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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby BioWizard on May 11th, 2016, 7:28 am 

Nutrina brought these "onions" a few days ago. And now, this.
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby Watson on May 11th, 2016, 10:01 am 

I just cut mine up and into the pot. I'll have to try this. The Spanish tulips will be huge.
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby mtbturtle on May 23rd, 2016, 8:03 pm 

Finished planting my tomatoes and seeds today 9 Amish Paste 6 Mountain Sun (?) and 6 black cherry

Chatenay, Touchan, and Parisian Carrots

We had a hard freeze a week or so ago. Radio said our County lost 80% of the apple crop. Several of my lilies don't look too good. Doubt they will bloom. Hope they survive.

The Lilac scent has faded and been replaced with Lily of Valley. Northern Lights Azaleas have the most blooms they've ever had. About time!

Columbines blooming in several spots. Solomon's Seal, carpet phlox, Spanish bells and chocolate Geranium are lighting up the shady corner of the garden. The yellow Ur-Iris is about to open. The mini-iris are done.
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby Serpent on May 23rd, 2016, 10:17 pm 

Nice, seasonal week after one of freezing nights, cool days and cloud.
We have violets blooming under the cedars where i hang my bird-feeders; lilac is just coming on; apple and choke cherry blossoms look pretty good - I was worried they'd be frozen off last week.

We put all the tomatoes out yesterday. We started them back in March in the greenhouse, then had a major setback with aphid invasion - lost all the pepper and eggplant seedlings. About half the tomatoes survived - I sure hope that includes some Bananalegs and Cherokee Purples! - and have flowers, though they're a bit scrawny. We've been keeping the greenhouse door open during the day and had a few bumblebees in. Not as many as I'd see by now in years past, alas! Had a ladybug swarm in the front porch (!!) so I put a half dozen aphid-infested seedlings in there. Them's stooopid bugs! I rescued as many as I could.

Cucumber and squash plants running rampant; little onions and shallots doing fine; kale hardly bothered to germinate one in ten seeds.
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby mtbturtle on May 24th, 2016, 7:24 pm 

Lilac, little lantern columbines and a turtle Imagelilac& turtle by mtb turtle
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby Serpent on May 24th, 2016, 8:11 pm 

What is the turtle made of? Looks like copper.
The columbines are great. All I have is pink, and they're nowhere near blooming yet. Hummingbirds love them.
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby mtbturtle on May 24th, 2016, 8:15 pm 

Serpent » Tue May 24, 2016 7:11 pm wrote:What is the turtle made of? Looks like copper.
The columbines are great. All I have is pink, and they're nowhere near blooming yet. Hummingbirds love them.

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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby Watson on May 24th, 2016, 9:15 pm 

The only thing blooming here on the tundra is the yellow carpet of Taraxacum officinale. I just harvested a crop earlier, before the rains came.
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby Serpent on May 24th, 2016, 9:55 pm 

Making wine?
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby Watson on May 25th, 2016, 1:14 am 

No, but that would be a preferred use. I'm just making colorful compost.
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby Watson on May 27th, 2016, 10:12 am 

Now, after days of rain and gloomy weather most of my plants have drowned. I think I'll plant rice. And, build a large boat.
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby mtbturtle on June 5th, 2016, 7:43 pm 

Lots blooming this week including geraniums, salvia, lupins, columbines, a few poppies, & the wisteria are just starting to open. The stars right now though are the Irises.

Imagebowbed Irises 2016 by mtb turtle,


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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby mtbturtle on June 8th, 2016, 6:54 pm 

Poppies have gotten lucky this year and not been beaten by rain so I've multiple blooms at the same time

Imagefive poppies by mtb turtle, on Flickr
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby Watson on June 8th, 2016, 10:18 pm 

We haven't had any rain this way for
hours, almost a full day. My garden didn't get
beat up by the rain but after almost two
weeks of regular rains, it is all looking sad from
being to wet. Hopefully we are getting into some hot dry weather
and things will recover and grow.
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby mtbturtle on June 9th, 2016, 6:56 pm 

We're about to get a heat wave here. Gardeners laments Watson - too little or too much rain....
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby Braininvat on June 9th, 2016, 7:24 pm 

Record or near record heat here today, 97 atm.

Whatever we get, MN, IA, WI, gets in a day or so. But often less extreme, due to being wetter and lower.

17 in. is annual rainfall here, so "too much rain" is rarely spoken. We have some sage coming up in one area of yard, as a weed, but are encouraging it because it's hardy, smells wonderful, and Diana Treadwell (the cat) likes to roll in it.
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby Watson on June 9th, 2016, 8:45 pm 

I think we have had the 'risk of thunder storm' in the forecast for the last several day, including the next two. But nothing has come of it yet. A neighbor's rain gauge showed 14 inches. Today was a hotter than usual day, about 30c with more of the same this coming week. The tomatoes and peppers all look like they will be good, and one very healthy potato plant has popped up from last year. I thought any thing missed in the fall would have froze and rotted. It is the one plant that shows no sign of distress. None of the milk weed came back this year. Any of the herbs I try don't come back either, except for one. Chive on.
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby Serpent on June 10th, 2016, 8:59 pm 

We had the thunderstorm (complete with power outage - which I didn't know about until I looked at the electric clock in another room - inyourfaceHydro!!), cold enough to make a fire three nights in a row, and some very strong winds. The squashes have a few brown leaves but are mostly OK; several vine tomato plants were damaged, one broken in half. And it had lots of little fruit on the top half!
Outdoor peas and greens coming along quite well; eggplant and pepper plants all flowering; we've eaten green onion, lettuce and the prolific lemon cucumber we started in the greenhouse. I got some unusual strawberry plants at half price yesterday and we put them in a new bed covered in landscape fabric.
Herbs are mostly poor; I'll probably have to dig up, divide and relocate my 35-year-old sage. Had to go out and buy basil after the bugs killed my seedlings. Milkweed looks healthy enough, as do the little sunflowers.

I just picked a bouquet of dark purple and some purple and white irises for the big Scandinavian crystal vase. I sure can see why the Impressionists couldn't get enough of these things to paint. Almost want to break out the acrylics myself.
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby Athena on July 27th, 2016, 7:49 pm 

Serpent, I am so sorry about your vegetables hit by the storm.

I have been looking at zucchini and eggplant recipes. I have been eating zucchini, mostly raw, for a couple of weeks now. I can hardly wait for the eggplants to mix with the zucchini in a recipe I found on-line.

There are a couple of recipes I really want to try. One is roasted eggplants, spread with yogurt and then covered with a tomato filling. Another is a kind of stew with the eggplant and zucchini and green peppers and tomatoes.

Does anyone have recipes to share?
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby toucana on August 4th, 2016, 5:01 pm 

This one made me smile :-)
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby dandelion on November 13th, 2016, 5:16 am 

It lets the sunshine in :)
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Re: Gardening: What are you growing ?

Postby Serpent on November 13th, 2016, 1:45 pm 

Athena » July 27th, 2016, 6:49 pm wrote:Does anyone have recipes to share?

Three favourites for eggplant: parmagiana, fried and curried. Moussaka is actually my SO's favourite, but it's so fussy, neither of us is keen to make it often.
Had the very last little ones from the cold house (the unheated half of the greenhouse) last night, along with the last green tomatoes and a bar of firm tofu. Wash and slice everything. I leave the tomato till last, since it foams up the oil. Dredge each slice in flour, dip in beaten egg, then cover in fine bread crumbs; fry in medium hot vegetable oil; drain excess oil (I use washed rags, not paper towel. Last stop for old teeshirts.) Serve with a dip of 2mayo/1sweet mustard/squirt of lemon juice.

The only thing left in the greenhouse now are some lavender and basil that should overwinter. In the cold part, a few late runner beans are still bearing. Next week - middle of effin November - is supposed to be warm still, so I'll leave them as long as possible. I'm the only one can go in there now, because a very small nest of wild bees moved in just before we sealed the outside doors. We're so happy to see any insects at all, we bend over backward to accommodate them. They never bite me - I probably smell bad.
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