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Re: Care to share what you have learned in the last few months?

Post  Megan on 9/11/2010, 6:51 pm

Pole beans: 3 leaves, 5 flowers. And don't cry if you break a stem or two. Or ten. They will come back!

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Post  El on 9/11/2010, 6:56 pm

Remember to use inoculant when you plant peas.

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Post  acara on 9/12/2010, 8:57 am

@trukrebew wrote:Don't grow 8 plants of just 1 kind of cucumber...even if you really, really like pickles.


Gulp .....

I'm toast ... LOL

But at least I know what I'm in for.

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Post  Megan on 9/12/2010, 10:47 am

Acara, don't say we didn't warn you! Very Happy

When your produce is starting to pile up in your kitchen prior to canning / preserving, be very careful about piling it on your stovetop if you have pilot lights. (I now have a lovely raw squash with a small, circular cooked spot....) Embarassed

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Post  acara on 9/12/2010, 12:10 pm

I can use cukes all day .... same with pickles.... and they have been a lot of fun to grow so far.

The bright side......I could have over planted sometthing I didn't like.


At least after reading this, I know to resist temptation and not plant anymore. As well as the cukes have been growing, it's crossed my mind to rip out the stuff that hasn't grown well (Orange peppers), and replace with cukes.

Definately think the four monster cukes I have going will be enought for now ... based on my 12-day old crack-cumcumber that I suspect was fed raw meat at the nursery;







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Post  Megan on 9/12/2010, 1:51 pm

Cute baby cuke, very nice!

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Post  erbarnett on 9/12/2010, 3:52 pm

Do not install a SFG on a lopsided slope and spend hours carrying away hundreds of pounds of heavy clay, rocks, and rubble. Also, do not attempt to improve this soil with amendments when Mel's Mix can be created.

Spinach and lettuce seeds sometimes take longer to germinate than is described in Mel's book or the seed package.

Be proactive about pests. Cover the whole area with bird netting to discourage cats and ground squirrels. Put copper tape around the beds before you even think about planting vegetables.

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Post  Weedless_ on 9/12/2010, 10:19 pm

King Solomon was indeed a very wise man. He said "This too shall pass", and boy was he right!
I have learned that I (not plants) can survive the vicious bug attacks, no matter how many plants perish.
I have also learned that plants are remarkably resilient, and after being attacked by killer insects who eat them in and out, if you give them good care, will still come back and reward you with more fruit, as did my cucumbers and squashes.
I learned that store bought leggy seedlings take a long while to assimilate, but once they do, there's no stopping them.
I learned that you do need to plant each vegg in its right time. Some of them just don't appreciate the summer heat as much as others.
I learned that I can get really carried away and intensely obsessed by gardening.
I learned that compost bin isn't exactly smelling like bed of roses, and no matter what the glorious reviews say, flies do get into them, and they breed inside. I also learned that some sort of worms make their way into the compost bins, and I am willing to believe that it's a good thing.
I learned that while growing watermelons on trellises is a very cool idea, they aren't that productive and probably not worth the time and effort (namely making swings and running out into the garden to check whether they fell overnight or not) - organic watermelons are dirt cheap at the market and you can get ton of them, rather than waiting for them to ripen on a trellis.
I learned intense feelings of hatred and extreme disgust when it comes to SVB and pickle worm. They turn beautiful into sick and ugly and leave bacterial wilt behind.
I learned that the prettier the bug is, the deadlier it is to your plants.
I learned that I will be doing it all over again next season, no matter how many bug attacks I need to endure.

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Post  The Cat's Other Mother on 9/12/2010, 10:29 pm

Oh, I have learned so much about the euphoria of seeing things grow, and also about how they can go wrong. Insect invasions, fungi infestation, planting too many of this, too few of that, and this other in the wrong place or at the wrong time. Still, it is so rewarding to harvest my veggies when things work out. I optimistically planted some Fall crops just today: lettuce and spinach, beets and another try with the peas. Wish me luck.

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Post  miinva on 9/13/2010, 9:31 pm

I love to grow peas, and thanks to a sandwich I enjoyed this spring I discovered that the shoots are yummy too! I grew some for shoots and accidentally got some peas Smile

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Post  donnainzone5 on 9/14/2010, 10:32 am

Don't plant a new square without installing those cat-repellant plastic forks! My radishes are now toast ....

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Post  Squat_Johnson on 9/16/2010, 10:23 am

You must cover cabbage, broccoli and brussels sprouts. No amount of Neem oil seems to keep the cabbage butterfly away. I didn't get to eat any of my early cabbage, and only some broccoli. I planted some for the fall and covered them with a row cover.

You must somehow keep rabbits out. A few can clean out your spring garden in a couple mornings.

Voles like new potatoes. They like them a lot...

You must test compost for sprouting seeds, otherwise you will have a hundred little tomatoes coming up in your fall broccoli plot.

You must clean up dead plants in the fall, otherwise everything that goes to seed will be sprouting. (Anybody need a hundred basil sprouts?)

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Re: Care to share what you have learned in the last few months?

Post  trukrebew on 9/18/2010, 12:02 am

Weedless_in_Atlanta wrote:
I have also learned that plants are remarkably resilient, and after being attacked by killer insects who eat them in and out, if you give them good care, will still come back and reward you with more fruit, as did my cucumbers and squashes.

I'd add to that not to give up on a seedling just because it was damaged. After investing a few weeks on heirloom tomato seedlings that get chomped on by a chipmunk, you can't start over in late spring. But thankfully, those little sprouts want to keep growing. My formerly leafless Cherokee sprouts are now 7 feet tall!

I've also learned how primitively satisfying it is to eat food right from the source without even washing it off. Why not wash it? Because you know everything that you put on it during the entire life cycle. Sun, water, and TLC. And you can taste them in every bite!

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Post  boffer on 9/18/2010, 12:28 am

@trukrebew wrote:I've also learned how primitively satisfying it is to eat food right from the source without even washing it off.

You caveman you!!
veggie fun fun veggie

Wash veggies?
What for?!!!!

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Re: Care to share what you have learned in the last few months?

Post  martha on 9/19/2010, 12:36 pm

Corn doesn't have to wash behind its ears, so why do I?

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Post  Chopper on 9/19/2010, 2:11 pm

@martha wrote:Corn doesn't have to wash behind its ears, so why do I?

I never got the expression "Your ears are so dirty you could grow potatoes back there" until I grew my own! (potatoes that is, not ears)

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Post  LaFee on 9/20/2010, 1:23 am

you don't have ears?

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Re: Care to share what you have learned in the last few months?

Post  Chopper on 9/20/2010, 1:41 am

@LaFee wrote:you don't have ears?

arrrggghhhh Smile

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Post  Old Hippie on 9/20/2010, 2:30 am


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Re: Care to share what you have learned in the last few months?

Post  LaFee on 9/22/2010, 12:45 am

I've learned to not plant green beans next to tomatoes, because when the tomatoes rear up and threaten to eat the entire back yard, the beans get lost! They're in there somewhere, and I even found a couple of beans yesterday...but I can't find the vines!

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Post  CindiLou on 9/22/2010, 1:00 am

I have learned that I don't have to break my back to have a garden!

I have learned that hubby's squash can go in a bucket next year! It took over my little bed and I am allergic so didn't work on trellising it.

I have learned that my 4-yr-old grandson loves to help harvest but not to let him help plant!

I have learned that one 4x4 bed is NOT enough! Next year there will be two more. Then more the next year if needed.

I have learned I will NOT put cucumbers next to pole beans! Due to allergic reaction didn't move the vines when they wondered and was picking cucumbers in the beans!

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Post  Megan on 9/24/2010, 9:04 pm

Don't plant multiple varieties of pole beans in the same 4x4.

I did... planted pole limas in one corner, and pole beans in the other corner, thinking that was far enough apart. Well, it wasn't.... they grew into each other. Not a bad thing, but they have matured at different rates, which for me means that the pole beans are just about done now at the end of September, but the pole limas are still going strong. Makes it really hard to tear out the pole bean vines.

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Post  acara on 9/24/2010, 9:12 pm

I have learned that seeds are scary.

I have learned that cucumbers can get bigger than you ever imagined.

I have learned that god favors the idiot gardener (sometimes)

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Post  Old Hippie on 9/24/2010, 10:02 pm

I've learned that I want to quite my job and stay home and garden all day!!

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 9/24/2010, 11:26 pm

No matter how much you hate to put more than one seed per spot cause you hate the thought of loosing those seedlings when you have to thin them out---------do it anyway---cause you have no idea how many you are going to have to sow again two weeks later when you finally accept the fact that they just aint gonna germinate.
It just saves on growing time to do it right the first time.


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