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Re: 2016 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC

Post  yolos on 6/3/2016, 9:44 pm

litaco wrote:
@yolos wrote: How is your Tromboncino Squash coming along.
Funny you should ask.
I was thinking the plant had stagnated because it has not grown very much. I am thinking that is in part to it being behind some tomato plants that really took off putting the tromboncino in the shade.
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Is this normal for them to be so slow to grow?
I think we planted about the same time.  My largest one is 43 inches tall.  My second one I finally got to germinate is only about 1/2 - 1 foot tall.
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Post  ralitaco on 6/9/2016, 4:52 pm

Apparently talking TO your plants is a myth, but talking ABOUT them seems to work:

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Post  jimmy cee on 6/9/2016, 9:32 pm

@ralitaco wrote:Apparently talking TO your plants is a myth,


make this comment after carefully reading Teaming with Nutrients.
And I am dead serious about this one.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/9/2016, 10:14 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:
@ralitaco wrote:Apparently talking TO your plants is a myth,


make this comment after carefully reading Teaming with Nutrients.
And I am dead serious about this one.


REALLY? Hmmm!

RT, everything is beautiful! My mouth is watering! Hope my plants come through!
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Post  sanderson on 6/10/2016, 3:15 am

@jimmy cee wrote:
@ralitaco wrote:Apparently talking TO your plants is a myth,


make this comment after carefully reading Teaming with Nutrients.
And I am dead serious about this one.
Page??  First time I cracked open the book.  Wow, looks like my old plant anatomy and physiology books.  Serious stuff.

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Post  jimmy cee on 6/10/2016, 10:07 pm

@sanderson wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:
@ralitaco wrote:Apparently talking TO your plants is a myth,


make this comment after carefully reading Teaming with Nutrients.
And I am dead serious about this one.
Page??  First time I cracked open the book.  Wow, looks like my old plant anatomy and physiology books.  Serious stuff.
I only raced through this book, cannot seem to get away from that microbe read.
The nutrients book is much more difficult to understand, but the info I did grasp is astounding.
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Post  sanderson on 6/11/2016, 4:58 am

Jimmy, my degree was in biology and it absolutely fascinated me how perfect everything works, pure chemistry.

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Post  jimmy cee on 6/11/2016, 12:42 pm

@sanderson wrote:Jimmy, my degree was in biology and it absolutely fascinated me how perfect everything works, pure chemistry.  
If I had my life to live over, knowing what I do now, I would have gone into biology. My 2 sons did and are happy about it
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Post  ralitaco on 6/16/2016, 5:09 pm

@sanderson wrote:Jimmy, my degree was in biology and it absolutely fascinated me how perfect everything works, pure chemistry.  
That must be why I struggled...I didn't realize that biology was chemistry Razz
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Post  ralitaco on 6/16/2016, 5:10 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:
@ralitaco wrote:Apparently talking TO your plants is a myth,


make this comment after carefully reading Teaming with Nutrients.
And I am dead serious about this one.
I don't have that book, what does it say...generally speaking?
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Post  sanderson on 6/16/2016, 5:46 pm

Feed the soil, which will feed the microbes, which will feed the plants.  http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t20218-microbes-you-gotta-see-this-one?highlight=microbes

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Post  jimmy cee on 6/16/2016, 10:02 pm

@ralitaco wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:
@ralitaco wrote:Apparently talking TO your plants is a myth,


make this comment after carefully reading Teaming with Nutrients.
And I am dead serious about this one.
I don't have that book, what does it say...generally speaking?
It cannot be detailed in general terms, at least I'm not able to. put it all together, ( I did what I could ) and you will see a plant is very much like a living breathing creature. Talking, communicating in ways we're not familiar with.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/17/2016, 12:43 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:
@ralitaco wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:
@ralitaco wrote:Apparently talking TO your plants is a myth,


make this comment after carefully reading Teaming with Nutrients.
And I am dead serious about this one.
I don't have that book, what does it say...generally speaking?
It cannot be detailed in general terms, at least I'm not able to. put it all together, ( I did what I could ) and you will see a plant is very much like a living breathing creature. Talking, communicating in ways we're not familiar with.

This book goes into great detail about it:

"The Secret Life of Plants"
https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Life-Plants-Fascinating-Emotional/dp/0060915870

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Post  bigdogrock on 6/17/2016, 7:19 pm

You all seem to inspire me. CC, I just bought The Secret Life of Plants, I got it for 8$ including shipping, a hardcover (used), should arrive in a few days. I haven't been blogging much this week, I have been out in the garden having fun. Tonight is "sit in the easy chair by my garden and listen to the Red Sox and nature and watch the stars come out" night. Tomorrow morning I am going to wake up early and go sit in the same chair and watch the morning begin and just listen and enjoy it. I can taste the coffee now.
I saw TWO bats last night, one is using my barn as his/her base of operations against the dastardly evil mosquito population.
BTW, the DE seems to be working! Rock
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Post  countrynaturals on 6/17/2016, 10:08 pm

@bigdogrock wrote:I saw TWO bats last night, one is using my barn as his/her base of operations against the dastardly evil mosquito population.
BTW, the DE seems to be working! Rock
I was wondering about the mosquitoes until I read this part. Let's hear it for the bats! cheers
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Post  ralitaco on 6/23/2016, 10:50 pm

I know it has been a little bit since my last post here, but life happens...and mine has a lot of work and not a lot of energy lately.

Anyhow, here is a little update on the happenings in my SFG's. The cucumbers must have heard me praising them so they have stopped producing as abundantly, but that is ok. It gives me some time to eat the 4 that are still in the fridge. Meanwhile, there are 2 or 3 showing some promise on the vine.

I pulled up all my leaf lettuce and spinach since they all bolted and got bitter. That left me with lots of holes to fill, so any thoughts on some shade tolerant seeds or plants to try would be appreciated.
I am going to try to collect the spinach seeds or at least what I think are the seeds. I will have to post some photos later.

My DW has clipped a bunch of bunches of herbs and put them in bags to dry out. First time we are doing that so...

The tomatoes are doing well in general. The Roma are on the struggle bus but the Tommy Toe are rather prolific. The Sweet Million haven't made it into the house yet because we keep eating them while we dink around in the garden.

The Pole Beans have generated lots of vines. Unfortunately I was not able to stay on top of them and they have wrapped around themselves big time. The bean production is dismal right now. We harvested 2 beans and have 4 ready on the vine now with a handful showing a start.

The pepper plants are doing so-so. We are getting peppers but the plants are not really growing a lot.

The Eggplant have started to bear fruit. we have about 5 on the 3 plants right now and lots more flowers.

The watermelon are between golf ball and baseball size. I really want them to do well for my daughter...she loves them.

Lastly, my tromboncino is starting to grow/vine. It produced its first tendril and is about 4" away from my trellis which is positioned about 16-18" above the top of the box. I did this to give me room for my hands and arms because I struggled last year reaching in when the trellis went all the way down. Anyway, the plant is a lot smaller than my mother's which I planted about the same time. Hers is at least 3' tall and about to make the stretch from her trellis to her deck about 2' away. As for mine, I had no luck getting the first seeds to germinate and the second attempt took about 2 weeks.

Oops, almost forgot the yellow squash. We have harvested lots of them. I found that I like them a bit on the smaller side due to the size of the seeds. Unfortunately this morning, my wife found 2 squash with some sort of caterpillar in them...Pickleworm I think she determined thanks to Mr. Google.

I will try to post photos next time.

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Post  bigdogrock on 6/24/2016, 12:32 am

Hey Ralitaco, nice post! I have been hit very hard with a flu/cold/virus/bug/whatever- it has knocked me down for the count. I have been in bed for two days straight, and I am so thankful that my Angel of a daughter has been watering for me.
I am happy to see you are successful, I like to hear when folks are doing well. I think my garden is coming along, but I have to get out tomorrow and see what it needs, if I can.  Rock
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 6/24/2016, 1:15 am

Feel better soon, Rock!
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Post  yolos on 6/24/2016, 1:39 am

Pickle worm get me every year.  I hope they don't get the winter squash but they always get my pickles and summer squash.  I think we planted our tromboncino squash about the same time.  Mine went vertical 4 feet then horizontal along the trellis about 4 feet.  They really went wild with the summer heat.  I am not sure how or if they got pollinated because I only had female flowers.  Now I only have male flowers with quite a few baby females not flowering.
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Post  ralitaco on 6/25/2016, 12:10 am

BDR - hope you get to feeling better. glad your daughter is watering

Yolos - I'm jealous...as always

I know gardening makes me and my wife happy, but apparently it makes the peppers happy too...
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Post  sanderson on 6/25/2016, 3:40 am

@ralitaco wrote:. . . I pulled up all my leaf lettuce and spinach since they all bolted and got bitter. That left me with lots of holes to fill, so any thoughts on some shade tolerant seeds or plants to try would be appreciated.
Red Swiss Chard?  Don't know about kale.

My DW has clipped a bunch of bunches of herbs and put them in bags to dry out. First time we are doing that so...
I did that about 3 weeks ago and they look great.  I still need to process and put them in their jars.  I use old fashion brown paper lunch bags, hole punched and clipped to a clothes hanger.

. . . while we dink around in the garden.
Just dated yourself.  Very Happy

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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/26/2016, 3:28 pm

@sanderson wrote:
@ralitaco wrote:. . . I pulled up all my leaf lettuce and spinach since they all bolted and got bitter. That left me with lots of holes to fill, so any thoughts on some shade tolerant seeds or plants to try would be appreciated.
Red Swiss Chard?  Don't know about kale.

I've been planting bush beans in the empty spaces, sunny or not.

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Post  ralitaco on 6/26/2016, 3:45 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. I may try some Swiss Chard in the shaded spots.
I am also looking for ideas for Fall crops and suggestions for when to plant.

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Post  ralitaco on 6/26/2016, 3:55 pm

@yolos wrote:I think we planted our tromboncino squash about the same time.  Mine went vertical 4 feet then horizontal along the trellis about 4 feet.  They really went wild with the summer heat.
Here's a picture of my mother's tromboncino. Her seeds were planted about the same time as my first ones that did not germinate. Had mine germinated, I am presuming they would have reached his height.

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Post  yolos on 6/26/2016, 4:07 pm

That Tromboncino looks like it really took off and covered some distance.
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