Cottage Gardening forum: Springing into 2016 chat #11

 
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patrob
Jul 1, 2016 1:33 AM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Getting hot in the middle of Texas too after a cooler and wetter than usual spring. I'm growing nothing this year, but I am walking again, though not back to "normal" yet. Doctors keep insisting neuropathy is due to vitamin deficiencies and vitamins seem to be helping. Of course, some of the meds I take to prevent rejection of my new kidney cause problems with utilization of vitamins along with edema and neuropathy. One day at a time. New kidney is working perfectly and for that I am very thankful. I'm looking forward to a garden in the fall perhaps or by next spring for sure!



ImageBluespiral
Jul 1, 2016 7:32 PM CST
Pat - Glad to hear how well your recovery is going - congratulations Thumbs up Wishing you a festive 4th of July Smiling
My religion is simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
plantnutz
Jul 2, 2016 7:49 AM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
Hurray! I'm so happy to see this thread. I've missed everyone. Haven't really done much gardening this year and now it is too hot! Argh! I will garden vicariously through you all.
Imagewildflowers
Jul 2, 2016 11:45 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Wonderful news, Patricia!! Hurray! Group hug

Tomatoes are coming on here and it's getting hot.

Happy Independence Day!!
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Deebie
Jul 4, 2016 11:24 AM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Hi Everyone. Patrob, I'm glad to hear that you new kidney is working fine, but hope that you are able to overcome the neuropathy and get back to doing the things you love--gardening. But, as you said, it's one day at a time.

Andi, I'm with you in having serious asthma issues, so have not been able to do much gardening. I have to use an inhaler and wear a mask if I do anything outdoors. And the summer heat is enough to trigger a flare up. I'm allergic to every mold and fungi out there. Thumbs down

Wildflowers, what a beautiful harvest you have. Enjoy it for all of us. Thumbs up

Ella, we're glad to see you posting and it's nice that we are able to get some plants going. I too want to plant some things for when it cools down in the fall. So sorry to hear about the water restrictions and hoping that by now or very soon, they are lifted and you can get back to your regular gardening.

We get off and on rains here, but all week we will have have temps close to 100 degrees. Grumbling So, I have to drag out the water hose. I keep procrastinating about watering when it looks like it may rain, but I'd better get going, or I will have dead plants. Stay cool everyone and have a safe and happy holiday break. Thumbs up :thumbsup:
ImageAndi
Jul 5, 2016 7:13 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I thought of Ella today. I was moving a couple of pots of doa plants when one hopped in the air. A well hidden toad the size of the pot looked just like potting mix. Lots of roads all sizes and colors in the yard.... a sign if a healthy ecosystem.

I am typing on my phone because I am changing isp. I was tempted to take the cable modem outside, shoot it to pieces and put the video on YouTube, but I would rather not be charged for it. Instead I wrote a letter to the FCC and to ATT begging them to provide service to the area, copying the ceo of the cable company. May not help, but I feel better doing something.


Feel like the chicken playing piano at the county fafair typing on the phone.
Weedwhacker
Jul 9, 2016 8:27 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Pat, so glad to read that your kidney is working well for you! I hope the neuropathy will soon improve, as well Smiling .

Nice summer here and everything is growing like weeds -- especially the weeds! LOL
As usual, I set myself up for way, WAY too many garden projects and most remain undone... oh well, a person never lacks for something to do that way Rolling my eyes. .

Andi, I hope you are able to find a better alternative to typing on your phone sometime sooner rather than later -- trying to type on my phone is pure torture for me. I'm thankful to have cable internet at home (we are right at the end of the cable service!)
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageAndi
Jul 12, 2016 9:36 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Our cable company is terrible in this area. They know it, but have a monopoly. Other options are Hughes disk and dsl. Considered Hughes, but friend or xbf does cistumer service for several companies. Warned me against it. Also said that blue ridge cable us overloaded. Need competition from other company. Wrote letters to FCC cable company, etc. If enough people complain..


Weedwhacker
Jul 12, 2016 9:54 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
It seems like everyone complains about the cable company, no matter which one it is...

We have Charter here (also no choice, other than to go to dish or satellite), which is always the lowest rated in Consumers Reports... but, other than seeming overpriced for what we get, the service seems to work out fine for us and is normally reliable.
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagewildflowers
Jul 18, 2016 5:44 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Thank you, Deebie. We have enjoyed the tomato harvest this year. Dh is usually traveling when the tomatoes are ready but this year he's had his share!

We have Hughes internet. It's okay for us, especially since it's our only option, we're in a wooded area as well. It's just slow and we lose the signal when the weather is bad.

Now let me tell you about this squash we're growing. We have way more squash than I could ever think of ways to prepare it!! And it's monster size! Hilarious! I can't help but laugh when thinking about the old saying about summer squash. It went something like "when you're shopping in a small town, you must lock your car up otherwise when you get back, you're car will have a shopping bag full of squash in the front seat." Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

This squash is just as prolific but the fruits are just ten times bigger!! Blinking
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Weedwhacker
Jul 19, 2016 10:14 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
LOL -- what the heck is that thing, Christine??
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageArleneB
Jul 20, 2016 7:49 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Sadly the chocolate cosmos bit the dust. I tried to baby it because of the heat and drought but it wasn't happy. I wonder if anyone else who had seeds was successful?
Imagewildflowers
Jul 20, 2016 8:39 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Hilarious! Weed, it's an Italian tromboncino squash and this is what it looks like in the garden.
https://reyniervillage.wordpress.com/hamilton-school-garden/...
http://hundredpound.blogspot.com/


Arlene, I had the same problem. Sad Look forward to hearing from others who grew them.
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Weedwhacker
Jul 20, 2016 10:05 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
LOL, I had no idea they got that long, Christine!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageAndi
Jul 27, 2016 8:38 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I was thinking of patrob today. I rode the shared ride bus to see a pulmonologist today. Two people from the dialysis center rode home in the same bus. They go there three times a week. The lady was saying how much the dialysis helps her, but it would be difficult to do that for the rest of your life. I hope you are still recovering and doing well!

Just green tomatoes here. Small green tomatoes. Jealous of your bountiful harvests.
Weedwhacker
Jul 28, 2016 7:52 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
My garden is going great guns right now! I've actually picked some ripe tomatoes from the Beaverlodge Slicer plants that are inside my hoophouse... I don't believe I've ever gotten a ripe tomato in July before! Hurray!

Also picking lots of cucumbers, half a dozen zucchini so far, green beans have just recently started, and there are beets that could be picked. I've dug up 2 of 4 varieties of garlic, Ajo Rojo (a Creole variety, which I really am not supposed to be able to grow here -- bulbs are rather small, but perfectly usable, and this type stored very well for me last year), and K's Backyard -- a softneck type that I got from Baker Creek last year; holy mole, the bulbs of those are huge, nearly as large as my fist! If it does well again next year, and if I don't find some other reason to dislike it, this will definitely be my favorite garlic for next year!!

Stopped picking asparagus around the 4th of July (up until then we were eating it every day for over a month), but my Glaskin's Perpetual rhubarb is still growing well and has given us several pies so far.

So many garden projects that need to be worked on, so little time ... with relatives visiting from Florida for a couple of months who seem to think we should be partying constantly! (and I'm so easily coerced... Rolling on the floor laughing )

I hope everyone is having a good summer despite the heat, humidity, and storms!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagewildflowers
Jul 29, 2016 2:53 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Hi Weedwhackier! Big Grin It sure is interesting your gardening dates compared to ours down here in the south. But, I've done very well with some of your seeds...

I agree I hope everyone is having a good summer!
Imagestarlight1153
Jul 29, 2016 6:27 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Patrob So glad things are going well for you with the new kidney. Just take it slow and easy. Stay out of the heat as much as you can. Becareful with the vitamin supplements. Saw on Tv where they said alot of them no good for folks. Maybe you can find fresh fruits and veggies that have those same vitamins in them. Fresh is always better. Just hope you keep getting better. Group hug

I'm melting. Plants are melting and even the weeds are melting. Don't think the ground which is dust can get any drier than what it is.

Even with trying to water twice a day since I can't remember when I last saw rain, plants are croaking.

Am so happy that I had a bumper crop of tomatoes and ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! finally after years of trying have learned and have a crop of pickling cukes this year. I'm so proud of myself. Thumbs up Even if I did plant them wrong. I threw like 4 to 6 plants each in a 3 gallon pot instead of one plant and more or less ignored them and I got cukes. Dang I hate picking them though. Have to wear gloves them tiny spines on them hurt.

The cukes pic at bottom. Doesn't seem to want to go where I want it to post.

Thanks to some good directions managed to grow some dwarf sunflowers this year. First I been able to grow them in years too. Almost lost them today though. Had watered them last night and thought they had enough water and this afternoon when I checked plants agggggggg they was so wilted I thought I had croaked em all. Had to give just a tiny drink then wait awhile and give some more water not to kill em. Stressed plants can croak easily if given too much water at once.

Pic from other day. These are the Dwarf Sungold variety. I have in 1.8 gallon pots. Butterflies love the heck out of them and the bees. They ain't kidding about the fact that they will only grow as big as pot you put them in. I had a scraggler that got left in a little 3" pot and it a little plant with a big bloom on it. Poor thing.

Plants growing and then blooming. Only thing is that I didn't realize that they are a trap crop for stink beetles and while I hadn't had the first one all year I sure do now. grrrrr

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patrob
Jul 29, 2016 11:12 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
I am doing well. My son told me he was giving me a perfect kidney, and it is working perfectly! The pain in my feet and legs is much better as I can walk again, not what I consider normal, but I can do what needs to be done to keep us afloat. Quite a blessing after six months of using a cane, walker, or rolling office chair to get around!

I am taking only B vitamins, B1, B6, and B12, which are water soluble and not stored in the body, and three weeks ago, my doctor cut the med I though might be causing some of the problems by half again. No swelling in the feet and lower legs since the last med reduction. I know the meds I have to take for the rest of my life, or the life of the kidney. have side effects, and I am 70 years old for the first time in my life, so I don't really know for sure what "normal" is supposed to feel like. Sticking tongue out I know the high powered anti-rejection med I took by IV for ten days back in November when they put me back in the hospital thinking I might be trying to reject the kidney has serious side effects that can last for years. They don't want to talk about it, and I understand. Life is good again, and I wake up every day happy to be alive. There were several dark months in there, but those are behind me.

I hope the other Piggies are doing well and surviving the summer heat! Lovey dubby
Imagewildflowers
Jul 30, 2016 11:45 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Beautiful pics, Ella! Thumbs up

Pat, that is great news!! Hurray! Hurray!

Trying to stay cool in this summer heat.

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