I've been planting the brassicas, etc. under protective cover:
... One row of radishes in an exposed area ...
I wish I had room to grow more -- not sure if I will be able to harvest filled ears at this rate.xtron wrote:I grow tuckers favorite dent corn for grinding cornmeal and making masa herraina. it grows 12-14 feet tall, and is quite the point of interest in the neighborhood. come halloween, I usually have several requests for "those giant corn stalks" for decorations.
I've harvested two Butta squash so far and there are more developing:applestar wrote:Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:59 pm
I was tempted by this thread into sowing some Okra seeds. Both the Okra and the Butta summer squash have sprouted.
Subject: Okra question
...forgot to mention one of the volunteer squash I was letting grow had the telltale wet sawdust on its stem -- I dissected it to see and found 2 SVB's, so the summer squash may have no chance.applestar wrote:Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:18 pm
I soaked and sowed some Clemson Spineless and Alabama Red, but it turned out my seeds are kind of old, so I'm not sure what kind of germination I will get. I sowed extra, extra, which should mean there will be more than enough, but we'll see.
I will have to get new seeds for next year, or if these germinate, save at least one plant for seed-making (sacrifice and allow first pod to mature to ensure pod will have the chance to fully mature before frost)....
I have always thoroughly scrubbed the fruits at harvest -- sooty blotch comes right off with a bit of plain water soak and light scrub, but fly speck sometimes require extra scrubbing/elbow grease or a bit of soap -- I use Dr. Bronner's peppermint liquid soap -- but just this year, someone (not here) told me that apples store better if they are not washed or cleaned....Secrets of Sooty Blotch and Flyspeck on Apples | News
https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/ ... 061801.htm
Sooty blotch and flyspeck (SBFS) seems harmless enough – unless you are a commercial grower who wants to sell your apples as fresh fruit. Then SBFS becomes a disease problem, since it can prevent you from selling your apples.
Sooty blotch and flyspeck may be as old as apples themselves. Drawings of apple varieties from the 1820s clearly show sooty blotch on every fruit. It wasn’t until sprayed-on pesticides, such as lime sulfur and lead arsenate, became popular around 1900 that consumers began to expect to buy apples without a heavy coating of sooty blotch and flyspeck. The cosmetically perfect apples found in today’s supermarkets weren’t common until the middle of the 20th century, when more effective organic fungicides appeared.
The names “sooty blotch” and “flyspeck” describe what these fungi look like on apples. Sooty blotch, as the name implies, shows up as dark brown to black smudges. The blotches range in size from half-inch-diameter circles to smears that can cover half the apple surface. Some blotches are so faint they are barely visible.
Flyspeck also resembles its name. Groups of several to 50 or more, shiny black dots cover more or less circular areas, from less than 1/8 inch to more than an inch in diameter.
This is the view with me looking straight up:applestar wrote:The Mexican Pink/Purple corn have FINALLY STARTED TO TASSLE. Those arch and melon trellises in the foreground are about 6 feet high, and I would estimate these corn must be about 14-15 feet tall. The somewhat "shorter" corn in front of them are my KKxGlass Gem x popcorn/field corn medley segregates that are showing similar "giant" growths as Bloody Butcher and I'm guessing 10-12 feeet tall. DD asked me how I am going to hand pollinate those....