Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOL. 35 AUGUST 31, 2012
Posted on 08/31/2012 10:10:05 AM PDT by greeneyes
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Prayers up for all in the path of Issac. God Bless.
Pinging the Garden Thread List.
I am SO GLAD y’all got rain! We got about 10” total. Power was out about 18hrs but other than that no damage. Feathered pets even produced an egg yesterday.
I thought you might get some ‘heavenly’ relief. Now so to NOT offend those that are suffering from Isaac’s landfall, you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
I remember when Georgia suffered the type of drought they are having in the middle of the country now. They said it would take 3 or 4 Issac-like storms to get the water table back to normal.
Even though the drought officially ended 3 years ago we still collect shower water to flush the toilets and water our plants with air conditioner runoff. It’s like being traumatized.
I’m going to try saving tomato seeds this year. How ripe should the tomato be? When is the best time to pick it?
And how does one process the seeds, so to speak?
Thanks for your support. I heard that St. Louis has made all kinds of preparations for flooding, but in general it’s felt that the soil in the fields will be able to absorb the moisture without causing undue problems in most gardens/fields.
We always try to be pretty conservative with water due to being on a well, and several neighbors had wells that went dry during the time we have lived here.
We did have our well drilled pretty deep to begin with, but no since wasting water.
Our tomatos are still producing a few small tomatos, our banana peppers are producing and my hot banana peppers are almost ready to pick. Okra has about had it.
Our ghost pepper sprouts are looking good. Thanks again, Oshkalaboomboom
Ripeness depends on the critters you have that steal tomatoes.LOL. Seriously, though I usually pick some tomatoes when they just have a blush on them. Rinse in warm water, dry and wrap in newspaper to ripen.
Some I try to let ripen on the vine, but these the squirrels often get. Either way, I have not noticed any difference in the viability of the seeds.
Just pick the best tomato you have, scoop out the seeds, squirt with a little liquid oxy clean. Rinse and drain. Then put them on a paper plate, label and put another plate on top with holes. Put them on top of the refrigerator.
When they are dried out put them in an envelope or empty medicine bottle etc. and store in the Refrigerator or freezer till Spring.
I am no expert. This is just what has worked for me.
You are welcome.
What plants we have left, have really perked up due to less heat and more moisture. I plan to plant some spinach and lettuce after we get the weekend rains.
Mrs Red Devil and I made a trip to Meridian, Ms to check on our house and property. The house was in good shape and just as we had left it. The yard needed mowing and it took me two days to mow it. We rented a Pensky Truck to empty a 10X30 storage unit we had 1/2 full of stuff. We moved it to the house and tossed out quite a bit of stuff we will never need. This well save us $100/month in rent on the storage unit. The truck only cost us $49 for a day rental. Worth the cost. We loaded up our little utility trailer with items we needed and missed in our first move to Marshall, Tx. We drove back Wed. which was two days earlier than we planned. Seems like we are magnets for paths of hurricanes and we left early to try to avoid the weather problems which worked out great. But it was a long drive back because the utility trailer became unstable over 55 mph. So it was 55 or slower for the 350 mile drive.
Cashmere enjoyed visiting her old home running all over the place. My pear tree was loaded with big ol’ pears and we picked all that were ready. The fig trees were thriving but I suspect the guy we hired to mow the yard picked them clean. So no figs to savor. Drats!
here is a link on how to save your tomato seeds.
And here are the instructions for using Oxi-Clean to save your seeds. This is much easier than the process above.
It's truly surreal to watch every living thing struggle to survive. I can't contemplate yet the end of the high temps and little to no rain, because I'm not there yet... Here south of KCMOMetro it was 100 degrees yesterday... it will take a lot of rain just to soften the ground.
We are getting light rain from Isaac at the moment with east winds. That is not a common occurrence. The forecast is maybe a total of one inch of rain by the time Isaac moves through.
Hope everyone is safe and sound after Isaac.
Not a drop of rain here and temps back up to 100 today. Earlier in the week it had dropped down into the mid 90s so the tomatoes and peppers were happy. I just got in from loading and dumping 6 wheel barrows of dirt and weeds into the slobber buckets' holes so this evening, if it cools off, I can get back to getting the fall garden in. It was supposed to be all done by today but that ain't hap'nin'. The new beets and beans are popping up but the cole veggies haven't yet. Still need to put some more beans on another fence, put a little chicken wire for some peas and plant some mustard, spinach, kale and kohl rabi. I had an excuse for not getting it done - we went to the 2016 Obama movie yesterday.
Ok, so there are a ton of little orange and black bugs about a 1/4 inch long in the garden. The closest picture I could find online is (below) an asparagus beetle. But mine aren't beetles. They almost have fuzz rather than a hard shell and are easy to smoosh. Their markings are close to this picture and I don't seen them in the asaparagus. What do I have and should I be concerned?
Pick when your tomatoes are ripe.
To save the seeds, scoop the seeds of a good tomato into a small jar or container. Cover with a couple inches of water. Set it uncovered on top of the fridge for a little warmth. It will get all icky with scum but it’s supposed to do that. After 3-4 days, dump it into a tea strainer and rinse the ick off. Put the seeds on a shallow dish and let dry out completely. Store in a jar or envelope until Christmas (your time zone may vary) when it’s time to start them inside. Don’t forget to label and date the envelope.
We’re getting some rain from Isaac here in Central Missouri today. Too little, too late, I’m afraid.
You will have to wait for one of our more seasoned gardeners, I do not have a clue what these are, but I’ll betcha you should be concerned.
I just pick off bugs and squash or spray plants with hot pepper, onion, garlic, soap, oil water mixture.
Last time we had to rent a truck, it cost us $150.00 for 1 day. We had to rent it on a Saturday after we got to Dad’s house to remove his furniture for him.
We had no rental trucks in our area that would rent a truck to go out of town. On the bright side, we were able to make good time in our car going to Dad’s house.
Yeah, I’m concerned. I don’t know that hot pepper would help since I’ve squished some on the H-O-T peppers though I haven’t seen any damage.
I know your dog was happy to see the old homestead, and you too, to see your pears.
I’m afraid you are right about too little too late. All of the great crops my Hubby planted died long ago. I only have 6 stalks of heirloom corn that might make it in one of my raised beds.
Watermelon and Iraquois melons are still going, but very small compared to past years. Perennial herbs are looking good. Harvested a bunch of Tarragon today.
One amazing thing - I have 3 clumps of leaf lettuce that actually grew during the drought, and are now ready to harvest. They were in the shade most of the day, and I watered them daily.
We have collard seeds to go in this weekend where the okry has been. We didn’t do a soil sample when we started that patch, so we really don’t know if it will grow or not.
That’s the beauty of the spray. one or more of the other ingredients may be effective.
I don’t do soil samples either.LOL. I just work in some healthy amount of compost and hope for the best. Sometimes I put some egg shells in the space where I plant tomatoes and melons, and use a little liquid fertilizer when they are blooming and making fruit.
We still haven't had a drop of rain in the central Texas Hill Country. It seems like all the weather systems track around us, leaving us high and dry.
Pumpkin, peppers, okra, and greenbeans are growing well. We also planted some new tomatoes, kale, carrot, cabbage, radish, and kohlrabi. I'm waiting for the peanut plants to dry out so we can harvest them and see what we got from that experiment.
Has anyone heard from "JustaDumbBlonde"? She's been away for a couple weeks now.
Check Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
We just threw together this garden patch on short notice. For our main garden this year we did a soil test. The soil was 5.0ph and no nitrogen, so we added what they recommended and had a better crop this year. This little garden area is not to far from our main garden, so I suspect that the soil is pretty useless also. When the season is over, I am going to till in some store bought compost and hope for a better crop next year.
You are welcome. We are going to try for some peanuts next year, and make our own peanut butter.
Someone last week said that JADB was in the path of the storm, and probably frantically trying to get everything prepared for the worst.
Again prayers up for all.
Thanks, I will definitely check them out if I don’t get enough seed corn from what is remaining.
If I get any corn, I am thinking it might be kinda drought resistant, so I am hoping to get a few ears at least.
Thanks. That’s a big help. I don’t think we have any Oxi-Clean but I do know that we have trisodium phosphate.
Hey thanks for that tip on towing. I was suspecting very flexible springs to the weight distribution of the load in the trailer. When were leaving Meridian the trailer was towing great at the speed limit of 60 mph and then I hit a rough spot on an overpass and things got wild. Even slowing to 55 the trailer would sway but was acceptable. The drive was very tiring for me watching the slight sway. Peggy was in her car following behind me with her hazard flashers on to warn traffic we were slow movers.
We are hoping to get a few beans this fall too. Tomatoes have quite a few blooms. Main problem this year has been every single tomato disappears while still very very green.
I think the squirrels have been eating them for moisture.
Prayers to you and your wife Red...
Thanks Tube! I think I will be making more frequent trips to the ol’ homestead from now on. The guy we hired to mow the grass was mowing a commercial property across the street from my property. He had been mowing it for years and agreed to mow my yard at least once a month for $50. He mowed it 3 times since April which we paid him for but had not mowed it for at least two months. Disappointing to see when we drove up. He has one of those zero turn commercial mowers and could mow my property in 20 to 30 min. Me with my mower takes a couple of hours if the grass is manageable.
poobear has requested to be deleted from the garden list. Thanks.
It’s probably a carpet beetle — the fuzziness gave it away.
They are found in gardens and in houses.
SNIPPET: “The beetles we more commonly think of when we speak of “carpet” beetles are some very small ones, most with sort of a checkerboard pattern of black, white, and orange colors on its back. This is the adult stage, and in a sense this is not the stage that you need to worry about, because the adults do not feed on wool fabrics. Instead, they feed on pollen and other plant tissues outside in the garden. However, since little carpet beetles only come from bigger carpet beetles, then the adult beetles are unwelcome in the home too.”
More photos and info here:
Thanks, but no, that’s not the critter. This one has the markings of what my pic was but isn’t hard shelled. Also, no white. Just orange and black. I used the wrong word with fuzzy, it’s more like those sticky out bumpy things on caterpillars, sort of... like rash bumps but pointier??
We've had a bumper crop of Brown Turkey Figs this year .... enough to make Fig Butter for the very first time .... it turned out just delicious!
It appears that this would be an excellent weekend to fire up a batch of salsa incorporating a most tasty batch of my gorgeous ‘Clint Eastwood’s Rowdy Red’ tomatoes...
That's what I thought also. I hope all is going well for her and all other FReepers in the path of the storm.
Those look great! Mine are about the size of a nickle.
My aunt was telling me there are smaller Italian figs .... maybe that is what they are? The Brown Turkey figs are ‘large’.
LOL!! Clint was definitely ‘good’ at pointing out the ‘bad and the ugly’!
...nothing ‘bad and ugly’ about these tomatoes...nom, nom, nom. :-)
Our tomato plants quit producing a couple of weeks ago .... so sad .... nothing is as good as home-grown tomatoes! You are lucky to still have them :-)
I had the same problem. It seems to have gotten better since I started using this
I fight until the first, fatal frost...
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