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07-22-2015 02:31 PM
Originally Posted by Rangers_mom View Post
Cucumber question:

Two years in a row my cucumbers have gone from being really healthy and producing a lot of cucumbers to brown and dying in a matter of weeks. Is this normal? Do cucumbers normally only produce fruit for a couple weeks and then die or is there another problem?
Do you have a photo you can post? It would be more easily identifiable depending on what they look like. Could be a # of things, but post one and I could probably give you an idea of whats going on My cukes go on producing until the frost hits. If you can also, what variety are you growing?
07-21-2015 10:05 AM
Rangers_mom Cucumber question:

Two years in a row my cucumbers have gone from being really healthy and producing a lot of cucumbers to brown and dying in a matter of weeks. Is this normal? Do cucumbers normally only produce fruit for a couple weeks and then die or is there another problem?
07-06-2015 09:40 AM
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06-24-2015 08:12 AM
jocoyn I think you have to gauge it. Normally I don't need one but with about 2 weeks of temps in the mid to high 90s and nightime lows in the mid 70s, some of the plants are getting a little stressed.....cucurbits wilting mid day for a bit, tomatoes dropping flowers and curling leaves. Some winter squash aborting baby fruit. The eggplants love it. The peppers are even dropping flowers but holding onto their current fruit. In a few days we are supposed to get back to normal with highs around 90. I am not sure it will buy me any more fruiting but think it will de-stress the plants some
06-24-2015 07:33 AM
Rangers_mom Wow. I need to read this thread more often. Lots of great advice for a novice like me.

I have a question about the sun shade? Do you think I need that in Philadelphia. I grew up in Buffalo so it was never an issue there but it can get really hot here. I never see other people using them here but that doesn't mean it wouldn't help.
06-24-2015 12:04 AM
Nikitta I'm a conservationist. I'm saving 1000s of plants lives by not planting them. ( Don't get me wrong. I LOVE garden grown vegetables.) I tried indoor plants. I got them a grow light. I gave them plant food. I played them music. They all died. I tried outdoor plants. The girl at the nursery, after I told her I can't keep that or that alive suggested a weed. LOL Fortunately my neighbor said I could raid his garden when they are producing. He will regret it. I PIG out on garden tomatoes in the summer. LOL
06-23-2015 11:39 PM
Juliem24 Never thought of Starbucks coffee grounds, thanks!
For the fish sludge (fertilizer), try any garden supply site, like wayside or the seed catalogs. Or just eat a lot of fish and grind up the leftovers with some water, water it in. I have to keep the dog away, though!
06-22-2015 11:55 AM
carmspack his worms will be up all night !

I have been getting coffee grounds from Starbucks for years . Good stuff for the soil.
06-22-2015 11:43 AM
jocoyn I would love to get fish sludge - we have no source up here not sure I want chicken stuff!

We have really been hit by the June heat wave - nice temps then WHAM 90s, high 90s at that. We are dropping blooms. Ordering 40% shade fabric while using the 75% I can score at Lowes. I don't have enough for everyone so I am moving it around. My husband did talk with the folks at Starbucks and it is easy to get grounds from them as they are required to recycle. So that is good for the compost heap (and his worms)
06-22-2015 01:12 AM
Juliem24 My beans are going nuts and the tomatoes look better than last year ( which isn't saying too much). The sunny golds have set fruit, brandy wine has flowers and looks vigorous, the old Germans are flowering, but not as vigorous. Lettuce and onions doing well. The weather has been just like last year, 60 and sunny then 85 and downpours. Never any long warm sunny days. Threw a bunch of seeds in for the grandboy; we call it the "surprise surprise" garden, Dukes, zinnias, marigolds, salvia, cilantro, dill sunflowers and nasturtium. I'm eating the lettuce which is under the tomatoes. Thanks to my grown son, I'm using compost dirt and fish "sludge". ( don't know how else to describe it). Hubby is a Vietnam Vet and he remembers chopped up fish in the rice paddies. Smells bad for a couple of days, though. We will see how it works.
Laid mulch, and thence the annual fight:I always extend the beds by an inch or two so it's not noticeable..except for this year I got caught red handed....good luck to all. Say your solstice prayers!
Just used the last of last years tomatoes in a pot roast. Didn't do beets this year though. They're pretty cheap in the grocery, so wth.
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