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Post  Dunkinjean on 7/26/2010, 8:30 pm

I am from Central Jersey and have been harvesting alot of cherry tomatoes (1 plant). I have received 5 large tomatoes so far and more coming (1 plant).

I got a couple of bags of bush green beans in the freezer already. Now they are flowering again and I see a few baby beans.

My pumpkin plants so far have only produced 1 pumpkin (for 1 grandchild)!

More and more cucumbers are coming.

Basil doing well. Going to try to make pesto &/or freeze basil for winter.

Carrots seem to be at a standstill for weeks - I guess due to the high heat. So I will leave them there & keep watering.

Anyone else harvesting?

Happy Gardening Everyone....
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Post  Chopper on 7/27/2010, 4:03 pm

I have almost emptied out my first bed and it is a little too early to replant.

Have gotten:
Carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, beets, green, yellow and black beans from that bed.

Love my herb bed. Turns a garden into a spa. Such a luxury having fresh basil, dill and cilantro. All of that is very expensive in the store. made a pesto of the basil recently - yum.

Other beds have given garlic, more tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beets, zucchini and pole beans. Looking forward to CORN, my one pumpkin (for 2 grandkids - ooops), sweet potatoes, celery, cukes, winter squash, cantaloupe, watermelon and more.

Wow. Sounds like alot! I have put up some frozen beans and frozen tomato sauce (tho that is my son's garden, not mine). The rest I eat as fast as I can pick it. Started out with a lot of borscht and now seeing more Greek salads and zucchini specialties.

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Post  Chopper on 7/27/2010, 6:37 pm

Duh! I didn't see that this was Mid-Atlantic. Sorry!

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Post  Megan on 7/27/2010, 6:46 pm

Hi Dunkinjean,

I am a bit further south. You seem to be ahead of me for tomatoes, though! Mine are all green and one plant is only just in flowers still. For my summer crops, I am getting pole beans, cukes, and rampicante squash, and looks like my peppers are finally starting to really get going with blooms. The pole beans are starting to get away from me; I need to harvest some more and then either freeze them or try to can them. One tiny tomatillo lantern. Basil doing great. Carrots are doing well too but I am leaving them in (after trying two just for fun) in hopes they will get bigger. I have one cob of corn that has silks that are starting to dry.... looks small, though. I'm not sure if I should leave it on the plant longer or not!
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Post  vfclead on 7/28/2010, 12:49 pm

It's been a disappointing first year of gardening after what was originally an exciting start. We got a few broccoli early in the season and the tomatoes are doing pretty well, though small, with only a few splitting their skin due to too much early watering I guess. Corn & beans were abysmal -- the bean stalks grew like crazy but I got few than a dozen actual beans from a total of 9 plants. The corn stalks stopped growing at 2 and 3 feet tall and the ears are all under 3 inches in length and 1/2 in diameter. Even the strawberries (ever-bearing) have had very few berries develop and those that did were mutant shaped. Two sweet red pepper plants went in - one is just starting to flower now and the other looks the same as when I bought it.

I planted some cantaloupe earlier in the month and those seem to be doing ok with a few blossoms popping out this week.

We go on vacation in 10 days -- so naturally my remaining tomatoes will wind up being ready to pick then. I need to find a "veggie sitter" to come water my garden while we're away.

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Post  Dunkinjean on 7/29/2010, 1:06 am

Chopper - it was great hearing about your garden!

Apparently I planted a bell pepper in my SFG back on May 15th. Several weeks later it was the same and looking a bit sad.

Then transplanted into a large pot with compost, soil, etc. It is alot happier but with one pepper growing.

Bought another pepper & put it int SFG - then same thing a few weeks later. Had to transplant to a pot. Doing better.

It seems the pepper plants did not like mel's mix for some reason. Anyone have any ideas? Could be the weather? Spring rained alot - but summer has been a drought. thinking

Oh well.

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Post  Megan on 7/29/2010, 6:47 am

My peppers have been extremely slow. I started some indoors, and direct-seeded others. The ones direct-seeded were slower but seemed to grow better in the end... but they were about an inch or two high for a long time.... to the point where I finally bought a nursery plant, thinking the others would never grow. That one already had a few peppers on it.. but even it was small. They are all starting to grow and bloom now. I don't have an explanation, other that that they seem to like the heat.
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Post  camprn on 7/29/2010, 9:40 am

Peppers, tomatoes, eggplants are some heavy feeders and love, love love the heat of summer. Now that it's well into summer, if you've not already done it, go ahead and give the plants some fertilizer. Now that being said, there are some years that are much better and some years that are much worse for them to grow well. For me this is a fabulous year for the peppers, tomato and aubergine and I may actually have some decent fruit to enter into the county fair. The lipstick pimentos are almost ready but the rellenos chilis, which are about a foot taller than the other peppers, are just now blooming and setting fruit.
There are some previous threads discussing the requirements of these summer delights. Good luck! Very Happy
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Post  Megan on 7/29/2010, 5:11 pm

Speaking of which... is there some magic button I need to press to make the tomatoes turn red? jocolor I have two fairly large green tomatoes on my Cherokee Purple which have been sitting there for weeks.
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Post  Chopper on 7/29/2010, 5:25 pm

@Megan wrote:Speaking of which... is there some magic button I need to press to make the tomatoes turn red? jocolor I have two fairly large green tomatoes on my Cherokee Purple which have been sitting there for weeks.

I had that issue too. The green seems to last forever. I do not have Cherokee purples - actually I may; bought a 6-pack marked 'heirloom' with no variety listings, but 6 separate plants - but I had the same thing happen. By the time I left last week, I had only harvested Early Girl. The rest were filled with green tomatoes and no blush. However, I heard from my daughter that she is now getting a couple of tomatoes a day. So once it starts, it is fast and furious. Looks like I may be making some more tomato sauce when I get home.

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Post  Megan on 7/29/2010, 5:55 pm

Good to know, thanks!
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