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Nancy in Pátzcuaro

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1 hour ago, dcarch said:

Starting Chayote squashes.

 

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This is very interesting.

Have you grown them before?

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29 minutes ago, DiggingDogFarm said:

 

This is very interesting.

Have you grown them before?

Yes, every year.

 

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1 minute ago, gfweb said:

They look like buttocks

We all have our fetishes. :-)

 

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They always make me think of the puppet Lambchop. (You know, Lambchop and Charlie Horse? Shari Lewis? I might be dating myself here.)

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3 minutes ago, cakewalk said:

They always make me think of the puppet Lambchop. (You know, Lambchop and Charlie Horse? Shari Lewis? I might be dating myself here.)

 Indeed you are.

As a little kid I was embarrassed by Shari Lewis. Sooooooo lame. Change channel...try to find The Stooges or at least a Warner Bros cartoon.

Which, come to think of it, would be a step up for a lot of shows today.


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8 hours ago, dcarch said:

Starting Chayote squashes.

 

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I am interested too. Is it the camera angle, or do the the fruits seem to be planted at different orientations in the two containers. Does which side is up not matter?

 

(Aside: I saw Shari and Lambchop live somewhere in or near San Diego as a wee one, and was similarly unimpressed, in fact I think I had a little crying jag. She was quite the phenomenon at the time, though. There was also a member on here that used the blossom end of a chayote with a cute face drawn on as an avatar, I thought it was @SethG.)

 

Edit: I actually know how to spell ... sometimes.


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2 hours ago, Thanks for the Crepes said:

 

I am interested too. Is it the camera angle, or do the the fruits seem to be planted at different orientations in the two containers. Does which side is up not matter?

 

Good question. This is how I have been doing it:

 

1. The cracked end up. This is the end the sprouting and rooting happens.

2. You can't tell whether it's the right side or the left side of the crack where the root and sprout come out, so I plant the fruit vertical.

3. Once I can see which side the roots come out, then I plant them sideways.

 

And by the way, chayote squash is worth planting because you can eat the fruits as well as the leaves. You can get up to 150 fruits per plant.

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10 hours ago, cakewalk said:

They always make me think of the puppet Lambchop. (You know, Lambchop and Charlie Horse? Shari Lewis? I might be dating myself here.)

 

I LOVED Miss Shari and Lambchop!

 

10 hours ago, gfweb said:

 Indeed you are.

As a little kid I was embarrassed by Shari Lewis. Sooooooo lame. Change channel...try to find The Stooges or at least a Warner Bros cartoon.

Which, come to think of it, would be a step up for a lot of shows today.

 

 

Oh, come on. Lambchop and Charlie Horse were cool. As were the Stooges. And perhaps my all-time fave, "Car 54, Where Are You?"

 

Back on-topic -- has anyone used this tray for seed germinating? It appears to be reasonably priced and fairly convenient.

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1 hour ago, kayb said:

 

I LOVED Miss Shari and Lambchop!

 

 

Oh, come on. Lambchop and Charlie Horse were cool. As were the Stooges. And perhaps my all-time fave, "Car 54, Where Are You?"

 

Back on-topic -- has anyone used this tray for seed germinating? It appears to be reasonably priced and fairly convenient.

 

Good tray. The small soil volume makes over and under watering easy to do. But if one is careful its great.

 

Liking Shari Lewis may have been  gender-related.  None of my little buddies could stand her.

 

 

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I've grown artichokes from purchased plants before but this year I decided to try starting them from seeds. The variety is Emerald from Territorial Seeds. I could have done with a bit less help.

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Wow , Mom !  i like this new SandBox mix you've gotten me to try out.  Very Earthy !

 

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2 hours ago, ElainaA said:

I've grown artichokes from purchased plants before but this year I decided to try starting them from seeds. The variety is Emerald from Territorial Seeds. I could have done with a bit less help.

 

Could I ask your experience with the plants?  I tried three artichoke plants last year.  I had beautiful foliage and nothing that looked at all like an artichoke nor even a flower stalk.  I assume your growing season is shorter than mine in NJ?

 

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49 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

Could I ask your experience with the plants?  I tried three artichoke plants last year.  I had beautiful foliage and nothing that looked at all like an artichoke nor even a flower stalk.  I assume your growing season is shorter than mine in NJ?

 

I've had very mixed experience. About every other year I get lots of small artichokes - then the next year I may get none. I gave up on them for awhile but last year we put up a hoop house. I'm going to try putting a couple of plants in there as I have always suspected that it is our short growing season that is the problem. We are in hardiness zone 5b. I don't know where you are in NJ but NJ ranges from 6a in the north  to 7b in the south. 

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3 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

Could I ask your experience with the plants?  I tried three artichoke plants last year.  I had beautiful foliage and nothing that looked at all like an artichoke nor even a flower stalk.  I assume your growing season is shorter than mine in NJ?

 

They're biennial when grown from seed, so if your grower had started them indoors last year you won't see any buds until this year. 

 

God help me, if I'm ever in a place where I can garden for more than one year at a time I'll try some again. 

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I expect my artichokes will be dead come spring but if they manage to throw out a few green leaves I shall give them another chance.

 

I'm slightly north of the middle of the state, Somerset County.

 

 

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Got a notice from Pinetree Garden Seeds my order has shipped. Got to get it in gear to get the garden plots prepped so they can be simmering along pending planting time. I'll be starting seeds indoors about March 1 or so.

 

 

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2 hours ago, chromedome said:

They're biennial when grown from seed, so if your grower had started them indoors last year you won't see any buds until this year. 

 

God help me, if I'm ever in a place where I can garden for more than one year at a time I'll try some again. 

All the seed catalogs and websites list artichokes as either annuals (in zone 6 or lower) or perennials (in zone 7 or higher.)

Here is what Territorial says about the variety I am growing:
Thornless, meaty and astoundingly productive, Emerald has everything an artichoke lover could ask for and more. At our trial farm each plant produced about a dozen flowers the first year from seed. 

 

Many varieties have been developed for annual fruit production. All the varieties offered by Johnny's, Territorial and Pinetree will (or at least, are bred to) produce the first year from seed.

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Very good. Our zones are a bit different up here...I believe most of New Brunswick would be a 3 or 4 by US reckoning. Still, it might be worth a try. It's been a good 15, maybe 20 years since I last looked into it. 

 

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I got lucky and one of my chokes threw a bunch of pups. Hope I get some more.

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Spaceship garden 2.0 is starting to come together:

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This is the new garden controller with real time clock, temp and humidity sensor, and CO2 sensor to control CO2 enrichment.

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Arduino?

 

With the sensors, now you need the controllers  and generators.

 

dcarch


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Yes, Arduino...  I have everything else on order...  My tent is supposed to arrive on Tuesday, as will by Big Honkin' Light....  The first experiment will be to see how much the temp inside the tent increases due to the light.  I have already calculated the BTU load, but I don't know how well insulated the tent is.  But I am prepared to add an air conditioner which will both lower the humidity and keep the temp where I want.  I have my CO2 tank at work - I'll have it filled at a local welding supply shop next week.  I also already have the regulator and solenoid valve.  Once I have the environmental controls set up and working, I'll add the reservoir pH and EC (fertilizer concentration) sensors, as well as the acid/base dispensing peristaltic pumps...

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