How does your Garden Grow ?

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  1. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    Who has a garden....how is it doin ?

    Radishes, onions and lattice are in full swing. Started picken cucumbers last week. Slicers, for salads and Macaroni salad.

    Beans are commin on strong. About 2" long. Potatoes are in bloom and checking have good new potatoes. Green beans and New Potatoes, don't get any better than that.

    Tomatoes are a little late this year due to cold weather. Have 4 varities and one is about the size of tennis balls and turning white, last stage before turning red. Cherry tomatoes are in big bunches and looking good.

    Peppers are about the size of eggs...lots of em also.

    So far a good year....fairly cool weather, with good rain. Although I am watering quite a bit the last two weeks.
     
  2. greyhawk50

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    I tried putting out a garden years ago. Most of the stuff went to waste. Couldn't eat it all fast enough and my wife is a city girl that never learned how to can. I'll keep her anyway. :))
    All we have now is tomatoes, cucumbers and some large onions. Mostly for salad makings. Onions are still growing but doing well. Cucumbers are in blossom and we have a few small green tomatoes. All is well for being this far north.
     

  3. Spoon

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    Beans are making pretty good number...gotta water the dickens out of them. Maters, Boy howdy...I got a ton. What can you expect with 120 plants? Should have some turning in a couple more weeks. Cukes-I'll pick some bumpy pickle cukes this weekend it looks like. The "straight 8s are just starting to blossom. Be about a month before the Armenian cukes start putting on the baseball bat sized gourds they produce. Had some real whoppers last year...so dummy me planted 5 or 6 times as many this year. Sugar Pie Punk'ns are putting out the early male blooms and starting to cover their corner of the garden plot. Got the first tiny little cantaloupe on one of the hills. Hot and banana peppers have already been enjoyed with lots more making on the plants. Yellow squash and zucchini have gourds growing on them. Don't know why someone didn't warn me about Butternut Squash. Darn things are just like pumpkins...covering everything on the north end and probably have about 50 healthy fruits swelling up. Good thing for a good well! Now's the time I gotta pour on the moisture since Nature ain't cooperating with some bits of rain here and there. All of that seems to be going 20-50 miles north of here. Eastern border has got a 75 ft stand of G I A N T sunflowers that are 4-5 ft tall with tree trunk stalks. The kohlrabi (1st time to try it) is starting to make the stem swells that are the eating part.

    Only two of 6 cabbages survived (poor stock), but one is a beaut! Don't know what I gotta do or how long I've got to wait for the cauliflower to start making heads. Anyone know?

    Will have plenty of goodies...Good Lord willing and big hail storm doesn't hit! Lots of family locally, good friends and neighbors that will enjoy what I don't can or sell at the Farmers' Market. So far...All ORGANIC. Two juicy tomato worms did a little damage to a couple of plants, but they didn't live through surgery :D
     
  4. SWO1

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    I tried cauliflower a couple of times years ago. Couldn't beat the worms so gave up. Cant remember when they made heads.

    I did all pickling cucs this year. But some how a flat of plants ended up long straight ones kind of like the china longs. But I like those also. Been picken em about 10" long and 1.5" around, very little seeds.

    Did the Giant Sunflowers last year. Got ripped off with the seed....revered back to normal....:(

    Didn't do musk mellons as my brother-in-law put in a bunch. They were goin great guns UNITL....:eek:...Deer wiped every one out the other night. He had a bunch of feed troughs he put up on legs and did raised beds so he didn't have to bend over. Deer thought they were a smorgusboard/buffet.
     
  5. Gumpy

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    When I lived in Marion County Alabama, where I'm originally from, we couldn't grow watermelons, cantaloupe and such for the coyotes! They would come thru and take at least a bite out of each one.
     
  6. Spoon

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    Dry years like 2012, Yessir! The deer took a liking to them watermelons AFTER I took to "yucky" ones out of the garden and split them for the deer where I placed in the field behind the house. I heard stories of some commercial growers getting ate out by the yotes and deer last year on the east side of the state. Oh well, everything has to have water to survive...right after O2.

    UmUm GOOD. Had a mess of wax beans tonight straight from the "market" right off our driveway! Cukes I've only got a couple big enough to pull...if I had a craving. Plants are loaded with 1.5" long skinny little starts that should fill the 1/2 gal jars I bought for them with some vinegar and spices! Still need rain!
     
  7. SWO1

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    Gotta pick green beans this afternoon. Plants so full startin to lay down. Have to wait till they dry off, pickin while they are wet causes them to rust.

    Will dig some new taters also. Menu for Sunday dinner:

    Roast. Missouri grass fed beef, poked full of garlic and slow roasted
    Green beans and new taters simmered with a ham hock
    Cucumbers and onions in vinegar
    Lettace/green pepper salad
    Home made bread & butter
    Ice Tea

    :D:D:D:D
     
  8. Gumpy

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    Spoon, I wish I could send some of our rain to you. The corn and soybeans are growing so fast you can almost see them grow! I have the best kind of garden you can have. My neighbor put in a medium size garden, I guess just to have something to do. He has kept us supplied with cucumbers, squash, and green tomatoes(It's hard for me to wait and let the tomatoes get red lol). Okra will be ready to pick before long. To bad my neighbor doesn't like veggies like we do!! Sweet corn has a way to go.
     
  9. SWO1

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    Picked 2+ gallons of beans out of the patch of Contenders I planted by the back door for fresh eatin. This is the first pickin and they are still bloomin strong so will have at least 2 or 3 more. Will freeze some for fresh. Have Blue Lakes commin on later for cannin.

    Will dig (actually pull back the straw) and harvest some new taters tomorrow.

    Cooler weather forcasted for all next week along with some rain. Forecast dosnt reach up into Spoons neck of the Ozarks but looks like its commin from the North so hope he gets some also.
     
  10. Spoon

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    What time you putting on the feed bag? Sounds like a feast. N-joy!
     
  11. Spoon

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    Thanks for wishing about the rain. Got a little in the wee hours Friday...both South and North of here...they got hammered by 70mph+ winds. Bunch of trees down and broke limbs.

    Had a nice mess of wax beans yesterday...no strings & easier on my gut. Picked hot peppers and cukes this afternoon and if the little blue lakes will go from short pencils to real beans...time to get the canner running soon. Root veges don't work here...too many rocks and a bit too much clay. Keep making routine patrols looking for pests, but don't have the bugs like last year's drought that drew all them in to the wetter garden area and plants that had moisture in them. Have a great weekend ALL!
     
  12. FOUR4D4

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    I had a garden when I lived in Ohio everything grew wild but the corn.Just couldn't grow corn some one said it was because of the walnut trees I had, put a lot of acid in the soil.
     
  13. SWO1

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    In Missouri we have an abundance of Black Walnut Trees. I'll have to say your failure to grow corn was not because of them. All nut trees produce a chemical called Juglone. Black Walnut being the most productive. Some vegetation is harmed by it, to the point of being killed off. Most damage is done within the drip line of the tree. From the trunk extending out to the boundry of the limbs or as far as 50'. Provided is a list of vegetables, I knew some but not all, looked them up.

    Plants Sensitive to Juglone:

    Vegetables

    •Cabbage
    •Peppers
    •Tomatoes
    •Eggplant
    •Potato

    Plants Tolerant of Juglone:

    Vegetables

    •Squashes
    •Melon
    •Beans
    •Carrots
    •Corn
     
  14. squirrelhunter

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    No garden this year but I'm starting on trying my luck at a few different kinds of trees.
    Namely a few fruit trees and also nut.Going to try and turn my one yard about an acre in size into a miniature woods.:D
     
  15. FOUR4D4

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    Don't plant walnut trees I had about 30 walnut trees at my old house and there is no way to pick them all up.:eek:
     
  16. Gumpy

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    Several are growing wild around my house in the woods, along with several persimmon trees and some Beech trees. Squirrels love it!
     
  17. squirrelhunter

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    That's what I'm hoping for ;).
     
  18. SWO1

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    Wife and grandkids just got back from checking Blackberry bushes. Starting to turn, looks to be a real good crop this year. Just got a few that were ripe, about a quart....but they are big and sweet...BLACKBERRY COBBLER....BLACKBERRY PERSERVES......BLACKBERRY PANCAKES....PUT EM IN YOUR CORNFLAKES......MIX EM WITH OTHER FRUIT FOR A SALAD......:D

    Even tho they sprayed down good had to jump in the shower and get rid of the residual CHIGGERS....throw the clothes in the washer and DE-TICK...lol
     
  19. hombre243

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    cauliflour is a pain in the garden spot

    Only two of 6 cabbages survived (poor stock), but one is a beaut! Don't know what I gotta do or how long I've got to wait for the cauliflower to start making heads. Anyone know?

    Will have plenty of goodies...Good Lord willing and big hail storm doesn't hit! Lots of family locally, good friends and neighbors that will enjoy what I don't can or sell at the Farmers' Market. So far...All ORGANIC. Two juicy tomato worms did a little damage to a couple of plants, but they didn't live through surgery :D[/quote]

    But they are great if you do it right. I didn't. I was told that the leaves have to be tied up by the tips to cover the head when it just starts to become a head...It won't form properly otherwise. I can't verify that but I did find a good instructional link.

    http://www.vegetable-garden-guide.com/how-to-grow-cauliflower.html

    Have fun.

    PS My garden aint growin but now I got a lot of rabbits to eat. Life just done get no better than that. I tried eatin cat but it wasn't the same.
     
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  20. Spoon

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    Oh boy! The bees finally showed up and the cukes are multiplying overnight...I swear. Maters late from that 3 May snow setback, but I've got hundreds of them and some varieties are starting to turn from green to white. One orb decided to go now and my 87yr old mother n law gets the honor of devouring #1 this Wed or Thur! A couple more weeks and it'll be sauce, salsa and whole/chunked tomatoes, selling and feeding the family and friends. My Xperiment with the kohlrabi is turning out well. Swelling up pretty good. Learned their name is Germanic in origin for a Turnip-Cabbage. Pumpkins and cantaloupes putting on globes. Butternut squash look like they might take 2 hands to carry by the time they mature. Beans are more than we'll need, but not as thick as SWO1. Yessirree...I'm a happy fella to be blessed with such abundance :)