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Re: New England July 2014

Post  yolos on 7/14/2014, 9:49 pm

Mine is a hardy hibiscus and one is red, one is pink and one is a combination of pink and white.



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Post  camprn on 7/14/2014, 10:31 pm

It's the middle of July in New England, time to start thinking about winter preparations..... (sigh)

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Post  RJARPCGP on 7/15/2014, 1:36 am

@camprn wrote:It's the middle of July in New England, time to start thinking about winter preparations..... (sigh)

The heck? I can see that if we're in zone 3, LOL.

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Post  RJARPCGP on 7/15/2014, 1:39 am

@yolos wrote:Mine is a hardy hibiscus and one is red, one is pink and one is a combination of pink and white.



No buds yet on mine. They seem to be late bloomers. They usually don't bloom before August, IIRC.

Last August, on the 7th, looked like something was munching on the leaves before I even got it.

I know that by August, I will see tons of blooming in Bellows Falls, on the same street I grew up on.

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Post  NHGardener on 7/17/2014, 7:32 am

Hope no one experienced any flooding, but we had a great soaking here which was really needed. Wish I had a rain gauge to find out how much we had (probably no more than 2"). Now I see no rain in sight (again) for the extended forecast out a week, so soon it will be back to hoses.

Picked off the first cabbage worms from the broccoli but haven't seen any hornworms on the tomatoes yet. Seems like there are fewer Japanese beetles this year than other years. Green beans are delicious and the peas are still coming in. Making zucchini bread soon. And the cucumbers look like they'll be ready in a few days. I have a kale plant that looks leafy and is probably ready for harvest, but I've never grown or eaten kale before so I'll have to look that up. No peppers this year. Sad

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Post  camprn on 7/17/2014, 7:37 am

We got a little over an inch of rain. There were major road washouts in the county. Good news about your kale it is cut and come again so just cut off the bottom leaves and the plant will grow more. Bummer about your peppers!

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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/17/2014, 1:10 pm

@NHGardener wrote:Hope no one experienced any flooding...
 Shocked  We got almost 1/3 inch yesterday.

But in the morning before the 'rain' I harvested greens for the lettuce box. Lolla Rosa, Simpson Elite, Grand Rapids, dwarf kale, gentle collards AND this little Super Sonic!:

Not shown is another bag full of kale & garlic chives.  Got a bunch of green beans  that I'm munching on now. But no cukes or squash in my near future.

OH, I transferred those 3 tom plants this morning, then gave them a good watering and a bit of Neptune.  It was cloudy so I didn't shade them.  Now the sun is a'shinin and the sky is blue so I'm going to scoot on home and cover em up a bit.

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Re: New England July 2014

Post  NHGardener on 7/17/2014, 1:33 pm

Seems we all have strengths & weaknesses in our gardens. We should get together and do a trade. Smile

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Post  RJARPCGP on 7/17/2014, 2:49 pm

@NHGardener wrote: Seems like there are fewer Japanese beetles this year than other years.
My father on the telephone said that there's a lot of Japanese beetles in Bellows Falls, Vt!

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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/17/2014, 3:07 pm

@NHGardener wrote:Seems we all have strengths & weaknesses in our gardens. We should get together and do a trade. Smile
I'll trade your rain for a lb of lettuce and some black cherry toms.  You can keep the heat tho.

Speaking of black cherry toms, the first batch we ate was SO good, sweet and tomatoey.  I squeezed the seeds into the water jar to ferment.  Early & delish, what more do we want.  I love you

I also harvested the spinach mustard seeds and will post them for trade or to give away, but want you guys to have first dibs at give aways. It's just about time to plant them for fall in our area so let me know in pm where to send them. 

At lunch just now I put silver foil sheets under all the squash except 2 previously transplanted thinnings that I'm using as control plants.  If SVB doesn't even go to that side of the house then I won't know if the foil works or not.  Molly, there are sheets under all 3 of yours.  I'm not chancing those.

Haven't seen Jap beetle here yet.  What veggies do they eat?

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Re: New England July 2014

Post  yolos on 7/17/2014, 6:25 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:

Haven't seen Jap beetle here yet.  What veggies do they eat?

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In my garden, the only thing they attacked were leaves of the bean plants.  Didn't bother the actual beans but really liked the upper leaves.

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Re: New England July 2014

Post  quiltbea on 7/17/2014, 6:40 pm

In mine they devastate the roses but also the cherry tree.  In the veggie garden its the sugar snap peas that are covered with them.

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Re: New England July 2014

Post  NHGardener on 7/17/2014, 6:52 pm

Have to look into the foil wraps, CC. Thanks for the reminder. Is it time for the SVB now? I know we figured it out a couple months ago.

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Re: New England July 2014

Post  camprn on 7/17/2014, 7:48 pm

After the deluge, Westport, Cheshire County, New Hampshire


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Post  NHGardener on 7/17/2014, 7:54 pm

That was from 1" of rain??

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Post  camprn on 7/17/2014, 8:15 pm

@NHGardener wrote:That was from 1" of rain??
Yes, that collected in one of the tributaries to the Ashuelot River.

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Post  sanderson on 7/17/2014, 8:32 pm

Shocked  That's quite some damage to the road. Did you take the photo?

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Re: New England July 2014

Post  camprn on 7/17/2014, 9:09 pm

@sanderson wrote:Shocked  That's quite some damage to the road.  Did you take the photo?
Nope, My friend Michael Moore captured the image.
http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/winchester-residents-cleaning-up-after-flooding/article_a6a6c0e4-e407-5f2e-8343-a80b593bd2fd.html
I stand corrected, the last time I checked we had received 1.5 inches of rain... but then it rained more, upwards of 3+.

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Post  sanderson on 7/18/2014, 1:48 am

Not the film maker, Michael Moore I assume. That's some rain damage.

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Re: New England July 2014

Post  CapeCoddess on 7/18/2014, 3:32 pm

@NHGardener wrote:Have to look into the foil wraps, CC. Thanks for the reminder. Is it time for the SVB now? I know we figured it out a couple months ago.
I seem to remember my SVB appearance date being around July 23, and that you had wondered why mine was later than yours since the Cape was warmer at the time...or something like that.

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Post  NHGardener on 7/18/2014, 5:17 pm

Oh darn. And my vine plants were doing so well.

I have zucchini blueberry bread in the oven as we speak. Smile

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/19/2014, 9:03 am

I saw a recipe for zuke-blueberry bread on our internet "ticker" the other day.  How does it taste?  (DH didn't seem really thrilled about the idea...)

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Post  NHGardener on 7/19/2014, 10:41 am

Delicious!! But I notice this and pretty much all other zucchini bread recipes call for 1 cup of oil, and 2 cups of sugar (for 2 loaves). That's a lot. Some of the reviewers of the recipe substituted 1/2 c. apple sauce for 1/2 c. of the oil and reported good results.

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Post  camprn on 7/19/2014, 10:51 am

@NHGardener wrote:Delicious!! But I notice this and pretty much all other zucchini bread recipes call for 1 cup of oil, and 2 cups of sugar (for 2 loaves). That's a lot. Some of the reviewers of the recipe substituted 1/2 c. apple sauce for 1/2 c. of the oil and reported good results.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/19/2014, 11:20 am

My full grown Swiss Chard is going down.

Could it be cut worms? It seems strange to have cut worms on a full grown plant. Plus I've been digging around and haven't been able to find any, only Roly Polys.

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