put up for the beans blew down a day or two after I left and everyone thought I'd intentionally laid it on the ground. Now the melons have grown thru it.:eek: In the morning I'll try to un-weave the vines and set it all up right. Lettuce hasn't bolted yet. A new one grew in the flower bed while I was gone. Time to clean out the borage ... or at least some of it.Time to harvest the potatoes and put in a new crop for fall. Start carrots and lettuce inside for a fall crop.

Cut some of the grass... er, weeds ... this afternoon.

I think it's gonna be a busy, busy week as I try to catch up! And uncomfortably hot on top of it all.

kellygirrl June 27, 2009 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by gerry (Post 301995)
Start carrots and lettuce inside for a fall crop.

Do you transplant carrots?

Yeah, Gerry, it's been hot!

Today I tried to be productive outside. I had to figure out things like where to plant those still unplanted unlabled:o winter sown flowers and plants and what kind of medium to use in the containers for the sweet potato slips that finally arrived, and every project meant too much thinkin' and another errand for a lawnmower to mow the leaves that broke, or to a store for the peat moss to use instead that was closed, or out of stock, etc, and in between I just kept wandering around the yard feeling hot! But I weeded a lot, cuz I didn't have to figure anything out to do it. "Procrastination weeding".:)

Robby June 28, 2009 06:54 AM

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Sunday is the only day off and I'll be weeding the upper plot as I call it. Amish Paste are doing very well as are the rest of the tomatoes and peppers. Good thing I purchased a soaker hose. Working 6*10's outside and whipped after work.

c1barn June 28, 2009 02:36 PM

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Just installed drip irrigation yesterday for my 17 raised garden beds so I do not have to hand water anymore and this morning I installed drip irrigation around the strawberry bed and put down new hay since the strawberries are blooming , so the berries will be up off the ground . Most recent experiment in the garden is that I sprayed the cucumber vines with milk and water to keep mildew away , as Florida humidity is here , I had an awful time with mildew last year and I read that is a good organic way to protect cucumber plants - will see if the cucumbers like milk , I know my german shepherd liked licking the drippings of milk off the vines until I fussed at her . Waiting for my 2nd order of beans from Heirloom Acres to come in so I can plant more black eye peas and try my luck at red ripper peas, kidney beans , butter beans and lima beans !

hikingonthru June 28, 2009 11:11 PM

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Well, lessee, I harvested by hand what I could of my wheat crop. I used a hand reaping hook. In the process, I gained a healthy new respect for people who harvest entire acres of this stuff with a long scythe. The grass and weeds had really gotten up into the thickest and nicest parts of the wheat crop and I, due to time limitations, had to be content with only half of the harvest.

I did learn why wheat straw is so valuable a building commodity. Tried to plow it under by cutting it in with the 24 disc plow and my kubota 48 hp tractor. That stuff if made of iron...even with an aggressive rake on the plow arms nothing happened. So, now it is biochar. I love being outside the city. No burn permit needed. Just common sense and a garden hose in case it gets dicey. Then we plowed the stuff under really well and planted Longhorn okra and purple hull pinkeye beans there.


Now to figger out the best way to thresh wheat!

ovenbird June 28, 2009 11:33 PM

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Originally Posted by lorna-organic (Post 295101)
Gardenizit, I think those rascally squirrels prefer the silver dollars. :) I used to have a young squirrel visitor when I had a community garden plot, who would hunker down a couple feet away from where I was digging with a trowel, and copy what I was doing. He would dig a small hole, then cover it over and pat it down with his little paws as though he was planting seeds like I was. Whenever he saw me hunkered down in the garden, he would come and work alongside me. He would carefully go up to my dogs, touching noses with them to say hello. These two dogs were good with small animals, so there was no worry there. I have no idea why the young squirrel was so friendly and fearless.

I called him Peanut because he was so small and because he would take peanuts from my hand. He never did any damage of which I was aware in the garden. After awhile I didn't see him anymore. Wondered what happened to him. Several months passed, I was walking the dogs through the park one day, when a squirrel began to chatter excitedly, and leaped through a couple of trees to get near us. It hung down from a branch, holding on with its rear feet, waving its little arms at me. I was perplexed, then I suddenly realized it was Peanut, all grown up.

I think animals know who they can trust. I have a good time with birds. I talk to them and they seem to ★★★★ their heads over and listen to me. I once was able to get the Blue Jay I named Vida, to eat saltines from my hand. I get along great with cats, dogs, birds, toads, etc.

Gardenizit June 28, 2009 11:55 PM

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Interesting, ovenbird.

Perhaps you may be so kind as to send me a recording of your eventfulness to calm my squirrel into not getting into the strawberries?

I would really like to be more (no pun intended) "Oven-Natured" whereas, I wouldn't feel as though the squirrels are a threat to my SB's.

Perhaps I need the instant (apartment door-opening) call of a Jim Carrey in the movie, "Pet Detective"? :)

Trisha June 29, 2009 09:16 AM

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Some varieties of peppers stop setting fruit when the temperature gets too high or too low. We have had temperatures between 98-103 for a couple of weeks and my quadrato rosso peppers are still going strong. My Porter tomatoes are too, but most other crops are resting. If I keep the plants healthy they will kick back into production when it gets cooler.

tashak June 29, 2009 11:39 AM

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Finally got the teff planted.
First planting some time back of millet and tepary beans so far looks good. And sunflower seeds finally are coming up.
I need more plots, again have more seed varieties than plots--and I thought I had expanded the garden this year by 50-75%. Fortunately lots of remaining varieties can go in for the fall/ovewinter garden, but I'd really like to do a few more green bean and cowpea plantings Now!

turbomicah June 29, 2009 01:19 PM

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I'm watering the heck out of my gardens. It's HOOOOOOT!


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