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Post  sfg4uKim Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:06 am

Got back last night from 3 weeks of vacation. I threw drip hoses into my 2'x23' SFG before I left so all my son had to do was turn the water on & off when needed. Great decision! He said it was a breeze to take care of things.

Here's what has happened to my garden in that time.

LOL the lettuce "stalks" were about 3.5 feet tall - I ran out of time & didn't pull them out before I left. I had to brutalize them to get all that wonderful mix out of their roots & back in the box.

The beets looked like crap & had baby stink bugs on them which I promptly sucked up in my garden hand vac. Decided to pull them all. Not much in the root area, but I will be having beet greens today & maybe will shred the bulbs into a salad.

The parsley, oregano & other herbs had to have their heads cut off.

Even though my son harvested some, I had about a pound of green beans ready to go this morning. He harvested peas, but they're looking a little sad now.

He harvested & enjoyed both heads of cabbage, but the Savoy was slime (LOL he didn't know what it was so didn't use it).

The onions (grown from seed) are small and most seem to have "jumped" out of the soil. I've never grown onions . . . what's up with that?

The San Marzano tomatoes are going like gangbusters and did NOT ripen as I feared - must have . Of course the "suckers" were outrageous (some had even flowered & fruited). I decided to remove them since they were pulling the plants down. I just stuck them in empty squares - if they grow GREAT, if not, no biggie.

The other "eating" tomatoes are also doing well.

I was given a LOT of peppers (hot & sweet) before I left & never had time to put them in, so they were "thrown" into planters with potting soil. Most are doing fairly well & I will transplant them into the SFG ASAP.

NOTE: My SFG only had 3 weeds while the pots mentioned above were FILLED with weeds.

I also have a few things like watermelon, cukes, eggplants in pots that I'm experimenting with compost only. They are also doing OK, but I have GOT to get more SFGs up & running next year.

LOL when you have a SFG business, you give priority to your customers and we had a run on our version of Mel's Mix. Even with a cement mixer, it's SO labor intensive that you just don't feel like mixing more "soil" for yourself. Between that and having all the exterior renovations (and having to rip out my old SFGs) it's like the cobbler's children don't have shoes.







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