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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Thu, 08/19/10 7:29 AM
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Amaryllis. They're everywhere, front and back. They smell nice.





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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 09/14/10 3:41 AM
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  Well, the growing season is drawing to a close here in beautiful AK. I just pulled the last of the tomatoes. The weather here has been unusually warm and sunny the last week or so. Go figure. I still have carrots in the ground though. Green beans did not produce anything!!  The damned slugs got about a third of the tomato harvest though.
 
  Last Saturday the wife and the kids went to a friends restaurant (R. W.'s) in Palmer AK. They asked us to come pick the apples from their trees as they don't use them. They are small but sweet tart Fuji variety. We got about a bushel full and the in laws got about 3 bushels that they will use to make wine and beer. While we were there he asked us if we wanted anything else from the garden as the frost will be soon upon us. He didn't want it to go to waste and didn't want the moose to get it all. So, we ended up with 2, 15 lb heads of cabbage, a gallon baggie of peas, enough carrots to use for the winter, red leaf lettuce, 1 head of purple cabbage, and some wonderful green house peppers! I tried to pay the man but he would not hear of it. He said that he only wants us to go to his restaurant if we are in the mood for burgers.
 
  As we were on our way to a Birthday party, we didn't eat there that day. I will be going back soon and will post a review when I do. This place screams Roadfood!!! Most of the produce grown out back goes into the food he serves at the restaurant.
 
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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 09/21/10 7:39 AM
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We had corn,tomatos,summer squash,okra and watermelons. Everything but the watermelons did well.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 09/21/10 8:01 AM
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most everything in the garden is gone except okra, which we are still picking every 3-4 days and some late beans that we planted mid summer.  They are just now bearing.  Another couple of weeks and we will till the garden under and plant some winter stuff such as greens and cabbage and onions.
 
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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 06/21/11 5:01 PM
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How goes it with your gardens this year?  We have lots of varieties of peppers going ranging from bell to Caribbean Red, several different tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, shallots, Rosemary, and pumpkin.  I'm planning on canning and freezing if all goes well.  Due to the weather, the garden went in late.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 06/21/11 5:34 PM
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I think that when I return home from my road trip I'll give the Topsy Turvy Tomato grower a try.  
 
The voracious green worms dine on them when installed the normal way.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 06/21/11 5:58 PM
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I picked my first zucchini this morning, and have been eating the zucchini flowers for about a week.
 
My lettuce is great this year.  I attribute that to the cow manure.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 06/21/11 6:09 PM
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You have cows???

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 06/21/11 6:20 PM
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Greymo

You have cows???

 
Me?  Just Bull****!

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 06/21/11 6:37 PM
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I have a bumper crop of weeds this year.
 
I have done my best to eradicate the invasive garlic mustard weed from my 1-1/2 acres of woods this year. Since it is a biennial I will have to do it again next year since the first year are just a leafy plant that grows close to the ground. The second year they become flowering stalks with thousands of seeds. That is what I pulled this year.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 06/21/11 7:34 PM
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I had to cut several trees this year due to huge storms.  I put them into a chipper and spread them on the garden along with some mushroom compost and it decomposed very well although the garden has to be irrigated much more often as the chips made the soil drain very quickly
 
We have several different types of peppers, okra, beans corn tomatoes, beets, radishes, squash, cucumbers and we cleared another area out and transplanted about a dozen strawberries which hopefully will turn into a ground cover with many times that amount.
 
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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 06/21/11 11:21 PM
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We grow a few herbs and lots of flowering plants but there's not much room left for vegetables.  We still rely on the kindness of other real gardener friends - so far this year we've received cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini.  No tomatoes or corn yet but it'll be soon. 

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Wed, 06/22/11 4:02 AM
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Just to let you all know, as I am unable to have a garden at my new apartment complex, I will be traveling, all in black, in the middle of the night, raiding all vegetables, herbs, etc. Beware!!

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Wed, 06/22/11 4:02 AM
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Just to let you all know, as I am unable to have a garden at my new apartment complex, I will be traveling, all in black, in the middle of the night, raiding all vegetables, herbs, etc. Beware!!

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Wed, 06/22/11 10:25 AM
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Joe,
 
I thought the flowers blossomed into the Zucchini?  You're telling me that you can pick the flowers and not jeopardize the vegatable? 

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Wed, 06/22/11 11:08 AM
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Pigiron


Joe,

I thought the flowers blossomed into the Zucchini?  You're telling me that you can pick the flowers and not jeopardize the vegatable? 

 
You have male and female flowers.  I believe the male are the ones on the long stemand the female are attached to the zucchini.  Just pick the ones on the stem, excellent with a seasoned flour and water batter
 
EDIT: Good info and pictures in THIS article.
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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Thu, 06/23/11 1:47 AM
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ann peeples


Just to let you all know, as I am unable to have a garden at my new apartment complex, I will be traveling, all in black, in the middle of the night, raiding all vegetables, herbs, etc. Beware!!

 
Lol Ann if you come here you will be competing with racoons, deer, and rabbits, so beware!
 
Andrea


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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Thu, 06/23/11 4:00 AM
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No  problem, my friend. Fought those at my last home and garden!!!

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Thu, 06/23/11 11:44 AM
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Zucchini.yellow crooknecks,Zephyr squash--they are like 2/3 zucchini green-1/3 yellow squash---cool looking, Patty Pans,regular and Armenian cukes, Roma bush beans,Dragon's Tongue Beans and green beans,basil chives three different heirloom tomatoes purple bell peppers, Italian green peppers,Moon and Stars watermelon,  Sugar Baby watermelons,cantalopes, and probably a few things i forgot. No hot peppers though---folks around here grow WAY more of several kinds then will ever need--i swap for the Sugar Baby melons!!! :)
 

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Fri, 06/24/11 4:22 PM
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Mar52 - My neighbor did well growing Romas in his topsy-turvy, which are finished now, but no worms.
 
My cherry tomatoes did well, but are finished, so I only have tarragon and chives. My sweet potato vine whcih is purely decorative, is doing well as a hanging basket. 
 
MY only plants thriving in this heat are geraniums, hyacinth bean, hen and chicken, kalanchoe, purslane, and Mexican petunia.  The plumbago is looking poorly, but it might be that I'm overwatering.
 
 

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Mon, 06/27/11 10:18 AM
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Pigiron


Joe,

I thought the flowers blossomed into the Zucchini?  You're telling me that you can pick the flowers and not jeopardize the vegatable? 


You have male and female flowers.  I believe the male are the ones on the long stemand the female are attached to the zucchini.  Just pick the ones on the stem, excellent with a seasoned flour and water batter

EDIT: Good info and pictures in THIS article.

 
Thanks very much.  I'm glad I asked!  Apparently, I only have MALE flowers at the moment.  If I had picked them all, I would have no zucchini.  Once the female flowers emerge and are fertilized, I will pick the males and fry them up.  Can't wait!

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Mon, 06/27/11 10:28 AM
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We cleared out a area on a bank that was covered with ivy.  We transplanted about 30 strawberries for ground cover and fruit.  Corn, tomatoes, beets, radishes, squash, cucumbers, peppers and other stuff is doing well thanks to the six inches of rain we have had in the past two weeks.
 
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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Mon, 06/27/11 11:31 AM
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Pigiron

Thanks very much.  I'm glad I asked!  Apparently, I only have MALE flowers at the moment.  If I had picked them all, I would have no zucchini.  Once the female flowers emerge and are fertilized, I will pick the males and fry them up.  Can't wait! 

 
With the decline in bees in my area being pretty noticeable, when I pick the male flowers I do a little pollinating of my own, and rub the male flower against the female flowers just in case the bees missed them.
 
Speaking of zucchini, anyone have issues with borers killing their plants in early July? Any good solutions??
 
Almost every year my zucchini start dying off due to what someone told me were stem borers. My only "solution" thus far is that I start new plants in late June to replace those killed in July. The second batch never has the problem. A friend said some moth lays its eggs in the stem and that is what kills the plants.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Mon, 06/27/11 12:16 PM
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Everyone has issues with the zucchini boers.I plant them twice like you and the issue goes away.  Peppers are going strong as well as cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, okra, radishes, beets.
 
Mamaw Smith broght me some fresh radishes over this morning and i had them with some seasoned salt.  Very very good. 

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Mon, 06/27/11 3:02 PM
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Tony Bad, I always knew you were a prolific pollinator.
 
Try Gardens Alive for pesticide free solution to just about everything.
 
I had a problem with moles.  They would suck a two foot tomato plant right down the hole.  The organic solution contains castor oil and works like a charm.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Mon, 06/27/11 5:31 PM
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joerogo


I had a problem with moles.  They would suck a two foot tomato plant right down the hole.  The organic solution contains castor oil and works like a charm.

Moles? You need to get Carl Spackler over to your place! He knows varmints!
 
 

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Mon, 06/27/11 5:37 PM
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My garden gets raided by squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, mice, rats and huge birds such as crows.  They pick the corn out of my garden..  I think that Michael  Hoffman suggest rat shots if you can see them.  I have shot at them many times but I cannot shoot straight.
 
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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Wed, 06/29/11 12:33 PM
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roma, beefsteak, yellow pear tomatoes...eggplant, scallions, cabbage, brussels sprouts, carrots, green beans, cukes, yellow summer squash, and my favorite - salsify...
calendula, bee balm, lemon verbena, oregano, thyme, chocolate mint, basil, hot peppers, sweet peppers, sage,  and alot of perennial flowers...

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Fri, 07/1/11 10:51 AM
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weeds... lots and lots of weeds.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Fri, 07/1/11 11:35 AM
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I will tell you what is growing in mine, mice, crows, raccoons, possums and bugs.  I think they get bigger every day.  I do not use any chemicals on my plants.  I do use a herbacide around the edges to keep the weeks out.  We have to hoe the interior pretty often.  I irrigate and the garden gets water almost every day.
 
Paul E. Smith
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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sat, 07/9/11 9:25 PM
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Picked my first ripe tomato today, and trapped the woodchuck that has been eating my corn stalks.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sat, 07/9/11 9:57 PM
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Was the tomato good?  And what happened to the woodchuck?

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sat, 07/9/11 10:35 PM
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Mutant carrots or vegetables in love?
 

 
Lots of cukes and blueberries, a few zucchini...and another good crop of weeds. 

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sat, 07/9/11 11:08 PM
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Gardening is weird here in Florida. We grow tomato's and peppers while most of you are freezing and during the peak of the season for most it's too hot to grow much of anything here. I'm in my third year back here and still trying to get it straight.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sun, 07/10/11 10:38 AM
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baileysoriginal

Was the tomato good?  And what happened to the woodchuck?

 
The tomato(Jet Stars) was as sweet as candy.  Picked two more this morning.  By tomorrow the San Marzano variety should be ready for picking.  
 
The wood chuck?   Well, he wasn't that bright.  When he saw me coming, he ran behind some cinder blocks, with no way out.  I blocked the entrance, got a box trap, forced him in it and release him where he will be trouble free.  I think I would have slit his throat if he ate my first tomato
 
Tony Bad, Where do you think little vegetables come from?
 

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sun, 07/10/11 2:52 PM
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Anyone else have a bumper crop of weeds this year? More than I have ever seen! Every time it rains, I love that it's watering my garden but any weeds seem to multiply like crazy!!

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sun, 07/10/11 6:01 PM
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Tony & Agnes, No need to ever weed or water the garden again.  After I put my plants in, I cover the garden up to about 3-4 inches from the plants with shredded paper from my office.  Then I continue to add grass clippings to the garden all season.  Next year, just till under what's left.
 
If you don't have access to shredded paper, use newspaper(no shiny circulars) and cardboard(remove any tape).  

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sun, 07/10/11 7:04 PM
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We covered it with paper the first year here. Last year there was not too much of a problem. Next year we will go with the paper again!! Funny thing is that we have had some wonderful cukes(taking over the garden) already and see quite a few tomatoes, white eggplants and cubano peppers.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sun, 07/17/11 9:06 PM
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Tomatos in a bag that 3rdturnpeg bought off a fundraiser from a friend at work's kid.
Not exactly a garden, but.....     Started from seeds though! 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sun, 07/17/11 11:44 PM
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What's growing in my garden??? NOTHING! It was 111 degrees hot out here today. Our garden season is from Jan to June and Oct to Jan ---maybe.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Fri, 06/8/12 4:26 PM
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I'm going to pick my first ripe tomato of the season tomorrow!!!! I bought a hybrid variety that is heat resistant. The rabbits got to them early in the growing cycle but since there were no blooms at the time, no harm done! As a matter of fact, it made them spread, a lot!!! So, I have several fruit almost ready to pick but no new blooms producing. I think that it is too hot for them to produce again til it cools at night again. FBM, I fee your pain as it is hot here too, but maybe 5-10 degrees cooler. Peppers haven't started blooming yet but the plants are very healthy nonetheless.
 
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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Fri, 06/8/12 4:39 PM
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lleechef planted geraniums, petunias, impatiens and basil. We won't eat the first three.
 
There's an Italian specialty store in Columbus, Carfagna's, that has been selling the absolutely most wonderful tomatoes. I don't know where they came from, but they taste exactly as if you just picked them off the vine on a hot August day at their most perfect degree of ripeness. Sweet and delicious.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Fri, 06/8/12 5:10 PM
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I have already harvested several types and pounds of peppers, radish, beets, tomatoes, two bushel of garlic and cucumbers.  Corn is getting ready to tassel.  I guess this unusual harvest at this time of the year is due to the warm early season, a ton of mushroom compost, weeding every other day and lotsa water from the Tennessee River.
 
Growing your own stuff ain't cheap but a lot of satisfaction watching it grow and mature.
 
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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Fri, 06/8/12 5:19 PM
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I expanded my garden last year and this year with raised beds.  Low maintainence and great yields.


 
I have been enjoying lettuce, swiss chard and chichory for several weeks now.  I took a chance and put some plants in early, and May was a wonderful month.  I expect tomatoes(Jet Star)late next week.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sat, 06/9/12 2:21 PM
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Excellent, Joe! We have so many farmer markets here that I decided not to plant anything this year. But there is nothing like going out in your own backyard and picking fresh!

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sat, 06/9/12 3:52 PM
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I went very minimalistic this year. Just some chives, dill, oregano and parsley. Along with wild strawberries and raspberries (which I claim as mine since they're in my garden), and a ridiculous amount of daffodils, lily of the valley, hens and chicks, yellow roses, and geraniums. I wanted purple pansies, but my work schedule wouldn't allow it, and now it's pretty much too late to plant them.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Mon, 06/11/12 2:05 PM
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Tomatoes, 18 plants, at least 7 kinds. Zukes and Cukes. Various peppers. Onions, Garilc Radish's. Various herbs, and last but not least trying Okra this year.  Moved mine to other side of house this year, if it does well, will expand it next year.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 06/12/12 1:47 PM
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Our yard is so shady we can't grow anything anywhere except on the driveway in pots. The peppers are coming in beautifully (japalenos, sweet bananna,green bell and some kind of long curley h
ot ones).We got wonderful tomatoes at the farmers' market yesterday, including purple heirlooms. With a great farmers' market, I don't need a garden! 

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Thu, 06/28/12 7:55 PM
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Break out the salt shaker.......
I took a chance and put some plants down in May.  It paid off, May was as hot as Hades.  This is the earliest I ever got a tomato.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Fri, 06/29/12 12:50 PM
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joerogo


Break out the salt shaker.......
I took a chance and put some plants down in May.  It paid off, May was as hot as Hades.  This is the earliest I ever got a tomato.

 
Nice! I am afraid my whole garden is just going to die. We have had no rain for almost a month. I do water but still we need rain bad. and last couple days have been over a 100 and more of that to come. Not looking good.


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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Fri, 06/29/12 1:50 PM
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We are also needing rain here in Versailles, KY.  I feel very sorry for the farmers.  It's just the two of us here, so we have a small garden with tomatoes, peppers, saffron, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, and that's about it.  The tomatoes will make for good canning for the Winter, as will the peppers for drying/canning.  This weather is terrible. 


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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Fri, 06/29/12 4:07 PM
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fishtaco & AndreaB, besides one crop damaging thunder storm, we have been very dry also.  
 
I have been mulching with shredded newspaper, grass clippings, compost and wood chips as the plants were growing.  Right now there is a good 6" base of mulch which holds the moisture in.  I only watered for about two weeks after I put the plants in.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Fri, 06/29/12 5:06 PM
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mbrookes

We got wonderful tomatoes at the farmers' market yesterday, including purple heirlooms. With a great farmers' market, I don't need a garden! 

The only two things that money can't buy is True Love and Home-Grown Tomatoes!!!!

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sun, 07/1/12 10:51 AM
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Nothing - it's too hot, I have no shade and temps are in the
90's. My neighbor was giving me some of his tomatoes, and lets me pick me his rosemary when I need it.  Up til early May I had tarragon, thyme, and flat-leafed parsley which I sorely miss being able to clip when cooking.  Some of my flowering plants have evolved over a 2-3 year trial and error  period and actually do fine with the sun and heat, what a friend calls her "Darwinian" approach to gardening.
 

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Sun, 07/1/12 11:29 AM
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We have picked several bushels of tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, squash, beets and peppers,  We are blessed with have the Tennessee River in our back yard and we lay down several thousand gallons of water each day.  It really makes the garden grown although it is tough to keep it weeded, I do.
 
Cucumbers and tomatoes have about completed producing.  I will be picking peaches and cream corn next Tuesday for our cookout.  I will have the water boiling before I pick it.  Mamaw has canned about 24 quarts of beets and about the same amount of relish.
 
After we pick the corn, we are going to strip the garden of everything except peppers and squash that is still bearing  and till it again and get ready for fall veggies.
 
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Knoxville, TN

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 07/10/12 4:09 PM
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I am afraid mine is done for the year. Zuke and Cukes are almost dead. Ocra nothing. Tomatoes. A few golf ball size, but none ripe. Peppers might make it but I doubt it. No rain to many 100 + days.
 
And for miles around the corn and soybeans fields are brown.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 07/10/12 5:31 PM
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Mamaw Smith and I picked 80 ears of peaches and cream corn, a bushel of a combination of sweet bell, jalapeno and hot banana peppers, a bushel of tomatoes and the last of the cucumbers.  We will be pickiing peppers till fall. We got Thai and habanero coming on strong and both are extremely hot.   We also got butternut squash that will be ready in about a couple of weeks.  I will start wrecking the garden in the next few days and till it for the fall crops of greens and other goodies.
 
We blanched the corn on the cob and then froze it.  We are making hot pepper relish out of the bushel of peppers.
 
We are blessed with the Tennessee River that borders both our properties and we irrigate daily.
 
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Knoxville, TN

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 07/10/12 7:05 PM
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Hey Paul, I am envious of your growing season.  I would estimate you are a full two months ahead of me.  Which = better fall crops.  Enjoy!

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Tue, 07/10/12 7:23 PM
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fishtaco


I am afraid mine is done for the year. Zuke and Cukes are almost dead. Ocra nothing. Tomatoes. A few golf ball size, but none ripe. Peppers might make it but I doubt it. No rain to many 100 + days.

And for miles around the corn and soybeans fields are brown.

Yup, everything here is gone also. If we're really, really lucky, the irrigated corn on area farms will come in, but it's not looking good. I don't even have weeds any more; everything is dead.

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Re:So... What's growing in your garden? - Wed, 07/11/12 2:40 PM
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Right now:
Basil
Lemons
Cherries
Oranges
Grapefruit
 
But i'm hoping to add tomatoes soon!

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