Cottage Gardening forum: Springing into 2016 chat #11

 
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Weedwhacker
Aug 2, 2016 8:53 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
wildflowers wrote: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!


LOL, Christine -- it's a big country we live in, for sure!

Pat, I'm so glad to hear things are coming along well for you; that's a lot to go through.

Happy to see you posting, too, Ella -- hope you are having a good summer Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Deebie
Aug 6, 2016 4:32 PM CST
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!
Weedwhacker
Aug 8, 2016 8:38 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Deebie, I'm sorry I don't have any planting advice for your zone, but I'm certainly sorry to hear about your asthma! Group hug
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagewildflowers
Aug 9, 2016 3:21 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Deebie, here's the gardening calendar for your city - from NGA http://garden.org/apps/calendar/?q=Orangeburg, SC
patrob
Aug 10, 2016 8:16 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
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. Whistling

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!
Imagejoseph
Aug 18, 2016 10:19 PM CST
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.

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagewildflowers
Aug 19, 2016 2:25 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Those are beautiful. I like the simple ones too, because they are most attractive to the pollinators. Thumbs up Lovey dubby
Weedwhacker
Aug 19, 2016 8:00 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
I like the simple ones because they are the most attractive to ME! Thumbs up
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Deebie
Aug 25, 2016 8:26 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Thanks Sandy, Patricia and Christine for your well wishes and assistance. I'm looking forward to a cooler fall also.
Weedwhacker
Aug 26, 2016 10:27 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
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" !
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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagewildflowers
Aug 27, 2016 7:50 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Yummy! Pretty tomatoes. Thumbs up
ImageArleneB
Aug 27, 2016 1:12 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
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.
Imagejoseph
Aug 27, 2016 8:46 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

One of the reasons why I love runner beans!
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Of course it would be growing right over the sidewalk...
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Mostly done harvesting the early crops. Growing a cover crop of weeds.
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The squash field is doing fine...
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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Weedwhacker
Aug 27, 2016 9:16 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
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!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagejoseph
Aug 28, 2016 9:43 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Weedwhacker wrote:I don't know how those of you with BIG gardens -- Arlene and Joseph, that would include you -- manage it all!


I showed you my weeds!


Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageArleneB
Aug 28, 2016 3:49 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Looks like mine too. The grass can get away from you in as little as a week. At least Joseph keeps his mowed. I have several aisles that I could not even get to with the mower.



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I think the feeders will make the birds lazy about the hornworms. I rarely ever see a hornworm at the farm.

You are getting a lot done Sandy, especially with company.
Imagejoseph
Aug 28, 2016 8:54 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
ArleneB wrote:At least Joseph keeps his mowed. I have several aisles that I could not even get to with the mower


I customized an old mower... Extra high wheels, and a super-extra-large exit chute so that I can mow 4 feet tall weeds. More or less, if I have the strength to push it through with power-assist.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageArleneB
Aug 28, 2016 8:56 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Sounds like a great customization. I need that!
SCbuttercup
Aug 30, 2016 8:40 PM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
so i guess were not doing the piggie swap? There is a swap sept 2 on garden.org, which is the new All Things Plants. Im going to be swapping a few things there.
Imagejoseph
Sep 4, 2016 4:01 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
We robbed the honey this week.

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Some of the plants from the promiscuously pollinating tomato project have very showy flowers.

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse

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