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Nancy in Pátzcuaro

Gardening: (2016 - 2017)

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2 hours ago, Shelby said:

Have the temps been into the 100's over there?  High temps make them stop ripening.  They like heat....but not too hot for long periods of time.  It makes them stop producing the chemical that helps them ripen--I forget what they are called. 

 

No. We're getting into the low, mid-90s daily, but haven't hit three digits. Yet.


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Well, I did a boo-boo.  In my haste to get the garden planted, I neglected to diagram the garden. I even failed to label the rows.  So, while I was out pulling weeds today, I came to the conclusion that in about 8 weeks- I will be able to figure out what I planted where.  

 

The potatoes, beans, peas and beets are obvious.   Its the brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, chard and rutabaga that I am clueless about.  To top it off, hubby and the kids tossed all the old squashies from the root cellar out into the garden. The chickens and turkeys ate plenty, but some seeds appear to have planted themselves. Now, I have absolutely no idea what is growing all over the south west corner of the garden.  Its maddening. No clue what I need to plant elsewhere.   Grrrr.  

 

I rototilled today, and will plant the carrot varieties tomorrow morning.  Also need to get more of my tomato seedlings planted- because all eight of my tomato plants died.  There were 4 Belarus, and 4 of the 50 day BuckBee.   I am totally bummed about that.  Tomorrow is our last warm day for awhile.  Wednesday, we are forecasted to get 3/4" rain with a high of 59F.  So much for "summer". =(

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6 hours ago, Toliver said:

Not related to the current tomato question up for discussion, but intriguing nonetheless:

"Tomatoes can turn plant-eaters into cannibals, study shows"

 

I had previously heard about the chemical release warning neighboring plants. But the cannibalism angle was new to me.

 

Any word on getting blueberry plants to eat birds?

 

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Posted (edited)

@Shelby 

 

re lettuce bolting 

 

when I had a garden I grew many varieties of bibb and other thiings

 

never bolted w shade clolth

 

get 50 %

 

I got black as that was all they had in the previous century

 

white might be better

 

easy to ' hang ' from a few posts about 3 - 4ft high

 

http://www.gemplers.com/shade-cloth

 

best stuff ever.

 

never bolted all summer long

 

also consider  Remay woven cloth for covering beds in very early spring and fall

 

you will get 2 more months of lettuce and etc.

 


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1 minute ago, rotuts said:

@Shelby 

 

re lettuce bolting 

 

when I had a garden I grew many varieties of bibb and other thiings

 

never bolted w shade clolth

 

get 50 %

 

I got black as that was all they had in the previous century

 

white might be better

 

easy to ' hang ' from a few posts about 3 - 4ft high

 

http://www.gemplers.com/shade-cloth

 

best stuff ever.

 

never bolted all summer long

 

also consider  Remay woven cloth for covering beds in very early spring and fall

 

you will get 2 more months of lettuce and etc.

 

 

Interesting.  Thank you!  I will have to look into this for next year.

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They sometimes use shade cloth when growing lettuce in greenhouses too.  Very effective - lettuce doesn't need or like full sun.

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Lettuce and everything else  grows under the Reeay , its very light and you use it for many years.

 

it also helps  warm the earth after your first tilling , which might be when there is still a little snow on the ground

 

I used 4 ml black plastic after the till and reemay on top of that.

 

as soon as I could.

 

warms the soil nicely and w no extra work.

 

I miss my garden terribly.

 

I had a large yellow Lab and two seasoned ' hunting ' cats

 

no bunnies , no woodchucks ever !

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here are three pics scanned at the same time :

 

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top : Reemay

 

then shade cloth

 

then my fine gardening tools

 

cheers !

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Plenty of cherry tomatoes this year.

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And figs are just starting.

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Today's haul.  The gardener thinks bigger is better so he lets a lot of squash get over large.  The extra large one pictured with the basil was a complete oversight.  I also have 3 large zip locks full of frozen yellow cherry tomatos which ripened while I was on vacation.  Making the roasted tomato sauce today.  Also some fennel fronds with pollen which I'm going to try to harvest.

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I planted 5 yu choi seeds in a rockwool cube and put in my diy cloner on Sunday afternoon... Check this out!!!

 

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This is the yu choi 7 days after planting - just about to set true leaves. There were 5 plants but I plucked 2 - I usually set 3 plants in one cube; 5 would be too many and would shadow each other.

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