Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by mescalita, Mar 22, 2020.
It is hot~~~~~hoping to survive and revive thru mid August when things cool down to low 90's.....
I think I'll be able to eat some zucchini tonight!! I plan to pick them when they are on the smaller side.
Dug a new bed and planted saved four o'clock seeds where the two plants had been last year. One plant came up much sooner than the others. Thought it was a holdover from last year. When the seeds sprouted and got their regular leaves, I compared them to this plant and they didn't look quite the same. Then this "holdover" plant wouldn't grow vertically- kind of vined out. Then it started to die so I dug it out. It was little red potatoes from the compost I had used, lol.
Took my first early girl tomato last night from our garden. Perhaps a day or 2 before it was 100% ready but we are getting hit with thunderstorms today. My 3 plants in my backyard are close to producing as well.
I think a chipmunk ate my first low hanging ripe tomatoes yesterday Got one in a trap today. They messed with the wrong farmer. It's on!
Chip or Dale? I had a preference for Dale. Bless his heart!!
There’s an early girl or two there somewhere. It is hot~~~
but, not the first.....they are good!!!!!
I have thrown away over 60 baby tomatoes from one bush due to BER.
My zucchini (first time crop for me) have developed blossom end rot. So I read up on it and they said it was caused by too much acid and a calcium deficiency. The remedy? Tums!
The things I am learning about this new climate.....
Hope you folks don’t mind. I’d like to share some pics of my new garden hobby. I still don’t know what I’m doing but it’s fun!
Powdered milk will work, too. I use 2 tablespoons of powdered calcium to 2 gallons of water. Sorry me, I didn't do it early on and now I'm paying the price. The bell peppers and jalapenos are doing great.
Also, you have to deep water 2 times a week. I use 2 gallons of water on each plant every 4th day. Inconsistent watering is a major cause of BER. Again, I was nonchalant about it early on and now I'm desperately playing catch up.
Thanks, Paulie. Will try more water less often. Summers here are usually rainless, so I guess that gives me total control.
@Electroguy563[/USER] I love your enthusiasm for your new hobby! As many here know, gardening is good for the soul.
I'm a hobby gardener too. I've lived here for 30 years so you would think my garden would be complete but it never will be. My husband grouses that I should plant and leave everything alone but splitting plants and trying new things is part of my gardening enjoyment. I know when March hit with our Covid isolation I started itching to get in my garden.
Last year for the first time ever, I had saved seeds from marigolds, zinnias, nasturtiums and sunflowers. With Covid happening, I was so glad I did! I didn't want to risk going to the garden centre so by April 1st, I had seeds planted in every window sill I could find that got sun. I took this pic in late April. I ended up with way too many plants but watching them grow through April helped me keep my sanity I gave half to my sister who then in turn gave half to her friend. That made me feel good.
Even though I didn't spend the couple hundred I usually do on annuals and veggies, I can say I'm pretty happy with my garden this year. Ya, it's mostly orange with marigolds and African daisies and full of zinnias and sunflowers but I enjoy watching everything grow. One thing about that choice of flowers, I look forward to spending an hour or so every other day just deadheading my plants. It gives me something to look forward to these days.
Passing by this bird house (a gift from my friend for our 25th anniversary) I can't help but smile. While digging in the garden a few years ago, I found a toy soldier that my son must have lost while playing in the garden years ago (he's 26 years old now). I put the sniper on guard.
I really like the pics of your garden, @gambler ! I'm still learning about container gardening and flower gardening in general. I think I'll do better next year, lol!
I find the pic of that piece of driftwood that you have your son's toy soldier on very intriguing! The top part looks like the head of an owl and the lower part reminds me of a octopus....
Your flowers turned out beautiful. I want to grow some of those dark colored sunflowers.
Thanks for sharing your pics!
Yes, I see the owl too - every time!! Even when I'm standing behind it I see an owl.
I hadn't noticed the octopus before but I see what you mean. I will look at it differently tomorrow!
Lemon cucumber fridge pickles, just made today.....
And I thought gardening soil + a little crap...done!!! Damnit!
Our garden plot and the backyard have really been enjoying this hot and largely dry summer. However we did have 3 massive thunderstorms which blew through and sadly took out one of our backyard early girl tomato plants. I had spread mulch and hadn't noticed one planter basically filled with water and there were no drain holes (these were new planters and I had forgotten to drill them out). I did drain the planter and have been drying the plant but its too late.
We have harvested our garlic and onion and managed a good haul this year. We've also started taking our first crop of carrots. We are completely overrun with cherry tomato from our 4 sweet 100 plants. Last night we took quite a bit.
Tropical Storm Isaias wreaked havoc on my veggies. I managed to save around half of them. You can't fight Mother Nature.
Tomato-palooza ! Not bad for a pack of beefsteak seeds from the dollar store and they taste great. Can't beat homegrown. The Scotch Bonnet and Carolina Reaper peppers are in there somewhere, hoping to harvest them by Labor Day.
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