How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by Dark Cloud » Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:02 pm

Just peeked in the kitchen. Looks like we're having some home grown broccoli tonight.

I was able to get some pics onto photobucket, but not able to copy them to this site. I'll find the link and post that.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by NoAm » Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:24 pm

Dark Cloud wrote:Just peeked in the kitchen. Looks like we're having some home grown broccoli tonight.

I was able to get some pics onto photobucket, but not able to copy them to this site. I'll find the link and post that.
Wave the mouse over the pic you want to share, there will be a few different options, choose the one that starts with "IMG" copy that line and paste it onto yout post, it should looke something like this [img]http://i996.photoucket.com/albums/af84/ ... /001-1.jpg[/ig]
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by midgetyaz » Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:24 pm

I HAVE TOMATOES!!!

well, I have one that's started. I also have corn, cucumber, bell peppers and strawberries!

My cucumber plants have gone nuts, though and are now being turned into lovely vines that wrap around my raised box.

I know I'm totally doing this wrong. But I say that if something grows, maybe it's not entirely wrong.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by somberbear » Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:50 pm

little update - its been so wet lately i might be getting a blight... but i seam to be keeping a head of it...

heres this weeks pictures
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by NoAm » Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:00 pm

This year has been amazing so far! I have had a lot of fun with the tupsy turvys and we will see how it all goes once formally planted in the ground. It has been amazing therapy for me each day after work.

Added some new herbs this past weekend................Dill, Orange Mint (which is WONDERFUL in iced tea), I also added a bit of oregano that came back from last year.
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Here's the Topsy Turvys ...................tomatos and blooms galore!
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The Basil and Apple Mint are getting HUGE too! These Topsy Turvy's are PURE WIN!
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This weekends mission is to finish the rest of all the planting!
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Here's what we have so far
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The potatos are really growing fast now! This is my first time growing potatos so it's be a learning experience
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Here's the peach trees we planted 2 years ago, we will see how the pear trees do too!
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by Dark Cloud » Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:50 pm

Did some weeding in the garden today and accidentally harvested another pound of green beans, enough to fill a colander (maybe a two quart size?) 1.25 times, a zuchinni, two cucumbers (a variety I've never tried before, these are about a foot long, skinny and bent about third of the way from the stem - they are freaks, but they taste right), a dozen cherry tomatoes, one of my Brandywine heirloom tomatoes (not too big, just right), and three turnips.

I put plastic netting over my domestic, thornless blackberries as I saw mockingbirds and even robins eating the wild prickly ones at the edge of the hayfield across the neighbor's fence outside the window where I sit to write this. Looks like I may produce a gallon if God says the same.

Some of my sunflowers are six feet high now, but I hoed up two spindly plants yesterday as I prepped the tilled patch for the two rows (was gonna do three but had too few seeds or too little motivation). They weren't producing anything anyway and only about two feet tall, thick as a pencil.

I did some weeding over by the compost heap and noticed that it is not only in the managed garden area that I have wild tomatoes popping up. There are four plants struggling behind the bin! Some have flowers. I will be interested to see what these uncared for plants produce. This must be where I tossed tomatoes that were bug-eaten, split or dropped and rotted. Not all of them were heirloom.

I found a new vine of something growing where I did not plant it. Maybe I won't do anything to the garden this winter - ust let it reseed itself. I am sure the heirloom tomatoes and green beans would come back, but I wonder what else would...

NoAm, I love the idea of the cardboard. My tilled patch is so full of plants (intentional and otherwise) that harvesting might be a problem.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by rule4 » Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:12 am

NoAmnesty, what a great idea with repurposing that cardboard. I think I'm going to copy you.

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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by Richter » Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:18 am

what's the cardboard for?

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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by rule4 » Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:27 am

pmpmzd6 wrote:what's the cardboard for?
He is using it for weed control and water retention in the soil. There is a picture of it in one of his posts and from what I can see it looks like it's working great.

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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by NoAm » Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:05 pm

That's right rule4! I refuse to weed all Summer, so I am trying the cardboard gardening technique. Our neighbors did it, so I am going to try this method this year. I spent an average of 4 hours each weekend last year weeding, it was an endless task! I feel you should be able to enjoy your garden without all the backbreaking work. Hubby travels all the time so Little NoAm and I try to spend as much time as we can with him, usually only on the weekends.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by NoAm » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:04 pm

Still don't have everything in the big garden yet, but all is doing well. We have been enjoying the fresh herbs and the orange mint and apple mint are WONDERFUL in iced tea.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by Dark Cloud » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:04 pm

One of my sunflowers s about 8 feet tall and has a big flower on it. Some of the others are almost as big. I have one birdhouse gourd and need to manually pollinate the rest of my flowers some night this week. I have taken one yellow squash so far with another on the way and I have four spaghetti squash all going at the same time.

The Okra I planted last week has begun to sprout, but only three or four of the forty seeds I put in the ground have done anything yet.

Took six cukes today, someheirloom tomatoes, some cherry tomatoes, two handfulls of domestic thornless blackberries. I watered and weeded and mowed all afternoon.

Next year I will plant a patch of sunflowers for oil. I hear the black shelled seeds you get in birdseed will produce twice the oil as the kind of "confectioners" seed I am now growing (for humans not birds).

Also, I need to try another variety of heirloom bush bean. This variety even says it's "stringless" but sometimes, maybe five forkfulls out of a whole pot of beans cooked, there will be tough grassy pods that are bad enough without strings. Does anybody know if there is an heirloom breen bean that won't have this problem? I don't care if it is stringless - if I remove the string I know it's gone, amen?
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by NoAm » Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:13 pm

Very little of the okra that I planted came up. I think I planted 15-20 seeds, 2 came up, 1 survived. I figured it was just because it was last years seeds, but come to think of it, nothing came up last year either. I have learned to store excess seeds in the fridge to keep them longer. I just thought I sucked at growing okra. :roll: Needless to say I bought several plants at the local farmers market. :mrgreen: Ha! I will have okra dammit! :twisted:
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by Dark Cloud » Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:51 pm

Half of my seeds were from 2005. That might have something to do with it.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by somberbear » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:24 pm

update: youll see how bad the blight hit my poor toms. but other stuff seams to be picking up ... have been toying with neem oil and some other organic pesticides to keep the munchies away and the grass hoppers so far not to bad. also setting up my worm composter this next week hope it works out and i get good dirt.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by NoAm » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:45 pm

WOW! Lookin' great there Somberbear!

I picked up some Neem Oil, but haven't tried it yet. Weather and weekend plans cooling down a bit, so we hope to be 100% this weekend. I will post more pics then.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by somberbear » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:54 pm

I also ordered up some seed from seed savers for next year and for a fall/winter plantings .... so we will see.

every ones plants are looking good. hope it produces for you guys.... next year im thinking of hanging some of those hanging tomatos and strawberries planters and also running more lattace works for things to climb on and to get beans going see if i can cultivate a sheet of food haha

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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by Bridget » Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:07 pm

I harvested about five pounds of red boiling potatoes and a similar amount of red and yellow onions today.

Man, that felt amazing.

I'm stoked for round two, which will probably be... Russet potatoes and more yellow onions!

Grapes are finally going out of the pot and into the ground this week, along with the last few blueberry plants.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by NoAm » Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:41 pm

Everything still seems really happy, I know they will like the garden even better! Tempseratures finally getting a bit back to normal, so we will be busy getting it all in the ground.

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Lots of cucmbers starting to grow
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Great little ornamental purple peppers
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Topsy Turvy Tomatos are getting HUGE
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So is the plant, hope the Shepherd's Hook holds up
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Cherry Tomatos are starting to turn red
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Potato Plants are going Bonkers! Still not sure when to harvest them
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Upsy Downsy is doing okay, but nowhere are impressive as the Topsy Turvy, herbs are doing great! The Mint and Basil are HUGE!
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by Bridget » Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:48 pm

NoAmnesty wrote: Potato Plants are going Bonkers! Still not sure when to harvest them
Harvest potatoes after the leaves have died. Give them about two weeks after they yellow and fall over or you'll be disappointed with the results.

As a reminder, this is a good time to plant or plan the second round of crops. Today I put in lettuce, cabbages, spinach, brussels sprouts, asparagus, peas, artichokes, potatoes, and more onions. St. Louis has 122 days until the first expected frost, so I should be hitting the mark pretty well.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by NoAm » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:13 pm

Thanks Bridget! I have had NO idea what to do with the potatos. I think we have to wait until August to plant the radishes, carrots, sugar snap peas and lettuce, so they don't have to struggle with the extreme heat we will still be experiencing for the next few weeks.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by Cascade Failure » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:50 am

Everyone's garden pics look great. Keep up the good work.

I refuse to weed more than 5 or 10 minutes per week so I use the old straw from the rabbit hutches and mulch around the plants. If I didn't have the straw I would steal NoAmnesty's cardboard idea as well.

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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by NoAm » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:11 am

Everything, except for the greens beans, is in the garden. We will be going to get more fencing and I might pick up an extra eggplant and a few more green beans.
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I think this a canteloupe that came back from last year? I will have to pick up one more of these so it has someone to pollenate with :mrgreen:
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Broccoli and Cauliflower (we will see how they do, I think something;s been nibbling on them) :(
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Squash & Zucchini
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Cucumbers (The one in the cage is one that caeme back from last year)
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Red Hot Cherry Peppers & Okra
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Banana Peppers, Green Peppers & more Okra
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Outside the garden, Raspberries we planted
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Wild Blackberries that we happened across
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5 Apple Trees and a Cherry Tree that Mr. NoAm is planting along the side of the property
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Post by Dark Cloud » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:09 pm

NoAm I 'd love to see the garden once the weeds/grass starts to come in to see how well the cardboard acts as deterrant. My bourd patch is overgrown. Makes me not believe I spent days tilling it all iup.

Of course, mulching it with seed-laden hay was not the smartest idea I ever had...
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