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Post  sanderson on 10/9/2016, 2:45 pm

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Re: N&C Midwest: October Happenings!

Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/9/2016, 4:03 pm



One more!  Asters, feverfew with small bumble bee blur, winding down....
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Post  landarch on 10/9/2016, 8:56 pm

I just ate a few Indigo Cherry Drop tomatoes this evening and they seem pretty bland...won't grow them again.  It was a single plant I bought locally from a guy...Black Cherry is much, much better.  I've also heard Sungold Cherry is really good...I just have an aversion to yellow tomatoes.

Each year I grow my favorites, then look to grow 2-3 different kinds to change things up...I've tried a few of the indigo types and have not been impressed with taste, although they look cool in the garden...I think I've brown Blue Beauty, Indigo Apple, and Indigo Cherry Drops.  I've also tried Sunrise Bumblebee and it was so-so.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/9/2016, 9:52 pm

I get it.  I bought Sungold by mistake (mislabeled at nursery) cherry, and will never go back!  They are amazingly sweet!  Wanted Sweet Million.  No. Go.  

I grew great white, Cherokee Purple, German green and oxheart.  Cherokee pure had radial crack real bad.  All of them.  Great white rots on the plant...probably because I have no idea when they are ripe.  Similar situation with German green, but a little better.  Oxheart fell over and broke the steel support while we were on vacation.  That tomato was large!  But really tasty.

Do over?  Will plant my beloved and overlooked Brandywines next year. Probably oxheart with a sturdier support.  Sungold.  Not sure....maybe one each of the weird colored ones....and getting some surprises from Ginger Blue!  bounce
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Post  sanderson on 10/10/2016, 2:35 pm

Sun Gold was a pleasant surprise for me. The 2 in the BTE strip are still producing and one is showing over the side fence for all to see! A definite for next year.

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Post  trolleydriver on 10/10/2016, 2:40 pm

Nice flower pics SR.  Smile

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/10/2016, 7:26 pm

Thanks, TD!  The weeds and asters are all I have left blooming in the perennial bed .  The nasturtiums and geraniums and lantana going still in containers on patio.  

Yeah, Sanderson, my mislabeled mistake turned into one of my all time faves!  Not sure I would have ever tried them on my own!  Highly productive and tolerant!
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Post  landarch on 10/12/2016, 4:06 pm

Last year I grew Anna Russian my wife likes tomato juice and the description mentioned "juicy"...it was a super productive oxheart type, however no juice ran out onto the cutting board when sliced like other types.  I may give it another try next year along with Carbon, Krim, Granny Cantrell, Health Kick, and Black Cherry.  I need to find hybrid that tasted really good that lasts on the counter for a few days when ripe.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/12/2016, 10:02 pm

Landarch, I have some seeds from someone on here, and it is an amazing large, juicy, fill up the whole slice of bread for your BLT type mater....

I will look, germinated well. Really heavy fruit, needed more support than I provided and fell over and died in July.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/13/2016, 8:37 pm

It is labeled Ox Heart.  Huge, red, juicy, sweet. I think Little Sapphire sent them to me.
Also called coeur de boeuf.....en francais.


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Re: N&C Midwest: October Happenings!

Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/14/2016, 9:39 pm

JMGonna put my 1 inch leaves out there this weekend...regardless....chard, unknown other stuff, probably kale, and some mache.  

Beautiful full moon!
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Post  sanderson on 10/15/2016, 9:37 pm

Your moon is so big that I can see it from here!  It is pretty.

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Re: N&C Midwest: October Happenings!

Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/15/2016, 10:19 pm

@sanderson wrote:Your moon is so big that I can see it from here!  It is pretty.
So pretty again tonight!  Put my leaves in.  Watered.  Pulled grass out.  Radishes look holey, pill bugs probably.  Who knows.  Crapshoot, I am always too late or something
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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/16/2016, 7:32 pm

@sanderson wrote:Your moon is so big that I can see it from here!  It is pretty.

Me, too! SR, can you tone that moon down a bit p!ease? My bedroom is so bright every night that I keep thinking it's morning, even though the blinds are down all the way! Got up a couple mornings ago to pour coffee and couldn't figure out why it hadn't brewed yet...til I looked at the clock - 2 AM!!!.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/16/2016, 7:44 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:
@sanderson wrote:Your moon is so big that I can see it from here!  It is pretty.

Me, too!  SR, can you tone that moon down a bit p!ease?  My bedroom is so bright every night that I keep thinking it's morning, even though the blinds are down all the way!  Got up a couple mornings ago to pour coffee and couldn't figure out why it hadn't brewed yet...til I looked at the clock - 2 AM!!!.
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I know it !  Crazy!  So bright...cloudy here tonight...had a couple sprinkles.  Not much

I am waiting for radishes, I don't think the leaves will have time, maybe the one BSS.  .
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/17/2016, 11:04 pm

Weirdly warm, again....not complaining?   

But, still strange.  Stuff is out there......

Should be wrapping up my maters, but it is 78 degrees!  

Peppers still going.  They are cold tolerant at the end,  wonder why?  Not at the start....
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/19/2016, 7:57 pm

Pulled my hummingbird feeder today..haven't seen one in weeks, fed the wasps, though!  LOL!  

Going to get rain, so hopefully something will come of the fall garden attempt.  Always mis-timed...gonna work on that!  

Thinkin' about next year based on this year.  What are you guys learning?  Repeats?  Chances taken?  I was really disappointed in some germination rates.  

study study Notes taken......Thoughts?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/20/2016, 4:09 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Pulled my hummingbird feeder today..haven't seen one in weeks, fed the wasps, though!  LOL!  

Us, too!  Brought them both in.  Guess the bees will have to play on the mums and zinnias, and the wasps can suck on cabbage worms & slugs.

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Thinkin' about next year based on this year.  What are you guys learning?  Repeats?  Chances taken?  I was really disappointed in some germination rates.  

study study Notes taken......Thoughts?

Well, since drought seems to be the norm here now, I either need to water more than twice a week, or just accept the smaller veggies and yield.....UNTIL I can do a drip hose.  Not feeling moved right now but some day...
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/20/2016, 8:51 pm

I can't even do the drip thing...got an acre.  I know, the drought?  Was it?  Just a no rain period really screwed things up.  

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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/21/2016, 10:35 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:  I know, the drought?  Was it?  Just a no rain period really screwed things up.  

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I don't know about the norm in your area, maybe you could look up the history of each seasons rainfall amts for the past few years there. But here on the Cape this was year 4 of drought. Sad My first year with SFG was 'normal' I guess, but I don't even remember what that was like now.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/21/2016, 8:31 pm

I know....hard to tell.  I have only done this 2 years....still learning!
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Post  llama momma on 10/21/2016, 9:59 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Pulled my hummingbird feeder today..haven't seen one in weeks, fed the wasps, though!  LOL!  

Going to get rain, so hopefully something will come of the fall garden attempt.  Always mis-timed...gonna work on that!  

Thinkin' about next year based on this year.  What are you guys learning?  Repeats?  Chances taken?  I was really disappointed in some germination rates.  

study study Notes taken......Thoughts?

As you know we had a couple of warm streaks which made my broccoli and lettuce take off.  I've done fall broccs before and enjoy it so much.  Never did Autumn lettuce so being silly me, I over sowed 'Little Gem' to make sure some would make it.  Just my luck all 125 are growing like gangbusters, omg, all for 2 people. I missed planting dates for Spring lettuce so this is a nice surprise.  Peas have taken off,  here's hoping those will reach maturity before it freezes. I know some plants can handle a freeze, maybe someone here knows if peas can or not.
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Post  yolos on 10/21/2016, 11:06 pm

My experience is that the English Shell pea plants themselves can handle a freeze, but the pods will be damaged. Here are a couple of articles about peas and frosts.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/much-cold-can-peas-tolerate-75331.html
 
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/frost-damage-pea-plants-54330.htm
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Post  llama momma on 10/22/2016, 5:35 am

Yolos, thank you so much!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/22/2016, 10:30 pm

@llama momma wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:Pulled my hummingbird feeder today..haven't seen one in weeks, fed the wasps, though!  LOL!  

Going to get rain, so hopefully something will come of the fall garden attempt.  Always mis-timed...gonna work on that!  

Thinkin' about next year based on this year.  What are you guys learning?  Repeats?  Chances taken?  I was really disappointed in some germination rates.  

study study Notes taken......Thoughts?

As you know we had a couple of warm streaks which made my broccoli and lettuce take off.  I've done fall broccs before and enjoy it so much.  Never did Autumn lettuce so being silly me, I over sowed 'Little Gem' to make sure some would make it.  Just my luck all 125 are growing like gangbusters, omg, all for 2 people. I missed planting dates for Spring lettuce so this is a nice surprise.  Peas have taken off,  here's hoping those will reach maturity before it freezes. I know some plants can handle a freeze, maybe someone here knows if peas can or not.
Yea! I need to get out there tomorrow and see what's happening!  I have black seeded Simpson, a kale or 3, a Swiss chard, and radishes in!  I will try to find Little Gem, I really like it at the store, keeps well.
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