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Show your produce!

I'm now getting tomatoes a little faster than we eat them. Same with squash though did give away a few pounds. Cucumbers are trickling in, but staying ahead of our two cucumber per day requirement. Garlic are drying, with first batch cleaned and ready for storage.

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This is my 'Xian' harvest from one bulb's worth of cloves planted. Will keep about ten cloves for replanting and will eat the rest. We have 12 different varieties with anywhere from 8 to 12 or so bulbs each.

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Looks good Alex, I could go for any of that fresh produce right about now. Still awhile to go here yet, some radishes might be ready toward the middle of june. Won't see tomatoes until july sometime, peppers on the other hand I will see very shortly, there are little peppers popping up all over the plants.
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Do you use any season extending techniques?
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Maybe to some extent, like starting them indoors way ahead of time for example? Building a few cold frames and things like that. I could use any tips this is the first year I have really got very involved in gardening.

There's a few things I have to battle out here:
1. The wind
2. The 90 day growing season

and of course we are in the upper 50's again, in JUNE...that I really hate. I'm glad its only for 4 to 5 days. Any tips Alex would be great, cause I'm about ready to move :roll:.
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If I lived in such a cool short season area as you, would consider building some plastic covered panels to make clear plastic covered frames to cover early tomatoes planted in the ground, perhaps a month before the last frost. Single bulb lamps could be placed underneath on cold nights and would keep the plants from freezing or suffering cold damage. The clear covers would help heat the soil up and keep the plants happy while you wait on the weather to settle. I bet with just a little effort you could get your first tomatoes a month earlier than usual. Also, they make heating cables that use very little electricity and will keep the ground area around 60-70 degrees.

Your cold frames should help you get very early salads greens and radishes.

It is hard to get good advice from someone living down in this climate however, where lows rarely drop below the twenties, and daytime highs rarely drop below the 40's. A typical winter day here has a low in the 30's and the highs in the upper 50's or lower 60's. Perhaps some of your regional neighbors will chime in and give their favorite season extenders.
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Thanks Alex those are some good pointers. Next year I will be looking into some of those things; heating the ground would work great, do you know where I can get some of those cables? It would be amazing if I could get everthing in toward the end of April or atleast the start of May rather then the middle or end. The last frost date on some sites posted June 4th so I wasn't sure when to start planting. However the last frost we had probably was the first couple weeks in may. Sorry I guess I kind of hijacked your topic/thread. I'll post some pictures of my first harvest come the middle June.
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The cables are more expensive than I thought. Did a quick search but are likely many suppliers on line. Also there are discount greenhouse companies that sell clear plastic sheeting at a decent price. Or you could just use the 3.5 mil 10 foot by 25 foot plastic sheeting from Walmart.

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hmm, thats not so bad. I'll have to pick some of those up...
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Your veg sure does look very good and healthy Alex. Just goes to show if you make the effort the rewards do follow.

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Looking awesome! We've had Snow Peas over the last month. They just keep producing. Our improved bush beans are also doing very well. I haven't taken any photos from after harvest, but I do have some before being picked.

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Zebra Tomatoes

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Zucchini

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Snow Peas

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Jalapeno Peppers

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Planted pumpkins early to make pumpkins seeds and to can them for later in the year and to perfect pumpkin bread! :)

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Very nice, I especially like the looks of those zebra tomatoes. Can't believe your pumkin is already so large. The heat has already gotten our sweet peas but they were quite tasty for the three or four weeks of harvest.
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Thanks. We've had a good start hope it continues. The pumpkin photo was taken on June 2nd. It's double in size since then. This is my first time growing pumpkins - WOW do they take over! Right now we have 11 pumpkins.

I am in the Northern, CA (bay area) and the heat hasn't started yet. It's been around 75 degrees.

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Bay area explains it. At first was thinking Gulf coastal area, as to how the pumkin had gotten so large. Then had a problem with the sweet peas which should be long dead in the Gulf States. Bet you have a really long season with salad greens and other cool weather crops.
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Well,I have nothing compared to you guys but i picked something today and here it is.
1 small patio tomato
1 small pickling cuke
1 odd shaped cuke-still tasted like its supposed to.
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Also some kentucky wonder pole beans
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My platter is staying full of produce. Nothing is coming in heavily but is coming in enough to stay ahead of our most needs. Picked the first to egg plant fruit today. Squash have slowed to a trickle but the next bloom is setting fruit and will pick back up in a few days. Doubt that we run out before then. Cucumbers continue to stay ahead of our two per day consumption. Tomatoes are picking up. New tomatoes have gone to the platter while those in the collander are being eaten a few per day. Will have to start giving tomatoes away before long.



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These are three of our garlic varieties. Have been trimming, cleaning and getting them ready for storage. Two bulbs have gone to the kitchen already. I have nine more types of garlic to dry, clean, and store. A few are still in the garden, but most are drying now and almost ready to trim and clean.

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This is our first light harvest of green beans. They will really pick up in a few days. But for now, this is a nice mess for dinner. Harvested a few new potatoes to go in with them.

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Earl K,

Nice looking pole beans. I don't know about you, but when the produce is just trickling in, it is all the more special to me. Savor that cuke and that tomato!
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Here is a picture of some peppers and tomatoes that my better half picked on tues.Kind of funny that i don't care for peppers that much.So we grow them for her mother.She pickles the green toms w/ jalepenos-wooo spicy hot.The other peppers are Anehiem,I will eat those.
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Beautiful! I'm so jealous! My little guys are coming along slowly but surely!

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Green bean harvest is three two four times last batch. Planted at least three different times a few weeks apart and will plant another couple of time to extend the season. Bush beans are a great candidate for succession planting.

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Tomatoes are defininite my favorite, must have garden item, but is anything more lovely than a ripe egg plant fruit on the bush.

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Most things coming in just fast enough for our table. Have given away a bit, but have had a constant supply of cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and now egg plant for a few weeks now. Will give away maybe half of these green beans.



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Here are some pictures of our produce, some ready some not. The pumpkins are taking over the garden.
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Very nice garden, lots of lovely veggies, especially the bell pepper, cabbage, and those clusters of large tomatoes.
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Johnny and Nancy - it is a joy to see such wonderful healthy vegetables. You obviously don't have any pest problems. - What times dinner :wink:

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Hydroponic peppers

I am using a hydroponic drip ring system to grow peppers for the first time this year. Some of the peppers are approaching 10 inches in length. As it is only early June I am planning to let them ripen to red. I think they will taste better roasted if they are completely ripe.

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Johnny and Nancy!!!
BEAUTIFUL VEGGIES :D

Your tomatoes look excellent, as a matter of fact all of your produce looks great!!!

You have definatly got it going on!!!

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Hydrogardener - I am sure they will certainly taste hotter if you let them turn red. Very nice looking pepper plants though. :wink:

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Here are some pictures of our days harvest: green beans, summer squash, bell peppers, jalepeno peppers, cucumbers.
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Great pics.Hope you enjoy eating your harvest.Keep up the good work :D
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Nice veggies and photos! Do you let any of your bell peppers ripen?
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Here are some of ours. The photos were taken a few days apart.

This photo was taken a few days before the tomatoes started ripening.

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This photo was taken a few days later when the tomatoes were vine ripened.

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I love it when tomatoes ripen uniformly all the way to the shoulders. Very nice produce! My veggies are still coming in fast enough to fill our needs. We are giving away lots of tomatoes and many more to come.
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wonderful pictures all! I got a late start, so not much other than peppers that I am picking daily!

Alex, I have always wanted to do garlic, is it hard? thanks!
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My garlic did just great this year. Was my first successful year growing garlic. It turned out to be very easy, when I picked the right varieties for this mild to hot weather climate. I highly recommend thegarlicstore.com as they have great organic garlic, but also have garlic grouped according to what does well in various regions. Also, I'm sure that you could call them for specific recommendations. If you order from them, better do it early as they will start to sell out of selections very soon.

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My first harvest!

I have 3 Serrano peppers, 1 Jalapeno pepper & a carrot that I pulled to check their size. Not too bad for my first time :D

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Tomatoes are coming in heavily. Have given five to fifteen pounds per day away for the past week or more. Plus, am keeping our stock full. Two egg plants are giving us adequate harvest for our needs plus giving away a few batchs. We have another three younger egg plants. Cucumbers have slowed, but younger plants are just about to begin production. We have kept a steady supply of green beans for the past month or longer, giving a few batches to friends. We have generally kept around three pounds in the refrigerator. Will plant another batch of green beans today or tomorrow as current beans will be finished in a week or two. Peppers are coming in slow but steady, generally enough for our needs, but would like to see them speed up a bit. Squash continue to trickle in from original vines, but have several replacement vines just now starting to produce both zucchini and crook neck.

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Tin gizel, what a lovely head of broccoli!
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Alex,

I noticed in some of your pics, you have some cherry tomatoes. They sure look like my little "Juliet" variety. I've never enjoyed growing cherry tomatoes. They always under produced, produced every thing on the same day, or simply didn't taste good.

This year, I accidently planted some Juliet thinking they were a full size variety. They have been great. Early producer, heavy producer, indeterminate, great taste. Since we have so many regular sized tomatoes, the Juliet simply stay on the vines and I have something to snack on when I am in the garden. I will bring some in occasionally to add to the salad. My labrador retriever also recommends them highly. He thinks they are almost as good as an overgrown cucumber.

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Hey Alex, I am in virginia, we have about the same weather. Do you think I can still plant some beans? I have never tried them but willing to give a shot. What variety to you suggest? thanks!
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