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Steve Mills

Weed'em & Reap, "The Social" We had it, at Legends

Posted Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 5:29 PM
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  • Sounds like a pizza night....or I'll bring something to the park for potluck, however it is a small investment to make something which is okay...i'd hate to have leftovers though...maybe a restaurant is better....we should definitely have a meeting, I invited a friend,...a couple folks don't have internet...so they may need to be called...legends is always good for me...anything but Mexican food this time...any decision will work for me.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Jul 16, 2014, at 10:14 PM
  • Well......Yesterday was better than today.

    I went out to mow with the sit down mower and started by putting gas in the tank. For some reason a wasp/hornet ???? circled me the entire time. When I went to put the cap on the tank the nest inhabitants flew out and got me. Yes......Their nest is inside my mower and they don't like me being there. Now I can't bend my finger from the swelling..............Dang....Where is that snow when you need it !

    I am up for anything food wise as long as I don't have to bake.....

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jul 17, 2014, at 10:28 AM
  • We have had mice build their winter nest in the mower but don't believe we had hornets. Lucky you only have ONE sore finger.

    For years we have had wasps build in our newspaper box but this year they have refrained. I'm not complaining.

    Hope it is not your fork and spoon hand. I had to make an executive decision about tomorrow night and chose to return to Legends. I was afraid that without more advanced notice we might not have much in the pot for pot luck.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 17, 2014, at 3:58 PM
  • Legends it is..........Sounds good.

    I am ready for it..........

    It is my everything, right whole hand now...

    BTW......If anyone could use some tomatoes....Let me know. They have gone from gold to give em away.........Don't hear any complaints yet......After all....They aren't zucchini...................

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jul 17, 2014, at 4:50 PM
  • I still have a few Cherokee's, but could use a few more of any kind I need some sauce in the freezer for Italian recipes later and been eating a lot with cottage cheese or by themselves for lunch...so I'll take some maters.

    Legends will be great...they have prime rib on the weekends and a decent selection of vegetables or just a burger...great choice!

    Talk about mailbox critters...I got an ant farm in mine..now a few of them have been vacationing via car and in my mail drawer in the den...guess I better wear my glasses when checking the mail so I can see if the little boogers have their suitcases packed.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Jul 17, 2014, at 7:19 PM
  • The ants took over my mailbox last Summer........It became quite the challenge but they eventually got the message...... If I could now do the same with the wasps..........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jul 17, 2014, at 7:29 PM
  • OK Chefgrape.......Get yourself ready for tomatoes........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jul 17, 2014, at 8:33 PM
  • Speaking of tomatoes, I just added a picture of some horned worm eggs I found on a plan this morning. I brought the eggs inside to watch and see if they hatch. (Don't tell my wife and mother-in-law)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 17, 2014, at 8:59 PM
  • Don't those eggs hatch in the fall?...did you stick them in the fridge?....Not a wormy guy is asking! Ha...

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Jul 18, 2014, at 8:59 AM
  • I seriously have not seen a bug on these tomatoes except for a common ant or a ladybug...I'm kind of wondering if you by chance Palindrome had added some kind of repellant to their soil or am I just lucky so far.

    All I did was stick them in some cheap topsoil from Wally World and scatter a bag of horse manure throughout the bed...I do water them every other night or early morning...they are doing excellent and totally villain-less.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Jul 18, 2014, at 9:06 AM
  • I expect they will hatch in a few days. I want to see if I am right abut who they are.

    Maybe the villains have gone to other gardens and missed yours. My main leaf eater was grasshoppers and now a few Japanese beetles.

    I did find a few worms of some sort of caterpillar eating a few leaves but I did not recognize it and barred it from the garden. Since I was not sure what it was, I let it live somewhere else, just not in THE garden.

    I think we had a few drops of rain last night. Probably not enough to measure but more than a heavy dew. I am thinking that is why my garden is holding back on kicking out fruit.

    If the tomatoes were already forming, they would probably crack IF we get substantial rain. Plus the high evening temps were probably stymieing the fruit set.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 18, 2014, at 9:25 AM
  • Dad mentioned he had read that temperatures of 90 and up prevents a lot of color on tomatoes and to ripen them,... or see them turn their correct color before your fooled and they rot on the vine,... you should check them and pick them early for maybe window seal ripening....he says they may get red on the bottom and you won't see a lot of the color towards the top of them.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Jul 18, 2014, at 10:03 AM
  • I have never experienced many pests on tomato plants....Perhaps because they are in the tobacco family. One appears to have a tomato worm on it by the missing leaves but I haven't taken the time to corral it. Nothing added to the ones I gave you......Promix, Cowpot, Sea Fertilizer......That's it folks....Now what is added to the planting pots is a whole different story. Still all organic however..........

    Major dilemma in the yard.....The tomatoes have now grown beyond the bamboo teepees and require a ladder to reach.

    Sprayed the mower with wasp b gone last night when I took out the garbage...........Too wet to mow today....I can put off starting up the engine for a bit.......Had the spray from the time I got attacked by the whole colony three years ago when I was mowing the grass and disturbed their hive. Not the same insect but the sting feels identical.

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Jul 18, 2014, at 10:24 AM
  • Has the swelling gone down? If the whole hand was involved you must have had a few stings. By now you should not be in any danger but I have heard of folks develop MORE of a sensitivity after they get stung.

    Be careful my friend. My brother has to carry an Epi pen

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 18, 2014, at 11:04 AM
  • Palindrome--You might not want to grow your tomatoes on a teepee or trellis when you are vertically challenged!! I had a good laugh just picturing it!

    I'm not going to see you guys tonight but I hope you have a good time...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Fri, Jul 18, 2014, at 1:16 PM
  • Wonder if that sea fertilizer has seaweed or kelp...dad has been spraying his with a solution and planted them with a seaweed of some sort to prevent a bug or aphid problem or something.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Jul 18, 2014, at 1:55 PM
  • Darn, I have your Fremont coffee filter sitting on my desk to return to you espoontoon. I never got it to work in my coffee maker. Maybe on the 1st?

    Spraying could do several things. It is good for the health but it might also mask the smell and taste so the bad bugs do not realize it is one of their favored foods.

    It is also rumored in organic circles that a healthy plant tends to repel insects. Something about a weak plant that makes them get their napkins on and dig in.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 18, 2014, at 4:53 PM
  • What a GREAT rain!! I have not seen any downpours, just slow, steady rain. Thank you Momma Nature!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 18, 2014, at 4:56 PM
  • Well......It has not allowed me to collect tomatoes.....Every time I put my hat and boots on it rains even harder..........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Jul 18, 2014, at 5:02 PM
  • This rain will make weed pullin' much more productive. The roots were not coming out lately.

    It also is a pick-me-up for Fall planting. Yup, about that time if you are gonna' do it.

    You could probably squeeze in a second planting of summer veggies but the next few weeks will be good for starting cool weather plants as well.

    They'll take a little babying to get them up and going in the heat and some won't germinate if it is too warm, so you may need to start them indoors, presuming you have air-conditioning. ;-)

    I always have trouble with my bok choy bolting in the Spring. The cold snaps we get seem to fool the plant into thinking it has seen a season and needs to make seed. The tops are edible but I really want the base plant more.

    I'll start another post to see what everyone plans to plant. Somehow I bet collards will make the list. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 18, 2014, at 5:08 PM
  • I picked a nice bright orange cherry tomato and ate it this morning, boy was it sweet...like a sugar baby...that plant will be loaded with them soon the way its looking...they all needed the rain....its a wonder I could eat anything after Legends last night...I think I'm still stuffed from that giant slab of cow I had...

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sat, Jul 19, 2014, at 12:05 PM
  • Bok Choy Blues..... I planted an entire pack of Baby Bok early this year...They looked so cute when they were young.......Overnight they bolted and went directly to seed....... That is a perfect example of why I stick with the few things that grow well for me here. Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Basil ( and Other Herbs ), Beans and Swiss Chard. ....Oh, and Okra.

    Frequently I say that it is harder to garden here than anywhere I have lived and HATS OFF to anyone who grows well......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sat, Jul 19, 2014, at 12:39 PM
  • Chefgrape..... Stevemills........

    Some breaking news...........The Fish Emulsion I used to fertilize all of the seedlings is deodorized with ......DRUM ROLL...........

    Wintergreen Oil............

    Do you think that is what the insect b gone ingredient is ?

    I am going to look it up.......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sat, Jul 19, 2014, at 1:57 PM
  • I know those Bok Choy Blues palindrome. Know 'em well.

    We had lunch from left-overs as well. Seemed to be just a good the second time around.

    Wintergreen would be a repellant. Was in advertised a feeder and repellant?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jul 19, 2014, at 3:23 PM
  • The label stated added to deodorize........Sold only as a Natural, Organic Fish Fertilizer............

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sat, Jul 19, 2014, at 3:40 PM
  • Cool....maybe I'll remain critter free...you could bet a little wintergreen or the fish fertilizer, with it in it will be added to my soil when I turn it this fall. Hopefully, we have discovered a miracle. Yeah reckon!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Jul 21, 2014, at 9:39 PM
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