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Post  llama momma on 8/8/2014, 10:36 am

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Post  mollyhespra on 8/8/2014, 11:56 am

way to go  OH! Very nice, Camp! you rock 
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/8/2014, 12:19 pm

Nice carrots & chard, Camp!  I'm not having much luck with chard for whatever reason this year.  Maybe I should plant now some for fall and try again since it's always been prolific in the past.  Is your chard Fordhook?

I was surprised at how much yesterdays hail chewed up the garden,especially the leaves of the canna lilies, beans & peas which are in tatters.

This is a Molly squash photo that I grabbed on my way to my car this morning:

53 degrees here this morning!  Lovely, sunny & cool days ahead ...not much warm weather veggie action going on.
     

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Post  camprn on 8/8/2014, 4:17 pm

My chard wasn't doing great either and I think it is because the compost was low on nitrogen. I started feeding all the leafy greens and everything is looking much better. This morning I picked what was out there.


5.5 # in the basket.


I'm canning 4 pints of chard now and have some leftover for supper.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/8/2014, 5:16 pm

5.5 lbs?! NICE! 

All my other greens are doing well except the chard.  Matter of fact this weekend I wanted to transplant the few homely looking chards that I have in this box to a different box of homely chards so I could take this box down, but then the hail came and I'm wondering if it's even worth it now:


Maybe I'll pick off most of these torn & holey leaves & transplant the stubs...

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Post  donnainzone5 on 8/8/2014, 6:10 pm

Hey!

Trim and eat the remaining chard.  I had similar damage to my SFG last month, and nothing has died yet!
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Post  camprn on 8/8/2014, 9:27 pm

Feed them.

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Post  has55 on 8/8/2014, 9:36 pm

@camprn wrote:It's what's for supper.












The planting after garlic harvest.
camprn, your garden is beautiful. A wonderful bounty you have there. A person can spend hours walking thru it. thanks for sharing.
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Re: New England August 2014

Post  NHGardener on 8/8/2014, 9:44 pm

It is very productive. camprn, what would you feed it with? Compost?

And are those onions gone to seed in that one photo?
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Post  camprn on 8/8/2014, 11:29 pm

@NHGardener wrote:It is very productive. camprn, what would you feed it with? Compost?

And are those onions gone to seed in that one photo?
I top dressed with compost 6 weeks ago. Not much happened. I sprinkled a little blood meal on the surfacecabout4 weeks ago and that helped a lot. Nitrogen makes more foliage.

The blooms are second year leeks that I let flower to encourage mid season pollinators to visit.

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Post  NHGardener on 8/9/2014, 3:35 am

Nitrogen makes more foliage.
Interesting. Usually you don't want to use too much nitrogen because it promotes green growth & not enough fruit, but if the fruit IS the green growth, then bring on the nitrogen!
The blooms are second year leeks that I let flower to encourage mid season pollinators to visit.
Last night I found my first curled cucumber. I have 4 hives at the moment, so you wouldn't think that would be a problem. Maybe all the bumblebees are drawn to the bull thistle. (They even sleep on there)
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Post  RJARPCGP on 8/9/2014, 8:04 am

At 8 AM: 59 F under mostly cloudy skies with some fog.
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Re: New England August 2014

Post  GardenGroupie on 8/9/2014, 10:26 am

@NHGardener wrote:
Nitrogen makes more foliage.
Interesting. Usually you don't want to use too much nitrogen because it promotes green growth & not enough fruit, but if the fruit IS the green growth, then bring on the nitrogen!

That is interesting. Do you think that also applies to tomato fruit that seems to have stopped growing?

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Re: New England August 2014

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Post  NHGardener on 8/9/2014, 11:54 am

CELEBRITY STATUS! Well, you've done it now, camprn. Here come the paparazzi. Have you chosen a good press agent yet?

GardenGroupie - That I don't know, but excess nitrogen seems to kick the green foliage into gear, but the fruit itself, I don't think so. I think that's the problem with too much nitrogen - you get huge green leafy matter, but not a lot of fruit.
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Post  camprn on 8/9/2014, 12:14 pm

@GardenGroupie wrote:
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Nitrogen makes more foliage.
Interesting. Usually you don't want to use too much nitrogen because it promotes green growth & not enough fruit, but if the fruit IS the green growth, then bring on the nitrogen!

That is interesting. Do you think that also applies to tomato fruit that seems to have stopped growing?

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no, not really, only to foliage.do a bit of research on nutrient requirements for promoting bloom. Stalled fruit growth is another thing to look into. If you are having overall problems you may need to fertilize with a balanced fertilizer.

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That's awesome camprn. Great article. Congratulations.
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Post  camprn on 8/9/2014, 7:38 pm

Thanks! What a Face 

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/9/2014, 8:58 pm

Congratulations!  Great article...!

How are your elderberries doing this year?
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Post  camprn on 8/9/2014, 9:01 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Congratulations!  Great article...!

How are your elderberries doing this year?
the elderberries are wild crafted. Seems the berries on the heads are not all ripening at once and the birds are having a feast.

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Post  camprn on 8/10/2014, 8:29 am

@camprn wrote:I just transplanted my leeks.

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Post  NHGardener on 8/10/2014, 11:06 am

What are those bulbs among your leeks seedlings, camprn?
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Post  camprn on 8/10/2014, 11:11 am

@NHGardener wrote:What are those bulbs among your leeks seedlings, camprn?
A few leftover shallots that I found that were not planted in the spring. There are 10 of them tucked in there. This will work because the shallot roots are shallow and the leek roots are 6 inches down into the 8" high box.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/10/2014, 2:57 pm

Excellent interview, camp. Well done! So you're planting shallots now, eh? I plant my shallots on Halloween with the garlic but I thought the rest of NE did it in spring. Will this be an experiment for you?
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Post  camprn on 8/10/2014, 3:00 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Excellent interview, camp. Well done! So you're planting shallots now, eh? I plant my shallots on Halloween with the garlic but I thought the rest of NE did it in spring. Will this be an experiment for you?
No, this is no experiment, these one will be done before winter. I don't plant shallots to overwinter here.

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