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So my pickling cukes were taking over the garden (and having vine wars with the grapes) so I build a little trellis to get them off the ground and corralled.  I say little but it ended up needing to be 12 ft long.  I'll take a picture later when it cools off some.  Next up is putting up some bird netting to prevent our blueberries feeding all of the feather friends in the neighborhood that Awesome Wife's bird feeders attract.

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I leave for a week and the garden has grown! 

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A little eggplant

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The cucumbers are growing like weeds. That one is almost a foot long!

 

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They needed some help, along with the adjacent zucchini plant that was trying to use the cucumbers for support. So this happened

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We will see how long it takes them to grow out of it. There are lots of little green tomatoes and a couple starting to turn red. Though several of the biggest plants don't have flowers yet. Lots of peppers of all varieties. Couple of flowers on the tomatillo plants, but no fruits yet. 

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Well, you can eat whatever you want in this house as long as it includes green beans and/or zucchini.

 

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Also harvested my first ever okra pod but am not sure what to do with it as I'm not about to fire up a pot of oil to fry just the one.  Finally saw a butterfly feeding on the butterfly bushes:

 

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1 hour ago, Keianna said:

I leave for a week and the garden has grown! 

 

 

A little eggplant

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The cucumbers are growing like weeds. That one is almost a foot long!

 

 

See all that weedy looking stuff in the background? The small plants with ragged leaves and silver tips at the top of the plant?  That is a native american wild green called lambsquarters or pigweed and it is delicious.  You can pick the young leaves off the top half of the plant and cook them like spinach.  I grew up eating the stuff, but hardly ever find it any more due to the prevalence of weed killers. 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Inarah said:

 

See all that weedy looking stuff in the background? The small plants with ragged leaves and silver tips at the top of the plant?  That is a native american wild green called lambsquarters or pigweed and it is delicious.  You can pick the young leaves off the top half of the plant and cook them like spinach.  I grew up eating the stuff, but hardly ever find it any more due to the prevalence of weed killers. 

 

 

 

 

@Inarah.You mean we should have been eating al, that pig weed I had to pull as a kid growing up.  I learned something new today!

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I have flowers in 3 of my tomato plants, and 2 little bitty green peppers going!20200705_165745.thumb.jpg.1d2f331d4ee7abc5be3200af71a6a9be.jpg20200705_165737.thumb.jpg.3fe1c8ce6f409f7af6d56cebae2e0505.jpg

any suggestions for making sure my tomatoes get pollinated? We love in a fairly new subdivision, and I don't have a butterfly garden or anything yet.

Also, do the peppers need to be potted in 5 gallon buckets too? I bought this one from Lowe's, but I'm thinking it's probably already rootbound by looking at the bottom.

Suggestions appreciated! I'm a total plant noob. 20200705_165754.thumb.jpg.efd057565ee46b38b7f59987b7d42619.jpg

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I have cucumber plants!!!

 

The lemon balm (think I was calling it basil before; I have been corrected) took over the herb garden. I was using those as my daily bucket of weeds today and found four of them! Hopefully, they will produce something.
 

Everything in the garden this year seems to get to two leaves then stop. I planted the bell peppers today. All of them just two leaves. I seriously doubt they will survive. I have three tomatoes still in buckets so can fill in the garden space. But I for sure need to put in a drip system next weekend. Spent hours letting each plant soak today wasn’t fun. 
 

At least the bees are growing well. Had to add a fourth box this week. 
 

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8 hours ago, lowlylowlycook said:

 

Also harvested my first ever okra pod but am not sure what to do with it as I'm not about to fire up a pot of oil to fry just the one. 

 

 


Dry rub vigorously with salt to wash off all the little hairs (if they are there) then rinse with water, slice, and mix in a little soy sauce. Congrats, you have a small side dish of Japanese-style okra! Wife bought a big bag at the Asian market a couple of weeks ago, and they were all consumed that way. 

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1 hour ago, lowlylowlycook said:

Tomatoes don't need insects for pollination.  It wouldn't hurt to give the plants a little shake now and then.

That's good to know! Thanks! I'll shake em up! 

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1 hour ago, Marineal said:

I have flowers in 3 of my tomato plants, and 2 little bitty green peppers going!

any suggestions for making sure my tomatoes get pollinated? We love in a fairly new subdivision, and I don't have a butterfly garden or anything yet.

Also, do the peppers need to be potted in 5 gallon buckets too? I bought this one from Lowe's, but I'm thinking it's probably already rootbound by looking at the bottom.

Suggestions appreciated! I'm a total plant noob. 

 

Yes, give the peppers large pots. If nothing else it helps maintain moisture during the heat of summer.  Give the peppers the worst dirt you can find.  Tomatoes love fertilizer, but peppers will grow more leaves than fruit if the soil is too rich. Get some cheap topsoil for them. 

 

There are lots of bugs that pollinate.  If you hang out around in the garden you will see all kinds of little bees, flies and bugs on your flowering plants. 

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9 hours ago, Inarah said:

 

Yes, give the peppers large pots. If nothing else it helps maintain moisture during the heat of summer.  Give the peppers the worst dirt you can find.  Tomatoes love fertilizer, but peppers will grow more leaves than fruit if the soil is too rich. Get some cheap topsoil for them. 

 

There are lots of bugs that pollinate.  If you hang out around in the garden you will see all kinds of little bees, flies and bugs on your flowering plants. 

Also good to know! Lol. I've been just buying the miracle grow stuff since it seems to be working. I will find cheap soil for them!

Y'all are the best!

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I was wondering why I kept getting dive bombed by the Robin's in the garden today. Then I found this little guy hanging out with some of my hot peppers. He's safely back in the Basswood with his family now. 

 

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20 hours ago, Pegazus said:

 

Everything in the garden this year seems to get to two leaves then stop.

 

Out of curiosity, are those the seed leaves or are you getting two true leaves per plant?

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