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My 2016 gardening experiences thus far

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My 2016 gardening experiences thus far

Post  Judy McConnell on 8/8/2016, 9:38 am

This has really been a strange spring for this NoVa(7a) gardener - lots of rain and cool temps caused some problems. The radish and beet seeds sprouted but did not produce anything but a few straggly leaves. Later the cabbage seedlings and pole beans did very little - small cabbages 3"x4" and pole beans - no flowers, no beans.

What was great about the spring was that my apple tree has made apples - after last year's late frost and no fruit! This year. the pear made no fruit.  So, I'm in the middle of making apple sauce - good for this winter.

Fourteen varieties of tomatoes are proving which ones to grow next season even tho I haven't pulled up the losers, yet. Now I'm seeing spider mites on a few of the container grown ones.  I still don't how people claim to get 60-80 lbs of fruit from one plant!!  I may be lucky to get 20 lbs.  My pride and joy are the Whopper and Mortgage Lifter plants because their fruits are large!!  Never had more than a 12 oz fruit before and a couple of these are 16 oz or maybe more.

Strawberries did well as are the bush beans.  More beans going into a cleared bed today.  Carrots seeds have sprouted as have radish and beets - looking good. Spaghetti squash plants are growing well and I see a couple of baby squash on them.  Picked up some cucumber seedlings, cantaloupe seedlings, and zucchini seedlings recently and maybe, just maybe they will produce before frost (late Oct/early Nov).  Have already picked a couple of cucs so things are looking hopeful.

All in all, I'm pleased with what is growing currently and plan to add to the fall seed planting today or tomorrow.

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Post  sanderson on 8/9/2016, 2:33 am

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