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Instead of my normal grocery bag for picking I used a plate tonight, so I wouldn't squash all the little things.  It looks cute and delicious.   I ate half the cherry tomatoes already.

Although my flowers didn't grow as much this year I still have some and picked these tonight!  

Ooooh, for the first time ever I have neither pets nor small children, so I can have foxgloves. They’re bigger than me! I tried to grow castor beans but they didn’t germinate. ☹️

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I got a garden gate put in!!  I tried to use up things I had around the house; I only had to buy the post holder.  So some chicken wire, 6 fence pickets, random screws and hinges, an old caster, and a 4x4” left over from my yard dice and I finally have a decent, working gate!!  (This is important because all the tools for the yard like the huge lawnmower are stored in the shed beyond the gate.  What we had before pretty much required disassembling every single time).

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8 minutes ago, WendyAndMilo said:

I got a garden gate put in!!  I tried to use up things I had around the house; I only had to buy the post holder.  So some chicken wire, 6 fence pickets, random screws and hinges, an old caster, and a 4x4” left over from my yard dice and I finally have a decent, working gate!!  (This is important because all the tools for the yard like the huge lawnmower are stored in the shed beyond the gate.  What we had before pretty much required disassembling every single time).

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I should have hired you!.  I've been struggling with how to get a gate without breaking the bank (or having to dig holes and fill with concrete).  I finally settled for a flimsy pound in thing.  It doesn't latch/swing easily but I did get some serious satisfaction watching one of the rabbits, who insist that my yard is it's permanent home despite there being many other yards to at least visit, hop along the fence and gate, not find a way in, hop across my driveway, encounter the gate/fence on the other side of my yard and then hop the 100+ feet along the side of my yard and still not get in.  I'll happily live with a cruddy latch if it means the stupid rabbits stay out of my yard and away from my veggies. BUt your gate looks really nice.  I love the castor wheel on it!

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Okay it’s been about a month since I planted my first ever vegetable garden (instead of just letting my oldest go nuts with seeds without actually understanding or supervising what she was doing).

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The only in ground plant, the pumpkin, is going nuts.  It sprouted an enough new vine and both have tons of flowers along them just waiting to bloom.  I’m so excited!

The herbs are doing amazingly too, even with heavy pruning for use every day or two.

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Cucumber and zucchini are flowering, looks like just males at the moment though.

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And my tomatoes are all flowering too, though no fruit yet.  The Early Girls are way further along than the yellow and red cherry tomatoes though.

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And the eggplant had all the damaged leaves pruned off and hasn’t sprouted too many new ones, but the color is good and there are two flowers on it already, so it must not be too miserable?

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Excuse the slight blurriness of the photos, I think my lens was all smudged with fingerprints 🤨

 

One interesting thing - the purple bell pepper has a maturing flower and the poblano and green peppers are all happy in terms of foliage, but VERY slow to grow more or fruit.  I wonder why?  No maladies I can see, just not speedy plants.

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44 minutes ago, Arctic Mama said:

Okay it’s been about a month since I planted my first ever vegetable garden (instead of just letting my oldest go nuts with seeds without actually understanding or supervising what she was doing).

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The only in ground plant, the pumpkin, is going nuts.  It sprouted an enough new vine and both have tons of flowers along them just waiting to bloom.  I’m so excited!

The herbs are doing amazingly too, even with heavy pruning for use every day or two.

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Cucumber and zucchini are flowering, looks like just males at the moment though.

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And my tomatoes are all flowering too, though no fruit yet.  The Early Girls are way further along than the yellow and red cherry tomatoes though.

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And the eggplant had all the damaged leaves pruned off and hasn’t sprouted too many new ones, but the color is good and there are two flowers on it already, so it must not be too miserable?

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Excuse the slight blurriness of the photos, I think my lens was all smudged with fingerprints 🤨

 

One interesting thing - the purple bell pepper has a maturing flower and the poblano and green peppers are all happy in terms of foliage, but VERY slow to grow more or fruit.  I wonder why?  No maladies I can see, just not speedy plants.

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It’s beautiful and magical! Are you completely addicted? Peppers take FOREVER in cooler climates. It’s not you. They’re heat sluts. 

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That makes me feel better, and I am TOTALLY addicted.  Not killing them feels fantastic, and I may or may not have placed a huge Baker seed order 😌

You’re making me feel better about the pepper, especially as we get into our hotter time of the year over the next month or two.  But yeah, having everyone happy, healthy, and fairly pest free has been AMAZING!

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On 6/18/2020 at 10:41 PM, Quarter Note said:

Whatever the critter is, it's not even eating the plants.  It's just digging them up. 

I'll definitely look into Repel All.  That just seems like the easiest thing to do for this year.  Many thanks!

Do you have armadillos? They dig up stuff looking for grubs.

Or a rotten cat? I caught mine digging up all the dianthus I planted. She wasn’t looking for a place to poop, she just was just having a blast ripping up freshly planted flowers.

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20 minutes ago, Arctic Mama said:

That makes me feel better, and I am TOTALLY addicted.  Not killing them feels fantastic, and I may or may not have placed a huge Baker seed order 😌

You’re making me feel better about the pepper, especially as we get into our hotter time of the year over the next month or two.  But yeah, having everyone happy, healthy, and fairly pest free has been AMAZING!

 We grew the best peppers in TX, the ideal place for heat sluts, lol. Here, not so much.   So I planted them in large, plastic coffee cans and put them in a large wagon. I push it around to the sunny spots during the day. It’s not the cutesy garden vibe, but they’ve already got peppers. 

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1 minute ago, Dotwithaperiod said:

 We grew the best peppers in TX, the ideal place for heat sluts, lol. Here, not so much.   So I planted them in large, plastic coffee cans and put them in a large wagon. I push it around to the sunny spots during the day. It’s not the cutesy garden vibe, but they’ve already got peppers. 

Yeah these are south facing so they’re getting the sun, and the roots should be warm, but it’s not as warm as a smaller container.  Next year I’ll consider that, since I do have some smaller, warmer pots I can try. Or even potentially putting them in cut off diet soda bottles that could act like a little greenhouse.... hmmmm.

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On 6/19/2020 at 4:03 PM, Arctic Mama said:

I’m way over the top proud of myself for one stupid strawberry 🤩

My husband’s strawberry plant 😂 It grew a lot better after I use parchment paper as a temporary ground cover. 

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The tomatoes on our deck are growing like crazy and have tons of blossoms. I’m happy with how well they’re doing, despite the cold temps we had for much of the spring. The pots are 25 gallon, so lots of room for roots to spread out.

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4 hours ago, Arctic Mama said:

Okay it’s been about a month since I planted my first ever vegetable garden (instead of just letting my oldest go nuts with seeds without actually understanding or supervising what she was doing).

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The only in ground plant, the pumpkin, is going nuts.  It sprouted an enough new vine and both have tons of flowers along them just waiting to bloom.  I’m so excited!

The herbs are doing amazingly too, even with heavy pruning for use every day or two.

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Cucumber and zucchini are flowering, looks like just males at the moment though.

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And my tomatoes are all flowering too, though no fruit yet.  The Early Girls are way further along than the yellow and red cherry tomatoes though.

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And the eggplant had all the damaged leaves pruned off and hasn’t sprouted too many new ones, but the color is good and there are two flowers on it already, so it must not be too miserable?

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Excuse the slight blurriness of the photos, I think my lens was all smudged with fingerprints 🤨

 

One interesting thing - the purple bell pepper has a maturing flower and the poblano and green peppers are all happy in terms of foliage, but VERY slow to grow more or fruit.  I wonder why?  No maladies I can see, just not speedy plants.

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OMG!  Everything looks so good!

My pumpkin is going crazy too, I am thinking I didn't give it enough space lol.  

 

I might ship some of my jalapenos over to you when they are ready.  I am only growing the jalapenos to make salsa, and I am going to have a whole bunch available in a short amount of time here, but no ready toms yet.  I will freeze some of them, but I think I am going to end up with more jalapenos than I can use lol.  

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So DD took the tape measure out to measure her pumpkin plant leaves-  some leaves are 15 inches across.  She is hoping one will be the giant pumpkin she has been trying to grow. And she counted how many pumpkin plants we have now-75.  If all survive, she could make a nice penny selling some. 

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My tomatoes are all doing pretty well, but if I repeat this experiment next year, I might get bigger pots.  I'm impressed by your 25 gallon pots.  My five gallon ones do look a bit cramped.  My jaunne flamme has 10 baby tomatoes; my mystery plant has a slew of baby/ growing tomatoes.  My cherokee purple has a couple little tomatoes.  Brandywine has one or two baby tomatoes.  The pineapple pig is the only one that just has blossoms now, and internet says it's a late bloomer.  My mint and catnip are trying to take over the world.  

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Ok, trying to add some more pic

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This is one of my jalapenos.  I have about 6 more on this plant looking just like this.  

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This tangled mess of leaves is 1 pumpkin, 2 zukes and 2 cukes.  I think perhaps I didn't give it enough space lol

 

 

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And just because I happened to find it on my phone and have referenced it before in this thread...

 

This is the tangled mass of tomato plants I had last year.  These were in the bed I have my herbs in this year.  And I didn't cage them or tie them up or anything.  As you can see, they just spilled over across the whole sidewalk in front of the house.  And this is why I have volunteer tomatoes all over lol.

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Lettuce in the big pots out in the sun are about done for the season.  The ones in the shade, I can make go longer.  So now to replant extra peppers in those pots. The blueberries are doing well and will be ready to harvest soon.  

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I swear I'll get pictures eventually.  I never have my phone because my kids take it over during the day to talk to cousins and then they forget to charge it.

My stuff is growing well.  getting tomatoes and peppers growing.  kale and carrots are looking good.  cucumbers and squash have tons of flowers all over them, haven't checked to see if they are both male and female (they better be.)  I do have one mystery plant that ds and I can't remember what it is.  It looks like some sort of squash but it doesn't spread out or grow feelers so a trellis isn't needed.  Time will tell.  Basil is doing well too.  

Got a late start on beans, pumpkin, and melons so we'll see what those end up doing. 

This week will be spent on weeding and pest control.  I've found caterpillars eating the squash and squash bugs but not many so hopefully I can get it under control easily.  I've gotten the aphids under control and now there are a few ladybugs in the garden so that is great.

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Meant to post this last night and forgot - I was given two peace lilies from Grant’s funeral and one was really struggling, like yellowing leaves and dropping every two days lately, etc. I got the impression they were rootbound in the current pits and swapped out the little 6 inch pots for 12 inch, and the soil volume quadrupled.  
 

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Ahem.  Yes doctor, I do believe we have found the patient’s ailment. 
 

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I forgot to get an after, but they fit the bigger pots MUCH better.

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Just now, happysmileylady said:

I hope those lillies are much happier now.  I can see why they were so unhappy.  

Yeah!  I couldn’t even tease the roots free very well.  They were locked in.  But time in a roomier pot should certainly help.  It also makes sense as to why the poor thing couldn’t retain water.  No soil space to absorb anything!

Interestingly the other peace lily was also rootbound, but never suffered the yellowing leaves and drooping  issue. Same size plant, same size pot, less problems.  It was strange!  But both got upgrades, regardless.

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3 minutes ago, Arctic Mama said:

Yeah!  I couldn’t even tease the roots free very well.  They were locked in.  But time in a roomier pot should certainly help.  It also makes sense as to why the poor thing couldn’t retain water.  No soil space to absorb anything!

Interestingly the other peace lily was also rootbound, but never suffered the yellowing leaves and drooping  issue. Same size plant, same size pot, less problems.  It was strange!  But both got upgrades, regardless.

Probably some plants have better immune systems than others.  

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1 hour ago, Arctic Mama said:

Yeah!  I couldn’t even tease the roots free very well.  They were locked in.  But time in a roomier pot should certainly help.  It also makes sense as to why the poor thing couldn’t retain water.  No soil space to absorb anything!

Interestingly the other peace lily was also rootbound, but never suffered the yellowing leaves and drooping  issue. Same size plant, same size pot, less problems.  It was strange!  But both got upgrades, regardless.

If you ever take up the task of untangling the rootball next time, soak it in a bucket of water for 10 minutes and then hose down the dirt. This makes the roots come loose.

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Just now, mathnerd said:

If you ever take up the task of untangling the rootball next time, soak it in a bucket of water for 10 minutes and then hose down the dirt. This makes the roots come loose.

That’s a great idea, thanks for the tip!

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I got behind on weeding 😨

 

This is my lettuces bed— and it does have lettuces ... somewhere under there.

 

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23 minutes ago, KungFuPanda said:

Also, don’t be afraid to cut into the roots a little to free them up. It won’t hurt them and stimulates growth. 

Well some got cut while I was trying to loosen it, but I stopped because I didn’t want to break any more.  It’s good to know it won’t harm them in the long run!  They’re pretty robust.

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The hard part is all the hurry up and wait.  I have peppers growing on the pepper plants, toms growing on the tomato plants, there are some baby cucumbers and some baby zukes, but nothing ready to harvest yet.  

 

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We got our first few ripe cherry tomatoes today! We've also had several zucchini, some cilantro, basil, and grapes. I should have an overabundance of tomatoes pretty soon. DH stuck some pumpkin and watermelon seeds around the yard and they are starting to produce. 

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I enjoyed the variety of items in your "still life with tomato" arrangement... I think the monolith has inspired you... 😉😂

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2 hours ago, Terabith said:

First mystery tomato.  It had a worm or a fungus or something in part.  Bottom half was fine. Tasty but not amazing.  

 

You know the cracking isn't due to fungus or worm, right?

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5 minutes ago, WendyAndMilo said:

You know the cracking isn't due to fungus or worm, right?

Nope.  I know literally nothing about tomatoes.  These are literally the first things I've ever grown.  My husband said he thought it was a worm, but a facebook friend said it was like tomato stretch marks.  They were pretty deep and gross though. 

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1 minute ago, Terabith said:

Nope.  I know literally nothing about tomatoes.  These are literally the first things I've ever grown.  My husband said he thought it was a worm, but a facebook friend said it was like tomato stretch marks.  They were pretty deep and gross though. 

https://pender.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/03/what-causes-tomatoes-to-crack/

It probably tasted bad because it had already started to rot.  

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2 minutes ago, WendyAndMilo said:

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It probably tasted bad because it had already started to rot.  

Well, I cut off the top part with the big deep cracks.  The bottom part tasted fine.  Not like, "Oh my God, best tomato ever," but better than average store bought tomato.  My husband didn't think it was actually quite ripe yet, but it was red and the crack had definitely deepened and grown since yesterday, so I called it ripe enough.  

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1 minute ago, Terabith said:

Well, I cut off the top part with the big deep cracks.  The bottom part tasted fine.  Not like, "Oh my God, best tomato ever," but better than average store bought tomato.  My husband didn't think it was actually quite ripe yet, but it was red and the crack had definitely deepened and grown since yesterday, so I called it ripe enough.  

The cracked ones never taste quite right unless you can catch them when the crack is super small.

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On 6/22/2020 at 1:18 PM, Dotwithaperiod said:

Do you have armadillos? They dig up stuff looking for grubs.

Or a rotten cat? I caught mine digging up all the dianthus I planted. She wasn’t looking for a place to poop, she just was just having a blast ripping up freshly planted flowers.

(Sorry it took me so long to reply!)

No chance of armadillos where we live.  I think we've narrowed it down to a squirrel or raccoon - but you're right, it could be a cat!

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Well, we had a catastrophic breach in the defenses here.  Wasn't sure what it was, but first pass it ate all my curly kale and half my red cabbages.  I thought maybe something (woodchuck? deer?) had managed to scale or jump the fence, so we put added deer netting, which makes it hard for them to jump, and is floppy at the top and hard to climb over.  A couple of days later the rest of my cabbages were gone. (I have three plants of a different kind of kale that wasn't touched... picky animals).  Dh found the breach - it was, in fact, still just bunnies.  They had chewed through the netting, and apparently even thought I bought "rabbit fencing", the people making this overestimated the size of bunnies.  For extra confirmation, I walked out a few days ago, and there was a brazen bunny *inside the fence*.  I went in with the (leashed, tiny) dog to scare the bejeezus out of it, and it beelined for a hole it had chewed and easily jumped through it in one go.  How it could even know which place had an already chewed netting hole, I have no idea.  I have to peer closely and slowly to find them.  Anyway, 'rabbit fencing' is apparently a complete misnomer.

So, we bought chicken wire and have now encased the whole shebang in chicken wire as well.  It's now a three-layer fence.  Most expensive veggies ever.   But hopefully now I can grow things for us, rather than the rabbits...

I am lamely still watering the remains of the kale and cabbage in the hopes that somehow it re-grows.  Most of the kale and lettuce the bunnies ate right at the beginning of the season (pre 'rabbit' fence) did bounce back.  This time they didn't bother the lettuces.   Most of the cabbages still have their inner leaves, it was the big outer leaves that got eaten, so I'm thinking they might still be able to form heads????

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We are having a bunny problem too and I have seen the pirate in the neighbors yard.  I'm not sure what our next step will be, but the little hopper has to be stopped.  Our gate doesn't have animal mesh, so we may have to change that.

I'm having trouble with my flowers this year.  I replanted and only half of them have sprouted.  I'm going to replant more seeds today.  I really love having bunches of flowers to cut and use in my house and give to friends and family.  Grrrr.

Our cukes are coming in like crazy now and the tomatoes are starting to ripen.  

 

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