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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/30/2019, 10:23 pm

Finally summer, but here, it was like the spigot turned OFF and the heat turned on....just like that....

Peas are gonna come out this weekend.  I watered (? Right) and fertilized with that stinky stinky fish stuff.  

Weeded and tied up maters.  Mundane things.   Waiting period...not far for garlic....and Sunburst tomatoes.  

Squash setting fruita, same with cukes.  

Strawberries are done, man were they amazing.
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Post  nrstooge on 7/1/2019, 8:06 am

I've picked a few peas, and a few baby tomatoes.  Things seem late, but are progressing.
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Post  OhioGardener on 7/1/2019, 9:31 am

We're in full summer mode now.  Daily picking of cherry tomatoes, squash, kale, lettuce, green onions, radishes, and peppers. Harvested the beets. Some carrots are about ready to pull, and will be planting more soon. As SR said, it has turned hot & dry, but we're supposed to have rain for the next 3 days - haven't turned on the drip irrigation system yet, but watching the weather.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/4/2019, 10:00 am

Agree, nrstooge, things are late but moving along.  Hopefully we get a break this fall and get some extra time before frost!  I picked my first half-dozen Sungold cherry tomatoes yesterday!  Man are those tasty and sweet!  I missed them last year.   Pulling spent peas today.  Big mistake; putting the shell peas and sugar snaps next to each other...Wink


OG you are ahead of me by a couple weeks I think!  Enjoy this holiday weekend, chance of rain each day, still hopeful for some sunshine for poolside fun!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/6/2019, 9:09 am

Doing some research on why my patty pan is dropping little baby fruits, probably a pollination issue.  Plants look healthy, will wait it out a bit because I have TONS of bees and various pollinators around?  Might just be a glitch.  Saw my first baby zucchini out there!  The plant is smaller than I imagined?  I guess it is doing OK though.  

Cherry tomatoes are wonderful.  Sungold is my absolute all time fave. Watching the garlic, it’s getting close....will let it go as long as it looks like it’s growing.  Then I have a few squares to fill.  More carrots.  (Story:  I left all my carrots out on the counter last year over night and they got limp and terrible....deprived).

I might try to put in more cukes...what else should I succession plant?  I think it’s too early for Fall.  Radishes?  Asian turnips?  (Tokyo Cross, Hakurei)
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Post  OhioGardener on 7/6/2019, 9:27 am

I had the same problem with my summer squash, SR, but they are on a roll now and we are picking 6 to 10 every day. The problem we had was that the plants only had female blooms, and there wasn't a single male bloom to pollinate them.  They finally straightened out and started producing male & female blooms at the same time.

If you haven't tried the Sora Radish (the summer radish), you might like to try them. They are our favorites, and we enjoy them in salads all summer long.

https://www.highmowingseeds.com/organic-non-gmo-sora-radish-a.html

Another of our favorite summer plants is the Perpetual Spinach. It doesn't bolt during the hot weather, and makes great salads.

https://www.rareseeds.com/perpetual-spinach/
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/7/2019, 10:36 am

@OhioGardener wrote:I had the same problem with my summer squash, SR, but they are on a roll now and we are picking 6 to 10 every day. The problem we had was that the plants only had female blooms, and there wasn't a single male bloom to pollinate them.  They finally straightened out and started producing male & female blooms at the same time.

If you haven't tried the Sora Radish (the summer radish), you might like to try them. They are our favorites, and we enjoy them in salads all summer long.

https://www.highmowingseeds.com/organic-non-gmo-sora-radish-a.html

Another of our favorite summer plants is the Perpetual Spinach. It doesn't bolt during the hot weather, and makes great salads.

https://www.rareseeds.com/perpetual-spinach/
That makes me feel better about the squash situation, OG...and thanks for the ideas!  I will give them a try!  I love trying new things that you just don’t find at Krogers!
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Post  OhioGardener on 7/7/2019, 11:57 am

I put a 4' high by 6' wide section of cattle panel on top of the raised bed for the cucumbers to climb on, and they have pretty much taken over the entire thing. You can get an idea by the number of blooms in the pictures how many cucumbers are hiding in there.  Maybe 3 cucumber plants were too many!  Very Happy

Been eating cucumbers in salads for about 2 weeks, and last evening we had the first refrigerator pickled cucumber & onion salad. Delicious!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/7/2019, 2:33 pm

Wow!  Your cukes are amazing!  I love them, canned my first dills and bread and butters last year, very fun and delicious.  

I ordered the suggested Sora radishes and Perpetual Spinach!  They are on the way to fill my voids, along with extra carrots.  Can’t wait!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/7/2019, 7:30 pm

Those leaves are huge, OG, what variety do you grow?
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Post  OhioGardener on 7/7/2019, 7:56 pm

SR, those are my old standby Straight Eight cucumbers. Always great producers.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/8/2019, 6:24 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:SR, those are my old standby Straight Eight cucumbers. Always great producers.
I have grown those before, too!  My new fave which I ran out of seed this spring is Beit Alpha.  I have 3 new to me varieties out there right now....
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/8/2019, 9:08 pm

Just pulled the garlic; disappointed.  Only 4 decent bulbs.  It has been so wet, and I waited too long.  3 of them just broke off when I jacked them, bulb is now compost.   Sad  Also got a bunch of cherry maters.  And I DO have a jalapeño plant out there!  YEA!!!!

Squash might be ready for a stir-fry this weekend!  And I saw some life on the melons.


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Post  OhioGardener on 7/11/2019, 5:10 pm

First picking of green beans for this year. These are Blue Lake Bush beans. Planted 9 squares with 9 plants per square, and they produced just under 9 pounds of beans on the first picking.  Some for dinner this evening, and the rest will go into the freezer for this winter.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/11/2019, 9:29 pm

Nice haul, OG!  I didn’t plant any beans this year...I didn’t eat them last year.  I will probably miss ‘em and plant them next year...the cycle!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/11/2019, 10:47 pm

Got my first Sora radish seeds today.  Will scheme and plant this weekend!
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/12/2019, 9:36 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Got my first Sora radish seeds today.  Will scheme and plant this weekend!
Where did you find them? Baker Creek doesn't have any.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/12/2019, 9:19 pm

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@Scorpio Rising wrote:Got my first Sora radish seeds today.  Will scheme and plant this weekend!
Where did you find them? Baker Creek doesn't have any.
High Mowing Seeds!  OG hooked me up!  

https://www.highmowingseeds.com/organic-non-gmo-sora-radish-a.html

The perpetual spinach (it’s a Swiss chard) same today!  Planting weekend!!!!
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/13/2019, 10:53 am

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@Scorpio Rising wrote:Got my first Sora radish seeds today.  Will scheme and plant this weekend!
Where did you find them? Baker Creek doesn't have any.
High Mowing Seeds!  OG hooked me up!  

https://www.highmowingseeds.com/organic-non-gmo-sora-radish-a.html

The perpetual spinach (it’s a Swiss chard) same today!  Planting weekend!!!!
YEE-HAH! I'm on it! thankyou
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/14/2019, 9:38 am

Had to water my south annex (melons and squashes) yesterday.  Has been hot and sunny for a week!

Picked my first cuke yesterday, as well as my first patty pan squashes—yum!  All gone!  Supper last night.  Used my last garlic from last year in the sauté.


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Post  countrynaturals on 7/14/2019, 10:37 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Had to water my south annex (melons and squashes) yesterday.  Has been hot and sunny for a week!

Picked my first cuke yesterday, as well as my first patty pan squashes—yum!  All gone!  Supper last night.  Used my last garlic from last year in the sauté.
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Post  OhioGardener on 7/14/2019, 10:57 am

Today was a Pepper Picking Day.  Bell Peppers, Sweet Banana Peppers, and Jalapeno Peppers.  For lunch will be Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers. For dinner this evening will be Stuffed Banana Pepper Casserole, and the salad will have sliced bell peppers and fresh tomatoes in it. 


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Post  countrynaturals on 7/14/2019, 11:55 am

@OhioGardener wrote:Sweet Banana Peppers

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Hmm -- sweet banana peppers? Tell me more!
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Post  OhioGardener on 7/14/2019, 12:18 pm

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@OhioGardener wrote:Sweet Banana Peppers
Hmm -- sweet banana peppers? Tell me more!

Sweet Banana Peppers - some of my favorites! Eat them right out of the garden (many never make it to the house) for salads, pickle them for winter salads, stuff them with sausage and cheese for a casserole - just no end to the ways they can be served. As soon as they start changing from light green to yellow, they become sweet and are ready to eat.

These are the ones I grow: https://www.ufseeds.com/product/sweet-banana-pepper-seeds/



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