What's in your garden?

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Hi all!

I'm trying the Adirondack Blue potato this year, has anyone here tried them? Sure was weird to plant them..kinda like the color of a blueberry.

Also is there a trick to growing onion from seed...mine look puny.

Otherwise prepping the strawbales and planting acorn squash tomorrow.

Hope you all are doing well...what's in your garden?

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We have done the blue the

We have done the blue the last few years for the kids. They are so much fun once you start making meals. Mashed potatoes will even be a light purpley-blue. I use them every way under the sun...the only thing is that when you roast them whole, they tend to be a little grainy. I may not be wording that right but it is the only way I know to describe it. No one cares if the texture is off though because hey, they are blue! :)

I have been loading my kitchen garden up with things to try and my everyday cooking basics. As far as the big gardens, I don't have a clue. I was paying attention at first but then the hubby decided to start adding stuff that I really don't want to deal with and twice as much as I have time to deal with too. Next thing, my father retired and has decided to start putting stuff in our gardens since they don't have an area for one and he wants to play in the dirt. So now, I am ignoring it all and will deal with the reprocutions later. Once it has all been planted to their satisfaction they will dissappear. I think I am actually dreading canning time this year. lol

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I decided to

skip the garden this year, trying to buy a house and need all the time I got to get ready.... I already bought seeds. They will last a year...

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Still to early for me,

but I have 48 trees and bushes coming in to plant tomorrow! :)

Soon I can plant my cold hardy stuff! :D

Also I have 4 inches of snow on the ground today, and is still snowing!

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Hey YB...corn is coming up,

Hey YB...corn is coming up, all the seeds have germinated save 2. They are up about 2-3". Whoo-hoo!

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Will be time for me to plant the corn soon too,

I have an idea about how to use some of my used tires as make shift hot beds on the style of the principals of the wall'O'water type deals, plant the corn in the bottom of them and cover them with landscape fabric!,,,,I know, it sounds crazy, but have got to give it a try! :D

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in my garden i have...

tomatoes
cucumbers (lemon)
jalapeno peppers

I want to add to it but there has been thunder storms so i haven't done corn or sunflowers. maybe watermelons or donno.

anyone out there know if sunflowers grow in TN (Gallatin) area? how about water melons?
new to gardening but its fun.

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I am about 70 miles West of

I am about 70 miles West of Gallatin. I haven't found a sunflower or water melon that won't grow here, so you are in luck. :) You can get seed at your local Co-op, that is where we get most of them. I know they have them at the Clarksville and Robertson County co-op's so I am sure they have them at yours. Wal-mart and Lowe's will also have plenty of seed. Most of the fresh vegies you see in your local grocery store will grow around here. Some you may have to grow early Spring or late Fall because of the heat but the sunflowers and watermellon will be fine to get in the ground now if you can catch a good day around all these blooming storms.

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Garden Items

I work full-time, so I have to take it easy, but I planted some Brussels Sprouts seeds to see if I can grow them. I also planted an echinacea plant, and it seems to be coming up nicely. Good luck to everyone with gardens!

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Do any of you have trouble

Do any of you have trouble with squash borers? What do you use to kill them?

I'm found eggs on my squash yesterday, but have yet to see the moth.

Help me!!! It's so aggravating!!!

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squash borers

try neem oil.

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do you mean,

Squash vine borers? And where is Pumpkin Dough when needed?

I believe he said to use liquid sevin to inject in the holes.

I got some onion sets in, and some asparagus roots too.

While I was soaking the asparagus roots in a water collection bucket to get them ready for planting, I was out in the yard near them with my nephew and one of our dogs (Coal), and I heard my nephew say, "Coal plant a plant!", I only really payed attention to plant a plant and went to retrieve the asparagus, which was missing obviously from Coal trying to steal them, but fortunately they were only a few feet away and easy to find,,,,and I'm very glad that dog is finally grown out of the "chew everything in sight" puppy stage!

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I'm still picking the eggs

I'm still picking the eggs off, but our local farmers supply recommended spraying with BT, so I got some and plan to do today. The plants are so healthy looking and better looking that any I've had in the past few years! I at least want to get something from them!!

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It's being so cold and wet here,

I'm afraid to plant for fear of all my seeds rotting! :(

Just glad to have a start on a year with decent moisture though! :)

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Lots of weeds, been to muddy to pull,

and when it's not, the ground is packed to hard, can't get it tilled due to the rain either! :(

I have some onions from last year that didn't do much, but now are near salad onion size! :) (too bad I can't get them weeded)

I put in a whole bunch of seed from my 30 pound Blue Hubbard Squash I grew 2 years ago, I may get some put in from my Green Hubbard seeds too.

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Also, I'm going to plant mostly sunflowers and cucumbers

in the main garden, can't get too many pickles! ;)

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Hubbard Squash and Painted Mountain Indian Corn,

Got lots of my Sunflowers in too, bought more packets as well! :)

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I currently have up....

Tomatoes, (burpee big boy hybrid), String beans, Early Girl hybrid sweet corn, Green peppers and Strawberries. All are doing well, so far! :)

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Getting squash and so far so

Getting squash and so far so good with spraying them a 2x/week. My tomatoes look weak though. Beans are up, sweet corn doing great and my Indian corn is up. I dug the last of my potatoes today. Will definitely do potatoes again next year...very easy!

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Corn from the seeds from YB,

more sunflowers, both planting and volunteers, and my potatoes are up!

I've only seen a few dozen or so grasshoppers, most have been in the last few days since they irrigated the hay field next to me,,,,usually I get over run when that happens!

My fish in the pond are doing great! :) They are growing like weeds!

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Sounds like everything at

Sounds like everything at your place is coming along!

I just dug the last of my potatoes and sure wishing I had planted more. They are delicious fresh, especially steamed on the grill with sliced squash and sprinkled the last of my green onions :)

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Just as long as the good weather holds out!

I got a bit of a late start, but should be OK! :)

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I actually had one more red

I actually had one more red potato plant in my compost that I dug up yesterday, got 5 nice ones, so I get to have one more meal with fresh potatoes! And BTW the blue ones turned out to be dark plum bluish color and tasted just like the others.

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In my garden

This year is my first year for a garden at my new home....I planted potatoes, onions, radishes, beans, peas, beets, cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, 5 kinds of peppers, lettuce, spinach, a lettuce called "Italian Blend", horseradish, strawberries, asparagus, dill, parsley, cilantro, basil AND GIANT SUNFLOWERS. I can't wait to see how big those sunflowers are because the plants are gigantic! This year is Kansas's 150th birthday and the state flower is the sunflower so how appropriate that I might end up with some beautiful sunflowers in my garden..

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The grasshoppers have begun hatching out,

and I have several frogs hanging out by the pond and hopefully laying lots of eggs to get a good force of them to eat those pesky grasshoppers!! :{D

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Welcome Kansas(Bar13car27)

Welcome Kansas(Bar13car27) gardener!

My sunflowers are playing out(planted by the birds around my feeders). I did get a couple of big heads and I'm just letting them dry on the stalks. Sounds like your garden is going to bring you lots of goodies. Drop by often and chime in!

Larry-hope the frogs eat the hoppers!

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They'll probably get a bunch!

They still seem to be hanging around, so as long as they stay safe from the cats, they should be OK, it's been a while since I saw the fish though, but I had been gone for a few days, and they probably are scared of me again! :{D

While growing up, we used to have huge frogs living in the lilac bushes near the old garden spot, one was even half way between the size of a soft ball and a bowling ball! They always kept the garden clean of bugs! :{D

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Every now and then I uncover

Every now and then I uncover a toad hunkered down under something..last year I uncovered a mother spider with her babies all over her. I didn't realize what it was until I picked it up and all her babies scattered...gave me a minor heart attack. It was a wolf spider.

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They look like mini tarantulas to me!

But I love having them around! :{D

I planted some blue corn that the packet said was the only kind of corn that did good in containers, and some Delacota SP squash yesterday. :{D

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I planted some Indian corn

I planted some Indian corn and the place I ordered from had the blue corn, almost got it to try. Hope yours does good. I have my planted in a small raised bed in mounds. I planted the mini ears.

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HI all! Been awhile. I have

HI all!
Been awhile. I have been busy with the garden, and my clay pieces.
I have tomatoes,peppers, cukes, melons,zucchini,one pumpkin etc. I am planting more and perennials for butterflies and annuals that are also B/fly friendly.

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Hey Deb! Glad you dropped by.

Hey Deb! Glad you dropped by. The hummers and butterflies have been all over my lantana this summer. I was getting worried about the hummers at first but I just had to sit out on the porch a while to catch them in action! Everything is in bloom here- petunias, vinca, lantana and daylillies have just kept on blooming!

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Lantana!!!! GF How are you??

Lantana!!!!
GF How are you?? My butterflies and bess are going insane! They have so many things to flit to they don't know where to start! I keep getting great deals at my local LOWES on Purple Coneflowers. Yesterday, As I was planting.. there was a bee on the cone flower.. he couldn't wait until it was planted. I got 8 more today for a pittance. In between I have tomatoes and cucumbers etc planted trying to fool the wild ones! :-)

Deb.

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I hear ya! Spouse works at

I hear ya! Spouse works at Lowes and I have such a time getting him to go out into the garden center and look for deals. Couple of weeks ago, I ask him to buy me some purlpe petunias...he gets out there and one of the vendors has marked them down..lucky me got them for a song. If only he would stroll out their occasionally and see what's on clearance!

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Your hubby works at LOWES and

Your hubby works at LOWES and he doesn't go out into the Garden Area??? And you're still speaking to him?
GF you need to come down here and I'l take you to my local LOWES. Are you ready for this? Yesterday I got 8 huge Coneflowers for $12.00. Once they start fading then people don't buy them and they go on the discount racks. I stop by there at least 1-2 x week. and I usually get perennials... I plant them, cut off the dead areas, give them vitamins an dthey are good to go. The bees and butterflies are so busy they don't know where to go first. My hummer moths are every where and my bees are all over my Hyssop, and they are all fighting over my Bee Balm. I have to run errands and will pop by again to see what I can scare up at Lowes again. You need to go in GF... show your hubby WHERE the discount racks are and ask him if he wants to stay happily married! LOLOL

Deb

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I got some good stuff from my grab bag,

from Gurneys, much of it is growing good! :{D

I be I have at least a thousand baby fish in my pond! They are everywhere in there! :{D

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What few things I planted are mostly doing well,

other than pore germination rate on my corn from YB, I guess I have to different of a climate here for stuff that does well for him to do well here as the Zucchini I got from him hardly grew here either,,,,though I suppose with the corn it could have been the coldness of the soil rotting it.

My other corn is growing good, so I should still get a good amount of it to eat, though most of it is Indian Corn and will probably be better for making flour, so I guess I'll maybe have to be satisfied with whatever the Blue Corn does. ;{D

My Hubbard squash are taking off growing good too, and I should get a bumper crop of them! :{D

For the first time since I first tried growing them, my potatoes are doing well! ;{D

My sunflowers are being eaten on by the grasshoppers already, but are mostly growing faster than they are being eaten. :{D

The baby fish seem to be growing good, and the pond measures about 100' x 200' now after all the extra moisture! :{D

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Update! My corn I got from YB may have had poor germination but,

it has nearly caught up to my Indian corn in size, planted 2 weeks earlier, in just this last week, might get good enough pollination to save enough seeds to give it another try! :{D

I found some corn coming up in my compost pile too, not sure what is going to happen to it! Must have come from corn I tried to start in peat pots that never germinated last year.

This is the first year I have planted Hubbard Squash that I wasn't about ready to give up on it growing a crop by this late in the season! ;{D

My potatoes are still holding out well, should get some big enough to talk about this year! I hope I get plenty of my Purple Viking's big enough for french fries and baking! :{P (yum, in this case)

My sunflowers aren't going to get as tall as they are supposed to, but mostly have gotten tall enough to shade my other plants some during the hot part of the day.

The fish are still doing well, and the pond is still slowly growing! ;{D I pumped water some last week, in-between the pond and the house, it was 100 deg in the shade that day, but the large volume of water kept it only 93 at my house, but I need to get the engine on the pump working better before I use it more. That seven deg made quite a difference for me, helped my plants and trees from withering a might too! ;{D

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WOW Larry sound slike you are

WOW Larry sound slike you are having a great season!
Veggies here are slow to grow but seem to be hanging in! Mexican Sunflowers, Sunflowers,Cleome, Butterfly bushes, coneflowers are going wild! The bees and butterflies are exhausted by the end of the day! :-)

Deb

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Yup, great gardening year here!

Many things are going wild here too, the pond is still getting deeper and deeper, the baby fish are growing good and still more and more are showing up!

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Hi all! Seems that we are in

Hi all!
Seems that we are in the middle of a nasty little heat wave..My hubby put in a sprinkler system for my garden but I still have to water on days like these.
Still no cukes or maters yet but the flowers are going great guns!
Deb

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I just lucked out,

was gone away from the place for several days and came back to find the garden was in good shape despite hot weather due to rain that watered it all for me while I was gone!

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I've been getting lots of raspberry's!

Especially considering I transplanted them tis spring!

My onions are doing good, should get a good crop of those too! :{D

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Squash

Don't know what to do about my patty pan squash....they flower and then flowers die...still now squash. Does anyone know what's wrong?

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You may not have a good

You may not have a good pollinator. We have had problems with that this year. I know with squash there is a way to tell the difference between male and female flowers, but never took the time to remember it. We just take 1 q-tip and swab inside each flower every few days. Seem to be having luck with that, not as much as we would if the pollinators were doing there job.

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My squash are finally setting good,

usually just takes time and patients with squash!

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