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Post  has55 on 6/19/2017, 10:32 pm

Sanderson, everything looks great. Impressive. Great imagination.

Have you considered using snap clamps for fastening the shade cloth to the PVC?
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Post  countrynaturals on 6/20/2017, 11:47 am

What are we doing? Sweating, panting, guzzling fluids, turning the hose on ourselves, hiding in the a/c, worrying about blackouts if we overload the system, hovering over plants that might suffer in this heat, watering down the chicken coop at bedtime to help make things bearable for our feathered friends, dreading our next water bill (this one already broke $100), and watching the weather reports as we shatter the previous heat records every day -- Thursday it could reach 114 here. affraid
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Post  sanderson on 6/30/2017, 2:46 am

Finally below 100 here, well, at least until July 6. Wink I finally got some straw mulch down in 5 beds,4 more to go.  You can see it here where this wonderful 4' tall Japanese Millionaire eggplant is thriving.



Two nice cantaloupes from the single surviving start.


Twp baby cantaloupes from direct sowed seeds.  
The potatoes have been eaten by something.  I recently sprinkled some Sluggo Plus to see if it was slugs.  This bed is on the hot side on the house and gets neglected more than loved, so it's my fault.

I washed, trimmed and froze a short gallon of various tomatoes for future sauce.  When I get a good flush of some of the larger tomatoes, I'll prep them for canning.  I don't mind a few Sun Gold but I want more of the reds for canning.  Romas.


The pole Blue Lakes are toast and I will pull them.  Likewise the bush Blue Lakes are dying.  I don't know what is eating the leaves. Maybe spider mites?? Spider mites take over when it gets over 100*F. I picked all the beans and pulled them tonight.  If Yolos gives the go ahead, I will amend and replant again tomorrow.

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Post  yolos on 6/30/2017, 9:38 am

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The pole Blue Lakes are toast and I will pull them.  Likewise the bush Blue Lakes are dying.  I don't know what is eating the leaves.  Maybe spider mites??  Spider mites take over when it gets over 100*F.  I picked all the beans and pulled them tonight.  If Yolos gives the go ahead, I will amend and replant again tomorrow.
Ha, I don't know.  My policy is to never plant a succession in the same bed.  Especially if you have a disease or something like spider mites.  (Looks like sprider mites and something larger).  But I do have more square feet than you do.  Also, for the first time I planted a second planting of corn in the same bed but there were no disease or insect pressures to worry about.

PS - your eggplant is gorgeous.
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Post  has55 on 6/30/2017, 11:01 am

it looks like leaf miners and flea beetles. 

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Post  countrynaturals on 6/30/2017, 11:11 am

Here, everything is alive and well, but not growing or producing. It all looks exactly like it did 2 weeks ago. Sad
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/30/2017, 12:30 pm

Yay on your tomatoes, Sanderson! When I canned them in the past I loved the flavor of mixing varieties.
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Post  trolleydriver on 6/30/2017, 12:50 pm

Looks like there are lots of good things growing in your garden, Sanderson.  Very Happy

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Post  has55 on 6/30/2017, 2:00 pm

those cantaloupes look impressive. loved the look on the tomatoes.
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Post  sanderson on 7/1/2017, 1:58 am

Thanks, folks. Still chopping straw for the tumbler composter. But, the big event of the day was locating and putting a baby mocking bird back in its nest. Mom and Dad built the nest in a climbing rose bush, which was pretty smart. They hardly tolerate me, keeping watch and feeding the babies when I turn my back. Today, they were in a tizzy all day long. I got to thinking that a rogue MB attacked the nest, maybe knocked the babies out. ?? Sure enough, just before we left home for the evening, I echo-located a baby 20 feet away. Baby screaming, parents squawking, I put the guy back in the nest. Tomorrow I'll look at the nest with a mirror and see if there are 2 babies.

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Post  sanderson on 7/1/2017, 2:01 am

Has, Some of the damage did looked like flea beetle in your link

I never answered your prior question. I use binder clips instead of snap clamps.

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Post  has55 on 7/1/2017, 9:38 am

@sanderson wrote:Has,  Some of the damage did looked like flea beetle in your link

I never answered your prior question.  I use binder clips instead of snap clamps.
do you have a picture of the binders clips you use?
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/1/2017, 10:55 am

@countrynaturals wrote:Here, everything is alive and well, but not growing or producing. It all looks exactly like it did 2 weeks ago. Sad
I wrote this after visiting the BTE, where I planted most of the summer crops. When I went to the Salad Bar, it was a whole different story. Kale, asparagus beans, carrots, and Swiss chard are doing great. This morning, something woke me up before the sun. I was outside as soon as it was light. It was great to have all the time I wanted before it got hot. I found a beautiful batch of compost, thanks to the chickens, and used it to top-dress the corn and tomatoes. I also got all my watering done, and checked on everything. Some of the passion fruit has turned bright orange and getting squishy. All of my late-started Armenian cukes have sprouted. 3 more strawberries are starting to turn red (Time to put their "socks" on.) LIFE IS GOOD! sunny
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/9/2017, 12:42 pm

Sorghum is up and happy (direct sow BTE). Cowpeas have sprouted (Jiffy Pellets on the deck). They'll go into the Salad Bar in a couple of days (large containers). 

I couldn't find sweet potato slips, so I put a whole sweet potato in a cup of water. It grew roots in just a couple of days. I read that it should take about a month for it to produce slips I can plant. I know it's a little late, but could we still get some for Thanksgiving? bounce

Armenian cukes are up and happy, but also late, so we won't be eating those for a while.

I'm actually getting a few tomato blossoms, even through these continuing heatwaves (if they produce, I'll collect seeds from those hardy babies). 

None of my melons, squash, cukes, or zukes are producing any female flowers. I'm thinking it's a defense mechanism against the heat. They can't fight that and produce fruit at the same time. Hopefully I'll get a late crop and have the whole winter to research more heat-tolerant varieties of everything.

Kale is still happy. I'm planting more. (Curly dwarf). I love you
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Post  Yardslave on 7/9/2017, 4:21 pm

The heat wave we've experienced over the last few days is beginning to ease a bit, but the damage is evident in my scorched bean patch- all the new shoots have withered and also, the zucchini are drooping every afternoon, and slow to flower. The tomatoes aren't setting any fruit, but the fruit that has set seems to be doing OK. I'm hoping this summer I can keep up on the watering, because our water prices have jumped to the highest in the nation- (probably the Western Hemisphere too).
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/9/2017, 8:18 pm

@Yardslave wrote: I'm hoping this summer I can keep up on the watering, because our water prices have jumped to the highest in the nation- (probably the Western Hemisphere too).
YIKES! Mulch! Mulch! Mulch! Mulch! I know our water bill will be at least double what we paid last year, but we don't have any other expensive habits, so we'll just call it "entertainment."  Razz

I actually have a tomato plant producing blossoms in this heat. Shocked I don't know the variety, but if it continues to thrive in this weather, I will definitely collect seeds for next year. geek
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Post  sanderson on 7/10/2017, 1:20 am

YS, Good to hear from you. I thought you were enjoying the 70s-80s. ?? You need to build a "pond" fed by your roof. Wink What is your water bill this summer?

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Post  Yardslave on 7/10/2017, 12:07 pm

I've reduced my usage to 70 percent of last year by pulling up some water-gulping ornamentals and have planted only 3 of 10 veggie beds. I also haven't watered 14 fruit trees since April and my bill last month was$170! August is usually much higher because I have to increase irrigation by as much as 30 percent to keep up with the hot weather.
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Post  sanderson on 7/11/2017, 10:32 am

Posting some photos that I took on July 7.  We are in another heat wave and some of the plants looked a little beaten, except for the peppers. The cucumbers, Muncher and now Pickling, look half dead but they are still producing. :-) Four nice looking cantaloupe hanging from the trellises.

These Pablamos have now been picked.  

Here are 2 views of the amended dirt strip down the side of the house.  It was getting hard to squeeze down there.  Much of the corn fell over and was removed yesterday.  Sniff!  The okra, sorghum and sunflowers are doings fine.



Sorghum tassel.  Corn and sorghum look so similar until they send up the tassels.


Eggplant - Japanese Millionaire.  I picked 4 yesterday.

Mortgage Lifter, first time trying them.

Sweet 100 from Audrey.

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Post  Yardslave on 7/11/2017, 11:36 am

Nice crop, S
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/11/2017, 11:45 am

Ooo, nice, Sanderson. I will be following your progress on sorghum. I planted mine about a month after you did, so mine are nowhere near the tassel stage. Now I know what to look for. geek
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Post  sanderson on 7/11/2017, 12:48 pm

Has, This is what I use: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/308957/Office-Depot-Brand-Binder-Clips-Large/

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Post  has55 on 7/11/2017, 2:10 pm

@sanderson wrote:Has,  This is what I use:  http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/308957/Office-Depot-Brand-Binder-Clips-Large/
thank you. could you take a picture showing how you are using them? you seem satisfied with using them over snap clamps. I may need to change or incorporate them into my garden tool arsenal.
those peppers look beautiful. My cucumber looks dead, but perk up in the evening. can anyone share what going on? I thought they were a summer crop that can take the heat.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/11/2017, 4:50 pm

@sanderson wrote:

Sweet 100 from Audrey.

Are you sure that's what they are?  or could they be Sungolds? I ask because I'm growing both this year and didn't expect the 100's to be orange. I need to be prepared so I'm not confused. hehe
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Post  has55 on 7/11/2017, 5:24 pm

Sanderson-san, what do you use the sorghum for?
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