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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 3 EmptyTue Sep 10, 2019 9:55 am

With the move I didn't have much for a garden year either since everything was container grown. Got a few tomatoes and am getting some peppers. My pumpkin has done well but fighting powdery mildew now and got a strange red fungus on one pumpkin I assume was moisture related but not blossom end rot. Garlic should be arriving soon and will have to figure out where I want to put it. Was thinking about putting where the pumpkins are after harvest. The garden spot is smothered but I haven't started to amend any of it yet. Have to get a fence around it before I do too much or the critters will have a field day. Though throwing some minerals on it and letting the deer do the tilling doesn't sound half bad. Would really like some wild turkeys to come through or to borrow someone's chickens for a week.

Our farmers flooded out. Most have gotten their claim checks and are just waiting for next year. Had a heck of a year for hay though. Bad year for crop growers. Good year for animal producers. At least the animal producers that pasture their animals.

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 3 EmptyWed Apr 22, 2020 12:49 pm

We have had an unusually cold April here this year. Started out nice a warm with expectation of much warmer than usual. Did not pan out. According to a local weather forecaster, we've had only one April in recent years where the average high is so low (49° I think?) and after that we have to go back to 1970's! I'm trying something new this year - bought myself a Treadlite broad fork so I can loosen the soil and hopefully plant even when things are too wet for traditional tilling. We had about 5" of snow earlier this week. Didn't last long but just another delay. I was hoping to start hardening my onions the day we got the snow. Then, Monday, which would have been ok to start, weather wise, was my grocery pick up slot. Which killed that day. Now the yesterday and today are high winds and highs in the 30's. Sigh. Maybe I'll try a protected place for an hour or so. We shall see.

And - my 3 black cherry floribunda roses arrived yesterday. As did some seeds I ordered from Baker's Creek (I forgot to order parsnips and radishes from my big Fedco order and they have suspended ordering temporarily since the whole country has decided to try gardening this year.

Anyhow - here is what I've got so far this year. All indoor:

My plant stand, now full except for one tray waiting to be planted:

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As you can see, the onions needed a haircut - provided way more trimmings than I anticipated:

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Which made for some tasty treats - not the least of which was a yummy baked potato:

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These are my Rocket Red Snapdragons. Huge number of seeds from Harris Seeds. Plan was to use some this year and some next year. Damn Seeds were TINY. And full of static electricity causing them to clump. Sigh. They all got seeded in only a few cells so now I have to prick them out into their own little pots.

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And finally - my next to last amaryllis to bloom. Grand Diva Burgundy. Huge blooms, deep, dark almost black, red.

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And the last - just beginning its bloom, a double orange. Forgot the name, purchased several years ago. I thought the bulbs were declining and didn't expect any bloom. So pleasantly surprised to see the buds. Though, one bud seems to be aborting.

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That's it for today - just trying to stay warm. Oh - and make hubby a pan of Moussaka!
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 3 EmptyThu Apr 23, 2020 12:44 pm

My orange amaryllis that was my grandmas bloomed for me a couple months ago. they are such pretty flowers. Love that red.

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We had a cold snap but have been decently lucky. My onions, bok choy, leeks, broccoli, cabbage, and lettuce are out. I've thrown some carrot seed down but don't have good germination with them usually. We will see if the new garden has any better chance. The cold snap did set some of my broccoli back. A few leaves laid down. I did move my schwarzenbeeren out to the garden. Don't know if now is the time but they've been doing well so far. Everything is out of the basement and in the greenhouse which has its own challenge since it get so hot some days. I have nasturtiums trying to bloom early. Garlic is looking fantastic.

There is something fun about being an onion barber. lol.

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 3 EmptyThu Apr 23, 2020 2:58 pm

Jenn - that amaryllis is beautiful! I prefer the singles to the doubles, something so stately and architectural in the simplicity of the single flower shape.

We have snow today Crying or Very sad Nothing sticking but it's cold, only 32°. Last I checked, my garlic was about 5 inches tall, haven't been out there in about a week. My broccoli, leeks, bok choy, cabbage and onions are still potted. And the damn onions look ready for a third haircut. Good thing I bought another sack of baking potatoes Razz

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I have a single but I'm not sure what color it is. Think it's white and pink. It's never bloomed. Something has it cranky for some reason. Thinking I'm going to repot it this season and start its dark time earlier this time around. I've not had any of the amaryllis very long. Gotta get them on a cycle.

Unless something goes wrong, I may have more potatoes than I know what to do with at the end of the season. I way over grew starts for my space. Going to pawn some starts off on my mom.

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The first Brandywine of the season. And no critter beat me to it!!! A full pound. Not quite as deeplu colored as I would like but it is colored all the way through the shoulders and feels ripe to touch. And it's cracking. We got a good rain a few days ago, remnants of Isaias. My squashes are just starting. Better late then never. I'm picking them slight smaller than usual to encourage them to fruit more.

And come hell or high water, there's gonna be chain saw work around the perimeter, two hickories and a wild cherry putting out way more shade than last year. Not a happy camper. Can't take it down now, though, hives at risk of begin toppled and I'm not moving hives at the height of summer. That a good way to get mightily stung. And lose bees.

Oh. And that is a cucumber. Diva or Socrates, I forget which. The smooth skinned, burpless kind.i can't wait for them to get full size. Like them at 6 inches.

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nice tomato, Finn is taking care of my spaghetti squash Rolling Eyes no cucumbers to be had, just flowers. getting a few zuks here and there and the cherry tomatoes are turning red now!

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 3 EmptyTue Aug 11, 2020 12:14 am

Im debating experimenting with prickly pears. Actually i discovered quite a bit of useable weeds like Wheatgrass and barley and sorghum and tarragon and also several hundred prickly pear cacti in an area of the yard i generally only go in to check the propane level and then only in the 4 months they dont just do monthy routes.

I also found arnica, i dont think its edible but it can be extracted into everclear and used topically. And then there are the berries that i cant id but the birds like them.

My strawberries are going nuts and my raspberry is trying to escape the pot. My blueberry is still in its not growing but not dying phase. And the dwarf BlackBerry needs to be planted once i get around to building the planter.

I had a chipmunk issue for like a week but they killed the last one a few days ago. We had some Prarie dogs move in also for a few days before they all got killed also.
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 3 EmptyTue Aug 11, 2020 7:47 am

My tomatoes are starting to turn red, my broccoli is starting to show broccoli heads.

But has any one tried grapes?? I’m thinking of getting a few grape vines as I’ve got a spot on my garden that gets a good 12/13 hours of sun light and nothing really likes it there but I’ve been reading grapes need a lot of sun light? Just wondering on any ones experiences, and how do you care for them during winter and frost?? With the UK winter x
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 3 EmptyTue Aug 11, 2020 8:48 am

I had grapes a very long time ago. I think when ae were in italy we just cut them back for winter. I smuggled some cuttings when we moved back to the us but they didn't do great in south florida. Maybe a german eiswein reisling variety. Also most of Welch's grapes are grown in new york and it gets cold and snowy in winter and hot and humid and miserable during the summer. Its also how my stepdad describes london. He hates the uk weather, but hes the one that decided to work for an english company.
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I might give them a go, I’ve got the perfect spot. Where they easy to look after when you had them?
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 3 EmptyTue Aug 11, 2020 10:28 am

I have a prickly pear growing in a flowerbed out front I brought from our last house. It puts on beautiful yellow flowers then fruits a nice purple fruit. Easy keepers.

Bugs like grapes but they are pretty simple to keep as long as you choose a variety that works in your area. Don't over water and they can be heavy so make sure you stake them well. I have mine on a cattle panel. You prune them heavy in winter. It'll take around 3 years to see fruit. Don't be afraid to cut on them. They like it and it keeps them productive.

I have lots of tomatoes, lots of cucumbers, a couple pumpkins worth keeping, peppers coming out of my eyes, and corn trying to make. Beets, broccoli, lettuce, and bok are seeded. Pulled all the onions over the weekend and they have started the curing process.

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I think its 3 different types of prickly pear. Between those and the hedgehog cacti, something that looks like peyote but with very large well spaced spines and a purple barrel type at some times of the year the yard is yellow. We are between blooms right now. Same with the wild roses.

Is it just here or do certain colors of flowers bloom at the same time regardless of type. What i mean is like right now i have about 10 different types of purple wildflowers and purple flowers on the bushes blooming now but in 2 weeks they will be dead and it will be cacti and arnica and yellow flowers and yellow blooming sagebrush. Nature is interesting, ive been trying out plant identification apps
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures - Page 3 EmptyTue Aug 11, 2020 2:20 pm

I imagine to an extent the genetics that are required to produce certain colors may require similar light times in order to bloom thus pushing out a flush of similar colors all at similar times on different plants. Though not completely true since yellow daffodils bloom in spring and yellow goldenrod blooms in fall. It's all tied to day length. I don't think any studies have really figured it out truly. My purple cone flowers bloom at the same time my purple iron weed blooms. The little white daisies I can never remember the names of tend to bloom at the same time the white queen ann's lace does. It is mostly seen in natives. Non-natives don't adhere to it so much which makes sense.

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I cant bring myself to tear up the weeds unless i can have another dedicated weed area. We have over 20 hummingbirds that come in here and hang out the end of spring until they migrate south again. One ruby throated female keeps trying to come inside and follows me around chatting at me outside and i dont want to make her mad. The hummingbirds love basil and cacti flowers and also what i think are bear berries.

I try to go native only outside with a few exceptions, my non native stuff tends to live inside the house.
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