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Post  Scorpio Rising 7/31/2021, 9:35 pm

So picked 3 huge yellow squashes today, 4 cucumbers, and some Dragon Tongue  beans.  Also picked tomatoes—Sungold, Gardeners delight, my first step ever yellow Brandywine and tiny Candyland!  They are sweet!
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Post  OhioGardener 8/2/2021, 1:10 pm

Planted the fall beets & carrots today.  The free carrot seeds I received from Baker Creek were pelleted, so they were much easier to separate for planting. Haven't grown them before, and am anxious to see how they do. They are Kyoto Red Carrots, and the package says they are best planted in the fall.

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Post  OhioGardener 8/4/2021, 2:32 pm

The second planting of bunching onions (green onions) are ready for daily harvest. Love them just the way they are, dipped in ranch dressing and eaten.... 

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Post  Scorpio Rising 8/4/2021, 7:55 pm

Nice!  I love them, too.  Green onions are delicious.  

I just watered my tomatoes on the south side (Annex) and got 3 Cherokee purple, some Gardeners Delight, and there are Sungold and Candyland to harvest…I didn’t make it out to the garden…took a minute!  We really haven’t had any real rain here….it’s dry.  


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Post  OhioGardener 8/4/2021, 8:30 pm

Yes, it has been very dry.  I had to change the drip irrigation timer from watering every 3 days to water every 2 days, plus I have been hand watering the beet and carrot seeds that I recently planted so that they stay moist until they germinate.

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Post  OhioGardener 8/6/2021, 4:28 pm

Going to have some Stuffed Bell Peppers for dinner.  With all of the peppers coming in now, might be time for a pot of Stuffed Pepper Soup.  Smile

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Post  OhioGardener 8/7/2021, 8:52 pm

Picked a couple more nice Zucchinis this evening.

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Post  OhioGardener 8/9/2021, 2:07 pm

A lot of peppers today.  Bell, Sweet Banana, and Jalapeno. That is a 2-gallon bowl.

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Post  OhioGardener 8/10/2021, 12:23 pm

Picked Spinach, Romaine Lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and Zucchini squash this morning.  The Blue Lake Bush Beans have quit blooming for some reason, probably the unbearable heat we've been having.

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Post  OhioGardener 8/13/2021, 12:37 pm

Didn't take big enough bowl to the garden this morning. A few Zucchini, some Bell Peppers, Banana Peppers, and Cucumbers.

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Post  nrstooge 8/14/2021, 9:56 am

I'm picking tomatoes every other day or every day now - such abundance.  Picked all the carrots from a 5 gallon fabric pot yesterday. And, starting to plant fall garden items. 

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Post  OhioGardener 8/14/2021, 10:05 am

Yellow Brandywine Tomatoes, with a couple patio tomatoes

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Post  Scorpio Rising 8/14/2021, 8:38 pm

Nice!  I walked out to water the south annex (tomatoes this year) and found 2 of the 8 containers fallen over—plants too top heavy to stand.  

Delivered violence to the tomatoes, and picked them too!  Got a huge yellow brandywine, a gigantic Great White, and several Cherokee Purple.  I’m worried about The Cherokee purple plant.  It is really wilted—strange looking for this time of year.  

Need to pick cukes and squash and put up.  Guess that’s tomorrow!  

Would love to get some radishes in for fall…
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Post  OhioGardener 8/15/2021, 8:33 am

Scorpio Rising wrote:Would love to get some radishes in for fall…

I just planted some Giant of Sicily and De 18 Jours radish seeds yesterday. Now that the prolonged heat wave is over, they should do well.

The fall planting of carrots and beets have all germinated and are growing nicely, too.

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Post  OhioGardener 8/19/2021, 12:18 pm

Never seen this before - I was looking out the window when I saw a Blue Jay swoop down over the bed that had bush bean seeds planted in it and pulled up one of the young seedlings. I went out to inspect the bed and saw at least a half-dozen young seedlings that had been eaten off at soil level.

So I had to do something I've never had to do before - I put in the frost cover supports and covered them with bird netting to keep the birds off the garden.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 8/19/2021, 9:31 pm

I had to replant my dragon Tongue beans this year for that reason.  Someone was eating the barely sprouted beans!
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Post  yolos 8/19/2021, 10:49 pm

OhioGardener wrote:Never seen this before - I was looking out the window when I saw a Blue Jay swoop down over the bed that had bush bean seeds planted in it and pulled up one of the young seedlings. I went out to inspect the bed and saw at least a half-dozen young seedlings that had been eaten off at soil level.

So I had to do something I've never had to do before - I put in the frost cover supports and covered them with bird netting to keep the birds off the garden.

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I have to do something every year.  Burlap works good to get the beans germinated before the birds eat the seeds.  I sometimes use deer netting laid over the top of the bed and then raised up a bit as the beans grow.  My birds don't bother the beans much after they have germinated and grown a few days so I usually just use the burlap.
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Post  OhioGardener 8/20/2021, 10:18 am

The Zucchini and Cucumbers are at their peak right now.  Have one Yellow Zucchini and one Green Zucchini plant, and am picking 4 to 6 squash a day. Picking a dozen or more cucumbers a day, which are growing on the arbor trellis. Eating some, preserving some for winter, and giving some to neighbors.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 8/22/2021, 6:15 pm

Wow!  Nice!  I picked a couple cukes today, and 3 peppers.  Sent them home with my boy from Nashville, with a couple Sakatas Sweet melons, and a Great White tomato.  Sure was nice to see him!  

Just froze 8 baggies of 6-8 cups of chunked summer squash.  Lord!  Lots of squash.  I am going to take the cukes to work, I leave on vacation Wednesday for a week.  No time to deal with it.  

I see lots of breads in my future!
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Post  Scorpio Rising 8/23/2021, 7:26 pm

So, my Cherokee Purple plant died.  It had 8 or so uniform nice round tomatoes on it…took about a week to totally die.  I pitched the whole thing and the tomatoes…just weirded  out by the whole thing.  I have never have that happen before…

All the leaves curled, turned brown and died.  All at once.  What gives?  It is my fave….
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Post  OhioGardener 8/23/2021, 8:42 pm

Scorpio Rising wrote:So, my Cherokee Purple plant died.  It had 8 or so uniform nice round tomatoes on it…took about a week to totally die.  I pitched the whole thing and the tomatoes…just weirded  out by the whole thing.  I have never have that happen before…

All the leaves curled, turned brown and died.  All at once.  What gives?  It is my fave….

Sorry to hear that, SR!  So disappointing to have healthy plants producing fruit, and then suddenly die.  Sounds like it may be a fungal wilt, such as Verticillium or Fusarium.  Have any of the nearby tomatoes started showing yellowing leaves?

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Post  Scorpio Rising 8/24/2021, 9:56 pm

OhioGardener wrote:Sorry to hear that, SR!  So disappointing to have healthy plants producing fruit, and then suddenly die.  Sounds like it may be a fungal wilt, such as Verticillium or Fusarium.  Have any of the nearby tomatoes started showing yellowing leaves?
Not sure, it’s been so darn hot here, everything looks bad!  I guess we will see when I get back from my little trip what’s still standing.  

I cut down 3 huge holey purple branching broccoli plants.  Zero production, taking up a large area of the 4x4.  Picked some Sakatas Sweets, a couple Red Kuri, onions, Yukon Golds got dug up.  And watered!!!!  Took forever, and hot, wow.  

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Post  OhioGardener 8/25/2021, 7:19 pm

Scorpio Rising wrote:Not sure, it’s been so darn hot here, everything looks bad! 
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Continuing in the heat wave.

Yes, this prolonged heat way has caused all of the plants to start showing signs of stress. The tomatoes, peppers, and beans have all quit setting blooms, so the current fruit on the plants are all there will be until we start getting some cooler days. I've had to change the watering schedule from every 3 days to every other day just to keep the plants functioning.

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Post  OhioGardener 8/28/2021, 10:31 am

Had a strong thunderstorm blow through last evening, with 65 mph wind gusts. in addition to leaving just over an inch of rain, the winds ripped the cucumbers off the trellis. Went out this morning an picked up the cucumber vines and reattached them to the trellis as much as possible. Many of the vines broke where they had been attached to the wires, and nothing could be done to save those fragments except pick the cucumbers off of them.  The heavy rain also pounded all of the winter squash plants flat against the ground, but they should recover once the sun returns.

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