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dj1
Vegetable Garden Report

For those who care:

We have a lot of tomatoes this time around.
Chives, green onions and green beans are doing well.
The mandarin tree will give fruit this year, we see a lot of fruit (pea size at the moment). The lemon tree and the orange tree are doing fine too.
We have 5 corn plants which made it, they are now taller than me...they started to grow a few corns, hopefully good tasting ones.

keith3267
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I only had 5 corn plants this year too. One ear on each filled out, the lower ears haven't yet but I am hopeful that they will. Lost all the peaches but have lots of apples and pears. I got three artichokes last week from the Empire plants, but they are only about half the size of the Green Globe. The Green Globe need two years to start producing so if they make it through the winter, I will have plenty of big artichokes.

The lettuce bolted, but it was good as long as it lasted. The sugar snap peas are done so I have just planted speckled butter beans (brown speckled lima). They started germinating yesterday. The purple hull peas are looking good, will have them soon. Been getting a lot of yellow straight neck and zucchini squash and I am hoping the plants die soon, I am getting sick of them. The Butternut squash is looking good so I hope the squash bugs don't kill them before they are ripe, they take so long to ripen.

The sweet potatoes are spreading out. I didn't buy any this year, some of the left over sweet potatoes from last year made sprouts for me. I only put out ten plants, ran out of room.

No ripe tomatoes yet. I have some green ones and they should be ripening soon. If I had some apple juice in the house, I'd spray them with it, it jump starts the ripening process.

I'd like to post pictures but my new computer runs on Linux and it doesn't recognize the format that is on my camera's SD card, or any of my new thumb drives. I can still use my old mac but it has gotten so out of date that most websites no longer allow it to upload pictures anymore. Apple has stopped supporting it. My son says he will fix the new computer as soon as he gets a chance, or he will reformat one of my thumb drives to work on both the Linux and Mac so I can process the pics on the mac, then put them on a thumb drive and transfer them to the Linux and then up to the host site.

ed21
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I finally got a deer fence around my garden. Everything growing, but nothing to harvest yet. Cukes, tomatoes, peppers and going to put in some squash soon to avoid the vine borer. After having the deer chow down for a few years I started off a bit slow this year.

dj1
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Keith,

We must be a little crazy trying to grow corn, when they are 5 or 6 for a buck at the market right now...

With me it's the challenge, not the money. I got 1 out of 6 seeds to grow. Next phase is to get real corn to succeed.

Tomatoes are a different story, because market tomatoes can never taste as good as home grown. My cherry tomatoes are doing really good and the taste is something to talk about...

A. Spruce
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dj1 wrote:

Keith,

We must be a little crazy trying to grow corn, when they are 5 or 6 for a buck at the market right now...

With me it's the challenge, not the money. I got 1 out of 6 seeds to grow. Next phase is to get real corn to succeed.

Tomatoes are a different story, because market tomatoes can never taste as good as home grown. My cherry tomatoes are doing really good and the taste is something to talk about...

That's because everything in the grocery store is harvested absolutely green, which is why most things are pale and flavorless when you get them home. Things need to mature on the vine for flavor and sweetness to develop.

keith3267
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I got 4 supersweet 100 cherry tomatoes this morning. This is my all time favorite for flavor, but they are too small and too wet to put in a sandwich. Waiting for the brandywines for that.

keith3267
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Forgot to mention that for the last week, we have been getting blackberries every morning. It started slow but yesterday and this morning we got about a pound of berries from or thornfree varieties. My wife and I also take a walk every morning and we go by a hedgerow that has some wild blackberries in it. We have some wild blackberries around the perimeter of our yard, but the berries are really small and not very good. But the berries on one of the plants in the hedgerow are about half the size of our cultivated types, but really flavorful. You pay for them in blood though, they are very thorny.

dj1
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keith3267 wrote:

I got 4 supersweet 100 cherry tomatoes this morning. This is my all time favorite for flavor, but they are too small and too wet to put in a sandwich. Waiting for the brandywines for that.

These cherry tomatoes are tiny, more like g-r-a-p-e tomatoes. I like them a bit bigger.
We also have slicing tomatoes, better boy kind, for sandwiches or on a breakfast bagel...

"Retirement is so good, I should have done it first."

dj1
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More news: we are now getting 2-3 lbs of tomatoes a day.

Have you ever heard of the "tomato diet"?

Corn: we have a dozen corns almost ready.

dj1
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I hope Keith reads this:

With a lot of anticipation we harvested our 12 corns. Took them in, peeled them...not good. They are about 50% grown, in other words, half the kernels never grew.

I begin to believe that our soil is not that friendly to corn. Tomatoes on the other side, grow out of control, to the point that we give them away.

keith3267
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I've been on vacation, got home yesterday. Just read your post. I don't have good luck with corn either but I think that timing is everything with corn. Too soon or too late, even a week or two seems to make a big difference. Plant when oak leaves are the size of mouse ears seems to work, but even then, my corn is not that good. Two weeks before or after that and I get no corn, even though we have a pretty long growing season.

After being gone for three weeks, my garden is a disaster. I have had the drip irrigation on for about 8 hours since yesterday. The biodiversity (weeds) have been doing quite nicely though. I need some cooler weather in order to clean up the garden, but mowing the foot + tall grass is the priority right now.

Mid 90's here but it was 117 in Needles Friday. "But its a dry heat" on many tee shirts there. Dry or not, that is HOT.

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