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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #30 on: July 11, 2017, 06:34:16 am »

Summer is heating up and the tomatoes/potatoes/green peppers are loving it.  I was in the garden yesterday checking on their progress and with all the rain we've gotten the plants are exploding.  I have tomato cages that are about 2.5' high and those are about to topple over with the growth.  Next year I'll need to get some tomato towers!  They really seem to like the lasagna garden method for setting their feet in.

It was mildly annoying to wander the garden area with our 8 chickens wandering underfoot.  Every time I stopped or put a tool down they would zip over to inspect and peck.  All except the rooster, he stayed a few feet back, just keeping his eye on stuff.
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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #31 on: July 11, 2017, 07:17:11 am »

Oh how sweet, Konbster is the mother hen of his little flock  :laugh:
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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #32 on: July 11, 2017, 09:01:10 am »

Knobster, you might want to consider NOT letting your chickens get used to wandering in the garden. Did I ever tell you about the flock of Bantam chickens someone left on my place one fall  day when I was gone? Chickens can be unbelievably destructive to gardens.
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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #33 on: July 12, 2017, 07:11:53 am »

Yes you did ML.  I now have little fences surrounding all my plants.  Sigh... live and learn.
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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #34 on: July 12, 2017, 07:18:25 am »

Yes you did ML.  I now have little fences surrounding all my plants.  Sigh... live and learn.

Sorry about that. :( I know the pain well.

No hail here, so far! Everything in the garden is looking exceptionally good. First tomatoes and peppers have set and are growing well. Should have snap beans in a few days too. Will have some nice strawberries soon, but they do not seem to do really well in the deep tubs. Need to think about where else I could put them next year. Has anyone had deformed fruit on strawberries? Several I've picked in the last few days are very strangely shaped, some almost flat with five or six "points" on the edges. I'll have to see if I can find another and take a picture. Never saw anything like it.
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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #35 on: July 12, 2017, 04:08:14 pm »

Yes you did ML.  I now have little fences surrounding all my plants.  Sigh... live and learn.

Sorry about that. :( I know the pain well.

No hail here, so far! Everything in the garden is looking exceptionally good. First tomatoes and peppers have set and are growing well. Should have snap beans in a few days too. Will have some nice strawberries soon, but they do not seem to do really well in the deep tubs. Need to think about where else I could put them next year. Has anyone had deformed fruit on strawberries? Several I've picked in the last few days are very strangely shaped, some almost flat with five or six "points" on the edges. I'll have to see if I can find another and take a picture. Never saw anything like it.

this might help with your strawberries.

https://www.mrstacky.com

they have three tier, and 5 tier planters
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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #36 on: July 13, 2017, 07:14:39 am »

Has anyone had deformed fruit on strawberries? Several I've picked in the last few days are very strangely shaped, some almost flat with five or six "points" on the edges. I'll have to see if I can find another and take a picture. Never saw anything like it.

I noticed that on my strawberries when I lived in town.  They were older plants (going on 3 years) so that may have been the issue.  My new batch of berries I'm hoping will be better.  I'm following the advice of the Gardeners Bible book I bought which suggested removing flowers/berries/runners from new plants.  This makes them stronger which will produce bigger and better fruit in the coming years.
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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #37 on: July 13, 2017, 07:25:10 am »

I noticed that on my strawberries when I lived in town.  They were older plants (going on 3 years) so that may have been the issue.  My new batch of berries I'm hoping will be better.  I'm following the advice of the Gardeners Bible book I bought which suggested removing flowers/berries/runners from new plants.  This makes them stronger which will produce bigger and better fruit in the coming years.

Hmmm, probably not my problem here. :) All are new plants, since those I planted last year didn't survive the winter. (I'm going to move them to a better place this summer, soon as they stop bearing.) Anyway, I always take out the oldest plants in the late fall, so only the new ones are left for the next year (if they survive). These plants are growing very well, lush, dark green foliage and LOTS of blossoms. I'm cutting off the runners for now, but will let them form later.

Yesterday morning, I found three nice sized strawberries, good and round, but with the "star" appearance rather than the smooth sides you'd expect. I thought about taking a picture, but I couldn't resist... I ate them on the spot. OH, how I love strawberries. :)
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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #38 on: August 24, 2017, 07:29:03 am »

Tomatoes, peppers and spuds are coming in like crazy.  Kids pick at least 3 tomatoes a day and my wife is hoping to start canning soon.  It will be a new venture for her so she'll be enlisting the help of a good friend who has done this many times.

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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #39 on: August 24, 2017, 07:37:25 am »

I'm getting lots of various peppers, something I've not been able to grow much before. But I picked the first ripe tomato yesterday. We have another three to four weeks for the rest to ripen. I don't expect many new ones to form, since night temps will dip below 50 degrees soon. If the days stay warm, I will get some ripe tomatoes, but not nearly enough to can.  Next year I will plant only two varieties and make some other changes in hopes of a better crop. At least we had no hail this year.

One strange thing... I planted twelve everbearing strawberry plants this spring. Have only had a handful of fruit from them, but they have all gone NUTS making baby plants everywhere. Have to do some research to discover what I can do to get them to fruit next time instead. At least I'll have plenty of plants to experiment with! LOL
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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #40 on: October 04, 2017, 11:04:58 am »

The garden is done for this year. Real tragedy for me was the tomatoes. Not one single fruit ripened outdoors. Several tried, but dried up and dropped first. I picked quite a few green ones, of all sizes, just before the first frost and some of them have "ripened" inside, but they don't have much flavor. Many are starting to shrivel and will likely be tossed out.  Once the last of them are gone, I won't have any chance at a ripe tomato for another ten months. But I've got lots of peppers in the freezer. :) I'll manage.

I think I know what I did wrong with the strawberries. These were all planted too deep in the tubs. Lots of flowers now, but I suspect they'll freeze before they can form fruit.

How did your gardens go this year?
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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #41 on: October 16, 2017, 07:02:36 am »

First frost hit us this morning.  Iowa's first average frost date is Oct 15th so only a day off!  So I imagine the garden is officially done.  Time to dig up the remaining carrots and retire the rest of the plants.

Overall our results from Garden - Year 1 were mixed.  Peppers and tomatoes did really well.  Carrots: only half germinated and then grew really slowly.  Peas we planted too late so we didn't get many.  Strawberries grew really well and I faithfully picked off buds so the plants could establish themselves. 

Looking forward to Garden - Year 2!
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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #42 on: October 16, 2017, 07:50:09 am »

Carrots: only half germinated and then grew really slowly.

Carrot seed deteriorates rapidly. Good germination only in the first year after purchase or saving. Always start with new seed.
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Strawberries grew really well and I faithfully picked off buds so the plants could establish themselves. 

You do not have to pick off buds on strawberries, even when newly planted. These are shallow rooted plants, and they grow very quickly when kept moist and well fed.  You will get the best fruit next year by saving the new plants that started this summer, and digging out the old ones. I keep track of that by using a twist tie to identify new plants I want to propagate. Young plants produce more fruit.
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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #43 on: October 16, 2017, 11:41:57 am »

Carrots: only half germinated and then grew really slowly.

Carrot seed deteriorates rapidly. Good germination only in the first year after purchase or saving. Always start with new seed.
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Strawberries grew really well and I faithfully picked off buds so the plants could establish themselves. 

You do not have to pick off buds on strawberries, even when newly planted. These are shallow rooted plants, and they grow very quickly when kept moist and well fed.  You will get the best fruit next year by saving the new plants that started this summer, and digging out the old ones. I keep track of that by using a twist tie to identify new plants I want to propagate. Young plants produce more fruit.

Good to know!
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Re: Gardening 2017
« Reply #44 on: October 16, 2017, 12:52:57 pm »

Oh, there are a number of other seeds that don't store well. Parsley and onions (all kinds, including chives)  are the same as carrots. Beet and chard seeds will have a lower germination rate too after a year or so, but each "seed" is actually a dry fruit with a great many very small seeds inside. (Which is why you don't want to plant these too deeply.) A lower germination rate of old seed here will likely result in less need to thin the young plants. :)
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