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9/15/14 2:09 P

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Our garden actually did quite well this year but after all the rain we've had some things like the cucumbers have come to an end. We had a light frost the other night but it didn't seem to hurt the tomatoes. The melon and squash leaves did freeze though.


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9/15/14 9:53 A

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Master Gardener on TV says we can still plant radishes and spinach in SE WI! Wahoo! Will be doing that. Didn't have much of a garden this year and thought I wouldn't have anything. Now, I'll have late veggies at least...
How is your fall gardening going?

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It was GREAT! emoticon I had not had spaghetti squash before. Glad I liked it because I have about 8 more growing!!





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@baileys7of9...how was it?

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well the largest and most damaged one, I picked last night and will cook tonight.





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I wish I knew! My husband did a similar thing to my tomatoes and zucchinis! emoticon

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So the lawnscaping company used a string trimmer around my garden and whacked 3 of my spaghetti squash emoticon

I checked and they are not ripe yet, so didn't pick them. Wonder if they will go bad or not? any clues??





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I helped my husband can his second batch of pickles this morning. He LOVES going out in the garden to get the dill and veggies. Last year he bought everything because I was out of the country and didn't get the garden planted. It's so much easier when everything is right in the back yard!

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Oh yes, How could I forget my Zucchini?? producing like a monster emoticon





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Do you grow zucchini? You can get really thin cucumbers if they are cross-pollinated with zucchini. The texture is a little weird, but they taste fine. It's weird that you only have one, though!

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my broccoli is still non existent emoticon I need to basically cut back what is flowering to see if that will help. if it doesn't I might as well take it out.

My spaghetti squash is growing like a weed! I started cutting off new shoots w/o a squash as there are way more then I need right now....and I haven't even had this squash yet!

My tomatoes are little plum yellow ones and I have been picking about 6 every few days.

My cucumber will not happen, plant is only 4" tall with 1" cucumber that is thinner than a pencil! LOL just some bad plants this year I guess.





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I picked my first tomato yesterday. We have problems with blossom end rot in the past but so far they are looking good this year. I don't know how to prevent it other that moving the tomato plants to a different spot each year.


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My broccoli grew just fine and is delicious! Everything else is looking great, except for one type of tomatoes.

Anyone else grow Country Taste Hybrids? All my other tomatoes are fine, but these are getting blossom-end rot. I gave them some extra calcium food yesterday, so am hoping that the new blossoms will produce good fruit!

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Huh. Then I may run into trouble, too, as it's getting hotter. Even if I don't get any heads, I'm still counting it a success because we've gotten so many leaves!

I'll plant another set in a few weeks to see what we can get in the fall. I've taken a job 3 hours from home starting at the end of August, so we'll see how I can manage the garden if I'm only home on weekends!

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No I did Laurakate, thank you for the tip! I looked up broccoli failures.. see if I can figure it out!

Plant suddenly flowers. Warm temperatures over 85F will trigger flowering, small yellow flowers bloom. Plant earlier so that plant matures before heat. Plant mid-summer for a fall crop; plant matures in cool weather. Plant early-maturing varieties: Green Comet Hybrid, Spartan Early, Premium Early

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Small scattered heads form; mature heads do not. Young plants will form small heads prematurely if temperatures fall below 40F shortly after planting. Protect young plants with hot kaps or floating row covers.

Young plants flower. Cold will cause young plants to prematurely flower and produce seed without forming a head. Protect young plants from cold weather with floating row covers; set transplants into the garden no sooner than 1 to 3 weeks before the last average frost date in spring.


I think it is the first one that caused it. We had have temps in the high 80/90's lately, very humid and lots of rain. Never got mature heads on them at all, but flowered overnight practically. Then we had a few days where it was in the 60's. Total weather shock if you ask me!

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Did you know that you can eat the broccoli leaves? Maybe the plants aren't a total loss. The leaves are really quite good when cooked.

I roll the leaves and slice them into ribbons, then cook them in some oil with onions, minced garlic, thinly sliced bell peppers and ground black pepper. They are delicious! You just need to cook them long enough for them to get tender.

I understand that they can be steamed or cooked like collard greens, as well.

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that is what I was thinking w/ the radishes. I remembered they were really quick. I haven't had time to look at them yet!

Last year my broccoli was amazing! the stalks were at least as large as a quarter.





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I'm sorry your garden isn't doing better. emoticon I've never heard of broccoli doing that, but this is the first year that I've had any success at all with broccoli, and I haven't seen any crowns yet.

You can probably still get your radishes in...they grow fast! We are on our second planting already.

I hope your plants perk up a bit!

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Horrible emoticon and I am pretty disappointed.

I bought 2 cucumber plants, one died and the other is failing to thrive. It has been a month now and it's still about the same size when I bought it.

I have 4 broccoli plants and 3 of them already flowered...BEFORE even getting any crowns? The stems are the size of a pencil as well.

Tomato plant is doing ok. I have a zucchini and a spaghetti squash that is flowering and look ok.

Didn't have time to put in the radishes, pea pods or beets emoticon

I am thinking all this emoticon we have had is making it difficult. I think I watered the garden only 5 times...glad I didn't water it last night as we had, yet again, another monsoon during the night!






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So, how are everyone's gardens doing?

We've been eating lettuce, radishes, basil and cucumbers for a few weeks now. I had my first sugar snap pea today. It looks like I'll have a tomato for my salad tonight! emoticon

Other than that, it looks like we'll have lots of peas and zucchini soon, the beans and squash are doing well and everything else is moving along nicely.

The straw bale garden is FANTASTIC! We are going to triple the number of bales next year, plus add another raised bed.

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Our planting day is here! The straw bales are all prepped and we will be filling the raised bed soon. :)

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If the weather holds out, we'll be planting this weekend. Hooray! emoticon emoticon

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We're hitting the straw bales with a second round of fertilizer today. If the weather cooperates, we should be ready to plant next week. I'm potting some of my seedlings today to take to my Mom this weekend, too.

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In enjoy planning,planting and even thinning. Come July, though, I'm tired of the garden, and Hubby takes over the harvesting. We have a small raised bed in the corner of the lot, but our neighbors' Douglas fir has begun to shade us a bit too much. I do one heirloom tomato, a few rows of bush beans, nantes carrots and spinach. Each year we put in one thing new or different. Last year's ornamental corn was fun, but not practical. We go with little marvel peas off and on but never have good luck. Cukes go overboard, green peppers turned out bitter, potatoes are hit and miss. This year it will be marigolds to try to keep some of the pests away. Should be pretty if nothing else.

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We got our hay bales out, soaked and fertilized last night. Now we just need the weather to cooperate so we can plant! My seedlings did get some time on the deck yesterday, but not much because it was so windy!

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I need to turn my garden this year. I did not do that last year. I also learned last year that I only need ONE cucumber, ONE tomato and ONE zucchini plant!

I grew swiss chard, that is one super hearty plant! I grew way to much but did manage to give a lot away and I 'wilted' the rest of it and put into baggies into the freezer to use in dishes over the winter. My BF isn't very fond of it, so will not grow that again.

Radishes !! cannot have enough, super easy.

Beets emoticon did not fare well. I believe it was not hot enough for them.
Broccoli... I had 3 plants, will definitely do this again, fresh broccoli is amazing!
Snap peas, I would do them again too.
I had buttercup and butternut squash and only got 2 and 1 from last year. They were not started indoors and there wasn't enough warm days for them. very disappointed.
I planted an onion that had started to sprout, and some garlic. Garlic did nothing, I think it was overshadowed by one of the monsterous zucchini plants! The onion gave me 3.

I'll scale back on qty this time, leave more room for plants and hope it is warm enough this year!





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I don't have a garden, live in a condo, but do put flowers on patio. I did hang a spring bouquet of flowers out and they are doing well which is unusual for this time of year. Maybe will plant some pansys later in the week

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Same here too chilly to start and we can't plant what I like till the end of May also.

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It's still a little too early here to start gardening. We have had a lot of rain and is still too cold. We don't usually plant until the end of May.


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I love digging in the dirt.

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I love being out in my gardens. It's great therapy as well as getting some exercise while you're out there. I have seedlings in the kitchen too. My son in law is building me a couple of new raised beds too. The ones I have need to be moved to a sunnier location in my yard. That will have to wait a few weeks util my nephews are out of school. I can't wait to get a grip on all of it.

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We are just at the beginning stages of gardening at our new house. We bought it over a year ago, but I was out of the country last summer, so couldn't get much done. We started building our raised beds last weekend. My husband is going to experiment with straw bale gardening this year, as well. My seedlings have been hanging out in two small greenhouses in my kitchen for two months...time for some warm weather to get them outside!

Our goals for this week:
Get the first raised bed filled with soil.
Find a spot for the straw bales.
Start shopping for cherry and apple trees.

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So, who has started prepping their gardens?

What techniques do you use? What do you grow? Let's share and maybe learn something from each other!


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