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Summer Seed Plantinbg Experiment: Perennial flowers. 7.14.18
What am I growing in my garden? Mostly the traditional. This is my first year trying to grow my own transplants from seed. Because I didn't know what the soil should be like and I had little choice at the store, I had poor soil, that failed and so growing transplants experiment and research continues throughout the summer.I have:
Potatoes (russet, red, and Yukon gold)
Carrot (coreless tuchon)
Turnip (purple top white globe)
Rutabaga (what will come of it, apparently my seed isn't viable and everyone was sold out when I went to buy some)
Beets (Detroit dark red)
Swiss chard (fordhook giant and bright lights)
Lettuce (Cimmeron and early great lakes)
Peas (saber, Oregon sugar II, and a snow pea)
Trying to get cole crops to grow but I haven't found the secret for those yet.
Cucumber (National Pickling and straight eight)
Pumpkin (Dill's Atlantic Giant)
Onions (red, yellow, and white)
Parsnip (another one where the seed didn't come. I have four of them growing.
That's it for the annuals.
No idea Daniel other than early maturing. Rick has them in the greenhouse as well, rather than outside. Lots more coming too.
Randy, you are right, gardening is not easy! It tries the body and the spirit at times, although I think both my body and mind are in much better shape, because of gardening.
You are getting some great produce now! Indiana has great soil and climate for many crops. In different ways and different crops, so is SW Washington State where I live.
I decided to scale back some aspects of mine. For one thing, I had 16 raised beds, spaced so two swipes with walking lawnmower kept the grass cut between them. That was a mistake, because moles make giant hills there that make it hard to mow, and I'm tired of mowing. So I've been removing most of those, and when done there will be 6 raised beds, spaced so I can just mow with riding mower. That will help.
Fortunately, many things in my yard are maturing. The fruit trees need less work as they grow taller. I saw that another branch was pulled down by deer, despite my pruning them high. I hope that is not a continuing trend. Might have been heavy plums, loading it to within reach.
Patricia, those look wonderful! Do you know the variety?
I started a new bed of strawberries this year. They have a few berries now, but kind of dried out from the heat. Maybe better in fall.
The first strawberries.....I be goin' to town to get us some whipping cream!!!
Jotham, what are you growing in your garden?
Joan, gardening is not easy, no matter what age you are. I'm sure you know not to overdo it. Just be happy you still can!
I filled two freezer bags with green beans yesterday. I also pickled (dill) a couple of zucchini. Cucumbers are next after they ripen a bit. I grow my own dill.
Glad you could join the discussion, Jotham.
Love your frog, Daniel!
20C at 6:00 am here. Our high yesterday was 30C with a humidex of 36C. I'm lucky to have a well that never runs dry (it's a spring outlet from a 100 acre bog). But 25C is newfie boiling point. not liking this temperature. And we still have 3 weeks to go before what is normally the hottest time of year.
Its 32*C (89.6*F.) now at 7:15 pm, but no idea what it was a couple of hours ago. I hate this.
Our high today was 89°F and the low is expected to be 55°F. This hot spell seems to be forecasted for the next ten days. I'll have to water judiciously so that we have enough water in the well to take care of the household.
I ate a cucumber out of the greenhouse yesterday, and the green beans are delicious! Wish I had planted more and created sturdier supports. I'll do better next year.
@Loam Gnome, your daylilies look so pretty! You do a beautiful job of choosing crosses. I'm going to give that a try. Your Friendly Frog looks nice and cool. They are a nice surprise in the garden, especially when I reach down into a jungle of green and a frog looks back at me or jumps out of the verdant salad garden.
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