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Re: New England August 2014

Post  Windmere on 8/13/2014, 3:39 pm

CC, Everything looks so beautiful.  Your flowers are quite pretty.  Enjoy it all!

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Re: New England August 2014

Post  CapeCoddess on 8/13/2014, 3:44 pm

@RJARPCGP wrote:
Echinacea purpurea. Wink
uh huh.  Smile

Here's some more for ya, RJ:











 What a Face

Raining here but nothing to write home about.

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Re: New England August 2014

Post  Windmere on 8/13/2014, 5:23 pm

Cc, those are the bluest hydrangeas I've ever seen in my life!  What's the normal soil ph out there?

Be safe all of you up north.  I'll be weather watching to see what happens.

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Re: New England August 2014

Post  Marc Iverson on 8/13/2014, 5:54 pm

CC what a gorgeous yard and what a lot of boxes and good-looking veggies! You must get quite a harvest.

Looks like you're right by the water too. That can be so nice. How fresh it makes the air, and the sound of running water. I used to live a block from the beach, and at night the sounds of the waves could be very soothing.

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Post  NHGardener on 8/13/2014, 6:49 pm

Wow, the skies are dumping right now. I didn't think we'd get this much rain. We'll see if things get waterlogged. At least it's supposed to be sunny from here on out for a while. Hope my bees are okay.

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Re: New England August 2014

Post  CapeCoddess on 8/14/2014, 11:06 am

Thanks, Windmere...the garden is my playground.  Sometimes I think I get along better with plants than with most people. Laughing 

Sanderson, the PH around my yard is 7 or a smidge less.   But that hydrangea is an oddity.  I grow all my hydrangeas from sticks (my neighbor says I'm supposed to say 'cuttings' with a snooty tone, hehe).  The mother plant that that one came from is normal & not this color so those sticks must have hit a pocket of some sort. I don't add anything special - my garden is a no-fuss, survival of the fittest garden. That plant is in it's 5th yr and always deep in color like that.  Speaking of odd, have you ever seen anything like these crazy little blue flowers that appeared last year from a different hydrangea plant?:
I realize this is a veggie forum and I probably shouldn't be posting these.  Maybe we could take it to PM?

Yes Marc, I live on the SE side of a lake.  It's very very cold with the constant NE winds and my gardens are always about a week+ behind the rest of my neighbors, even the ones next door.  I have about 100 sq ft of SFG growing area.  Once I'm finished building new boxes this year I'll end up with five raised 4x4's, 4 raised oddballs and 3 in ground 3x3 for a total of 160 sq ft.  And STILL I don't have enough to give away or can.  Sad 

Geesh NHG, wish I coulda split that rain with ya.  We got 2/3 inch of rain. Beats a poke in the eye with a stick I guess.  Hey, I was thinking how we like the idea of the gardens planting themselves and I remembered reading about a guy who has a lettuce garden in the corner of his yard that he just leaves alone except to harvest.  It reseeds itself ever year.  Once I'm finished building boxes I think I'll experiment and dedicate one box to doing just that with lettuce and see how it works with MM.  Ideally it'll be one that's shaded during the summer and in sun for spring & fall/winter.  I wonder if it could be done with leafy greens, too? 

Does anyone have any veggie gardens that they let reseed themselves every year?

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Re: New England August 2014

Post  Windmere on 8/14/2014, 11:12 am

Wow CC, that second flower you posted is equally unusual.  I'm thinking you could slide on the veggie forum thing by counting these flowers as good for pollinators?

 flower

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Post  camprn on 8/14/2014, 11:23 am

This forum is for sfg+. Not specifically about vegetables.  Smile 

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Post  NHGardener on 8/14/2014, 11:30 am

CC, as long as the flowers don't start talking back to you, I think you'll be okay.  Laughing  Those are beautiful tho!

I may have had lettuce replant itself this year. It looked like a head lettuce but I don't remember having head lettuce (not that that means anything) so I wasn't exactly sure and left it alone. My leaf lettuce has gone to seed, but that is going to be my garlic bed this fall, so I can't try the experiment with that. So let us know how yours goes!

By the way, I don't think this is a veggie forum, because lots of people plant flowers in their SFGs too.

camprn! You snuck in there.

BTW, we must have had several inches of rain yesterday & last night. This morning everything is clear & sunny like it never happened. I'm going to check the garden now, I'll bet it loved it.

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Post  camprn on 8/14/2014, 11:49 am

We received 4+ " of rain yesterday. As soon as the wind dies down I'm going to be spaying my tomatoes, aubergine and peppers with more copper again to prevent or limit blight infection.

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Post  sanderson on 8/14/2014, 12:22 pm

You New Englanders and your rain! And gorgeous hydrangeas.  Very Happy 

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Re: New England August 2014

Post  llama momma on 8/14/2014, 12:32 pm

My beloved childhood stomping grounds of Long Island had areas of over 13 inches of rain in a few hours.  Cars floated on the parkways.  My sister waded in thigh high water at her workplace parking lot.  The experts never saw this one coming, people there saying it was worse than hurricane Sandy.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/14/2014, 12:39 pm

@llama momma wrote:My beloved childhood stomping grounds of Long Island had areas of over 13 inches of rain in a few hours.  Cars floated on the parkways.  My sister waded in thigh high water at her workplace parking lot.  The experts never saw this one coming, people there saying it was worse than hurricane Sandy.
Yeah, I talked to one of my sales guys out there this morning and he said it was worse than Sandy, too.  And I saw that expressway with the floating cars on the news.  wow.

I think lower Cape Cod has some kinda witchy mojo going on above it.  I watch the radars as these rains divide right over us leaving us in the clear for the most part.   Evil or Very Mad   Frustrating...not that I'd want 13 inches, mind you.  But an inch or 2 would be nice once in a while so I don't have to chlorinate my gardens.

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Post  NHGardener on 8/14/2014, 5:12 pm

Wow, I hadn't heard the "worse than Sandy" news. But I have to say I went out and inspected my garden and it seemed to have loved the rain. The cardboard I have as weed suppressor (waiting to have chips on it) is already dry.

Pulled another large yellow squash today, and I have more zucchini/blueberry bread in the oven. Here's the recipe, it's really good, a tad sweet but this time I really cranked down the sugar. I also use butter instead of vegetable oil: (and a cup more zucchini and a cup more blueberries than it calls for)

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/blueberry-zucchini-bread/

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Post  camprn on 8/14/2014, 8:05 pm

Lots of rain but no storm surge down there.

So, I planted my squash late with the hope to foil the SVB. It worked well. 42 days, seed to supper.

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Post  camprn on 8/14/2014, 9:40 pm

Good Lord! Its feeling down right autumnal.

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Post  RJARPCGP on 8/14/2014, 9:52 pm

@camprn wrote:We received 4+ " of rain yesterday.  As soon as the wind dies down I'm going to be spaying my tomatoes,  aubergine and peppers with more copper again to prevent or limit blight infection.
I only have 2.4 " in my rain gauge!

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Post  camprn on 8/14/2014, 11:24 pm

Basil mildew. If you still have healthy basil pick it now!

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Post  RJARPCGP on 8/15/2014, 7:10 am

This may be the coolest August since 2011 and 2006!

Today's supposed to have a Pacific-northwest-coast-like combo of chillness and cloudiness.

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Post  mollyhespra on 8/15/2014, 8:30 am

@camprn wrote:Good Lord! Its feeling down right autumnal.

I didn't want to be the first one to say it but yes, there was a definite feeling of "fall" in the air yesterday. I think summer is wrapping up her picnic blanket and taking out her sweater.

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Re: New England August 2014

Post  CapeCoddess on 8/15/2014, 10:50 am

@mollyhespra wrote:
@camprn wrote:Good Lord! Its feeling down right autumnal.

I didn't want to be the first one to say it but yes, there was a definite feeling of "fall" in the air yesterday.  I think summer is wrapping up her picnic blanket and taking out her sweater.
Blech!  I don't think we ever kicked into summer here on the Cape. Guess I may as well kiss the canning of toms goodbye, altho a nice crop of large Romas is blushing up right now, about a dzn all at once.   There may be hope of a couple of cans for winter if we don't eat them fresh right away.

My 4 pepper plants are finally making lots of flowers.  There are 2 fruits amongst them so at least I'll have those.  The one in the pot produced about 10 banana peppers early on then gave up the ghost from over watering I think.  Mom and I didn't coordinate on the watering schedule soon enuff. Rolling Eyes 

Nice zuke, Camp.  We know how we love our zukes, and how rare they are!  I got one nice one before everything stopped from the cold.  There's another  one coming slowly but I don't see any more females after that.  Same with the summer & Lebonese squashes.  No females at all on the winter squashes either. Tough year in that arena.

Meanwhile, the greens are loving it.  The spinach I planted a couple weeks ago came up so fast I wasn't sure what it was.  They are doing great so far.  And I was surprised at all the carrots that sprouted.  I'll be planting lettuces, pak choi and more carrots this weekend.

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Post  camprn on 8/15/2014, 11:16 am

My turnips germinated and emerged in 3 days. Very Happy

In other news, I donned my sweater, socks and shoes and winter hat. I have yet to put on my vest.

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Post  quiltbea on 8/15/2014, 12:41 pm

Its a terrific day for roasting tomatoes.   I haven't harvested many this year compared to other years, but any at all will be good.  I think I might get 3 quarts from what I have on the counter right now.  That will warm up the house.
Yup, I need to warm up the house a bit.  Its only in the low 60s here and damp and overcast so I picked a good day for it.

My peppers are very, very tiny just now so can't harvest any of those.  I have another nice cuke I can pick and some blossoms but this cooler weather will set them back.  They like it warmer.  My potted watermelon hasn't produced a melon yet so I guess I can say that is a flop this year as well.

Its been perfect for the tourists and time at the lake for the family.  Such lovely days.  But not conducive to a great garden.  I'm just grateful to have anything at all this year.

I'm off to cook.

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Post  NHGardener on 8/15/2014, 1:40 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Ya win some, ya lose some.  Every years different.  And it ain't over yet... ;)CC

That's the spirit!

Why, to quote the ol' English chap: "Never, never, never give up!"

And, "After all, tomorrow is another day!"

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The great thing about gardening is that it's like an etch-a-sketch. Every summer we get to start all over and create something new.

The only problem is you only get so many turns, and that's why I'm going to be exhausting myself working on building up the soil, etc. this fall. Smile

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/16/2014, 2:28 pm

Finally done... just finished!

bye, bye last of the old faithful cupboards.

it's been a grand three year run!

Hello new boxes...

ready for some fun?!

I'll plant some peas, lettuce and radishes in the newest L shaped box as soon as all the chlorine from wetting down the old MM evaporates.

Supposed to rain tomorrow so I'll be walking on planks over the bare spots left by the old boxes until the grass grows in from seed I'll plant in the fall.

Off to mow.  What's everyone else up to today?
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