Blog forum: July 2010

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Weedwhacker
Jul 2, 2010 6:34 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
The potato plants are just beginning to flower, 45 days after planting. The corn is about 6 inches high -- not too likely to make "knee-high by the 4th of July" ! I'm just hopeful that we won't have a problem with raccoons this year, the last time I grew corn, 2 years ago, we only harvested about 3 ears, Racky and his buddies were harvesting them just slightly before they were ready for us to pick. Really looking forward to getting some early green beans out of the hoop house, they are starting to flower abundantly now and found a bean that's already a couple of inches long last night.
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Jul 4, 2010 8:21 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Baby Golden Zucchini

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Jul 4, 2010 8:23 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
These Tendergreen "bush beans" in the hoophouse are already taller than the pole beans in the main garden!

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Jul 4, 2010 8:24 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
The first flower that I've seen on the potato plants.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Jul 4, 2010 8:26 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
"Chablis" sweet pepper -- supposedly 60 days but seems to be a very early variety!

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
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Weedwhacker
Jul 4, 2010 8:28 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
A very tiny baby cuke on "Homemade Pickles"

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
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Weedwhacker
Jul 4, 2010 8:30 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
"Numex Sunrise" peppers in the hoophouse

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Weedwhacker
Jul 4, 2010 8:32 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
"Nonnie's lilies" just starting to open - an heirloom passed down from my husband's grandmother. I never met her, but she was an avid gardener and I wish I had.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
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Weedwhacker
Jul 8, 2010 2:00 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Rain, rain and more rain! The mosquitoes have now officially taken over; at least we had a chance to use the deck for a while this summer. At least the garden is happy!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Jul 10, 2010 2:05 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Not sure what type of looper this is that's eating the lettuce in my hoophouse -- it doesn't look green enough to me to be a cabbage looper, but could be -- at any rate, everything will get a good dusting with Dipel and I'll pull the lettuce out soon because it's starting to bolt.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
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Weedwhacker
Jul 10, 2010 2:07 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Corn patch, 7/8/2010 -- the 2 rows of "Honey 'n' Pearl" need to be thinned yet; the 3 rows of Northern Xtra Sweet did not germinate very well, plus the cats dug some up, so no thinning needed there.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
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Weedwhacker
Jul 10, 2010 2:10 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
A view of the garden from the west side; the netting is the pole bean trellis.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Jul 10, 2010 2:11 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Another view from the same direction, without the trellis in the way.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Jul 10, 2010 2:13 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
The Queen Anne's Lace (wild carrot) is blooming now.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Jul 17, 2010 8:59 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Yesterday I decided to dig up one of the potato plants to see what, if anything, was going on down below; they have yet to flower. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover 7 nice potatoes on that one plant, one pretty good-sized one, 3 medium and 3 small. Cooked them with supper, along with the first of the green beans from the hoophouse -- what a treat! The beans were tender and sweet, an excellent variety even if they do grow a lot taller than I would have expected from "bush beans.". It took several pickings to get that one meal, but now the beans that I had to replant have caught up and it looks like we will be getting quite a few. The pole beans are just starting to flower, so it won't be long for them, either.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
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Weedwhacker
Jul 17, 2010 9:00 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Pulled up some nice baby carrots a couple of days ago.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Jul 17, 2010 9:05 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Had a pretty strong storm go through on Wednesday, we were under a tornado watch and had predictions of "strong winds and damaging hail." Sent me scurrying to move things out of the garage so I could put the 4-Runner in and so John would be able to put his car in after work. As it turned out we got quite a bit of rain, which filled the new rain barrels up in very short order, and it was pretty windy, but no hail. The only real problem caused was that it laid my corn down flat on the ground, but I've got it pretty well straightened back up now. Wisconsin did have some tornadoes, thankfully they stayed away from us.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
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