I'm also starting to harvest nice little carrots for the DDs to snack on
Kaleidoscope Mix (Atomic Red, Bambino, Cosmic Purple, Lunar White and Solar Yellow), Danvers, Scarlet Nantes
I sowed some Yellowstone recently, too.
applestar wrote:Well you could have put it back. Sweet potato is pretty sturdy. ABSOLUTE KEY to growing is heat, Heat, HEAT. 85Â°F or above. 90Â°F would be better. Once it gets hot enough during the day, direct sun will provide the kind of heat you need. No A/C -- set up outside or garage or attic... Maybe your car parked in the blazing sun.
For me growing the slips is not the problem, it's the typical lovely cool night air in the 60's and threats of early killing frost and accompanying drops in temp starting around late September -- I can't count on heat-loving crops beyond then even if the subsequent days are frost-free until late October or November.
This year, late lingering cold spring delayed everything so I'm not very optimistic about sweet potatoes, but I put this extra late Hawaiian sweet potato in last year's eggplant SIP after the big broccoli were done.
...if this works, I might have to concede that I have to grow sweet potato under black plastic mulch when planted in the ground, and plant the slips earlier by setting up a low poly tunnel over the black-plastic mulched raised mound.
I like to mark the center of the spiral in some way. Last year, I planted my big banana plant there. This year, I'm in love with the color contrast of the cabbage as well as broccoli and cauliflower to the rest of the green growing things. In this photo, I think morning dew was on the already frosty colored foliage, with rising sun reflecting off the sky/clouds to create that effect.Lindsaylew82 wrote:Wow! It's so bright!
-- I picked up the seeds repackaged under Agway brand on a whim without knowing anything about it. Looking at the official description, it's a bit worrisome that they make NO mention of flavor at all....Butta F1 Yellow Zucchini Summer Squash Seeds | DP Seeds Commercial Hybrid Vegetable Seed Company
Light lemon yellow with slight stem ridges.
Has shown tolerance to several podi viruses.
Butta F1 is a hybrid, yellow zucchini squash. Unbelievably uniform, this cream colored zucchini does not show the scaring that darker varieties exhibit. Blocky, long fruit cut to a nice ivory-white flesh—a striking package when boxed. This will be an excellent addition to any squash growers program.
applestar wrote:I started harvesting some of the chickpeas. A tiny baby bunny has found a vulnerability in the garden fencing -- adults are excluded -- and has been making its way around here and there. Some of the chickpeas closest to where the bunny is getting in has been munched. Found that dried stalk on the ground for example and a few others in tiny bits including empty pods.
It's been dry, and getting hot, but we have had some rain and I have accidentally flooded the beds once or twice. The pods are filling out but 1 in every 10 plants have yellowed and wilted -- and looking back to Jai_ganesha's tips, it's probably too much water.
Pods are like air bladders, and the wilted ones are empty, immature ones are full of air but soft. I picked ones that felt firm shelled, and in most cases hard with the pea I could feel inside. Most of these had one pea each, though s few contained a 2nd less mature pea also.
I squeezed and popped the pods open without extracting the peas, then put them (along with some broccoli side shoots and leaves) in the hot water after cooking and scooping out farfalle pasta. After they had turned bright dark green, I cooled and extracted the chickpeas from their pods, and added with the broccoli florets, peeled stalks and side leaves to a tuna-pasta salad. They were yummy
I did get a 2nd plant from a different source (well my SIL got it for me) in spring of 2014. It didn't bloom the first year, but did start to bloom last year a little bit, and fast forward to this year.... TA DAH!!!!applestar wrote:I need a 2nd plant for my hazelnut which blooms every year but doesn't produce nuts.
...so, that means I planted the pepper seedlings elsewhere and this didn't happen, though I did plant the sweet potatoes as planned.applestar wrote:I'm having problems with tortoise beetle infestation in the potato foliage. These two beds were pretty badly affected, and the potato foliage had been demolished, so I decided to pull the plug and put the beds to good use.
I'd already robbed some of the tubers before -- harvested this much more today:
Planted the remaining hot pepper seedlings here where it's NOT fenced, hot and dry:
(Maui Purple, Fish, Czech Black, and Hanoi Market were overwintered from 2015)
...and remaining sweet peppers here in the Sunflower & House where it is tree-shaded in the morning and tends to be more watered:
... Of course I found two more that I forgot to plant ...
applestar wrote:More garlic harvest sitting in front of a fan on standard size webtray turned upside down.
One full-size elephant garlic...I think I'll dig up the rest in couple of days. Thinking of planting sweet potatoes in the SFHX bed and rest of the pepper seedlings in the Outer Apple Guild bed after the garlic are harvested.