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Re: The garden thread 2021/08/22 11:50:54 (permalink)
I truly love supporting our local farmers. Yesterday we took a short trip to visit some and returned with another sack ( 5 dozen) ears of the best sweet corn I've ever had.
Along with that, about 8 lbs of sweet potatoes, beautiful juicy cantaloupe and 1/2 bushel of delicious white peaches.
Today we blanched the corn and prepared it for the freezer.
In the process of canning peaches.
Please support local and avoid box stores or imported foods.

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Re: The garden thread 2021/08/23 08:09:04 (permalink)
I made some salsa over the weekend, I am hoping to do small batches of tomato stuff and looks like the plants are cooperative. I have so much corn, onions are great. Garlic is processed.

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Re: The garden thread 2021/08/26 07:52:33 (permalink)
Tomatoes are coming on hot and heavy now. Started with a couple red ripe ones around 15-20th but everyday its now handfuls of maters, picked 32 on Tuesday and I only have 4 total plants. 2021 has been the latest I can ever remember maters taking this long to get into peak ripening. 
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Re: The garden thread 2021/08/26 17:24:31 (permalink)
Our tomatoes also took extra long to get to harvest. I'm not getting the normal yield but I also reduced the amount planted. So far we processed 10 quarts of sauce.
With this next round , we will do another 10 quarts tomorrow. I expect a 30 quart season.

For anyone interested, I chose a different garlic farmer this year to buy seed from. He's local to us and have heard nothing but good things. We purchased 4 5lb bags of some new to us varieties to plant this fall along with my seed garlic. He was super easy to deal with and his garlic looks great.
I'm expecting to put in 500 to 600 cloves in October.

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Re: The garden thread 2021/08/28 14:56:55 (permalink)
Just put in 2 more peach trees and another pear. They looked pretty vibrant at TS today so why not.

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Re: The garden thread 2021/08/28 16:28:42 (permalink)
hot tuna
Just put in 2 more peach trees and another pear. They looked pretty vibrant at TS today so why not.


HT... with the fruit trees and garden you should set up a few honey bee boxes.
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Re: The garden thread 2021/08/28 17:03:28 (permalink)
Fisherlady,
I really thought about it. The church nextdoor had a good set of boxes years ago . I'm not sure I'm up for the task myself however. We plant a significant amount of flowers around along with our perennials.
Food for thought though in the future.
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Re: The garden thread 2021/08/29 11:24:12 (permalink)
So it's a wrap on our homemade sauce today. We ended up doing 31 quarts ( doubling the 1/2 at jars).
With the 100 plus quarts last year, I still have about 20 left that we are eating regularly, this should take us through till next season.

Tomatoes are still growing and I'll probably salsa them but they don't have the vigor of what should.
Only thing left salvageable now is my cabbage. Hoping to get 6 good heads. Brussels are a bust.
In just over a month we'll start planting garlic.
Next weekend we have to start scouting at deer camp.
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Re: The garden thread 2021/08/29 21:06:33 (permalink)
Canned some peppers and tomatoes today. Will make sauce with the rest. Corn is great, lots of cabbage, even got a few eggplants today. I have 18 Brussels sprout plants looking great. Onions are HUGE this year too. I am a bit disappointed with my butternut squash this year , much rotted. Pumpkins look ok and spaghetti squash average. 2nd crop of beans , peas and radish in a few week. Will plant fall lettuce soon too.

I have a few apple and peach trees, but none are close to producing. I though about bees, but I have not the energy. It took 3 hours to do an hours worth of chores yesterday. Work 10 min rest 5 repeat. Sucks

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Re: The garden thread 2021/09/23 18:10:33 (permalink)
So tonight I pulled my tomato plot to prepare it for garlic.
Tomatoes did ok there but not the location I'd like in future.
We did the local orchard apple, pumpkin, gourds and peach pick last weekend. The house has been smelling great from sauce, jams and pies to come.
My garden flopped this year.
Trying to prepare for next season.
The greenhouse project is a must.

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Re: The garden thread 2021/10/11 09:30:17 (permalink)
Anyone else getting their garlic in? I put in 50 yesterday and going for another 50 today. Ran the rototiller where I could. Still have peppers and eggplants coming so I'm gonna let those go till frost. Should be around December at this rate. Lol.
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Re: The garden thread 2021/10/11 13:33:55 (permalink)
I have not planted my garlic yet. I prepared my beds awhile back and fertilizer went in.
Typically, I plant this week. That's my plan.
I have about 600 cloves to get in.

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Re: The garden thread 2021/10/11 13:55:31 (permalink)
600..Like whoa!! I doubled my amount from last year. Just finished up a bit ago, 100 total.
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Re: The garden thread 2021/10/11 18:48:51 (permalink)
Will get mine in this week I only do 50

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Re: The garden thread 2021/10/11 19:04:47 (permalink)
I will say, this warm weather has me thinking about planting a few later crops at the end of August. You could get a load of beans out by late October if it's gonna be like this every year. Just a thought.
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Re: The garden thread 2021/10/11 19:42:09 (permalink)
Garlic and herbs don't take up much space or care. Yes I'm doing approx 600 garlic. My harvest last year was approx 288 bulbs. They did very well and I bought another 10lbs different strain to plant.
Most bulbs yield 5-8 cloves to replant. 2
years ago, I harvested approx 350 bulbs and sold 150 plus. Big mistake.
I have folks that want my harvesting,
Garlic is easy.
Vine plants become a bit more daunting in time consuming.

The wife is going to have a new job next spring 😉

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Re: The garden thread 2021/10/12 17:51:32 (permalink)
2 sets of 75 cloves planted tonight. Daylight is starting to fade fast now. By 5:15 the sun is below the treeline.
Hoping another 150 in tomorrow.
Super busy around here.

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Re: The garden thread 2021/10/13 18:02:03 (permalink)
Another good accomplished 150 garlic planting as the sun is below horizon and skeeters are out.
1/2 way there.
200 German white in ground. 100 German red.
Total will be 200 of each
Red white. 100 music and 100 polish purple stripe.
I may add to that.

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