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Beautiful harvest! Enjoy your yummies!
(I got some greens today and beginning of fruits trickling in....)
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Love it! Your gardens have come together so nicely and everything looks so healthy!
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So, it's been about three weeks; here's some update:

corn has tassels and silks:
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Tomato plants have lots of tomatoes:
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Everything is huge and growing like crazy:
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In what will be the middle of the circle are two volunteer sunflowers, because a bird feeder used to be there.
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Yay! And it's not even middle of June!
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My first ripe tomato I posted was May 24! I've been getting a few tomatoes since, but one here and there. Today I discovered all five of those well blushed on one plant (Better Boy). They range from 8 oz to 16 (!) oz.
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RBG - I am so happy for you. Your Garden boxes are beautiful.

The South unfortunately has an undeserved bad reputation. I am so please that you are enjoying the milder climate. I hope that your overall experience is as good as your gardening experience.

I am looking forward to more post and photos of your garden and landscape progress. :-()
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That is a great harvest. Even though you get a later start than I do, you veggies are a lot bigger in a short time. I think your early indoor starts and longer days help a lot with that.
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So it is summer solstice and I am pulling some of the spring things and planting for summer. Pulled the garden peas, some of the broccoli and some cabbage (a big beautiful cabbage head, outer leaves full of holes, but inside was fine). Planting beans and squash.

Corn is like 8 feet tall and some ears will be ready for harvest soon! Harvested a few potatoes and a jalapeno pepper today (I've had bell peppers for awhile).
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Your garden is looking fabulous! Love the tomatoes; none here yet, but there is some fruit set. Is your corn Ambrosia?

I was wondering if in your new area, that you might have 2 full growing seasons. I mean, for instance with something like beans of course, one can plant 2 crops probably in the same season, but what about the longer season stuff? Like, plant and harvest a corn crop, then plant another? A second winter squash crop? Is there enough time?

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I should post a few more pix. The corn pictured is Silver Queen. I will be harvesting from it soon.

I have already planted a new batch of corn. It's a number of weeks behind, because I was waiting to finish building the garden bed it is in. But It is six - eight inches high or so. It is a bicolor. When that batch gets a little bigger, I will plant a third batch, though I'm not sure right now where it will go. Possibly right back where the Silver Queen is now, if I can replenish the soil well. I did three plantings of corn last year. If I stay on top of it, I might even get four in.... but that is not waiting until one batch is harvested to plant the next.

You can always do succession plantings. They say plant peas and beans every two weeks to keep harvest coming. I've never done that with peas, because their season is so short, before it gets too hot for them.
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That's not all that's been harvested, because we keep eating them. Had tomatoes in the stir fry last night and I had a whole fresh tomato with my lunch sandwich today. :D
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RBG - your gardens and produce are wonderful. It sounds like you are really having fun with your garden in your new climate. Have you checked with your TN/GA Ag Centers for planting guides to help with succession planting? Excess veggies that can not be dried, canned or frozen can be sold at your local Farmer's Market, donated to a local soup kitchen, donated to needy families associated with your church. St. Joe's Diner is my local soup kitchen and they are ALWAYS so appreciative of fresh produce. They don't get that very often.

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Jamie designed it and I do think it is beautiful....

I really don't have enough excess to sell or even give more than a little bit to friends. I am canning and freezing and drying....

Our next door neighbors just bought their house and moved in a little less than a year ago, having moved here from Alaska. They decided (mostly I think the wife decided, I hardly ever saw her set foot outside her door except to go to work) they missed Alaska, so they have sold the house and are moving back. I am benefitting from this. They sold us their 20 cu ft upright freezer very cheap, and gave us six beautiful plant containers that are terra cotta with multi colored ceramic glazes on the outside and a bag of
manure and one of potting soil. Stuff they decided not to haul back to Alaska.

The hardest part of trying to be more self-sufficient is winter. Here I can, once I get the hang of it, grow some things year around. But still the pickings will be slimmer than now in the bounty of summer. So I am working on putting by everything I can.
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I now have bean plants sprouting a couple places where I pulled cabbage and broccoli .

The second planting of corn is knee high. So I cleared out one of the potato patches. Those potatoes had a really bad attack of flea beetles and I think the beetles must have brought some disease. So they up and died. I did harvest about 20 potatoes from that 4x4 patch, but they ranged from golf ball, to medium sized potatoes. If the plants hadn't died prematurely, I'm sure they would have gotten bigger. Anyway, I turned the ground and added compost and I will put the third planting of corn there.

I know applestar has all her amazing charts of planting rotations and what goes where when and which things follow each other. I don't know how to do that. My garden seems much more unpredictable and opportunistic. I had no plan to put corn there, but since the potatoes died early ...
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LOL I'm bumbling along, too, you know. But according to my charts, grass/grains (=corn) is a good choice for following solanacea. :wink: ...oh wait... I have that backwards -- solanacea follows grains/grass. :oops:

I think you might try the fall potato planting. You might be able to pull it off and have new potatoes by the time you harvest peas. Do you remember that article I posted a link for? I can find it, I think.
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Hehe I think I keep posting the link because I'm hoping people will try it. I'd love to try, but I don't know that I could pull it off here, even though I DO very rarely have volunteer potatoes spring up.....

It sounds like it was successful for Gary350

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applestar wrote:I'm SO glad you posted that link. I immediately recognized the header design as the website where I saw an article on planting potatoes in the fall for spring harvest. I wrote about it and posted the link here ages ago and have mentioned it several times since then, always apologizing that I could not find the link again. Yep, there it was, and here it is :D

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I planted potatoes once in the fall just as an experiment because I have so much trouble with trying to grow potatoes in TN in spring. I cut my potatoes into pieces with about 2 or 3 eyes and let them dry 2 days. I set the cut pieces on the soil surface 12" apart in a 25' row. I shoveled soil from each side covering the potatoes with about 2" of soil. As the tops grew taller and taller I shoveled more soil from the sides to cover the plants until seed potatoes were covered with 8" of soil. I covered the hill with straw, tops barley poked through the straw when we had a early frost and early cold winter. The potatoes never grew any more tops all winter. Spring came I kept waiting for tops to grow but none grew. I planted tomatoes in April, mid May soil was warm enough to plant the rest of the garden and still potatoes were doing nothing. Potatoes were in my way of planting the garden so they needed to be gone. I was very surprised to find a good crop of potatoes just waiting to be dug up. I posted that on this forum about 10 years ago. I will remember to try this again next season.
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Thanks! I have a second 4x4 plot of potatoes that is still hanging in there and volunteer potatoes that have popped up a bunch of places. The volunteers are actually doing the best! :)

When I get around to thinking about fall planting, I will definitely try to include some more potatoes!
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You want to see how fast things grow around here?

Here's one garden bed with my second planting of corn on 6/27:
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Here is the same bed FIVE DAYS later on 6/2:
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That corn has been growing more than an inch a day, maybe almost two inches! (Squash is growing fast too!)
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So that little patch of corn (second planting) is now tasseling. It's a bicolor and doesn't get as tall as the Silver Queen.

Today I finally finished getting the next corn patch ready. It is a 10x4 bed that had broccoli and potatoes. So I pulled the last broccoli and dug the last potatoes. Turned the old mulch under. Laid down some compost and turned that under, loosening the soil. Planted 40 corn seeds, 1/ sq ft.

I'm used to doing things on such a micro scale where I was before. That is the biggest corn patch I have ever planted all at once! :)

Should be enough to eat and to freeze!
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RBG - you can plant tomatoes, cucumbers, pepper plants now for fall harvest. Start seeding your greens - lettuce, chard, spinach, mustard - now.

Something I learned about tomatoes is to pinch whatever suckers you may have or any cuttings and root them in pots for fall plants. They root easily and quickly. Takes a lot less time to get them started than starting from seed then transplanting. :-()
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I thought you may find this helpful. The Planting guides are comprehensive and should help with your crop rotation. :o

https://extension.tennessee.edu/publica ... /PB901.pdf
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Your swiss chard looks good. I planted 3 kinds of chard 3 different times in spring the green came up, a few rainbow came up, not many red came up. Red and Rainbow are the ones I like. The 3 years I lives in Arizona I planted chard from seed in November it all came up and grew fast as weeds 70 degree days and 40 deg nights all winter was perfect for them. I need to be plants chard seeds in pots soon I want some for fall and winter. I see you have Russian Red Kale too, nice.

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Something I learned about tomatoes is to pinch whatever suckers you may have or any cuttings and root them in pots for fall plants. They root easily and quickly. Takes a lot less time to get them started than starting from seed then transplanting. :-()
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(Click to enlarge). If you do, you can see ears on the corn. This is my second planting of corn. The squash is acorn squash. The leaves aren't really wilted, they were just a little battered from rain. If you scroll up towards the top of this page, you will see this same bed with the corn on 6/28 and 7/2. Big difference!!

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That is actually a cluster of four acorn squashes.

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The sunflower plant was a volunteer from the bird seed. :)
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The corn and squash in particular look fabulous. It's almost funny how they are making your 1/4 circle bed look small.....

But that also means you definitely have more room to grow now. :-()

...what a monster Sunflower...
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I haven't updated this for awhile. My garden was looking so August-y. But I pulled some things, did a bunch of weeding, started replanting, the beans grew and filled in some. It still isn't looking lush like spring/ early summer, but not as bad.

overview:
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this bed had broccoli, kale and chard. Now there's beans in the back, tiny broccoli seedlings in what looks like bare dirt, and one very late planted summer squash, which is an experiment to see if maybe this late in the season the vine borers have gone away:
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The 4x4 did have carrots and corn. Now it has a thriving volunteer potato and a volunteer tomato (where the red spiral is) and a few carrots left and a couple bean plants.
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Here's the two quarter circle beds. Squash is looking very sad and fungal, but still producing. In the middle where the corn used to be is more broccoli seeds. In the back bed you can see a lot of asparagus ferns and some strawberry. There's also rhubarb and artichoke in there.
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I didn't take a picture, because it mostly looks like bare dirt, but the bed at the end of the deck that had potatoes and broccoli, is now planted with chard and spinach seeds, just starting to sprout. It has a few volunteer potato plants popping up, probably from tiny tubers that got left behind in harvesting the potatoes. I may not have to plant fall potatoes, they are planting themselves! :)
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Still getting bell and hot peppers from my garden and a few tomatoes. Harvested the last of the spring carrots recently, a supermarket bunch worth. Got a few potatoes from one of the volunteer plants. Have harvested most of the winter squash, just a couple still going (the plants mostly died of powdery mildew). Biggest success story right now is the green beans--picked and froze a quart of them today and lots more still to come.

Peppers and green beans
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Summer squash and green beans (this is the same bed that is shown in the quoted photo in Gary's July 17 post above, that had chard and kale and broccoli in it. Now it has baby broccoli in there, that will come into its own when the squash and beans are done. Succession planting!)
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late planted summer squash not being attacked by vine borers
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I have spinach, chard, and broccoli plants coming along and just planted lettuce seeds today.
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And since woman does not live by veggies alone, here's a couple samples of what is still blooming in my garden

cypress vine (close relative of cardinal climber vine), butterflies and hummingbirds love it:
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I will re-do this later to show the end of the season. But this is the progression of one bed, through the season so far. If I get it together, I will do one for each bed. Since I am terrible at keeping records, this will show me what my planting succession was
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couple more updates:

this is the bed that had potatoes and broccoli in the spring. Now it has spinach and chard and some volunteer potatoes from what got left behind after harvesting the spring potatoes. We will soon be picking some greens.
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this was the bed that had corn and squash. Now it has one last winter squash plant barely hanging in there, a circle of broccoli seedlings in the middle, some cabbage and kale along the straight edges (mostly not visible), and lettuce seeds that haven't sprouted yet along the outer curve.
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Loving the progress reports and photos. You really have a lot of food growing very effectively. :D
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What a beautiful photo!

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Awesome harvest.

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Yeah it's like an autumn table decoration right there. :D
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Another kind of harvest:
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I've been gathering and harvesting lots of herbs lately. So far there's sage , rosemary , thyme (but no parsley), basil, oregano , lavender , lemon balm, tarragon , spearmint. And I'm not done yet.
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replanting! Need to get some new pictures soon.

I'm in the process of pulling all the rest of the summer stuff, since we had a killing freeze. So the eastern most of my square of veggie beds, which most recently had tomatoes, peppers, and beans, has been all cleared and weeded, new compost added (and I let the chickens churn the compost under*), and replanted. It has a row of garlic down one edge, a wide row of cabbage seed in the middle, then a row of carrot seed and a row of peas on the other edge where they could grow up the fencing. I'm using up all my old seed, so I don't know what the germination rate will be, but at least I can start fresh with new seed in spring.

The 4x4 in the middle had a row of carrot seed planted in late winter, then it had corn and squash, late summer it also had tomatoes and peppers and beans. Now I planted it half with chard seed and half with chinese cabbage seed.

I have three more of these beds to finish. The quarter circle bed has a thriving group of broccoli plants 6-8" tall and some kale. Still want to plant some lettuce in there.

We are eating spinach and chard out of the bed that used to have potatoes and broccoli.

This is what succession planting looks like (in warmer climates).

* The chickens do a great job of this. Not only is everything well mixed, but the particle size is broken down until it is finer and softer than potting mix. Their pay is that they do eat some of the earthworms and other detritovores out of it, but they also eat weed seeds. I just have to be sure to get the bed fenced in again, so they don't eat the seeds I plant.
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Everything has been weeded out, more compost added, replanted for winter . Broccoli in the quarter circle bed is just about ready to start making heads. We are eating chard , kale, and spinach . One of the beds has baby broccoli plants in it. Everything that looks like bare dirt has seeds planted in it: more chard , kale, broccoli and spinach as well as cabbage, Chinese cabbage, carrots, peas, garlic, lettuce (there's more beds not shown). It's all sort of an experiment. Last year I was still building garden beds and never planted a winter garden. So I don't really know what will work and what won't.
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Joined: Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:04 pm
Location: TN/GA 7b

Re: rainbow gardener's 2017 gardens

Yay!! Lots of the seeds I planted have sprouted, so I have lots and lots of tiny baby seedlings of kale, cabbage, chard ....
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