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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jun 21, 2015 10:23 AM CST
The first official day of summer is upon us. The vegetables in the garden are really growing. I know I am really looking forward to when things get ready for picking.

Come join us in our veggie garden discussions.
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GoatDriver
Jun 21, 2015 11:04 AM CST
I'll say it is summer...our heat index has been over 100 degrees for the past several days, the humidity ranges from 70% to 94%!..Whew!!

Here's my "summer" garden today...

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 21, 2015 11:07 AM CST
Your Summer Garden looks excellent! Thumbs up
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jun 21, 2015 11:09 AM CST
Great job, GoatDriver! Everything looks healthy and it's all mulched so well.
Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Jun 21, 2015 11:12 AM CST
Hello all, I've been successful this year with beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatillos, some winter squash.

Not so good with onions, artichokes, some winter squash, boysenberries, strawberries.

Still remains to be seen, WATERMELONS, HONEYDEW, and chard.
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Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Jun 21, 2015 12:32 PM CST
Thanks for starting a new thread, Rita.

I've got small tomatoes on most of my plants, and just starting to see a few baby cukes. Garlic will be ready for harvesting soon and I just noticed today a few potato plants are starting to flower.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jun 21, 2015 12:46 PM CST
Sounds like all of you are having a good garden year so far. I have every thing up now or coming up, even the Parsnips are finally showing their tiny selves. I was worried they wouldn't come up, as it took them long enough. My tomatoes are about 2 feet tall now, and getting a few blooms. I haven't seen any fruit yet. My potatoes are doing well, and the onions are looking nice too. The artichokes are looking really nice. I got them started much earlier then past years. The heat of summer will probably set in now, with the rain last night, it's very humid here today and in the low 80's
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Name: Gina Young
White Hills, AZ (Zone 9a)
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GinaY86441
Jun 21, 2015 1:30 PM CST
Hi Everybody,

Here in AZ our veggie garden is in full swing. We just got hit with our first triple digit temperatures with 104 being the average during this 10-day forecast, so I pulled my 70% shade screen. If temps drop again, I may pull it back for morning sun, but then again, I may not. Winds are peaking at an average of 15-20 mph day-long.

We have much in the garden right now: zucchini, yellow and butternut squash, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, watermelon, muskmelon and pumpkin, as well as eggplant, corn (doing poorly), and first year asparagus. Most all are in flower with the zucs and yellow providing harvest already - in fact, getting ready to have sautéed squash for lunch! No fruit set on any melons, nor on the cauliflower or Brussels sprouts - although, I'm checking everyday! Oh, and I'm letting my bush beans go to seed before pulling to make room for the melons.

We did have patio & cherry tomatoes going, but the local critters decided against it! We are still fairly new gardeners with only a couple years of experience, and if it wasn't for ATP, I'm quite certain we would not be having the success we've had! I am so thankful for ATP! I had no idea how much knowledge is needed in gardening! My hat off to all members here! I tip my hat to you.

Here's a quick tour:

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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jun 21, 2015 1:58 PM CST
My tomato wall. Same as last year, but the inter-planted beans really never had a chance this year. Hilarious! There's like maybe one in there??
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Those are 6.5' stakes...they're big plants. After I took this shot I added another weave.


The pea fence...with its ugly critter-deterrent netting. Rolling my eyes. First shot: see the hummingbird on the fence? I have 4 feeders up, and if I had 10x that many I still don't think I'd have enough. I've sat out there and watched 3 feeders at once, with each one entertaining up to 20 birds. It's just amazing. One four-hole feeder actually had 5 birds feeding at the same time! It was only for a few seconds, but two birds were using the same hole! Rolling on the floor laughing
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My poor unloved lettuce. I think I'll eat it all tomorrow. I keep saying that, but I never seem to get around to it. Sticking tongue out
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Extra tomatoes, a few beans, and peppers...these still have quite a ways to go. They've had much less compost, and more of our lovely root-clamping clay. Rolling my eyes.
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The sun finally came out today. It's really pretty and enjoyable to see when it's been missing for an extended period of time. Smiling

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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Jun 21, 2015 2:00 PM CST
Great gardens, Gina! Hurray!
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Jun 21, 2015 2:16 PM CST
GinaY86441 said:Hi Everybody,

Here in AZ our veggie garden is in full swing. We just got hit with our first triple digit temperatures with 104 being the average during this 10-day forecast, so I pulled my 70% shade screen. If temps drop again, I may pull it back for morning sun, but then again, I may not. Winds are peaking at an average of 15-20 mph day-long.

We have much in the garden right now: zucchini, yellow and butternut squash, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, watermelon, muskmelon and pumpkin, as well as eggplant, corn (doing poorly), and first year asparagus. Most all are in flower with the zucs and yellow providing harvest already - in fact, getting ready to have sautéed squash for lunch! No fruit set on any melons, nor on the cauliflower or Brussels sprouts - although, I'm checking everyday! Oh, and I'm letting my bush beans go to seed before pulling to make room for the melons.

We did have patio & cherry tomatoes going, but the local critters decided against it! We are still fairly new gardeners with only a couple years of experience, and if it wasn't for ATP, I'm quite certain we would not be having the success we've had! I am so thankful for ATP! I had no idea how much knowledge is needed in gardening! My hat off to all members here! I tip my hat to you.

Here's a quick tour:

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Gina, your garden looks fantastic! And gardening is a learning process. The important part is that you have fun and don't give up. But it all looks like a great success to me! Thumbs up
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Jun 21, 2015 2:17 PM CST
chelle said:My tomato wall. Same as last year, but the inter-planted beans really never had a chance this year. Hilarious! There's like maybe one in there??
Thumb of 2015-06-21/chelle/db0908
Those are 6.5' stakes...they're big plants. After I took this shot I added another weave.


The pea fence...with its ugly critter-deterrent netting. Rolling my eyes. First shot: see the hummingbird on the fence? I have 4 feeders up, and if I had 10x that many I still don't think I'd have enough. I've sat out there and watched 3 feeders at once, with each one entertaining up to 20 birds. It's just amazing. One four-hole feeder actually had 5 birds feeding at the same time! It was only for a few seconds, but two birds were using the same hole! Rolling on the floor laughing
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My poor unloved lettuce. I think I'll eat it all tomorrow. I keep saying that, but I never seem to get around to it. Sticking tongue out
Thumb of 2015-06-21/chelle/32bce7


Extra tomatoes, a few beans, and peppers...these still have quite a ways to go. They've had much less compost, and more of our lovely root-clamping clay. Rolling my eyes.
Thumb of 2015-06-21/chelle/cd7c4f

The sun finally came out today. It's really pretty and enjoyable to see when it's been missing for an extended period of time. Smiling



It all looks pretty good to me! Thumbs up
Name: Gina Young
White Hills, AZ (Zone 9a)
"Man does not live by bread alone..
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GinaY86441
Jun 21, 2015 2:17 PM CST
Hi Chelle and Goatdriver,

Thank you for the thumbs up! Hilarious! Both your gardens look really great! It's so exciting for me, now that I've unlocked my love of gardening, I want one of everything!! Rolling on the floor laughing

We get hummingbirds out here as well - they love the lantana under the Yucca tree. My husband is a real bird guy - it's amazing how the birds instinctively know that about him... I kid you not, they've landed on his head while watering and on the tomato cage in front of him to rest. Back on the coast, the bluejays would take the peanuts from between his toes! I keep joking with him, telling him we need to enclose the entire property in order to live in aviary!

Anyway, I got off subject...

The one thing about living here is the lack of beautiful flowers available. If it isn't fenced, it's eaten. I understand roses do well here and I want/need to create a container garden on my front patio. Unfortunately, the patio is uncovered, so it gets incredibly hot in the afternoon.

I've been snooping around the site the last couple of days and I'm wondering how the trades work. Do either of you gals trade seed or bulbs here?

Thanks again for the encouragement!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Jun 21, 2015 2:18 PM CST
Tom and Linda, hey as long as things are growing and I don't mean the weeds! Hilarious!
Name: Gina Young
White Hills, AZ (Zone 9a)
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GinaY86441
Jun 21, 2015 2:29 PM CST
Thank you, Rita!

I am having fun with it! Our Spring garden was very successful - I was able to save some pea seeds for next year and I'm expecting to save some of the bush bean seeds as well.

I had a real lesson with my Utah onions, tho. I planted from seed in November thinking they'd over winter, which they did, but I've learned that the cold causes them to seed. They ended up flowering and when I processed the 78 heads, most had a hard center. So, instead of storing them as heads, I processed them for the freezer. Funny thing: these onions cook down to a velvety mush that is extremely sweet! Overall, I can't say it was a total loss! Our peas and carrots seemed to be a bumper crop! Hurray!


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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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chelle
Jun 21, 2015 2:37 PM CST
Lovely, Gina. Thumbs up It all looks so good!


I haven't really done many actual trades here. Mostly I just see what people have in their want-lists and occasionally I'll offer to share my extras. I don't expect anything but postage (if it's a goodly sum) in return. I've had others do the same for me, and it all balances out very nicely.
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Name: Gina Young
White Hills, AZ (Zone 9a)
"Man does not live by bread alone..
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GinaY86441
Jun 21, 2015 2:46 PM CST
Thank you, Chelle, I was curious how it worked. Sounds like I need to navigate the site a bit more. I can't believe how much this site offers! What a wonderful gift! Rolling my eyes.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Jun 21, 2015 2:49 PM CST
GinaY86441 said:Thank you, Rita!

I am having fun with it! Our Spring garden was very successful - I was able to save some pea seeds for next year and I'm expecting to save some of the bush bean seeds as well.

I had a real lesson with my Utah onions, tho. I planted from seed in November thinking they'd over winter, which they did, but I've learned that the cold causes them to seed. They ended up flowering and when I processed the 78 heads, most had a hard center. So, instead of storing them as heads, I processed them for the freezer. Funny thing: these onions cook down to a velvety mush that is extremely sweet! Overall, I can't say it was a total loss! Our peas and carrots seemed to be a bumper crop! Hurray!


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Like I said, a big success! Thumbs up
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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mandolls
Jun 21, 2015 2:50 PM CST
Happy Summer Solstice! Everyone's gardens are looking great!

The longest day of the year is sunny and warm here (low 80's)

The only things I have harvested so far are Bok Choy
(stirfried with ginger & garlic), Arugula (with toasted pine nuts & chicken over pasta) and Cilantro (bean salad with lots of cilantro)

Sugar Snaps are just starting to flower, so it won't be long for them. Most of the tomatoes and eggplant are flowering. Long beans and cukes are just sitting there so far. Daikons & carrots are still pretty tiny.

Bok Choy
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Tomatoes & cukes
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Potatoes


Peppers & Eggplant
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Sugar Snaps & Baby Romaine


Napa, Arugula & Long beans
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Jun 21, 2015 2:57 PM CST
mandolls said:Happy Summer Solstice! Everyone's gardens are looking great!

The longest day of the year is sunny and warm here (low 80's)

The only things I have harvested so far are Bok Choy
(stirfried with ginger & garlic), Arugula (with toasted pine nuts & chicken over pasta) and Cilantro (bean salad with lots of cilantro)

Sugar Snaps are just starting to flower, so it won't be long for them. Most of the tomatoes and eggplant are flowering. Long beans and cukes are just sitting there so far. Daikons & carrots are still pretty tiny.

Bok Choy
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Tomatoes & cukes
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Potatoes


Peppers & Eggplant
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Sugar Snaps & Baby Romaine


Napa, Arugula & Long beans
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Another stunner of a veggie garden. Thumbs up It all looks marvelous!

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