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Post  cpl100 9/10/2012, 4:04 pm

UGH! is right! It really feels cold to me here today, too.
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Post  NHGardener 9/10/2012, 4:11 pm

Okay, we can handle this, because it's only tonight, and after that keeps getting warmer.

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Post  CapeCoddess 9/10/2012, 4:44 pm

I think we're hanging in the 50's at nite and 70's day this week. All is well here.

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Post  camprn 9/10/2012, 5:49 pm

Sometimes I have to remember the plants do not feel cold like we feel cold. My forecast is for 39F tonight. I am not going to to pull out all the stops and covers tonight. Fingers crossed though. Wink

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Post  camprn 9/10/2012, 7:51 pm

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camprn wrote:Pulled 13 pounds of honey of one hive this afternoon. Very Happy Tomorrow, I am going to plant some spinach and more breakfast radish, I think it is too late for anything else...

My longest bestest friend gave me a 10 Qt. Fagor pressure cooker/canner for birthday. If it passes the Rowena test I will get to canning some beets here pretty quickly. Very Happy

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in other news, I am wearing a winter hat. affraid

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Post  CapeCoddess 9/11/2012, 12:28 pm

camprn wrote:Sometimes I have to remember the plants do not feel cold like we feel cold. My forecast is for 39F tonight. I am not going to to pull out all the stops and covers tonight. Fingers crossed though. Wink

Any frost? Did everybody survive?

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Post  camprn 9/11/2012, 5:06 pm

No frost here; it was 39F when I looked at the thermometer at 6 am.

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Post  NHGardener 9/11/2012, 5:42 pm

My one sunflower is really drooping. Of course, it could need water too. That's on my list for tomorrow morning.
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Post  NHGardener 9/11/2012, 8:54 pm

Ah. I just researched and drooping is normal for sunflowers once their heads get big and I guess it gets heavy with seeds.

What a sad sight.

It's like it's mourning the end of summer.

This isn't it, but I found this photo online:

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Post  camprn 9/11/2012, 9:40 pm

Sunflowers get top heavy with seed once the bloom goes by. Beware the wily squirrels.

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Post  cpl100 9/13/2012, 11:16 pm

My cucumber plant is dying I think! The leaves were once abundant and dark green. They paled and then turned crispy and brown and now there's hardly any left.

What happened? Is it the weather? I still seem to have cucumbers growing, though. Apparently my lone bee was not up to the task of full pollination though because the cucumbers are tapered. How can I tell when to pick them?

Sure was nice to get some warm weather today!
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Post  NHGardener 9/14/2012, 12:49 am

Weird. My cucumbers are still going strong. Did they get enough water?

Spider mites?
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Post  camprn 9/14/2012, 7:08 am

cpl100 wrote:My cucumber plant is dying I think! The leaves were once abundant and dark green. They paled and then turned crispy and brown and now there's hardly any left.

What happened? Is it the weather? I still seem to have cucumbers growing, though. Apparently my lone bee was not up to the task of full pollination though because the cucumbers are tapered. How can I tell when to pick them?

Sure was nice to get some warm weather today!
Mine are down to the vine as well and it all started with PM then ended with downy mildew. Mine still have a few cukes growing but it really is a last gasp for the plant as there are no more leaves to photosynthesize. They are trying to put out some new foliage, but I think their time is over. I am almost ready to pick any fruit that looks ready and call it a season.

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Post  cpl100 9/14/2012, 7:55 am

NHGardener wrote:Weird. My cucumbers are still going strong. Did they get enough water?

Spider mites?

Not sure about spider mites. I did water regularly, though.
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Post  CapeCoddess 9/14/2012, 11:39 am

Mine are down to the vines also, starting with PM, then yellow leaves with green veins, then crispy leaves. No amount of bkg soda spritz or Epsom salts helped. The remaining cucs are tiny but I'm leaving them on to see what happens.

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Post  NHGardener 9/14/2012, 12:49 pm

I think I know why my cukes are doing so well. I had to replant a few times because the sprouts kept getting eaten off. So my cucumber vine, which is still going strong, is probably younger than everyone else's.

An interesting thought about staggering your plantings.

Also, I'm suspecting that the reason why the volunteer tomatoes are much more vigorous than my transplants may be because some of the debilitating pests are gone by the time the volunteers get going. Beautifully strong plants, but I don't know if they'll produce a ripe fruit before frost. Not many, if at all.
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Post  CapeCoddess 9/14/2012, 12:53 pm

All my toms are doing great! Even the goofy little suckers I planted coz I didn't have the heart to throw them away are giving off fruit now. It's just amazing. THey are everywhere...next to the parent plants, out in the lawn, at the edges of the perennial gardens and squash garden...all over the place. Laughing

I've mentioned before that I'm going to take the tops off a couple once frost is threatening and try to grow them inside in the bay window over the winter. Has anyone tried this?

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Post  quiltbea 9/17/2012, 12:08 pm

Everything is winding down here in Maine. Harvested the last of the cabbages last week and had a couple meals featuring them. I still have carrots and parsnips in the ground, peppers that are still green and growing (they may never get to ripen so will harvest them green soon) and some Velvet Red cherry tomatoes ripening nicely. Oh, and a few corn stalks. The corn was super sweet and delish and sooooo tender. It amazed me. Loved it. We had some for our supper last nite.
Had a real cool snap last nite, down in the low 40s but things survived. No frosts here yet. I'll be bringing in some herb pots soon: thyme, rosemary and parsley for sure. I'm trying to let some Thom Thumb and Red Sails lettuce go to seed so I can gather seed for next year , but they aren't ready yet.
Wasn't well enough to get a fall and winter garden going this year. Been under the weather for several weeks lately. I plan to put in some garlic around October 10th, though, for next year. I'm also cutting back on my gardening efforts next year so I'm replanning my home garden. I'll give up the community garden completely I think. As long as I can keep my fingers in to some degree here at home, I'll be happy.
I hope everyone is having a happy harvest of their cool crops now.


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Post  CapeCoddess 9/17/2012, 12:34 pm

Gosh Quiltbea, so sorry to hear you're not feeling up to par. 'Kunkus of the Bunkus' my gf's & I call it. But home garden is more than enough for a body to play in. I don't know how you did both all that time.

Anyway, I'm not sure but I may have just killed my fall garden. The seaweed from Hurricane Leslee just came up over the weekend and I had to have it! I thought that since it's sprinkled with horseshoe crab shells it's even better...extra calcium maybe?

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So I hauled home boxes & buckets of the stuff, spread it all over the garden and into my current compost pile, then thru the rest onto the new compost pile.

THEN I came here today to read about seaweed and everything says to wash it first. Woops! Shocked

It did rain the day before I collected it so I'm hoping it was pretty rinsed of salt.

What say you? Should I scrape it off the garden?

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Post  NHGardener 9/17/2012, 1:02 pm

Sorry you've been under the weather Quiltbea! I was wondering where you were this summer, with all your beautiful photos and updates. I hope you get to feeling better soon.

CC, my friends don't rinse their seaweed, and say some salt is good for the soil, so don't know. I haven't read the posts here about seaweed, I'll have to take a look at them. I've been hoping to get some seaweed soon myself.

Here's an encouraging article where they haven't had issues from the salt:

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Post  CapeCoddess 9/17/2012, 1:08 pm

NHG, thanks for saying that. I thought I had heard that there's really not enuff salt on seaweed to bother anything. And since I noticed that "The Return of the Slugs" is playing again, I thought, hey, a little bit of salt may be good. Twisted Evil

If you read up on it, let me know what you find out please?

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Post  NHGardener 9/17/2012, 1:10 pm

Oops CC, I edited my post to add a link just as you posted your reply. So click back and look at the link. I'll bet you could find more if you google around.
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Post  camprn 9/17/2012, 4:39 pm

Everything I have read says wash/rinse the seaweed before composting or using as mulch.

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Post  CapeCoddess 9/18/2012, 5:34 pm

Great link, NHG! Thanks for that.

So far so good in the garden. I can't put 6 inches of seaweed because I would see any of the 2 inch plants and it would block the sun from them. Laughing So I put a couple of inches and today added more as it 'melted'.

I'll let you all know if there are any changes, Camp.

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Post  llama momma 9/18/2012, 5:44 pm

NHGardener wrote:Ah. I just researched and drooping is normal for sunflowers once their heads get big and I guess it gets heavy with seeds.

What a sad sight.

It's like it's mourning the end of summer.

This isn't it, but I found this photo online:

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That photo is great, drooping? Maybe Not.
Perhaps Nature's mysterious way of genuflecting its mighty creator....all that growth from one tiny seed ! ..and yeah it is top heavy too....
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