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Post  sanderson on 9/21/2015, 12:15 pm

Daily.  Plus mulch. This is the time of the year when the temps are normally in the 80's and 90's and watering can drop to every other day in some shadier beds.

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Post  NHGardener on 9/21/2015, 4:40 pm

Sanderson - That's a big time investment, watering every day! Do you have drip hoses or something?
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Post  sanderson on 9/22/2015, 12:52 am

Do I have drip lines?? Shocked You betcha. Couldn't live without them. Even so, I have to hose water in July and August. The auto drips allow me to leave town and have only half dead plants when I get back. http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t18962-drip-irrigation-for-sfg?highlight=Drip+irrigation

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Post  NHGardener on 9/23/2015, 7:17 pm

Guys, the first frost date for Concord, NH is supposed to be 9/21. I'm not seeing any close to frost dates in the 10 day forecast. What are you thinking about that?

Naturally, this is the year I don't really have anything growing that I don't want to get frosted.........
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Post  sanderson on 9/23/2015, 9:04 pm

I had to look at it a second time, but now I'm sold on it, for the qualities to which it was bred (?).

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Post  mollyhespra on 9/23/2015, 9:10 pm

@NHGardener wrote:Guys, the first frost date for Concord, NH is supposed to be 9/21. I'm not seeing any close to frost dates in the 10 day forecast. What are you thinking about that?

Naturally, this is the year I don't really have anything growing that I don't want to get frosted.........
NHG, we had a frost last night up my way, and my ffd is usually Sept 7th, so who knows--you might luck out and get an extra two weeks also.
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Post  yolos on 9/23/2015, 10:23 pm

@sanderson wrote:
I had to look at it a second time, but now I'm sold on it, for the qualities to which it was bred (?).

I didn't see anything about selecting for the quality of taste.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/23/2015, 10:34 pm

I hope so for me here in Ohio, Molly you never know really.
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Post  sanderson on 9/23/2015, 11:39 pm

Yolos: "Overall fruit quality, earliness, yield, and growth habit of Rambling Rose were comparable to or better than the commercially available cultivars evaluated in 2012 and 2013 " My pitiful homegrown are better than the store or college so any tom would be okay. Very Happy

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Post  yolos on 9/24/2015, 12:39 am

@sanderson wrote:Yolos: "Overall fruit quality, earliness, yield, and growth habit of Rambling Rose were comparable to or better than the commercially available cultivars evaluated in 2012 and 2013 "  My pitiful homegrown are better than the store or college so any tom would be okay.  Very Happy

Ok, Maybe.  But Overall Fruit Quality does not necessarily mean taste.  for instance, the fruit quality of a store bought fruit is real pretty and of great quality but tastes like sawdust.  So we will have to wait until somebody grows it and gives us a taste test.
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Post  llama momma on 9/24/2015, 8:21 am

This reminds me of the year I grew blue berry colored tomatoes.  Those were beautiful and I was  excited. Until I tasted the substandard flavor from seeds I spent too much for.  Lesson learned, don't bother being one of the first to try, save your money and let others give feedback instead.
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Post  sanderson on 9/24/2015, 12:05 pm

Above all true. Right now I'm focused on desert/drought toms. sunny Just thought I would support the results of a collaborative effort of the experimenters.

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Post  quiltbea on 9/24/2015, 1:01 pm

I just want all my gardening friends to know that I will be giving up my garden entirely.  There is a move in the works soon and there won't be any gardens for me to enjoy.  My son and his wife are selling the house and I'm apartment hunting for myself.   I was getting mighty tired of the outside work anyway.
I packed up most of my garden supplies and donated it to our local community garden where I used to keep a couple rows myself and help with the Food Pantry growing.  They were very appreciative.  The only thing I have left are a pot of basil, and two of thyme which I hope to grow into the winter months indoors.  I love my thyme.  And the sage, parsley, oregano, and chives are still doing well in the flower bed.
Indoors its going to be African violets under the 2-ft grow light on top of my antique Singer treadle sewing machine.
I'll continue to stop by here occasionally to see how our New Englanders are faring thru the seasons.  In the meantime, I'll get back to my quilting to 'keep me off the streets.' 
I want you to know that I've enjoyed my time here and I'll miss my gardening friends.  Keep up the good work.
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Post  sanderson on 9/24/2015, 1:49 pm

Oh, no! Say it ain't so! Sad GB, I will miss you, so please keep in touch.

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Post  mollyhespra on 9/24/2015, 1:57 pm

I thought you were moving to Florida where you'd be able to garden almost year-round!  ...But I guess there must have been a change of plans.  A lot can happen in a few years.   Sad   You'll be missed, QB.  I do hope you drop by every so often; you've contributed so much to our little "forum family"! I learned how to use those little soil block makers from you & I'll think of you every Spring when I start my seeds & hope that you're doing well.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 9/24/2015, 2:41 pm

Good luck in your move and with your new place. A shame you'll have to give up gardening. I hope you will still find a way to eat some home-grown food when it's in season.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 9/24/2015, 4:03 pm

Oh, QB...  I'm so sorry....!  Please keep in touch with us!!!!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/24/2015, 5:33 pm

QB, you can keep your fingertip in the MM, at least, with your herbs. Maybe a container or 2? Check in on us!
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Post  NHGardener on 9/24/2015, 7:59 pm

QB! I'm so sorry to hear that! You're such a wealth of information, and I know how you loved your gardens, and were working on enhancing your perennials.

It's true though that none of us know how long we're going to be in a certain place, and it's a risk when you plant for the future, but hopefully someone will enjoy and further your work.

There is nothing certain except change itself. I've taken on a new job and don't have the time or energy to devote to gardening like I used to, also. And camprn said she also has taken a break because of new things in her life.

I hope you keep checking in because we're a community here! With or without our own growing things (and even in an apartment you can do containers!) it's still nice to share with others. I'm checking the messages that come through even tho I'm pretty dormant outside right now, and I hope you do too. Plus, we want to hear how things go for you.
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Post  quiltbea on 9/25/2015, 3:15 pm

Thanks for all the kind words.  I'll miss all of you on a daily basis.  This has always been my 'go to' forum every day.   I'll check in now and then just to see how everyone is doing.
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Post  yolos on 9/25/2015, 5:01 pm

Sorry to see you go but at least you will come back and help us out now and again.  I sure learned a lot from you over the past four years.  Make sure you get an apartment with a balcony so you can grow a few plants on the balcony.
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Post  mollyhespra on 9/27/2015, 8:44 am

Two frosts in a row; I'm thinking the garden is done for this year. I've got a lot of cleanup to do now...

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Post  camprn on 9/27/2015, 10:48 am

I took out my tomato plants and dug up some potatoes yesterday. The temperature went to 35 degrees last night. I'm hoping for a few more days for my eggplants and peppers. The garden is winding down for sure.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/27/2015, 3:16 pm

Still in full swing here. I harvested fixins for a pizza pile this morning along with a couple of really nice leeks. Also picked a bunch of maters and, after giving away two large ones and a bunch of small ones, we kept these for ourselves:New England, September 2015 - Page 3 Img_2015

Planted 30 lettuce and pak choi  babies just now and watered the sfg.  Warm weather coming our way this week, were supposed to be heading into the seventies and maybe some rain. One can always hope.

OH!  Almost forgot - it's seaweed gathering time again!  Got 4 bucket loads today for the new pile: New England, September 2015 - Page 3 Img_2016
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