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Post  NHGardener on 8/7/2012, 4:29 pm

camprn, do you have your own extractor, or hire out?

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Post  camprn on 8/7/2012, 4:45 pm

I just got one at Betterbee last month, it was on sale. The small plastic one. Works good for me, I can do 2 frames at a time. NH Honeybee has extraction service or you can use the extractor. The charge is a minimum of $20 and it's $2 per frame. I figured it was a good investment to get the little one.

Addendum: NHG have you thought about going to the EAS Conference It's the Biggest, Bestest, most awesomest beekeeping conference east of the Mississippi River and rarely in New England. I am counting my pennies to see if I can go for the whole conference.... accommodation is of course so expensive, but I am looking into staying at the Burlington Hostel. I just may be able to pull it off. Very Happy

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Post  NHGardener on 8/7/2012, 5:38 pm

Woo hoo! They've talked about it at the bee club meeting, but I think it's a little on the expensive side, including housing & parking, no? I'll bet it would be a great experience tho!

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Post  camprn on 8/7/2012, 6:44 pm

@NHGardener wrote:Woo hoo! They've talked about it at the bee club meeting, but I think it's a little on the expensive side, including housing & parking, no? I'll bet it would be a great experience tho!
Conferences are always spendy. If I go I will call it my vacation. Very Happy

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Post  cpl100 on 8/8/2012, 1:28 pm

Here is a picture showing my small peppers and also one showing the plant.






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Re: August 2012, New England

Post  cpl100 on 8/8/2012, 1:30 pm

Was not sure how many pictures could be in a post. Here is a picture of the bell pepper plant showing the tiny peppers (and short plant!).



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Post  camprn on 8/8/2012, 1:32 pm

Oh it looks good, Just keep watering it and it will continue to grow, so will the fruits. Very Happy

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Post  cpl100 on 8/8/2012, 1:40 pm

That is a relief. What's your opinion on the cubanelle plant that has only produced the 3" peppers and has stalled in producing anything now (for a while)?

Thanks for your input.

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Post  NHGardener on 8/8/2012, 2:36 pm

That's basically how my bell pepper plants look too - tiny peppers and blooms right now. With colder weather coming, it worries me. They just seem to need a longer growing season.

BTW, I am really not ready for garden season to be over. I know there are fall crops, but I really need my tomatoes/eggplants/green beans, and they all really need more time...

I feel like I'm just getting started.

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Post  camprn on 8/8/2012, 2:50 pm

@NHGardener wrote:That's basically how my bell pepper plants look too - tiny peppers and blooms right now. With colder weather coming, it worries me. They just seem to need a longer growing season.

BTW, I am really not ready for garden season to be over. I know there are fall crops, but I really need my tomatoes/eggplants/green beans, and they all really need more time...

I feel like I'm just getting started.
There's still plenty of time. No need to fret about the garden, though you may want to work on the wood pile. Wink

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/8/2012, 2:56 pm

We have more time, NHG, don't we? I'm thinking at least 4 wks of warm weather, right?

I'm so busy planting tons of broccoli, onions, turnips, beets, carrots and such to freeze that I'll be ready for a break come winter. Altho I'm planning on extending the season with plastic over hoops if I can for my green leafies and their pals, as well as growing some lettuce and whatever else I can in the bay window indoors.

Lots of experimenting to do...
Onward ever onward...

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Re: August 2012, New England

Post  NHGardener on 8/8/2012, 3:31 pm

Very Happy Yup, the woodpile is about right.

I saw temps forecasted in the 70s with rain for the weekend and panicked, but it does look like they're saying closer to 80 now...

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Re: August 2012, New England

Post  cpl100 on 8/9/2012, 9:55 am

Well, I am having a little success with my gardening this year. It's not *all* questions. Here is a picture of my ripening yellow pear tomatoes which appear to be growing as they should:



And here is a picture of ripening San Marzano which are not quite what they should be:


You will notice the blossom end rot on the end. Also, none seem to be the size I expected as they are only about two inches in size. I thought they were a regular size tomato. I had been plucking all the rotted end ones but then someone said to try ripening them. I did put the epsom salts and dried milk into the soil once. More came with rotted ends but I think some of the newer ones have 'hope' to avoid it.

Any thoughts?

Later I will post a picture of my SFG which now does have some stuff growing though nothing to be harvested yet.


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Post  camprn on 8/9/2012, 12:09 pm

Your fruits look good, despite the blossom end rot.

now, I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but here it goes....

From what I can see from here, the brown spots and yellowing leaves look like you have a nasty case of blight, I'm sorry to say. Please use the search feature for as much info as you can find about blight so you can take appropriate action. I would also encourage you to contact your local extension service as they help to ID and track the spread of the devastating disease.

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Post  camprn on 8/9/2012, 2:17 pm

I found this amazing photo gallery of Eastern Massachusetts caterpillars.
http://www.pbase.com/spjaffe/massachusetts_caterpillars Shocked What a Face

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A couple of questions

Post  hruten on 8/9/2012, 2:31 pm

I have some wonderful tomatoes this year, but some of the large ones look weird on the bottom. Any suggestions? Also, is it too late to plant a fall round of sugar snap peas? I noticed some powdery mildew on my pumpkin this morning Mad , any reccommendations?

This is a brandywine tomato

This is my first ripening Triple L tomato
NOTE: gratuitous bragging follows Cool Some of my tomatoes are so heavy they are dropping off the stems.... I'm getting tired of fried green tomatoes!

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Post  camprn on 8/9/2012, 2:48 pm

YOu know, you can let them ripen on the windowsill. Wink

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Post  NHGardener on 8/9/2012, 3:02 pm

Amazing caterpillars! And some of those are downright comical.

And that's one ugly tomato. Hope it's just the ugly kind, and there are no bugs.

Had tomato (& cheese) omelets today, I'll be thinking of a million different ways to use tomatoes now that mine are getting ripe. But yesterday the chickens jumped my garden fence (yet again) and took chunks out of three of my prime beautiful tomatoes. Almost had chicken pot pie last night, but instead I just secured the fence better.

Found a laid egg in my green bean plants too...

Looks like rain, which makes sense since I watered today. boogie woogie

Oh, and last night I started sketching out next year's garden plans.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/9/2012, 4:19 pm

OMG! Those catapillars! Some of them look like snakes! And some look like you want to cuddle up with it while others look like a nitemare that I hope I never run into. affraid

I watered today, too, hoping that would bring on the rain. I sometimes think that watering is the gardners Rain Dance. Rolling Eyes

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Worse than I expected

Post  hruten on 8/9/2012, 4:22 pm

My big beautiful pumpkin was eaten up with mildew. I pretty much scrapped 90% of the plant. I do have 3 nicely orange pumpkins that are full size. I tried to make sure their were support roots around them, but very little is left. Sad
I also saw it had spread to my cukes and zuchinni. I removed all the effected areas I saw and then sprayed with a fine mist of the baking soda recipe on the powdery mildew thread here in the forum.
Boy have I got lots of changes for next year!! NHG, I'm such a type A that I started the new plan around May this year! I guess it just shows how much the forum and failure has taught me Smile BTW, love the egg in the pepper story!

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Post  NHGardener on 8/9/2012, 7:26 pm

Found another egg in the green beans today, so those chickens are still hopping the fence.

So my squashes and zucchinis are disappointing. I've only gotten 1 squash and 0 zucchinis. I had had to replant because their seedling little leaves would disappear overnight - I'm thinking it was slugs. But now I see on the zucchini that it went straight from reaching maturity to vine borer. I said last year I'm kicking those out of the garden but kept them in, but next year I'm definitely kicking them out and putting them in a regular dirt patch that we're getting ready for some things next year, like potatoes. Maybe in regular dirt they won't be as susceptible to vine borers. I can't even see the vine borers, I just see the remnants of crumbly stalks. What kind of gardener can't grow zucchinis? That's un-New England.

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Post  camprn on 8/9/2012, 7:30 pm

@NHGardener wrote: What kind of gardener can't grow zucchinis? That's un-New England.
Er, I can't. The only summer squash I have left out of 8 is a patty pan.

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Post  NHGardener on 8/9/2012, 9:03 pm

Well, there's always next year. Zucchinis or bust.

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I'm in the same boat

Post  hruten on 8/10/2012, 7:15 am

Although my zuchinni has been supplying us with one every couple of days... I think that's over. I went from this

to this No

And my pumpkin went from much bigger than this

to this Sad

I do have 3 good size pie pumpkins and I left a root with each section. Is there anything special I need to do to get these to survive for harvest? sunny

P.S. Next year I'm going to hold the water when it comes to squash!

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/10/2012, 9:52 am

@NHGardener wrote:What kind of gardener can't grow zucchinis? That's un-New England.

I'm glad we're all on the same page with this. I got about 5 zucchinis and it seems to be over now. Having heard all the jokes about people leaving zucchinis everywhere I had planned on having one in my smoothie every morning this summer into fall. Silly me.

Wish I found eggs in my garden. Guess I'd have to get chickens first tho, and the neighbors would freak...as would my Lilly cat.

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