Garden update 2016

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dlrcpa
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Re: Garden update 2016

Post by dlrcpa » Sun Jul 03, 2016 2:44 pm

First planting of beans is about finished yielding. I only got a handful today. The 2nd planting will be ready soon. I pulled up the green leaf lettuce ("Simpson" type if you are familiar.) I left the romaine and cut some more. Found romaine in the fridge already, it is keeping well in a plastic bag w/ damp paper towel. I had salad with 3 bean salad for lunch.

I planted 4 cucumber seedlings and pumpkin and spaghett squash seeds. I see I have 1 small yellow squash about 3" long and some very tiny ones. Will be happy when I start getting those. Tomatoes are STILL green. I can start cutting a bit of parsley and basil when I have a need. Carrots can probably be pulled but I'm not in a rush.

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Re: Garden update 2016

Post by Dgflorida » Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:23 am

My vegetable garden is in pots. Mostly tomatoes and green peppers. They have lots of babies from the seeds I throw in the pots . I have repotted a few and now I need to find new homes for them. I joined several plant swaps and one is meeting tonight. I don't have much to swap, but as I reclaim the yard that will change. I have a lot of papaya plants. I hope to plant them in the ground within a few days if I can get the soil ready. It is hot here. Usually above 85 when the sun comes up and heads towards 100F each day. Can't do much in that heat.

I may be late on my fall garden starts because I don't want to start anything before I leave for my 10 day trip in late August. I have many seeds to begin when I return.

dlrcpa
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Re: Garden update 2016

Post by dlrcpa » Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:36 pm

I pulled 4 carrots last night, cut them up and put in my lunch. I have now discovered what they mean when a carrot turns "woody". There is a part around the core that is so tough it cannot even be bitten through. So I guess I will pull the rest of the carrots next time. These were the largest ones. Hopefully small ones will be more edible.

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Re: Garden update 2016

Post by dlrcpa » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:28 pm

The 2nd planting of beans is now producing, probably picked 1 lb tonight. I pulled the plants from the 1st planting since the production was almost nothing. Need to figure out what to plant in that space. I pulled 3 carrots of the ones left. These were smaller and still nice, unlike the ones that got too big. Just a few left. I picked 4 cherry tomatoes, still rather orange than red. But I did not want the birds to get at them.

Basil is being eaten by bugs. I need to pick a large batch and make pesto right away, probably Friday or Saturday. I'm going to incorporate some swiss chard with the basil to increase the volume as needed for the recipe.

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Re: Garden update 2016

Post by dlrcpa » Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:59 pm

I did make pesto Friday and froze a small container. Will make again tomorrow or Friday? Then I need to order pine nuts. Still getting a few string beans every few days. I blanched and froze 2 sandwich bags of beans. I'm picking tomatoes when yellow, don't want to wait for the birds to get them. So far I have only picked 1 yellow squash. 1 more coming along. 1 zucchini getting ready to bear. Cucumbers still running far behind. Zinnias are starting to bloom, they are one of my favorites.

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Re: Garden update 2016

Post by dlrcpa » Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:32 am

Foliage from the pantry potato I planted was dying so I pulled it up. Most of the original potato still there, plus 3 small (golf-ball size) ones. I also realized 3 plants I thought were red Swiss chard were actually beets! I pulled 2 of those. Also 1 carrot. So that was my "root" vegetable crop. Got more beans from the bush variety. The pole beans have small ones that will probably be ready in a week. Picked more basil & chard for pesto. Picked all the ripe tomatoes & 1 yellow squash. So there is a nice variety of things ripe now, just wishing the quantity was greater.

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