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40niner

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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2006 4:41:34 AM

My garden is not fairing well at all! It is very dry and the veggies are smaller in size then this time last year. Tomatoes have black spot on them. What is yours like?
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40niner
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 1:44:45 AM

From alpacasTX to Me
Sep 20
I have a large 5 month old puppy that keeps eating my backyard plants. Grrrr

Any suggestions?
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40niner
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 1:10:54 AM

HappyHiker, I know how you feel but for me it was too many cold nights!

Last week the school kids cleaned it all up. I am on the road and they sent several pictures of them clearing it and I was surprised they picked a lot of tomatoes, a few cabbage and green beans they let dry and now they picked all. All the root crops onions, beets and carrots they will leave in the ground because earth covers them. The dill weed went into seed and they pulled off all the seeds to dry and use in stews and soups, etc. This school has been doing this for a number of years. It first started as a course in environment study: How to best use the land even in the city. The teacher asked me because my garden was always in need of weeding and in fall no one to harvest and clean up. My neighbor's boy did little as possible for a good wages! This way it is a good deal win, win and earth wins too.
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 10:22:44 PM

the supermarket veggies now...
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 2:44:30 AM

Art, gardening and preservation converge in The Heirloom Project in Minneapolis.

Excerpt from newspaper article

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The milkweed mural and a handful of others are the work of artist Rachel Breen, who lives in the neighborhood. They’re part of her “Heirloom Project,” a public art installation designed to sow appreciation for native plants and the habitat they provide for bees, birds and butterflies.

Breen, a “social practice artist” who also teaches painting and drawing at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, was inspired by the work of Seed Savers, the Iowa-based organization committed to preserving heirloom seeds. “They’re doing really important work,” Breen said. “We’ve lost so much plant diversity.”

Her project is about celebrating plants, but is also “a metaphor for a much bigger question: How do we think about the future, and what do we pass on to the next generation?
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 10:44:31 PM

?NEXT YEAR?
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 10:44:10 PM

?NEXT YEAR?
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 10:06:49 PM

gonzo
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reichera
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 6:48:35 AM

Done for the year. I pulled the final holdout tomatoes off the plants last evening. Soon I'll turn it under for the winter.
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 11:00:58 PM

i feel good...
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 10:41:24 PM

good night all...
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Pam0905
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 8:02:17 AM

It's starting to wind down with spring and summer flowers and I'm getting ready to start on fall color!
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 9:32:41 PM

gone till next year...
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HappyHiker
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 6:51:16 PM

No garden. Temps over 100 degrees and water rationing due to the severe drought. I'm missing my homegrown veggies!
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riverrising
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 5:16:12 PM

dry as a pancake. mum's sure look nice at store. trying NOT to look. it's another THING to take care of,imo
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 10:55:32 AM

Done for this year
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 11:05:28 PM

long gone...
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 12:11:56 PM

Done for the year.
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playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 11:14:43 AM

It seems like everyday four more tomatoes ripen. I finished off one pint of salsa & made another, & now there is plenty tomatoes hot peppers & onions to make more. I'm still drinking grape juice from a few weeks ago.

[Edited by: playtimeCLE at 9/13/2014 11:15:49 AM EST]
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 10:14:53 PM

everybody have a great safe weekend...
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taxguy
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 9:30:07 AM

tomatoes are done...still some Swiss chard
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 8:58:02 AM

fall raspberry crop in full production right now, all else is feeling the cold and so am I
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 3:13:12 AM

It's too cold to go out and tend to it. :(
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 10:42:50 PM

good night to all...
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 8:00:29 AM

Yep - no plastic - use an old sheet or landscape covering.
If you have to use plastic - use stakes to keep it above the plant.
Also remove covering next day if it warms up.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 9/11/2014 8:01:22 AM EST]
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40niner
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2014 11:39:14 PM

Frost warning issued it is cold outside. My neighbour said to never cover the veggies with plastic wrap it will burn their leaves is this true?
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2014 10:45:59 PM

lot of heavy duty thinking...
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 10:57:52 PM

looking through the seed catalogs tonight...
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 10:28:01 PM

all gone until next season in the springtime...
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playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 7:35:41 PM

Tomatoes are ripening now as fast or faster then I can use them. We made grape juice out of what we got off the grape vines, Boy is that some filling juice! Hot peppers are keeping up with the tomatoes. & there is one small bell pepper out there. I get a good handful of black berries nearly every day.
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glorioussnookie
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 5:19:05 PM

Goldie I am returning , I found a recipe for tomato jam from Mother earth news, it can be frozen, it also has the substitution for no sugar, sounds interesting, I do have the type of sieve they mentioned, my Son gave it to me a couple of years ago when I was making blackberry jam, he said it was ancient, it looks it hehe!
Tomato jam regular or sugar free
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glorioussnookie
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 5:12:03 PM

Hi goldie, TxJeans, 40niner. chocolate flash and any I messed gardening buddies!!

Goldie - I never thought of a tomato jam , great idea, I googled it and found a ton of recipes, My only concern is I would want a canner to make it, I know tomato products are touchy, I just goggled it and found a very helpful article on how to can tomato products safely Canning Tomatoes etc.

Now I hope I remembered how to insert a link hehe! Off to double check that it worked.

It worked amazing !

Now to find a good tomato jam recipe hehe!

Happy gardening buddies!!

[Edited by: glorioussnookie at 9/8/2014 5:13:20 PM EST]
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 2:00:26 AM

Hi 49er, TxJ, Glorious, Tru and all.

I was looking at something today that made me wonder if people ever make tomato jam or marmalade or something like that. It could be interesting.

I'm seriously questioning whether it is worth it to bother with trying to grow tomatoes next year. Just buy some flowers to have out there and some basil and maybe other herbs. But when next spring comes, I'll probably be like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football and try again.

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40niner
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 10:33:41 PM

not much growing, the temp has been too cold as right now it is 17c going down to 11 c tonight.
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 9:03:34 PM

good night to all...
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 10:47:13 PM

what did i do wrong?...
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 10:11:21 PM

all gone...
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glorioussnookie
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 9:26:02 PM

Happy Friday Gardening Buddies!!!

I just got back in from being held hostage in my garden, picked a lot of tomatoes after giving them all a wonderful drink of saved rainwater!!!

Whew I am really far behind, hope to have some catch up time here on Sunday!!!

Sweet dreams of gardening , that is just what my dreams are about hehe, Like I said my garden really has me held hostage hehe!

Hugs and TOL = Tons of Love!
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 6:39:28 PM

I have one plant that is really looking good. Water it every day(bottled water) and it is so healthy I'm jealous. Maybe I should water me more.

[Edited by: chocolateflash at 9/5/2014 6:39:57 PM EST]
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 10:23:28 PM

thinking about next spring...
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 11:32:00 AM

That stinks Goldie - is there a good handyman in the building? I was thinking that if you could get the door moving with WD40 you could then clean off the tracks in both directions. It may be just off the track a bit, or it could be one of the rollers for the door has cracked. I hope you can find a nice gentleman around to help you with the door.

I can't believe your BOD makes the entire balcony your responsibility but can understand maybe the doors. I would want to know exactly to what extent your responsibilities are for the balcony -- keeping them clean is one thing, but structure itself would be another game.

Good luck to you.

Mom calls her rollator a "kiddie cart" ;-) she has a three wheeler in the house that she only uses at night and a 4 wheeler for outside.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 9/4/2014 11:33:11 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 3:27:50 AM

I have some tomatoes, cucumbers and various herbs still growing.
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 1:55:27 AM

Hi TxJeans and all.

LOL, I didn't know that a "rollator" is a walker; thought it was some kind of gardening aid. ;) I have my mother's walker here, but it would be more of a bother than a help. It's the older version, with no seat/shelf or basket or anything.

"Some years even shorter than others ;)." Yes, and this year was one of the shortest ones. At least from the beginning. It remains to be seen when it will end.

My first thought was to use WD40, but I was warned against it. Tru said it could attract more dirt and be hard to clean it off. I've since been told that sometimes they get off the rollers on the bottom. Recently a nice young man was here to service the radiators and I asked if he would try to see if he could lift it back on the rollers. He tried, but it didn't work. Perhaps someone else could do it, or maybe it needs more than that. The bummer is that it stopped working last summer, but since it was the end of the season, I just let it go. Then, unbeknownst to me until it was too late, last fall our board of directors voted to make the balconies, doors, etc our individual responsibility. Previously those had always been Association responsibilities.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 9:46:44 PM

just planted winter garden
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 9:35:20 PM

have a good night and a happy day tomorrow every body...
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 7:56:47 AM

Hi Goldie,
I realize that you are using a balcony and not a patio* - it was just a digression to mom - since she also has problems with water and she uses the rollator (wheeled walker) to be able to carry more water to her plants than if just carrying the watering can. Still she can only fill it so much or it is too heavy for her to lift to water, but at least the carrying it the 20 -25 ft or so is less.

For the patio door/slider it may just need some WD40, but it might need to rollers.

*(sorry the typo about patio) -but the coffee cans actually are good on balconies. They are actually useful in vertical gardening using a shelving system or a ladder type system.Too bad it is too far from the bath/kitchen as there are hoses that attach to the faucet that can go a distance for watering. Being from Michigan, I understand the short season. Some years even shorter than others ;).

[Edited by: TxJeans at 9/3/2014 7:59:12 AM EST]
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 1:23:54 AM

TxJ, thanks for trying to think of something and for some interesting ideas. Mine is not a patio, but a balcony. I couldn't water from a window, have to go out. And way too much stuff in here, so it's not a clear shot from the bathroom to the doors. Right now my sliding glass door in the the living room that I used to always use, is stuck and won't open/close more than about an inch. Luckily I have small doors to go out there from the den and the bedroom. I had to move a lot of stuff around to use the bedroom door, since there was much in front of it both inside and out. The door to the den is a little hard to squeeze past the chair to get out, but so far I can still do it (not sure if I keep gaining weight). If it gets to where it's too hard to carry the water out there, I'll probably stop having plants out there. You know, this is Minnesota, so the season is very short.

The plants are spread out in different areas of the balcony, so I have to go out there to water.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 10:30:43 PM

good night all...
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 12:23:59 PM

Hi Gloria - glad to hear you are having success in spit of the challenges.

Goldie - I hear you about the effort. I don't have a hose connection for mom's garden. She has to water with a watering can on her rollator through the screened room to the patio. And, since she can't lift much, it she has to rotate what she waters each morning/afternoon.

The earthbox was supposed to hold water so I could fill it every weekend and she could just add a little during the week. Didn't work out quite that well in the FL sun.

I bought her this radio activated hose control that turns on the water from the far side of the house, but she is afraid it won't work and she will be stuck with water turned on. I use it all the time myself. Sometimes it takes a couple of clicks on the clicker, and it does seem to go through batteries... but works for me. I am sad that they discontinued them.

For patio gardening, also check out coffee cans gardening.

For watering, let me look around. I think you can make a contraption on wheels that you can roll from the sink to the window wall and then water. I have also been looking at watering devices that you fill and they auto-feed (I think you can make them out of old soda bottles).
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 7:41:28 AM

Good Tuesday early morning to all my gardening buddies!!!

I hope to get back on later today, supposed to get some much needed rain at my house today, I sure hope so, it seems as though there is an invisible wall around my house that keeps the rain away! But even with me having to be Mother Nature my plants are producing well!

Happy gardening to all, I am anxious to get back later and catch up on the developing gardening news ! Totally enjoy it!

TOL! Gloria
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 12:17:15 AM

TxJeans, I'm not sure if it was the same thing. It was quite large; looked like a sandbox. It didn't look like a good option for me and cost way more than I could spend. I just use pots. And old ones, at that. No water source out there; I lug it out from inside. I am not really a gardener, and don't enjoy doing it that much, but like having the plants, so I do it. Also with my back and related physical issues, it's not that easy for me. I wonder if it is even worth it for the few tomatoes that I get. That's the part I like -- eating them. ;)

This year I have two cherry tomato plants: Sun Gold and Large Red Cherry, and a regular tomato. I buy organic starter plants at either Whole Foods or one of our food co-ops. The regular tomatoes have not yet ripened. The cherries I've eaten right off the plant. None of them has made it into the kitchen yet; so few ripen at one time.

And I've got two basil plants that I bought at Trader Joe's. The rest are flowers.

Wish I could have herbs in my kitchen, but it has no window. The indoor plants are in the living room, which has the big sliding glass balcony doors, but they don't do well. Many years ago the glass doors were treated with a UV protection film to keep the furniture and draperies from fading, and it must filter out part of the sunlight.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 9/2/2014 12:19:59 AM EST]
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