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skinkmasterreturns21 Jul 2011 7:56 p.m. PST

I have been having a fantastic year,so far.Carrots the size of small banannas,potatos the size of softballs,and Spring peas that produced like mad into July. I have lots of nice green tomatos,and the peppers are coming on now,too.Maybe my soil was exposed to radiation,or something.:)Acually our weather hasnt been too hot,with the right amount of rain,so its shaping up to be a good year.

In a few weeks I start my Fall planting. I'm going to plant garlic this year- I want to try pickling it. In 2008 we went to Historicon on a family outing,and hit up a canning company at Bird-in-Hand,or one of those towns,and tried pickled garlic for the first time. I've loved it ever since.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member21 Jul 2011 8:00 p.m. PST

Homie don't garden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Jul 2011 8:12 p.m. PST

I have grass the height of small children, weeds the size of trees and a potato patch that would do 1845 proud.

Who asked this joker21 Jul 2011 8:27 p.m. PST

We do tomatoes. We feed the squirrels with them unfortunately.

Personal logo Gungnir Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2011 11:04 p.m. PST

I'll ask the gardener how it's doing, next time I see him.

Streitax Inactive Member21 Jul 2011 11:53 p.m. PST

My wife's garden is doing quite well. Potatos, strawberries, rasberries, zuchini, brocoli, lettuce, and now tomatos are coming on. She had to plant early because she was taking a two week trip and the weather was perfect, those who planted later have not fared so well.

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member22 Jul 2011 12:02 a.m. PST

Looks like a good crop of apples, pears and brambles this year.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine22 Jul 2011 2:23 a.m. PST

Terrible it's a mess, being a gardener for a living means my own garden gets sadly neglected. Last thing I want to do is gardening when I get home from work.

The British weather isn't helping either, hot sunny drought conditions in spring followed by cool wet windy summers confuses all the plants….

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2011 4:03 a.m. PST

The weed crop is absolutely fantastic this year !

The stone crop is outstanding ! We raise more stones/
acre than anyone in the county !

As far as livestock goes (well, not gardening per se)
the deer are thriving on the hostas !

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2011 4:18 a.m. PST

The fruit trees failed this year, must have sprayed them too late. Got a waaaay late start on veggies and have not had anything yet, plants are doing okay, though we have to water them by hand. Still have hopes for squash, zucchini peppers and tomatoes. Next year should be much better since late start was due to building and installing raised beds, then mixing in manure and lots of peat, then tilling.

Cold Steel Inactive Member22 Jul 2011 4:27 a.m. PST

You have to have rain for gardens to grow. And since we haven't, I am getting ready to take the bush hog to the weeds where the garden is supposed to be.

I am already buying hay because there is not enough grass in the pastures. I don't want to think about what the price of hay will be this winter. It may be cheaper to build another shed and buy a couple truck loads now.

The Hobbybox Inactive Member22 Jul 2011 5:05 a.m. PST

Garden for me has been doing new fencing, followed by a complete lack of time to do anything so the place is now a disaster zone!
I need to hire a BIG skip and remove all the old fence detritus plus about 2 tonne of soil and weeds.

Major downside is going to be how Bleeped texted the cats are with me when I remove their 'jungle'. They love how the garden currently is.

The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member22 Jul 2011 5:26 a.m. PST

Not good.

First it was too wet. Then too dry. Now too late.

There's always next year!

Revised: co-worker just dumped excess zuchinni and cucumbers on us! So, procrastination paying off!

Dropzonetoe Fezian22 Jul 2011 5:51 a.m. PST

I played around with square foot gardening this year and have thriving tomato plants, smaller green bean and cow peas, a lonely pepper plant and lots of mixed Japanese lettuces and radishes. I planted my carrots late so we'll see on them and my herbs -basil, oregano,and Rosemary are growing like weeds.

Klebert L Hall Inactive Member22 Jul 2011 6:26 a.m. PST

My garden is in the best possible state it could be – non-existent.

Jana Wang Inactive Member22 Jul 2011 7:16 a.m. PST

Pretty well, all things considered. It is hotter than Hades out there and dry dry dry. Our early crops (lettuce, radishes, herbs) had perfect spring conditions. It's been dang dry lately and we have to water nearly daily, but everything is holding on. Corn is coming in, so are tomatoes and sweet potatoes. Irish potatoes are done but we have not dug them (better off in the ground right now anyway). Carrots are probably ready to come up too but the ground is like cement right now. Garlic needs to be dug too. And the onions.

Beets were a loss again this year. Just can't keep the bugs/rabbits/squirrels off them. Got one cutting of chard and then the heat killed most of the plants. I'm hoping it will come back in the fall. Turnips did well, but they taste bitter, I'm not sure we have the right conditions for them here.

Not sure what the leeks are doing, they are still out there but just not growing.

Bell peppers are stunty like every year but producing fruit this time around.

Streitax Inactive Member22 Jul 2011 8:20 a.m. PST

In Oklahoma, the soil had so much clay that you couldn't leave potatos in after July. They would bake underground.

quidveritas Inactive Member22 Jul 2011 1:46 p.m. PST

Hanging baskets of flowers are great. Otherwise the deer are doing fine thanks.


Cincinnatus Inactive Member22 Jul 2011 8:56 p.m. PST

Doing well but watering every day is the only thing keeping it that way.

Got a ton of tomatoes going to turn red soon (I hope). Planted pumpkin late but it's looking good.

Martin22 Jul 2011 8:58 p.m. PST

Lousy, hardly got any tomatoes this year, which is the only thing I planted. I got so hot here so early probably had a lot to do with it.

GypsyComet24 Jul 2011 10:19 p.m. PST

Not at all well. Tomatoes are likely a bust, the squash are just not coming in,and most of the plot has been taken over by something else responding to the waterings. I'd remove it all, but I have no clue what it is.

skinkmasterreturns12 Sep 2011 6:05 a.m. PST

Its the tail end of the tomatoes here. I've dug half my potatoes as well. Had tons of green beans. Green peppers were very poor this year,got one from 5 plants. Bannana peppers are coming late,though. I've done a Fall planting of radishes and peas,the second week of August and they are coming on well. About another month I'm going to try garlic. I also have 2 nice bunches of basil drying in my kitchen. I made some nice pesto a couple of weeks ago.

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