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05-17-2017 11:36 AM
NancyJ This year, our garden is taking the summer off and I am doing some rebuilding and irrigation construction. Coming up with frames for cold frames and netting etc. We still have a lot of food from last year to get through eating.

We really cut down our old stems on the elderberries though and have abundant new growth with TONS of flower heads forming. Will take a picture when they bloom.

The worm bin has offered us some tomato plants and squash /pumpkin vines, variety TBD or possibly a mix time will tell.
05-17-2017 11:28 AM
WIBackpacker Gardening season has finally arrived here.

This year's experiments will include "Heirloom Marriage" tomato varieties... the latest greatest thing, or so we're being told.

The one I'm most curious about is Cherokee Carbon (Cherokee Purple x Carbon).

I wasn't impressed with the grafted varieties I tried last year, and "Chocolate Sprinkles" tomato was a dud. Gritty tasting and not worth repeating.

My hardy Kiwi vine survived its second winter, which is exciting. After 5 unproductive years, taking up valuable space and yielding approximately 7 berries (but who's counting), I dug up my Goji berry plant and I'm done with that.

Happy Gardening, All!
07-14-2016 11:59 AM
carmspack well , you can't succeed if you don't try , try , try again.
Last year the chipmunks ate almost all of my good tomatoes.
They would take the fruit and take a few bites -- even had the audacity to leave them on the back steps .

The only tomato that they did not touch was an experimental light sucking black tomato that looked and felt like a billiard ball that was touted to be exceptionally high in anthocyanins . You could never tell when or if they were ripe. They hit a certain size , colour never changed and the hand feel remained firm , no softening.
They were okay in taste . Don't know if I ever had one at the right time.
Very abundant produce - but not interested in growing them again .
This was the only tomato fruit that the chipmunks did not even touch !

this year , black cherry tomatoes (2) , and one cherokee purple .
Peas are doing great.
Lettuce greens - chives , parsley , all the varieties of basil , rosemary, the potted mints (strawberry mint, and spearmint)
and the mint-gone-wild -- more than fine.

I did find one green herb that I had never heard of before . At the growers I read the tag , took a leave , and gave it a try.
What an experience . Potted up with Thai cinnamon basil - growing like wild fire --- just an amazing taste. Really interesting nutritional profile !

That plant would be "the Mushroom Plant" . Free herb information - MUSHROOM PLANT

First use of this was to take a few leaves and mince them with garden sourced parsley and chives and a tiny bit of the rosemary. Put into prepared mashed potatoes .
WOW what a beautiful earthy , truflly , mushroom taste . More discernable mushroom than if I had used mushrooms.

give it a try.

jocoyn what happened to your beans -- what is the rest of the story?
07-14-2016 09:50 AM
Rangers_mom Tomato question - how many hours of sun do they need and what happens if they don't get enough?

My situation:
We have a very shady yard but several years ago we had to remove a couple of trees and ended up with enough sun in one location to put in a small garden that has been quite productive in previous years. This year I noticed that the garden is getting much less sun. (Evidently several of the remaining trees have grown enough to block the sun) On sunny days, we currently get sun for about 4 hours, 9AM to 1PM. We have a fair number of tomatos on our plants but not quite as many as last year. My concern is that the tomatos are not rippening. Will a lack of sun prevent them from ripening or would it have prevented them from setting in the first place?
FYI - the lack of sun has not reduced our cucumber production nor has it prevented our abundance of blackberries from ripening so is that a sign that we are getting enough sun? Our peppers are struggling.
06-19-2016 07:19 PM
NancyJ We have a hill behind the house with azaleas and I am going to mulch that hill and part of the back yard.

I was born in Baltimore till about 12 and have family there and in Georgia but lived in Florida as a teen so accent is pretty much nonexistent. . Irony is that my great great great great great grandfather came from the Pendelton District of SC in what is now Walhalla and about an hours drive from me.
06-19-2016 06:01 PM
Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
I made a video tour of my garden. It does not include the 20 tomato plants, 6 peppers and 6 eggplants on the deck in containers but it is fun.
Wow! Beautiful garden! I didn't get a chance to watch the entire video so I am curious if you said where you were putting the wood chips as your garden was mulched with straw? Also, I couldn't help but notice that you do not have a South Carolina accent. Where are you originally from?
06-19-2016 05:51 PM
llombardo I don't have a veggie garden yet but maybe in a couple years. I'm re-doing the yard with a bigger pool and deck down the road, so I might put that in my design. I do have roses that I planted and they exploded this year. Someone told me a long time ago to pour a little beer on them, so I did. I have no clue how to take care of roses, but these things are growing super fast.

06-19-2016 02:47 PM
NancyJ I made a video tour of my garden. It does not include the 20 tomato plants, 6 peppers and 6 eggplants on the deck in containers but it is fun.

06-17-2016 09:19 AM
NancyJ What it will do is improve the quality of the tomatoes you produce by directing the plant's energy to them. Some people don't though>
06-17-2016 06:15 AM
Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
I assume you are talking about an indeterminate variety, right? I usually leave 2-3 leaders going from the base, then remove all other suckers. For determinates, I only thin leaves out as needed for good airflow.

My season is long enough I can actually root some of the suckers, get them going and start a 2nd crop.
Yes, they are indeterminant. So you are saying to really prune hard? Get rid of all suckers and in addition prune down to two or three "branches"? So according to you removing all the leaders is not going to reduce production?

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