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Mary, Mary, quite contrary....how does your garden grow?

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Mine is doing so-so. Peppers are stunted, dealing with vine borers in my pumpkins and squash. Couple of the tomato plants I bought were mislabeled. I got 3 grape or cherry tomatoes instead of the Amelia variety. I'm going to have cherry tomatoes out the ying yang...lol. I've gotten a couple of cukes, and my gourds have 2 itsy bitsy teenie tiny fruits. Went out this morning to do a little hand pollinating on my pumpkin vine and was greeted to bees a buzzing. Sooo I decided to let them handle it.

On the other hand, I am alive and my Zinnia bed is providing me with lots of cut flowers that grace my dining room table.

How bout you guys?

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Grumble grumble grumble....

The garden is doing well. Have had a little trouble with the usual wind/bugs/water but other than that it's doing nicely. Have been getting zuchini, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, peppers of all varieties,crook-neck squash, greenbeans, and some fruits. One new pest that I am having the most dificulty with is the Colorado beetle. It hitched a ride in on a plant and is trying to take over. We had to take one to the ag office to figure out what it was. The japanese bettles have shown up this past week and are trying to eat all my corn. Hopefully they lose again this year.

Week before last I lost a freezer. Made me sick! Today we realised we lost another one, so I am really ticked off at the moment. Thank goodness this one only had 4 ducks and zuchini for frying in it. The first one was full of meat and other stuff. I am really sad about the ducks. We raised them and I feel awful for not letting them live. :(

Hope your garden continues to do well!

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Lantanalane!

Good to see you back and chiming in!!

It may be a disappointing year for vege's, but the zinnias will keep things cheery.

Heather, so sorry to hear the news about your freezers and everything you lost ... those things need some kinda warning meter on them!

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Hello Girls!

We had an awful Japanese beetle infestation 3 yrs ago after I planted pink primrose. Not only was that plant invasive it attracted those beetles by the swarms. I dug that stuff up for months! It has taken me this long to finally rid myself of them. Just curious if you have a flower in your yard that's also attracting them? I read somewhere to rid you yard of those flowers that attract them they'll die off. I assume since the eggs are laid in your yard if you have nothing for them to feed on they will eventually leave? Sounds good in theory.

Sorry to hear about the freezers dying ...some consolation maybe that it happened now rather than later in the season when you've finished putting up this years bounty?

It's hot as heck here. My plants are suffering from heat every afternoon. On top of that I've been worrying about hurricanes. I have an awful feeling that this is going to be bad year for them for our area. We haven't had one in years and I've just got this inkling we may be in for it. I hope I'm wrong.

Oh well- weather hot where you guys are?

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Now I Know

Am not one much for knowing domestic or cultivated flowers and shrubs ... get me out in the fields and woods and I'm happy.

BUT someone gave me a pot of flowers and loved them right away ... they're LANTANA's :exmark:

NOW I get it. :)

In the space of an hour, the temp dropped from 84 to 77, the humidity jumped from 40 to 60 and the clouds thickened up but the wind died to nothing ...CHOKING... got spritzed for 5 minutes! That's IT!!

Since it's baseball season "...and it's a Swing and a Miss". LOL

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Japanese beetles are from

Japanese beetles are from grubs in the ground. The whole state has been infested for years now. They will eat a tree to nothing. I think the only thing they are not munching on is 1 of the hanging pots on my front porch. I have no clue what all the plants in it are, but maybe I should figure that out. They were late this year and I thought we had lucked out...wrong again. lol
There is a pheremone that will attract them. If you put the pheremone holder on a trash bag they will fill the bag up in a day. Only problem is that it attracts more of them. You can put them in neighbors yards and the bugs will go there instead but it doesn't make for good, happy, friendly neighbors. :)

From things I have read lots of people are expecting this hurricane season to be bad. Hope you are all wrong! Be safe!

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Redmink...

Got my name huh! I have 3 different varieties in my yard, love them all and in our climate, can't beat em.. They are one of the two drought resistent plants in my yard (besides Hosta)that require very little water and thrive. I think everyone should have some!

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Out here,,,

We have grasshoppers and pine beetles and other bark beetles instead.

The grasshoppers will eat anything till it dies, and the beetles larvae eat the bark of the evergreen trees till they die, then they move on to do the same to the next green tree,,,,they are much of the reason the Derby fire that burned I think around 200,000 acres, was so out of control and burnt an area 60 miles long right across the road from me,,,,all the trees were already dead and the fire spread quick!

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Currently...not worth a crap.

Currently...not worth a crap. Squash are dying and never ever got to pick one off the vine, all the pumpkin vines are gone, save one. Mini gourds have 5 fruits total from 4 runners.

Sad I tell you, my tomatoes are hanging in there for now, but are not loaded, getting 1-2 every couple of days. Sure won't have to worry about being over run with them.

Seems it's the same with other people I know who are gardening in my neck of the woods.

Yours doing well?

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Peas, corn and tomatoes are

Peas, corn and tomatoes are great! cucumbers plants are bigger than I have ever seen along with the brocolli. Peppers are also small here and the jap bettles are all over of course. Heat is really hurting the zuch plants =/ Grapes look amazing though!

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Well, I'm coming to your

Well, I'm coming to your place for corn!

Sounds like yours is doing great and I'm jealous! But hey enjoy it!

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Mine?

Raised bed garden, so-so,,,,bog garden, flop,,,,new garden plot, good, but lots of weeds!

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I hear ya Larry! I try not

I hear ya Larry!

I try not to be discouraged because you just can't predict weather, plants, etc when it comes to gardening. I guess I've been spoiled since mine has done so good the last couple of years. I do know one thing, my biggest problem this year was lack of sun. I should at least be able to fix that next year by moving my raised beds.

Was it last year you had a good squash harvest?

Live and learn, it's an experiment at best...lol

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Just pulled another wheelbarrow of weeds!

You bet, just have to try again if what you get fails you! :)

Both last year, and the year before, not sure if I'll even get any Hubbard Squash this year, but I have sever Yellow Squash set on the plants my neighbor gave me, at least one Pie Pumpkin is set on, and the Zucchini from YB as well as the Yellow squash my sister planted have lots of buds formed!

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