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#16 flyfish

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 09:07 PM

ETA: I'd post some pictures, but I don't want to send Dr. Jones on a crying jag.

Ah, let him cry - I would love to see photos!
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 09:09 PM

ETA: I'd post some pictures, but I don't want to send Dr. Jones on a crying jag.

Ah, let him cry - I would love to see photos!

Yes, this is a win-win situation!
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 09:30 PM

don't you people want to see pictures of my raggedy, weedy little patch as well? and perhaps some of my vegetable garden too?

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 03:47 PM

In just one day, these greedy green fuckers have demolished my kale. Cabbage worms, yes? I've ordered some Bt and in the meantime I have taken great pleasure in sending them to their final resting place.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 03:59 PM

this is what happens when you try to make me cry.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 05:06 PM

In just one day, these greedy green fuckers have demolished my kale. Cabbage worms, yes? I've ordered some Bt and in the meantime I have taken great pleasure in sending them to their final resting place.

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Cabbage worms, yes. And you will find Bt very effective against the little fuckers. Watching them rot from the inside out is even more rewarding than picking and squishing them.

I wish we had chickens (they're in the 10-Year Plan; a farmer friend describes her great satisfaction in hand-feeding cutworms, cabbage loopers, and the dreaded tomato hornworm to her hungry chickens.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 05:34 PM

Ahh, chickens. Yes, it would give me great satisfaction to have chickens too. But near-term, let's make mongo cry.
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 02:42 PM

This weekend I was able to start cooking (in a small way) from the garden. I made pesto* which went into mussels with cherry tomatoes, a zucchini gratin with ricotta, parmesan and basil*, and a raspberry** cherry buttermilk cake. The cake was off the hook. Raspberries in my oatmeal this morning too.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 03:50 PM

the sungold is not only putting out tomatoes in a frenzy, some of them have begun to ripen. the riesentraube is also setting a lot of fruit, as, more excitingly, are some of the larger varietals: the non-mutilated green zebra, the garden peach and the stupice have all put out a lot of fruit. the brandywine is climbing skyward with lots of flowers. the laggards so far are the black cherry (growing, flowering but) and the black krim (thriving but behind the other large tomatoes which it usually outcompetes).

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 04:51 PM

My supersonics are exploding in growth and flowering with several little toms. But the cherries – sungold or sun cherry? (shit, I can’t remember) look like they’ve quit. A few babies and flowers but the plants aren’t growing. They look like bonsai. Can they be saved?!

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 06:36 PM

Some of our beets are now ready for picking, and I think a couple of the Jerusalem artichokes will be next week.
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 11:09 PM

Surviving on strawberries, arugula, and herbs. Some flowers and fruit on the tomatoes. Lots of green italian plums, bean are sprouting, peppers (on an indoor plant!). Those crazy volunteer winter squash are starting to flower. I still have three from last year (about to go bad.)

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 05:27 PM

My supersonics are exploding in growth and flowering with several little toms. But the cherries – sungold or sun cherry? (shit, I can’t remember) look like they’ve quit. A few babies and flowers but the plants aren’t growing. They look like bonsai. Can they be saved?!


fertilize lightly and see what happens? my cherry tomatoes usually are miles ahead of everything else so i would not hold out hope of major harvest from plants that are much smaller than everything else (as indeed my black cherry plant still is--though it too has put out some fruit).

i have a question of my own:

i am soon going to be ripping up the pea beds. the larger one will have compost tilled into it and will then be covered till next spring when tomatoes will go in there. the smaller one though can be repurposed. in late fall i will be planting garlic there, but is there anything i can put in there now that would likely mature before then? herbs, i assume, are the easy answer. anything else?

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 10:36 PM


My supersonics are exploding in growth and flowering with several little toms. But the cherries – sungold or sun cherry? (shit, I can’t remember) look like they’ve quit. A few babies and flowers but the plants aren’t growing. They look like bonsai. Can they be saved?!


fertilize lightly and see what happens? my cherry tomatoes usually are miles ahead of everything else so i would not hold out hope of major harvest from plants that are much smaller than everything else (as indeed my black cherry plant still is--though it too has put out some fruit).

i have a question of my own:

i am soon going to be ripping up the pea beds. the larger one will have compost tilled into it and will then be covered till next spring when tomatoes will go in there. the smaller one though can be repurposed. in late fall i will be planting garlic there, but is there anything i can put in there now that would likely mature before then? herbs, i assume, are the easy answer. anything else?


radishes and beets, maybe carrots?

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 01:59 PM


My supersonics are exploding in growth and flowering with several little toms. But the cherries – sungold or sun cherry? (shit, I can’t remember) look like they’ve quit. A few babies and flowers but the plants aren’t growing. They look like bonsai. Can they be saved?!


fertilize lightly and see what happens? my cherry tomatoes usually are miles ahead of everything else so i would not hold out hope of major harvest from plants that are much smaller than everything else (as indeed my black cherry plant still is--though it too has put out some fruit).

i have a question of my own:

i am soon going to be ripping up the pea beds. the larger one will have compost tilled into it and will then be covered till next spring when tomatoes will go in there. the smaller one though can be repurposed. in late fall i will be planting garlic there, but is there anything i can put in there now that would likely mature before then? herbs, i assume, are the easy answer. anything else?


Yea, it’s strange, the cherries exploded first couple years while the last two they’ve greatly underperformed (same pot size/spot/soil type). I was about to fertilizer. Would you mix it in the soil a bit or a just a layer over the top, say an inch? Is liquid Miracle Grow out of the question? (I ask only because I have some already)

As for the pea replacements I’d check the nurseries for the most advanced starters. Plenty of time left if last summer is any indication. Maybe hot peppers - jalapeno, cherry, serrano, banana?