Skip to comments.Weekly Garden Thread - October 3-9, 2020
Posted on 10/03/2020 5:39:46 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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I live south of Tampa in Florida.
I moved two citrus trees I planted in full sun to partial shade yesterday.
It was clear from dead branchs and trunk dryness that full sun was too much for the clementine and grapefruit trees.
Pulled up my vegie plants and shut it down. It's pretty cool already
Planted 25 daffodil bulbs and will do 25 more if it gets to 60. First time for our community garden.
Another heat wave in California with temps over 100 degrees for several days. Just as my roses were starting to recover from the last heat wave. All I can do is keep them watered. They’ll survive, but they don’t like it.
The critters are starting to get into my pomegranate crop so the tree will have to be netted if I expect to get any pomegranates this year. Figs are done and grapes ripened too fast.
There’s always next year and I learn a little after each years crop.
That’s interesting! You’d think those trees would love full sun - but Florida sun is different than Wisconsin sun, for sure! :)
My dream is to have an Avocado tree; but I’m not motivated to move anywhere where I could actually grow one. ;)
My grape vines were very healthy and produced a decent amount this season, but the birds got to them before I did.
Yep. There’s always next year. Until there isn’t, LOL! ;)
Good Morning...the trees are turning colors a little early it seems this year.
The garden is pretty much a flower garden at this point with the zinnia patch in full bloom. I saw a Monarch butterfly on it a couple of days ago - first one I’ve seen this year.
The peppers are still coming. I now have enough red jalapenos for 2-3 more batches of jelly, but since I’ve got 4 batches already, what to do? I’m going to try an experiment - prepare the peppers through the step where you put them in a food processor with a cup of vinegar & make ‘bits’ of peppers (so pretty in the jelly). Then, the experiment: I’m going to freeze a batch or two at this stage in a quart mason jar (suitable for freezing). Sometime late winter, early spring, I’ll thaw out a batch & see how it works for jelly.
I bought a big (1.5L) bottle of Oak Leaf Merlot (Walmart cheapie) yesterday. This is what I get for making Blackberry Merlot Jelly .... but the way things are going, I’m not going to have any left for jelly .... it’s being used for “medicinal” purposes at the present time.
Have a great weekend/week, everybody! ~Q
I’m not much of a gardener, but decided this year to try growing bell peppers in containers. Started them from seed. They were slow to take off, but now have good foliage and are loaded with little tiny “pepper embryos”.
Thing is, although we haven’t yet had a freeze in OK, the overnight lows are cold enough to nip the leaves fairly badly. I took the containers into the house yesterday, and have them sitting in front of the east window (it has wonderful light for the first half of the day).
Guess my question is, are the plants likely to survive? Sure would hate to lose all those tiny little peppers. They’re the multi-colored kind. Anything special I need to do aside from watering them and keeping them out from under the heater vent?
SE Wisconsin. We still have a few carrots out in the boxes, and there’s more than a few nice sized green tomatoes out there. But I’m not sure they’ll get a chance to ripen with the frost coming. The green peppers and jalapenos are still blooming. Very pleased with the raised beds approach. Hope it’s as good next year.
We’ve had our best peppers in a container, although it was a BIG one. They like a lot of water.
My big news is the pawpaws. Have had the trees 4 of them - for about 12 years. They are 3 different varieties. They are huge - a couple over 10 feet tall. Last year I had my first blossoms, hand pollenated with a paint brush, got tiny fruit clusters and the birds got them all. This year I got blossoms, hung bird repellent reflective streamers and same thing happened. Then in July when our foster daughter from Belarus was here with her husband she was looking deep inside the tree grouping and up high found a cluster of 4 fruit. I was overjoyed. I had Sergei hang a crocheted net bag under the cluster so if any fell they would be caught. They continued to grow even through September and I am check them now every day - they are still as hard as newly dug potatoes. It is pretty exciting as I have been working on this for many years. I have been feeding the trees with Jobe's fruit tree spikes every year. Next year I will be using Chicken Soup for the Soil on everything including the trees. I also learned last week that it is flies that pollinate not bees. Some growers put horse manure under their trees to draw the flies and one guy mixes a small amount of maple syrup in water and sprays the blossoms so I will try that next year. The trees are too big for netting and the streamers did not work too well so this winter I will be looking at designing some net type bags to go around the tiny fruit clusters.
I got in the last of the green tomatoes because frost was expected last night.
So, the final outcome of the new raised beds ... tomatoes did great, best we’ve ever had. Jalapenos and anaheims as well.
Onions kinda small.
Bell peppers (California Wonder, started from seed) didn’t produce very well.
Sweet corn did not recover from when the cows got out and topped all the stalks. Probably also injured the squash planted in same area.
Last cutting of hay made and in the barn.
Before the last cutting the alfalfa bloomed and the field swarmed with butterflies, including Monarchs everywhere. Wishing them Godspeed on their flight to Mexico.
My containers aren’t as big as I’d like, but so far there seems to be room enough (2 plants per container). Will be sure to give them plenty of water as you advised. We’ll see what happens, wish me luck! :-)
I have containers that hold maybe 6 bushels of dirt. I am always amazed at the huge root systems when they get pulled at the end of the season.
If the temps are 50 or above outside, move them out during the day, and in at night. You might be able to keep them going, depending upon how soon it gets too cold by you.
Also - keep an eye out for aphids, which LOVE to snack on pepper plants that are stressed - and they will be a little stressed moving them around. They will be little while ‘dots’ on the underside of the leaves. Soapy water spray will get rid of them.
Could you leave them outside in a sunny spot but be sure to cover them every night and then uncover them in the morning?
Also, check your seed packet and if they take a very long time (like 90+ days) to mature, you may want to scrap the idea altogether for this year and get things started earlier next year.
“Before the last cutting the alfalfa bloomed and the field swarmed with butterflies, including Monarchs everywhere. Wishing them Godspeed on their flight to Mexico.”
That must’ve been so lovely! :)
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