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September Garden Report - So Cal

Post  Chopper on 8/31/2011, 1:29 am

Oh boy. Summer is over planting-wise - almost - and spring is here. For the next few months the cool weather plants take front and center. That said, it looks like it will be Santa Ana-type hot for the next week at least so no need to rush too much.

What to plant for Sept

Last month to plant:

Beans, Bush and Squash, summer


Plant any month of the year:

Beets and Carrots


And first month to plant:

Broccoli

Brussel Sprouts

Leeks

Lettuce

Peas

Spinach



And continue to plant celery this month and next.

Who is in for the year 'round garden???!!!!

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Re: September Garden Report - So Cal

Post  Chopper on 8/31/2011, 3:37 pm

Seriously though, I'd love to know who will continue their gardens thru the winter. I know Roseinarosecity will. Anyone else. And I know Floridians and Hawaiians can, but who else is able to go year round? AZ, NM. TX?

There is something to be said for taking a break from gardening and just planning for the next year, but it is too good to pass up.

Also - who has pictures of their gardens now?

Just ate the last frozen green and yellow beans from last year. Grew SO many last year I did not bother this year - that coupled with other issues - so was glad to have them. They were GOOD.

And if you did not see the Modesto post - if you have an overabundance of tomatoes and a limited amount of time, you might consider drying them. If you dry and then powder them in a blender they are extremely tasty and the equivalent on tomato sauce. Can be jarred or frozen in baggies.

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Re: September Garden Report - So Cal

Post  Lindacol on 8/31/2011, 4:46 pm

I plan on continuing thru the winter. I have garlic ordered and just started some delecata squash, plus will be planting carrots, lettuce, broccoli. No broccoli starts available here but I have seeds. Corn will finish up in a week or so. Tomatoes & bell peppers still producing. I still have some celery but will not be replanting it - it never tasted good. Cucs & beans have petered out. There is still some squash, carrots & green onions to be pulled. The holely kale will be fed to the goats.



I have one pallet bin of finished compost waiting and one cooking.



I saw the Modesto post and really want a dehydrater but can't afford $200. Has anybody used this one?



http://www.amazon.com/Nesco-American-FD-80-Square-Shaped-Dehydrator/dp/B00179DCCQ/ref=pd_sbs_k_1



I don't have a lot of counter space in the kitchen. Would it work if I set it up in the garage?



Might have to ask for one for christmas.



Will try to get new pictures later today.



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Re: September Garden Report - So Cal

Post  Chopper on 8/31/2011, 5:17 pm

Yes it will work in the garage. Anywhere. And it is a set up - take down and store again type ot thing. A tv tray would do. Look on craigslist.com and see if there are any out there for sale.

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Modesto Post Link

Post  No_Such_Reality on 8/31/2011, 5:50 pm

@Lindacol wrote:I saw the Modesto post and really want a dehydrater but can't afford $200. Has anybody used this one?
http://www.amazon.com/Nesco-American-FD-80-Square-Shaped-Dehydrator/dp/B00179DCCQ/ref=pd_sbs_k_1



I haven't seen the modesto post. Can someone post a link? I searched using tomato, modesto and drying and wildly varying combos, but I either got too many pages or virtually nothing and nothing that looked like it was a post about making dehydrated tomato sauce.



However, I do have the Nesco dehydrator. And a small bag of tomatos from the father-in-law who has more tomatoes than they can can at the moment.



So I'd love to try out this dry the tomato, make tomato powder and use as appropriate thing. Visions of instant home made marinara dancing in my head or instant pizza sauce for home made pizza.



As for the Nesco, I bought it for beef jerky. It makes wonderful beef jerky.



Should be no problem in the garage or on the counter and it does have directions for drying fruit.



So post a link to the Modesto post and I'll give it a test drive.

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Re: September Garden Report - So Cal

Post  Lindacol on 8/31/2011, 7:21 pm

@No_Such_Reality wrote:
@Lindacol wrote:I saw the Modesto post and really want a dehydrater but can't afford $200. Has anybody used this one?
http://www.amazon.com/Nesco-American-FD-80-Square-Shaped-Dehydrator/dp/B00179DCCQ/ref=pd_sbs_k_1



I haven't seen the modesto post. Can someone post a link? I searched using tomato, modesto and drying and wildly varying combos, but I either got too many pages or virtually nothing and nothing that looked like it was a post about making dehydrated tomato sauce.



However, I do have the Nesco dehydrator. And a small bag of tomatos from the father-in-law who has more tomatoes than they can can at the moment.



So I'd love to try out this dry the tomato, make tomato powder and use as appropriate thing. Visions of instant home made marinara dancing in my head or instant pizza sauce for home made pizza.



As for the Nesco, I bought it for beef jerky. It makes wonderful beef jerky.



Should be no problem in the garage or on the counter and it does have directions for drying fruit.



So post a link to the Modesto post and I'll give it a test drive.

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t2996p165-modesto-central-valley-ca#81928

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Today's garden pictures

Post  Lindacol on 9/1/2011, 1:38 am

Here are pictures taken this evening.

South side of 4x8 bed with basil & corn in front. Behind the basil bell peppers, then pole beans & cucs can be seen.

In this picture from the east, corn with orange bells behind it, then kale, climbing bush beans and tomatoes. Behind the kale is a sweet potato, celery, green onions & carrots.

From the north it is all tomatoes, behind them in the middle is green onions, carrots & celery.

In the tub is a sweet potato and delicata squash, replacing a tom that died.

Trellis with spaghetti squash & trombocino zuchini. They took off on the ground when I was gone for about 2 weeks and had already rooted several places so I just left them. They are wandering to the right.

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Re: September Garden Report - So Cal

Post  Chopper on 9/1/2011, 5:26 am

Wow. I know the first year I did this I was shocked at the shear volume of plants and I can see that in your garden too. Looks great. I love growing sweet potatoes. I have a 2X2 bed with a volunteer sweet potato and a zucchini also. I am thinking one of them might not make it. I guess we will both find out. Very Happy

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Re: September Garden Report - So Cal

Post  barmstr on 9/6/2011, 10:03 pm

I hate to say this but my garden was a bust this year. My neighbor had the same problem. Hardly anything grew. My problem was I put in new beds but DID NOT USE MEL'S MIX. Nursery talked me into something else. What a waste. I'm going to take all the beds down to bare ground this fall, build new beds and raise them 30 inches off the ground. I have two dogs that raid the veggies that are there and eat to their delight. The tomatoes will have to be fenced in. All of the ground based veggies will be in ground that has horse and chicken poop added as will as other admendment. A lot of work but have to get it done so I have a great crop nest year.





The best growing veggies were my Jalapeno peppers I grew in my Earthtainers.



A new challenge and a way of getting more exercise.



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Re: September Garden Report - So Cal

Post  PNG_Grandma on 9/7/2011, 2:10 pm

@Chopper wrote:Seriously though, I'd love to know who will continue their gardens thru the winter. I know Roseinarosecity will. Anyone else. And I know Floridians and Hawaiians can, but who else is able to go year round? AZ, NM. TX?

And if you did not see the Modesto post - if you have an overabundance of tomatoes and a limited amount of time, you might consider drying them. If you dry and then powder them in a blender they are extremely tasty and the equivalent on tomato sauce. Can be jarred or frozen in baggies.

Wow, how did I miss this?! Chopper, you can be sure the Apollo gardeners will be gardening year round...we started last Aug 1st, a year ago...and the gardens have been producing every month!

As for the dehydrator...we have the biggest one because my husband is nuts...he loves to do things in a BIG way...hey, take a look at the Modesto Central Valley thread ( http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t2996-modesto-central-valley-ca ) and you'll see what I mean! Anyway, our dehydrator sits on the dryer in our laundry room and works very nicely right there. The outlet is nearby for the washing machine and that's on a separate circuit so I don't have to worry about using to many things at one time. Here in our mobile home park the electricity was set up in the late 1970s and wasn't geared for all the "new fangled" things we have...computers, printers, microwave ovens, etc, etc...that we can't seem to do without! Anyway, the dehydrator works well and all is fine until we forget to put the trays back INSIDE the machine and just stack them on top...and then use the washing machine next to it...the spin cycle tends to vibrate the trays off, and of course they fall BEHIND the dryer! One of these days we might learn...ya think?? Rolling Eyes

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Re: September Garden Report - So Cal

Post  Chopper on 9/9/2011, 12:48 pm

@barmstr wrote:I hate to say this but my garden was a bust this year. My neighbor had the same problem. Hardly anything grew. My problem was I put in new beds but DID NOT USE MEL'S MIX.
Bruce Smile

Are you like me and can't seem to learn anything except the hard way? Well, saved money on a gym one more year while you tackle rebuilding everything. Very Happy

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Post  Chopper on 9/9/2011, 12:49 pm

@PNG_Grandma wrote:! Anyway, the dehydrator works well and all is fine until we forget to put the trays back INSIDE the machine and just stack them on top...and then use the washing machine next to it...the spin cycle tends to vibrate the trays off, and of course they fall BEHIND the dryer! One of these days we might learn...ya think?? Rolling Eyes

lol!

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