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 Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 2 EmptyTue Aug 18, 2015 1:18 am

Amy, remind me later, but I have a heritage tomato that has set buds and fruit consistently though my summer where the temp is normally well above 90 during the day (now if I could just keep the pests away from them!!) If it helps anyone, they're an oddly striped, yellowish /orangish? tomato but nicely sweet and juicy.
(( 11:00 at night and we're still at 85f; I saw 113f on the thermometer today! ))
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 2 EmptyTue Aug 18, 2015 8:54 am

So what is a good fruit tree for in the yard with the dogs? I was gonna get a ornamental service berry instead cause I was afraid of dogs eating pits of fruits.

PS I like the looks of those black smaller tomatoes what do those taste like?

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 2 EmptyTue Aug 18, 2015 10:00 am

The black cherry are really very tasty - good balance of sweet and acid with old fashioned tomato flavor. But you have to let them ripen fully and its difficult to assess ripeness as the black tomatoes will still have some green shoulder. As fully "tomatoey" as the sungold with slightly less sugar - the sungold are really sweet.
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 2 EmptyTue Aug 18, 2015 10:45 am

I planted tomatoes early but they were drowned by the 15+ inches of rain we had this spring. I'm going green house next year to remedy this, I think.

I have two apple trees. They haven't bothered the dogs at all. The play with the apples that fall but they won't eat them.

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 2 EmptyMon Oct 24, 2016 11:40 am

Have not updated this in eons.  Last summer, Wayne picked up an old Horse roto-tiller.  And Josh bought a "middle-buster" that he thought he could use to bury his invisible fence line.  Well...a middle buster is sort of one nosed plow attachment.  Didn't work for well for burying the wire (it digs up a swath about 30" wide) but it did a great job for first pass on both his and our gardens.

Here's what we started with - all overgrown with goldenrod (stupid me left it for the bees the first year.  I've been fighting it since:

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And here's a close up of the middle buster:

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And here's my hubby doing the garden:

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Looking north, after the middle busting, ready for roto tiller.  This is the larger half of the garden on the diagram:

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And, poopy...going through my pics and NONE of the tiller.  Nor did I take any of the planted and growing garden Sad   Too busy watering with the drought.  And the bear fence.  

Here's the stump left from the tree that was cut down in the center of my garden.  Will be adding a table top to it.  Think probably a 30" round, but may make it square...pondering just boards like an old-fashioned picnic table or....I have some cement board left from the bathroom, possibly a tiled or mosaic top...

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In this pic, you can just barely see one of the hives - the circled area to the right is one hive and behind the goldenrod to the left are 2 more hives.  I left the goldenrod for the summer to make the bees fly up and away so I would not be in the flight path while working the garden.

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And...while most of ornamentals were puny to non-existant this year thanks to the drought, the Siberian Iris were prolific:

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As were the dame's rocket (behind which is the downspout that Ami "removed" going after a chipmunk who thought a downspout was a safe hiding spot)

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and the wild rose I transplanted next to the back door (probably a mistake, it is rampantly spreading and is gangly after bloom.  BUt it smells divine...for about 3 weeks Rolling Eyes

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And some harvest pics:

The green beans were outstanding this year.  But still not enough to freeze any (there would have been but hubby devours them by the gallon  Rolling Eyes

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The first cucumbers, eggplant and gold cherry tomatoes (which, in retrospect, I was picking way too early.  They should have been a deep gold, I was picking at dark yellow.  Much sweeter, more complex had I waited)

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Then...the jalapenos started to appear:

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Then the summer squash and the main season tomatoes:

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And finally...the Brandywines, to the right, made their appearance:

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My primary goal for next year is to get the whole garden in production and get rid of the slugs!  That will start this fall.  First will be the middle busting and tilling, then I will sprinkle an Iron Phosphate slug bait this fall and again next spring before planting.  And probably throughout the season.

I also have a packet of 250 Jersey Knight asparagus seeds to expand my asparagus planting.  They were ordered to plant this summer but I held off with the drought - that would have been a watering nightmare with new seedlings needing a sprinkle 2-3 times per day, given how dry it was.  The plan is to have one patch harvested in spring and grown in the summer/fall and a 2nd patch harvested in fall and grown in spring/summer.  With 250 seeds, hopefully I'll see 75 mature plants with some left for Josh to grow.

That's about it for this years garden...
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 2 EmptyMon Oct 24, 2016 1:35 pm

And, can you believe this?!!? Tomatoes picked in late October in upstate NY:

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 2 EmptyMon Oct 24, 2016 6:02 pm

This year was a learning year in my garden. So far I need more bean plants. But I have frozen five gallons of tomatoes.

I think a tile top would look cool on your stump but not sure how grout and mastic will hold up to your winters.

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 2 EmptyMon Oct 24, 2016 8:26 pm

Wowwww Amy, your garden is doing awesome! Mine bit the dust very early on Sad I love your property Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 2 EmptyMon Oct 24, 2016 10:50 pm

Thanks Jimmy. Sorry your garden not the dust. But... you have the most awesome landscape!

Jenn... on the beans. It takes a lot of row to produce beans. At least bush beans. I purchased a quarter pound of Roma II seed and a quarter pound of provider green beans. I planted half of each twice, 2 wells apart. They were put into 3 ft wide beds, 3 rows 14 " apart and 13 ft long. Or, 39 ft of row for each variety at each planting. The picking was strong for about 10 days tho 2 weeks... started with maybe a wry the first 2 pickings, then rapidly went to 1-1 1 /2 gallons for the next 3 pickings or so, then dwindled back down. I picked mostly every other day, staggering from one variety to the other.

Even after the 2nd planting was producing, I was still picking enough for a normal meal not a Wayne meal, every 4-5 days.

If what you want is a steady supply of beans for the table, not threes freezer, you might want to try pole beans. The take longer to produce but will produce all session, though not a whole bunch at one time. But, i have yet to successfully grow pole beans. They are supposed to be superb in flavor. So far, I used a variety more suited to a southern climate in a year that was overly cold, i had them eaten by deer another year, slugs another year. But...next year....

I think there is an outdoor grout fortified with... something that will stand up to our winters. I have to explore that further before i just jump in and do it
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 2 EmptyTue Oct 25, 2016 1:47 am

Thank you Amy Smile

I think the weather here has been tough on everything. Just about a month ago, I could go to the grocery store and pay $5 for 4 avocados. The price has been steadily rising, and just yesterday I had to pay $3 for ONE avocado! Anddddddd, about every other day, they won't even have an avocado in the store! I have my own tree but it's not producing yet Sad

I like the idea of a mosaic table top. I've been wanting to do my own mosaic on a couple concrete benches I have here, like maybe a scene depicting a forest with some wolves or something, I just gotta dedicate some time to figuring it all out and getting it done. Do take pics of your table when it's finished and share with us here, please! I'd love to see it.
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So.  Talk of gardening.  And so far, just talk except for my amaryllis and my mom's orchids.  I need to pick up a garbage can to store my potting soil.  I buy a bale of it from the local Mennonite farm stand.  I want to keep insects and fungus out of it and I figure storing it in a tightly covered container will help.  Once I get that, I'll open the bag and start my onion stujff.  My seed order is supposed to arrive Friday.

But... This is  the backyard.  Only thing I can do now is prune shrubs...oh.   though it looks sunny,  3:34 PM,   12°F outside

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Love your yard
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I think we broke 32 degrees for the first time in a long time yesterday. Headed toward 50 today and thunderstorms this weekend. My tomatoes are around 6 inches tall now and I have peppers and a loofah up. All taking up space in the laundry room making people coming to look at the house scratch their heads. At least now they are old enough it's obvious I'm not growing pot in the laundry room.

I knocked down my butterfly bushes last weekend. Think I'm going to go ahead and cut off the mums this weekend though not clear the dead away just yet. I've got to dig out the plants that I'm going to be taking with us when we move. I knew it had to be known to buyers that some of the yard plants wouldn't be staying with the house. I told our agent that some plants would be going with us but I guess he didn't understand that those plants were outside plants so he didn't add it to the disclosure on the house, so now two roses, a hibiscus and a tree have to be dug up and done something with.

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@TwisterII wrote:
At least now they are old enough it's obvious I'm not growing pot in the laundry room.

Ha ha ha!
When you mentioned grow lights before, the thought did actually cross my mind!

My husband's cousin was renting a house to some people and got a call from the police. When he drove to the house, he found that the renters had dug up the entire basement floor, replaced it with dirt, and had quite a marijuana farm down there...
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We just passed medical marijuana with the option of home grow fairly recently so I'm sure some folks would right off the bat assume we were jumping the gun. Especially since I tend to start my tomatoes earlier than most. The random basement pot farm is so common here. That's a little crazy to dig up the basement floor to do it though. I actually wouldn't mind testing my hand at growing hemp. It has a lot of interesting uses. We are still working toward legalizing hemp growing here.

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New York has just passed growing industrial hemp. I think they've designated 2 regions for trails along with university research.

Nope - not growing pot on my plant stand - tomatoes are my high lol!

And - i've got some Boldog pepper seeds. Reputed to make excellent paprika. Last year, all my pepper plants never made it past the cotyledon stage - either mice or fungus gnats, don't know which. It's in an upstairs bedroom and we really don't use the upstairs anymore with just the two of us (our bedroom is first floor.) So, this year, soil gets sterilized and I'm putting mouse traps everywhere up there. We shall see.
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Color me excited!! My magenta orchid is putting out a third inflorescence!!! I've never grown orchids before. Therese were my mom's before she died a few months ago so they are especially meaningful.

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I had to go look up inflorescence ... something new every day!

I love the board behind the plant - the cat is squeaky clean, huh?!?!
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@aljones wrote:


I love the board behind the plant - the cat is squeaky clean, huh?!?!

Ahh...Al, that is quite the story.  It is a quote from my son when he was late teens maybe?  He had a dentist appointment in Binghamton, 90 minutes from here.  We drove the WRX and he asked to drive on the way home.  Also, wanted to show me a mustang at one of the car dealers.  As we came out of the car dealer parking lot, he turned right, with heavy traffic maybe a 600 feet down the road, stopped at a light.
 
Now, the WRX had phenomenal pickup - so much so that it could accelerate faster than my neck could tolerate.   Suddenly, this child is accelerating like he's Mario Andretti in the home stretch with a car at his quarter panel behind him...just as I was about to start shrieking at him, I noticed that, while steering around things frantically, he was slamming on the breaks, shifting into neutral and turned the car off.  With precision execution.  Steely nerves.  We had an uncontrolled acceleration event - caused by a floor mat stuck on (or behind?) the accelerator.

There was no accident, no police call, he handled the emergency superbly for one so young.  But.  A half mile down the road, he was shaking like a leaf and asked if I would please drive.  I guess it was the adrenalin rush from hell.

Anyway - when we got home, he told his father "The good news is the cat (as in catalytic convertor) is clean as a whistle, the bad news is, my underwear is not."  It tickled my fancy and up on the board it went.  Always good for conversation.  Though - maybe time for a new quote...
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