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ladyknight1

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The 2017 Gardening Thread
« on: July 15, 2017, 10:07:15 AM »
DH and I bought a house in May. We've slowly been incorporating plants into the yards, and now are to a good start so we can enjoy the fruits of our labors.

Currently sprouting, started in containers:
Cherokee Purple tomatoes http://www.rareseeds.com/cherokee-purple-tomato/
Purple tomatillos [url]http://www.rareseeds.com/tomatillo-purple/]
http://www.rareseeds.com/cherokee-purple-tomato/
Purple tomatillos http://www.rareseeds.com/tomatillo-purple/
Basil
Arugula
Parsley

Planted today in peat pots to transfer:
Yellow scalloped squash
Black beauty zucchini squash
Yellow straightneck squash
Okra
Mustard
Jalapeno
California wonder peppers
Chives
Dill
Lavender
Oregano

We also have a raised bed with plants I bought, one tomato and three peppers. A friend gave me a large plant of this tomato, which will get planted today. http://www.rareseeds.com/black-vernissage-tomato/

I'm waiting for cooler temperatures to plant our cucumber, two other types of tomatoes, and sugar snap peas.

The house came with three citrus trees and a stone fruit tree, along with a dozen crape myrtle trees.

Front yard has two beds, one with a rose bush and wildflower sprouts. One with some annuals/perennials and I started milkweed seeds for our pollinators.
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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2017, 10:54:55 PM »
W.  O.  W.  You've been a busy bee!

But tell me, did he carry you over the threshold like I looked forward to? <<snickering>>
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ladyknight1

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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2017, 06:30:07 AM »
He did not. But I would have probably hit him until he put me down, so that's okay.

I'm very excited to report that my straightneck yellow squash has sprouted! That and chives are the first sprouts since I planted those Saturday. I have a sprout forest for the Cherokee purple tomato and five of the tomatillo.
ďAll that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
-J.R.R Tolkien

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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2017, 07:31:54 AM »
I've been harvesting snap peas and some snow pea interlopers that somehow got mixed in.  My garlic is almost ready to be harvested; I did pull three bulbs last night so I can give some to a friend I'll be seeing today.  It is fantastic!  Normally, I only get 4 to 5 cloves in each bulb, when I've grown it before.  These ones have more like 8 to 10 cloves.  Which is awesome, because I don't need to save nearly so many to plant this fall for garlic next year.

Garlic is really one of the most rewarding crops for me.  The vast majority of the garlic in grocery stores here is grown in China or Mexico, both of which make me nervous for pesticide reasons and also for carbon footprint reasons.

I will soon be harvesting beans, my potatoes, beets, rutabaga, parsnips and carrots are looking really good.  And, considering how late the plants went in, my tomatoes, peppers, Brussel sprouts and red cabbage are doing OK.  As well as the second round of late planted beans.
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ladyknight1

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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2017, 04:45:09 PM »
I can add to the sprout report.

Oregano
Mustard
The yellow scalloped squash
Chives (another pot)
ďAll that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2017, 10:33:26 PM »

He did not. But I would have probably hit him until he put me down, so that's okay.

Laffin' at that one! But seriously, Bless & Bliss to you both in your new home!   ;D
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ladyknight1

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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2017, 07:32:43 AM »
I checked this morning and I have sprouts all over!

Dill
All three pots of chives

Two tiny mushrooms in my tomato and tomatillo pot. I'll cut back on the watering.
ďAll that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
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Chez Miriam

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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2017, 10:46:54 AM »
Ladyknight1, is your autumn late enough turning to frost that plants started now will fruit successfully?  Or will you have to cover things?

I'm hopeful my cucurbitae will get a move on [the plants are rampant; they've got everywhere], but with the exception of my one (for the variety) huge pumpkin, and a few potimarron, and the wonderful cucumbers, they're only just starting to flower in earnest.  I worry that the fruit won't have time to develop and ripen before it freezes...

If yours are just germinating, will they be OK?  I'm guessing you don't worry about frost from mid-October onwards?

Sounds an impressive collection, and I hope you'll be posting a few pics when things get bigger!

I harvested my autumn-sown garlic, and can't thank whichever of you suggested autumn-planting: I had 59 out of 60 'germinate' and ended up with 60 bulbs (of varying sizes, but then I'd just picked the best out of my garlic pot in the kitchen, so it was a mix of at least three varieties), because one had a "side-kick".  My spring-sown garlic is half harvested, and really has thrown into sharp relief how good it is to plant in the autumn!

Romaine lettuces doing great [they are this year's success story]; Chinese leaves appear to have served only as a buffet for tiny-mouthed beasties. >:(

One row of peas did not germinate; the other produced enough to add to a salad!  'Shiraz' mange-tout: purple pods that turn the steaming water turquoise, but the plants are still flowering, so I'm hoping they will have a second flush.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed the second part of the season will produce results.  [I really want to do Mel the Redcap's tomato chutney, and for that I need more than the pathetic mouthful my plants are producing!]
"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."  - Julian of Norwich

ladyknight1

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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2017, 10:52:23 AM »
We might get frost one day in December. Or January. It rarely gets below 40F in the winter here, since we're a three season subtropical climate.

ďAll that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
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Chez Miriam

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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2017, 10:59:07 AM »
We might get frost one day in December. Or January. It rarely gets below 40F in the winter here, since we're a three season subtropical climate.

Oh, that sounds like bliss!  Now I understand why your stuff didn't need to be started indoors in March, then carefully cosseted/hardened-off/covered for late frosts, etc.
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ladyknight1

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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2017, 11:00:19 AM »
Zone 9B - 25-30 F a few times a year.
ďAll that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
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Chez Miriam

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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2017, 11:03:44 AM »
Zone 9B - 25-30 F a few times a year.

Are you one of the Florida eHellions?

For some reason I had got your gardening lumped in with the Eastern Seaboard/Canadian posters. :-[ :-[
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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2017, 03:28:50 PM »
Does anyone have experience with cilantro? I did herb pots for the first time this year. My rosemary, sage and basil are  thriving, and the parsley is surviving. But I killed a pot of oregano and two of cilantro. I tried watering more... I tried watering less... more sun... less sun. And still they died. I bought two more cilantro plants, but so far they're still sitting in their little biodegradable peat pots - I've been afraid to transplant them. (I have a black thumb. I think I could do a Plants That I Have Killed version of The 12 Days of Christmas.)


On the other hand, DH's tiny garden has done lovely. The squash has almost stopped (we're zone 7, and he planted early), but we're still getting cucumbers and tomatoes. I've put up almost 5 gallons of pickles and 2 gallons of salsa, and we've given away scads of cucumbers and eaten an alarming amount of cucumber/tomato salad. And the peppers had been looking sad for a while, but they seem to be cheering up, so there's hope for more of them.
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ladyknight1

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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2017, 04:38:27 PM »
I'm learning that going a day without checking the seedlings is not a good idea. They are sad and limp, and will hopefully perk up now with water. I'm going to get them planted before Sunday.
ďAll that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
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Re: The 2017 Gardening Thread
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2017, 08:20:39 AM »
The squash seedlings are planted! Just in time, since some were looking sad. Unfortunately, the fire ants weren't happy about me invading their space. They will have to go, as I am highly reactive to their bites.

My okra is finally sprouting, so the only things that have not sprouted yet are lavender, mint, and a few other herbs.

I just ordered new seeds and will be starting them soon.
Three types of milkweed
Two types of sunflower
Purple echinacea
Golden beet
Early wonder beet
Chinese red meat radish
French breakfast radish
Arumugam's eggplant

I'm starting the milkweed, echinacea and sunflower on the porch, and will start the seeds for the beets and radishes that way too.

Plus! I am getting more rose buds on the rose bush, we're up to 5 since we moved in May. It really liked the pruning I gave it, and the plant food I gave it.

I picked two tomatoes yesterday, and my wildflower seeds are sprouting.

I found this in the yard yesterday, and it is not a native plant, but is a wildflower. It's a blue aster.


ďAll that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
-J.R.R Tolkien