I picked a little handfull of salad greens today and left over for DIL to eat. I can't eat. I drive down to garden and weeded it. Corn okay as had weeded and tilled. Green beans pretty good and the greens weedy bad. Hard to tell what is what. Garden still wet from rain. Needed no water. tomatoes from home garden I moved down there are not going to make it it looks . Home garden too far gone. Zuccs up in the C garden and cukes. B/P too low to weed more, I can weed in the C garden they grow to sell. I am feeling it. Normal as does this. Goes down under a 100.
Post by mightyspuds on Jul 26, 2012 10:33:46 GMT -8
NEXT year we will go crazy with the tomatoes,finally got a crop growing with the right amt of fert,and planted at the right time with the right sized plants,going to really produce this year.Cant seem to get much else to grow but the berries and grape experiments seem to be promising.I have one blackberry must be 7 years old,took that long to set itself,now its finally getting large and producing,albeit small fruits,very tasty and a fair amt.
Took forever but it gets no attention either,its on its own and making it,thats nice. I want some self sustaining plants here.Thats why I left this plant alone,berries grow wild here,and thats what I want.
Post by mommajeane on Jul 27, 2012 16:10:57 GMT -8
I really don't have much of a garden this year. I didn't have a tiller, so I just planted things here and there in the flower gardens. Some tomatoes, 2 egg plant 2 cucumbers, 3 brussel sprouts, a zuchinni and 5 cabbages. Some I am growing in large flower pots and so far they look good. I have some pepper plants too. I gave my ducks to Lizzy. They were making me really upset. They ate all the bottom leaves and tomatoes off my plants and just left the stems. There is some of the plants left where they couldn't reach, but gerrrrr, they had looked so pretty. Then they thought it was fun to come up on the porch, and with the kids leaving the door open all the time, they ventured into the house sampling the dog food and the dogs water, leaving a couple of splats on the floor too. We tried locking them out of the house yard but they were smart. they went into Shadow's pasture around to the other house yard gate and slipped under it, then ran quacking all the way to the house again. They had a months worth of chances and they blew it, so now they have a new home, where they can't get into so much trouble. Back to my cabbages, they have been growing really good and I haven't been bothered by worms this year. I check them in the morning and at night and have only found a few that were easy to pick off. I've been working on my flower beds, getting them cleaned out. Some haven't been touched in years. They are starting to look better.
" Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"
I have two flowers beds out front if they ever get the sprinker system put in. Flower beds will be water on that. They have the cement courve around them and have to be filled up with soil to use as no way to drain them in case of excess water. After the rotten soil in back yard I am scared to buy plants for them.
I weeded my patch at the C garden and that having to go some where to garden is a pain in the butt. Then I weeded on their garden they are growing to sell. Told her I can not weed flowers as do not know but can tell veggies.
Nothing but a dirt yard here. They still have the cross fence to go in behind the house. Not at alley but lawn edge. They have to run cement for that and that should end the cement work here I guess. They have to that down before the water goes in. Then the water pipes and then the sod. I may not be able to afford water for that much lawn. Too late to plant flowers now that I can see. I told DIL that. I have not idea how to get rid of the nitrogen in the garden beds so can grow anything. County agent did not give any help that way. It kills or stunts the plants. Pepper look like the top was bit off all over. Bushy and the eggplant still alive bushy. And not the kind I eat. I just looked it up and get 3 by 6 1/2 dang small and and I like slices to fry. If bee asian and not have to peel be better, and one out there about that size and too small to slice. May as well quit wasting water. I told them wrong kind of plants. I already quit water the beans as burned and drying up. I pulled out the beans and tomatoes and I thought maybe that eggplant out there would get big enough to eat but I think I is full size not as long they suppose to get for that brand and too small. I mayas weel pull them too. Peppers have the tops gone it looks. Several are dying and and for $25 in plants and I will not get anything. Fence is up okay. $55 on frames and $45 for c garden and too dang small. I had not heard of Dusky eggplants and I looked it up Epic is another name. Too small. Time you peel not good slices to fry. Only one out there and I guess full size. I dip in batter and fry. WAter melon one 2" round and pot said dixie. No idea what that is. Kids insisted I plant. Tod them too late and not rigcht plants to buy. I like $125 in the hole and that would have bought me for this winter. On SS I can not afford to waste money like that. Not eats greens and so many things. I can squash but just a little cucumber with nothing on it. No dressing or vinegar. I do not eat it. No salads or very little bit. Too much K. Little ice berg lettuce is all. It messes up my INR very quick. It does not take much to flip it too low or too high. Eggplant I could eat. I was hoping to have one to eat. Not that will not be. They charge so much for them. I hate stir fry. I want my veggies fully cook so can chew and eat.
To C garden this morning. Pick some more greens for DIL and bought a hand full of carrots and big zuk, I need fry the zuk and freeze and get that corn in freezer. I could drive the AC today. Greenebeans just starting to set on and the zuks two tiny ones. Stuff is late as planted late. Could start frosting the start Sept but that is early for it. I am tired of canned stuff to be honest. I need to create some kind of soup for my noon meals. That corn chowder I did was good but I do not have recipe. It had winter squash in it. I have a squash and corn and some sausage .
Had to trash pounds of greenbeans as they can not be frozen for me to use. Had turned on the chest freezer to have room for them. Frozen zucchini came out fine and tasted good. Ate a slice for supper last night. Tossed a couple zucs as too many. I need to fry more zucs today to freeze. I thawed and then heated. I guess greenbeans is the only veggy I can not freeze and no jars to can them. They always canned okay. Least I did not try and freeze this big batch of greenbeans. Good thing I tried a frozen serving. Mush.
Tomorrow I pull the beans and greens out to start clearing that plot. Have to bag and haul here to put in trash. Got to get a pair of loppers to chop up the corn stalks. Trying to bag will be fun. Got to get it done and over with. Grinder would sure be handy. I could use for compost that way. Pulling beans will be faster than picking.
I did clean out two hills of zucs anf bagged . Got a few to eat. Plan to fry and freeze . I pulled the greenbeans as was and bagged. Left two 3 ft rows for me to eat. No use of the rest as could not freeze cooked ready to eat. Pulled and bagged all the cucumbers and vines and bagged. Pull the water melon and vine as wrong kind to eat. Striped. Pulled all the peppers as no use of them as bell. I though the name would be hot kind. Not. Can not eat them. Pulled the two eggplants and bagged. Never would ever get big enough to fry. Only way I eat them. I did clean on that plot. Pulled the 100' hose and sprayer. So all there is to cut out the winter squash and few on the 2 but I doubt would get ripe. Too late. Corn there yet to dig and bag, Few have silk but too thick as suckered. I trashed 8 bags of crap from the garden today. I think dig and shake and fold up into the bags. I think that will be the fastest. Got all the vines off the fence. I cleaned out all the lettuces and salad greens.
My son said that kid was not driving that artic cat Monday night. Not allowed on the street after dark. But that is what the kid said. Monday night. I do not go out at night. I would if I had to get to ER and only way to get there. It has lights so would be seen I guess. They got back Monday evening and told him furance blowed out again. Of course never said when they were leaving. MIL knew as she has to feed the cows if he is not here.
MIL said I should plant only things I can eat and only enough for me. That is what she does. Not enough potatoes she said. But she canned from her garden for her and got peaches and canned and made jam. She said go through the catalogea and pick out the earliest varieties for for a short season. I did that in SanLuis valley. Even where I movedsfrom I had to watch the time on things as season still short. 120 tomatoes would never make it. I used cut off date there of 80 days. She said sweet potatoes will not make here. I think maybe Deep bed and keep the side shoots off the main plant will be it and have a cover for springs and fall. Just matters to the weather also. Those early night are not freezing but low temps. Days hot. THings can not grow. She says go bush varieties. Saves space. She grows greenbean the vining kind. She says gets more beans in less space. She is going to pull her beans too. She has been here 9 years. Maybe next year I will have jars here. If I coud can abd frees=ze for me t would help.
I need make bread for supper so flat bread. Got the mix started to let the yeast warm up. Got to go do it.
I got one big zuc today and corn still not ready to pick. Cut out some more stalks that did not have corn or very tiny ones. Cows will eat. I have to fry and freeze more zuc for this winter. Least that is eatable after freezing. I like a slice at a time.
I picked 3 ears of corn today. I pulled that volunteer I thought was turnip but seems to be a winter radish. Not very good shaped. Those squash are still getting bigger and bigger. I doubt they can be Waltham butternut. Wrong shape but right color. Not much time left for them to grow. Hopefully get a little more corn. Gave 2 corn to DIL. Just be my luck those squash will not be an eatable kind. I do like most kinds. I am began to wonder if banana ones. I know cutting the vines off could make them bigger but... Butternut is classed as small squash.
If the 5 squash turn out to be an eatable kind would have over 50# I would guess. I would well have a winter supply. I was so hoping to have few winter squash. I hate to go to all the work of carrying them to A/C and get home and find they are spaghetti and no good. I think now too big for spaghetti. If banana will never make it in another week maybe. Season will start frost soon. Or I have huge butternut of a different shape. It bothers me. All I can tell should be some kind of winter squash. I know that time I bought red kuri at the store those were too bitter. And I asked around and was told they should not be inless picked too green. I presume other squash could be that way too? Be my luck as have had wrong kind of things this year. No choice of kinds and told kids I did not know what they were. Squash is one thing I can eat on this diet and not mess me up. Store had last year $2.49 a pound. Then they has sale at .79 and I got a half dozen I guess it was. Seems butternut is a good keeper.
I hauled in the squash and adds to 79 #. Biggest wt 19#. I have no idea what they are but sure as heck are not butternut. Too large for spaghetti I do think. Banana? I doubt I have anything to cut one inless use a saw.
Picked all the corn and small and not much. Cut all the corn stalks and hauled them in. Son had opened the shed door on the bad side for me. I can open the other half the door. One fell apart.
Still have to get my hose and sprayer and and clean up the plot. Dig out the corn roots and clear the squash vines.
Guess time to start the first plants that take the longest to come up and get going. Eggplant and peppers. Have not sorted seeds and I left in a mess last year. Root crops should be able to plant in April. Son piled in snow at the wood frame garden bed. I hope he did not bust it and or move it over. If did no garden this year. Can't tell yet if damaged or moved. . That bed was one I had planned for root crops as next to alley. And put the corn in nearer to the house. West side bed for roots crops and east side one for the corn. If snow if not off in time can not plant if the frame is okay. That lumber cost me $55 as it was . That maybe get more sun that way and low root crops to the west deer would not be as attracted as to the corn. Do not know if that would help any. Don't know if should start any plants dueto this. I would be tossing them out . He knew the bed frames were there. And had added stuff to them. Watered to get rid of the horse poo he put in. Too much nitrogen. He piled in about 3 feet of snow. I hate to start plants and waste the seed and bought seed starter soil and work of doing and have to toss the plants out.
Corn I had in commuity garden got mixed from other corn and was poor. Has one 10" each and got lot of smaller ones. I had good golden bantum corn. None ever got ripe for seed and would have been no good anyway to save.
Those squash could not mix the first year but sure not what I planted. Could of been bad boughten plants I got. Butternut Should not have been over 3 to 4 # at most and not 10 to 19#. Or cutting the ends off vines did it. Too large for me to cook. Kids and MIL do not like squash. My son could eat but she will not cook or sweet potatoes. She buys veggies from some one so much a week delieved and I get squash and S taters given to me a few. I guess those squash will end up in the trash for the most part. Seed be not good to save I think. Nephew says give to food pantry and none here, nearest is 55 miles. I can cut off some and toss the rest of the squash. Then I would freeze more than enough. I can tell buy the snow he piled it in the frame or shoved it off. CAn not tell how bad till the snow melts good. Then too late to start plants and too high to b uy and they donot sell here what variety I could use and eat. $55 in borad, $45 for comunity garden and $25 for plants and nothing to show for it. Few zucchini, poor corn , huge squash. and tossed out the greenbeans as could not freeze. Eat a few. Very poor garden what little there was. Eggplant wrong kind. DIL is one that said take that kind as all they had. She knows know of gardening and plants I think. I really don't feel up to messing with large squash. I had to waste my time growing plants and then have to toos them out.
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