Name: Deborah Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
I'm so glad that everyone seems to be having a good enough Summer. Here we are not in drought conditions, but can go several weeks without rain. It's hot and way too humid. We had temps over 100 for over 3 weeks. I'm hoping that the worst is over and that we're entering our rainy season.
I haven't been able to do much gardening due to worsening health issues, mostly asthma. But, I'm hoping to be able to plant seeds for fall. Any ideas on what perennials should be started now? I may sow some veggie seeds for fall. Is this the time to plant tomatoes for fall? Help a newbie here, please!
Deebie, I too am sorry about your health problems. It is so discouraging to those of us who love gardening and being outdoors not to be able to do so. I hope you feel much better very soon!
We had a very wet spring, lots of grass. Now after two months with no rain and high temps, we are already feeding hay to the cattle. Wondering if we, at our ages, should even be raising cattle at all. But there's a "cool" front headed our way and a fair chance of thunderstorms this week-end. I don't know if it's "Hope springs eternal" or that we are really, really slow learners.
I'm counting down the days until fall and hoping we actually have a fall, a long one, this year.
Hope all you Piggies are staying cool!
Name: Joseph Cache Valley Great Basin Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Thanks to those of you that sent dahlia seeds to me a few years ago for the "Edible dahlia" project. They are growing well. I'm selecting for simple flower shapes for the sake of promiscuous pollination. They are among the most popular flowers in my garden to bumblebees and honeybees.
Harvesting SO many tomatoes out of my little 7x15' hoop house ... hoping to put up a 16x20' HH this fall, to use both for growing seedlings in the spring and growing tomatoes and ? something else during the summer. My tomato plants in the HH are so much healthier and nearly disease free yet, while the outside plants are starting to look pretty sad. I should probably just cover the entire garden and be done with it!
The bowl on the left was harvested from the plants in the HH yesterday (mainly Viva Italia, plus Beaverlodge Slicer and Martino's Roma); the bowl on the right is from the "outsiders" !
Very nice! I know what you mean about the ones in the HH being better. Same here for mine in the GH, no blight. But this year I had hornworms and I never have them outside because of all the birds. I guess I'll have to teach the birds to go into the GH. When I picked them off I would place them on the bird feeder and they were gone in just a few minutes.
We just tilled and planted two rows for fall, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, brussels sprouts and cabbage. I still have to plant root veggies. I'm a bit late but you know how it goes, do it when you can. I use row cover so that helps extend the season too. I'm hoping for a mild fall which would mean we could harvest into Nov. or possibly Dec. I remember having leaf lettuce and root vegetables on Dec. 31 one year.
Arlene, that's interesting about the hornworms -- I haven't had any outside OR in the HH this year, but when I have had them outside in the past my birds didn't seem to do a thing about getting rid of them. Maybe they're too well fed with our feeders always being kept full. Are you still selling at the market? (it doesn't sound like you've done much downsizing...)
Joseph, I agree -- our hummers love the runner beans, too!
I canned 13-1/2 pints of salsa today, froze some jalapeno halves to use for future "poppers," and have about 3 pints' worth of pepperoncini peppers in brine to be pickled tomorrow. Trying to keep up with it all, but we have relatives from Florida staying in the area for the summer and they seem to think we need to get together now and then... I don't know how those of you with BIG gardens -- Arlene and Joseph, that would include you -- manage it all!
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