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    The old thread is gone. Resurrecting the topic.

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    Re: Garden Geeks thread

    Cucumbers, leeks, jalapenos and poblano peppers doing well. Chives, parsley, lavender and lemon verbena are all big, too. I really like growing the cucumbers on a trellis much better than them taking over all the ground in the garden.

    Basil not doing well in the ground. I transplanted some to a pot.

    It's been really dry here, but we finally got some rain this morning.
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    I had something, I suspect a deer, eat all of the leaves off of about half of my green bean plants. But besides that everything (beans, peas, squash, cukes, zuchinni and tomatoes) are growing well especially considering the little amount of rain we have had in the past month.
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    Froze a bunch of snow peas today, better than last year when I got none. Kind of late for peas especially with this weather but I'll take them. Tomatos look fine, squash looks ok except for weeds. anyone want to come weed my garden
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    My salsa garden is doing fine so far. I think the tomatoes are suffering a bit from the heat, so I'll have to watch that. Also, I forgot how big tomatillos get and planted them too close to the tomatoes. The jalapenos are coming in before everything else, which I kind of expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Froze a bunch of snow peas today, better than last year when I got none. Kind of late for peas especially with this weather but I'll take them. Tomatos look fine, squash looks ok except for weeds. anyone want to come weed my garden
    Lost all the peas and never tasted one. Summer squash is producing-6 in 2 days, picked our first beans yesterday. Tomatoes are not ready yet but if the chippies don't get them wow!

    PS ifyou find the sucker to weed your garden, mine is next.

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    Just picked blueberries, never seen so many Japanese beetles. They have become the scourge of my garden. Never had any until a few years ago. Another thing I'm seeing this year that I've never seen here before is snails, slugs yes but never snails. Blueberry cake is in the works, the rest in the freezer
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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Just picked blueberries, never seen so many Japanese beetles. They have become the scourge of my garden. Never had any until a few years ago. Another thing I'm seeing this year that I've never seen here before is snails, slugs yes but never snails. Blueberry cake is in the works, the rest in the freezer
    The guy down the street is complaining about being inundated with snails too. Weirdly I have had very few slugs this yr? No idea why. Snails- well, I am not saying anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    never seen so many Japanese beetles
    I have 4 traps out; one I replace EVERY DAY!!! I know I'm probably just drawing them in from all of the neighborhood, but I have to do something to keep them off the Grapes/raspberries/currant bushes/hops/roses/etc. Basically, everything in my yard attracts them. I threw 12 bags of their dead carcasses into the trash this morning.

    I've been picking about a pint of raspberries a day; got tired of raspberry sorbet and already made raspberry jam, so I'm freezing them now. Didn't have much of a currant crop but got a small batch of jelly. Tomatoes are very slow but finally coming on. This week we'll have the first corn on the cob of the year. Hops are lookng good.

    Both of my beans (bush and pole) were totally wiped out by rabbits. I guess my fall project will be a better fence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadTownSioux View Post
    Both of my beans (bush and pole) were totally wiped out by rabbits. I guess my fall project will be a better fence.
    I kind of do overkill with green beans, growing the climbers on a fence 7' high and 44' long. Lots of beans. My rabbit population crashed and virtually disappeared for about 5 years, but last year I saw a couple and this year quite a few. I was worried about the bean plants, so I just put a 2' high poultry wire fence all around the big bean fence, leaving about a foot of space between. So far, it's worked perfectly, and I've had no critters eating the beans. However, those lousy beatles have made lacework out of the topmost leaves. I don't know what to do, as I really resist spraying chemicals on the beans.
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    Picked about 2 gals of beans today. Yikes. THe yellow ones look like they were trying to make seed. They had a dry spell.

    Got home to find a BIG groundhog in the middle of my garden. It chewed the bottom of my oriental lilies and over they went. I got home too late to stop the carnage. I need a b-b gun NOW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Just picked blueberries, never seen so many Japanese beetles. They have become the scourge of my garden. Never had any until a few years ago. Another thing I'm seeing this year that I've never seen here before is snails, slugs yes but never snails. Blueberry cake is in the works, the rest in the freezer
    Blueberry and beetle or blueberry and slug cake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldy_331 View Post
    Blueberry and beetle or blueberry and slug cake?
    I'd go with Blueberry and Slug; beetles are too crunchy for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carter View Post
    I don't know what to do, as I really resist spraying chemicals on the beans.
    I don't spray either but My dad left some DDT behind and its looking better and better
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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    I don't spray either but My dad left some DDT behind and its looking better and better
    Reminds me of my good old neighbor/mentor who loves to laugh about how much agent orange he sprayed over us back in the day. No point in telling him that it now looks like a trigger for diabetes, which I have. First, he'd say it was BS anyway, and secondly, nobody knew back then. Just as legal as your dad's DDT. Which, come to think of it, my old neighbor/mentor also loved to use, saying they never had as many pheasants as they did back when they were using DDT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carter View Post
    Reminds me of my good old neighbor/mentor who loves to laugh about how much agent orange he sprayed over us back in the day. No point in telling him that it now looks like a trigger for diabetes, which I have. First, he'd say it was BS anyway, and secondly, nobody knew back then. Just as legal as your dad's DDT. Which, come to think of it, my old neighbor/mentor also loved to use, saying they never had as many pheasants as they did back when they were using DDT.
    There are some folks who are saying the world was a better place with DDT, Bed Bugs, Malaria in africa etc were almost wiped out then they took it away. My dad stop using DDT when he read Silent Spring, now there are folks saying Carson was full of it. Who knows but I just as soon be as organic as I can be but those freakin beetles are p issing me off
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    I've been getting a decent amount of peas and bush beans from the garden for the past couple weeks. Pleasantly surprised as this is my first garden and I didn't add any compost or fertilizer. Everything else seems to be growing well, except the cucumbers, which have only produced very small plants, but are starting to flower.

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    I've been getting a decent amount of peas and bush beans from the garden for the past couple weeks. Pleasantly surprised as this is my first garden and I didn't add any compost or fertilizer. Everything else seems to be growing well, except the cucumbers, which have only produced very small plants, but are starting to flower.
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    Beans and peas are doing very well. I am picking off of them about every other day. I have had one squash and one cucumber so far but there are small one's that will be ready in a few days. Nothing off the zucchini plants yet. The cherry tomato plant is small but bearing a lot of tomatoes. The regular tomato plant is large but has yet to bear any tomatoes.
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    got home to find a big groundhog in the middle of my garden. It chewed the bottom of my oriental lilies and over they went. I got home too late to stop the carnage. I need a shotgun now!
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