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Zukes and Squatch Squash!!!!
Posted: 29 June 2011 01:28 PM   [ Ignore ]
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hey ya’ll!! just had to drop a line and toot my horn bout the garden!! We have been harvesting zukes and squash for bout a week now, oooohweee and i must say they have been tasting darn good! everything else in the garden is right behind! I know 4 sure well be eating green beans by the end o the week! i bet i could live off of fried green beans for a year!!!! how bout ya’ll??? how are ure guys gardens doin???? ours is absolutely pristine and i think we might have an excess amount of veggies this year!!!!thats ok though I got a big family and i know ill be getting requests soon enough!!!LOL…..this time of year is great isnt it folks!!! im in a chefs wonderland!!!!!.......the best thing bout it all…........ALL ORGANIC!!!! no pesticides no nuthin just good ol mama nature and a little help in the water and weeding depo by me!.....its alot of hard work every year but “lordy be” does that hard work pay of!!!!!!! self sufficiency is the ultimate reward!!!!!LOL

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Posted: 30 June 2011 04:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It has been great year 19 pints of beets, your right the zukes are comin on fast and plentiful peas are ready, been to muddy to dig up taters, cabbage are great, planted 40 head the early ones are about gone and the late are ready. Gonna make cabbage rolls this wk-end to put in the freezer, sweet corn is tasslin, my beans are about 2 weeks out cucumbers are comin on too. The one thing I am worried about is all the rain and my tomatoes same as last year, they are getting that dead look at the bottom and what came on last yaer they tasted like s—t didn’t even make any juice, the hotter and drier the better to tommy toe. have 30 plants out hope for a long dry spell now. but the fish are calling for me at Otter Lake Friday See if we can find some crappie deep in the morning if not the cats are in danger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted: 01 July 2011 12:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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DITTO ON THE TOMATOES- FOUND SOME DECENT STARTED PLANTS A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND REPLANTED

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Posted: 02 July 2011 12:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Wow, we are way behind you all.  Of course, I think I am farther north.  We had a cold stretch in May, and I decided to put off planting.  Ended up a week after Memorial Day, so got a ways to go.  How far south are you all, and when did you plant?  Just curious to know how things do elsewhere in the state.

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Posted: 02 July 2011 06:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Im just outside Peoria, and we planted the first week of may,. we hav’nt had any problems with any plants, especially our tomatoes! All together we planted sweetcorn, zukes, yellow summer squash, three different types of tomatoes, 2 different types of cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, basil, rosemary, parsley, bush beans, 9 different types of pepper plants(sweet & hot), early italian garlic, green onions, asparugus, watermelon, 2 different types of lettuce, and rare cream melon…....i dont think i forgot anything….LOL…..today we harvested a huge basket full of green beans along with more squash, zukes, and our first 2 cukes!! its all just starting and i have a good feeling about this year!! she is cooking those green beans as i write!! wwahhoooooo!

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Posted: 05 July 2011 11:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I’m near Murdy (DuPage County) and didn’t get anything in the ground until Memorial Day. We now have about 8 cherry tomato plants showing their first green fruit. Hopefully less than 2 weeks until first tomato harvest. They are getting quite large, however, and I began pruning off some suckers.  Harvested my first batch of carrots yesterday (4 @ about 10” long). Still early and plenty left.  We also have sugar snap peas that I’ve been foraging on for about 3 weeks now.  They grow quick!!!  Still waiting on those blackberries!

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Posted: 06 July 2011 12:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I wouldn’t say I have a tomatoe problem, it is that one wk-end we had 4 1/2” of rain and then following wk-end before the 4th we got another 2 1/2” or more of rain. That much rain I still don’t think is good for them this time of year. Like I always state i’me no expert but I started out helping my grandparents in the garden before I was 10 and been gardening ever since and I hit the big 50 last year. I will be picking my green beans this wk-end, I have maybe 5 smoked ham hocks for them, 2 ham bones with plenty of meat on em, dig up some new potatoes, fresh onions and maybe a smoked pork jowl for that extra artery clogging effect, and be an ole fat cat daddy all wk-end. I buy my beef from a buddy of mine and had a couple of briskets I brined myself for cornbeef and cooked that with a couple fresh cabbage. Made cabbage rolls this wk-end also, used deer meat, beef and some pork and cooked them on the grill and momma made zuccini cake. GOD I love this time of year.

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Posted: 06 July 2011 01:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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You guys are killing me, only thing that I got that’s close is radishes—oh, yeah, and the raberries kicked in to high gear over last weekend.

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Posted: 06 July 2011 04:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Murdy, I know you are up north, and I live in Sangamon County. And like I go by for mushrooms 1 week for 100 miles for the ground to warm up and that is for the ground to warm up to 50 some odd degrees, so when we are schroom hunting it is time for us to be getting cold crops in, if not before, and early May, I try to have averything in and pray for it not to frost a lot of times. Now I don’t know about farther south but there is a lot of field corn tasslin around here right now. There will be a lot of crops out around here come Oct.1. Plus we have real good soil around here also, where I live I have to dig down 3 to 4 foot before I even hit any clay.

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Posted: 06 July 2011 04:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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FYI- rasberries around here are about done this time of year blackberries will be coming on pretty quick. But I cheat on them, I have planted some of the tame ones, no, they are quite as good, BUT, I can go out by my garden pick a gallon in about 10 miinutes and be done. I have them planted around 2 cattle panels 32 ft. and average about 50-60 lbs. a year that gets me 15 gallons of blackberry wine I also have rhubarb, grapes, horseradish and about 15 fruit trees growing I make home wine also, have a bunch bottled and 115 gallon ready or on the way

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Posted: 07 July 2011 01:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Sounds like quite an operation you have there Berlin, very cool.  Part of my problem this year is I’m being distracted by a mass remodeling project we’ve been working of for quite a while—not enough time for fishing, gardening, mushroom picking, etc.—but then again, there never is. I’ve heard the week per 100 miles thing before, usually when waiting for morels to start in the spring.

For us, this has been the best year for rasberries since we put the patch in about 5 years ago. There seems to be fewer bugs eating them than normal.

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Posted: 09 July 2011 05:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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u guys are on it! I agree I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!!!! I am definitley having no trouble making our green beans disappear! my GodSon cant keep his lil paws off of the freshins’ u put a chicken nugget in front of him and a fresh picked green bean…..he’ll pick the green bean every time!! he is only 2 1/2 and already smarter than all of us!!!!!LOL…..........cucumbers are startin’ off really well! picked a couple goodins’ with a staggering amount of blooms of yet to come cukes! tomatoes are looking good…hopefully eatin those real soon! everything else is growing great….. this year is turnin out absoluteley incredible!!

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Posted: 12 July 2011 12:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Tried growing cantaloup for the first time this year. The first one came off the stem today. Man, was that thing juicy and delicious. There are still about a dozen more on the stem. I’m definitely doing more cantaloup next year. I need a bigger yard. lol.

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