Dennis Mayer from GBay, WI
I have 100 pretty nice, superbly Colorful 5' to 6' tall competition
Dahlias in bloom!!! They are the best in 5 years of growing 'em.
Been quietly working on my 300' G gauge Garden RR.. Hope to finish
it before Snow??
I check this news group twice a day for 4 years now. I say little here.
Don't envy you the labor but I do know the rewards of rejuvenating
the garden beds. For me, the ending of this "season" marks the second
full-season's production for a few raised beds that had been fallow
Well, to answer your question, this one is outside giving the
"lawn" its second mowing -- probably its last until April/May except for
right in the high traffic areas -- and making the transition from
spring/summer to fall/winter veggied garden. Feeling guilty about
pulling some really rangy (and not terriby prolific) marigolds because I
need the space but still have plenty in containers that remain prolific
enough to provide for the flutter-bys: 'Tis the season. Debating whether
to remove some Italian eggplants and some California Wonder peppers that
were quite productive during the early season but which sort of punked
out with the onset of sure-enough Florida summer. Initially, had planned
to try to keep them over the winter for an early, early, crop but now
sort of think the space could be better-used. Oddly, the container-grown
"Black Beauty" eggplants and the container grown California Wonders that
overwintered are still producing heavily and I intend to try to get them
through a second winter.
Debating whether there's time before chilly weather to make a crop
of snap-beans. This week, will plant "greens" and begin succession
planting "Little Marvel" garden peas. I plant'em every couple of weeks
until the end of October. They bear right up until sure-enough freezing
temps and start all over again when freezing temps are gone; of course,
I tent them overnight when necessary. Boy, there's nothing like a
handful of fresh from the vine garden peas with a warmish Samuel Adams
on a cool December evening or March morning; ummm... can't wait!
Plain old white "Irish" potatoes have become hard-to-find in these
parts -- been displaced by the faddish Yukon gold -- so think I'll put
in some potatoes. They don't go in until December, though, so there's
plenty of time. I've grown them successfully in leaf-filled barrels and
in straw-filled trenches. This year, I think I'll try my hand with those
so-called "potato boxes" that are built in sections that can be tiered
and backfilled as the potato vines grow, although, I can't think they'd
be any easier to harvest than from the trenches.
I'm going to go ahead and 86 the "red beefsteak" tomatoes and start
anew for fall. Ordinarily, I'd have a few canes layered and rooted by
now for a vigorous November crop but, this year, I just barely managed
to beat back a dose of anthracnose brought in on some cucumbers. Dunno
what to do with the infected containers, though; maybe some immune or
resistant herbs or even ginger. No more container-grown indeterminate
tomatoes for me, anyway.
Running on single malt in U.S.A.
Yesterday I picked a bunch (~2 dozen) of tomatoes from the
neighbor-shocking front-yard garden. Gave some away to the neighbors.
Some were overripe and went into a pot of chili I made last night. I
gues due heavy rains last weekend, quite a few were "splitters", so
I'll have to use them up here.
There are still a number of ripening ones and a goodly number of
greenies of various sizes. I'm in zone 6a (St. Louis) so I expect I'll
harvesting for a while yet.
Day 220 of the "no grouchy usenet posts" project
On 9/10/09 4:08 PM, in article email@example.com, "Default
I'm at about the end of the season - between the cold nights and the late
blight, the tomatoes are slowing down.
Next year will mean a new spot in the garden for them and one more sweet
olive plant. DD ate almost the whole harvest.
The neighbors across from me have a front yard veg garden. It looks
very nice and tidy. The green beans have made an interesting sculpture
that offers shade to their front room.
Congrats to trend-setters of the front yard garden.
I'm still around, Cheryl; still picking cherry tomatoes in droves.
did much better than the full-sized ones -- what the squirrels left
me, that is. I got to the point of tying paper bags around the
ones we I could get a taste.
Tomato volunteers appearing in droves where the cherry
tomatoes dropped from the vines. This year I am hardening
my heart and thinning EARLY!
One of the neighbors bought a humane trap recently
Whether it was he, or who? someibe just pointed out that
WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANY SQUIRRELS lately. I doubt if it's
Animal Control; they wouldn't even come out for raccoons; they
sniff "we don't trap healthy animals". Well, la, de da!
Other than that, I still have corn coming in big-time. This
year I staggered plantings so they wouldn't all ripen at once.
Planted lima beans for the first time. They're just flowering;
so cute! Also planted carrots, green onions, snap peas,
Cantaloupes about finished -- again, what the squirrels
left me (:
That's it for food.
Decoratively, I've been tackling some hard jobs. Getting rid of
those straight reed things (name?) was miserable.
They propagate underground; always popping up
where not wanted. I worked very hard getting rid of
a clump so I could make a path through the landscaping
to the back. This involves moving Clivia, which has to
be done carefully. DOES YOUR CLIVIA GET SUNBURNED???
Broken slate stepping stones with little Blue Fescue in between.
That can handle stepping on, of which there won't be much.
Maybe I'll take a picture when it's all in and post.
Then I have to get a big plant for the front (North), which
gets a LOT of Western sun in summer, and less in
winter, esp. because of shorter days.
Thanks for listening!
My backyard faces west, and it has two large maple trees, plus the
neighbors across the back fence have large trees. It's very shady in
the back, which is great for lounging on the deck, but not so much for
The front yard has only a crabapple close to the house, and obviously
faces east. I dug up ivy that was growing along the driveway and put in
a few tomato and poblano plants where they get sun a very large part of
the day. The results have been pretty good, although it got a tad
crowded. Might expand next year.
Day 221 of the "no grouchy usenet posts" project
On 9/11/09 7:36 PM, in article
firstname.lastname@example.org, "Stephen Henning"
Don't you mean running away from it....
By some perverse luck, poison ivy has become a rampant threat around the
yard. Since I had one major case a few years back, I have counseled to stay
Must mean I've just given the birds a new food source.
Spring has come early so I am cutting asparagus and eagerly waiting for the
artichokes. I have trays of small seedlings which need to grow somewhat
before I plant them. There is an energetic young man staying with us so he
is weeding and manuring the beds in preparation while I check to see if he
is doing it right :-) He doesn't have much experience and his English is
somewhat fractured but he doesn't seem to mind spending his day shovelling
horseshot so he is earning his keep.
Speaking of asparagus I have masses of self-sown seedlings near the current
beds and under the shrubs where the little birds poop, so I have started a
new bed with them. You can never have too much asparagus.
Some rain would be good to really kick along the pasture, the horses are all
praying with me as they are tired of the remnants of last year's stubble and
looking for some sweet spring growth. But the days are pleasantly warm and
the night pleasantly cool. If life was perfect it would become boring and
so revert to imperfect.
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