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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/1/2021, 7:00 am

Good Morning!  Gorgeous day here in the making.  Only 4 of my square of Dragon Tongue beans had made it up—looked like a varmint had gotten to them!  Soaking replacements right now, will stick them in tonight.  

Cleared out the cold frame—lots of things bolting due to the sudden hot weather shock last week.  Composted.  Makes some room for peppers that have finally germinated.  Such a late year for me personally here!  

What do you all have going on?
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Post  nrstooge 6/1/2021, 7:39 am

Yesterday I filled 5 10 gallon grow bags.  The potatoes are just breaking the surface so I'll have to get more potting mix to continue to fill the grow bags.  All the peppers and tomatoes are now transplanted, as are herbs/flowers.  Just the eggplants left.  

I didn't have many peas germinate, but one does have a small pea (Oregon Sugar Pod II) and there are a few flowers.  Beans are starting to sprout and I'm eating fresh salad every day.  

It seems the growing season is in full swing and I couldn't be happier.
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Post  OhioGardener 6/1/2021, 6:19 pm

The Blue Lake Pole Beans are up and starting to grow up the arbor. Haven't planted the bush beans yet, but will try to get them in this week. The tomatoes are growing up in the cages, and the peppers have doubled in size since they were transplanted into the beds.  Today I started the cucumber seeds indoors under lights. They'll soon be ready to go in the bed on the other side of the arbor.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/1/2021, 7:38 pm

So I just replanted the square of Dragon Tongue beans.  Watered the cukes and celery that I planted recently.  Supposed to rain here—I’m glad, we need rain.  I also need to get some rhubarb cut and frozen—I can’t really use my oven in the hot weather, just heats the house up too much.  

Watered the Sakatas Sweet melons, Ping Tung eggplant, and remaining squash in advance of rain, still in containers.

I have a bunch of sunflowers to put in, too.  Just waiting for a stage for varmint resistance!


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Post  OhioGardener 6/3/2021, 12:00 pm

Rain all day yesterday, and all night last night.  Had a total of just over 1.5" of rain, and everything is looking perky and dark green. Had planned on planting the bush beans today or tomorrow, but it may have to wait until the soil dries a little.

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Post  OhioGardener 6/5/2021, 2:38 pm

Planted two 4'x'4 sections with bush beans today, and made the necessary repairs to the drip irrigation system to have it ready for the summer.  The only sections not planted now are the ones for the summer squash.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/5/2021, 3:42 pm

Wow!  I just did some weeding in my area by the pool, and perennial bed out front.  The sunflowers will go in tomorrow, they are getting too big for containers.  Something ate 2 of my peppers; too late for re-start, will go with whatever makes it—must be birds?  Nipping off the leaves.
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Post  OhioGardener 6/5/2021, 7:55 pm

Scorpio Rising wrote: Something ate 2 of my peppers; too late for re-start, will go with whatever makes it—must be birds?  Nipping off the leaves.

The Sow Bugs were eating my peppers - as soon as they would send out new leaves, the sow bugs would eat them. I put some Sluggo Plus and diatomaceous earth around all the plants, and they have stopped eating them.   BTW, not to late for peppers, Lowe's still had young plants available in their garden center....   Smile

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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/5/2021, 8:23 pm

Yes, good to know, OG!  I am a bit perplexed, to be real.  

Honestly, things are late.   I ate a couple sugar snaps today and was upset that I still can’t taste things at all, or they just tasted yukky.  My life....Sad
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Post  OhioGardener 6/9/2021, 11:47 am

Planted the Blue Lake Bush Beans on Saturday, and they are sprouting today. Trying something new with them this year, and hope it is successful.  For the past several years we had problems with the Mockingbirds eating hte young seedlings as soon as they sprout, and I've had to cover them with bird netting to keep the birds off them. This year, instead of using bird netting, I covered them lightly with straw to see if that would protect them from the birds will allowing the sprouts to grow through the covering. If it is successful, it is easier than the bird netting and the straw will remain as mulch.  Always experimenting...

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Post  llama momma 6/10/2021, 8:58 am

Ohio Gardener,  Oh the critters that love our gardens, right?  I have to use Mel's critter covers between the barn cats looking for a convenient litter box, and the birds, deer, and other wild critters that would love to eat my strawberries and other things. In another post you mentioned putting out sunflowers and here I felt so guilty not planting mine yet either.  It's always nice to come here and see what others are doing in our state.
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Post  OhioGardener 6/10/2021, 6:22 pm

My experiment of covering the bed lightly with straw after planting the bean seeds to keep the birds from eating them has been very successful. Almost every bean has germinated and pressed up through the straw. It is the first true leaves that has pressed through the straw, so the bean halves are not visible and have not attracted the birds. The bean seeds were planted on Saturday, so this is the 5th day for them. Very happy with them so far. Looks like we'll have a good bean crop.

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Post  OhioGardener 6/13/2021, 8:04 pm

I have never seen Beets and Bunching Onions grow like they have this year! We have been regularly thinning & eathing them by pulling some to open space between the remaining ones, but they are growing out of control. They apparently like all of the rain and (until recently) the cool weather. Not complaining, though, as we love the fresh food.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/13/2021, 8:46 pm

Nice!  I need to water.   But things look decent in the SFG, also need to Putin cages for maters!  My onions are nowhere close to you, OG.  

Rabbits have been eating my sunflowers.  Whatever.  They are pretty though.
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Post  OhioGardener 6/15/2021, 10:22 am

Got all of the peppers and tomatoes mulched with straw last evening. Everything is mulched now, ready for the hot, dry period we usually see in June & July.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/17/2021, 7:32 am

Finally got everything planted!  Peppers and melons in!  Picked some sugar snap peas. Dragon Tongue beans up and strong looking.  Cukes looking good too.  Maters are all in containers this year.  Not sure but 3 of the 5 squashes look funky—not good, but 2 are fine…will monitor.  That will be the garlic space of they don’t make it.  

Harvested a small bunch of broccoli yesterday, Bok Choy  looks ready too.  I see stir fry in my future!  YUM!

I have some straw, maybe I’ll try that to mulch, OG.
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Post  OhioGardener 6/29/2021, 12:17 pm

Apparently this is not a good year for Daikon Radishes. The first batch I planted all bolted to seed, so I took them out, added a little compost, and planted a second batch. The second batch has not also bolted to seed, so this morning I took them all out. Think I'll just plant some summer squash in that section, or maybe some cucumbers.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/29/2021, 7:41 pm

My Daikon were super hard and smallish.  Not good; actually most radishes were pithy or hard.  It just got too hot too fast.  Agree.

Had to water with hose.  Very dry here at the moment, although there are strange pop-up rains that have not graced me!  

I have a couple replacement strawberries that I got at the local nursery, and my entire thyme container died?  Must have died of thirst but nothing else did—have replacements.  

There are a couple small heads of broc to get in the AM.  Just waiting now.
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