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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Puddleglum » Jun 07, 2018 7:14 pm

Thank you fantasia_kitty. I will give that sit a good look. So far the little critters have left the bush alone. Buying me some time, o false hope :-\
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Grandmama » Jun 15, 2018 8:47 am

johobbit wrote: Apparently the lady who lived here two owners ago (her dad built the house) had gorgeous perennial gardens, but the next owners (who we bought from), lovely young couple though they were, tore 95% of the gardens out.

WHAT were they thinking?????

I dislike summer with a great intensity, so am glad for something to distract me—gardening, which I quite revel in. B-)

I see we think alike. :)
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Grandmama » Jun 27, 2018 12:53 pm

I picked a green pepper from my garden yesterday. Made me happy. ;;)
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby johobbit » Jun 30, 2018 12:55 pm

Grandmama wrote:WHAT were they thinking?????

I know, eh? I still weep over what was, and is no more. Gradually we're building new gardens up, but I don't think I will ever get to what I have heard the first owner had.

I see we think alike. :)

Indeed. ;))

And yay for a freshly-picked green pepper, Grandmama! :D

We have nothing ready to be picked yet, but all are doing well in growth—burgeoning, as I said elsewhere: peppers, cucs, peas, carrots, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, parsley. ♥ I think I mentioned earlier this is our first year growing potatoes, and wow, are they doing well. We mounded them this morning, and are excited to see how the plants continue to flourish. We have had a very balanced amount of sun and rain in the past few weeks, which, of course, the gardens love!

The perennials are really filling in, and looking gorgeous, intermingled with annuals. Just planted a Phlox this morning. I have never had much success with these tall, vibrant plants, so tried a different location this time. We shall see ...

In this stifling heat wave, though, we shall be needing to water both floral and veggies tonight. Storms are to be moving in on Monday, so yay for rainfall!
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby stargazer » Jun 30, 2018 1:19 pm

The gardens (and everything else around here) certainly are green and lush! However, I know our gardeners have to water their plants in this heat, and should the weather remain hot and dry the picture will change very quickly.

It's hard to believe we're just hours from the start of July.
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Grandmama » Jul 03, 2018 9:36 am

Lots of weeding to do this week. However, it's another wet morning, so not today. At least I don't have to water anything today.

I have one tomato just starting to turn color. I'm looking forward to being able to pick and eat tomatoes from the garden. The ones from the store just aren't as good.
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby johobbit » Jul 03, 2018 9:56 am

Grandmama wrote:The ones from the store just aren't as good.

Very true. They almost taste wooden, especially in mid-winter. There is nothing like tomatoes picked fresh off your own plant! ♥

We are in the midst of an excessive heat wave (record-breaking, actually), and while we are receiving some rain every 3-4 days, because it is SO hot out, the gardens dry up very fast. Watering them all is a big job, but I still enjoy it, as it gives me a chance to look at every plant and see how each one is faring ... along with pulling weeds, of course. /:)

Our beans should be the first harvest ... maybe in a week or two. Tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots will be awhile yet. Peppers are coming along. Peas too.

Other years I have had beetles attack both my rose bushes, but no sign of them this year. Not that I'm complaining. ;))
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby coracle » Jul 03, 2018 1:49 pm

I am away from my garden. Other people have been taking care of it, and enjoying it, for over a year.
Currently I'm living in a house that has a back garden that we never sit in, and I miss being able to enjoy the summer evenings in it. We are having a very hot, dry summer here, and there is so much dry grass and dry bushes....
Everything I eat has been grown by someone else.
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby johobbit » Jul 04, 2018 5:11 pm

Sure glad you have others taking care of your gardens, coracle. Any chance of you sitting in the back garden where you are this summer?

I am pleased with so many of our plants—both flower and vegetable—but one in particular I have not used much in the past, so was unsure how it would grow—red Salvia. I put it as edging around the verge of one of our back gardens, and it is really quite gorgeous, as each plant has grown from a tiny thing to a lush, full-bodied, colourful plant. Although, I must admit it looks kind of Christmas-y, being a bright red and rich green. ;)) I think I will use these more next year.

We had an unexpected summer rain shower this evening, which was a lovely surprise, given that the day was very hot and dry. Storms expected tomorrow night will usher in more comfortable air, and give the gardens and fields the (hopefully) thorough drink they have been waiting for.
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Kalta79 » Jul 08, 2018 8:57 am

I hope we have rain today, it's kinda cloudy this morning. I am hoping for a good harvest this year from my plants, so I can share it. Especially if my watermelons produce. The fruit is supposed to be on average 30-50lbs a piece, and I love watermelon, but I have my limits :-)
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Grandmama » Jul 08, 2018 8:28 pm

Kalta79 wrote: The fruit is supposed to be on average 30-50lbs a piece

Wow! Those will be huge! I bought an 18.6 pound watermelon from the grocery store last week that I thought was quite big. (It broke the handle off of my reusable grocery bag :) )
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Kalta79 » Jul 09, 2018 8:48 am

Yeah I forgot to check the fruit size when I bought the seeds...oops :-)
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Grandmama » Jul 10, 2018 5:19 pm

Harvested green beans and blueberries this morning. And I have picked some ripe tomatoes. They aren't very big (about the size of a golf ball), but it's still exciting to find red tomatoes in the garden! :)
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Grandmama » Aug 09, 2018 7:15 am

We must all be too busy weeding or harvesting to post anything! ;)

I have a cherry tomato (Sun Gold) that is taking over my garden! Not a lot of ripe fruit yet, but the vines are going crazy. I have been picking ripe tomatoes from the Cloudy Day plants and have made fresh salsa twice, and BLT's several times. Yum, yum!

I planted Picklebush cucumbers and have been picking lots of those. I have a batch of "13 day" sweet pickles in the works and will start another batch soon.

How are everyone's gardens doing? Have you tried anything new this year?
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Kalta79 » Aug 09, 2018 9:46 pm

Well the wildlife, whether foreign or domestic, have destroyed my tomatoes and most of my sunflowers, and the weather has destroyed my cucumbers. My corn and watermelon seem to have stunted growth, the plants that is.
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Grandmama » Aug 16, 2018 9:13 am

Kalta79 wrote:Well the wildlife, whether foreign or domestic, have destroyed my tomatoes and most of my sunflowers, and the weather has destroyed my cucumbers.

That is so annoying! We have a fence that keeps rabbits out, but the deer can easily get over it, so there are some deer barriers in place inside the fence. However, short of having a roof over our garden, there doesn't seem to be any way to keep the squirrels out. Usually they don't do much damage, but when there's a dry spell, they like to chew on the tomatoes for moisture. If only they would just chew on one!
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