Picked a small bucket of sweet chilies, eggplant, kale, two or three
sorts of lettuce and one lone cucumber. Had a good bit of the pickings
in our dinner salad this evening.
Black crowders are making like crazy and the vines have climbed the
trellis and I'm now working them in and out. Tomatoes are a bit slow in
ripening but that is expected with all the rain and overcast we've been
Figs are getting larger every day and it looks, I hope, to be a good
harvest. The pears are about the size of a quarter and looking good.
This will be our first pear harvest on that tree if they make it. The
coloring now is a russet and we hope they are tasty. Supposedly good for
eating out of hand and canning both. Tree looks really healthy but I'm
doing my best to keep pruning off the "rain" limbs so the tree stays
open to sunlight.
The blueberries aren't doing well at all, will have to do some research
to see why they aren't. The "wild" tomatoes that came up this spring are
putting on fruit and, today, we ate the first "Indigo" tomato we planted
I am not jealous of your Texas heat or rain, but just a tad so of your
earlier producing garden.
So far all we are harvesting are asparagus (at an end) radishes and
mixed fancy-pants lettuce. Spinach and romaine will be up for grabs in
The prune plum has fewer than half a dozen fruits. Go figure. Donut
peach has fruit, but both of these fruit trees are turning into items
best admired for their spring bloom than production. IT is very
difficult to grow stone fruit here in NJ without a very strict spray
regimen, and I confess, if Safer doesn't take care of things, I just
let Mother Nature take its course.
We'll be fine with the blueberries this year, the blackberries are
covered in flowers The tomatoes - and there are many varieties this
year, as doing well, but we won't get fruit until July,
Long beans are coming up, cukes are coming up, acorn squash is fine,
an unknown, family-passed-down bean that a friend from Alabama sent
are coming up, too, as are some beans I picked up at Monticello..
Pepper, hot & sweet are taking their time, but I have patience. What
Regular wax and green beans are not doing so well. It took a while for
the soil to heat up, so they are just popping through, and then they
were raided by a possum (said possum was have-a-hearted and taken 5+
miles away. I'd have let it stay if it hadn't decided to use the lower
garden as a toilet. We tried mouse traps to scare it off and that
worked for a bit, but it outsmarted us. Damn illegal to move it, but
by law we are only allowed to do on-site kill. Long story.)
Meanwhile, the flowers are glorious right now, with rhododendron,
peonies, roses, and irises going gangbusters.
Spring is a nice time for me in the garden and I am always filled with
hope - before the intense heat (remember, much of my gardening is done
in tubs) and the bugs, squirrels and birds get to things.
We acidify that blueberry patch every year, reckon we will have to wait
until the next bout of thunderstorms pass through, if they every do pass
Just back from another round of testing for the heart, nuclear stress
test, no big problem with the nuke or the rest, will have to wait until
tomorrow for the results. Last time was in 2014 and came okay then.
Eight of us in a small room, all veterans and all geezers. Nice visit
but had to stay there to long to suit me. Got there at 0915, left around
1330, that was tiring. We old veterans were having a good time. One guy
was actually older than me, the rest were a few years behind my
enlistment in 1957. Three old sailors, including me, one lone Marine,
and some doggies. Wasn't to bad as we were all in a good mood. Hope I
won't have to go back for awhile.
On Monday, May 30, 2016 at 7:39:56 PM UTC-4, George Shirley wrote:
My wife just harvested an unusually large number of broccoli heads in the p
ast few days; many are now in the freezer. The pea pods are ready to pick a
nd throw into the salads. I just planted the pumpkins and squashes a couple
of days ago; 13 varieties in 21 hills. What we can't eat are wintertime tr
eats for the sheep.
Maryland, North of Baltimore
My stuff is just starting to sprout (from seeds I potted two weeks ago).
We are not suppose to transfer to our gardens till the second week
of June, do to freezes overnight.
But, I did notice I will have some purslane to pick this weekend. :-)
And I dumped two gallons of high test vinegar (20%) on the weeds, so
the tide has turned on them! The ones I sprayed look really pathetic.
Chuckle. The dandelions will be the last and hardest to kill. I
hope I don't have to dig every last on up with my axe!
Be careful posting this stuff. Folks may show up for dinner! :-)
Definition of a small town: when you visit your neighbors, you
have to lock your car doors, otherwise you will wind up with
a back seat full of zucchini.
My neighbors have no fear from me, black thumb and all. I hope
to turn the tide this year with my holes as pots, peat moss,
and weeds at the bottom of the holes. You know, there is a
certain enjoyment stuffing weeds down holes.
I wish I had 1/20 of your and Songbirds gardening skills.
they're breaking up that soil for you.
some people eat the greens or make coffee
substitute from the roasted roots. can't
say i've tried either of them. worms like
'em after i leave them to dry on the surface
for a few days/week.
for sure! some i have to bury deeply enough and put a layer
or two of cardboard or craft paper or newspaper over them to
keep them from coming back up too easily. i had a whole
five gallon bucket of old onions and garlic that needed to be
buried the other day. prime worm food... :)
Ha! I wanted to dig a hole and had a dandelion dead in the
middle of the target. So, I axes an eight inch square around
it about two inches deep. When I pulled up the piece, the
the root threaded though it like a needle.
So, I repeated about five more times at about an inch deep
at a time (that is all I could beat through). Each time
it just threaded through the hole.
I finally got the root out. The root didn't do a thing to the
soil around it. The whole experience was a bit amusing.
Oh yes, I found that swinging an axe actually helps my blood
sugar. (I am one of the 20% that exercise backfires on
T2 Diabetics.) So, the weeds now tremble in fear from me.
By the way, an axe is not a real effective way to remove
weeds, but it SURE is cathartic.
Sort of like a pick axe. Hmmm. THahnk you!
"Cats ... vices to live by" ???? You do realize that
Tofu -- colorless, flavorless, gelatinous goo, that rots in
your stomach and gives you gas -- is God's punishment for
humans domesticating cats ????? :')
how did that hole get there? dandelion
might have drilled it for you, but once that
root is down there then worms will follow
the root and perhaps another plant will get
those tap roots are what i was talking about.
i did a few hundred deep knee bends today
picking strawberries. :) i'm sure i will
be feeling it tomorrow...
hope so, any ground cover is better
than bare dirt if you're not using the space,
but if you can get something else going there
instead (buckwheat or winter rye are both
excellent) it's much better. also looks like
we have a good crop starting up of purselane
My wife is scared to death of buckwheat as thee is
a severe allergy in her family to it (but not her yet).
Is Winter Rye the same stuff that gives you diabetes,
such as what is used in Rye Bread, etc.? Is so, I'd
rather plant something I can eat. My purslane is
already giving me seeds, so maybe ...
interesting! i've never heard of an
allergy to it before. they are no fun for
sure as i have reactions to some plants too
ones that i actually like (lilacs, lavender,
it doesn't bother me. no, the point was, when you
have extra space that you don't have planted with
veggies is to fill it with a benificial ground cover
plant, to help suppress weeds and create topsoil/humus.
weeds are opportunists, fill the niche with a more
useful plant and you get topsoil faster. winter rye
is one of the most common used plants to break up
hard soil. it sends out huge amounts of roots. i've
done it here in this clay in the fall, turned it under
in the spring and the soil was great that season. you
don't have to let it get to seed/head stage, just chop
it back and turn it under before the soil dries out.
My Purslane is already producing seeds. So when I pick it,
I make a pint of rinsing it off over a patch of the yard
that doesn't have any growing in it yet.
I will have to look into the Rye solution too.
depends upon the worm, but some will feed off what the
roots give off and any other bits of stuff in there. when
you cut back some plants (simulate grazing :) ) they will
balance the roots out with the foliage so that means some
roots will die back, which yes, become worm food eventually.
it's a pretty good way to build up topsoil and you can see
how well it works by examining the history of the Great
Plains and see how fertile those prairies were (and how
plantains seem to be loved by bunnies, grasshoppers
and worms. when i weed them out i just turn them
over and leave the roots up in the air to dry out.
if they have been let go to seed or have seed stalks
on them i pull those off and put those on the weed
piles. the birds pick at them...
if the spot ain't got nothing better i'll leave the
weed alone as long as i can. i'm too far behind now
to plant or transplant in most spaces, but as i do
get time i replace weeds by ground covers i do like.
we have some thymes that do well here and cover up
a lot of area and don't need a lot of weeding. and
i've also got some creeping phlox, creeping jenny
and i will also toss out old seeds from melons and
squash and see if any of them will get going in the
wilder areas. if they smother some stuff in the
process of growing that's all good...
the weeds i have to keep after are the thistles
(sow thistle and the purple globe thistle) and
some others that are really a pest because they
were brought in with a wildflower seed mix and the
one i don't like happens to be the one that survived
and spread all over the place and is almost impossible
to get rid of... the one i'm reactive to...
love in a mist and poppies we have both thrive and
grow in the crushed limestone. they don't seem to
need much dirt at all. spread like crazy too. but
we like them as they wander around and when they are
done flowering all those stems are free organic
material i bury. :) the love in a mist pods are
often used for decorative things by flower arrangers.
ok, ramble time over. peace, even to weeds...
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