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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/16/2016, 9:52 am

Yolos, a lot of us New England wash-a-shores are from Florida. I'm from Miami.

So I read this article this morning ...

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/what-to-plant-now-july-maritime-canada-and-new-england-gardening-region.aspx

...and proceeded to plant potatoes and shallots.  Rolling Eyes I think the heat has shorted out the connection between the eyes and the brain.

Now that I've cooled down a bit I'm heading back out to put in some more bush beans and plant the cuke starts.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/17/2016, 4:24 pm

I just did the strangest thing. I was going through my two big containers of seeds and ended up with a pile of ones that I don't want anymore or won't do well for me.  Mostly corn, peas/beans and numerous squashes and melons. I mixed them all together in a big bowl, went out to the side of the house by the chimney where nothing ever grows, raked up most of the wood chips and the debris down to the dirt, then poured all the seeds all along about a 15-foot x 2- foot stretch, dumped a bunch of compost on top of them, raked the wood chips back on and watered. I'm calling it my seed graveyard and whatever sprouts will be the zombies.

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Post  yolos on 7/17/2016, 4:34 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I just did the strangest thing. I was going through my two big containers of seeds and ended up with a pile of ones that I don't want anymore or won't do well for me.  Mostly corn, peas/beans and numerous squashes and melons. I mixed them all together in a big bowl, went out to the side of the house by the chimney where nothing ever grows, raked up most of the wood chips and the debris down to the dirt, then poured all the seeds all along about a 15-foot stretch, dumped a bunch of compost on top of them, raked the wood chips back on and watered. I'm calling it my seed graveyard and whatever sprouts will be the zombies.

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I started a separate storage container inside where I am putting all the seeds that I know I wont plant again.  I intend to sow them all in one big batch like you did after I get some space freed up.  Just going to turn them under before the first frost to build up my soil - green manure type. If I really wanted any of the seeds, I would have planted them before now.  So just going to use them to enrich the soil.
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/17/2016, 7:17 pm

@yolos wrote:
@CapeCoddess wrote:I just did the strangest thing. I was going through my two big containers of seeds and ended up with a pile of ones that I don't want anymore or won't do well for me.  Mostly corn, peas/beans and numerous squashes and melons. I mixed them all together in a big bowl, went out to the side of the house by the chimney where nothing ever grows, raked up most of the wood chips and the debris down to the dirt, then poured all the seeds all along about a 15-foot stretch, dumped a bunch of compost on top of them, raked the wood chips back on and watered. I'm calling it my seed graveyard and whatever sprouts will be the zombies.

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I started a separate storage container inside where I am putting all the seeds that I know I wont plant again.  I intend to sow them all in one big batch like you did after I get some space freed up.  Just going to turn them under before the first frost to build up my soil - green manure type. If I really wanted any of the seeds, I would have planted them before now.  So just going to use them to enrich the soil.
 Kewl! I have old seeds like that. I think I'll plant a zombie garden, too, but I'm gonna wait until August. I think it's too hot here even for zombies right now. affraid
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Post  sanderson on 7/19/2016, 12:43 am

Neat idea!

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Post  camprn on 7/22/2016, 9:35 am

Late season Rattlesnake beans doing their thing. Got the trellis up this morning before the temperature gets oppressive. Stupid phone.


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Post  bigdogrock on 7/22/2016, 12:07 pm

Here are my first vegies of the summer! I am doing fairly well in my gardens. I will have pics soon of them. Only one disappointment, some of the green beans I planted are not pole beans or are not climbing like I expected. Maybe they are bush beans. Oh well, I still have others that are pole beans.
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Post  sanderson on 7/22/2016, 12:37 pm

Camp, great example of your homemade trellis "netting".

Rock, Looking forward to your photos. Those are nice looking yellow squash.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/22/2016, 12:57 pm

@bigdogrock wrote:Here are my first vegies of the summer! I am doing fairly well in my gardens. I will have pics soon of them. Only one disappointment, some of the green beans I planted are not pole beans or are not climbing like I expected. Maybe they are bush beans. Oh well, I still have others that are pole beans.
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Shocked How did you keep SVB from them??? Beautiful, btw...squash envy here.
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Post  bigdogrock on 7/22/2016, 1:47 pm

Not sure about how I kept it from them, I did pick one that was looking like it had it, we'll see. It is the first time I have planted them in that garden. Maybe I got lucky and have a resistant type. Who knows.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/22/2016, 5:27 pm

Still harvesting lettuce if you can believe it.
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Lettuce, Pak choi and ornamental cabbage are in the cell packs surrounding the bowl.

I also started some Delicata squash seeds inside hoping that the SVB is finished by the time they go out into the garden.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/23/2016, 10:00 am

They're everywhere! They're everywhere! The Zombie Garden is sprouting. So far I can see squash/melons and beans. I don't know what varieties they are but they seem pretty happy!New England, July 2016 - Page 3 Img_2052

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Even though I have my handy-dandy gardening apron on, (containing soil thermometer, pruners, pen and plant markers, to do list on a clothes pin, timer and squeeze bottle of DE), I'm not moving anywhere from this chair. The humidity must be in the 80's! New England, July 2016 - Page 3 Img_2054



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Post  countrynaturals on 7/23/2016, 10:13 am

YIKES! Did that foot escape from the Zombie Garden? Looks like it's sending out 5 new shoots. rofl
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Post  camprn on 7/23/2016, 10:17 am

@sanderson wrote:Camp, great example of your homemade trellis "netting".

Rock, Looking forward to your photos.  Those are nice looking yellow squash.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/23/2016, 10:20 am

@countrynaturals wrote:YIKES! Did that foot escape from the Zombie Garden? Looks like it's sending out 5 new shoots. rofl

Haha!  looks like it popped up out of the dirt, right? That's because I Garden barefoot.

I gotta go harvest the garlic before it's too late. Make me get up, Country...
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/23/2016, 4:16 pm

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Meanwhile, the clothesline in front of the fan in the dehumidified basement is filling up with hanging garlic..
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Post  bigdogrock on 7/23/2016, 6:04 pm

What typical New England weather I just witnessed. I was in the garden on Japanese Beetle Patrol when I heard some thunder in the distance. Experience has taught me to pack up and get as soon as I hear it. I meandered  back to the barn and it started to rain as I got to it. I looked at my watch, it was 3:21 PM.
I sat down in my chair and watched as the show began. I had to pull the chair back in further into the barn because the rain was coming down so hard that it was splashing in on me. I sat back down and the hail started coming down. Not large amounts of hail, but some were good sized, I thought my garden was going to get pummeled. It stopped all at once and then started back up. Then it stopped at 3:28 PM. I took a pic of the hail, not real big thankfully.
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In that 7 minutes, we rec'd a quarter of an inch of rain, according to the trusty rain gauge. Since that time it has started to rain again, no hail, but lots of rain and thunder, no real wind gusts, and I haven't seen any lightning.
What an entertaining way to water my garden Razz
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/23/2016, 6:38 pm

I just saw that on the 5 o'clock news weather report, Rock, a d thought of you, camp, and NHG.  Supposedly it's heading this way and should be here sometime this evening. Hope I get the rain that you got!  How are your squash leaves looking? Have you checked them yet?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/23/2016, 7:05 pm

Weird, and funny post  

We get hail in the hot of summer, too.  Depends on size and duration, wind speed, etc. if any damage occurs.  It has been so hot, lots probably. Melted ASAP.
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Post  bigdogrock on 7/23/2016, 7:06 pm

Some of my squash leaves are getting pale. Bummer
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/23/2016, 7:08 pm

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@CapeCoddess wrote:They're everywhere! They're everywhere! The Zombie Garden is sprouting. So far I can see squash/melons and beans. I don't know what varieties they are but they seem pretty happy!New England, July 2016 - Page 3 Img_2052

Meanwhile, SFG is looking pretty great from the lounge chair in the shade here.New England, July 2016 - Page 3 Img_2053

Even though I have my handy-dandy gardening apron on, (containing soil thermometer, pruners, pen and plant markers,  to do list on a clothes pin, timer and squeeze bottle of DE), I'm not moving anywhere from this chair. The humidity must be in the 80's! New England, July 2016 - Page 3 Img_2054

You look uber prepared!  I too spend most of summer either bare or flip flop footed.  A little jealous of your Wonder Belt!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/23/2016, 7:09 pm

@bigdogrock wrote:Some of my squash leaves are getting pale. Bummer
But no hail holes?
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Post  bigdogrock on 7/23/2016, 8:28 pm

I just checked the gardens, no hail damage. The tomato plants are soaked!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/24/2016, 10:19 am

You lucked out, Rock. The only time we got hail here on the Cape, which was a year or two ago, all the leaves of any size were in tatters from being punched through and full of holes.

Perfect excellent exquisite day here today! After watering profusely because we got zero rain, I harvested red onions, snow pea seeds, more garlic and Bush beans.

After this little coffee break I'm going to compost the onion box and get it ready to plant Parris Island and Freckles romaines, Grand Rapids and Marvel lettuce starts. I'd like to see if I can get these lettuces to grow through August and on into the fall, covered of course.
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