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2011-05-17 2:16 PM
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CitySky - 2011-05-17 10:56 AM

The spring greens, particularly the broccoli-rabe, got all yellowed out and bug-eaten, which was disappointing.  Spinach has been good and lettuce fantastic, however.  Waiting for the garlic to be ready.

My lettuces are doing great too - both the seedlings and the ones I planted from seed.  Sorry to hear you have bug issues.  We have had bucket loads of rain.  I only planted spinach from seed and it is growing so slowly that I don't know if I will have edible spinach this year.  So disappointed because I like spinach more than lettuce.  Broccoli has small heads but I am afraid it is going to go to flower before it is big enough to eat.  No cauli heads appearing.

Herbs are doing great.  Except for lavender which I planted in the ground, everything is in pots on the deck.  Seedlings are growing like crazy - red basil, lemon balm, peppermint, chocolate mint, spearmint, rosemary and parsley.  Sweet basil is growing from seed and is slow but I think it will be OK.  Cilantro growing from seed is also slow but I put it outside recently and am hoping all this rain doesn't kill it off.  I have oregano growing from seed but I don't remember which of my seedlings it is!  They all look the same when they are about 1/2 inch tall!

So I read a gardening tip and decided to go with it.  Get a bag of top soil and cut a big hole in the top.  You can either use it for sprouting seeds inside, which is what I have done and I have it sitting on a small table in our sunroom, or you can plant say a tomato seedling, or other annuals, cut slits in the bottom, then put the whole bag outside on the ground where you want to grow and eventually have a garden.  At the end of the growing season, pull out the bag.  You have a ready made garden bed for the following growing season.  The bag will take care of the grass that was underneath, you will have soil mixed with organic stuff from the dead annuals.  You can obviously only do this with plants that don't have deep root systems.  I am told it works well with tomatoes and annual herbs.



2011-05-17 2:25 PM
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Square Foot Gardening FTW!!!!  2 types of tomatoes, zuchinni, watermelon, spinach, romain, mesculun (sp?), green bells, red bells, poblanos, cilantro, italian parsley, cucumbers, and basil.  All in a 4 x 4 square.

2011-05-17 2:57 PM
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uhcoog - 2011-05-17 3:25 PM

Square Foot Gardening FTW!!!!  2 types of tomatoes, zuchinni, watermelon, spinach, romain, mesculun (sp?), green bells, red bells, poblanos, cilantro, italian parsley, cucumbers, and basil.  All in a 4 x 4 square.

 

AWESOME!

2011-05-17 4:07 PM
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Just made probably half a gallon of pesto using herbs out of our garden.

2011-05-17 8:49 PM
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the potato plants froze the other night......    
2011-05-17 9:53 PM
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bootygirl - 2011-05-17 8:49 PM the potato plants froze the other night......    

But I just learned that they will resprout!   yeah!


2011-05-18 8:51 AM
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ugh... our temps have gone from low 90s one week to low 40s some nights.  Quite strange, and my garden is growing in some weird stages.  The bell peppers are hating it and don't even seem to be getting started.  The first tomatoes all cracked, which I read can happen with big temp swings as it can affect the skin elasticity.  A bunch of new tomatoes are on the vine now though.  Cayennes are doing pretty well, and the cukes and squash are growing like wild fire.  No veges to pick yet though.  Carrot and onion coming along slowly but surely, and the herbs are doing so so. 

I need heat!!!
2011-05-18 9:49 AM
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I think I am going to lose my first two tomato plants.  I didn't know about this thing called hardening.  I am hoping they might survive but it isn't looking promising.
2011-05-18 9:57 AM
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sesh - 2011-05-18 8:51 AM ugh... our temps have gone from low 90s one week to low 40s some nights.  Quite strange, and my garden is growing in some weird stages.  The bell peppers are hating it and don't even seem to be getting started.  The first tomatoes all cracked, which I read can happen with big temp swings as it can affect the skin elasticity.  A bunch of new tomatoes are on the vine now though.  Cayennes are doing pretty well, and the cukes and squash are growing like wild fire.  No veges to pick yet though.  Carrot and onion coming along slowly but surely, and the herbs are doing so so. 

I need heat!!!

so funny - you are hoping for yeild and I just wish I could plant.....
2011-05-18 11:09 AM
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bootygirl - 2011-05-18 9:57 AM
sesh - 2011-05-18 8:51 AM ugh... our temps have gone from low 90s one week to low 40s some nights.  Quite strange, and my garden is growing in some weird stages.  The bell peppers are hating it and don't even seem to be getting started.  The first tomatoes all cracked, which I read can happen with big temp swings as it can affect the skin elasticity.  A bunch of new tomatoes are on the vine now though.  Cayennes are doing pretty well, and the cukes and squash are growing like wild fire.  No veges to pick yet though.  Carrot and onion coming along slowly but surely, and the herbs are doing so so. 

I need heat!!!

so funny - you are hoping for yeild and I just wish I could plant.....


And one of my buddies on the MS Coast is already cooking with what he's been picking.  He put a pic up on facebook of a Bell Pepper the size of a soft ball.   Jealous.
2011-06-27 8:18 AM
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Finally picked my first squash yesterday! It looks like tomatoes will be coming in in about two weeks as well.



2011-06-27 10:02 AM
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No pics available here at work, but...

So far I've made, ten pints of pickles (spears and slices), a bunch of jalapeno garlic hot sauce, some cayenne hot sauce, and had a few salads of home grown lettuce, maters, and cukes.  Actually ate my very first ever home grown eggplant yesterday as well. 
2011-06-27 10:40 AM
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sesh - 2011-06-27 11:02 AM No pics available here at work, but...

So far I've made, ten pints of pickles (spears and slices), a bunch of jalapeno garlic hot sauce, some cayenne hot sauce, and had a few salads of home grown lettuce, maters, and cukes.  Actually ate my very first ever home grown eggplant yesterday as well. 

Any chance you would be willing to share your jalapeno garlic hot sauce recipe?  That sounds awesome!

Gotta brag on my tomatoes: the pic below was taken 6/22, so it has grown even more since then, but this is my beefmaster tomato standing at 6'8"!  As you can see, the others aren't exactly slackers, either!  We've picked 8 tomatoes off a different plant already and have more that will be ready in a day or so, plus have harvested zuchinni and cukes and peppers, too!  Love it! 





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2011-06-27 12:44 PM
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melbo55 - 2011-06-27 10:40 AM

 

Any chance you would be willing to share your jalapeno garlic hot sauce recipe?  That sounds awesome!

Gotta brag on my tomatoes: the pic below was taken 6/22, so it has grown even more since then, but this is my beefmaster tomato standing at 6'8"!  As you can see, the others aren't exactly slackers, either!  We've picked 8 tomatoes off a different plant already and have more that will be ready in a day or so, plus have harvested zuchinni and cukes and peppers, too!  Love it! 



The basics were rough chopped jalapenos (about 10 of them), four cloves of garlic chopped, and 2tbsp of pickling(canning) salt.  Put that in a pot, pour in white vinegar until covered... plus a little more, and then a little more.  Bring it to a boil, reduce and simmer about 20-30 minutes (hence the little extra to account for boil off).  Put it in a blender, puree, then strain.  I actually put the remaining pulp in the bottom of a jar to make pickle spears.  Those are my bloody mary pickles

I had a bunch left over so I handed some of the hot sauce out to friends and family.  Now I've got a bunch of people begging for more.  I'm going to try to get more specific with the measurements.  As in weight of peppers, volume of vinegar and salt, and how much garlic because I really want to be able to reproduce it over and over and over.  My wife actually told me to measure the stuff when I made it in case it turned out good.   I didn't listen

I'll update (with pics) later.  But it was really as simple as reading the back of a hot sauce bottle at the store and seeing the ingredients were peppers, vinegar, and salt.  I like garlic, so I decided to add it, too.
2011-06-27 3:00 PM
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As usual I was about a month late getting seeds in, so everything is just now sprouting.  In my defense, our last frost date is usually Memorial Day and our lilacs are still blooming.

However, I LOVE arugula -- just found out this year that it's a perennial!! So I planted another 4 square feet of it. 

And this fall I have to remember to do a late seeding of greens because what didn't sprout last fall sprouted this spring.  Much nicer than going out in the cold wet weather to get seeds in the ground.

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2011-06-30 12:29 PM
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ride_like_u_stole_it - 2011-05-09 9:30 AM I have down-sized my garden significantly, but I think it's much cooler than the truck-patch I used to try to keep. I'm down to 16x25 from 42x180

Here's part of the split rail fence I buitl last year. It's entirely made of black locust wich is difficult to split, but will last for decades.



Here's the garden gate (also black locust)



Here's the plants all set. Tomatoes (20 plants) Brandywines, Cherokee Purples, and one I forget the name of, but it will produce green-ish when ripe fruit, Bell Peppers (4), Anaheim green chilis (4), Cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, basil, cilantro, 2 kinds of parsley, rosemary, thyme, Swiss chard, and marigolds. I already have a strong stand of sage, mint, and oregano.





Here's the dry-laid fieldstone patio I also built last year. It's 12x18 and contains about 150 stones that weigh up to 250 pounds. It overlooks the garden. I built the stone wall a couple of years ago. The only power equipment used was my pick-up truck to move the stones out of the woods.

Some women drool over the BT Men's thread and some women (like me) see craftsmanship/work like this and get all wistful.

Beautiful work, Dave. Got an older brother?

2011-06-30 9:39 PM
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How on earth do you post pics?





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Our yearly staples are yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, and onions.  This year we also are trying to grow some beets and carrots after eating an inspiring root salad at a local resaurant.  I do have a question about a bug that takes over our squash plants every year.  It is brownish-grey and attacks the leaves of the plant, causing it to wilt.  Anyone know of a way to kill the bug or protect the plant?
2011-07-03 3:32 PM
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Thanks Renee,No brother, though.Made squash zuccinni corn fritters with shrimp for dinner tonight.
2011-07-03 6:25 PM
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ride_like_u_stole_it - 2011-07-03 4:32 PM Thanks Renee,No brother, though.Made squash zuccinni corn fritters with shrimp for dinner tonight.

Now yer jus' gloating.



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jacasa - 2011-06-30 9:39 PM How on earth do you post pics?

Have the link/URL of where picture is saved (but not on your local computer hard disk), ex. taken from above -
http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/photos/get-photo.asp?photoid=134691

When you create your post (or reply) and you are using the HTML editing feature, you'll see the button bar above the message area (below the Subject line).
Click on the little tree icon (Insert/edit image, it's to the right of the little anchor icon).
In the General tab, to the right of the "Image URL" field, paste your link/URL.
Click Insert.

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1stTimeTri - 2011-07-03 7:30 PM

<p>
jacasa - 2011-06-30 9:39 PM How on earth do you post pics?
</p><p>Have the link/URL of where picture is saved (but not on your local computer hard disk), ex. taken from above -<br /><a href="/discussion/photos/get-photo.asp?photoid=134691">http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/photos/get-photo.asp?photoid=134691</a></p><p>When you create your post (or reply) and you are using the HTML editing feature, you'll see the button bar above the message area (below the Subject line).<br />Click on the little tree icon (Insert/edit image, it's to the right of the little anchor icon).<br />In the General tab, to the right of the "Image URL" field, paste your link/URL.<br />Click Insert.</p>


Thanks for the effort, but you are speaking to a complete computer dork. So, viualize tomatoes (4 types), peppers (3 types), garlic, pole beans, broccoli, lettuce (3 types), and then a whole different herb garden. I always said in my next life I am going to have my own roadside stand of veggies (just have to figure out how to make a living out of it).

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2011-08-29 11:26 PM
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Here is your garden report from my part of the Truckee Meadows:

Tomatoes:   5 kinds - two are giving ripe tomatoes, plus the volunteer cherry tomatoe that is growing out of a crack in my driveway.   but not as good as last year.
Beets and carrots - going strong
Zuccini- bumper crop - like a 4-way vine going.   I normally have gotten two directions of vines.
Eggplants - three plants is too much
Basil - never enough, but doing respectably.
Other herbs - I whacked back the mint, oregano, sage and thyme and took it to work for free in the break room - very popular, especially the mint.
onions - ok.   they were purple onions and are only purple on the outside.
lemon cucumbers - coming in at a bout 2 a day.   Nice refridgerator pickles with the sort of purple onions and a bit of tarragon
Patti pan squash - these guys have some issue.   My husband loves them.   when he is in town - nada.   when he is out of town, they all come to the proper size.
The Potatoe box - well, the vines have gone crazy and are hanging over the top.  i tried to "rob" some from the bottom rungs and came up with a tiney single spud.   I decided to let go until fall.

I am canning condiments.  I bought the book "The complete book of small batch preserving" and it suites me.   I like to make unique condiments.    Indian pickles (Brinjal Pickle relish - eggplant based, and quite possibly the hottest condiment I have ever tasted, including that fire ant sauce from venezuela).   Beet horseradish rellish.   Pickled zuccini, and sweet garden BBQ relish (zucc and bell peppers).   And my own mint, thai pepper and spice apple jelly.   

ETA:   PSA:   when shredding raw horseradish and mincing thai peppers on the same evening, wear gloves.   And safety glasses.

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kram2692 - 2011-07-01 4:49 PM

Our yearly staples are yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, and onions.  This year we also are trying to grow some beets and carrots after eating an inspiring root salad at a local resaurant.  I do have a question about a bug that takes over our squash plants every year.  It is brownish-grey and attacks the leaves of the plant, causing it to wilt.  Anyone know of a way to kill the bug or protect the plant?


I think it is actually called....SQUASH BUG! Funny, right? I, too, was oblivious to this bug until it was too late this year. All of my squash-type plants fell victim to it. You can google various ways to control it, but I haven't actually tried any of the ways so I can't really offer any advice. It is probably too late now, seeing as how you posted almost 2 months ago, but now you know for next year!
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