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Steve Mills

Weed'em & Reap Garden club "social" at La Cabaņa on North Main in Shelbyville

Posted Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 11:52 AM
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  • Bermuda grass gets in most of my pictures so often that I am starting to call it intentional. Boy is that grass a pain!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 17, 2014, at 11:52 AM
  • The soap & horticultural oil did not have the desired affect on some adult squash bugs. Thumb and forefinger did though.

    Eventually some nymphs will get past my daily checkup so maybe it will do better then. I've also added a little DE (diatomaceous earth)for the flea beetles.

    It is too late for some of my eggplants, they are decimated, but those that survived seem to have new leaves not being eaten so there is hope. Plus, I am going to reseed some tonight.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 17, 2014, at 4:42 PM
  • With this heat I have returned to watering all of the plants in containers and bathtubs daily. I am using the water from the goldfish pond so there should be some "benefits" with fertilizing.

    I have a yellow squash plant that surprisingly survived a botched planting job. The stem broke when coming out of the starting cup. I would guesstimate 3/4 of the stem was a clean break.

    I was about to throw it out but had a second thought about seeing if it could re-root and if there was enough stem to support it while it rooted. Apparently both. The broken plant never seem to be any different from the other healthy plants and continues to be holding up well a week after planting.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 17, 2014, at 4:50 PM
  • Palindrome all the tomatoes are doing fine. I am going to start spraying with a milk dilution, since you mentioned that some of yours are succumbing to a virus or wilt. Will see if that improves their chances.

    In fact, all the plants except the eggplants are doing well. They have always been a challenge.

    Believe I will also plant a second planting of edamame tonight. That will put the harvests about three weeks apart.

    Can't remember if I mentioned that the garlic has done well. Harvesting (drying) half of it as I write this and will probably pull the other half for drying on Sunday.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 17, 2014, at 4:59 PM
  • My tomatoes are doing well also...must be the expert nurturing before I got a hold of them...my thumbs are only light green...ones a little wilted but I'm working on it....all I have on my mind is eating a tomato sandwich.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Jun 17, 2014, at 10:32 PM
  • Two of the new herbs/spices I am experimenting with are Turmeric and Fenugreek. Here are links to find out about each.

    http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/fenugreek-seeds.html I was not sure where to source the seeds but it turns out that an inexpensive and local source for local Indian markets. I shopped at Patel Brothers on Nolensville Road in Nashville.

    I just bought the seeds as a spice and got thousands of them for $3.00. It was written that Fenugreek seeds sprout quickly. I will confirm that 100%.

    Within two days I have many. So many that I am not sure what to do. I planted extra because I did not know the viability of seeds in a spice jar. NO WORRIES! I think they all sprouted.

    http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03001/Three-Reasons-to-Eat-Turmeric.html Turmeric does not grow from seeds, but instead underground tubers. A fresh selection of these were found at the International Market (also on Nolensville Road) It might have been at Patel also but I already had it so I did not check.

    I am going to plant of few of these since they take up to 10 months to form usable tubers and that means potting them in our zone 7. They are not suggested for outdoors until you get to zone 9.

    I have already started using the excess by slicing thinly and making a tea, along with the Fenugreek seeds. Not bad for something that is supposed to be very healthy for us. I tried a cup with honey and one without. Works both ways.

    After brewing the Fenugreek twice, I threw out the seeds but this last batch I scooped them out of the cup and ate like wet rice. Not bad that way either!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 18, 2014, at 12:18 PM
  • I can't decide if I have a tomato problem or not. Several of the plants are developing black leaf edges and while a few are Black Cherry tomatoes, I was not aware of the leaves turning.

    So.... I am spraying them with a milk spray to add nutrients and because I have heard milk spray can help with certain diseases.

    The leaves look healthy, so I do not think it is late blight (beside, it is early). I am also growing some other "black" varieties courtesy of Palindrome so maybe that could be it but I don't recall any on the plants Palindrome gave me.

    Hmmmm. Any thoughts?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 19, 2014, at 9:49 AM
  • A picture is worth a thousand words...............

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jun 19, 2014, at 10:04 AM
  • I think a quesadilla is in order for tomorrow night...that's almost all I'm thinking except trying to remember to bring your trays with me Palindrome...I'll go ahead and put them in the car now...it's so hot I'm kinda thinkless...I forgot to water my tomatoes last night and I think my weakest one has suffered for it...no worries though I tied a string around my finger this morning early so it will get a drink when the sun goes down...

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Jun 19, 2014, at 11:14 AM
  • Quesadilla........The other day I made some fresh flour tortillas and turned them into chicken, pepper, cheese, onion quesadillas and ate them with a whole guacamole ( lots of garlic) . This is actually a garden posting because the onions were fresh Spring sweet and red onions......All I can say is yum......Besides the tortillas were so fabulous I do not know if I can ever bring myself to buy them again

    As for the trays....Thank you. I am cleaning up the laundry room after the greenhouse experience and will disinfect all the trays and put them away until next use.

    As for the tomatoes..... I still have a few to plant. At this time of the season I must force myself to do something every day...Between the heat, mosquitos and humidity my gardening enthusiasm is waning.

    See you all tomorrow...........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jun 19, 2014, at 12:19 PM
  • "fresh flour tortillas" YUM!

    Does it even matter what is put inside? I'll eat fresh ones by themselves.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 19, 2014, at 12:40 PM
  • I was looking at the flour tortillas so much that I missed your picture request. I will head out a little later to fulfill that.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 19, 2014, at 12:50 PM
  • Here is a picture of my changing tomato leaves. Look familiar?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 19, 2014, at 4:13 PM
  • My newest " blue " tomatoes have a lot of blue in the leaves just like this photo. I consider it a prelude of what is to come. ( Blue in the tomatoes )

    For awhile I had a yellow/orange/violet showing up in the leaves of some that were late to get transplanted but after investigation that turned out to be a fertility issue. Once they got hit hard with food the coloration went away.

    When I was researching Floriani corn the recommendation was to plant the reddest kernels to promote the color in the next generation......... " Darwinesque"

    I would have to say........Save some seeds from this plant, Steve......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jun 19, 2014, at 4:51 PM
  • I will probably try to save seeds from all this year. My only issue is that they are growing close to each other so... there could be some hanky panky between varieties.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 20, 2014, at 9:26 AM
  • Bring it on....... Better be thinking of some baby names. Rowdy Blue..........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Jun 20, 2014, at 10:17 AM
  • Was a super time at La Cabana last night...its always enjoyable to have great conversation with such wonderful people...I think we were all starving we demolished all we ordered I think,...my bill with dessert was only 8 something....but, dining with Weed Em and Reap Folks...."Priceless"

    We missed you Mr. Mills

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sat, Jun 21, 2014, at 9:04 AM
  • Had to tell on me huh?

    Sorry. Ran late and have Moon Pie

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jun 21, 2014, at 9:17 AM
  • It's all good...I would say your a very busy man this weekend...RC and Moon Pie gets bigger every year...Anything new an exciting over that way this year?

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sat, Jun 21, 2014, at 3:37 PM
  • We don't get to see much of the festivities. Sometimes hear some of it but that is hit and miss. We did hear the synchronize wading event but that is more of s seeing thing.

    It SURE was a HOT one.

    Governor Haslam was supposed to be there and I guess he was, but I know Mark Collie was there. https://www.facebook.com/markcollieofficial Talked to him a few minutes ago.

    I thought he might have just been in Nashville and it was convenient to stop by but he actually drove in from Texas, just to be King of our festivities. Pretty nice.

    He was approached by some friends of ours so I guess there is more to it than just Bell Buckle asked, but we don't discuss business with these friends.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jun 21, 2014, at 4:57 PM
  • I'm headed out to the garden to unwind.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jun 21, 2014, at 4:58 PM
  • Well, I hope I unwound 'cause I sure did not cool off. Debbi decided we HAD to get some wood from a tree that fell on out friend's property. That, in addition to hand-watering the garden just about killed me, literally.

    It is good to see a slight cooling trend and some rain in the forecast. 80's is high enough for me and some rain, PLEASE!

    I tried to take a Sunday afternoon nap just now and my mind was running about rain-catching set-ups around the house, leveling the garage, installing solar water heaters all along the front of the house to do most of our home heating passively next winter (the wood cutting is wearing be out)AND using the caves we have below our house to chill water that will hopefully drop the temps in the house by 20 degrees without using an air conditioner.

    Needless to say, I did not get any sleep. But I sure have a lot of research to do AFTER I get some more things listed on eBay. This is gonna take some money.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 22, 2014, at 3:19 PM
  • The final chapter on my experiment with winter sown tomatoes, no peppers. They died, BUT tomatoes have popped up in numerous OTHER places and I am making accommodations to allow all of them to continue growing so we will see what develops.

    They are definitely more heat and drought resistant than hose planted this year. I know we are not really in a drought, but on our hill we are moisture challenged and the heat makes it even more pronounced.

    Most of my eggplants started earlier this year have died also. I have three left in pots but they are not real healthy so when or if I give them their own garden space, I expect them to succumb.

    I have re-seeded some eggplant so maybe the later sown crop will do better.

    I keep reading about how eggplant will survive flea beetle attacks, (Not mine) I read how growing them in fresh potting soil, in pots will keep the flea beetle at bay. (Not mine)

    Some descriptions on growing eggplants do not even mention the flea beetle as a pest. Really? Not even an honorable mention? Well guess what, none of the other pests listed got a chance to get my eggplants.

    Sooner or later, I am going to crack this mystery, but for now the FB have won.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 23, 2014, at 9:17 PM
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