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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/1/2017, 9:11 pm

OK, I cannot believe it is already September!  It was such an interesting season...Spring was wet, Summer, cool for the most part.  Fall?  Yet to be told!  I again failed to get a fall crop of anything going...whatever.

What are your observations from your locales?   Do you have things still producing?

I have peppers, straggler maters.  Potatoes in and dying back.  So soon.  Some cukes!!!!  Love them.  

Bummed that i didn't get any lettuces in for fall....always do this! Rolling Eyes
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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  CapeCoddess on 9/3/2017, 2:27 pm

Maybe you can still pick up a 6 pack or 2 of lettuce at a nursery?

Still eating gobs of green leafies here and harvesting cherry Tom's, ground cherries, green beans, zukes and April carrots one by one.  

Hark...is that a Banana pepper I see next to the carrot forest? And maybe a couple of tiny cukes?
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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/4/2017, 5:26 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Maybe you can still pick up a 6 pack or 2 of lettuce at a nursery?

Still eating gobs of green leafies here and harvesting cherry Tom's, ground cherries, green beans, zukes and April carrots one by one.  

Hark...is that a Banana pepper I see next to the carrot forest? And maybe a couple of tiny cukes?
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HARK!!!!  LOL!  Yes!  That is so cute!  I cleaned one of my original old deep re-purposed window boxes out...needs dirt...MM.  Depleted.  Needs depth.   I have a lot of this.  

Still some maters and taters....hopefully a few cukes..... .....
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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/5/2017, 9:21 pm

Fall-like here....

Swimming in jalapeño peppers.  2 plants.  Whoa!
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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  landarch on 9/7/2017, 9:53 pm

I've started fall beets, carrots, tatsoi, lettuce, radish...later next month spinach and garlic go in.  Still picking tomatoes and cucumbers...most cucumber vines have gone down with beetles/ wilt however a couple hanging in there and look really good.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/8/2017, 9:45 pm

@landarch wrote:I've started fall beets, carrots, tatsoi, lettuce, radish...later next month spinach and garlic go in.  Still picking tomatoes and cucumbers...most cucumber vines have gone down with beetles/ wilt however a couple hanging in there and look really good.
You give me hope, landarch!  I plan to do radishes, lettuces, spinaches and of course garlic next month....

I have some maters still going...and cukes??? also several squares of Yukon Gold that are soon ready.  

I have been so overgrown by the stupid foxtail grass....but I got one box cleaned and ready.  So yay!
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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  MrBooker on 9/10/2017, 9:20 am

My summer garden went kaput due to the HOT summer and very little rain but my fall garden  looks promising.. "so far".


Turnips. Planted in mid August.


Carrots in a half barrel also planted in mid Aug.


Cabbage bed:



Cauliflower and Broccoli in pots of my homemade compost.



More Turnips, Cauliflower and Broccoli in a 8x8 "in ground" bed with MM dug in.
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Fake Jalapenos. These are actually sweet peppers and go great on the grill after they turn red.



Green Onions were bought in March this year and kept in the fridge all summer.


Jalapenos



Green Ice Lettuce.



Raddish, cabbage and som-o dis and sum-o dat. It's ALL gud.. lol



Pot-0-Spinach.
 


Sweet taters in 18 gallon totes.



Last'est but not Least'est...  A few pots of radish.
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 9/10/2017, 10:02 am

@MrBooker wrote:
Raddish, cabbage and som-o dis and sum-o dat. It's ALL gud.. lol
For part of a second I thought there was a new Asian vegetable, som-o dis, that I hadn't heard of before... silly me
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/10/2017, 8:10 pm

Mr. B, lookin' good!  Love my Green Ice lettuce!!!!  What is the fake jalapeños you have there?  Is it prolific like my jalapeños?
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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  MrBooker on 9/11/2017, 4:23 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Mr. B, lookin' good!  Love my Green Ice lettuce!!!!  What is the fake jalapeños you have there?  Is it prolific like my jalapeños?
The peppers are called "Fooled you" jalapenos. Mine are very prolific.

https://www.jungseed.com/P/03035/Fooled+You+Hybrid+Pepper
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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  CapeCoddess on 9/11/2017, 11:55 am

MB, Your fall garden looks fantastic!  When is your first frost date?  Will you be covering?
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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/11/2017, 8:04 pm

@MrBooker wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:Mr. B, lookin' good!  Love my Green Ice lettuce!!!!  What is the fake jalapeños you have there?  Is it prolific like my jalapeños?
The peppers are called "Fooled you" jalapenos. Mine are very prolific.

https://www.jungseed.com/P/03035/Fooled+You+Hybrid+Pepper
Thanks so much!
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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/12/2017, 10:09 pm

Excited!!!!

Got my used (old library book) The New Victory Garden ( Bob Thomson ) in the mail from Amazon today.  This book is not in print.  The old PBS series was a staple in my early years, and based on CC's reference, I bought it pretty cheap.  ($10)

It is what you remember from the Victory Garden, which is in-ground gardening.  Which I am not interested in.  

But lots of great info and pics...

Garden wise, whole lotta things coming out this weekend.  A few going in;  radishes, spinach, lettuce, mustard.  

Ordered my garlic!!!!  Pinetree German Hardneck.  It did so well for me last year!  Will go in after Halloween.
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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/15/2017, 9:26 pm

Warming up here again.  I am going to also start some mache in the herb containers, and more in the ground cherry container for the patio.  That stuff is delicious, if you have never tried it.  Last year I put just a few plants in, and it remained evergreen all winter in the SFG.  I think this year I am just going to thickly sow it as a carpet, and maybe I can get a nice bunch every once in a while.  So sweet!
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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  countrynaturals on 9/16/2017, 10:10 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Warming up here again.  I am going to also start some mache in the herb containers, and more in the ground cherry container for the patio.  That stuff is delicious, if you have never tried it.  Last year I put just a few plants in, and it remained evergreen all winter in the SFG.  I think this year I am just going to thickly sow it as a carpet, and maybe I can get a nice bunch every once in a while.  So sweet!
Thanks for the reminder. I've tried it twice and couldn't even get it to sprout. I'll give it another chance now that the hot weather is over. Cool
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/16/2017, 1:36 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:Warming up here again.  I am going to also start some mache in the herb containers, and more in the ground cherry container for the patio.  That stuff is delicious, if you have never tried it.  Last year I put just a few plants in, and it remained evergreen all winter in the SFG.  I think this year I am just going to thickly sow it as a carpet, and maybe I can get a nice bunch every once in a while.  So sweet!
Thanks for the reminder. I've tried it twice and couldn't even get it to sprout. I'll give it another chance now that the hot weather is over. Cool
CN, as I recall it was a slooooow germinator!
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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 9/17/2017, 9:35 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:Warming up here again.  I am going to also start some mache in the herb containers, and more in the ground cherry container for the patio.  That stuff is delicious, if you have never tried it.  Last year I put just a few plants in, and it remained evergreen all winter in the SFG.  I think this year I am just going to thickly sow it as a carpet, and maybe I can get a nice bunch every once in a while.  So sweet!
Thanks for the reminder. I've tried it twice and couldn't even get it to sprout. I'll give it another chance now that the hot weather is over. Cool
CN, as I recall it was a slooooow germinator!
Yeah, mache is slow to come up. Thanks for the reminder - I need to check the squares I seeded. The ones I sowed should be or should have been up by now. I noticed the volunteer mache are starting to come up. Maybe I'll just move those...
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/18/2017, 8:15 pm

Yes, I just remembered it.  Starting it tomorrow.  I just remember how surprised I was at the sweet taste!  But small plants and leaves....but a survivor!  

Getting rained on now, so will do some heavy lifting out in the actual dirt!  

Melons over.  Got 2 watermelons, my last 2 Sakatas Sweets, and the other muskmelons are done.  PM moved in, but so did short days!  Cukes done too.  Will wait until MM dries out to get the Yukon Golds out.
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Post  nrstooge on 9/20/2017, 6:25 pm

I've been remiss about posting on my patio garden/containers - using SFG for spacing of plants, etc. 

I just received my fall garlic - will this do ok in container?  

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/20/2017, 6:33 pm

@nrstooge wrote:I've been remiss about posting on my patio garden/containers - using SFG for spacing of plants, etc. 

I just received my fall garlic - will this do ok in container?  

Yes. People have been successful with garlic in containers.  I tried it once and critters found it first.  Came up about 4" in the early winter, I mulched heavily to protect it with leaves, and in Spring, zip.  But it is done in containers, might want to put a barrier (piece of screen or something?) over it--and mulch well!

Thanks for the picture!  Nice!

Also might add this; the other theory of my total garlic loss from winter 2015-16 was the up and down, super cold super warm weather.  Thus the possibility of freezing/thawing etc. damaging the plants, so I might try ot minimize the volatility of the temperature, maybe put the container in a protected spot that will still get some moisture.  

What about others?


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Post  trolleydriver on 9/20/2017, 6:56 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:... my last 2 Sakatas Sweets ...
SR ... I noticed today that I have one small Sakatas Sweet melon on a plant I grew from the seeds you sent to me.  I had not seen it until today.  It was like it just happened overnight.  It's about 3 inches in diameter.  Hopefully, I'll get a chance to taste it before the weather or critters get it.  Very Happy

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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/20/2017, 7:03 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:... my last 2 Sakatas Sweets ...
SR ... I noticed today that I have one small Sakatas Sweet melon on a plant I grew from the seeds you sent to me.  I had not seen it until today.  It was like it just happened overnight.  It's about 3 inches in diameter.  Hopefully, I'll get a chance to taste it before the weather or critters get it.  Very Happy
Oh me too!  They are delish, ate my last one at lunch today....it will turn a bit yellow and be fragrantly sweet when ready!
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@Scorpio Rising wrote:
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@Scorpio Rising wrote:... my last 2 Sakatas Sweets ...
SR ... I noticed today that I have one small Sakatas Sweet melon on a plant I grew from the seeds you sent to me.  I had not seen it until today.  It was like it just happened overnight.  It's about 3 inches in diameter.  Hopefully, I'll get a chance to taste it before the weather or critters get it.  Very Happy
Oh me too!  They are delish, ate my last one at lunch today....it will turn a bit yellow and be fragrantly sweet when ready!
It's still very green right now, so I need to be patient. Weather looks great for the next five days with lots of sun and daily highs around 80 to 86F. Hopefully that will help to move it along.

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Re: N&C Midwest - September 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/21/2017, 7:56 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:
@trolleydriver wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:... my last 2 Sakatas Sweets ...
SR ... I noticed today that I have one small Sakatas Sweet melon on a plant I grew from the seeds you sent to me.  I had not seen it until today.  It was like it just happened overnight.  It's about 3 inches in diameter.  Hopefully, I'll get a chance to taste it before the weather or critters get it.  Very Happy
Oh me too!  They are delish, ate my last one at lunch today....it will turn a bit yellow and be fragrantly sweet when ready!
It's still very green right now, so I need to be patient. Weather looks great for the next five days with lots of sun and daily highs around 80 to 86F. Hopefully that will help to move it along.
Oh yeah, melons love the heat!  I can't wait to hear what you think, they are my hands-down favorite melon.  I am a fan of honeydew anyways, and I love the fact that you can eat the skin!  And they are generally prolific, but this year was not good for my yields.  Late start, not hot enough early....PM and I didn't timely do the milk spray, my bad!
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