2020 Garden Thread

SidecarFlip

Minister of Fire
Get yourself a good Tom cat. No more bunnies in the garden.
 

DuaeGuttae

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2016
555
Texas
The morning’s harvest:

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Now that those two cucumbers are picked, I trimmed the vine back to a single stem as well. There are four other cucumbers (on other vines) that are maturing fast as well. I hope to have them coming out of my ears soon, @begreen, because my kids are longing for pickles. These two will become tabbouleh today again.

I found a branch of my glacier tomato broken off this morning. I haven’t supported the plant, and I don’t know if it was simply the weight of the tomatoes or if a child bumped it. It has several nice green fruits on it, and so I stripped the bottom leaves and stuck it in one of my ollas to see if it might root. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. If it does, I’ll have gained a plant.
 
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SpaceBus

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Nov 18, 2018
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Downeast Maine
We are working on some raised beds and starting vegetables indoors. Hopefully in a week or so the raised beds will be finished. The last frost should be memorial day.
 

EatenByLimestone

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Jul 12, 2006
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Schenectady, NY
This is the only year since I really started to garden that the frost free date really meant something. It's been a cold spring!
 

DuaeGuttae

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2016
555
Texas
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I debated putting this photo of fermenting pickle slices in the cooking thread, but I decided that it was more appropriate for this one. I picked three slicing cucumbers this morning, and what was most delightful was that I could also harvest homegrown dill (though I needed to avoid some tiny swallowtail caterpillars on it), stop by the porch of the shed where the garlic is curing and grab some small pieces, and then head to the back yard to cut a few bay leaves that should add some flavor and help keep the pickles crisper. It’s only a small jar (about two cups), but it was just delightful to have the materials all growing here.

I also potted up the broken glacier tomato branch and put it under the peach tree. I thought it needed to some shade, but there was nowhere in the fenced garden area with enough. The deer rarely jump into our back yard where the peach is, and it’s also very close to our air conditioning condensate collecting barrel, so it will make it easier to keep moist. It has six green tomatoes on it, so it’s entirely possible that it won’t have the strength to put out roots, but I want to give it a try. If it doesn’t work, I think I have a recipe for green tomato cake somewhere.
 

DuaeGuttae

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2016
555
Texas
We are working on some raised beds and starting vegetables indoors. Hopefully in a week or so the raised beds will be finished. The last frost should be memorial day.
What kinds of plants are you starting?
 

DuaeGuttae

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2016
555
Texas
This is the only year since I really started to garden that the frost free date really meant something. It's been a cold spring!
My mother has been gardening for almost five decades in Virginia. She told me this has been one of the more difficult springs for her because it was so warm in April and so cold in May. She had a freeze a week or two ago that damaged cucumbers, tomatoes, and potatoes that she had in her garden despite her efforts to protect them with coverings.
 

SpaceBus

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Nov 18, 2018
4,107
Downeast Maine
What kinds of plants are you starting?
Currently we are sprouting and starting snow peas, cabbage (I don't recall the type), and Swiss chard. Once we get the beds built there are plenty more packs of seeds to sprout. Originally we planned on building the garden space and beds this year and planting next year, but we are bumping up the timeline in light of recent events.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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Third and last spinach harvest. Next few days will be sunny and warm. I have transferred the last of the heat lovers into the garden beds. Everything is looking good. We've started harvesting sugar snap peas, radishes and a ton of lettuce too. There are 7 tomatoes forming in the greenhouse and even more cucumbers. The outdoor tomatoes are starting to set flowers. Won't be long now. We also said goodbye to the mason bees. This is one of the last ones out harvesting. Till next year.
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DuaeGuttae

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Oct 26, 2016
555
Texas
Currently we are sprouting and starting snow peas, cabbage (I don't recall the type), and Swiss chard. Once we get the beds built there are plenty more packs of seeds to sprout. Originally we planned on building the garden space and beds this year and planting next year, but we are bumping up the timeline in light of recent events.
Yum. I love all of those. I’m attempting to grow cabbage down here in Texas for the first time, but it’s not going so well. I haven’t gone so far yet as to pull it out because it does have heads, and they are growing, but the caterpillars have been almost too much for me.

It is hard to build and plant all in one season. We did that last year, and this year has been nicer. We did expand our fenced area and add one large bed for asparagus (which is doing so well that it delights me every time I see it!). We have room for more beds in the future now but haven’t put them in yet. I’d love pictures of your garden area if you have any.
 

DuaeGuttae

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Oct 26, 2016
555
Texas
Third and last spinach harvest. Next few days will be sunny and warm. I have transferred the last of the heat lovers into the garden beds. Everything is looking good. We've started harvesting sugar snap peas, radishes and a ton of lettuce too. There are 7 tomatoes forming in the greenhouse and even more cucumbers. The outdoor tomatoes are starting to set flowers. Won't be long now. We also said goodbye to the mason bees. This is one of the last ones out harvesting. Till next year.
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Beautiful, Begreen. Do you freeze your spinach for later use? That looks like a lot for two people.

My garden time early this week was putting up all sorts of hail protection for the storms we were likely to get. Thankfully we missed almost all of the hail, but there were definitely some close calls. We took down the jury-rigged stuff today but left up the bird netting that is shielding the majority of the cucumbers, tomatoes, and asparagus. It’s high overhead and doesn’t interfere with moving in the garden.

We’ve eaten a good number of slicing cucumbers this week, and I’ve been harvesting some picklers and keeping them in the refrigerator for now. We also harvested one ripe pepper (they’re a small sweet variety that survived the winter in the garage) and a couple of glacier tomatoes (also small).

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The glacier tomato plants were my big surprise this year. I had the seeds from before we moved to this climate zone, and I wouldn’t have guessed that they would do so well, but they are just loaded with fruit. I hadn’t supported them, and they needed help, so we managed to get them very carefully up onto an unused trellis today.

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semipro

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Jan 12, 2009
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SW Virginia
My mother has been gardening for almost five decades in Virginia. She told me this has been one of the more difficult springs for her because it was so warm in April and so cold in May. She had a freeze a week or two ago that damaged cucumbers, tomatoes, and potatoes that she had in her garden despite her efforts to protect them with coverings.
I'm in Virginia and have planted more than a month early the last 3 years without a problem. This year was different. We lost some tomatoes and peppers to a frost around Mother's day, the usual last frost date. It's a real pain because I'll give any plant a chance is if shows signs of life. This just means we'll be harvesting later than we have the last several years.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
Beautiful, Begreen. Do you freeze your spinach for later use? That looks like a lot for two people.

My garden time early this week was putting up all sorts of hail protection for the storms we were likely to get. Thankfully we missed almost all of the hail, but there were definitely some close calls. We took down the jury-rigged stuff today but left up the bird netting that is shielding the majority of the cucumbers, tomatoes, and asparagus. It’s high overhead and doesn’t interfere with moving in the garden.
You're doing great. Yes, we freeze up a lot of the spinach because we also have a lot of swiss chard being harvested now from last year's plants too.
 
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SpaceBus

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Nov 18, 2018
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Downeast Maine
We picked up two yards of soil today and hopefully I'll have the raised beds built by the end of the week.