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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 26, 2014 10:30 AM CST
Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer season. Veggie gardening is well under way. Let us continue our discussion of veggie growing in all our gardens.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 26, 2014 10:35 AM CST
I still don't have a single blossom on my peas. They are growing in slow motion this year and I can't figure out why.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
May 26, 2014 11:58 AM CST
Mother Nature is finicky for sure. You had awesome peas last year.

Here's my tomatoes right now. The one I am continuing to plant carrots, beets, more lettuce, beans. My shade cover came and I am hoping it will let me push the season to keep lettuce coming for awhile yet.

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The one with all the blossoms is Riesenstraub, an heirloom grape tomato.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 26, 2014 1:06 PM CST
Thumbs up I have never seen so many blossoms on one tomato plant!

I am very impressed with the picture of the garden. The straw mulch makes it all look so neat and tidy and professional. You sure have a real farm going there.
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crittergarden
May 26, 2014 1:24 PM CST
Nothing to report, just coming over to the new thread.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 26, 2014 2:06 PM CST
Yeah, nothing much going on here today either.
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crittergarden
May 26, 2014 2:21 PM CST
I worked 7 of the 8 days between last Sunday and yesterday...
Worn OUT!!!

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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
May 26, 2014 2:47 PM CST
Finally tried some of the pot-runneth-over lettuce on Saturday. We had guests over for a seafood boil, grill cookout and fireworks, and most of the hamburger folks wanted some for their burgers. It was so good that I munched on the leftovers throughout the evening...plain! Big Grin I didn't get any harvested this morning, but I'm definitely going to bring a bunch in tomorrow.

Managed to get six pepper plants planted out this morning, and all but one of my tomato plants are done. Hurray! The mulched and largely weed-free areas are now pretty much full, so I'll have to work a bit harder for any additional plantings. Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 26, 2014 3:48 PM CST
chelle said:Finally tried some of the pot-runneth-over lettuce on Saturday. We had guests over for a seafood boil, grill cookout and fireworks, and most of the hamburger folks wanted some for their burgers. It was so good that I munched on the leftovers throughout the evening...plain! Big Grin I didn't get any harvested this morning, but I'm definitely going to bring a bunch in tomorrow.

Managed to get six pepper plants planted out this morning, and all but one of my tomato plants are done. Hurray! The mulched and largely weed-free areas are now pretty much full, so I'll have to work a bit harder for any additional plantings. Rolling my eyes.


That all sounds really good!
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chelle
May 26, 2014 4:25 PM CST
It was. My honey singed his legs a bit while cooking the seafood in the outdoor fireplace, but the results were so tasty that he didn't even mind.

It's his birthday today, so I'm grilling dinner tonight. Lovey dubby His favorite; barbequed chicken.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 26, 2014 4:27 PM CST
chelle said:It was. My honey singed his legs a bit while cooking the seafood in the outdoor fireplace, but the results were so tasty that he didn't even mind.

It's his birthday today, so I'm grilling dinner tonight. Lovey dubby His favorite; barbequed chicken.


Thumbs up Smiling
Name: Arlene
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abhege
May 26, 2014 4:47 PM CST
Ouch! But glad dinner was so good.

I really got a lot done today! We planted 40 Red Gold sweet potatoes. That' in addition to the 20 purples I planted yesterday. Planted Moth beans and Black Turtle beans, cotton, about 100' x5' of Mammoth Grey striped sunflowers, some Sudane grass, and half a row of carrots and beets. Had to water everything because we have not had any rain for weeks.

Yes, Rita, the tomato row is the neat one. Right next to it is the broccoli. And weeds! Hilarious!

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I have been debating whether or not to weed it since the broccoli is almost finished anyway. But I haven't had time to weed yet anyway. But after today I am ready to start weeding. I will have to soak the rows before I attempt to pull the weeds though.

And here's how my onions are doing. I'm thinking it won't be much longer to harvest them.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 26, 2014 4:53 PM CST
You know, even with the weeds that row doesn't look too bad. I would leave it and just weed or turn over everything in the row after the broccoli is finished.

I am just so impressed with your mulched weedless rows this year! Thumbs up
Name: Arlene
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abhege
May 26, 2014 5:26 PM CST
Yeah, peppers are mulched too, with newspaper under straw. The rest I will weed then put down some organic preen since we're about out of straw, unless we make a run to get more.

Name: Toni Melvin
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Toni
May 26, 2014 5:44 PM CST
I am a little embarrassed to chime in here cuz my stuff is just teeny tiny and definitely not as neat as all of yours. *Blush* But, none the less, I did get some more tomatoes ( Kelloggs Breakfast, Oregon Spring, Italian Roma), Blue lake green beans, Purple green beans Butter Head lettuce, Straight Eight cukes, Lebanon cukes, planted today. My sugar snap peas are about eight inches tall. We harvested some asparagus. Yummy. We have several potatoes, Blue, red, yukon gold, and russets. The ones the gophers haven’t eaten are big and beautiful. The onions are coming along. The red ambrosia aren’t growing as well as the purple scallions.The Hood strawberries have green berries on them Hurray! So it won’t be long. The raspberries, and black caps are loaded this year. I have a great crop of Asian Pears beginning to mature on the tree. The blueberries are looking wonderful, and the little Huckleberry bush is loaded. Looks like we will get a few Plumcots (or Pluots) from our 3 year old tree Hurray! The artichoke didn’t get completely destroyed by our long very cold spell. It is up about 2 ft and I am looking forward to a few artichokes Drooling I am getting a spot ready for the peppers I started from seed. I planted Anehiem from my harvested seed, and Jimmy Nardello from Territorial Seed. Since my broken leg, I haven’t been able to keep up with the garden maintenance, so there are tall weeds and grass, but, slowly I am reclaiming and replanting. I just can’t wait to start harvesting Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
May 26, 2014 5:51 PM CST
Toni, sounds like you have a lot going! Looks like you're in my zone? Or am I 8B? I can never keep that straight.

We usually only take pictures of the neat and tidy stuff, but just to make you feel better, here's a picture of some of my flower rows. Can't even see the walking path! I can barely find the perennials. And lots of weeds in the corn, beans and lettuce!

And I didn't break a leg! Hilarious!

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Name: Catherine
NW Illinois (Zone 5a)
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jerseyridgearts
May 26, 2014 5:53 PM CST
Wow Arlene - your garden (we'd call that a truck farm up here in the Midwest) is fantastic....and your planting lists are impressive. Thumbs up

I planned to put in both cuke plants and seeds today but it poured - we needed the rain. Still want to throw some more squash seed in - found some Italian cocozelle which are really tasty. Also picked up a tomatillo - one ought to be enough for some good salsa this summer.

The apples and pears bloomed nicely in between frosts this spring so I'm expecting to start seeing tiny fruit soon....am thinking about sowing dill at the base of each tree to foster bee activity - anyone have any tips on organic orchards?

the Herb Garden needs work - the beds line the stairs down to the greenhouse and workmen dumped a bunch of sand in them when replacing the steps....maybe tomorrow's morning project?
Name: Catherine
NW Illinois (Zone 5a)
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jerseyridgearts
May 26, 2014 6:01 PM CST
Toni -

Man, broken leg? And you've accomplished all that? Well Done! Hurray!
Name: Arlene
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abhege
May 26, 2014 6:10 PM CST
Catherine, I am originally from Mi and it is like a truck farm. We do go to market though so if i'm going to have anything to sell I have to plant a lot.

My son does organic orchard but for the life of me I can't remember what he does. (My area is the veggie and flower garden). I know he read Gayia's garden and got some info ther. If you go to the permaculture thread you matpy be able to pick up a thread that deals with orchards. But there are some people here who know more than I do.
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
May 26, 2014 6:12 PM CST
abhege said:Toni, sounds like you have a lot going! Looks like you're in my zone? Or am I 8B? I can never keep that straight.

We usually only take pictures of the neat and tidy stuff, but just to make you feel better, here's a picture of some of my flower rows. Can't even see the walking path! I can barely find the perennials. And lots of weeds in the corn, beans and lettuce!

And I didn't break a leg! Hilarious!

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That is funny Arlene ~ even your “untidy” flower garden looks better than my garden Rolling on the floor laughing I am getting some of it reclaimed slowly but surely. As soon as things get a little farther along, maybe I can get a few pics nodding

Toni
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