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Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  quiltbea on Fri 30 May 2014 - 11:14

We, too, dropped into mid-30s again last nite.  I'm ready for warmer nites. 
Today I transplanted more Swiss chard along with pansies and lavender in the veggie beds.  Read somewhere than lavender does good things for peppers so they are near my proposed pepper patch.
We're expecting afternoon showers.  Then a crack of thunder made me jump so I skittered indoors.  I have metal fence poles in my veggie beds so I didn't want any surprises.  I can wait to finish up tomorrow.

Picked some asparagus for tonite's supper.  Mmmm good.

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Post  CapeCoddess on Fri 30 May 2014 - 12:54

@NHGardener wrote:CC, from what I read in the Fedco trees catalog, hybrid plums need pollinators, European plums do not, but will produce more fruit if they have one.

I planted 2 plum trees this spring: A Green Gage and a Stanley.

Here's the section on plums (page 25) from Fedco's tree catalog (if the link works...)

http://www.fedcoseeds.com/forms/ft36cat_highres.pdf

The link worked perfectly, NHG. Thank you very much! Reading through that booklet now makes me want to get a self pollinating disease resistant apricot tree called Hargrand midsummer. Do you have any apricot trees? If so, what kind? And how do you like it? Those pear trees are going to drive me to drink! I think next year I'm using the oil.

I just watered the veggies some more with the hose.  No  They seemed so dry even after bucket watering. Then I transplanted I don't know how many black seeded Simpsons lettuce seedlings in between all the garlic. I hope the garlic doesn't mind.

oh yippee... the yellow pollen is falling...

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Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  NHGardener on Fri 30 May 2014 - 13:13

CC - I haven't gotten apricot trees - yet. Gotta leave something to order for next year. Smile

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Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  cpl100 on Fri 30 May 2014 - 13:30

@CapeCoddess wrote:
@NHGardener wrote:CC, from what I read in the Fedco trees catalog, hybrid plums need pollinators, European plums do not, but will produce more fruit if they have one.

I planted 2 plum trees this spring: A Green Gage and a Stanley.

Here's the section on plums (page 25) from Fedco's tree catalog (if the link works...)

http://www.fedcoseeds.com/forms/ft36cat_highres.pdf

The link worked perfectly, NHG. Thank you very much! Reading through that booklet now makes me want to get a self pollinating disease resistant apricot tree called Hargrand midsummer. Do you have any apricot trees? If so, what kind? And how do you like it? Those pear trees are going to drive me to drink! I think next year I'm using the oil.

I just watered the veggies some more with the hose.  No  They seemed so dry even after bucket watering. Then I transplanted I don't know how many black seeded Simpsons lettuce seedlings in between all the garlic. I hope the garlic doesn't mind.

oh yippee... the yellow pollen is falling...
Really?  I can put some lettuce between my garlic?  Can I just throw down some seeds?  How many garlic do you have in your squares?  I planted five per square.  Thanks!

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Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  CapeCoddess on Fri 30 May 2014 - 13:53

Cpl, I did about 5 garlic's per square for the soft necks and 3 garlic's per square for the hard necks. I don't really know if lettuce should be planted between the garlic. I have never heard of this being done, but there was all that empty space between the garlic and there were a lot of seedlings from broadcasting some old seed in the same bed in need of a home, so I did it.
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Gotta go mow the lawn. Latah...
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Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  NHGardener on Fri 30 May 2014 - 16:23

SLUGS!!!

Had a short, hard rain, and when I walked outside I saw small slugs all over the pole bean plants, plus several other plants. I must've picked off over a hundred. I guess it's best to get them while they're small, before they reproduce...

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Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  ddemeo on Fri 30 May 2014 - 18:26

Almost into June, but it doesn't quite feel like it. My herbs, at least, are doing well. My garlic chives never got a chance to flower last year because I harvested them so quickly. This year I can't keep up. Today my daughter tucked one in her hair which made me realize how beautiful they really are, so I decided to take out my camera.




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Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  Goosegirl on Fri 30 May 2014 - 18:29

I have 5 clumps of chives, and they are all about to burst into bloom. Can't wait!

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Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  mollyhespra on Fri 30 May 2014 - 18:33

@NHGardener wrote:SLUGS!!!

Had a short, hard rain, and when I walked outside I saw small slugs all over the pole bean plants, plus several other plants. I must've picked off over a hundred. I guess it's best to get them while they're small, before they reproduce...
Have you heard of beneficial nematodes, Jessica?  They're good against slugs and all sorts of garden pests.

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Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  camprn on Fri 30 May 2014 - 18:35

Neither my regular chives nor the garlic chives are blooming yet.

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Post  cpl100 on Fri 30 May 2014 - 22:48

@mollyhespra wrote:
@NHGardener wrote:SLUGS!!!

Had a short, hard rain, and when I walked outside I saw small slugs all over the pole bean plants, plus several other plants. I must've picked off over a hundred. I guess it's best to get them while they're small, before they reproduce...
Have you heard of beneficial nematodes, Jessica?  They're good against slugs and all sorts of garden pests.
Where do you buy them?   Do most gardens benefit from them?  Was wondering if most of this group use them and whether they or DE is most beneficial.  Thanks!

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Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  NHGardener on Sat 31 May 2014 - 2:08

Never heard of beneficial nematodes, molly. Will have to look into that!

While searching around google, I also came up with this:

http://www.gardensalive.com/article.asp?ai=461

I wonder if soaking (boiling?) garlic in water and making a spray out of it works.

Edit: aha: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/garlic-spray-garden-pests-22908.html

Puree the garlic and boil it. I have several garlic bulbs from last season that have really gone too far to eat now, I think I'll try this.

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Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  lyndeeloo on Sat 31 May 2014 - 3:36

What a nice neighbor CC! Congrats on considering adopting another fruit tree. Lucky you, soon you will have your own orchard!

According to several companion planting guides garlic and lettuce like each other very much. I found 2 great sites but I don't know how to post a link. The sfg one is a color coded chart very easy and helpful. I printed it out when I was trying to figure out what to plant where. The other is Mother Earth and is more detailed.

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Post  cpl100 on Sat 31 May 2014 - 7:02

Can we put out any herbs yet?  I know we can't put out basil but what about thyme, rosemary, oregano and dill?

It's still supposed to go to 44 tonight here.  Even late next week it says 51/52 which I don't trust won't change and end up lower.   Mad

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Post  camprn on Sat 31 May 2014 - 7:38

At my place everything is outside now.

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Post  ddemeo on Sat 31 May 2014 - 7:42

@cpl100 wrote:Can we put out any herbs yet?  I know we can't put out basil but what about thyme, rosemary, oregano and dill?

It's still supposed to go to 44 tonight here.  Even late next week it says 51/52 which I don't trust won't change and end up lower.   Mad

Most of my herbs are doing very well already. Chives, thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage and parsley are all well established. Cilantro is starting to come in thickly, dill is just making its appearance. I transplanted some basil already just to see how it would do. It's ok, but I probably should have waited another week or two. I have extra squares this year because I'm not doing as many veggies. The only thing else I'm growing is garlic, carrots and cabbage. I may plant something else when I harvest the cabbage, but I haven't decided yet.

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Post  camprn on Sat 31 May 2014 - 14:08

My back's out, dagnabbit! but I managed to get most of my dahlias and a butterfly bush planted, Ate a few radishes and found the seed potato box from last fall, which looks like aliens are trying to emerge from under the lid.

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Post  NHGardener on Sat 31 May 2014 - 14:14

Sorry to hear that, camprn! I hope it comes back "in" soon! I can empathize, since my calf went out a month ago and I was unable to get to the outdoors tasks as much as I wanted to - BLAH!

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Post  RJARPCGP on Sat 31 May 2014 - 14:19

Alliums are blooming!

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Post  CapeCoddess on Sat 31 May 2014 - 14:22

Oh geez, Camp, you and I are pair! I stepped on a rusty nail last night towards the end of mowing my lawn. Been pretty much out of commission today. I wasn't even barefootin. It went right through my shoe and sock.

I need to get some of these beneficial nematodes that you ladies are speaking about. The slugs are going crazy on my greens and I don't dare put the DE on because it's supposed to rain every night for the past week. Hahahahaha.
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But alas, it was another gorgeous  but very windy day here on Cape Cod. I dragged my sorry foot around and got some indoor chores done since we were supposed to have rain all day today. But mostly watched a row gardening video that had me pausing it and falling asleep more than I was watching it. The guy must be exhausted! It makes me so grateful for SFG and the simplicity of it.

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Post  NHGardener on Sat 31 May 2014 - 14:24

Sorry about that too, CC!

Do you have an up to date tetanus shot? Rusty nails make me nervous like that.

Good news about your alliums, RJ! Is that your garlic? Like, scapes?

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Post  camprn on Sat 31 May 2014 - 15:07

CC you should get a Tdap if you have not had a tetanus shot in the past 5 years.

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Post  CapeCoddess on Sat 31 May 2014 - 15:25

No worries, I'm all up to date. Thanks for the concern though.

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Post  RJARPCGP on Sat 31 May 2014 - 15:27

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Good news about your alliums, RJ! Is that your garlic? Like, scapes?

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Post  camprn on Sat 31 May 2014 - 15:27

@CapeCoddess wrote:No worries, I'm all up to date. Thanks for the concern though.
You would not believe how often I hear this and it's often not true.....
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