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#16 Daniel

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 03:24 PM

Congrats.. that all sounds wonderful. Speaking of shishito, I am trying to find shiso, there a few recipes I would love to make and finding shiso is hard to do. My cat Miss Pasha Blue has been running around the backyard lately. She is in to swiss chard. She is making a little nest in the back corner of the yard and I noticed she has carried some shard over there. I want to get some grasses she will eat, hopefully she will prefer it to the chard.


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Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:40 PM

The squash plants are enormous already. N has baskets and wire around them.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:35 AM

Congrats.. that all sounds wonderful. Speaking of shishito, I am trying to find shiso, there a few recipes I would love to make and finding shiso is hard to do.


very easy if you go to korean stores.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:29 AM

Congrats.. that all sounds wonderful. Speaking of shishito, I am trying to find shiso, there a few recipes I would love to make and finding shiso is hard to do. My cat Miss Pasha Blue has been running around the backyard lately. She is in to swiss chard. She is making a little nest in the back corner of the yard and I noticed she has carried some shard over there. I want to get some grasses she will eat, hopefully she will prefer it to the chard.



I know you're looking to growing it, but at USGM both Lani's and Bodhitree have it. I think Maxwell's Farm does as well.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:00 PM

so, my long planned vegetable garden expansion finally happened yesterday as a dude with a tractor and tiller cleared and turned over the rooty, stony, weedy area next to the garden, thus tripling its size. this is mostly anticipatory for next year but i'm going to plant some things anyway: a large row of beets will go in today and probably more carrots and greens later in the week. any suggestions for good choices for mid-summer planting? or cover crops to feed the garden for next year? i'm going to try to get a fall planting of peas in, if i can only figure out when that should be in southern minnesota.

next year: more space between rows. and cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, more peppers, more garlic and maybe some squash.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:58 PM

so, my long planned vegetable garden expansion finally happened yesterday as a dude with a tractor and tiller cleared and turned over the rooty, stony, weedy area next to the garden, thus tripling its size. this is mostly anticipatory for next year but i'm going to plant some things anyway: a large row of beets will go in today and probably more carrots and greens later in the week. any suggestions for good choices for mid-summer planting? or cover crops to feed the garden for next year? i'm going to try to get a fall planting of peas in, if i can only figure out when that should be in southern minnesota.

next year: more space between rows. and cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, more peppers, more garlic and maybe some squash.

It's not too late to plant some beans (bush varieties), or if any garden centers still ahve broccoli, cauliflower, or cabbage plants. I'd be more apt to cover-crop in preparation for next year. A mixture of oats and peas will a) help loosen the soil and b) add nitrogen. We expanded this year, too, and the new plot is half planted with potatoes & will get oats/peas in the other half.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 04:00 PM

so, if i grow peas for nitrogen-fixing purposes do i still need to wait for cooler temps to plant or should i just plant some now?

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:49 PM

so, if i grow peas for nitrogen-fixing purposes do i still need to wait for cooler temps to plant or should i just plant some now?

After answering your query, I continued my research on cover-cropping. Seems oats/peas should be started in very late summer, early fall. Now's the time to plant buckwheat, which has a quick delivery & can then be tilled in for O/P planting. I'm new at this part.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:10 PM

Yesterday I harvested my first three cherry tomatoes and a few days before that, my first four shishito peppers.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:57 PM

The cornflower and borage plants are producing flowers. I've been drying the cornflowers per N's instructions and cooking the borage flowers. We have lots of squash blossoms and the peppers are beginning to bud. Still getting wild strawberries, too.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:16 PM

lots of ripe sungolds and peacevines (a red cherry tomato) on the vines, and one san marzano has fruit that is showing signs of turning as well. everything else has set out a lot of fruit and is waiting (except the old striped german which has set out no fruit). lots of giant green fruit on the paul robeson and cherokee purple (both of which i'm growing in place of my beloved black krim this year). and the green zebra is prolific as always.

on the pepper front, i recommend planting thai peppers if you want early gratification. there's a fruit explosion on that plant. this year's habanero is playing it cool--i can't remember if it took a while to get going last year as well. the others have all set fruit.

today might be the day i harvest my garlic. hopefully, there will be something worthwhile under the dirt.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:47 PM

It's been a weird season. We had a bumper crop (enough for two rounds of soup) of sorrel that started itself from last year's seed, but then it just died from the heat. Kamo eggplant is doing very well (when I remember to put paper bags on the fruit so the squirrels don't see them). Herbs are going wild, wormwood and fennel both reached about 6 feet. I got the chilies and tomatoes in late as we were travelling, but they seem to be getting there. Started a fig tree and it seems happy and ready to move to a large container, we'll see if it manages to produce any fruit.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:08 PM

It's been a weird season. We had a bumper crop (enough for two rounds of soup) of sorrel that started itself from last year's seed, but then it just died from the heat. Kamo eggplant is doing very well (when I remember to put paper bags on the fruit so the squirrels don't see them). Herbs are going wild, wormwood and fennel both reached about 6 feet. I got the chilies and tomatoes in late as we were travelling, but they seem to be getting there. Started a fig tree and it seems happy and ready to move to a large container, we'll see if it manages to produce any fruit.

is this a rooftop garden?

i'm planning to put kitchen herbs in the window just as soon as i find pots that fit the sill. my mom planted strawberries and corn but the local wildlife ate her crops. hoping to get some mint from her garden to add to my window sill garden

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:09 PM

Our squash plants look pretty bad. Practically overnight the stalks and the leaves went from looking good to completely droopy. I've been trying hard to keep them watered without overwatering. Unfortunately, I'm just the substitute gardener while N is away so I don't really know what I'm doing.

Everything else looks good, though. The calendula is now blooming.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:34 PM

leaving for l.a tomorrow. alas, because of global warming a large number of big heirlooms (purple cherokee, paul robeson, italian heirloom) look poised to be ripe for the picking a few days after that. i am seriously considering picking them before leaving for the airport tomorrow and taking them with me. they're almost ready and can finish ripening off the vine. what's the tsa's position on large tomatoes in carry-on baggage?

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