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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 8, 2013
10:41 AM

Post #9412126

Let talk about our veggie gardens, how big? how many varieties of veggies do you have? anyone do square foot gardening?
How to keep rodents out?

I am planning to finally get mine done this year.
So far here I've only done container gardens but I do have tons of space to do a huge one. So any and all advice is appreciated.



This pic is my grandma's garden in Edmonton Canada c1980

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 8, 2013
10:51 AM

Post #9412137

My concentration this year will be on planning and planting the veggie garden...as you can see I have the space

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jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

February 8, 2013
1:44 PM

Post #9412322

I don't have much sun in the backyard. this year I'm going to try veggies mix in with the flowers in the front. lots of sun there.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 8, 2013
4:19 PM

Post #9412457

Have to put it where you can


I've seen a few articles where towns are trying to stop people from planting veggie gardens in their front yards...which is just crazy http://goo.gl/GB0yN

http://goo.gl/Leb7s

samthehavanese
Mohrsville, PA
(Zone 6a)

February 8, 2013
4:40 PM

Post #9412471

Instead of doing one huge one, maybe put up several raised beds.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 8, 2013
5:03 PM

Post #9412486

It has to be easy for hubby to mow around and leave room for kiddies to play

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2013
12:48 PM

Post #9413261

Raised beds way to go!
Doug9345
Durhamville, NY
(Zone 5b)

February 9, 2013
4:50 PM

Post #9413501

I have two places I can use. The front garden is about 120' by 180'. The back one is going to be hard to determine. It has trees to the south so you have to get out of the shadow them and there are a lot of wet spots in it. The first picture is the front one. It can't be worked all the way back to where I'm standing because it is too wet. The equipment to the right is what I use to work it up. My limitation to what I plant is how much weeding I can keep up with.

I'll grow tomatoes, corn,beans,squash and flowers.

This message was edited Feb 12, 2013 10:24 AM

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2013
5:30 PM

Post #9413542

Raised beds take care of all those concerns.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 12, 2013
5:37 AM

Post #9416392

I have a much smaller garden than I used to have...but I grow about 18 tomatoes, 2 rows of green beans, 2 hills of squash, 5 hills of cukes, 1 row of peppers, 2 rows of carrots, 2 rows of beets, several rows of peas, a row of bunching onions, and then a row of something different each year...this year I'm trying baby bok choi...the rest is flowers...dahlias, cosmos, zinnias, plus a few mixed pkgs...I surround the veggies with marigolds...not many pests...I use no chemicals, just cow manure & lime...
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

February 12, 2013
6:37 AM

Post #9416447

anyone starting veggies from seed - when are you going to start?

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 12, 2013
6:49 AM

Post #9416462

Here's a neat chart to find out when to start sowing specific seeds
http://www.chestnut-sw.com/growform.htm


Anyone bury chicken wire or fencing to keep critters out?

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 12, 2013
7:09 AM

Post #9416480

I plant most everything from seed... here's a couple of really good charts.

http://www.fedcoseeds.com/seeds/veggie_chart.htm

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/e-PDGSeedStart.aspx
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

February 12, 2013
9:19 AM

Post #9416610

those are good - thx
Frank65
Hallowell, ME

February 21, 2013
8:02 AM

Post #9426620

I don't go by charts. I plant peas when I can work the ground and beets too. I use raised beds and 10 gal containers. I'm trying a new variety of snap peas from Burpee's which only grow 10 inches high but are suppose to produce the same amount of peas as the taller varieties and you can plant them in an 8" pot. I am also planting regular tall varieties so I'm assured some peas either way. I've always planted warm weather veggies on or around Memorial Day. The only seeds I do start indoors are my tomatoes and perennials and I do that the first of April. This year I have planted 4 6-packs of columbines and placed them on my front porch. I'll bring them in around the first of April and place them on my heat pads under light. I always direct sow every thing else in my veggie patch which includes cukes, summer squash, winter squash, snap beans, rutabega, and chard. I am a creature of habit and don't change.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 21, 2013
1:54 PM

Post #9426965

Haven't researched it yet but anyone know if Burpee's seeds are non Gmo?

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 21, 2013
2:57 PM

Post #9427028

Have no idea...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 21, 2013
3:08 PM

Post #9427038

Not sure but my last ones were the size of baseballs...
Frank65
Hallowell, ME

February 24, 2013
5:45 AM

Post #9429626

I wouldn't think the heirlooms are.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 3, 2013
8:28 PM

Post #9507370

What does everyone use as paths/walkways in their veggie gardens?

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

May 4, 2013
8:01 AM

Post #9507762

Just the dirt...should mulch, because it gets very weedy...only my peas are up...just so dry...
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 9, 2013
12:21 PM

Post #9514625

I use chipped trees for paths. At the sound of a chain saw on Saturday morning I am out looking to see if they are using a chipped and a truck! About every other year I get a mountain of chips dumped on my driveway and spend the summer wheel barrowing them into place.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

May 9, 2013
1:01 PM

Post #9514695

Good for you, Memory!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 9, 2013
1:45 PM

Post #9514764

Woohoo!!!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 9, 2013
2:39 PM

Post #9514827

good idea!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2013
8:09 PM

Post #9524421

I am planning my veggie garden still... I am reading up on companion plants and found something very interesting that I want to share because I had no idea.. A plant I have always thought to be extremely poisonous called Solanium nigrum, was listed as a great companion plant to potatoes, because potato beetles find it way more delicous than potatoes. When searching the plant I found some info that it is not poisonous and in other countries it is eaten regularly, but it has been confused with another similar plant. http://goo.gl/j3JXU

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 17, 2013
8:57 PM

Post #9524464

some more info on companion plants
http://goo.gl/n4yZI

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

May 18, 2013
6:03 AM

Post #9524701

I always thought it was poisonous! I always have several that show up in my veggie garden, & I dig them out.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2013
5:03 PM

Post #9525235

planting veggie's this weekend - t's are in as are leeks - tomorrow the rest will get planted
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2013
6:51 PM

Post #9525327

Glad to read about everyone's 2013 veggie bed.

Wha, We have never planted leeks, and we seem to fail at onions so I assume I wouldn't be good with leeks. Don't know why.. Love to cook with them. We have had cold weather crops in for a while both direct seed and starts that we bought. We gave up on starting seeds ourselves as we travel too much. We always managed to kill way too many little seedlings. It was heartbreaking.

We will plant all the other starts that we just bought when we get back to the Island on Tuesday as both of our veggie beds are all ready to be planted. The paths are even already mulched. This year we used regular mulch as we had an extra yard of it to use up after we had done all the shrub and border beds. Other years we have use pine needles or straw, but that can be weedy or hard to find on Nantucket. I like the wood chip idea from AYankeeCat. Sounds real Yankee Fugal too. Patti

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2013
8:56 PM

Post #9525405

Hopefully will get to mine this week. No biggie being late this year with all these cold temps.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

May 19, 2013
5:57 AM

Post #9525573

Won't be planting warm weather crops until the end of this week...missed WFF's Tomatomania, but will pick up plants at the farm on my road...
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2013
3:22 PM

Post #9526173

veggie garden is in - we "mulch" it with sea straw - it really is the start of summer when the veggie garden is planted! had the in-laws over to help and a nice cookout afterward.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 19, 2013
3:52 PM

Post #9526219

Great!

Do you mix in any fruit type plantings in your veggie garden? or should they be kept separate?
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 19, 2013
6:47 PM

Post #9526429

I left a note for the pet sitter to help herself to asparagus. I got a note back from her that she couldn't find it. Guess I should have told her that it was purple and 2 feet tall and as thick as a thumb. It is monster sized, but it still is tender and delicious.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 19, 2013
6:49 PM

Post #9526434

LOL...should have drawn her a map
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 19, 2013
6:56 PM

Post #9526450

Heehee. Monstergras!!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2013
4:06 AM

Post #9526703

We still have lots of 40 degree nights in our forecast, but I don't see any 30's which is a good thing. I won't be planting alot of the seedlings I started until June 1st or better I think.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

May 20, 2013
6:18 AM

Post #9526822

Nights look to be in the 50s now, or high 40s...still haven't finished digging all the veggie garden...very unhappy with my son at this point!
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2013
10:41 AM

Post #9527158

no fruit in my veggies

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 20, 2013
10:46 AM

Post #9527164

Robin was your son supposed to help you?
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 20, 2013
11:01 AM

Post #9527187

I have my fruit bearers surrounding the edges of my yard and the veggies in the center in raised beds.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

May 20, 2013
1:10 PM

Post #9527339

Jen, my son took my tiller to his house last year, then sold his late Dad's pickup truck (which I had given to him), so no way to get the tiller back here...I have had to hand dig...not much fun, & I'm not close to being finished!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 20, 2013
1:19 PM

Post #9527354

oh no, that stinks!
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2013
4:31 PM

Post #9527563

Marilyn I would "remind" him about where the tiller belongs - everyone knows someone with a pick up truck

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

May 20, 2013
4:36 PM

Post #9527569

True...especially since he lives in farm country...on the other hand, the kids said he's looking to buy another pickup, so maybe next year I'll have the tiller back!
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2013
4:38 PM

Post #9527574

How about hiring someone to till for you and then send your son the bill? Not nice, but maybe he will out grow his lack of consideration for his Mom someday. Let's hope. We have been doing the no till veggie bed the last three years. We seem to have less weeds. Patti

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

May 20, 2013
4:40 PM

Post #9527579

Well, the garden is half dug, so I guess I'll continue...I like the idea of fewer weeds! Digging, however, is not my idea of fun...You are so right about the lack of respect, Patti...he would never act like that if my DH was still alive...
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2013
5:36 AM

Post #9528115

I stil haven't finished getting my veggie garden ready! I still have to move about a dozen daylilies! I've been lucky to move one a day with the baby boy keeping me buzy!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

May 21, 2013
5:38 AM

Post #9528119

How true...the little ones want to get into everything. I bought 14 tomato plants yesterday, plus yellow peppers, & basil...hope to be planting at the end of the week...

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2013
6:00 AM

Post #9528135

I remember I had to get a harness for Justin, he was he** on wheels @ 15 months on!!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2013
6:28 AM

Post #9528155

LOL : )

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 21, 2013
6:58 AM

Post #9528193

I received some pepper and tomato plants as the swap,
the peppers are still small so I'll wait a bit to plant those in the ground
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 21, 2013
7:03 AM

Post #9528204

Hardening off the tomatoes I got before planting.
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2013
8:26 AM

Post #9528294

All the seedlings I started are way smaller than I would like. I didn't start anything until April this year. Better than last year, when I didn't get anything started!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

May 21, 2013
12:57 PM

Post #9528603

Things do get easier, Meredith...:>) I bought another tomato today, Purple Cherokee, which is always a fav of mine.
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2013
1:43 PM

Post #9528639

I've always wanted to try that one! I actually got 3 DLs moved out of the veggie garden today! Yay : )

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

May 21, 2013
2:48 PM

Post #9528711

If you see a Purple Cherokee plant, buy it! Tomatoes, are large, juicy, & sweet...
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2013
5:09 PM

Post #9528888

Will do! THanks :)
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

May 21, 2013
6:57 PM

Post #9529022

We bought one this weekend and are going to plant it tomorrow. Patti

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

May 22, 2013
6:11 AM

Post #9529474

Hope this is a great year for tomatoes...
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2013
6:42 AM

Post #9529519

Me too! I am sick of them getting disease.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

May 22, 2013
5:30 PM

Post #9530366

I saw some tomatoes for sale that said late blight resistant...I didn't buy any, hoping this will not be a fungal year!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

May 24, 2013
5:57 AM

Post #9532207

Amen! :)
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

May 30, 2013
4:53 PM

Post #9539980

Blight - omg I wont go there
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2013
4:59 PM

Post #9539986

found a bunch of black hard shell little bugs on the t's tonight - they are usually on eggplant - will have to spray this weekend

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

May 30, 2013
6:00 PM

Post #9540051

Rain.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2013
9:49 AM

Post #9540825

picked off a couple more today
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

May 31, 2013
3:42 PM

Post #9541197

Too hot for anything!!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 1, 2013
5:37 AM

Post #9541703

Hope to get the rest of the garden in tonight or tomorrow...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 1, 2013
10:21 AM

Post #9542005

I'm waiting for it to cool down a bit to finish up

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 1, 2013
12:29 PM

Post #9542127

Yeah, me too...

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 1, 2013
3:43 PM

Post #9542370

picked up some more veggie starts today.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

June 2, 2013
4:51 AM

Post #9542887

I have a few heirloom tomatoes going in today or tomorrow, two cucumbers my neighbor gave me and I'll start some pumpkins and gourds for the girls to plant. Not a big veggie gardener other than the tomatoes. May do a couple of gold potatoes too.
Wanted to maybe try corn for fun for the girls, has anyone ever grown it?
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2013
6:09 AM

Post #9542952

I tried once a long time ago, they all died on me. I didn't plant enough and my husband filling my garden with mix that is supposed to be mixed with regular dirt probably didn't help. I do know you need a good amount for it to pollinate properly.
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 2, 2013
8:31 AM

Post #9543132

I've planted corn for a couple of years. You have to plant them close enough together so that the wind blows the pollen onto the other plants. NE tradition is the "three sisters". First corn, then pole beans growing up the corn stocks and squash or turnips (I've seen both in literature) planted in between to fill the space between the plants. Started corn both from little plants and seeds - both worked well. IMHO - corn takes up too much real estate for the amount of food it produces. I eat the ears right in the garden and leave the cobs for the birds to pick. Your girls would love to watch corn grow and you could put pumpkins on the ground underneath.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 2, 2013
1:27 PM

Post #9543401

Used to grow corn ...have to plant in hills close together like Memory says...the raccoons knew exactly when it ripened!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 2, 2013
1:59 PM

Post #9543430

My dad used to grow corn

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2013
7:22 PM

Post #9543832

I grow corn, lots of it. :) It is one of my all time favorite breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, or with my meal. I often pick an ear, cut an inch off each end and nuke that puppy for 6 - 7 mins with the husk on. PERFECT!!
I will be planting approx. 12 - 15 rows...i'll let ya know after I am done. :-) :-)
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 3, 2013
6:07 AM

Post #9544231

How many are in each row?

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

June 3, 2013
6:35 AM

Post #9544277

Have not started yet! This week.
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

June 3, 2013
6:58 AM

Post #9544317

Victor, we got a big down pour last night, and assume your garden did too. Perfect planting time. I need to plant more basil seeds, but sort of done. Crowing!!

No corn here, but we did love having the very few ears we got many years ago when we tried to grow it. Too much space required which has to be fenced because of the deer. Plus we have a farm just down the road that grows great corn. But Celeste is right about the joys of growing your own. I love Silver Queen.

Started eating lettuce from the garden last night. Patti

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

June 3, 2013
7:07 AM

Post #9544328

Yes, we have had good rain lately.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 3, 2013
7:31 AM

Post #9544359

was wondering how do you know when to harvest lettuce?
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 3, 2013
8:11 AM

Post #9544409

If it is loose headed - I just pull leaves as they get big enough to be worth eating.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 3, 2013
8:56 AM

Post #9544465

ok, thanks
JB_in_Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck, NY

June 3, 2013
9:58 AM

Post #9544535

Well, I have only a 6X12-ft raised bed that the last owner built here, whereas I used to have 16 raised beds 6X6 !
Not really much room to expand where there would be enough sun, so ... Another exercise in downscaling!
Last week's 100-degree days left me with lots of baked lettuce. Next year, I may build a brush arbor to protect them.
I have a few Yukon Gold and a few Russet potato plants that are already blooming. They'll be finished and dug in time to put in bok choy for Fall.
Still finding lots of volunteer onions from the previous owner's planting. Have 16 hardstem garlic doing OK.
A few Rainbow chard; it didn't germinate very well.
Lots of French breakfast radishes. Carrots once again failed for me. I just can never seem to grow them.
2 rows of peas; growing well but not yet blooming.
Will be putting in New Jersey, Lime Green Salad, Black & Boar, Golden Egg and Silvery Fir Tree tomatoes (although the Golden Egg seedlings are not looking very good!)
Also 1@ Viserba and Ping Tung aubergines.
Orange Habanero, CGN 22155 and Ancho ciles and New Ace sweet pepper.
1 small watermelon plant; 4 Little Leaf cukes.
Planting marigolds, parsley and basil around the edges.
That's it! I'm anxious to see what works!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 3, 2013
10:03 AM

Post #9544543

sounds like a good variety
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

June 3, 2013
1:19 PM

Post #9544814

Jim, welcome. Boy you don't have much room, but you
have some very interesting varieties. Direct seed carrots
In August for a good fall and winter crop. We had sweet
Carrots until early May this year. I am hopeless at onions though we
have many ornamental ones that thrive for us. Go figure.

I planted Rainbow Swiss chard in front on the veggie bed and in
an herb bed for color. We gave up starting plants inside and either
buy starts or direct seed. We travel too much to care for seedlings
properly. I am about to seed more basil, radish, and some late summer
Flowers. But not today. Spent all day out working in the rain in the perennial
Beds weeding and dividing up a bunch of plants (a car trunk full)which took and planted as a gift in a friends new garden at his new rental. He came home for
Lunch and caught us in the act. We looked like drowned rats. He was so happy with our plant surprise. Patti

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 3, 2013
1:25 PM

Post #9544824

That was a kind thing to do! My peas are blossoming, but I never get a good catch of chard...my son does though, so I can pick in his garden...
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2013
4:10 PM

Post #9546388

Nothing - yet.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

June 5, 2013
9:23 AM

Post #9547242

This is a pretty cool idea for staking tomato/pepper plants
http://goo.gl/i8q7u
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2013
9:10 AM

Post #9552055

2011 - 98 tomato plants, 2012 - 63 tomato plants and 2013 - 4 tomato plants. 1 cucumber hill, 1 zuchinni hill & 1 yellow summer squash hill. TaDa

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 9, 2013
12:47 PM

Post #9552388

Yep...hard to do physical work & garden, too...

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2013
2:53 AM

Post #9553092

7 rows of corn ~ each row is 100' long, back of my legs hurt. :)
JB_in_Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck, NY

June 10, 2013
5:08 AM

Post #9553171

Both newer and experienced vegetable gardeners (I've been growing vegetables for over 50 years) may be interested in a new book I just bought:
Jo Robinson, Eating on the Wild Side.
Based on an extensive analysis of a vast array of nutritional studies from around the world, she talks about the nutritional content of most vegetables and fruits and gives lists of the most nutritious varieties. I'm learning a lot I never knew while reading this, finding some of my favorites included, and already making plans for next year's garden!

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2013
5:28 AM

Post #9553194

That's a lot of corn!!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 10, 2013
5:36 AM

Post #9553204

My veggie garden is a mud pit ...more heavy rain tonight...only the peas are loving this weather.
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2013
6:51 AM

Post #9553315

JB - I am eating lamb's quarter quiche for lunch this week. Talk about nutrition! (Also it grows itself.) I will look for the book you recommended.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 10, 2013
10:36 AM

Post #9553599

I enjoyed your quiche at Louise's RU, Memory!
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2013
10:45 AM

Post #9553622

Thank you. I'm also eating it steamed on top of grain for lunch. I really have a bumper crop this year. LOL!
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2013
1:01 PM

Post #9553805

ROBINDOG wrote:Yep...hard to do physical work & garden, too...


Yes but the physical work is going to a 1 store in 2 weeks. Timing just stinks as things would be different.
JB_in_Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck, NY

June 10, 2013
1:33 PM

Post #9553834

AYankeeCat: I remember gather Lamb's Quarters with my Mother when I was knee-high to a grasshopper!
Lamb's Quarters and horsemeat hamburgers --- that's how poor we were then!
All grown up and better off, I don't guess I've eaten either food in 40 years (I still gathered Lamb's Quarters in the late 60s & 70s, when "back-to-the-land self-sufficiency" was all the rage, but I think the poor folks' horsemeat markets had all been driven out of business by then!)
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2013
2:02 PM

Post #9553888

Had to look up Lamb's quarters. It sounds like a good thing to eat, nutritionally. I will have to get out my old copy of Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons and see what he does with it. Patti

http://goo.gl/j3onb
VtRoots6440
Montpelier, VT

June 10, 2013
8:59 PM

Post #9554390

Hat's off to you who are a zone or maybe a half below my 4a & b. of VT. VT. Camp 20 mi. away where we live 6 days of the wk. each summer, are considering planting my down-sized veggie garden. All in more shade than sun by mid. Aug.as the sun no longer rises above the 100 ft. ancient pines. However, moved my tomatoe plants (after 4 yrs. of early blight) into sterilized self-watering pots & all kinds of Gardeners Supply new soil will be for the 2nd yr. in new area (no blight last yr.). They came early May from Burpees/Grafted Big Boy's on whatever stock as rather fat 4 inches. in lg. pots & well protected through the May frost, & the May 2 days in the 90's & sitting in water, they are a now huge 21 inches w/blossoms. Will bury them to about 6 inches showing & keep that water going in the "hole" at bottom. Welcome to my $5.00 EACH tomatoes. Carrots, beets, chard & Bush beans planted in ground some time ago & are doing OK as most of those do under all kinds of conditions once the soil has "sorta" warmed up. Enjoying all N.E.glanders garden info. Continued good luck for the summer to all. Enjoy all before it's time to plant bulbs . . . too soon . . . soon!

ckl from the "cap" of VT.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 11, 2013
6:26 AM

Post #9554663

Sounds like you solved your blight problem...fresh tomatoes are worth it...I planted 15 tomato plants this year, I usually make & freeze stewed tomatoes with the excess...right now the garden is so muddy, you can't walk in it...
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 17, 2013
7:04 AM

Post #9562031

Husband and I spent all day yesterday getting the Veggie garden laid out. We have one bed finished now I need to figure out how to fit in 8 Tomato Plants and 2 Pepper plants. I have been making a chart on Google Drive and was hoping for some opinions from you more experienced veggie gardeners. The beds are 4' x 8' [HYPERLINK@docs.google.com]
I read that planting the Peppers with the Toms can benefit them by shading the fruit which is good. So what do you think of my plans? The colored in ones are the ones I am thinking will work best. Thank you everyone who looks. :)

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 17, 2013
1:36 PM

Post #9562468

I hadn't been able to finish off the garden, the grass started to grow into the garden thru the chicken wire...I need to edge it with something...while I was cleaning out the grass, I saw something scurry away...I thought it was 1 of the huge black crickets...ended up being the biggest spider I've ever seen in my yard...man it was huge!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 17, 2013
3:19 PM

Post #9562568

Yuck!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 17, 2013
4:48 PM

Post #9562659

Plans should work, Meredith. Jen, hopefully the spider has moved on!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 17, 2013
4:49 PM

Post #9562661

I walked toward it to see what it was and it just kept backing up to hide, so I said to it..."ok you stay there you don't bother me I won't bother you"

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2013
5:02 PM

Post #9562688

I hate spiders!
looks good Meredith!!

Corn is up!!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 17, 2013
5:50 PM

Post #9562731

Thanks Robin and Pixie! I wish I had the room to do a 3 sisters garden.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 17, 2013
7:45 PM

Post #9562858

this will show how much of a newbie veggie gardener I am...BUT when you harvest lettuce, does it then grow back? or is that 1 bunch done after you cut it?

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 18, 2013
5:41 AM

Post #9563157

Some growth is possible if you don't cut it too short, but it will be just a few leaves...
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 18, 2013
6:01 AM

Post #9563178

It depends on the type of lettuce as well. The loose head lettuces keep growing if you just pick the leaves off a couple at a time.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2013
6:29 AM

Post #9563228

yes, I have several kinds that bush out after cutting them.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 18, 2013
8:00 AM

Post #9563329

oh sorry it's arugula
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 19, 2013
4:53 PM

Post #9565430

Veggie Garden is almost done! I have toms, cukes, peppers and lots of herbs planted. Probably late to most people but this is the earliest I've planted stuff since I moved to this house in 2006!

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Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 19, 2013
5:36 PM

Post #9565477

Looks great!!!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 19, 2013
6:29 PM

Post #9565529

Nice!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 19, 2013
7:31 PM

Post #9565599

Thanks guys! How is your veggie garden coming along Jen?

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 19, 2013
9:07 PM

Post #9565688

Got all the tomatoes planted, still have to get the peppers in. I actually saw a pea pod!!!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2013
2:37 AM

Post #9565795

Looks great!!!
Having some crow and turkey issue's...they plucked 2 rows of freshly sprouted corn!! Grrrrr!!!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2013
4:13 AM

Post #9565833

Grrrr'!!!!!!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 20, 2013
6:44 AM

Post #9565973

Oh no! I have turkeys and crows in my yard all the time... I didn't know they'd be a problem!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 20, 2013
7:20 AM

Post #9566025

They love corn sprouts! Garden looks very nice, Meredith...
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 20, 2013
1:45 PM

Post #9566608

Thanks Robin! I can't wait to get them all boxed in, it may take a while because I'm still not working.

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 20, 2013
1:53 PM

Post #9566618

I harvested some lettece the other day.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2013
2:17 PM

Post #9566647

I see some more pea pods! yay!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 20, 2013
3:11 PM

Post #9566690

All I have are pea pods...the lettuce drowned.
JB_in_Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck, NY

June 20, 2013
6:31 PM

Post #9566857

I'm picking snap peas and lettuce.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2013
7:02 PM

Post #9566908

I love fresh peas
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 20, 2013
7:03 PM

Post #9566909

I just got the garden finished so no peas! I had bought them and was going to plant them back in April. I am way faster at getting the work done in my mind! I read I can start some in mid Sept, but that seems awfully late since we usually have a killing frost in early Oct..

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

June 21, 2013
5:24 AM

Post #9567247

Snow peas, Meredith?? ;)
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 21, 2013
6:05 AM

Post #9567300

I'm eating Lamb's Quarters and Garlic Scapes. Tomatoes are only a foot high! I am jonsing for fresh tomato, basil and mozzerella salad!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 21, 2013
8:06 AM

Post #9567481

Sigh...me, too...something ate every one of my peppers, & are now starting on the green beans...I suspect a rabbit...will put out strong-smelling soap!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2013
6:09 AM

Post #9568381

Lol Victor, that's for sure! Now I am worried about rabbits, I have been seeing cottontails in my yard a lot lately.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

June 22, 2013
2:07 PM

Post #9568832

Let the clover grow in the lawn. They will go for that.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2013
4:47 PM

Post #9569026

kill all clover!!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2013
5:47 PM

Post #9569090

If they like clover more I should be all set! lol

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

June 23, 2013
5:49 AM

Post #9569589

What if any fertilizers do you all use?
I only have tomatoes, cucumbers and one asparagus plant right now.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2013
6:22 AM

Post #9569651

fresh cow manure :-)
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 23, 2013
7:44 AM

Post #9569760

I plan on using Tomato Tone for my Toms and Plant Tone for other stuff. I always mix a couple scoops of composted manure in the planting holes when planting too.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

June 23, 2013
8:29 AM

Post #9569799

I did add compost when I planted them.
Celeste I do have access to horse manure! I compost the chicken poop but that takes a while.
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 23, 2013
8:32 AM

Post #9569806

I use fertilizers from Gardens Alive and my own compost. I brought home shells from a trip to the beach to add calcium and sweeten the soil.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 27, 2013
3:04 PM

Post #9576057

Once lettuce bolts it's no good anymore right?

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

June 27, 2013
3:56 PM

Post #9576120

Yes, real bitter.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 27, 2013
4:04 PM

Post #9576125

garden is starting to take off here - t-plants already have a couple babies t's

pulled one of those green w/black striped caterpillar off parsley tonight

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 27, 2013
6:23 PM

Post #9576284

A swallowtail???? you didn't kill it did you?
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 28, 2013
5:41 AM

Post #9576659

Oh no ! Maybe you could grow a few extra plants somewhere else for them. Then you can move them from your plants to the ones designated for them. I have a ton of Zizia and Rue which are in the same family as parsley in my butterfly garden and would move them to those but they don't seem to go on my parsley anymore. I've been installing a drip system on my veggie garden. So of course it has been raining every day now!
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 28, 2013
6:16 AM

Post #9576698

let's just say it will not be eating anything here again

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 28, 2013
7:14 AM

Post #9576765

Only the peas look good...replanted the peppers, need to replant lettuce & green beans if the rain ever stops.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 28, 2013
10:30 AM

Post #9577068

OH NO!!!!!!! meanie!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 28, 2013
1:36 PM

Post #9577327

Did someone answer our prayers? The sun just came out!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 29, 2013
6:58 AM

Post #9578447

Yes, have been getting more sun, fewer showers...today, my county MAY be rain free!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2013
12:48 PM

Post #9578858

Finally got some stuff done today! Still more to do, just having a sandwich break. :)

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 29, 2013
1:55 PM

Post #9578944

Was going out to weed, but hear thunder...

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2013
4:03 PM

Post #9579100

my cukes have lots of flowers!!! yay!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2013
4:04 PM

Post #9579102

Yesterday when the sun came out, I went out and within a few minutes it was thundering and down-pouring on me!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

June 30, 2013
12:04 PM

Post #9580264

Good news Jumper...More rain here today & tomorrow, Meredith...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

June 30, 2013
2:47 PM

Post #9580495

What is everyone's experience with blueberries picked before fully ripe? Will they ripen well afterward? Where do you leave them to ripen?
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2013
4:26 PM

Post #9580596

I don't know about the blueberries, but I'd like to hear the answer. I got my Green Beans planted today.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 30, 2013
8:59 PM

Post #9580947

they do not ripen after they are picked

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

June 30, 2013
9:03 PM

Post #9580953

I read the opposite online. That's why I asked. Wanted personal experience.
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

July 1, 2013
5:47 AM

Post #9581317

I never pick blue berries that are not ripe as I never had any luck having them continue to sweeten once picked, only had them rot. They are ripe when when they sort of just fall into your hand, don't take them if you have to tug or if they are cracked as that seems to just causes the whole box to go bad sooner. We only have 7 high bush ones and I actually don't care much for their taste, but I love to pick them for others. I am just not a berry eater. A couple of ours were on the property when we bought it and are huge and we planted the other 5 in the early 80's. This year they seem to have a pretty good set forming, but not ripe yet. Patti

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 1, 2013
6:42 AM

Post #9581406

Jen & Patti are correct...blueberries will soften, but not ripen, after they are picked...if you like them tart, pick with a little pink left by the stem...otherwise pick fully purple...I should go to the back of my property more often...found lovely ripe black raspberries yesterday.
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 1, 2013
7:50 AM

Post #9581522

I watched a parent Cardinal feeding one of my blueberries to a youngster who was not impressed by the taste! When I saw them in the bushes, I grabbed the grey stray and put him in the house! No birds for him!

I also picked gooseberries and champagne currents yesterday and stuck them in the freezer. It was too hot to do anything else with them.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 1, 2013
11:21 AM

Post #9581895

Memory, that must have been so cute! My sister brought gooseberries over yesterday, but only about half were ripe...I'll have to cook them up...
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 1, 2013
1:07 PM

Post #9582100

They make the best jam!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2013
2:49 PM

Post #9582259

Will not ripen after they are picked...as you already heard. :)

Darn CROWS (and thats not the word I used) plucked every last bit of corn!!!! 700 ft. of corn GONE!!!!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 1, 2013
2:59 PM

Post #9582267

No! Terrible weather, nasty crows! Not a good gardening summer...In '82, we had the wettest June on record...Doug sent Garret into the garden to see if he could replant the corn...Garret was a skinny kid & he sunk to his calves...no corn that year.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 1, 2013
3:07 PM

Post #9582280

OH NO!!!!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 1, 2013
3:37 PM

Post #9582330

Pixie have you ever tried one of those motion activated sprinklers? I was just looking at one on one of the big box stores websites. Wonder if it would work on crows.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 1, 2013
4:13 PM

Post #9582371

Brian and Jason are expert shots!! Crows are yummy. Taste like chicken.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2013
4:08 AM

Post #9582908

The problem with Brian & Josh shooting them is you can't see the crows unless you go down there and sit all day. Makes for a wasteful day!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

July 2, 2013
4:23 AM

Post #9582927

I remember on the farm that they put out Zon(spelling?) guns that were went off periodically to scare them away from the fields of corn. My dad didn't time it well once when he was checking on it and it went off right by him. The sound wave burst his eardrum on that side of his head.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 2, 2013
7:19 AM

Post #9583135

Whoa! Powerful sound waves...How about the audio recordings my son's FIL was looking into for the blueberry farm? The recording is supposed to be of a predator of that species...I guess owls would be the enemies of the crows...get some hoots out there, Pixie!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2013
7:21 AM

Post #9583137

I have owls, deer, coyotes, bears, raccoons ...you name it but this year I have an over abundance of crows...BIG ONES!!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 2, 2013
7:26 AM

Post #9583153

Of course they're big...they've eaten all that corn!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

July 3, 2013
8:51 AM

Post #9584687

Heehee. Piggy crows!!
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 3, 2013
9:11 AM

Post #9584706

with all this rain, heat, and humidity I am starting to worry about tomato blight - will be spraying fungicide again this week

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 3, 2013
10:18 AM

Post #9584805

Yes, even without blight it will not be a great year for them.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 3, 2013
10:42 AM

Post #9584842

anyone use epsom salts on the tomatoes?

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 3, 2013
2:37 PM

Post #9585281

When their feet hurt.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 3, 2013
2:43 PM

Post #9585289

Victor, too funny! I can't walk into the tomato garden, it's too squishy!
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 3, 2013
3:14 PM

Post #9585357

not so sure about a bad year we have a ton of little t's out there right now.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 4, 2013
7:31 AM

Post #9586230

I found 2 yesterday...froze 3 pints of peas...only 2 heads of baby bok choy grew...will grill them.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

July 4, 2013
8:24 AM

Post #9586307

Yay for peas!!!
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 4, 2013
4:37 PM

Post #9586941

the T's are loving this heat

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 5, 2013
10:29 AM

Post #9587784

Do you make sauce, Bill? I usually make & freeze stewed toms...
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 5, 2013
10:31 AM

Post #9587785

Lookin good! MIne are a bit behind yours. I do have some tiny Cukes already though! :)
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 5, 2013
1:37 PM

Post #9588001

no cukes here yet

yes we just skin/seed them, can them, and make sauce later. Have a couple cases still in the basement. do our own dill pickles too - should have enough until next year.
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

July 5, 2013
2:54 PM

Post #9588104

We are a huge amount of lettuce still and some bush beans, but not much of anything else except herbs, but everything is coming except the pole beans which got eaten by slugs. They have been hopefully sent off to a slugdom in the sky and won't be back anytime soon. Patti

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 5, 2013
3:00 PM

Post #9588111

Your garden is way ahead of mine...no slugs in the veggies, but I found one in my per. bed...usually have no problems with them, but this rainy summer has given me some.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 5, 2013
9:23 PM

Post #9588497

My first cherry tomato of the year

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AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 6, 2013
4:36 AM

Post #9588616

Hooray! Still waiting here.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2013
4:47 AM

Post #9588623

YUM!!!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2013
5:47 AM

Post #9588657

Nice!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 6, 2013
7:59 AM

Post #9588814

Looks yummy!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2013
8:07 PM

Post #9589604

Got a picture of my baby cuke!

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AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 7, 2013
5:41 AM

Post #9589844

Yay!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 7, 2013
7:15 AM

Post #9589930

That's the size when I like to eat them!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2013
9:36 AM

Post #9590094

I should read the package and see what size it recommends to pick them.. I think the pic makes it look bigger than it is too.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 7, 2013
4:20 PM

Post #9590556

I've picked 2 so far...waiting for the rest. :)

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 8, 2013
8:22 AM

Post #9591389

Mine aren't blossoming yet...can't find my bunching onions in the grass...the garden is just a mess...worked on it a little yesterday, will really try to make some progress today...
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2013
8:31 AM

Post #9591396

My garden is a mess, too. I can't find the shallots and when I pull the weeds - I pull up the shallots as well! Looks like the garlic has succumbed to the heat.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 8, 2013
8:36 AM

Post #9591401

Oh, no!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2013
10:42 AM

Post #9591567

Can everyone share long views of their veggie gardens, please?

Also what do you use to edge around the fence line? how do you keep the grass from growing into it?

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2013
11:10 AM

Post #9591591

anyone hear of community supported agriculture?

this is near me...always wondered what that mansion was and who lived there!
http://paradiseorganicfarms.com/

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 8, 2013
12:44 PM

Post #9591730

No views of my veggie garden until I get some of the weeds out! JoAnn was a member of CSA a few summers ago...she wasn't happy with it, you never know what you're going to get...like a 20lb squash! My neighbor down the road was sponsoring it last year, don't know if he's still growing for others or not...that place near you is amazing, by the way...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2013
1:16 PM

Post #9591779

Yeah I'm not crazy about the idea of having to pre pay
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2013
4:58 AM

Post #9592571

Jen I dug a 2' wide path around the garden and when I noticed weeds growing I hoed it out. That is my plan for now, but I have read the best thing is Hay, for around the veggies and the paths. I just don't think I will like the way it looks, plus last year I put some around my strawberries and the weeds just grew through it. So I feel like it just hid the problem until it got bad. Right now I haven't dug the front of the garden out yet, but probably will when the weather cools down a bit. I was looking into some small metal fencing they sell at Lowes and HD, it is under garden fencing the one from Lowes is half the price of the HD one. But it isn't real post fencing, while the HD one is post type, it just sticks in the ground like the little garden borders you can get. I feel like it would be more for looks than to actually keep critters out, because most critters that are a problem would just climb in or fly in. The thing I plan to do, once I have all my wooden boxes in is to do the hoop thing with pvc pipe. I tried it out on the one I have and it actually worked very easily, you just bend it into a hoop shape. Then at greenhouse supply stores you can get netting and fasteners. I think this is the way I'm going to keep pests out. The cheaper fencing a t Lowe's would add up to a little over $200 for my 24' x 22' area. I noticed my neighbor has the same fencing I'm talking about, maybe I will get a pic at her house. I was thinking of it more because Trevor keeps digging in my beds and caving in the side because I haven't put the wood around them yet. However he will only be at that age for a short time and I'd rather spend the $200 finishing buying the cedar planks.

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wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2013
9:17 AM

Post #9592872

we use salt marsh hay it is works well - then turn it into the soil at the end of the year.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 9, 2013
10:39 AM

Post #9592948

Yeah guess I'll just have to make another path around the outside of the fence

Bill where do you get that type of hay?
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2013
12:36 PM

Post #9593061

Is the fence already in? Because I would do it inside other wise you will have to deal with the stuff between the fence, which is a pain. I have to edge along my fence where all my gardens are and it is very tedious work!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2013
12:38 PM

Post #9593066

Jen I am sorry I just realized I misread your post earlier. I didn't realize you asked about the fence! I thought you were asking if any one had a fence! lol Disregard anything that didn't apply to your question..

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 9, 2013
1:08 PM

Post #9593093

Jen, behind my niece you can see black plastic...thats my garden! LOL

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 9, 2013
1:27 PM

Post #9593116

LOL

I had fenced around it already and left a path around the raised beds, but grass and weeds are coming thru the fence...it's just ugly and hubby doesn't want extra weed wacking work

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 9, 2013
2:10 PM

Post #9593160

Would love to have your niece patrol my garden!
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2013
4:07 PM

Post #9593305

jen - Agway's have it and nursery's - usually goes fast

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 9, 2013
5:44 PM

Post #9593404

LOL Victor!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 9, 2013
8:30 PM

Post #9593593

thanks, Bill

Knew ya would Victor!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2013
4:39 AM

Post #9593742

You will be fighting the weeds growing into the fence forever! I am :( Hubby usually leaves all sorts of grass seeds that drop into my garden unless I snip them by hand.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 10, 2013
12:27 PM

Post #9594236

I think the weed wacking makes it worse, it throws the seeds into the gardens...have to remind myself to use Preen around the perimeter
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2013
4:32 PM

Post #9594524

Yup I agree, I have finally trained the DH to aim the mower so the stuff doesn't fly into my gardens. I swear it made the weeds 100 x worse.. Preen doesn't work on weedy grass :( I think that's why it says not to use on grass. I put it in all my beds and the grass had no problem sprouting anyway. Annual grasses are my worst enemy here.
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2013
4:35 PM

Post #9594528

Every summer while spending hours of time pulling grass out of my beds I think next year I'm going to try crabgrass control in my garden beds (Corn Gluten) BUt for some reason I haven't tried it yet! I think I was on a kick of wanting reseeding annuals, but I don't get enough. I get surplus of grass though!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 10, 2013
4:42 PM

Post #9594543

Yes, my beds are full of grass...
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 10, 2013
4:55 PM

Post #9594558

my key to control weeds in the veggy garden - and I HIGHLY recommend this is - marry someone who has an Italian step father and an active mom and let them weed the garden for exercise and tomatoes.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 10, 2013
7:38 PM

Post #9594695

LOL
I have no relatives close enough, pretty soon gonna start paying the kids
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2013
8:18 PM

Post #9594761

Be careful, Jen. When I HAD to weed when I was a kid, I 'accidentally' pulled some spinach. Wink, wink. What was I thinking? Still don't like it cooked, but love it raw.
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 11, 2013
5:09 AM

Post #9594945

Lol Bill I love that idea! :)
I was out looking at the Veggies yesterday between downpours and my plants have grown so much since those pics I posted. I feel like it's only been a week. I'm going to check.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 11, 2013
5:36 AM

Post #9594970

That's a great solution, Bill! However, when I broke my hip, the tomatoes were just ripening...my family members picked the tomatoes, plus cukes, & beans...didn't pull one weed! I remember sitting on the stone wall of my perennial bed pulling weeds!
JB_in_Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck, NY

July 13, 2013
7:10 PM

Post #9597989

Hell, I've been married 36 years, have been gardening for 60.
My wife still cant tell the difference between lamb's quarters and young tomato seedlings, or baby lettuce and baby dandelion.
At least she says (and has frequently demonstrated) that she can't.
You think I;d let her weed the vegetable garden?

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 14, 2013
7:27 AM

Post #9598353

Probably not...I don't know why I always took care of the garden...guess I figured my DH would yank out everything except corn!
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 14, 2013
8:47 AM

Post #9598440

J B - smart lady, getting you to do all the work! LOL!
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2013
12:37 PM

Post #9598687

picked our first bush beans yesterday - they will be coming fast now

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 14, 2013
2:14 PM

Post #9598788

I have blossoms...

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 19, 2013
6:42 AM

Post #9604710

Green beans will be ready to pick in a day or 2...not much else going on...someone from the CT agriculture dept was on the radio the other day...she said blossoms will not form or pollinate if the temp is in the 90s...

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 19, 2013
9:13 AM

Post #9604889

Finally! Just in time for cucumber sandwiches in this heat!

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wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 19, 2013
1:25 PM

Post #9605206

wow - starting those cukes inside really helps - wonder if I have any yet, have been in salt lake all week for work, will be checking them tomorrow!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 19, 2013
6:45 PM

Post #9605566

I'm planning to pick my first tomorrow. I'm looking forward to using it in a salad. Hopefully it tastes as good as it looks! :)
JB I am worried the same would happen here if any one besides me weeded. Although now that the plants are quite mature i hope DH would be able to tell the difference! lol

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 20, 2013
7:26 AM

Post #9605926

Yum, cukes look good...I have some blossoms, that's it.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

July 20, 2013
8:30 AM

Post #9605973

I had a beautiful cuke that was to be todays lunch, picked it yesterday and sat it on the porch step...forgot about it...found it this morning on the lawn with lots of Winston teeth marks in it...

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 20, 2013
9:59 AM

Post #9606055

No! Winston is quite a guy...still a baby, really...

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

July 20, 2013
12:08 PM

Post #9606166

Yeah he thinks anything not battoned down is his toy for the taking!
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2013
3:45 PM

Post #9606369

just flowers here for cukes too - bush beans are going in bushels

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 20, 2013
4:22 PM

Post #9606396

Thats too bad Ronnie. Cyrus would try them too if I left it. :)

Did I mention what a great year for berries it has been so far? Blueberries are coming along, picked a qt. already. Raspberries are almost gone by, black-raspberries are ripening now. :-)

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 21, 2013
2:08 PM

Post #9607382

It's a great year for berries...not so good for tomatoes...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 21, 2013
9:18 PM

Post #9607833

Hubby killed a volunteer pumpkin, thought it was a weed, but left the velvet leaf weeds, UGH


Picked one of the biggest cherry tomatoes I've ever seen
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

July 22, 2013
1:08 AM

Post #9607902

Yesterday picked the first cukes. Beans are climbing, lettuce bolting, squash almost ready, tomatoes nearly the right size but still very green...

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wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2013
9:27 AM

Post #9608293

a deer ate a bunch of bush bean leaves yesterday - made it easier to pick the beans - hung out an old pair of sneakers - hope they keep them away

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 23, 2013
6:23 AM

Post #9609258

My son has had JB eating his bean leaves...they are bad this year, but so are the deer!

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 23, 2013
1:42 PM

Post #9609714

toms and cukes are growing!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 23, 2013
5:14 PM

Post #9609904

Peppers got a little beat up from that rain yesterday

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 25, 2013
6:07 PM

Post #9611950

I think my tomatoes were eaten by a hornworm but I don't see any...when do they come out? at night?

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 26, 2013
11:35 AM

Post #9612553

the culprit ...grrrrrrr

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Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

July 26, 2013
1:58 PM

Post #9612670

Holey moley, Jen!!!!

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 26, 2013
6:16 PM

Post #9612904

I picked 3 cukes today!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 27, 2013
1:10 PM

Post #9613517

I don't even want to venture into the garden...it's such a mess!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2013
2:38 AM

Post #9614921

Tell me about messes!! I planted WAAAAAAAAAY to many cucumbers!!! I picked 61!!!

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2013
2:47 AM

Post #9614932

Have a gallon of blueberries picked and froze already and a pint of black raspberries.
These were picked in about 45 minutes Sat. morning.

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2013
6:12 AM

Post #9615077

Why they call this Tomato 'SPOON'...

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wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 29, 2013
9:02 AM

Post #9615266

that is a lot of cukes!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 29, 2013
9:12 AM

Post #9615281

ahhh, look at the teeny tiny tomato how cute!!!!!

wish I lived closer I'd relieve you of some of those cucs ;)

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

July 29, 2013
6:25 PM

Post #9615842

Pickles!! Love the tiny tom!

Anyone use a food mill? If so what kind...recommend?

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 2, 2013
8:56 PM

Post #9619886

can anyone help with ideas?
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1327868/

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 3, 2013
2:10 PM

Post #9620456

I have 4 more cukes to pick
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

August 3, 2013
2:39 PM

Post #9620500

I got 6 cukes today, 3 sugar snack tomatoes, a small bunch of French filet beans, 2 Ronde de Nice (round) squash, could have harvested 1 beet. Not exactly a feast... But much more is coming soon!!!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 3, 2013
3:41 PM

Post #9620545

I picked beans, 3 tomatoes, 3 cukes...never had such a late & miserly garden!
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

August 3, 2013
3:57 PM

Post #9620564

It is reeeeaaaally late, isn't it? I keep forgetting how awful the spring was. I keep thinking it's because I got so behind, but that's what caused it!
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 3, 2013
4:33 PM

Post #9620595

picked t's, peppers, cukes, squash, and bush beans today

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 4, 2013
3:21 PM

Post #9621339

picked 3 cukes, 3 more to pick.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

August 5, 2013
4:50 AM

Post #9621789

Last week I picked 61 cukes, on Friday my 2 oldest DGD came and helped me pick more. We picked 52, last night I went out again as Auntie asked if I had any for her to make pickles with. I picked 63 more!!!!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 5, 2013
5:45 AM

Post #9621836

Whoa! Sounds like Garret's garden...I made a batch of dills from just a fraction of what he picked...he told me last night to come & get more...
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 5, 2013
11:42 AM

Post #9622186

One beet and a little swiss chard and mystery squash. The cucumbers are bitter this year - I might just rip them out and save the water. Picked black currants, elderberries, blackberries, raspberries and a blue berry yesterday.

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 5, 2013
4:03 PM

Post #9622423

toms are getting big and still green hoping they ripen soon.

This message was edited Aug 5, 2013 6:03 PM

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 5, 2013
4:41 PM

Post #9622457

Memory, did you plant picklers? They usually aren't bitter...Jumper, glad your toms are getting bigger...small crop for me this year...
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

August 5, 2013
5:27 PM

Post #9622509

Made some bread and butter pickles today. Never made them before. Only a small batch. Pretty good. Not enough to can, just enough to keep in the frig. Used 5 cukes.

The cukes and watermelon plants were left here at the swap at my house in May. Thank you whoever left them.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 5, 2013
9:37 PM

Post #9622710

My mom used to make tons of bread and butter pickles
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 6, 2013
5:52 AM

Post #9622846

Marilyn - I think it was the extreme heat that did in the cukes. The ones I planted are Marketmore - it is an old heirloom. I got one last night that was not so bitter.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 6, 2013
1:02 PM

Post #9623216

Oh, good, Memory...hope you can salvage some! Jan, I love bread & butter pickles...I usually make a batch of refrigerator ones with red sweet pepper & white onions...the ones I canned last year didn't taste very good...too much salt & not enough sugar...I guess I should stick to the recipe!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

August 7, 2013
6:35 AM

Post #9623862

Pfffttt!!! Sticking to the recipe.. Whoever does that??

Now that I know how easy it is, I can do it whenever so I don't have to can them. Now, if I had the harvest that pixie is getting I would NEED to get some canning jars, etc.

My neighbor really liked them. He had a bowl of them instead of salad at dinner.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 7, 2013
3:10 PM

Post #9624269

I do that, too...love the homemade pickles...am making some in a few minutes!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 13, 2013
2:51 PM

Post #9629852

Peppers

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 14, 2013
4:40 AM

Post #9630266

Wonderful, Jen! I never even got a blossom on my peppers this year...

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 14, 2013
1:41 PM

Post #9630674

haven't had good luck with peppers
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

August 14, 2013
2:42 PM

Post #9630717

Pickle recipes? How easy is it? Yummmmmm,...

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 15, 2013
9:16 AM

Post #9631439

Very easy! I slice cukes, place in a Mason jar...add 1 TBLS pickling spice, 1 head of dill. Boil up a brine...for 1 quart I use 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of cider vinegar, 1/4 cup Kosher salt...boil for 5 min. pour over cukes, refrigerate when cool.
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

August 17, 2013
8:10 PM

Post #9633813

Sounds great! How long do they stay good in the frig?
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2013
3:15 PM

Post #9634490

canned 6 jars of t's today
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

August 18, 2013
7:26 PM

Post #9634666

Yippee!!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 21, 2013
7:35 PM

Post #9637670

Waiting for the mother of all tomatoes to ripen more, wait till you see this monster!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 22, 2013
2:16 PM

Post #9638383

Pam, pickles stay fresh about 6 weeks...mine are usually gone by then! Also, I like my pickles snappy, so I usually add another 1/4 vinegar...

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 22, 2013
5:47 PM

Post #9638542

toms are finally getting ripe! picked 2 yesterday.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 23, 2013
8:11 AM

Post #9639043

I picked one for my salad...bright red, hard as a rock & tasteless :>( awful garden year for me.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 23, 2013
11:36 AM

Post #9639208

sorry to hear that Marilyn - having a great t crop here and looks like another half case to can up this weekend - may get three cases this year

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 24, 2013
5:38 AM

Post #9639835

Wow...good for you, Bill...
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2013
8:32 PM

Post #9640547

I only grow cherry tomatoes now, the big ones do so badly here. Sweet Million is still my favorite. Sun Sugar is delicious too, and doesn't crack like Sungold. Cupid I find disappointing, although DH loves it. It's sweet enough, but to me it's thick skinned and dense. It's quite prolific, good thing he likes it!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 25, 2013
2:50 PM

Post #9641129

Cherry tomatoes are prolific, but I find them very seedy...I like Patti's recipe though for preserving them by baking them in a slow oven...

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 25, 2013
4:43 PM

Post #9641236

picked 4 toms so far.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2013
7:27 PM

Post #9641370

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