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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Thank you for another enjoyable and invigorating garden meeting.

Posted Saturday, June 27, 2009, at 12:06 PM
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  • And speaking of invigorating, I need some more. I have been working a few hours every morning in the garden but this morning I got a late start, which means HEAT! By the time I got done working the soil and planting 57 corn plants, I needed watering more than they did.

    I have all the snapdragons, petunias, salvia, cucumbers and melons from the garden meeting to plant, but I just had to stop. Maybe tonight.

    We are harvesting tomatoes, beans, potatoes, onions, carrots and beets but the surprising slow growers this year are my zukes. cucumbers and yellow squash. Some folks at the meeting had those doing well and others were like me. ???

    Ir rains does not start coming soon, I may just to let everything go. I am not big on watering past getting the plants started. That would surly be different if this were the family garden of years ago when harvest was extremely important. In that case, I would have built that rainwater cistern long ago and re-attached the sulfur well.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jun 27, 2009, at 12:21 PM
  • What a beautiful morning today. Only thing that could have been better is a rainy day. I know, it sounds a little crazy but I would rather have some rain.

    Will we need to start talking drought control measures again?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 29, 2009, at 9:37 AM
  • Well at last I got my rain barrels. Now if it would rain so I can fill them. Things are about the same here... I pick a few of something everyday. Wish I could get more cucumbers to show up on the vines. The green beans, potatoes,green peppers, onions and squash have been wonderful. Tomatoes are just now doing their thing and the corn is making. I'm watering,but things just don't grow as well with out rain water. I sure have missed the meetings. I will return as soon as I can.

    -- Posted by Ms Jere on Tue, Jun 30, 2009, at 3:33 PM
  • Hah! Rain. I am starting to research arid climate plants. May change all my raised bed to sandboxes. At least the cats would enjoy them.

    Speaking of cats, we have another new kitten picked up off the road a few days ago. Both Melissa's kitten and our new Samantha are walking around my keyboard making my typing even WORSE!

    We have been eating tomatoes from the one I overwintered for a month now, but I am not sure it is worth the extra effort. Interesting, but.....

    Got to go out and cut some weeds from the side of our garage while it is still cool. Not sure why I am rushing to do that since the next step is to paint the garage, but such is home ownership.

    I am passing your garden pictures around Jere. Is it OK to put some on the website?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 6:33 AM
  • Even my weeds are dying!

    I think I can keep up with watering through this weekend. If it hasn't rained by then, I'm giving up.

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 6:54 AM
  • I have been pretty happy with my garden this year Steve. I had to fight off the flying and hopping and climbing critters but tomatos and cucumbers have done very well. Just started my 3rd planting of onions, and tomatoe plants have exceeded 7 feet now seriously. I'm gonna let tops collapse. Tired of the step ladder. But we have been eating tomatoes now for a month and one of my German queens is at least a pound and a half. But the bales hold moisture so its been easy to care for them.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 10:09 AM
  • espoontoon did you try try these bale constructions for your mother mother?

    cherokee2, your method sounds EXTRA special with this dry weather.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 10:59 AM
  • I built one for my mom and it turned out pretty good. I planted some heat tolerant European lettuce with beets and it started germinating three days after seeding.

    And then Missouri had a huge storm that included hail and just about wiped it out. According to my Mom, they also had one day that got to 105 degrees that wiped out most of the survivors from the hail!

    I talked to her tonight, and she said the beets were about 3 inches tall and there is still a small amount of lettuce growing.

    I'll try to get pictures.

    I'm about to say the heck with it, and either start doing strawbale containers like Cherokee, or raised beds like Jere. A lot less to water and still a pretty good yield.

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 8:51 PM
  • A lot easier to water as well but I would imagine Jere has to water often. What say you Jere?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 2, 2009, at 2:17 PM
  • By the way, mine are raised more to level the garden surface than to raise it. The first few inches are 'raised' while the rest of the plant goes into regular soil.

    Straw bales are looking better all the time, even if they are over my original beds.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 2, 2009, at 2:20 PM
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