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Posted By smokinj,
Mar 18, 2013 at 11:21 AM
I cant take much credit, this is all the mrs. handiwork...
Fencing my garden was the best thing I did for it. Deer mowed it down routinely before I put the fence up...them and the garbage gut dog eating my 'maters and peppers.
Got a 60' row of raspberries looking to give a strong yield. Early transparent apple tree should be ready by the end of the month for making apple sauce and pie fillings. Last year we did 12 gallons of apple sauce and 20-30 pie fillings. Hard to say how we'll do this year...the tree is loaded...but so loaded that one of the main branches (~25% of the tree) snapped off last weekend.
I didn't see any honey bees this year ( and there are orchards around me that [used to] have hives ) and not a lot of the smaller bees. Just a few moths/butterflies and bumblebees.
Didn't set much fruit in pears ( except for a bartlett ) and even the asian pears that normally I have to cull half are rather sparse. No apples. Plums didn't set much either.
Looks like 2 low yield years in a row. Last year it was the crazy extreme hot and cold temperature swings .
Decent amount of strawberries but we've had so much rain they get mushy quick.
Peppers have pretty much stopped with the rain and cold nights here. Still a fairly healthy green color so maybe with some temps they'll take off again.
Just got done with the first batch of pickles
Tomatoes have taken over - I tell myself every year they will be spaced further and then they grow twice as large
Anyone else in the northeast have a less than stellar start with their peppers? Slightly yellowed, slow out of the gate- it's been cool and rainy too long I guess
Peppers are usually iffy where I am. This year the boss says they seem to be doing fine, it is to soon to judge. We are sort of in a protected area with the trees leafed out. The garden has only been in a little over a week.
Most everything is doing well in the main beds, though the eggplants and peppers would like more heat. That will be coming soon hopefully. We've harvested lots of salad greens, spinach, leeks, and broccoli so far. Picked the first zukes yesterday. The upper garden is planted with a second pea and corn crop, squash, and some cukes.
AP, terrible gardening season here. Wet and cold. I have started to transition some of my peppers to containers. First, it will help me to limit the moisture. Second, if the summer keeps up like this then I will have to either build a hoop house or bring them inside.
Overall - My cold weather plants are doing great.
I took a gamble and decided to try a bunch of new stuff because of the hot summer last year. I lost that bet. Lesson learned. I am sticking with the short season varieties.
Mine haven't done much for the last two weeks.
Not turning yellow ( yet).
I didn't put mulch on them so the soil would hopefully be a little warmer so now I have a ton of weeds started.
A handful of strawberries and these for today's harvest. Had wilted radish greens, feta, tomatoes, olives for dinner. Well, I just had the greens with balsamic vinegar, the wife had the fancy Mediteranian dish.
I'm really starting to worry with the solstice upon us....except for my orange mint. That thing could survive an apocalypse.
Slow going on the hot weather plants here..but they look healthy.
Hang in there. Last year we didn't break nighttime temps above 50 until July. It was a very tenuous start for our garden. But summer turned around and we has a stretch of about 60 days of straight sunshine that kicked most every thing into gear. Our fall harvest ended up being a good one.
Been harvesting radish and onions from the garden for a week or so. Have my first cherry tomato starting to turn orangish.
Same here with the peppers struggling - mine usually "turn on" around Aug-Sept and yield copious amounts of large-medium peppers.
we've been in a monsoon here this June so far, having to pick cucumbers&summer squash every day
Picked the first cherry tomato yesterday.
My brocolli, cauliflower, and cabbage got RAIDED by worms. I think they are a lost cause. Oh well...better luck this fall. I'll probably take them out this weekend and put in some more green beans.
I need to thin mine out but other than that doing well. I got 200 feet of sweet corn at about knee high. Going to be a very good year for corn and beans.
I'm still quite a way from having cherry tomatoes, but have been eating plenty of mixed greens, snap & snow peas and just started eating the Chard (yum!).
Pretty much everything is happy for some warm sunny weather in these long days. Pole beans are growing so fast you could almost sit & watch them climb!
I forgot to thin my beets, & they are pretty big already. Should I just leave them? Wait a bit & harvest some baby beets, or just thin them now & eat the greens?
Thin out the beets now to about 1 plant every 3-4". Put the greens in a salad.
Starting to get my first cherry tomatoes as well, should have some ready to pick by the end of the week with all this rain we have been having. The other tomato plants are budding up good and have quite a few well sized green ones that should be ready for picking next week. Have plenty of greens for salad. Carrots are doing well (as far as I can tell). Using a new spot this year and only half my garden is growing good, think I planted it to close to a tree and it is blocking some of the afternoon light. Watermelon plant is growing good, going to have to keep an eye on that so it doesn't take over the garden. My pepper plants are doing bad, they are in the other half of the garden that I think is not getting enough sun.
What species tree? Hopefully not a walnut. If not, plant your cool loving crops there. That would be greens, lettuce, and cole crops like cauliflower and broccoli. They'll appreciate the partial shade.
I put a set of chains on the roto-tiller last night. Got them off a snow blower. It is easier to handle now and goes deeper.
Just picked my first brocolli heads...been picking and enjoying the strawberries. Something has totally eaten my beans, beets and cukes!!
Eat them back.