I'm hoping for some input. I'm pretty much done gardening this year. .
I've got a few tomatoes and peppers left. My eggplants did awesome. I'm
looking forward to next year already and my improvements. Here's my biggest
issue to overcome. I cant tell when my veggies are ready to be pulled. I
left the corn too long to the point the kernals got a little crinkly and
soft. The eggplants were lenient but should of been pulled. Some lettuce
bolted then I realized it was time. Some yellow tomatoes got real soft
last month. . I pulled some onion sets real early. Then lost the rest to
I've managed to get the weeds in check . The piles of hay and ground cover
actually worked really well. Ruth Stout wasn't full of crap. My work load
on weeds. was down about 75% .
Bug issues were not an issue . I only had bugs on fallen tomatoes. Flea
beetles early on the eggplants. And Japanese beetles were held in check by
sacrificing the grapes for the corn.
I have more trouble with ants in the house then bugs in the garden.
Some are ready when immature, some when mature but time isn't very
critical, some should be just right. There are "rules" for determining when
some are ready but these are not always so easy for everybody to apply.
Mainly it's a matter of practice and fitting your growing and eating habits
I left the corn too long to the
This one comes up every few months, look through some history of the NG.
When the rate of growth slows nearly to a stop cut them, the size that this
will be depends on conditions and cultivar.
Everybody gets caught on this sometimes. One day they look fine, next day
bolted. Try continuously cutting the outer leaves, you get plenty of salad
and when they come to the end you haven't lost anything. More open cultivars
are better for this. Also you will have less problem if you avoid growing
lettuce in the heat of summer.
For some fruits like tomatoes colour is a pretty reliable guide to ripeness.
I pulled some onion sets real early. Then lost the rest to
I don't know Ruth but mulch is almost always good.
Ditto's with the ants but surrounding the house foundations with the ant
poisons got rid of them.
The current bug bothering us is the stink bug. Lower temperatures are
bringing them indoors where they hide until spring.
Some critter they left behind in Asia. These stink bugs are recent (and
unfortunate) imports. First they attack the crops, then they move in
to houses for the winter and stink up the joint.
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Pat in Plymouth MI
"Vegetables are like bombs packed tight with all kinds of important
Not much of anything. They are a Chinese import that doesn't have
seem to have any natural predators here and they are thriving.
None of my chickens will touch them.
I raise Muscovy ducks, and they seem to eat them from time to time,
but don't actively pursue them.
I've heard guineas will eat them, but don't have any to verify.
I had the poor taste to find a log home charming. Unfortunately, so
do stink bugs and the endless cracks and crevices are a haven for
For corn you pull back the husk a little and pinch open one of the
kernels. If the liquid is clear it's not ready and needs to go
another day or two. If the liquid is milky then it's ready. If
there's little or no liquid then it's too late.
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