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    06-20-2012, 01:36 PM
2012 Grapes

I thought I lost my grapes for the year but would have a good crop of my other fruit. INSTEAD, I lost all my apples (4 trees), all my pears (2 trees), all my peaches (1 tree), and most of my Montmorency cherries (2 trees.) I have possibly the best grape crop this year EVER--go figure. This is what it looked like after 2 frosts in April.

THIS is what it looked like last week.

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    06-20-2012, 01:38 PM
Going to Seed

I have 2011 onions going to seed.

I have 2 Brussel Sprouts that survived the mild winter going to seed, too.

I HATE, HATE, HATE to mow next to any building and I HATE, HATE, HATE string trimmers. You use them for 5 minutes and then spend the next 55 minutes re-stringing them. (******* STRING TRIMMERS!!!!)
So, my solution is to make garden flower/herb beds alongside my house and garage so that I can mow easily. It's been worth all of the effort over the past 6 years to do this, and I'm almost done.
Here are the radishes that I planted to fill in the spaces between flowers on the west side of my garage. I love their flowers. They're fragrant, and it chokes out the weeds, plus you can harvest the numerous seeds for later planting.

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    06-20-2012, 01:40 PM

I transplanted some 30-odd volunteer tomato plants--mostly cherry-- to fill in places where the weeds like to take over. One has fruit that will be red by this weekend, which is the earliest EVER at my place. Just in time for DH's birthday.
It's hard to see, but this bed is really for my newly planted asparagus. The sunflowers and cosmos behind, and the volunteer tomatoes in front as just companion plants.

I had to take out 8 arber vitae bush stumps to clear this bed.

Here's ALL EIGHT of them!

THAT's why it only looks 1/2 done. The right (east) side will fill in nicely this summer. The west and east sides are flanked by blackberry bushes, which are red and turning this week--TOTALLY num!

A month ago my clematis decided to explode around the blackberry bush. Biggest flowering ever, probably bc it likes it's roots really shaded.
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    06-20-2012, 01:48 PM
Old Cattle Fencing

Along the street I have a section of the old fencing that I replaced around my 4 acres of horse pasture. It was hard to mow, too, so I've reclaimed it as a garden bed. I started 2 years ago, and happily discovered volunteer Potato plants in the inside. I've harvested 5 of them, and left the other 12 to develop bigger spuds. So far I've harvested about 30 pounds of potatoes, even though I could have left them in the ground a little longer.

I've had a great crop of sugar snap peas there.

Unfortunately, out of 100 seeds that I planted directly only one sweat pea survived. Next year I'm starting ALL peas January. They can go out mid-March and still do well.
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    06-20-2012, 01:48 PM
Green Broke
I had 1 really nice heirloom tomatoe-it was doing great-lots of blooms, but a cow (free-range) came in the yard & ate it during the night-right outside the bedroom window-while I was on vacation. Hubby thinks it might come back, but I think it is too far gone. More than 2/3rds was chomped off.
    06-20-2012, 01:54 PM
Heirloom tomatoes taste fantastic, but they don't produce much. I recommend planting one or two or them, and also plant hybreds. I have one bed of beefsteak, and one bed of Romas. I have one volunteer Red Crim, an heirloom, in that bed, too.
I don't know about you'all but I think this will be an early tomato harvest.
    06-20-2012, 02:07 PM
Lovely Corporal! I was hoping you'd add yours!
Yep, early tomatoes. I've got HUGE beefsteaks and pulled two red ones already. My Romas are LOADED, no reds yet but it will only be another week.
Grow grapes grow! What a success! Did you do anything special to bring them back/help them grow? Other than compost and water?

I did sweet peas too! They are still alive but tiny, I bought two to grow on my balcony that got eaten by mice! I'll post a pict of my sad little flower garden. They say we have a 30% chance for rain the next two days!! Woo Hoo! I've only been able to water it once a week... Oh well!

LOVE your sunflower beds! That is a LOAD of work digging up those bushes, I'd have decorated the stumps and said THWI! I used to grow cabbage, squash, and strawberries in mine along with 4 O'Clocks, grandfathers whiskers, and sunflowers it was so lovely. Most of my beds by the house are in full shade now. :(
    06-20-2012, 02:16 PM
Originally Posted by FlyGap    
Lovely Corporal! I was hoping you'd add yours!
Yep, early tomatoes. I've got HUGE beefsteaks and pulled two red ones already. My Romas are LOADED, no reds yet but it will only be another week.
DH is THRILLED! We're planning meals based on tomatoes...with some, um..meat on the side, later this summer. =b
Originally Posted by FlyGap    
I did sweet peas too!
The edible peas have been watered to death. We've had a really dry Spring and they wouldn't have survived without it. I have enough online articles saved to my computer to fill a book, and several tell how to successfully start peas inside. I'll send you the links, if you'd like. =D
Originally Posted by FlyGap    
LOVE your sunflower beds! That is a LOAD of work digging up those bushes, I'd have decorated the stumps and said THWI! I used to grow cabbage, squash, and strawberries in mine along with 4 O'Clocks, grandfathers whiskers, and sunflowers it was so lovely. Most of my beds by the house are in full shade now. :(
ROFL!!! My garden forum friends told me to take a vacation after I finished that job. I started 4-o-clock's too, bc I understand that, though toxic (to cats and dogs and horses), Japanese Beetles will consume the leaves and fly off and die. I have mine in 2 hanging baskets, out of reach to my animals.
I also have 4 sweet corn beds, with squashes interplanted, and they are in between my fruit trees in my micro-orchard.
This is THE YEAR to be eating off of the land, IMO.
    06-20-2012, 02:32 PM
I agree 1,000% I've put up over 150 lbs. Of squash, zucchini, cauliflower, and broccoli. We are trying to get solar installed, if finances allow, to run the well and the freezer. Got a deer in there too. We'll see. Love how my grocery bill has gone down a bit with all the fresh produce!

Would LOVE any great links! I'm always learning. I like the NA approach to things, DH likes the traditional "must be in a row, must be STRAIGHT and TIDY!" Ugh. Oh well, he does the tillin! Do you have any good pasta sauce recipes? It's my goal to turn the Romas into ummm ummm spaghetti sauce!

Didn't get any snap/snow peas this spring, got too hot too early. Even the broccoli suffered, they shot off shoots with only a few heads but still got plenty. Didn't KNOW that about the 4 O's! I hate the beetles, I give my kid a bucket of soapy water and let her go to town! It's the larva that got my Plum, it's hanging on for dear life, do you know of any "good" pesticides for fruit trees or natural things to do around the roots? I LOVE that tree, I know it's at least 30 years old!

I was so hoping for a cool wet summer, I got the cool part, just not the wet! IT's starting to heat up but the humidity is low so thank Heavens!
    06-20-2012, 02:37 PM
I did have a nice cutting garden this spring, the Iris were CRAZY. All dust now and my Tiger lilies are toast, maybe 100 blooms out of potentially 1,000's. Oh, it was so GREEN!
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