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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/10/2017, 11:06 am

Yes, garlic. I wish it was corn but the critters ate my 3 Sisters seeds so now I have 1 corn in a different bed. Rolling Eyes
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/10/2017, 7:51 pm

My garlic was huge as well....might be ready to pull actually.  Garden lookin' good, CC!!!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/13/2017, 4:25 pm

Thanks. Very Happy

After pulling the garlic this weekend, I guess I'll plant some more lettuce and beets since it's been such a cool summer this year.  Hi is 68F tomorrow, if we're lucky.  

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One of my chards is trying to bolt already and I haven't even eaten any yet, they are still so small.  NEED MORE SUN!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/13/2017, 9:34 pm

Need more sun here too......nice veggies!  I got 2 bells, 4 sweet banana, 1 jalapeño, 2 garlics, Swiss chard, and cherry maters today.  

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Post  hammock gal on 7/18/2017, 9:44 am

This is the first time I've grown sugar snap peas. I'm growing them in a pot, and they got a late start, due to the fact that we had frost warnings so late this year, and I wasn't sure they could survive, so I kept babying them, covered up on the porch. So I wasn't so very surprised when I only got a couple of peas. I chalked it up to experience, having read that they're a cool weather crop, and once it gets hot, they will stop producing. Well...........it's hot, and my peas have had a sudden growth spurt, and are flowering like crazy! Any ideas what's happening?
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Post  hammock gal on 7/18/2017, 3:30 pm

Hey......I was just out checking the SFG, and guess what? I have cucumbers!!! They're only about an inch long, but they're there. Wheeeee! cheers And lots of green tomatoes, and a couple of peppers. New England July 2017 - Page 2 Dscn0720New England July 2017 - Page 2 Dscn0723New England July 2017 - Page 2 Dscn0722New England July 2017 - Page 2 Dscn0721
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/18/2017, 4:35 pm

Way to go, HG. Lookin' good! New England July 2017 - Page 2 3170584802
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/18/2017, 4:55 pm

Beautiful, HG! Look at all those maters!
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Post  hammock gal on 7/18/2017, 7:36 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Beautiful, HG!  Look at all those maters!
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Thanks countrynaturals. Very Happy
CC, you're not so very far from me, are your any further along? Speaking of tomatoes, I ran across this website. https://www.tomatofest.com/index.html I haven't even been able to enjoy one little tomato from my garden yet, and I'm already dreaming of next year's tomatoes!
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P.S. I forgot to mention, after looking through many of their seeds, this is one that I'd definitely like to try next year. Supposed to be the world's best tasting tomato. https://www.tomatofest.com/mariannas-peace-heirloom-tomato.html And there are so many others that are so beautiful, that I'd grow them for their looks alone. Can you tell I'm a tomato lover?


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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/18/2017, 10:01 pm

Are you growing them, HG?  If so let us know how they taste!
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Post  hammock gal on 7/19/2017, 7:29 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Are you growing them, HG?  If so let us know how they taste!

I'm not currently growing them, but I'd like to next year. I just discovered them on this website.  There are pages and pages of beautiful, heirloom tomato seeds with descriptions. I kept thinking, "Oooo, I want that, and that, and that!" What a Face Here are the seeds they sell. https://store.tomatofest.com/Heirloom_Tomato_Seeds_s/1.html
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/19/2017, 9:51 am

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CC, you're not so very far from me, are your any further along?

Oh, not really.  I get to eat the occasional bush bean here and there.  There's one green Super Sonic tom and a few green cherry toms forming,  a deformed cuke about 2 inches long that I think won't be growing any larger, and 0 peppers on 6 plants.  I just pulled and ate the first full size carrot this morning, but I planted those back around carrot week.  Other than that, still gnoshing on the cool veggies - greens, some lettuces, peas, chives.  

We've been so cool and foggy that my zinnias are getting moldy. Sad
No PM on the squash plants yet tho.
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Post  hammock gal on 7/19/2017, 11:43 am

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CC, you're not so very far from me, are your any further along?

Oh, not really.  I get to eat the occasional bush bean here and there.  There's one green Super Sonic tom and a few green cherry toms forming,  a deformed cuke about 2 inches long that I think won't be growing any larger, and 0 peppers on 6 plants.  I just pulled and ate the first full size carrot this morning, but I planted those back around carrot week.  Other than that, still gnoshing on the cool veggies - greens, some lettuces, peas, chives.  

We've been so cool and foggy that my zinnias are getting moldy.  Sad
No PM on the squash plants yet tho.
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Sigh. Geez, I can't say it's been cool here, but it is cooler than normal. We've been averaging in the mid to upper 80s instead of in the 90s, so I guess that's cooler. But I'm disappointed that I've only seen two peppers on three pepper plants, although I have to admit, my 4x4 SFG is pretty jungly, so I might be missing something. I posted a pic of my 1 inch cuke. darn funny And while there are lots of flowers, I don't see any zucchini yet. God bless the tomatoes! Even though they're green, there are lots of them. They're what I'm really looking forward to, so now it's a waiting game. Which I'm no good at!!! Oh, before I forget, my sandals arrived from Costco today, and I love them...so comfy. My toes appreciate the breeze, thanks for the recommendation. way to go
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Post  hammock gal on 7/19/2017, 3:34 pm

OK, I feel better. I broke down and went to the farm stand. (One of the main reasons I started the SFG, is that I spend so much money at the farm stand every summer on tomatoes!) I was whining to the girl at the register, that I have 11 tomato plants and not one of them is ripe yet. She told me that I'm not alone, everyone who's coming in is complaining of the same thing. She said, "Actually, those tomatoes that you're putting in your bag are from the hothouse. Our field tomatoes won't be ready for a week or a week and a half yet. " So I'm just going to relax now, my tomatoes are just fine. What a Face
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/19/2017, 3:45 pm

ohhhhh...that IS good news.....I guess.
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There's a variety called 'Fourth of July' that I haven't tried. I wonder if it would live up to it's name here...?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/20/2017, 1:13 pm

Man it's hot here today!  But we're out of the fog.

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Post  hammock gal on 7/20/2017, 2:50 pm

Loooooook!!!!!! I almost picked it and ate it, but I thought I'd be really patient and wait one more day. I guess my whining must have done some good. Very Happy

CC, I'm glad you got to enjoy a cuke, mine is still only an inch long. My peppers are bigger than yours, but so far, I only see two of them on three plants. From what I read about Thunderbolts, they should be loaded. Ah well, I toast your cuke with my almost ripe cherry tomato! 
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/20/2017, 3:37 pm

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Nice tomato, HG! Well done! What variety is it?
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Post  hammock gal on 7/20/2017, 4:06 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:clap  
Nice tomato, HG!  Well done!  What variety is it?

Not sure, a guy at the flea market was selling them as "cherry tomatoes." They looked nice and healthy, so I grabbed them. The other two that are in a pot, not MM, are much smaller.
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Post  bigdogrock on 7/20/2017, 6:43 pm

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Post  quiltbea on 7/20/2017, 7:23 pm

I saw a pink blush on one of my maters. Hooray, maybe there'll be a few in a couple weeks. For today, I went to Frugal Farm (where I have a prepaid $50 credit for produce this year) and bought some fresh maters, also from the greenhouse. No field maters ready yet. Also got cukes, yellow squash and zucchini along with one large garlic. I had to stock up a bit.
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Post  hammock gal on 7/21/2017, 8:51 am

@quiltbea wrote:I saw a pink blush on one of my maters.  Hooray, maybe there'll be a few in a couple weeks.  For today, I went to Frugal Farm  (where I have a prepaid $50 credit for produce this year) and bought some fresh maters, also from the greenhouse.  No field maters ready yet.  Also got cukes, yellow squash and zucchini along with one large garlic. I had to stock up a bit.

Keeping my fingers crossed for your tomatoes! That first blush is a beautiful sight, isn't it? Here in the northeast, our season is so short, it really makes that first tomato an event!

I'm thankful for the farm stands, it's so nice to be able to get really fresh local produce. But here's what I don't like. It seems like every time I find a great farm stand, maybe just a table under a tree, by the side of the road, with a cigar box, and it's on the honor system, or a little shack with the most beautiful baskets of fruits and veggies...I hurry to tell my friends about it, and the next thing I know, the table and the shack are gone, and they're building a nice, new, air conditioned space to sell from, and all their prices have doubled and tripled. I'm going to keep my big mouth shut, and stop advertising for them!!! New England July 2017 - Page 2 950477
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/21/2017, 4:27 pm

the latest Vegetable Notes Newsletters is in:
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Post  sanderson on 7/22/2017, 2:08 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:the latest Vegetable Notes Newsletters is in:
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Nice newsletter for your area.

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