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Yesterday 10:23 AM
jocoyn We do have a long season for sure. I have had two crops of butternuts. ...... working on the 2nd of watermelons but not sure I will get any in time. The cantaloupes are going ganbusters though! Finally. I have a second crop of zukes where the females are just getting ready to bloom. But mainly I am getting in my fall stuff. My first attempt at lettuce still bolted but I plan to plant again this weekend. Lots of tomatoes to ripen as well, of course that will go until Frost.
Yesterday 09:43 AM
Pawsed The heat there is certainly an issue with keeping things. But it also makes for a much longer growing season than we have here.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my one hill of little watermelons will ripen before they are killed off. I normally don't even attempt those, but someone gave me some seeds, so I thought I would try one more time. This may be the last.
Yesterday 09:09 AM
jocoyn Being in SC - inside is better until about November and we are talking 75F low humidity . They were ready to pick earlier than I would like. Maybe next year I will plant them later.
Yesterday 08:35 AM
Pawsed We put ours in heavy boxes (banana boxes) in the attached garage. It doesn't freeze there but stays pretty cool, 40's mostly, so they last well into the next year. I think the ones from last year made it into March. We lost maybe 3, but had plenty more. We do cure them for a few days after picking them.

I may dip these in a bleach solution like I've read online, to see if that makes any difference, but we've had pretty good luck just cleaning them off and packing them up.
Yesterday 08:26 AM
jocoyn I have a mess of butternuts and am not sure whether to cook/freeze or just store in my home as I don't have a root cellar. I do have a walk out basement (on a hill so it is kind of but not really a basement)
Yesterday 08:20 AM
Pawsed Thanks, Girl, for the heads up on seedsnow. I'll definitely check that out.

Cherokees are our favorite eating tomato. Those and Brandywines. I think I'll always plant those two varieties. There are a couple of Cherokees still out there that I'm hoping will ripen, but that will probably be it for the season. If they don't turn, they are great cooked green.

Seeds from any of the heirlooms can be saved, to plant year after year. A lot of my garden this year is from seeds I saved, including the Cherokees and Brandywines. I swear the saved seeds produced better than the original ones, larger tomatoes for sure.

Even the butternuts seem larger than in years past, and those were saved seeds as well. I picked the first few butternuts a couple of days ago. Maybe it's just been a good summer for the garden, and it has been very productive.

Now we are making raspberry jam every few days. We were given some canes a couple of years ago and now we have enough berries for jam. The dogs like to help out by picking and eating their own. Our few little apple trees are almost ready to pick, too.
Yesterday 05:46 AM
jocoyn Did not see it at that site but that looks like a great way to sample seeds -- I have bought larger quantities and find they can go a few years if stored properly

Here is the Old German - I have bought a good bit here because they id varieties targeted for growing in the SE US which is where I live.

Old German TOMATO 0.16 g [49131] - $2.50 : Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Saving the Past for the Future

I am still looking for the ultimate sauce tomato. The Romas have been EXTREMELY profilic but they are so so on flavor to me. I am looking for similar productivity and better flavor for sauce. When I put in my Cherokee Purple for eating this year, I was disappointed but then it took off and - oh my goodness - what a great tomato for eating. Many tomato and clover sprout sammiches this summer.
Yesterday 12:22 AM
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So wanted to share how happy I was with seedsnow.com today. They have non gmo heirloom seeds you can get a 99 cent sampler pack in. Such a great deal because I got about 15 bonnie red tomatoes, 25 pepperoncini, and 30 california wonder bell peppers. Then bonus they gave me a seed starter bonus packet of about 20 tom thumb lettuce seeds with a little disk of dirt plus three $5 off a $30 order coupons. Can't wait to try them but definitely trying again. Paid $4.97 and that included shipping. Great way to try a new variety without committing to a larger quantity...
Thank you for the link! I tried an heirloom named "old German", it was a sweet yellow with pink stripes, it was the best thing I've eaten in years. If seedsnow has it, I totally recommend it.
09-18-2014 10:23 PM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics So wanted to share how happy I was with seedsnow.com today. They have non gmo heirloom seeds you can get a 99 cent sampler pack in. Such a great deal because I got about 15 bonnie red tomatoes, 25 pepperoncini, and 30 california wonder bell peppers. Then bonus they gave me a seed starter bonus packet of about 20 tom thumb lettuce seeds with a little disk of dirt plus three $5 off a $30 order coupons. Can't wait to try them but definitely trying again. Paid $4.97 and that included shipping. Great way to try a new variety without committing to a larger quantity...
09-11-2014 02:07 PM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom Thanks! Ill try to bring in one or two of our pepper plants. I dont have anywhere in the hose that gets alot of sun. and Our florida room is pretty warm but no direct sunlight in the winter. Ill have to look at my tomatoes and see if I can bring them in with using some grow lights.
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