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Post  camprn on 7/29/2010, 8:19 pm

So, here it is, the end of July 2010. Last fall, after 7 L O N G years of condo living I moved into a house. I have been hankering for another garden for so long and I have been quite happy with my brand new vegetable garden.
I am tooting my horn; It has been a good season for me growing beets, chard, shallots, Brussels sprouts, peppers, tomatoes,  eggplant and summer squash. Early on the peas and spinach were great. Not so good a season for carrots & dill, the cukes petered out and the beans are being very slow. This past month we have had 18 days over 90F, which is crazy hot for NH. Rainfall is 4 inches shy of normal.
Last year was such a difference. We had 20+days of temps in the 60s and record rainfall AND we had the late blight pass through. It was awful.
I do not know how to make my photos smaller thus I'm sure I am taking up a ton of server space.
March 20, 2010. setting up the garden
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July 26, 2010, front bed has, eggplant, 3 varieties of peppers, basil, onions and my Gilbertie tomatoes.
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Brussels Sprouts, 7/26/10
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Gilbertie Toms
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Red and gold beets, I had 2 squares of each and I pulled the ones big enough to can.
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Jul_2311

Planting more shallots
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Lipstick pimento peppers
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The last of the shell peas before it got too hot and the vines died.
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Jul_1110

Zukes and summer squash in the dehydrator.
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The Kentucky Wonder pole beans that were, according to the seed packet, supposed to max out at 8 feet. This trellis is 10 feet tall. Blooms began 7/28/10.
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Jul_2814

Well pruned tomato plants allowing for air circulation and sunlight for the smaller onion and basil plants.
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Post  trustinhart on 7/29/2010, 9:05 pm

camprn: what a GREAT success!!. Your garden is beautiful. The beets are amazing. What is a Gilbertie tom, is it a pepper or a tomato? Very distinctive. Please keep the pics coming!!!
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Post  Weedless_ on 7/29/2010, 10:09 pm

This is awesome. And very encouraging!
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Post  camprn on 7/29/2010, 10:42 pm

The Gilbertie is a heirloom variety of sauce tomato, very fleshy with few seeds. You can order the seed from High Mowing seed co. in Vermont. The Striped Roman (below) is a similar variety of tomato.
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The canning has commenced. Left to right, peach conserve, pickled beets, bread & butter pickles.
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Post  chocolatepop on 7/29/2010, 11:46 pm

Woman, I am amazed at you garden! So healthy and lovely. I totally understand the 180 in weather compared to last year.

Whatcha planting after you pull the peas? How many beets did you do to a square?
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Post  camprn on 7/29/2010, 11:58 pm

@chocolatepop wrote:Woman, I am amazed at you garden! So healthy and lovely. I totally understand the 180 in weather compared to last year.

Whatcha planting after you pull the peas? How many beets did you do to a square?
I'm a bit amazed myself. It's a bit late but I planted peas earlier this week. I am going to try for another crop of sugar snap peas for the freezer.
The beets... I tend to seed heavy, I think I seeded 25-30 in a square, most all sprouted and I ate quite a lot of greens. There are a few small beet plants left in the squares. I will probably throw in a few more seed. Fingers crossed for good fall harvest.
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Post  Megan on 7/30/2010, 6:36 am

WOW, that is amazing!!! I am hoping to put in a few more squares this weekend.
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The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? 456464 Absolutely fantastic! The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? 304405 I've been gardening for 50+ years and am downright green with envy. Thank you so much for the pics.
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Post  quiltbea on 7/30/2010, 11:00 am

Wow, what a great garden for you this year. You certainly surpassed mine in Maine. Your veggies are ahead of mine. I'm looking forward to pickles this year.
I hope the weather holds up as expected. Its been lovely here in the northeast, starting with an early spring.
Love your garden. Its great.
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Post  camprn on 7/30/2010, 1:46 pm

Thank you all for the kind words! flower
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Post  marianne.bruckner on 7/30/2011, 8:38 am

wonderful garden! i started too late this year. what means zone 5a? in austria we have to wait until 15th of may (recommended) to be totally safe from last frost. and do you know, why my radishes don't become round? greetings from vienna! nanni
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Post  walshevak on 7/30/2011, 8:45 am

@marianne.bruckner wrote:wonderful garden! i started too late this year. what means zone 5a? in austria we have to wait until 15th of may (recommended) to be totally safe from last frost. and do you know, why my radishes don't become round? greetings from vienna! nanni



Hi Marianne, I'm visiting/working in your fair city this summer. June was great except the heat was so high near the end of the month. I saw a headline saying it was hotter in Vienna than in Africa. But so much of July has been chilly and wet that I wonder how veggie gardens are doing. It warmed up some yesterday, but still very cloudy.



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Post  quiltbea on 7/30/2011, 9:12 am

Marianne,

I, too, have a last frost date of May 15th in my zone 5a area so I think we must be the same growing zone. I had to start late this year tho because of the deep snow cover in our area and then we got 90*F plus temps in the spring which killed some of my cool-weather crops (broccoli, cauliflower). The warm-weather crops are doing well though, but I have to water them deep twice a day when it hits 90F.



My garden still doesn't look as good as yours, Camprn, but I'm getting there. I have a Gilbertie tomato which is much smaller than yours among my several varieties but so far only Early Cherry, San Marzano Nano, Siberskiy, Olivade F1, Harvest Luck (cluster tom), Beaverlodge Slicer, and Glacier have given me ripe tomatoes. I have over a dozen other varieites I'm waiting on.



Lets keep our fingers crossed for a good season the rest of the year.
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 7/30/2011, 9:50 am

Appropriate bump. I never would have seen this otherwise. 7 weeks? Wow, I don't like your short season for you. However, I suppose you don't get weeks of oppressive heat like the deep south, either. I suppose it's yin and yang.
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Post  Kelejan on 7/30/2011, 2:02 pm

@marianne.bruckner wrote:wonderful garden! i started too late this year. what means zone 5a? in austria we have to wait until 15th of may (recommended) to be totally safe from last frost. and do you know, why my radishes don't become round? greetings from vienna! nanni



The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? 396615 marianne from Vienna, Austria.

Perhaps the reason your radishes did not become round was too much nitrogen or too much heat.

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Post  staf74 on 11/4/2011, 10:33 pm

Another bump.....

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Amazing !!!
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Post  grenaissance on 1/4/2012, 7:31 pm

Great pics from 2010! What did your 2011 garden look like? How much more did you add on from the previous year? Smile

@camprn wrote:So, here it is, the end of July 2010. Last fall, after 7 L O N G years of condo living I moved into a house. I have been hankering for another garden for so long and I have been quite happy with my brand new vegetable garden.
I am tooting my horn; It has been a good season for me growing beets, chard, shallots, Brussels sprouts, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and summer squash. Early on the peas and spinach were great. Not so good a season for carrots & dill, the cukes petered out and the beans are being very slow. This past month we have had 18 days over 90F, which is crazy hot for NH. Rainfall is 4 inches shy of normal.
Last year was such a difference. We had 20+days of temps in the 60s and record rainfall AND we had the late blight pass through. It was awful.
I do not know how to make my photos smaller thus I'm sure I am taking up a ton of server space.
March 20, 2010. setting up the garden
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Img_1910

July 26, 2010, front bed has, eggplant, 3 varieties of peppers, basil, onions and my Gilbertie tomatoes.
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Jul_2811

Brussels Sprouts, 7/26/10
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Jul_2812

Gilbertie Toms
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Purple Gypsy
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Jul_2813

Nadia aubergine
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Red and gold beets, I had 2 squares of each and I pulled the ones big enough to can.
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Jul_2311

Planting more shallots
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Jul_2110

Lipstick pimento peppers
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Jul_1910

The last of the shell peas before it got too hot and the vines died.
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Jul_1110

Zukes and summer squash in the dehydrator.
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Jul_1111


The Kentucky Wonder pole beans that were, according to the seed packet, supposed to max out at 8 feet. This trellis is 10 feet tall. Blooms began 7/28/10.
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Jul_2814

Well pruned tomato plants allowing for air circulation and sunlight for the smaller onion and basil plants.
The Garden Saga of Camprn,  or The End of July & 7 Weeks Until Frost? Jul_2010
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Post  camprn on 1/4/2012, 7:37 pm

Hey thanks! What a Face there are some photos in my Album in the Gallery. The link is in the top bar. I added 3 more 4x6 beds and tried an overhead trellis system for my indeterminate Gilbertie tomatoes. That trellis was a success. sunny

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Post  efirvin on 1/8/2012, 4:23 pm

Very late to your post but wanted to say your garden looks wonderful! And it looks like you planted this in your front yard? Just curious. How do you like sfg? I'm new to it so would love your feedback on how easy it is to plant, tend and havest for you.

I live in Wyoming so my growing season is always tricky. We can have May and June and early October snows so getting a good crop of veggies is a challenge each year. But I still try! Smile
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Post  camprn on 1/8/2012, 6:49 pm

@efirvin wrote:Very late to your post but wanted to say your garden looks wonderful! And it looks like you planted this in your front yard? Just curious. How do you like sfg? I'm new to it so would love your feedback on how easy it is to plant, tend and havest for you.

I live in Wyoming so my growing season is always tricky. We can have May and June and early October snows so getting a good crop of veggies is a challenge each year. But I still try! Smile
Thank you for the compliment! Very Happy I absolutely love, love, LOVE the SFG system of gardening. I have found that using a hoop with a double layer of plastic over the garden is very good at extending growing time on either end of the season, at least by several weeks. There are multiple threads on the Forum about hoops, cold frames and hot beds.

I still have a bit of achy back but please believe me, it's not from pulling weeds or cultivating the vegetables, mostly from my other yard and flower garden activities. There was hardly ever a weed in the SFG, no kidding!
I think the hardest thing for a traditional gardener who may convert to SFG is adjusting to the intensive planting pattern. Getting rid of the never ending back ache was a nice side effect to going with the SFG. If you are unsure, just try gardening in a 4'x4' box for one season with the Mel's Mix. My guess is you will not be sorry if you do.
Again, Welcome to the Forum. Very Happy

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Post  efirvin on 1/9/2012, 6:39 pm

Good to hear you like sfg gardening so well. It's health issues that has me considering sfg. And the hardest part of row gardening for me, besides bending over, is having to thin out those wonderful new shoots! I like the idea of very limited thinning and building forms that are up off the ground! Now i just have to talk the hubby into building the forms for me. Its still several months until I can plant so I have plenty of time.
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Post  Goosegirl on 1/9/2012, 7:46 pm

@efirvin wrote:Now i just have to talk the hubby into building the forms for me. Its still several months until I can plant so I have plenty of time.

The time goes faster than you think - light a fire under him NOW!!!

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Post  SwampCatNana on 5/3/2012, 5:04 pm

@camprn wrote:Hey thanks! What a Face there are some photos in my Album in the Gallery. The link is in the top bar. I added 3 more 4x6 beds and tried an overhead trellis system for my indeterminate Gilbertie tomatoes. That trellis was a success. sunny

I went to the Gallery but can't find any album by you. All I find are 7 photos from asstd peeps and avatar pics. Is there a trick to it?
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Post  camprn on 5/3/2012, 5:06 pm

@SwampCatNana wrote:
@camprn wrote:Hey thanks! What a Face there are some photos in my Album in the Gallery. The link is in the top bar. I added 3 more 4x6 beds and tried an overhead trellis system for my indeterminate Gilbertie tomatoes. That trellis was a success. sunny

I went to the Gallery but can't find any album by you. All I find are 7 photos from asstd peeps and avatar pics. Is there a trick to it?
Lee
Click on the gallery and then click the Users Personal Albums, under the photo of 'when a small avatar isn't enough'. They should all pop up.
Here is a link <~~~click

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