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General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: November 14, 2018, 08:00:22 AM »
^ Gymgirl, nothing extreme but some nice days below 40 for the peaches and blueberries, as well as kill off some bugs.  Not sure if figs need cold hours.  Additionally, I sure would not mind getting out my long johns this winter and for longer than half a week.  Going to finally get some hoops bent this winter.

General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:13:32 AM »
Yep Double B, I got home last weekend and went ahead with taking out the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.  Cleaned up the beds and ready to plant some lettuce, beets, carrots, chard, endive, and radicchio.  Feels late but was away for a little over a month.  I was afraid to plant them last weekend and shock them with this weeks cold.  I'm probably the only one down here hoping for a cold winter.     

General Discussion / Re: Organic Fertilizer Generator
« on: October 30, 2018, 06:51:48 PM »
Not sure how big a mini potbelly gets but I sure would like a pig.  I don't want a pig for fertilizer but pigs look like they are great for "tilling" up the pin they are kept in.  It has been great watching Justin Rhodes youtube channel this summer and seeing him run the pigs with the chickens and how they prepare the soil for vegetable beds.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: October 24, 2018, 03:54:27 PM »
Gymgirl, when do you plan on transplanting?  It seems late but I went ahead and seeded some more trays of broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.  I figure I can get them nice and big to plant out late winter for early spring harvest or plant early if there is time.  It seems like in December and January growth really slows down due to the lack of sun light but lettuce kale, and greens will keep on rocking. 

This fall/winter, I've managed to get into the garden: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, greens, kale, chard, bok choy, beets, carrots, and radishes.  About to plant some lettuce and pull out the remaining green beans as well as still need to harvest the sweet potatoes.  Fall corn was pretty much a bust and got blown over.  Some stood back up and hoping to collect a few ears for seed and replant in the spring.  Still have a lot of peppers to pick and may be will get a couple tomatoes before the first frost. 

I love this weather we are having right now.  Good camping weather.

General Discussion / Re: NO LUCK
« on: October 16, 2018, 05:05:46 PM »
LakeRat, love my broadfork.  I do something similar: hoe (Hooke 'n Crooke), add amendments (perlite, organic fertilizer, cottonseed meal, alfalfa meal, bone meal, etc.), broadfork, and smooth with garden rake.  Sometimes I have to shovel the soil from the walkway back up into the bed, no sides on my beds.  Using the broadfork is a good work out.

General Discussion / Re: NO LUCK
« on: October 16, 2018, 10:06:38 AM »
Yep, like Daniel and other said, that is why I transplant just about everything.  I get great germination in trays and easy to keep them moist.  I just spray them until they germinate and then water from below when the trays are light.  Really would like a germination chamber to be even lazier/less worry.  Additionally, I'm not using up space to germinate in the garden , which is a confined area.  For example, I had nice size broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage plants ready to transplant when I took out the melons.  Nice size plants of greens (mustard, collard, kale) went in where there used to be okra.  Now I'm getting more greens and cabbage, as well as the beets carrots, turnips, and radishes, ready for when I take out the peppers.  Then, I will have lettuce ready for when I take out the eggplants and tomatoes or plant among them and cut the eggplants and pull the tomatoes later.  I need to get something ready for when I take out the corn in November.

This will actually be the first year I transplant the lettuce.  The last couple years I just plant the seeds in the garden but it makes a mess (plants too dense) and hard to pick, unless I get one of the electric lettuce cutters.  I like the idea of transplanting the lettuce and getting them spaced out just enough to easily pick the leaves of the plants.  So we shall see.

Green beans I still plant the seeds in the ground.  Green beans are so easy to germinate and a nice crop.

However, I can still get down on my hands and knees to transplant.  My soil is just starting to be nice and soft.  It feels good crawling in the garden.  I was thinking of building a transplant cart to kneel on but can't find a picture right now.  I use to have chair but it has just sat to the side this year.  This may have to change in the coming years and have to plant in the ground with drip tape.  Drip tape just gets in my way when prepping the beds.  This year I have really liked the wobbler sprinklers.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:24:53 AM »
Pulled up the edamame plants and picked the soybeans off of them in the shade.
I have never had soybeans but would like to try growing them next year.  On Netflix there is a new cooking show Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.  They showed them making misogynistic and soy sauce.  The fermentation for soy sauce looked similar to fermenting sour beers.  I sure would like to try an make a soy sauce.

The acid episode is some Mexican dishes made with sour oranges.  I'm just so happen to be in mexico (not by choice) and have been looking for escabeche but have not found any.

Glad you had that shut off valve bordercollie.

General Discussion / Re: Harvest sweet potatoes
« on: October 08, 2018, 07:58:33 AM »
Checked the first bag of sweet potatoes (White Triumphs variety) and there were a few medium size ones (perfect for me) but too many "fingerling" size sweet potatoes also.    I'm going to let them sit for a few more weeks, may be till November.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: October 03, 2018, 07:38:23 AM »
Nice harvest.  Stewed green bean time.  I'm going to pick this weekend.  Double B, did you plant your english or snow peas yet?

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: October 01, 2018, 08:32:14 AM »
It's a crazy fruit season down here. The persimmons are ripe and every tree I saw riding around is also loaded. The oranges are starting to turn color but the kumquat tree which usually ripens first is lagging behind. The pecans are starting to fall and it looks like it's gonna be a good crop but what I'm surprised about is the loquat/Japanese plum tree is loaded with blooms about 2 months earlier than usual. It hasn't produced the last two years from a late freezes and I'm guessing that's what made it bloom early.

Maybe the freezes last year has something to do with the good harvest this year. I'll take it and hope it doesn't have long term effects.

Man, I don't have any flowers on my loquat tree and never have seen any flowers (2 year now).  Same for the blood orange tree and pineapple guava.  I'm probably going to cut down the blood orange in the spring as it always gets freeze damage.  Hoping I don't have to cut down the loquat tree and pineapple guava since they were revived from near death.

General Discussion / Re: Harvest sweet potatoes
« on: October 01, 2018, 08:18:17 AM »
Greg, I start my sweet potato slips in seeding soil similar to Ragun Gardener and are one of the easiest to make starts.  I'm not sure if you can kill a sweet potato. 

Last weekend, it was too wet around the sweet potato bags and going to wait till later this week to mess with them.  Figured they could suck up some more of the standing water and swell some more.  I'll get a picture this weekend. 

The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse hydroponic growing Fall 2018
« on: September 28, 2018, 10:23:27 AM »
I want to try it for row cover. That's the reason that I bought it, but it takes a long time for the water to drain through it right now.

Oh I was hoping water would drain through them pretty good.  I'll give them a try and see how it does as well as let you know.  I have some tarps but of coarse there is standing water on them and probably some mosquito larvae.  I do spray them with soap hoping it is doing something but of coarse rains daily right now.  The corn and bugs are loving all this rain.

Looks like you have been working and planting done this week.

General Discussion / Re: Brocolli Plants
« on: September 27, 2018, 04:14:45 PM »
I have not noticed the squirrels eating broccoli.  It was a great year for lack of bugs until recently.  I have started to see some caterpillars and even some stink bugs.  Lots of butterflies and moths.  I had to start spraying soap and BT a couple weeks ago but it keeps raining so have to keep spraying.  Might have some slugs too but have not seen them.

General Discussion / Re: Harvest sweet potatoes
« on: September 27, 2018, 04:08:10 PM »
Awesome Greg.  I'm going to take peak at some sweet potatoes this weekend. 

I keep them in the pantry and they last till about April.  Then it is time to make slips anyways.

General Discussion / Harvest sweet potatoes
« on: September 26, 2018, 01:18:47 PM »
Has anyone started to harvest their sweet potatoes yet?  I'm curious what they are looking like right now and might have to dig up a few to check.

The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse hydroponic growing Fall 2018
« on: September 26, 2018, 01:17:25 PM »
Thanks and no problem bobcatgardener.  I'll give them a call before heading up.  I bet Aileen is going to like the ground cover fabric and better get extra for her beds. 

The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse hydroponic growing Fall 2018
« on: September 26, 2018, 09:42:00 AM »
Bobcatgardener, I found the website for BWI and B&T.  Which one did you drive too?  They are both in Forest Hills.  I need some ground cover fabric like you and surround the garden.  I'm not sure I want to kill all the grass but at least a few feet around the beds and burn the grass along the plastic edge.  Also, want to use them to cover the beds in between plantings.

I know you don't want to heat the greenhouse but I need some chill hours for the peaches and blueberries.  However, I don't want to loose too much lettuce.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 21, 2018, 07:58:23 AM »
This year, I have yet to turn on the weedeater.  I just burn the weeds.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 19, 2018, 01:03:20 PM »
Nice OrangeTxn.  No tomato blooms here yet but the green beans are blooming and may be another week till the beginning of the cowpea picking.  Amazingly, still picking eggplants.  Corn is getting to be hip high (fertilized and hilled) but with some bug damage (unfortunately).  Of coarse, the peppers are loading up.  I need to get off my butt and transplant the cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.   However, I do have the garden weeded nicely right now. 

General Discussion / Re: OKRA
« on: September 11, 2018, 02:36:16 PM »
That is a crazy okra.  Looks health but no flowers, amazing.

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