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Post  MrBooker on 7/9/2018, 9:42 pm

I have great luck with a fall garden. Less heat, watering and bugs. Looking forward to fall already.
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Post  sanderson on 7/10/2018, 3:25 am

Me, too!! It will be cooler. Wink

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/10/2018, 9:10 pm

@MrBooker wrote:I have great luck with a fall garden. Less heat, watering and bugs.  Looking forward to fall already.
OK, you will have to help me get my stuff together, then.  I am always too late.  I just today started some lettuces indoors.  They will not germinate in the heat.  I plan to put them it in 3-4 weeks, maybe less.  

I planted those yellow  bush bean seeds (I have never done this—total experiment!). $1.29 seed packet!  And I only used approx  1/3 of it...I love that.  So seed thrifty!

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Post  MrBooker on 7/11/2018, 6:24 am

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@MrBooker wrote:I have great luck with a fall garden. Less heat, watering and bugs.  Looking forward to fall already.
OK, you will have to help me get my stuff together, then.  I am always too late.  I just today started some lettuces indoors.  They will not germinate in the heat.  I plan to put them it in 3-4 weeks, maybe less.  

I planted those yellow  bush bean seeds (I have never done this—total experiment!). $1.29 seed packet!  And I only used approx  1/3 of it...I love that.  So seed thrifty!

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Glad to help you if I can. Going shopping early this morning for discounted compost and fall seed. I think we still have  spring veggie plants in my area. If so, I may try planting a few late tomato's to replace the three zucchini plants that died. I never did figure out why they died
Last year I waited until about mid August to plant my turnips and beets. I think I'm going to start a little earlier this year. Every year is different.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/11/2018, 8:06 am

@MrBooker wrote:Every year is different.

And, you know, that's a very good point...
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/11/2018, 5:29 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:
@MrBooker wrote:Every year is different.

And, you know, that's a very good point...
Yes, it is!  Thanks, Mr. B—just post when you are starting seeds, in or out?  I assume out for the most part!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/16/2018, 7:41 pm

Sort of rained here.  Promises of a seasonal cool-off, from 90s to 80s in the next couple days.  Watered again, surveyed a developing Indian Dance cuke!!!!  bounce  New for me, had a zero cuke year last year.  

So far, so good.  Had a major mishap Sunday with pruning the tomatoes....I cut half of a Cherokee Purple off with 4 rather nice developing maters.  Green, 3-4 inches.   I am not into fried green tomatoes.  I gotta watch it with the pruners.  Not the first time.

The under-developed eggplant continues to put the giant in the south annex to shame fruit-wise.  What is that????  Flowering like crazy, small fruits.

Finally the purple pole beans are flowering.  cheers  Most of the bush beans are up.  Little sucker start of unknown tomato is gonna go in this weekend!

What’s going on out there, Midwest!?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/17/2018, 8:14 pm

OK, impatience rules at my house.  Planted the “sucker” mater experiment, heavily pruned.  Caged, which I don’t normally do but I need to give it some grace!

Picked the Indian Dance curvy cuke, and a small little strange cuke (?) and a million jalapeño peppers!!!!!  One plant!  None next year.

Had to prop up my trellis with the pole beans—pulled forward with the weight of the beans.  YAY!  Pulled 3 garlic bulbs.  In the garage.  Pungent when curing!  Love it though!

Cooler here, seasonal, low 80s.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/20/2018, 4:41 pm

Raining here, we need it.  Nice to get a break from the heat and watering!  Supposed to be a rainy, off and on, all weekend.  I am OK with that.  

I will get out there between the raindrops and see what is ready.  Hope there are some cukes!  I am hungry for cucumber and onion salad!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/22/2018, 6:02 pm

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Guess what I’m making???  Cucumber and onion salad!!!!

On a sad note, no patty pan squash this year.  Something (crazy sideways wind???  I was out of town) clipped my squash off at the root, just snapped clean off!  Sad

Oh well, delicata is all I got this year!  Fingers crossed!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/26/2018, 5:41 pm

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Picked this stuff yesterday!  My first 2 purple pole beans—ate ‘em raw!  Getting ready to pull all the garlic.  Am gonna thin the lettuce seedlings tonight.  Will need to fluff up the bed with the taters after they are harvested.  

Stuff needs watered, but might rain...fingers crossed!
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Post  sanderson on 7/27/2018, 3:46 am

Cute little Rose-colored googles!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/27/2018, 6:48 pm

@sanderson wrote:Cute little Rose-colored googles!
LOL, my daughter’s!  I liked them!  They are really good ones, Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 these have mirrored lenses.


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Post  sanderson on 7/28/2018, 3:23 am

Is she a swimmer like mom?

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/29/2018, 10:02 am

@sanderson wrote:Is she a swimmer like mom?
Much better than I!  She was 4 time State, and still swims USA NCAA Club at OSU.  She is amazing.  

Thinned my lettuces.  Got my first gorgeous small ?cherry tomato!!!

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Post  sanderson on 7/29/2018, 3:15 pm

Congrats to your daughter.

Black Vernissage tomato?

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/29/2018, 8:35 pm

@sanderson wrote:Congrats to your daughter.

Black Vernissage tomato?
Not sure.  Freebie from Baker’s seeds...  just gave it a try.  I usually grow Sunburst.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/29/2018, 8:53 pm

Pulled all my carrots, garlic, and a bunch of cukes.  A few peppers, and a few purple beans.  And my first red big maters, so we had BLTs for supper!  SUMMER!!!  All worth it!  Yummo❤

Now I have room for lettuces, (already started), radishes and spinaches which I will start this week.  

Also tons of cukes.  

And now 3 skinny eggplants.  Will pan fry them this week.  With some garlic!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/30/2018, 12:07 am

@sanderson wrote:Congrats to your daughter.

Black Vernissage tomato?
That is what is is!!!!  Dang!

Thanks, sanderson, she is very modest.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/30/2018, 1:14 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Pulled all my carrots, garlic, and a bunch of cukes.  A few peppers, and a few purple beans.  And my first red big maters, so we had BLTs for supper!  SUMMER!!!  All worth it!  Yummo❤

Now I have room for lettuces, (already started), radishes and spinaches which I will start this week.  

Also tons of cukes.  

And now 3 skinny eggplants.  Will pan fry them this week.  With some garlic!
You're garden is crankin' there, SR!  Good for you.
No toms or peppers here yet, and not many cukes.  Carrots never sprouted.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/30/2018, 6:39 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:Pulled all my carrots, garlic, and a bunch of cukes.  A few peppers, and a few purple beans.  And my first red big maters, so we had BLTs for supper!  SUMMER!!!  All worth it!  Yummo❤

Now I have room for lettuces, (already started), radishes and spinaches which I will start this week.  

Also tons of cukes.  

And now 3 skinny eggplants.  Will pan fry them this week.  With some garlicYou're garden is crankin' there, SR!  Good for you.
No toms or peppers here yet, and not many cukes.  Carrots never sprouted.
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Grrrr!  Last year for me, it was pretty bad.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/31/2018, 5:54 pm

Can you believe it?  July has come and almost gone!  Things are starting to come off in droves from the garden.  Going to try to actually make a Fall garden happen this year; will transplant the starts of the lettuces this weekend.  Also will direct seed radishes and spinaches!
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