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luvsgrtdanes
Aug 30, 2011 7:47 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
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Join in and tell us all about the the wonderful things your garden produces. Whether it be fruit or veggie or herbs what do you grow

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ImageNJBob
Aug 30, 2011 7:54 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
Stormy thanks looks interesting.
Imageeric4home
Aug 30, 2011 8:05 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
Stormy, I'll probably use some type of upright system again, I have been wanting to install 2 parallel panels of rust proofed concrete reinforcement wire about 9"s apart to grow the plants in a wall like structure. I just never get enough time. Rolling on the floor laughing
I usually don't raise my potatoes till after the tops have died back, after that don't wait too long or they may start sprouting. I think my GF called it second growth. Blinking You can always sneak a few from one of the edges to see how they are doing. I tip my hat to you. Ric
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
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Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
Imagestormyla
Aug 30, 2011 8:16 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Thanks Ric. Gee maybe next year I'll try some fingerling potatoes. I just love them and they are so expensive.

I'll be interested to see what you come up with for the tomatoes Ric. Seems like I am tying some of them up almost everyday. It will be difficult to bag the blossoms with them all tied up.

Do you tie your asparagus up in any way? I definitely need some stronger supports for them.
Imagesallyg
Aug 30, 2011 8:17 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
thanks Ronnie!

"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Aug 30, 2011 8:50 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Bob, Are your fingerlings growing in the ground or in a container?
ImageNJBob
Aug 30, 2011 10:12 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
I'm growing some in those potato growing bags, and some in a very large pot about 20 inches wide and a little over 2 feet deep. I'm using compost with a little potting soil mixed in and put 3 plants in each container. I can feel that there are some in there but will wait for the tops to start dying down.
Imagestormyla
Aug 30, 2011 10:36 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I know Ladygardener swears by those grow bags. I was thinking of buying some earlier this year but came into a windfall of large pots.

Bob, Does it look to you like you could have grown more potatoes in the pots and bags than what you did?

Did you grow them from seeds or from pieces of potatoes?
Imagebitbit
Aug 31, 2011 7:20 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Bob, have they flowered yet? That's usually the earliest time to dig up potatoes. I wait until my plants have died all the way to the ground.
ImageNJBob
Aug 31, 2011 11:00 AM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
Stormy I think with the Fingerling potatoes you could go with 4 per pot if it is at least 20 inches wide. But the deeper the better mine are 2 feet deep and the plants are a good 3ft out of the pots. I used the small seed potatoes

Bit 2 out of 3 pots have flowered , the 2 are starting to show a little bit of die back.
Imagestormyla
Aug 31, 2011 11:53 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Here's some of the chard that I cut right before the storm. I'm glad that I did as a lot of the leaves that I left got really torn up in the storm. I will trim all of that damage away today. A lot of the smaller leaves are OK.

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Imagesallyg
Aug 31, 2011 9:57 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
gorgeous!!!
Mine is full of bug holes again Grumbling
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Aug 31, 2011 11:12 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sally, Is your growing in the ground or in pots?
Imagesallyg
Sep 1, 2011 6:16 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
In ground- but I swear either I spray or go to pot grown next time.
I sprinkled slug bait around in case that was it. I checked in the pm the other night and found no big infestation to explain it. One red headed flea beetle, two grubby things (flea beetle probably) , one other caterpillar like thing.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Sep 1, 2011 11:27 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
You really should try the pots. I have always grown my chard in pots and have never had any insects eat them.
Imagesallyg
Sep 1, 2011 8:42 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Checked my chard more thoroughly today in the daylight. Definitely have some flea beetle grubs going on, squished about six of those bumpy grey tiny things. Plus two skinny, tinier, almost clear wormy things.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Sep 1, 2011 10:01 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hmm, Do you have small or large holes in the leaves?
Imagesallyg
Sep 2, 2011 8:39 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Many small holes, and not from the borde but in the middle of surface between veins. Eventually much of the leaf area is gone except the veins . I'll try for a picture.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Sep 2, 2011 10:34 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hmm, I have a couple of leaves that have holes about the size of a nickel at random spots on the leaves, but it's maybe only 1 hole on a leaf.
Imagestormyla
Sep 2, 2011 11:16 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I'm having a tough time keeping up with getting some productive yield with the tomatoes. I have so many fruits that have cracks and they spoil very quickly, so I am cooking a bunch of them for freezing. They are attracting fruit flies too, so they can't sit out more than a day or two.

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