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« Reply #60 on: October 10, 2012, 08:10:51 AM »

Our tomatoes are pretty much the same: the cherry variety are going great guns, the beefmaster are done (but don't know it) and the rest are still pluggin along.  I hope we don't get a good frost for at least a week so the green ones still on the plants have a chance to ripen.  The blossoms that are out there won't set fruit (too cold at night) but it'd be nice to have a few more ripen (no fans of green tomato anything here) before we close up the garden.

Cleared out all the corn stalks; considering the possibility of a big bonfire at Halloween.  The wiccan neighbours might appreciate that.

The freezer is full of corn and apple slices.  Carrots are still coming, squash (at least 16 more out there), celery (one plant left: been using them for tomato sauce), some beans, broccoli and mutsu apples.  So many apples this year, I am researching good recipes to use them all.   
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« Reply #61 on: October 29, 2012, 01:29:59 PM »

Ripped out most of our garden last weekend.  Still had some lettuce and parsley but we had quite a frost last night so I doubt it's in good shape any more.

Good year for the garden - had lots of tomatoes, decent bean yield, and those peppers...our freezer door is completely full of peppers and there were still tons of them on the plants when I tilled them under.
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« Reply #62 on: October 29, 2012, 05:13:48 PM »

We still have raised beds filled with beets, daikon, carrots, turnips, and spinach.  We have so much daikon that I'm looking for various recipes to use it all.  Having some luck, but one of them was a terrible thing that shall never be revisited.

Picked about a pint of strawberries from Garrett's everbearing patch this morning.  That's probably the last of them.  They were very good.
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« Reply #63 on: November 06, 2012, 04:59:59 PM »

I usually grow jalapeños and red peppers every year. But I was thinking about growing some strawberries. Anybody ever do that? What all would I need?
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« Reply #64 on: November 07, 2012, 08:33:24 AM »

I usually grow jalapeños and red peppers every year. But I was thinking about growing some strawberries. Anybody ever do that? What all would I need?

We have been growing strawberries for a few years.  Finally starting to get the hang of it.  They are pretty versatile as far as how you grow them:  we use raised beds, but I have seen them in pots, in a regular garden, and even just tucked into a corner of the yard. 

There are a lot of different varieties.  You'll want to find one that you like the taste of.  Strawberries also come in two different kinds:  June bearing and everbearing.  The June bearing make most of their fruit in spring, while the everbearing have a spring crop and then continue to produce (at a slower pace) until Fall.

The big thing with strawberries is maintenance.  After June bearing finish their crop you are supposed to cut them down (mowing works) to about 3" above the ground.  You don't do that with everbearing or you won't get more strawberries that year.  You also have to keep them thinned out by removing runners so there is space between plants.  To keep fruit from insects or rotting you want to use straw or black plastic around plants.  In cooler climes you also cover them with straw when freezing temperatures arrive.

When you want to encourage the plants to set fruit you remove runners so they are not spreading.  Finally, you want to remove older plants (2 or 3 years) and replace them with new ones to keep the patch producing.  That is a reason to allow the plants to put out runners and then use those new plants to replace the old.

We have a June bearing called Cabot that looks promising.  I'll be able to say how they did when we see our first crop in the Spring.  Our everbearing is Evie.  We had about 2 quarts of Evie this fall after planting in late Spring.  They seem to be ripe when a light red, so we had a number rot because we didn't think they were ripe yet.  The flavor of the Evie's has been good.
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« Reply #65 on: May 07, 2013, 02:25:15 PM »

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I've got lettuce, spinach and radishes started so far, and they're looking good.  Hope to get bell peppers, tomatoes and carrots going soon. 
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« Reply #66 on: May 07, 2013, 03:31:29 PM »

Our lettuce, spinach, scallions, beets, and carrots are all sprouted.  Just planted the beans, cucumbers, squash, and zucchini.  Going to buy pepper and tomato plants soon and plant them.

The strawberry beds are recovering from the damage the vole did to them over the winter.  We might even get strawberries this spring.
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« Reply #67 on: May 07, 2013, 04:14:08 PM »

I've got our garden all tilled up (with my shovel) but haven't planted anything yet.  Probably get that all done this week though.  I think I'm later with planting this year because we had snow up until last week, so hopefully I'll miss the damned beetle hatching season.  Stinkin' things ate just about everything last spring.

We've got a rhubarb plant that's about a foot tall and the other one is about 6".  Also a pretty good chives plant from last year in the herb garden.  It survived 2" of snow just fine  Thumbup
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« Reply #68 on: May 12, 2013, 08:58:05 PM »

Ive been doing some planting here and there around the house.  Vegetable wise ive only put in lettuce seeds which are sprouting.   i aquired some free herb seeds so im giving that a go. Ive been transplanting grass into a bare spot where we had bushes. So far its taken well.   The crap i do to save money...
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« Reply #69 on: May 13, 2013, 07:17:35 AM »

Unless we get some things finished in the yard, I don't think we will have a garden this year.  There is a large trench across it with the electrical supply to the barn pulled out for replacement...which is not happening in a timely fashion.   Lookingup  I am not holding my breath.  Bluesad  That leaves just the berry bushes and fruit trees.  Oh well.
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« Reply #70 on: May 13, 2013, 08:10:02 AM »

I spoke to Mom about two hours ago and she told me that her sister has some odd things growing in her garden, among which are some marijuana bushes.  Question
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« Reply #71 on: May 13, 2013, 08:52:51 AM »

I spoke to Mom about two hours ago and she told me that her sister has some odd things growing in her garden, among which are some marijuana bushes.  Question

 BounceGiggle  Oh naughty Auntie!

We have helicopters flying over fairly regularly once the field crops (mainly corn/maize) are at a certain stage, checking for patches of marijuana planted among them.  Sometimes the pilots circle and buzz the horses to see if they can make them run - they must be bored to tears!
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« Reply #72 on: May 13, 2013, 09:17:56 AM »

I'm trying to get a garden going, but I still haven't figured out Oregon Weather.  I have some chocolate cherry tomatoes in the ground and that's about it.  Hopefully next year I'll have a good size garden going.
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« Reply #73 on: May 13, 2013, 09:22:06 AM »

With Spring being drunk and not coming out, there hasn't been a chance to plant stuff. Hatred
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« Reply #74 on: May 13, 2013, 10:42:44 AM »

We turned over the last two beds from the fall/winter garden.  Been giving away scallions (we had a lot in that bed) all weekend.  That is along with using them any way we could, like me making open faced roast beef sandwiches with sauteed scallions and mushrooms.

Need to find a few more pepper and tomato plants, but both of those beds have been planted.  We want a lemon boy tomato, a jalapeno pepper, and a orange bell pepper yet and haven't been able to find them.

Beans, cucumbers, squash, and zucchini are all sprouted.  One of Garrett's strawberry beds has recovered and is full of blooms.  Andy's blueberry bushes are also full of flowers.  Looking forward to some home grown berries this spring!
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