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Re: 2018 SFG in Brooks, GA

Post  yolos on 5/14/2018, 11:12 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:What are the taste differences between them, Yolos?  
Beware - I smoked for 40 years so my taste buds are not very discerning but - 

There were only 3 varieties that had pods mature enough to pick today.  The Green Arrow and Wando peas are just not maturing so they would have to be very tasty to even plant again because they take so long to mature and we have such a short spring.

Of the three picked this morning, the Strike pea was the least flavorful and the Alaska and Progress were tied.  

What I do with the peas is to pick them in the morning, then shell them, mix all the varieties together that I picked that morning, then blanch for 2 minutes, measure out in side meal serving sizes and seal in Food Saver Bags, then when we are ready to eat just drop the bag in simmering water and let them heat up.  No further cooking just thawing.  So by the time we get around to eating them, they taste the same to me.
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Post  Turan on 5/14/2018, 11:49 am

Have you ever grown Telephone pole peas?  They get really tall for trellising.  I saw them in Bakers catalog.
I like how your peas are a crop that can be frozen.  My one dislike of snap peas is that they do not freeze well.

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Post  yolos on 5/14/2018, 12:34 pm

@Turan wrote:Have you ever grown Telephone pole peas?  They get really tall for trellising.  I saw them in Bakers catalog.
I like how your peas are a crop that can be frozen.  My one dislike of snap peas is that they do not freeze well.
No I have never grown the Telephone pole peas.  My info says the DTM are anywhere between 68-85 days depending on what website you are viewing.  Because our spring is so short, DTM might be too long.  The three pea varieties that are producing now are Strike (48 days in the fall but longer in the spring) , Alaska (50-60 days per online but this year due to cold spring took much longer), Progress (60 days with normal spring weather).  Maybe I can try them in the fall ?????????????
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Post  sanderson on 5/15/2018, 2:44 am

@yolos wrote:. . . blanch for 2 minutes, measure out in side meal serving sizes and seal in Food Saver Bags, then when we are ready to eat just drop the bag in simmering water and let them heat up. . .
I noticed "simmering" instead of boiling. Wink

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Post  yolos on 5/15/2018, 9:15 pm

Spinach bolted already.  Cut it down and put it under the wheat straw which is in between rows of my Rattlesnake Beans.  The Spinach was blocking the sun from the cucumbers so maybe now the cucumbers will grow and start climbing the trellis.


Tied up and tried to sucker my tomatoes but I do a pretty poor job of suckering.  At least a week of rainy weather has arrived.  I am afraid the diseases will start to set in so I tried to open the tomatoes up a little bit so they can dry out a little between the rain showers.

Brandy Boy growing very robustly.


Same with my Better Boy.


I have now planted 4 plantings of Silver Queen corn 7-10 days apart.  The plantings consist of 1/2 of a 3 foot by 8 foot bed each planting.  Here are the first two plantings of the corn.  Each planting consists of 16 plants.


The Shell Peas are still alive and producing.  The heat wave that just ended may have caused some blooms to drop without setting peas but there are still plenty of baby peas growing.  Now that we have at least a 7 day window of cooler weather they may continue to produce a healthy crop.  I have been harvesting about an average of 1 cup of shelled peas each day.  

The potatoes were also set back by the heat wave.  The Red Norland potato tops are dyeing (sp) but the Russets are still alive and will at least thrive the next 7 days of cooler weather.

I have harvested so much lettuce that my daughter is taking it to the school lunchroom a couple times a week and feeding her fellow teachers.  The Black Seeded Simpson is the only variety that has turned bitter in our heat.
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Post  sanderson on 5/16/2018, 4:04 am

Stellar as usual.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/16/2018, 8:05 am

+1.... Looks wonderful!
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Post  yolos on 5/20/2018, 10:16 pm

Harvested a few Red Norland new potatoes today.  For some reason the tops of about 1/3 of my Red Norland potatoes died so I dug them up.  Got a few edible potatoes and many little bitty ones.  I guess the real warm weather last week affected the potatoes.  But it only affected the Red Norlands and not the Russets.
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Post  yolos on 5/26/2018, 1:02 pm

First blush on two tomato varieties.  I planted 8 varieties at the same time and these are the first to start to blush.  Seeded in trays 2/19 and transplanted to garden 4/8.

Brandy Boy - It is usually one of the first to blush.  Now the decision is to pick it now or wait.  I usually pick at first blush to keep them from splitting.  But this one does not look like it is ready to split.  Except it has rained at least once a day for over a week so it may be getting mushy inside with all this water.


And the Juliet grape tomato.
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...Brooks Georgia

Post  ispinwool on 5/26/2018, 2:04 pm

I am thoroughly jealous!
Everything looks wonderful!
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Post  sanderson Yesterday at 1:31 pm

I am always jealous and in awe of Yolos' garden. Very Happy

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