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8/18/11 12:24 P

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Can anybody tell me why my watermelons are shrileing on the vine? I have 3 nice melons and now the new little ones keep shriveling up. I have a few leaves that don't look real healthy but I've been watering through the extremely hot days so they are not drying up.

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I see lots of winter squash on my vines. My favorite vegetables are a toss up between sweet corn and winter squash. Yesterday I picked the last of the early cabbage.

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Yes, sorry - I don't know what type of raspberries these are b/c they were at our house when we moved in. They produce once in the spring but the yield is small, then a more robust yield when it gets HOT! Our patch is small so we don't do much with them except nibble.... emoticon

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8/15/11 5:42 P

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There are everbearing raspberries that will keep on producing. You can do a search and see what would be good in your area. You might contact the Master Gardeners in your county to see what they recommend.

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Our raspberries only come on once a year. They are done by June. What raspberries do you plant that will produce twice?

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8/15/11 2:18 P

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Our "second coming" of raspberries has started. I'll bet those plants are super happy now that I forgot and left the soaker hose on all night!!!

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Well I think for once I'm on top of fall planting. Here in the desert SW - our big growing season is Sept thru May. Usually I don't get my stuff in until halfway through Sept or later. This yr I have flats and flats of veggies started. Short season tomatoes and peppers, lots of leafy veggies including a couple of new Asian greens I haven't tried before - dwarf bok choy (only 2" tall - love to eat 'em but never found seeds until this yr) and oka hijiki (land seaweed) - supposed to be a natural anti-inflammatory. I could use that! Also got my first round of daikon, carrots and beets in the ground. Technically it's too early but I'm trying an experiment. So far, so good - daikon and carrots are UP and growing. Beets were just planted the other day so not up yet.

I've even got a bunch of things potted up and organized to sell at the farmers market in a month or so.

Feeling pretty good about getting this under control!

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Gailruu --Ooooooh! I LOVE corned beef and cabbage! Send me some, please!

My blueberries ended last month but the figs and the muscadines are just getting fired up! Tomatoes are about done and I have some red onions to pull. If it would cool down just a smidgen my peppers might hold onto their blossoms.

This summer was soooooo hot and dry I couldn't water often enough water to keep this sandy soil from drying out. (I do add compost to eat every year but by the end of the growing season it's about gone).

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We are having corned beef and cabbage tonight. I dug some red potatoes and used the third of my early cabbages. My carrots are still not big enough so I had to use some from the store. I still need to go out and pick a few blueberries that are ripe.

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emoticon I have six hens in my backyard (amusing - since I live downtown in the 6th largest city in the US - Phoenix). I usually get about 3 eggs a day. Even though one of my hens is a "senior" and two others are middle-aged, production is still good. Plus those hens are PRIMO composters - I never have to buy compost again! And yes - they are also adorable.

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I have Kale, Spinach, Collards, cucumbers, cilantro and peppers. Tomatoes did not do too well its been really hot!!!

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emoticon all that produce sounds so YUM!

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We picked our raspberries back in June and froze them. Today I made 14 pints of raspberry jelly and 9 pints of raspberry syrup. Plus, a pitcher of fresh raspberry juice, which is absolutely yummy!!

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I have lots of green beans that need to be picked today! I will dig some red potatoes and a few carrots to cook with them.

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Big storm for us last night so much of what was "up" is now "flat". Hope I can revive the things that didn't break.....

Harvested my edemame yesterday. I'm so glad I do raised beds. My entire crop yielded 2.5 cups for me to freeze. My fingers have had it! Ouch!

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It has been quite the yr. I feel sorry for you folks suffering from "Phoenix weather" who are not used to it nor expecting it.

As soon as it gets a little lighter I'm out to plant chard, collards and other greens in 6-packs in the propagation area and to water the cuke, tom and pepper seedlings. So far all the transplanted seedlings have made it except one cuke (and he was damaged when transplanted). I may have some fall veggies yet!

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This morning I harvested a cabbage, some yellow squash and zucchini as well as a quart of strawberries.

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What a season this has been! Spring started out with way too much rain and soon the floods came to the midlands. What did survive without rotting is now screaming for water due to the scorching temps. My cucumbers and butternut squash got bore worms and dried up. I am having to resign myself to just potatoes, peppers, onions and tomatoes. Most summers I have so much I am delivering it to everyone I know and the homeless shelter. Oh well, the great thing about gardening is there is always next year!

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Sounds delish!!! Please send rain this way - it's been humid but rain keeps going around us!

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We have had a lot of rain this year. It's hot for 5 days, torrential rain for 2, repeat. It's the weirdest weather ever. But our garden has loved it! Today I made pickle relish. Tomorrow I will make raspberry jelly. We froze them as we were picking, so we could use them when it was convenient.

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What is this mythical "rain" that you speak of?? emoticon emoticon

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I should not brag but we got an inch of rain yesterday in central Iowa. Boy did we need it! Now you can almost hear the weeds growing! Hope the tomatoes loved it as well as the rest of my garden/shrubs,etc.

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BOBF - I feel ya. I grow a garden (maybe that should be "try" to grow a garden) in Phoenix, AZ. Oct to May is our best season - and yes - a lot of the folks in more northern climes are pretty jealous! However - we are now on our 59th day of 100+ weather (we typically get about 100 days of 100+ so we have a ways to go) and 13 of those days have been 110+ (with one day at 118!!)

Summer is our winter. I have Japanese eggplants that are still producing and a few stunted bell peppers and my 6 hens - whose yard is covered with shade cloth, has a fan and a mister system - they're producing well. But that's about it.

I've been planting lots of seeds in flats - Sept 1st is "plant out your veggie garden time" so I want to be prepared with plants to get a jump on the season. I have 64 tomato plants that I transplanted into bigger pots as well as 24 persian cukes. They are hardening off under shade cloth. 16 more japanese eggplant and 30 each of 2 kinds of peppers are just getting their first true leaves - I will transplant them into bigger pots in a couple of weeks. Bush beans got direct seeded (under shade cloth) this morning and carrots and daikon are just coming up. Bloomsdale spinach was planted in flats. Tomorrow chard, collards and several varieties of asian greens get started in flats.

Plants I don't use in my own yard, I will sell at the farmer's market where I sell excess produce.

COME ON COOLER WEATHER!!! The water bills are outrageous!



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emoticon I was feeling rather smug back in April, when I was getting produce from my garden, and not many others were, the advantage of living in a more southern growing zone. I am in OKC, OK

But... it all comes out in the wash... yesterday Gov. Fallin declared all but 2 counties in OK a disaster area. We have been scorched! Most every day this month has been over 100 and little rain. So, most farms and gardens are done! Most of my veggies are struggling or dead. I do a lot of watering and even wonder if it is worth it. My water bill doubled, cost wise it isn't worth it, but having my own veggies is, so I water.

I hope I can salvage enough to get something in my second season. emoticon

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7/27/11 8:46 P

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Yesterday I helped harvest blueberries at the Research Station and then came home and picked a few more from my own plants.

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Shutrbg, where do you live? Our peas are done, and our raspberries are done. We are covered up in beans and peppers!! And our weather is HOT!

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7/26/11 9:45 P

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LOL Shutrbug! Your post made me laugh. You are SOOO enthusiastic.

BTW - how do you roast your beets? We have a great recipe for roasted beet salad but keep experimenting with different ways to roast them. Your tried and true method?

BTW - also where do you live that you still have lots of fresh lettuces? Ours bolted long ago.

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Still having fresh lettuce for lunch and dinner every day - so yummy! Harvesting the first green beans today, and I'm still bringing in peas and snow peas every day. The first zucchini is just about ready. So far only a handful of cherry tomatoes - just not enough warm weather yet. We have a u-pick farm within walking distance so I'm heading over there to pick raspberries this morning. Roasted the first golden beets and OMG were they good, so I planted more!

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Woo... 2 weeks back from holidays and I've finally got the weeding done. The neighbours Bamboo is one of the worst culprits - it was sending suckers 6 feet into the garden. I think I pulled a few muscles wrestling it out.
I think I'll give stregnth training a pass this week.
Next projects planing a few winter crops and dead heading the roses. Maybe I'll wait til its raining so I can wear a long shirt otherwise I'll look like I've been wrestling with a bag of angry cats.

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first tomatoes, green peppers join the swiss chard and lettuce

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I noticed my first red Amish paste tomato this morning so that will come inside this evening. Also noticed tiny watermelon on my vines about the size of my little fingernail. Isn't gardening exciting?!? emoticon

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Zinnas, marigolds, wormwood, cucumbers, lemon balm, cinnamon basi, dark opal basil, genovese basil, regular basil, lettuce basil (I love basils and they keep the flies away), catnip, chive, regular and garlic, petunias, a boston fern, wondering jew, moon flower, morning glories and a vining plant that I am not sure of. It has dark green leaves, purple stems and so far it has only put out leaves, but the leaves before they open are a light lavender color. Then my pot of Scarborough Faire herbs-parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Any veggies I planted have all burned up because of the heat we have had so far this summer.

I was wonder, with the summer winding down, when is a good time to start planting a winter garden with broccoli, cauliflower, turnips and turnip greens, mustard greens, and a mustard spinach green combination.



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7/25/11 9:49 A

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We had red potatoes yesterday! I have 4 kinds of potatoes in my garden, Pontiac, Kennebec, Yukon Gold and All Blue. They are so good fresh out of the garden.

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I'm picking a lot of lettuce..good thing I love salad! I've been giving some to my parents, too. I picked my first cucumber of the season yesterday! Also zucchini and yellow squash. My yellow banana peppers are ready to be picked and so are some green beans. I plan to pick the today and tomorrow. I freeze peppers and green beans when they start to come in abundance. I can also start picking swiss chard any time! I love this time of year. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Continuing to dig red and white potatoes. Cucumbers and peppers are ready and plentiful. My beans were all eaten by the rabbits and my carrots are very spotty. The Japanese beetles are all over my grapes. The acorn squash have many little ones growing. And my new raised asparagus bed is doing well. Every root came up!!! YUMM now if I can just wait 2 years!!

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I just canned 16 pints of green beans this afternoon. The lids are popping right now. Love the sound of lids popping!! I also pickled some cucumbers and some banana peppers. I've got a bunch of crook-neck yellow squash laying on the table. Gotta figure out what to do with it. Our garden looks like a giant mutant garden. Everything has grown to humungous sizes!!

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Still a TON of tomatoes, cucumbers, serrano peppers, and herbs. I'm starting to get some yellow and green beans which are a nice change! I also have a about 12 butternut squash. Some are still green but most are a light brown color. It's my first year planting them. How do you know when they are ready to harvest? Parts of the vine are starting to die so I wonder if I just need to pick the squash now.

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I have been getting lots of raspberries and I will harvest some broccoli today. The corn really has grown with the heat wave and lots of rain but it is a few weeks away from being ready.

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Yesterday I went to our community garden allottment; everything is coming along slowly because its so cool and damp in the northwest. Some scoundrel had pulled up some of our red onions and left them laying on the ground. The roots were dried out, so no chance of replanting them. Although they were small - about the size of an egg - they were tasty in our dinner salad.

I harvested most of the cilantro and put it in the dehydrator - I was hoping to have plenty of tomatoes by now to can some salsa, but I think that's a few weeks away yet.

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Well your garden looked great in your video! Beautiful!!!

We finally got a nice half inch of rain early this morning. The cracks in the dry ground were about to swallow us up! Filled my rain barrels back up and the plants are getting a nice drink.

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It's been awhile since i posted on spark. The California hot weather is killing our plants but we have been eating plenty of Veggies. Weeds are out of Control - hoping for the weather to cool down so i can do some cleanup. We haven't had rain for like forever!

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We've got tons of rain and next to no sun.
Lettuce and rocket and lovely, I don't even have a single courgette/zucch flower yet though.

The raspberries are lovely, now if only it would stop raining so I could get out there and pick em.
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Me, too, GARDENGIRL54!! I picked our first zucchinis last night and the peppers will be next..they are going crazy!!!

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Harvested my first zucchini this morning. The peppers are coming on like gang busters!

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My garden got a late start...it was too wet in May so I had to wait one week. Today, my garden is looking beautiful! I'm picking lettuce right now and it tastes so good! Normally I would be on my second planting of green beans by now, but my first planting is just starting to get flowers on them now. There are 100's of flowers, too, so I expect a large amount of beans. Everything else is doing good, but later than normal, too. Cucumbers, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, swiss chard and tomatoes are coming in abundance. I've also noticed there are no japanese beetles this year. I'm not complaining at all...but just wondering what's up with that?

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Our hydroponic tomatoes are really growing! Today we picked some yummy Roma ones and added it to our salad for dinner along with a crisp green pepper.


The flowers are covered with butterflies and hummingbirds, so peaceful.

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The combination of purple cone flowers, monarda, and daisies is lovely from my kitchen window..... emoticon

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If your potatoes are getting green you need to protect them from light. In the garden you can do that by hilling them up with soil. In the house keep them in a dark and cool place. A root cellar would be a good place since, at least in my home, the basement is too warm but they do keep for several months if I can keep them cool.

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Today I picked my first bell pepper of the season. I lost all my green beans to the rabbits. I tried everything organic and nothing worked. We never had this problem until the dog aged and lost her sight! She was my best "organic" protection! I have dug most of my potatoes so the moles won't start eating them. Does anyone know the best way to store them? I notice the white ones are getting a green tint already.

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Since I have not been able to get out my garden has suffered and I have to try and save it.

I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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