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Some pics (mid April)....

Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Haven't had much time to post lately. Work has kept me busy, which in these times is a good thing I suppose. Anyways, a little update on my plant tally....

Tomatoes--- 28
Peppers--- 52
Cucumber--- 8
Strawberries--- 15
Bush Beans--- 20
Corn--- 24
Melons--- 4
Squash--- 8
Potatoes--- 12

Here's some tomatoes forming on my Beefsteaks in an EB. Probably about a dozen or so are making already.

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Bush Beans looking like a hedge :)

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Beans are starting to make :)

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Hillbilly Toms in an EB. With everything being attacked by aphids and whiteflies. These remain almost pest free.

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Golden Bell doing pretty good.

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Silver Queen corn in a GP. I kinda experimented with the fertilizer, so we shall see what happens.

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Nice strawberry ready to be eaten.

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Sadly, I had to pick a couple of bells way too early. Something drilled a hole in them :(

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(Karen) Frankston, TX(Zone 8a)

Everything looks great! Good work, let's eat, LOL!

Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Some big Portabello mushrooms I grew from a kit. Grilled them on the BBQ. :)

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

EB Bells

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Quoting:
Everything looks great! Good work, let's eat, LOL!


As a host from an infomercial would say "But wait! There's moooooore" lol

Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Crimson Red Watermelon.....can't wait for powdery mildew. It's not if you get it, it when you get around here. :(

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Sun Golds were cranking out the goodness. Has at least 50 forming and hundreds of blooms. Then I got Leaf Spot(pic in next post)

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

BAM! It got ugly fast even after removing the infected leaves and spraying with 3 types of fungicides daily. I chopped them down last week. I saved a few ripe ones and will be planting more next week. Kinda sucked cuz they were over 4 ft. tall already with lots of tomatoes.

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

San Marzano tom

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

I've heard that Purple Calabash is a horrible tasting tomato but is pretty. I had to grow one to taste it lol

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Hillbilly tom in a 1.5 Cu. Ft. container(approx. 11.5 gallon). Like the ones in the EB, it's relatively a bug free plant. I have no clue why. It's a Potato Leaf.....but that can't be the reason.

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Black Widow and her newly hatch babies. I felt bad about killing them but there's plenty of them around here. They were less than 3 feet where I have plants so they got a full dose of Raid.

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Kerrville, TX

Thanks for the pictures, Ray. Dont let the bugs get you down. The only things I have had so far is three squadrons of harlequin bugs. They came buzzing in in formation and made three point landings on my 9 brussel sprouts. The only damage they have done so far is the brussel sprouts and a sunflower. I dont eat brussel sprouts anyway so I got rid of them and am still fighting for ownership of the Sunflower. Here is a photo of the sunflower growing out of the top of one of my stacks.

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Quoting:
Thanks for the pictures, Ray. Dont let the bugs get you down. The only things I have had so far is three squadrons of harlequin bugs. They came buzzing in in formation and made three point landings on my 9 brussel sprouts. The only damage they have done so far is the brussel sprouts and a sunflower. I dont eat brussel sprouts anyway so I got rid of them and am still fighting for ownership of the Sunflower. Here is a photo of the sunflower growing out of the top of one of my stacks.


Hey Jay.....yeah, the only bugs I can't control are the whiteflies. They drink Sevin, they bathe in Bug-B-Gone and have orgies in insecticidal soap. They can only be stopped with me checking under each leaf. They love my Peppers and wiping underneath of every leaf of 50+ plants is a lot of work :( Especially when I do it 3 times a week.

I don't think we have harlequin bugs out here but I know all about them.

Thanks for the pic. People have been asking me why I don't grow a few sunflowers. I say, well cuz you can't eat them other than the seeds. Do you grow them for looks and uniqueness? Or do you get seeds to chew from them?

Kerrville, TX

They are for the birds, I guess, cause I did not eat any of them from last year. That was my first year with them. They are day neutral so it is something you can just keep planting all summer and expect bloom in about 60 days from planting. You gotta admit.......they throw a lot of color.......there are more buds on this one that should bloom in about a week. I have about 6 "volunteers" from last years seed drops.........or bird drops.........I dont know which.

Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

How many seeds does one sunflower yield? Yes, they do liven up the yard a lot with color. I may try to grow one or two. But I think I have plenty of color with the African Daisies, Clivia and Hibiscus. Need more room for veggies :)



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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Better Belle's busting....

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Another Bell..

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

3 Different types of Cukes. Debating on letting them grow over the table or making them grow up? They have room either way.

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Red Pontiac Potatoes .......close to filling them to their necks.

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Ribbed youngsters....they are gonna be ready in probably a month.

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Container corn....

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(Karen) Frankston, TX(Zone 8a)

Ray_Der what kind of bags are your Red Pontiac potatoes planted in? They look very sturdy, almost cloth-like?

Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Hey Karen. They are 15 gallon Smart Pots (gardeners.com sells them as Potato Bins).

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(Karen) Frankston, TX(Zone 8a)

Thanks Ray, they look great!


Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

They look great now.....wait until our bugs find them. :) Regardless, gonna add more soil and flip up the cloth this weekend.

Crestview, FL

Ray: I love the size of that strawberry, it is huge and the peppers and mushrooms and everything else looks great too. You have really been busy and everything looks so delicious.

Jay: Just what is a harlequin bug? Never heard of them, until you mentioned them, they aren't out of a romance novel now are they?LOL

joy

Kerrville, TX

Harlequin Bugs...........black adults with distinctive red markings (about the size of a lady bug)They and the wingless immature nymphs suck plant juices from the leaves of cabbage family plants.

Management.........handpick and destroy the bugs and egg masses, which resemble rows of barrels on leaf surfaces. Use floating row covers. Discard infected plants. Spray with insecticidal soap.

I have thrown away my brussel sprouts plants which was their main attraction and am fighting valiantly to save my sun flower. If you look around your garden and see a plant that looks wilted like it needs water but other's of the same type plants don't look wilted, check it out. Something is sucking the juices out of it. These things travel with lots of relatives and can devastate a plant in very short time. They seem to concentrate on one plant at a time.

And they ain't nuthing romantical about them.

Johnson City, TN(Zone 6b)

So sorry Jman. You need me there during my manic phaze. I was a bug smasher extraorinaire!

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(Karen) Frankston, TX(Zone 8a)

hehehe Devota! One by one.....

Crestview, FL

Jaywhacker: Thanks will be on the lookout for them, they like picking on my cabbages do they........hmmm, we'll see about that one won't we?
joy

Johnson City, TN(Zone 6b)

Karen, you know it. There are descendant bugs now that avoid our whole zip code. They've heard about D.

Kerrville, TX

I already got harliquin bugs.........I don't need none of your danged old descendant bugs bouncing off of Tennessee and ending up in Texas.

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