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Imagestarlight1153
Jun 12, 2015 5:34 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
The heat is on and so are the blooms. Summer is on the way.

Welcome to the Cottage Garden Forum. Make yourself comfortable. Everybody is welcome. Don't be shy. Feel free to jump in and share your thoughts and knowledge and meet the piggy swap family and make some new friends.

We came from here:

Make yourself comfortable. Everybody is welcome. Don't be shy. Feel free to jump in and share your thoughts and knowledge and meet the piggy swap family and make some new friends.

We came from here:

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/81255/

Let's hope that everybody has a fantastic growing season this year! Thumbs up



Let's hope that everybody has a fantastic growing season this year! Thumbs up

plantnutz
Jun 12, 2015 6:38 AM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
I wintersowed some seeds labeled ancho peppers. When I potted them up, I thought these are tomatoes. They are in the garden now, blooming and definitely tomatoes. Gardening surprises!

Something is eating the stems of our green beans and okra. There is a rabbit nearby and maybe even deer. What should I do? Make up a pepper spray? We are trying to be organic but it is hard when things are fighting for your harvest.
poisondartfrog
Jun 12, 2015 7:11 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
First time I've had this happen. Deer (assumption) have eaten the developing flower heads off my Sunflowers. I was growing a double one I had not tried before, Tiger's Eye. The plants are about 4-5 feet tall and have been neatly topped, each and every one. The Daylilies growing underneath which are the usual victims are fine.

Rabbits eat my beans more than the deer do, plantnutz. The best remedy I have found may not be available to you. I let my dog out just at dawn and he takes care of it.
Weedwhacker
Jun 12, 2015 7:42 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Plantnutz- -- Brenda, I would cover the beans with some "floating row cover," or with some chicken wire or hardware cloth. Making a fence of chicken wire around the okra should work, too... but all of this may or may not be practical for you, depending on how much you are actually growing. Or, of course, fencing the entire garden would also be an option (and is really the only way to successfully deal with rabbits where I live).

Poison, -- why does it always seem like they go after the stuff we're particularly interested in growing??! You would probably have time to replant the sunflowers yet this year (if you still have seeds); I haven't gotten mine started yet and the "volunteer" sunflowers from the birds are just starting to sprout in the garden.
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagejoseph
Jun 12, 2015 9:57 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

A guy on another forum was commenting that critters are eating his sunroots.... I told him to send the critters my way, because I have about 40,000 more sunroot weeds than I want.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageMistirose
Jun 12, 2015 8:54 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Im here. I tip my hat to you.
poisondartfrog
Jun 13, 2015 3:56 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
WeedWacker I shared the rest of those Sunflower seeds, but I may dig around and try another one. I would hate not to have any this year.

Here are a some nice plants from this year's piggy swap.

From greene or plantsister, Dark Blue Clitoria ternatea
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From tuink, Calendula Cream Beauty
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From Arlene, Tomato Dwarf Jade Beauty

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Weedwhacker
Jun 13, 2015 7:51 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Great photos, Poison -- I have some calendula that are getting ready to bloom as well ! (can't remember offhand who they came from, unfortunately, but definitely from the swap! *Blush* )
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagestarlight1153
Jun 14, 2015 8:19 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Pant...Pant... Sweat...Sweat.... and repeat and repeat. Aggggggggg the heat is on. Triple digits are here and looks like they are here to stay. I hate being very cold, but I sure will take it over this heat and humidity. With the cold you can throw on extra layers, start a fire, snuggle under some extra quilts, with the heat you can only strip down so far without causing eyebrows to be raised.

Plants are going to be struggling here now and the battle will be on with the bleach spray and the milk sprays to fight off the fungal diseases that are going to go rampant now.

Poison That Calendula sure is pretty. Have you tasted it yet? Wondered if it had more of a citrus or a peppery flavor to it for salads.

While the heat rages, guess I will start looking at seed and see what I can sow for the fall.

Who here grows Iris? I was wondering have yours bloomed yet? I haven't had any of mine bloom yet which is very strange.





Weedwhacker
Jun 14, 2015 8:28 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Yikes, triple-digit temps ?! Blinking I guess that explains why the Weather Channel was asking people "how hot is too hot" this morning... whatever it is, I'm pretty sure it isn't our high temp of 69F Hilarious!

Hope all of you (and your plants, too) manage to survive that heat -- maybe if you could all point your fans in this direction... Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagechelle
Jun 14, 2015 10:53 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Ella, my early to mid season TB iris and Siberians are done blooming. Late TB haven't bloomed yet, and Ensatas are starting now. Other water iris are continuing to bloom, as they have been doing for about 3 weeks now. It seems like yours really should have started blooming already. Blinking Maybe it just got too hot too fast??
ImageArleneB
Jun 14, 2015 11:29 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Yeah, seems late for iris to bloom down here. Mine were blooming in April.

I don't have triple digits, but in the 90s all week and humid.
Imagejoseph
Jun 14, 2015 12:27 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I have a few Iris weeds scattered here and there around the farm and house. The name for them around here is "Flags". They are either blooming now, or just finished flowering. They are a great flower for this area, because they can grow without irrigation.

Speaking of weird names of flowers... In Ohio, people talked about pee-ah-niece. Around here, they are pee-OWN-knees.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
poisondartfrog
Jun 14, 2015 1:15 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
I have not tasted this one Ella. I am enamored of the near whiteness of the petals.
Mid-90's here for a while now and upper 90's for this week coming. My Iris finished blooming about 6 weeks ago. There were a number of bearded Iris that did not bloom at all. The Iris ensata have been blooming a couple of weeks and are starting to flag now. No pun intended.
Weedwhacker
Jun 14, 2015 7:14 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
LOL, Joseph -- would that translate to "peonies" ?

Here in the far north I have iris just starting to bloom...
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagestarlight1153
Jun 15, 2015 5:40 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Hummmmmmm... Maybe with all the up and down temps and than the sudden heat, your right and it caused them not to bloom. They are already starting to turn brown and go into summer dormancy.

Just kinda crazy. I have never not had one at least not bloom. There is an old Indian legend with the Trail of Tears Iris that the more it blooms the more rain and wetter the season will be. So far that legend has proven true which scares me as not one has bloomed and makes me wonder if we are in for a major drought too.

I even have the common what we call Southern White Iris that is everywhere down here. Nothing usually stops those guys and even they are not blooming. Just really.. really weird.

Hilarious! I had to read the pee-a niece several times too, before I figured out that it probably was Peonies.

Joseph How's your Okra project doing? My Heavy Hitters are starting to make Okra all over the place. I still have mine in 2 gallon pots and am trying to rig some sort of shelter and put some shade cloth up to try and keep mine from burning up.

Beans here fried up big time before they even got going good. Too much heat to fast. I'm hoping I can plant a fall crop of them. Hoping I can plant alot of veggies for the fall and have them make it to harvest before frost sets in.
poisondartfrog
Jun 15, 2015 6:10 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
Just discovered this was blooming today. The plant is covered with bloom so I don't know how I missed it.
Thanks Chelle, for Corydalis sempervirens.
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Imagejoseph
Jun 15, 2015 8:27 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
I'm intending to plant okra into the field today. Either I lost the label, or munged the label, or didn't plant Heavy Hitter the first time through, so I (re)planted it about 10 days after the rest of the plants. They are growing fine. They won't get transplant shock like the others did, so that's a plus. Rather than potting up, I think that next time I should over-plant and then cull.

The irrigation water finally became active in the last field about a week ago. We watered, and I haven't been back to that field since, but it is the bean/corn/squash/watermelon field, so since I last visited the whole thing will have jumped out of the ground and will be growing like heck. Hopefully I take care of the runner beans appropriately this summer. That means building a trellis and weeding.

Another field is the melon/cucumber/squash field. It has 5 pea plants and two rows of corn about 10 feet long. I planted it a week ago, irrigated, and likewise haven't returned. It only has two rows that are over 300 feet long, but I used the tractor to dig the furrows this year, and didn't pull a string, so it looks like I was drunk that day, cause the rows sure are crooked. The plants don't care, they grow crooked as well as straight.

Another small field is only experimental sweet corn. I still haven't irrigated it since it was planted, so I don't expect that it has germinated yet. I aughta get some water on it today. I still have one line of irrigation that isn't set up yet. The pipes last a lifetime, but a sprinkler head or two breaks every year, and this is my 7th year using this system, so I aughta break down and get a bunch of new sprinkler heads. Ouch!!! Brass is expensive.

My main field has everything else: tomatoes, bok choi seed, potatoes, peas, fennel, carrot seed, favas, wheat, sunroots, cilantro, dahlias, spinach, garbanzos, beets, swiss chard for seed, garlic, onions, sweet corn, flour corn, tobacco, sesame, turnips, yellow mustard, squash, watermelon, kohlrabi, tomatillos, thistles, grass, bindweed, and whatever else I'm forgetting to mention.

Wow. I sure planted a lot of squash this summer. Family issues are taking me away from the garden, so I might as well try to grow something that can take care of itself with minimal input from me. And not a single zucchini or summer squash...

My main breeding projects for this year are okra, watermelon, tomatoes, bok choi, red-podded mangetout peas, favas, garbanzos, winter-hardy shelling peas, and South American sweet corn. A new project that I started a few weeks ago is red-podded shelling peas. If I get my act together in time I might do some other fun things...
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
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Imagechelle
Jun 15, 2015 9:37 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
poisondartfrog wrote:Just discovered this was blooming today. The plant is covered with bloom so I don't know how I missed it.
Thanks Chelle, for Corydalis sempervirens.
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You're welcome.

Hurray! That's a really beautiful shot, Alana!

Your Iceplant is blooming away, too. Big Yellow Grin I just need the sun to come out to get a really nice picture of it. The ones I have so far really don't do it justice.

Here it is in overcast conditions.

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ImageSorellina
Jun 15, 2015 5:22 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Ciao everybody!!

So glad to hear from Patricia. I have been and will continue to pray for her, but now including the rest of the family. Group hug

It's been a really strange spring here. May was extremely dry and hotter than normal, but then we'd have a string of low overnight temps, too low for planting out tomatoes or more tender things like basil. I just got the basil and eggplants in last week and Duane has just managed to start transplanting his peppers. We've had more rain than normal so far for June, which is making things difficult for catch-up chores around the garden. Overall, though, I can't complain because the rain is helping new transplants settle in easier and also makes weeding after a storm a lot easier. We've had a few powerful thunderstorms that blasted some plants into the ground, though.

I'm going to have a lot of okra this year. I ended up sowing the entire packet because germination was slow and spotty. I was certain nothing more was going to come up so I'd sow more seeds. I think most of them ended up coming up. I've got 28 plants at home and another 15 at the community garden. Now, I realize for some of you, that's nothing, but it's a lot of okra for us! I'm hoping to save seeds - it's the Star of David variety.

Joseph, all of my remaining Crimson-Flowered Favas germinated and are flowering now. Michael, my cat, decapitated one of them while he was chasing a butterfly, but all the rest are ok. I'm hoping to save more seeds of these. I've got to get out and get some photos while they're still flowering. They're really striking!

Speaking of Michael, I'm starting to think he might be Chinese because his new favourite thing to eat are my young snow pea plants. He eats the tops right off. I resorted to putting chicken wire around them so we'll have some kind of a harvest at least! I had to put it around my Asian Baby Corn also because the cats don't make a difference between young corn plants and any other random grass they can find in the garden.

Duane's had a lot of building projects this year and I know he's looking forward to "maintenance-mode". Maybe by July. He just finished a second large obelisk that has Golden Sunshine Runner Beans, Thelma Sanders Acorn Squash, Pear Melon, and Yeti Nasturtiums growing on it. At the community garden, he built a squash ladder for Marina di Chioggia and Kakai Pumpkins and Spinner Gourds. I've got a lovely Aurora Yellow Amaranth from Baker Creek, Salvia hispanica (Chia) from Tuink, and some volunteer sunflowers growing along the side. There's also a small patch of the Star of David Okra and a really cool cowpea called Ozark Razorback that I just direct-sowed. I have a lot of different cowpeas this year. I never seem to have enough room for all of the beans and squash I want to grow.

The other corn I'm growing this year is Dakota Black Popcorn. I grew it a few years ago before I had any clue about growing corn and it didn't do all that well. I've tried to find a source for it since then and finally got some from Baker Creek. It's going into the half barrel up front and it should do well there.

Ella, sorry about all of your biting, stinging flora and fauna! How awful. You know calendula makes a soothing wash and it's fairly quick-growing.

I had some success with the winter-sowing, but I'm not sure how to get the tiny sprouts to actually grow past the small stage. It just never seemed like a good idea to transplant super tiny flowers, so now some of them have died and some are just sitting there, still small. It's a bit frustrating. I want to be better with flowers, but it's definitely not intuitive. Shrug!
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna

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