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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #50 on: May 19, 2020, 01:46:34 PM »
We have having perfect garden weather, but I feel like nothing is happening.

That being said, the kiwis are about to flower, the grapes look like they will once again be prolific, the frogs are super happy (video link below) and self-seeding sunflowers are plentiful.

I planted a bunch of cucumber and pumpkin from seed, and about half of them are finally starting to put out some good leaves. Dan has planted some of his tomato plants (finally!).

But I need more... I will try this weekend to get some lettuce planted, and maybe a couple of eggplant.
And I still need to build the raised bed. I'm now thinking of making it a combination raised bed / cold frame.


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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #51 on: May 24, 2020, 07:36:23 PM »
It was a good day to be out. It’s finally warmed up and it will be dry for a couple of days. I intended to cover the veggie garden and put the vegetables in. I moved them out back, and then noticed how bad the dandelions were in the butterfly garden bed. That led to a weeding session, which led to the realization that none of the six packs of milkweed seeds I planted last fall survived the winter. That led to a trip to the local garden supply store, where I was able to purchase milkweed and several other native perennials for that patch.

Fourstring volunteered to plant those while I covered the veggie garden with weed blocker. The kids were voluntold to put the herbs in the planter boxes. By the time I was done with the weed blocker, it was HOT and we all decided to take a break. The veggies aren’t in yet, but they’ll hold until tomorrow.

In the meantime, I’ll cool off with some tonic water flavored with rhubarb simple syrup, courtesy of the rhubarb patch. 😋
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #52 on: June 03, 2020, 07:43:58 PM »
My peas and radishes are coming up, the drip irrigation is down and covered with my tarp and the kids planted beans yesterday.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #53 on: June 04, 2020, 07:56:43 AM »
Asparagus is done, had a good crop this year. Will be having a banner crop of strawberries and raspberries. In the flower gardens poppies are opening up.

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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #54 on: June 04, 2020, 10:17:35 AM »
For a second year in a row, my tomatoes are flowering but not producing.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #55 on: June 04, 2020, 12:22:27 PM »
Our strawberries are producing in decent numbers for the first time. Next year I want to sort out something like this system to use:

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The raspberries are going to inundate us soon - the bushes are just LOADED with berrries!

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I let the sunflowers self-seed and have been thinning them out. Dan hates this plot, as he says that it is a waste of space. Bah - I like the sunflowers. Plus, it is on the north end of the garden, so it doesn't cast any shade.

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The pergola is covering nicely with this year's grapes, and I'm still trying to find a female kiwi growing, so that I can get some fruit

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Dan has been really good about coming with me to the garden this spring. Sometimes he helps, Sometimes he just holds down the hammock  ;D

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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #56 on: June 04, 2020, 12:26:04 PM »
For a second year in a row, my tomatoes are flowering but not producing.

Do you have flowers that attract pollinators?
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #57 on: June 04, 2020, 12:52:49 PM »
For a second year in a row, my tomatoes are flowering but not producing.

Do you have flowers that attract pollinators?

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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #58 on: June 06, 2020, 11:22:01 PM »
For a second year in a row, my tomatoes are flowering but not producing.

Do you have flowers that attract pollinators?

If you have no polinators, well I guess you get to be the bee.
Needed tools 1 q-tip or small soft paint brush
how to be a bee: take said tooling and brush the center of each of the flowers

Your flowers are now experienced and ready to produce

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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #59 on: June 07, 2020, 07:09:41 AM »
Last year our brick patio started sagging, so we got it replaced. One of the things that we asked them to do was to extend the bricks out along the line of patio into an outline for another garden patch. Due to weather and other issues, they could do the patio last fall, but they couldn’t finish the garden patch until last week. This one will hold strawberries and herbs.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #60 on: June 10, 2020, 08:11:07 PM »
Beans are coming up, and the boy and I planted the greenhouse plants yesterday.  I also had a radish sandwich yesterday from mine, which I LOVE!  Radishes are always the first payoff of the garden.  Things are progressing!
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #61 on: June 20, 2020, 02:49:46 PM »
Have been eating strawberries like crazy. This is today's harvest.

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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #62 on: June 20, 2020, 03:36:03 PM »
Om, nom nom.

The new garden area got built too late this year to plant strawberries, but they are going in that spot next year for sure!
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #63 on: June 21, 2020, 02:43:47 AM »
Have been eating strawberries like crazy. This is today's harvest.

My strawberries are long gone, but the raspberries are coming in flush!

The near container is from two days ago, and the other one just from yesterday - with plenty more coming in!

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I am still amazed at the quantity of berries I get off of these bushes considering I didn't even know they existed when I took over the garden in 2017!
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #64 on: June 21, 2020, 02:46:38 AM »
The new garden area got built too late this year to plant strawberries, but they are going in that spot next year for sure!

I bought a large plastic pipe for my strawberries. I still need to do the work, but the plan is to cut holes in it, fill it full of dirt, and then plant strawberries in the holes. Sort of like this:

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I just need to drill the holes, fill it full of dirt and plant the strawberries. Oh, and figure out where and how to support it :redface:


I'm hoping that the tube will help me keep the runners in check, as well as keep the berries off the ground while they are ripening.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #65 on: June 21, 2020, 08:33:09 AM »
^That is a fascinating design.  I suppose there's no reason they couldn't be waist height- no bending to pick them.  Huh.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #66 on: June 27, 2020, 07:00:45 AM »
Getting there
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #67 on: June 27, 2020, 10:27:32 AM »
Getting there

Hay bale gardening, I just learned about this.
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« Reply #68 on: June 27, 2020, 02:22:29 PM »
Getting there

Hay bale gardening, I just learned about this.

It’s amazing. However, don’t miss the distinction between hay and straw bales. You want straw bales.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #69 on: June 27, 2020, 04:55:01 PM »
Basil is rocking out. Aura is making pesto today .  :drool:

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« Reply #70 on: June 28, 2020, 07:39:43 AM »
Basil is rocking out. Aura is making pesto today .  :drool:

I did that yesterday!  I got five batches for the freezer and one for nomming on right now.
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« Reply #71 on: June 28, 2020, 09:58:15 AM »
Getting there

Hay bale gardening, I just learned about this.

It’s amazing. However, don’t miss the distinction between hay and straw bales. You want straw bales.

Yes, I read that. Seem like a great option for tight spaces but not sure I want to replace them every two to three years. I would think the decomposition makes a mess.
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« Reply #72 on: June 28, 2020, 05:10:45 PM »
The decomposition makes dirt. Really good dirt. Eventually.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #73 on: July 11, 2020, 04:45:58 AM »
I learned something (!) this year about garlic and onions: they are not the same (wrt when to plant, at least)

I had put in onion bulbs last fall and the garlic bulbs in March. Turns out it should have been the opposite way. Anyway, I dug them all up today and am letting them dry in the garden shed.

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« Reply #74 on: July 11, 2020, 04:48:46 AM »
Also, I swear this pumpkin doubled in size since I took this picture a week ago!

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« Reply #75 on: July 11, 2020, 01:16:21 PM »
I have had a nocturnal visitor this week. Had an almost perfectly ripe tomato that was completely stolen. The next day I woke up to this.  Pretty sure it might be a squirrel.
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« Reply #76 on: July 11, 2020, 08:42:09 PM »
Squirrels are little bastages. They will do that all the time. I have heard that they eat unripe stuff because they’re thirsty, and if you put out water, they won’t touch your garden. I don’t know if it’s true.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #77 on: July 11, 2020, 08:42:38 PM »
Today I stir-fried the first eggplants of the season. 😋

Also, the cucumbers are coming in. I made a big batch of cucumber salad today.
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« Reply #78 on: July 12, 2020, 08:23:07 AM »
We have had grilled zucchini and squash several nights now. Kim made the first batch of pickles yesterday and is literally picking cucs for the next batch right now.  Finally got an umbrella for the table in the garden. It's the happy place.
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« Reply #79 on: August 02, 2020, 11:02:54 PM »
My aunt watched the garden while we were away for three weeks. It’s gone absolutely nuts! I picked enough basil to make 9 batches of pesto. Nearly all the cucumbers were overripe, but I wasn’t going to throw away 8 lbs of them, so I pickled them anyway. If they’re soft, so be it. I also picked a bunch of eggplants with a half dozen more on the vine. Tomorrow night is Sichuan eggplant. 😋
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #80 on: August 03, 2020, 08:11:58 AM »
I also picked a bunch of eggplants with a half dozen more on the vine. Tomorrow night is Sichuan eggplant. 😋
How's chances of getting that recipe in a PM? I haven't had it and sounds good. I do make an excellent Eggplant Parm, though.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #81 on: August 03, 2020, 01:46:32 PM »
I got it from here.

I couldn't get the hot bean paste at my local market, so I subbed in Sambal Oelek.  I also got Szechuan peppercorns from Penzeys Spices.
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