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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
The first freeze here was yesterday morning. The low was 28° F, 4 degrees below freezing.
I had just harvested the last of the muskmelon and the ripe cherry tomatoes. Some of the tomato plants are still alive, and no frosts are predicted for the coming week, so I may get some more.
Some of my raspberries are still producing, but most are almost through.
My old blackberries are still trying to produce, but not doing a good job of it. I don't expect any more from them.
My new blackberry plant has not produced anything edible, but is adding quite a few new canes. However, some of the leaves are yellow. I'm going to add some sulfur to acidify the area to see if that's the problem. It may need some iron also.
Daniel, I didn't know you were selling one of your places. I'm interested in any details you can provide. Did you talk about it on "Growing Greener...."?
I've not been reading GG for quite a while because in transferring everything from the old computer to the new, I didn't get that site transferred. I corrected that today.
I continue to dig sweet potatoes (with a shovel). It's a labor of love--except when I run across vole damage. The little critters will voraciously consume a softball size potato in no time. Poison bait doesn't deter them. I guess that's why I plant so many starts (44). There's enough for everybody.
It also irritates me when I slice into or through a sweet potato. I try so hard not to, but inevitably, I manage to do so. Perhaps last night's rain will soften the ground enabling easier digging and less damage.
I don't know what your asparagus problem is, Spud. Wish I could share some of my bounty.
"Worms" really devastated my brocolli, collards, and kale the past 2 weeks. I didn't spray them, and suddenly, they were virtually devoured. I hand picked hornworms off the tomatoes, but the greens' worms were too small and numerous to detect and pick.
I've begun digging sweet potatoes. So far, they look good.
Wish I could grow asparagus. One of the few green veggies I love the taste of. I've got a large portion of my garden devoted to them, but they never get big enough to harvest.
Some of the ones I planted 2 years ago are looking promising. Maybe next season, or next.
I always plant onion sets--quite reliable, no thinning needed. Here we plant garlic toward the ends of October. I usually mulch mine with my asparagus ferns.
My onions and garlic were a bust this year (as was chard, beets, and squash). So, I'm envious. This is the first year I froze corn ON the cob. It microwaves nicely. However, it takes up too much freezer space.
Oh! I so much wanted to pick-up one of those ears and crunch into it!
Beautiful harvest, Daniel!
It's true! There is real satisfaction in bypassing the vegetable aisle--for a few months, anyway. We keep our harvest of onions, beets, garlic, carrots, Brussels sprouts, leeks, squash, and cabbages in a cold (unheated) room till January, when that space threatens to get too cold, then we move them into the basement, which serves pretty well as a root cellar till about March.
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