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Post by dizzy on Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:02 am

I'm finally getting around to doing my garden journal. I couldn't come up w/a good name for it. After all, what can you put about a garden that starts w/a D since I wanted some alliteration for my title. Then I got to thinking, I'm planting in dirt. So I thought, Dizzy's Dirt. But, I wanted 3 words. Well, w/all the stuff I've done to my soil over the years, I'd say it's pretty delightful, so Dizzy's Delightful Dirt it is.

This year, winter just didn't want to end. Plus, it had come early last fall. So, I hadn't been able to get done getting my garden ready as early as I'd planned. Plus, I had to burn wood for so much later than I'd planned that I wasn't able to get in all the early stuff I wanted to. I did get in some peas, some onions and some potatoes. I'm trying the potatoes in containers. I want to see how they do. I have 3 varieties planted, cobbler, Pontiac red and Yukon gold. I have 2 bins of the cobblers, and one each of the other two.

I tried to grow some onions from seed this year. For the most part, they didn't come up, so I used sets instead. I have yellow onions in my garden, hubby has red in his. I don't have a separate bed for onions. I plant them around my tomatoes.

I grow all my vine crops on trellises. But B4 I grow them, I plant peas in that area. Some of the seeds were apparently too old. So, I didn't get all I was expecting. But, I should be able to start picking them for dinner soon. I'll admit to eating some of the ones w/edible pods already-even though they weren't really big enough to pick.

I started broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, just never got it in. I'm trying to figure out where I can put it now. I might stick it in my orchard.

I didn't get my lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots or turnips planted. I might try growing some lettuce still and some of the other stuff I might try in the fall. That remains to be seen.

I'll post more about what else I'm doing later on.

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:49 am

I'm glad you figured out a title and got your journal going. Smile

Sounds like you've got a good amount of stuff planted already.
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Post by Farmfresh on Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:29 pm

Peas are a crop that just won't produce for me. It always gets really hot right before they fruit and the plant ends up drying up.

Glad to see you starting a journal. I really like the name too.
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Post by dizzy on Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:12 pm

Thanks! Don't know if I'll have time today, but I need to post what tomatoes, peppers and eggplants I have in.

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Post by dizzy on Sun Jun 14, 2015 9:56 am

I have the following tomato plants in.

1 Cherokee, 1 delicious, 1 grape tomato, 1 green (forget exactly what it's called), 3 Jersey devil, 1 marglobe, 2 Rio, 3 Roma, 2 Roma grande, 2 Rutgers and 3 San Marzano.

Something bit off one of my Rios, but I had another that I could put in. Otherwise, I would have seen about taking a sucker off the one and planting it.

I like grape tomatoes in salads, but figure that I don't need more than 1 plant. I'd rather use the space for bigger tomatoes.

The other plants that I have 1 of are all experimental, heirloom varieties. If I like any of them, I'll grow them again. If not, I might still grow them, but sell the plants.

I found more volunteer tomatoes today. I need to get them out and get all my extra tomatoes to the auction. I don't think it will happen this week, but next week for sure.


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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:21 am

You've got a good amount of tomatoes planted, I hope they do well for you.
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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:40 am

Could it be a German green tomato? Another green one is Zebra. ??
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Post by dizzy on Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:38 pm

I'm not sure. It could be German. I'll have to find the package and see. It's one someone gave to me.

Patrice, normally tomatoes do real well in this area. There are tons of tomato farms not too far from here. Nothing quite taste like a Jersey tomato.

I have 6 different colors of bell/bullnose type peppers, 1 plant of each. I have the following: albino, California (green-red), chocolate, golden, midnight, orange.

I also have 2 pimiento peppers of a variety called lipstick. Something bit the one, and I was upset since I didn't have another one to put in it's place, so I decided to plant some more. I figured any extras I could take to the auction. Well, whatever bit it bit it above the first leaves. I left the stem so I'd know where to plant the new one. The stem is now getting leaves out where the first leaves were, so it should be OK!

I also have 2 hot peppers planted. I only need enough hots to make salsa, so I'm hoping this is plenty. I have a jalepeno, and a serrano chili.

I read someplace that planting okra by your peppers will help support them. I don't recall if it does anything else, so I'll be planting some okra soon.

I got my blue bonnet rice in. (Anyone else thinking of margarine w/that name?) I try some as starts and some direct plant. The stuff that I planted is now up as well. I'm really curious to see how well it does.

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:32 pm

I've never heard of a home gardener growing rice, how do you grow it? Does it need any specific growing conditions? How do you harvest it and process it for eating?
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Post by dizzy on Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:57 am

It's an upland variety of rice, so you grow it in a normal garden. I'm not sure how to cut it down, nor process it. I found the info B4, and will look into it again once it's ready.

I forgot to put down my eggplants. I have 4 different eggplants. I only plant 1 of each variety. I don't eat a lot of egg plants, so this should be plenty. I have the following varieties: Casper, little fingers, Prospero and shooting starts.

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