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Post  Yardslave on 6/5/2017, 11:08 am

Sanderson, I forgot about Sluggo, and I have some that I use on my garden ornamentals, but haven't tried it in my veggie beds. Reading the label, the ingredients look like they could also add some iron and phosphorous to the soil as it breaks down. I'll give it a try, thanks!
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Post  countrynaturals on 6/5/2017, 11:28 am

@Yardslave wrote:Sanderson, I forgot about Sluggo, and I have some that I use on my garden ornamentals, but haven't tried it in my veggie beds. Reading the label, the ingredients look like they could also add some iron and phosphorous to the soil as it breaks down. I'll give it a try, thanks!
Is that the stuff you should only use at night because it could kill the bees?
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Post  countrynaturals on 6/5/2017, 11:34 am

@Countrynaturals wrote:In a few days, after the radishes get their first true leaves, I'll pull off the plastic and hope for the best. If this works, it will be the cheapest, easiest (ugliest) solution of all.  

So far the Daikons are not happy about this treatment. Several of them are dying -- looks like damping off. Maybe it's just one of those things but maybe all this plastic is suffocating their roots, so it might be just one more failed experiment. Embarassed
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/5/2017, 5:20 pm

But a failed experiment shared is one less the rest of us have to try.
Thanks for that!
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Post  countrynaturals on 6/5/2017, 7:25 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:But a failed experiment shared is one less the rest of us have to try.
Thanks for that!
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Thank you. That makes me feel a little better. I love you
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Post  countrynaturals on 6/5/2017, 8:37 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:Look what I found!  Very Happy

Last year, Katie brought home some planters that were part of a donation. One of them was small (6") and half-dead. I thought it was chives, so I put it in with my other chives plant. A few days later, Hubby found it and announced it was not chives. I took a closer look, discovered the "leaves" were not hollow, but flat. I thought it was just grass and transplanted it to the "chicken garden" -- an area down by the compost where I plant things our chickens might like but we don't care about. Someone here said it might be garlic chives -- it was. I forgot all about it after that. 

Yesterday, Hubby was pulling 3' weeds out of that area and discovered this 4' tall garlic chives plant. Can you believe it? The stuff I ignore does better than the stuff I nurture. Rolling Eyes

Now the burning question is what do I do with them. They're basically tasteless, so for now they'll just be ornamental unless someone here can enlighten me on their uses. Rolling Eyes
The bulbs turned into beautiful blossoms. Are they just giant green onion plants? (The blossom is the size of my fist.)
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Post  sanderson on 6/6/2017, 5:13 am

The title is mis-leading. Very Happy http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/northern-california/never-move-to-norcal/

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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/6/2017, 4:19 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
The bulbs turned into beautiful blossoms. Are they just giant green onion plants? (The blossom is the size of my fist.)

Could be.  Or some ornamental from the allium family.  Lucky you!
https://www.google.com/search?q=allium&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjMie-lharUAhVlxVQKHfaHAzQQ_AUICigB&biw=1164&bih=609
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Post  countrynaturals on 6/6/2017, 6:57 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:
The bulbs turned into beautiful blossoms. Are they just giant green onion plants? (The blossom is the size of my fist.)

Could be.  Or some ornamental from the allium family.  Lucky you!
https://www.google.com/search?q=allium&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjMie-lharUAhVlxVQKHfaHAzQQ_AUICigB&biw=1164&bih=609
It doesn't look exactly like any of them, but they are big and beautiful, so I'm a happy camper. Very Happy
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Post  sanderson on 6/6/2017, 11:41 pm

I started this reply on Sunday night and then the photo option failed.  Saved to Draft and went to bed.

Very slowly I am cleaning up the back yard and patio.  So far I have more hits than misses.  No tomatillos, carrots, salad or radishes since I didn't plant/sow them. Embarassed  But, as I look around at all the little beds and other areas, I realize that with a handful of seeds, there are so many plants getting bigger.  Sort of a moment of awe.

For those who know my trials and woes of tomatoes, it looks like I have some this year.  Planted 30, and 26 were healthy.  The 4 in the 2'x4' I'm babysitting were sickly, a nutrient problem more than likely.  Here are 9 in the amended dirt strip and 5 of the bucketed tomatoes.  They get late day shade in this area so I'm thinking that I will grow them here next year, freeing up the 2'x7' for maybe bush Blue Lakes for canning and freezing.  No curly leaf viruses this year.


Looking the other direction down the fence are the SQ corn, sorghum, Gem corn, a couple of sunflowers and okra.  The two 1'x3' beds on the left are in front of 2 tall windows where it gets really, really hot.  I have some curtain sheers up but I'm still pondering what more I can do.  Pole Blue Lakes.

Here are bush Blue Lakes in the second 2'x4' I am babysitting.  Same Mix but the beans seem to be thriving.  Little 2" beans that are hard to see in the photo, but they are there!!

Tomatoes, Black Vernissage, in the 2'x7'.

Winter squash and one sugar watermelon.

Cantaloupe, on the left is one survivor from the indoor winter seedlings and the other 7 are direct sow.  Lots of runaway daughter vines and lots of male flowers.  No females yet.

Muncher cucumber!  Only 3 indoor survivors and 5 little direct sows.  The second photo of the bed shows the top dressing of Chunky home compost acting as a mulch.  It is working very good.  I will probably top that with chopped straw to keep the soil temps cool.  Yes, I forgot to put the wood grids back in after I top dressed.   Embarassed  Shoot, can't find the photo of the Chunky.   thinking  

Pepper bed.  In this photo, you can see some of the winter/spring mess and dust that still needs to be cleaned up for cleaning's sake and for my company this Saturday.  I'm trying stakes this year instead of flimsy pepper cages.  Quite a few little peppers, hot and sweet.  I didn't pinch off/top any of them this year.  Just trying it.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 6/7/2017, 8:08 am

Looking good, Sanderson!
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Post  countrynaturals on 6/7/2017, 1:17 pm

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:Looking good, Sanderson!
Absolutely! It all looks great.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/7/2017, 1:23 pm

That cuke made me  

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Sanderson, I didn't realize it but I was mmming out loud thru your photos here at the office til finally one of my coworkers says, "Something look delicious over there?"

That corn makes a BEAUTIFUL hedge!

Got my fingers crossed for your maters this year.
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Post  trolleydriver on 6/7/2017, 2:01 pm

Fantastic as always sanderson. I love the photos of your garden.
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Post  sanderson on 6/7/2017, 4:29 pm

Thanks, folks. I am so hopeful, but there are still 3 brutal months ahead. tongue

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/7/2017, 8:20 pm

BEAUTIFUL!  

You have a great garden, sanderson!

I miss growing corn....did it in the old Rodale dirt garden....

Sunflowers also make a nice curtain for the area you mentioned. 

Might need to think about corn.  I live in an Old orde Amish region, so they all grow old heirloom stuff.  And corn....I have gotten corn and berries from them a lot.
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Post  yolos on 6/9/2017, 3:58 am

Congratulations on growing some nice looking Tomatoes this year.  Lets all hold our breath to make sure they continue to remain disease free.
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Post  countrynaturals on 6/9/2017, 11:20 am

@sanderson wrote:Thanks, folks.  I am so hopeful, but there are still 3 brutal months ahead. tongue
I'm right there with you, Sanderson. Everything looks so good right now, but those triple-digits are looming. affraid
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Post  sanderson on 6/9/2017, 2:34 pm

@yolos wrote:Congratulations on growing some nice looking Tomatoes this year.  Lets all hold our breath to make sure they continue to remain disease free.
Thanks, Yolos. The big plan is to can enough for 2 winters, as I can't count on next summer. My canned tomatoes and frozen sauce from 2015 were outstanding.

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Post  sanderson on 6/15/2017, 3:12 am

Heat Wave coming! Sunday through next Friday 105-110*F expected. Get those shade cloths up!

I have about 200 tomatoes set, both cherry types and indeterminates. A lot of cherry-sized peppers and a couple of eggplants have set. I don't expect any more setting until the temps get back down closer to 90*F. For the next days/weeks, it will just be a struggle for the plants to survive. tongue Bush Blue Lake are producing nicely but they are hard to see. Muncher cucumbers are producing nicely without any help from me. A lot of female flowers appearing on the cantaloupes and winter squash. No flowering males on the winter squash so the females are just "withering on the vine." Oh, the poppy seed poppies are blooming. The flowers are white for this variety so if I want color next summer, I will have to get a variety knowm for it's flowers, and not the bakery seeds. That's all for now. If I take any photos, I'll post them later.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/15/2017, 11:50 am

Sounds VERY successful in your little garden this year, Sanderson!  Lots going on very quickly. Looking forward to the photos.
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Post  sanderson on 6/16/2017, 8:53 pm

Today is 99*F, the last "cool" day before we enter the 100's for at least 9 days.  pale



Tomato - Snow Fairy.  This would be a great one for containers and winter green house.  The photo was taken facing west into the setting sun with Home Depot shade cloth as the back drop.  

Tomato - sun gold.  I have this one in a 2' x 3' table top with one Roma and one Sweet 100.  In the last photo one can see that they are touching the overhead shade cloth.  Shocked  

Tomato Vernissage with several clusters. The Vernissage in the table top has an interesting "worm" that burrows into the tomato under the green leaf thingies (?) where it attaches to its stem. Not green, but yellowish. I have seen the white butterfly around but her caterpillars are green. thinking

Two photos of Muncher cucumbers.  I never installed the middle trellis for the box but maybe being crowded has turn out for the best as there are more cucumbers in these photos than I have had for a whole season some years.



Shade cloth off the back patio.  No, I still haven't cleaned the isle and spread weed fabric and wood chips.

Winter squash and one watermelon now under mid-day shade cloth.  The little watermelon has its first flower.  Note:  Direct seedling late has been paying off!  So far, no powdery mildew.

Lastly, the 1' x 50' dirt strip that I amended over the last 2 years is really paying off.  I call this first one "tomato jungle" as I can't walk through the 9 tomatoes on the left and the 5 tomatoes in buckets on the right.

Photo of jungle from the other side.  I'm standing 6" higher than the jungle's elevation so you can see all the way down to the corn.

Corn, sorghum, okra and sunflower row.  Some of the corn is peeping over the fence so it is shy of 5 feet tall.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 6/16/2017, 10:55 pm

@sanderson wrote:Today is 99*F, the last "cool" day before we enter the 100's for at least 9 days.  pale

Tomato Vernissage with several clusters.  The Vernissage in the table top has an interesting "worm" that burrows into the tomato under the green leaf thingies (?) where it attaches to its stem.  Not green, but yellowish.  I have seen the white butterfly around but her caterpillars are green.  thinking 
Yikes! That's too hot for me.

I think the green part is called the calyx. Maybe tomato fruitworm?:
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Post  sanderson on 6/17/2017, 2:50 am

I think you may have identified the culprit. Thanks

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Post  sanderson on 6/18/2017, 3:44 pm

I went outside this morning at 8:30 and installed 2 more smaller shade cloths.  I was dripping after just a few moments.

Yesterday evening at sunset, I finally installed a shade cloth I worked on for 2 days, hemming by hand and making holes for tie downs.  It is over the cantaloupe and New Zealand spinach beds.

I hand pollinated this Canadian Crookneck butternut yesterday morning, and I believe it was a take.  Thank goodness there were 2 male flowers at their peak.

Lastly, the crepe Myrtle is blooming profusely, I believe from all the rain we had this spring.

Stay cool everyone.

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