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Post  gwennifer on 7/2/2013, 11:02 pm

June finished with a bang here in Vancouver.  Though it seemed a wet and rainy month, we accumulated more GDD's in June than we did last year, and far more than average:

My corn, mini pumpkins, spaghetti squash, cucumbers, and hot pepper have all made a point of showing how much they've enjoyed this latest mini heat wave with noticeable new growth every day. Tomatoes and beans are loving the MM and doing well.  I harvested my first sowing of radishes from three weeks ago and have been enjoying them in my salads.  Tried the greens from the radishes too but though they were tasty, they were too prickly for me.  I have enjoyed radish greens when young as part of a micro greens mix.  

Here's a planting chart for July from Mother Earth News:
PNW Region: What to Plant Now
Now is the time to be planning and planting your fall gardens.  Be sure to know your average first frost date and use it in conjunction with the charts in the ANSFG book.  Ask here if you have any questions!

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Post  happycamper on 7/2/2013, 11:27 pm

Very Happy I am so very glad we had an early spring this year.  I found a few Kentucky Wonder bush beans today!  My first thought was canning season is about to begin.
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These I found on June 30th including one cucumber that didn't make it into the house.
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I ate the Sun Gold just after taking the picture Embarassed
Squash and cucumbers appear to be doing well, I can only cross my fingers I will get enough for a case of relish.
I think all of us in the PNW are going to have fantastic gardens year!

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Post  Lavender Debs on 7/4/2013, 10:46 am

Happycamper …snip…I think all of us in the PNW are going to have fantastic gardens year!


Maybe not all. But it IS a good year. Wish I was not so late getting started. JUST got my outside cucumbers, pumpkins and pole beans planted. Keeping my fingers crossed.


It has been too hot for peas. There are a few snap peas that will get harvested for the 4th, and then they are coming out so I can get ready for winter crops. Purple Sprouting broccoli will go in after the bed is refreshed with some fantastic horse poo (well composted) from my neighbor. I didn't get early broccoli in this spring but the overwinter broccoli is still feeding us. The leaves are huge and tender. They make amazing "wraps" for different sandwich, taco and leftover fillings. The last week of summer we planted two different kinds of broccoli. They are growing so slow!

The same heat that wilted the peas has provided tomatoes earlier than ever before. We started eating Gold Nugget (determinant yellow cherry) the 3rd week of June and vine ripe Stupice (indeterminant small red salad) on June 30th. Stupice is new for me so I do not know when this normally ripens in Everett but I have had gold nugget every year since moving to town. The last week of July is "normal" for Gold Nugget so this is nice. After tasting the red Stupice, we have a new "keeper".

Early potatoes have also been excellent. Strawberries have been amazing but are about gone. Morning smoothies are made with Logan berries and a hand full of blueberries. Those onions I started from seed are making nice plants. It is a bit early for patting myself on the back but I am working on getting flexible since they look so good.

Debs.... enjoying boom town from the back deck.


Rainer Strawberries: Fourth season in this pot. I nearly killed them during the 10 days of 80 degrees heat this spring but they rehydrated and came back. This pot has provided the sisters for my other gardens.


Logan Berries: Great in morning smoothies.... and refreshing by the handful when it is hot out.


Russet Potatoes: These are supposed to be indeterminant so the tower should "work". This pic was shot a week ago. Since then we have added another layer to the tower and back filled it with an organic, clean potting soil that comes in a huge bag. Tower potatoes need rich soil at the base but you can back fill them with just about anything. The Garlic has been harvested. The bed will be refreshed wtih compost and replanted with winter greens. The onions planted around the tower have doubled in size. BTW, determinant potatoes are planted in the blue half barrels (they are scattered all over the place). However this barrel had an early dwarf pea that has been replaced with cucumbers.


Fava Beans: We do not have many peas for the 4th (a few snap peas then they are done) but we have Fava beans! I am pretty sure those carrots should be thinned. They will be great on the platter with the last of the peas.

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Re: PNW: July 2013

Post  gwennifer on 7/4/2013, 4:13 pm

Debs so glad to see you back!  Have missed your posts.  I had hoped with school being out, you were busy being a farmer again and would get to us when you had time.  

You and happycamper each mentioned one of my only two tomatoes, and you both have me beat with the first ripe ones.  I am also growing Stupice and Sun Gold tomatoes.  No ripe ones yet, but the first ones are getting close to mature size.  I had grabbed mine at Concentrates, and couldn't remember why but knew they were ones I'd read about and wanted to try.  Now that I've looked up Stupice, I remember it's because it's an ultra early variety (60-65 days) that is cold tolerant, but is also supposed to set fruit well all summer and have great taste as well.  Also looks to be nice and thick, kinda like Roma's, so kind of all-purpose.  Glad to hear you enjoyed yours so much.

I am astounded, but some of my corn actually made it to knee high!  I am growing strawberry popcorn which are only 4' tall plants, so combine that with what I thought was quite a late planting (first week of June) and I didn't expect knee high stalks already.  Too fun!

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Post  FamilyGardening on 7/6/2013, 12:37 am

so happy to see an update from Debs!!....I have been checking your face book page as well....looks like the garden is doing well! Very Happy ...would love to snack on those drooling  Logan Berries:

HappyCamper look at you with beans already! ....we had our first cucumber too and it did not make it into the house....it was sweet and yummy!

The cucumber is from Renee's garden seed called Bush Slicer Cucumber F1....its good for container gardening and ours is growing in a self watering container and has given us 2 early sweet cucumbers....the best I have ever had!



our first planting of sweet corn is almost 5ft tall Shocked  the second planting due to rats getting the corn seeds is knee high already Shocked the three sisters Indian sweet corn is about 4 ft tall and we can see tassels coming Shocked 

our PNW weather has been wonderful!!

so far we have harvested our first cabbage and our broc's have small heads on them Smile

we took down the sugar snap peas and have replanted them

the pole beans are almost to the top and have started to flower

we have had about four ripe cherry tomato and lots on the way

haven't pulled up the garlic yet...but soon....

separated our bunching onions that are from Guam that our friends gave us last year....they have done really good and have made lots more starts to continue to make onions ....we cut off all of the green parts and have dehydrated them and replanted the bulb parts.....to continue to do their thing Wink 

we have lots of bush green bean starts to put in after we harvest the rest of our potatoes....that will be soon Smile

so far this gardening year has been fantastic.....looking ahead I see a very busy AUG-OCT of harvesting and storing for the winter here in our familygardens   
and it doesn't end there.....we have fall/winter crops seedlings waiting for their place in the gardens......oh...how I love gardening....makes me happy!

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Re: PNW: July 2013

Post  boffer on 7/7/2013, 2:06 pm

I've thought for some time that my gardens are cooler than everyone else; now I know for sure!

Gwen, using the same GDD feature, I'm 18% behind you.

Deb, my peas are going gangbusters right now.

HC, my Kentucky Wonder pole beans are only 4-5 feet high and no flowers in sight.

Rose, tassles on your corn already? Wow!

I think it would be interesting if everyone in the PNW went here

http://www.weather.com/outdoors/agriculture/growing-degree-days/

and plugged in the same parameters that Gwen used, to see the comparisons.  You can crop out your zip code if you're uncomfortable displaying it.  Or, if you're not familiar with how to crop a screen image, PM your zip code to Gwen or I, and we can post it for you.

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Re: PNW: July 2013

Post  boffer on 7/7/2013, 9:42 pm

I finally had to remove the roof from the corn hut.  Six feet tall on the 4th of July.



L to R: potatoes, squash, potatoes, squash, potatoes, squash...



I've been thinking that I have fewer bees this year, but they found this plant OK.



These tomatoes are on the 'sick' plants that I posted about in this thread.



Bell peppers are coming along nicely; an unhappy red basil in the left background.


I feel like I'm in a harvesting lull.  My spring cool crops have petered out, and my warm crops are just starting to come on in dribbles.  We're eating something from the garden every day, but I'm glad I don't have a big family to feed.

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Re: PNW: July 2013

Post  camprn on 7/7/2013, 9:50 pm

Very, very nice Boffer!

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Post  boffer on 7/7/2013, 10:10 pm

Thanks, camp.  The down side this year: some early potatoes have mild scab; I've lost more beets than I've harvested; my Cool Breeze cukes are very finicky in the greenhouse.  

Here's your next years sunchokes!  They've got some more growing to do yet; the fence panels in the foreground are 4 foot tall.

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Re: PNW: July 2013

Post  LittleGardener on 7/7/2013, 10:27 pm

Wow! another great inspirational flower encouragement... re Greenhouses: can hardly wait to get our portable one built. Thanks!

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Re: PNW: July 2013

Post  gwennifer on 7/8/2013, 2:37 pm

@boffer wrote:Gwen, using the same GDD feature, I'm 18% behind you.
My garden is doing so well boffer, so this begs the question...  Is it your compost that's making the difference for me this year, or is it just the weather?  Razz 

@LittleGardener wrote:...Pretty good considering I only started planting last month (several months after everyone else in the pnwet Wink )...
Not true.  I only planted my garden last month.  Had to buy transplants for tomatoes and pepper since I hadn't started any from seed, and the green onions are re-growing from the grocery store, but everything else growing in my SFG I started from seed in June: beans, radishes (already harvested and re-planted), cucumbers, mini pumpkins, broccoli, and lettuce.  

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Hi everyone!

Post  nurzemjd on 7/8/2013, 3:10 pm

Corn has spikes, Peas and Green Beans producing.  Broccoli and Cauliflower produced and are done now, just pulled the plants last night. Lettuce and Celery still producing.  Spinach done.  Green onions and Carrots doing well.  Swiss Chard coming along.  Acorn squash starting to bud.  Lots of Summer Squash forming.  Zucchini having difficulties.  Beets growing.  Pepper plants definitely liking the heat; bell buds and one hot pepper fruiting.  Artichokes growing.  Potatoes growing.  Strawberries blooming again.  Lots of buds for some time now on both the cherry and roma tomatoes, but just now starting to fruit. Blueberry bushes growing.  Flowers blooming like mad; hummingbirds loving the fuchsia plants!  Garlic some growing, but I believe planted at the wrong time.  Walla Walla sweets are about 2 feet tall.  Cucumbers just starting to take off.  Think that about covers it, lol.

My zip is 98465, I can't seem to get it to this posting correctly, so maybe you could try it.  

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Post  boffer on 7/8/2013, 3:20 pm

@gwennifer wrote:My garden is doing so well boffer, so this begs the question...  Is it your compost that's making the difference for me this year, or is it just the weather?  Razz 
That's easy! Obviously, the answer is...:
...there's no way to know for sure! Very Happy 

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Post  boffer on 7/8/2013, 3:23 pm

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Re: PNW: July 2013

Post  gwennifer on 7/9/2013, 8:22 pm

I got y'all beat on GDD's so far, yet I'm being beat on harvests.  Would love to see your GDD's Rose and Debs!

Donnainzone10 - just noticed it's your birthday today!

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Post  boffer on 7/9/2013, 8:59 pm

@gwennifer wrote:
I got y'all beat on GDD's so far...

Then it's official: you're a hottie!  Razz 

That's a healthy looking cake!

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Post  donnainzone5 on 7/9/2013, 10:02 pm

Actually, my birthday is July 13.

If I could only figure out how to post pictures (lots of problems lately), I'd love to show everyone the results of my bagged MM. Mel may have to capitulate.

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Post  gwennifer on 7/10/2013, 1:45 am

donnainzone10 wrote:Actually, my birthday is July 13.  

If I could only figure out how to post pictures (lots of problems lately), I'd love to show everyone the results of my bagged MM.  Mel may have to capitulate.
Oh I see now you're on the list for having a birthday in the next 7 days. Oops - messed up again. Sorry Donna. But still - happy birthday to you and to SARockhill, also having a birthday soon, whom I haven't seen around in a while now.

Sorry you're having trouble with pictures. Let us know what the problem is and maybe we can help.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 7/10/2013, 2:14 am

*SNIP*boffer wrote:I've thought for some time that my gardens are cooler than everyone else; now I know for sure!

I think it would be interesting if everyone in the PNW went here

http://www.weather.com/outdoors/agriculture/growing-degree-days/

and plugged in the same parameters that Gwen used, to see the comparisons.  You can crop out your zip code if you're uncomfortable displaying it.  Or, if you're not familiar with how to crop a screen image, PM your zip code to Gwen or I, and we can post it for you.

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 here are our results but not sure im posting it right and what it all means....LOL
 
 

Growing Degree        2013 = 317.0 GDD
Days (GDD):            2012 = 196.5 GDD



                              Average** = 273.5 GDD  

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Post  southern gardener on 7/10/2013, 2:41 am

donnainzone10 wrote:Actually, my birthday is July 13.  

If I could only figure out how to post pictures (lots of problems lately), I'd love to show everyone the results of my bagged MM.  Mel may have to capitulate.

Happy almost birthday Donna, and that's the first time I've ever heard that word, capitulate! Have to look that one up! There's a thread on here about how to post pics. It's a little difficult, but once you get the sequence down, it's not that bad.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 7/10/2013, 7:05 am

Thank you Rose, I feel a little bit less ignorant cause I didn't take the time to figure out how to post the results.... so I'll just pop the bottom line up (kinda kewl app)

98203 GDD
2010 = 204.5 (1st year in Everett)
2011 = 216.0
2012 = 196.0
2013 = 339.5

This is a much better than average June in Everett. Good thing since I did not really get started until school was out.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 7/10/2013, 10:45 am

I can't figure out how to post my GDD results, either.

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2013: 309.5 GDD
2012: 207.5 GDD
2011: 193.0 gdd

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Post  boffer on 7/10/2013, 11:33 am

FamilyGardening (randomly selected Oly. zip)


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Post  LittleGardener on 7/10/2013, 12:54 pm

@boffer wrote:nurzemjd

tho the Zip not the same, our numbers are identical to Bunny Smile  here.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 7/10/2013, 3:39 pm

Thank you Boffer........study  what does it all mean????

am I a hottie like GWEN? tongue 

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