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WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD, VOLUME 40 OCTOBER 5, 2012
Free Republic | October 5, 2012 | greeneyes

Posted on 10/05/2012 10:11:55 AM PDT by greeneyes

The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you.

This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked.

It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and that is part of the fun and interest. Jump in and join us!

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Greetings from Missouri. We are experiencing a very cool 50 degrees and rain today. I used the nice weather earlier this week to trim back a bunch of tomatoes vines that had lots of green tomatoes, and stuck them in pots to continue ripening.

Can bring these in the house at night and outside during the day when the wheather is nice. Got some parsley harvested and hanging to dry. Got the first batch of green beans-making a big pot to eat today.

Have a great weekend everyone. God Bless.

1 posted on 10/05/2012 10:11:58 AM PDT by greeneyes
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Pinging the List.


2 posted on 10/05/2012 10:20:31 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

HAve been missing the thread. Just came in from clearing off some of the summer garden. Gathering seeds. Planning for Spring already.


3 posted on 10/05/2012 10:22:31 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: greeneyes

Dipping into the lower 90s and upper 80s in Texas. Brrr, chilly! I thought the tomatoes would be producting more in the cooler weather but they’re not. Something ate my peas and most of the various greens. The squash have blossoms so maybe I finally get some this year - knock on wood.


4 posted on 10/05/2012 10:27:09 AM PDT by bgill
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To: hoosiermama

I have been thinking about spring too. I went ahead and ordered a few end of year seeds bargains, which I can start indoors next spring.


5 posted on 10/05/2012 10:35:22 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Greetings from Michigan! Our temps are starting to dip here, but no frost yet where I live. I’ve been picking leeks, onions, carrots, chicory/greens, herbs, squash, last of the peppers and tomoatoes here.

Gotta tout the virtues of delicata squash...my first time planting it this year after picking some up last fall at a local farmers market. Very easy to grow, prolific—more fruits per square foot than either my acorn or spaghetti squash plants. Delicious, ‘creamy’ flavor without the stinginess of other squashes...will be curious to see how it stores.


6 posted on 10/05/2012 10:37:58 AM PDT by missycocopuffs
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To: bgill
Dipping into the lower 90s and upper 80s in Texas. Brrr, chilly!

LOL! Chilly?! Is that so?! We're looking at a chance of snow this weekend...

7 posted on 10/05/2012 10:39:54 AM PDT by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: bgill

My flower garden here in Texas is really appreciating the cooler temps and the rain we have gotten lately. I can’t believe that in a few weeks I will have to rip them all out to start planting my bulbs and pansies.


8 posted on 10/05/2012 10:40:03 AM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: bgill

Well, we do have a pretty nice crop of green tomatoes now, but sadly we are running out of warm enough weather for them to develop well. Hence the pruning.

I will leave some outside for now under row covers. But when frost comes, they will all have to be carted into the house.

My watermelon and Iraquois melons started growing like gangbusters, but it is running out of the summer season too. I have been picking off the blossoms, and just hoping the ones that are already developed can finish ripening before frost.


9 posted on 10/05/2012 10:40:29 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Yesterday I found a small bucket in the dumpster. Washed it out, put some potting soil in, and planted a Ghost Peppper seed. We’ll see what happens.


10 posted on 10/05/2012 10:44:10 AM PDT by real saxophonist
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To: greeneyes
Our temps are in the high 70's as I type. We had about 2" of rain last weekend, slowly over two days.

Ghost peppers still growing fast, squash, tomatos are blooming, and both sweet and hot banana peppers still producing.

Time for us to get away for some R & R in Co. starting tomorrow. Looking forward to a change of scenery and de-stressing.

11 posted on 10/05/2012 10:45:49 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (really good tag line wanted here.)
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To: missycocopuffs

Delicata Squash - I will have to try it. So far I don’t have much luck with squash or melons. The vines always get so sort of wilt.

We had a great crop of cucumbers one year, but since then it has been a struggle.

Table King Acorn has been a favorite over the years, but I usually have to get that at the farmers market. LOL.


12 posted on 10/05/2012 10:46:48 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: real saxophonist

I am not familiar with a ghost pepper. What is it like?


13 posted on 10/05/2012 10:49:40 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: real saxophonist

Good luck! We had about 20% germination of our ghost pepper seeds. We have 3 plants in 4” pots, and a few seeds left in case of a catastrophic failure. We are really looking forward to some seriously hot peppers next year.


14 posted on 10/05/2012 10:52:50 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (really good tag line wanted here.)
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To: greeneyes
About 1 inch of snow here overnight. Have 3 varieties of tomatoes and 1 jalapeno pepper growing in containers indoors.
15 posted on 10/05/2012 10:55:05 AM PDT by MtnClimber (I did not vote for Zero. Someone else did that.)
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To: rightly_dividing

Have a great trip and get lots of R&R.


16 posted on 10/05/2012 10:57:33 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: MtnClimber

SNOW in October - see that’s why I don’t live any further north than Missouri.

Lived for 1 year in southern part of S. Dakota. First October snow was about 21”, and then storm after storm all winter long. Nothing started melting until late spring, and some snow was still there in June.

We had an unusually warm winter last year in Missouri, and it suited me fine. LOL


17 posted on 10/05/2012 11:02:45 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Thanks, we both need it. But it comes at a cost; about 2400 miles in a week getting there and back from N.Houston area.


18 posted on 10/05/2012 11:05:34 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (really good tag line wanted here.)
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To: greeneyes

Yesterday was 78 degrees, today is 45. So yesterday I picked most of the green peppers and today’s task is to dice 1/3 bushel of peppers & freeze them for cooking.

Also harvested the last 4 Kohlrabi. I learned something this year, Instead of pulling up the whole kohlrabi, if you cut the kohlrabi from the stem and leave the root in place a second bulb can develop on the stem.


19 posted on 10/05/2012 11:21:09 AM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: rightly_dividing

That right there makes me tired just thinking about that long a trip. I drive 4 or 5 hours to Branson, and it takes me 3 or 4 days to recover. LOL>


20 posted on 10/05/2012 11:22:01 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Petruchio

We got almost no green peppers this year. Kinda ironic. Hubby originally wanted to grow a bunch of peppers to stuff and freeze. Last 2 years didn’t get enough to do squat.


21 posted on 10/05/2012 11:24:57 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
The cocozelle zucchini I planted last January has started producing again as the heat has backed off a few degrees. It has travelled a total of about 60 feet from its original location, and after a thwarted attempt to set roots in front of the house, we have compromised with it living on the lemon tree next to the garden.

I should have gotten out and taken these when the blossoms were open this morning.

Fortunately, the Excalibur came in last week.

Let's see what we can get out of a zucchini.

Dehydrated and vacuum sealed.

22 posted on 10/05/2012 12:19:04 PM PDT by Darth Reardon
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To: Ladysmith
We're looking at a chance of snow this weekend...

Our daughter called from Witcha KA and they had snow this AM. She said WTH??

23 posted on 10/05/2012 12:32:01 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 ("It's better to vote for a Republican you don't know than wind up with a dim you don't like".)
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To: greeneyes
I decided to water the last of the late planted annuals yesterday afternoon and caught this photo on my little $109. Canon digital…


24 posted on 10/05/2012 12:36:03 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: tubebender

Oooppppssss SORRY FOR THE SIZE...


25 posted on 10/05/2012 12:37:35 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: greeneyes
I didn't plant a single bell pepper plant this year, since I got only two peppers last year. My neighbor planted six bell pepper plants and has so many this year, he gives us about three per week.

My onions and garlic are growing like crazy. I also have broccoli and cauliflower plants that are growing great. I had to replant the turnips and lettuce because my cats thought that was their new toilet area. Ticked me off.

26 posted on 10/05/2012 12:45:09 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 ("It's better to vote for a Republican you don't know than wind up with a dim you don't like".)
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To: greeneyes
One more view of a few of my Cinderella Pumpkins. I have a total of 11 on two hills and 8 Sweet Meat Squash on two hills…


27 posted on 10/05/2012 12:46:10 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: greeneyes

Cool and wet here in Central Missouri today. I dug several pounds of horseradish root a couple days ago that needs to be cleaned and processed. Aside from that all the gardening I’ve done lately is stare at the mess that needs to be cleaned up.


28 posted on 10/05/2012 12:50:02 PM PDT by Augie
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To: greeneyes

Snowing. First freezes this week, with harder ones expected this weekend. Picked everything (not very much!) that was even half way pickable.

Emptied the storage tank by deep-watering the trees & perennials; and drained the irritation pump & lines.

Pulled the yellow wax beans, and fed them to the chickens. After languishing in the heat all summer, they had finally started to bloom. We got one scant meal’s worth from 40 feet of them.

Worst garden ever.


29 posted on 10/05/2012 1:50:22 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: greeneyes
What is this?

It appeared in an area of the garden where some spaghetti squash plants were growing on a trellis. All the other squashes in this area looked like one of the type types in the foreground here:

Nearby on the same trellis were some cucumber plants. At the beginning of the season I was worried that different types of squash plants might cross but when I looked this up I read that any crosses would only affect the seeds and not the fruit. But perhaps this is not accurate. Or maybe it's accurate for two squash varieties, but perhaps cucumber can sometimes cross with squash and affect the fruit.

I have some other types of squash and zucchini plants elsewhere in the garden.

Does anyone have any info on this?

30 posted on 10/05/2012 1:54:55 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: Darth Reardon

Looks like you have a four legged guard for your veggies?!! Too cute!


31 posted on 10/05/2012 2:12:59 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: ApplegateRanch

We had a horrible garden this year as well. I feel your pain. My one success has been my little chicken co-op with my neighbor. We got our first eggs about ten days ago. And so far our white leghorn has been giving one egg a day. The sussex are slower.

Garden - echk. I just now remembered that I have a tiny row of carrots out there, so I guess I’ll check them out. Decent green beans after having to replant (deer) and a few tomatoes. NO bell peppers (deer, then weather) and pests got most of the rest.

Snow should start in about three weeks, maybe four. Sigh.


32 posted on 10/05/2012 2:20:59 PM PDT by Ladysforest
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To: Darth Reardon

Great Pics. Thanks for sharing. We gave up on zukes after the first year. Too much space used and 6 zukes would last us a year.

I love Cantaloupes, and watermelons though.


33 posted on 10/05/2012 2:20:59 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: tubebender

So pretty, thanks for sharing. I love seeing flowers.


34 posted on 10/05/2012 2:22:47 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

LOL. Yesterday a big puppy wandered into the yard, and my rat terrior escaped and went after it. They rolled all over my watermelon patch, leaped the wall onto the potted tomatoes and knocked them over.

Boy oh boy - I surely was ticked, so I can relate.LOL


35 posted on 10/05/2012 2:26:14 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Augie

LOL. I have a huge mess on my back patio. As I trimmed the tomatoes leaves, pulled out cornstalks etc. I was in a hurry and just let them fall on the concrete.

It faces southwest, so usally they just shrink and dry up within a day or two and I can sweep them up. No way I’m going out in this cold drizzle to clean up.


36 posted on 10/05/2012 2:30:33 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Yeh, I am sure glad we haven’t had that SHTF moment yet, cause my garden produce is way behind schedule.


37 posted on 10/05/2012 2:32:36 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: wideminded

I have read that some corcubits do cross pollinate and affect the fruit. I have also read that it only impacts the seeds. I truly don’t know the truth.

I usually try to segregate them.

Here’s something weird: My daughter planted some almond trees a few years back. Three years ago, she got her first batch of almonds. The next year and this year, she got peaches.


38 posted on 10/05/2012 2:37:13 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: wideminded

Was this new certified seed or seed that you saved last year?


39 posted on 10/05/2012 3:34:56 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: tubebender

All of our plants were either from seed packets or in a few cases from starts that we purchased. We didn’t save any seed from last years crop. This odd fruit was on a plant that also produced normal looking spaghetti squash. So I think it has to have something to do with pollination this year.


40 posted on 10/05/2012 3:48:56 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: greeneyes

Yes, let’s all pray that TEOTWAWKI doesn’t happen in the middle of a drought & heat wave!

If I were a Hebrew, and dependent on my crops, I’d have to move to Egypt for a few years. LOL


41 posted on 10/05/2012 3:50:09 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch

LOL. At least that!


42 posted on 10/05/2012 3:54:01 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: tubebender

What model of Canon camera did you use?


43 posted on 10/05/2012 4:05:44 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (really good tag line wanted here.)
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To: tubebender

No yellows, oranges or reds this year; just green or brown--and now white.

44 posted on 10/05/2012 4:38:23 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Darth Reardon

What fine help you have there.


45 posted on 10/05/2012 4:53:02 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Viva Christo Rey)
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To: greeneyes

I have same problem w/ cucumbers. I think it’s bacterial wilt that I get. Not a huge deal as neither my DH nor I really eat them, but my dog is CRAZY for them, so much so that I use them for his training treats :-)

I put a few acorn squash in the garden this year but I don’t remember variety. My first time planting them, too. I usu. go for culinary pumpkins but decided to grow squashes requiring less space. My acorns seemed a bit smallish. I get powdery mildew here every year but it never does any vine damage until late enough in the season so that it isn’t much of a concern.

Happy gardening :-)


46 posted on 10/05/2012 6:26:06 PM PDT by missycocopuffs
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To: ApplegateRanch

He He He... should have stayed on the Apple Gate River


47 posted on 10/05/2012 7:21:01 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: rightly_dividing

It’s out in my pickup and it just turned Dark O Thirty here so I will have a answer for you tomorrow. It was one of the last models with a View Finder.


48 posted on 10/05/2012 7:27:50 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: Petruchio

Good to see you!


49 posted on 10/05/2012 9:16:37 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: Darth Reardon

We’ve been dehydrating and vacuum-sealing everything in sight since our Excalibur arrived. It’s my new favorite toy. Today we did vanilla yogurt chips.


50 posted on 10/05/2012 9:19:55 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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