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PNW updates: It's time to whine!

Post  boffer on 7/1/2010, 10:07 pm

I've been saving up all my whining for the first of the month update: how are we supposed to grow warm season crops without a warm season? 6/14 and 15 my low temp was 38 degrees. On 6/23 we hit 75 for the first time in 273 days. That warm streak lasted about 3 days. Here it is 7/1 and it's not warm enough or sunny enough to warrant opening up my cold frame-where I'm trying to grow some tomatoes and peppers.

7 cuke seeds planted on 5/24-I got one


4 zuke seeds planted on 5/15


2 types of lettuce-waaaay behind schedule


Dixie is just killing me with her Peaches and Cream corn harvest already. I planted 200 seeds 5 weeks ago-I got a 15% germination rate-even with the plastic over half the bed.


Last year, I got over 300 ears out of this space-this year there will be none.


Trust me, my wife would plant no less than ten seeds in each box-she hasn't read Mel's book yet. Wink They were planted over 5 weeks ago.


A mess of pole peas-still haven't eaten any yet. I'm planning on planting more peas this weekend-who plants peas in July?


I admit, only the chickens' owner can appreciate watching them in the coop at night on a security camera!


I was able to find a lot of the squash seeds that didn't germinate-they rotted in the ground-do they ever stink when squeezed!

We have harvested potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, broccoli, and all the salad stuff. But it looks like this year we'll be buying our corn, tomatoes, peppers, and winter squash at the market. Sad

Hey, I feel better now!






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Re: PNW updates: It's time to whine!

Post  martha on 7/1/2010, 10:19 pm

You are breaking my heart!

Can you move?

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Post  Chopper on 7/1/2010, 10:33 pm

Boffer! Oh my is IS heartbreaking. However, the chicken-cam is brilliant. Especially since you would have to walk through ice to check on them at night.

This is nature's way of making us dependent on each other and keeping us all from being hermits. Trade/shop or die.

No wonder you have had too much time on your hands and have been making mischief on the board.

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Post  Wyldflower on 7/1/2010, 10:40 pm

@Chopper wrote:......specially since you would have to walk through ice to check on them at night.
.... in JULY! lots o rofl

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Post  dixie on 7/1/2010, 10:50 pm

Boffer, I'm really sorry your weather hasn't been cooperative. I'll try to stop complaining about the heat - it was near 100 every day last week, today just in the low 90s. I only had early corn because of SFG - the soil warmed up quickly & MM drained really well & didn't clump with all the heavy rains & I really pushed my luck by planting so early. I have some bragging tomatoes almost ripe & I'll have to post a picture, but I'll warn you first!

I have had problems with squash stink bugs. I have never had a garden in this spot before & they still found it. They hatch out on the squash & move straight to the tomatoes. I did lose my squash to squash borers, but planted 2 more in a different area.

As to the security camera, I've heard of overly protective dad's before, but I believe you take the cake.

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Re: PNW updates: It's time to whine!

Post  boffer on 7/1/2010, 11:02 pm

@dixie wrote:I have some bragging tomatoes almost ripe & I'll have to post a picture, but I'll warn you first!

Oh, I'm sure you will, right before you describe how tender and sweet and juicy they are--just indescribably better than the store bought ones that I'll be eating this year :lolsignwave:

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Post  Lavender Debs on 7/1/2010, 11:27 pm

I didn't put in corn this year; my garden is still a work in progress so no room yet. I did put in way too many tomatoes. Some of them are showing signs of stress from the cold wet. Siltz has given me two little green tomatoes. The rest just have blossoms. The three or four days that the temp has gone above 70 they grow grow grow.

Hangeth thou in there Boff.... I replanted cucumbers three times and now have three seedlings. Pumpkins and Sweet Momma squash got replanted. Somehow they have come up and I really should thin them before they get more than one or two true leaves, but life is such a struggle for them that it seems heartless. I gave my extra asparagus roots to a friend at church, who gave me two zucchini starts a couple of weeks later. I cut a 5 inch zucchini for frittata tonight (I don't really like zucchini, but my guys do, I can handle them if they are small enough)

Gosh I'm sorry about your peas Boff, I've been eating three different kinds of peas all month, still getting lots of lettuce, chard comes regularly, strawberries have been going into my salads instead of tomatoes. Been pulling carrots and beets, a handful of potatoes, a little broccoli, and herbs, herbs, herbs.

The beans look sad. I went out after dark to see what was happening. Icky earwigs! I read that a tuna can with oil and a little tuna juice will take care of them, I'll let you know. I'm just worried that the puppies will think I am hiding a treat in the garden for them.

Press on my friend, you are still the best there is, there is no accounting for weather ....did you hear that queen Christine has declared just about every county in Washington a disaster area because of the cold wet on the state crops?


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Post  camprn on 7/1/2010, 11:46 pm

Sorry about the sucky weather Boff. We had that dismal weather last year and most of our tomatoes that made it to July ended up with blight anyway. Hang in there!

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Post  Chopper on 7/2/2010, 2:34 am

camprn: I was in MA in June last year. and it was just like my visit in March. Cold, overcast and rain, rain, rain. It was the worst June for rain in over 100 years. I was wondering how the gardens fared. Now it's Washington's turn. Ayayay.

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Post  boffer on 7/2/2010, 12:17 pm

@Lavender Debs wrote:there is no accounting for weather ....did you hear that queen Christine has declared just about every county in Washington a disaster area because of the cold wet on the state crops?
No, I hadn't heard that. Must be an election year Wink

I know, I know: keep the big picture in mind. I'm not going to go hungry, and this too shall pass.



But let's be honest...:
I want to insert an offensive picture here that depicts my real feelings!

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Post  dixie on 7/2/2010, 12:23 pm

@boffer wrote:Must be an election year Wink


I haven't heard that expression in years!

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