Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 21 (Keywords) May 25, 2012
Posted on 05/25/2012 8:00:24 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
Huge thanks to Red Devil_232 for posting the thread last week!!! It is absolutely crazy around the farm, with everybody going in different directions at the same time and trying to stay coordinated with one another.
The wheat harvest is well underway, and the yields have been above our wildest dreams. The field corn has tasseled and is pollinating nicely. Several hundred acres of cotton have been planted and it is now being fertilized, sprayed for weeds, sprayed for bugs, etc. Still have about 900 acres of cotton left to plant behind the wheat.
My sweet corn patches are looking good, but have not tassled yet. Night before last we had the first sweet corn of the year from a neighbor's patch. Yum!!!
To everyone that posted photos on last week's thread, NautiNurse comes to mind, they were gorgeous! Such talented gardeners in this group. I'm looking forward to coming in this evening and reading your comments and looking at your photos.
Take care all of my FRiends and fellow gardeners ...
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I’m afraid that I’ll be taking a hiatus from gardening this year. I should have planted when we had our first warm weather, because it has stayed nice here ever since.
My knee is better, but my mom is not doing well in CA and I’m going out there to see what I can do. If I plant now, there will be nobody to care for the plants while I’m gone. By the time I get back, all the good plants will be gone from the garden centers, so I’ll just have to get along with what grows naturally.
Bump for later.
and please folks, I don’t want to hear your corn is tasseling or your tomatoes are ripe!!! We just transplanted our corn plants that I have to start in the greenhouse in order to beat our cool weather and have a crop. Strawberries are starting to ripen and the Blueberry and Raspberry plants are looking good.
It shares a 20gal planter with flowers and herbs, and the plant is becoming so massive I have to water it twice a day.
Note: this pic is off the web, kid and tomato not mine:
I severely under-containered this plant. It should have been given its own 55gal whiskey barrel with a lot of nylon knee-highs tethering the base branches to the balusters of the deck.
It is an ancient heirloom, but if anybody is thinking about it you need to plan for a LOT of space for this guy.
Lots of blooms on the tomato plants, squash doing well, cantaloupe doing well, and I may have won the bug war on the tobacco plants.
That or start with the Anna Russian pink oxheart heirloom. Much smaller fruit and I’m guessing a much smaller plant.
And oxhearts come in red, pink, yellow-red zebra stripe, no blue yet.
Another hot week in Central Texas. The corn is making and there’s jalapeno, banana and bell peppers. The tomatoes and green beans are coming back after the last storm. Next, year I’m not planting as many lettuces as I’m giving bags out to everyone. Noticed one evening that the squash was looking droopy and the next morning there were squash bugs everywhere. Pinched the ones I could catch. I only had some old Sevin dust so went with that. One step forward and two back.
That was also the evening I noticed the neighbor had cut the stems of my grape vines on my fence that separates us. This is their vacation house so they don’t live here. Yes, he can legally do what he wants with whatever’s on his side of my fence but he could have asked. I saw him down at the bottom with loppers but I ignored him so now I’m going to have to go down there and see what he was doing. This winder, I had cleaned the fences of everything but the grapes so they’d be abundant for jelly making. Now, no grape jelly for the neighbor. No nothing from the garden for the neighbor. So, now I have to clean the dead grape vines off the fence. I’m not a happy camper. Last year, they wanted to put a vine with thorns on it (they have little grandkids and dogs) and I told them not on my fence but they were more than welcome to ask the neighbors on their other side about it. So guess this is pay back. Never mind that we have run people off several times from their place because it’s obviously a vacation home and never mind that we’re here to notify them when there’s a weather situation. Last straw and no jelly for them - ever, grrrr.
We have okry sprouts coming up in the new okry garden area!
We also have first fruits of 2012. A wierd looking squash and a sweet banana pepper, along with one grape tomato that ripened overnight.
Tomatos are growing larger every day. It's getting tempting to pick them for fried green tomatos!
Yeah, my neighbors ****, too. On one side I have a master gardener from Viet Nam who lops my Crepes and Ligustrum from over the fence so her morning sun is uninterrupted. She really knows her stuff. I leave for work at 5:30am and on the trail up to my truck I breathe in the night-blooming Jasmine she trains on her side of the fence.... other-worldly.
Then my other neighbors weed-whacked three grapes and two rose plantings, but they need to die for somehow importing the Yellow Thistle to my lot, which is Satan’s flower. It went crazy and is everywhere. Never seen this plant in my life but now I have to clip each plant and bag it to avoid seed distribution.
So, it’s not just you. Chin up, girl.
We should be neighbors. I bet we could agree on what to grow on our fences.
I need a rose expert. My Joseph’s Coat rose has reverted to being a wild rose red. Does anyone know what would make that happen?
My heartfelt solutions for dealing with your neighbor would get me thrown off Free Republic forever....
But, I’ll bet if you did give them a sample of your grape jelly it would be your best revenge and solution! They would know what they were missing!
Would that be “sweet” revenge? LOL.
This is one of the landings on the back deck.
Here you see both landings with tomatoes dangling over. They get the benefits of breeze, no bugs except flying ones to pollinate them - including dragonflies! - and 8 hours of Western sun. All of these varieties being Indeterminate, they will grow to the ground and spread out if I can water them enough.
Only hazard is the mosquitoes I'm growing at ground level with all the water dripping thru the deck.
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