tielan: (AVG - maria)
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Report from a late summer garden (in the southern hemisphere):

Harvest and planting for winter.

My area in Australia is mild enough that cool-weather leafy greens do pretty well over winter, so long as you protect them from frost.

I know most of you equatorially-north folks are just getting into planting times for your gardens - what do you plan to grow this year (and how's that coming along), and is there anything new you're going to try this growing season?

Speaking for myself, I'm trying to grow: cabbage, cauliflower, bok-choy, raab broccoli (I've never had luck with regular broccoli), rocket, brussel sprouts, onions (both the ones you use the leaf stalk and the ones you store the bulb), carrots, parsnips, sugarbeet, and the usual run of beetroot (which I have finally worked out how to cook: bake in individual wrappings of foil, and then after 40 mins, put a dob of butter on top and bake for another 40 mins).

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Date: 2017-05-15 12:41 am (UTC)
ladybrooke: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ladybrooke
We're planting tomatoes, corn, beans, watermelons, green peppers, a single red pepper plant, cantaloupe, lettuce, and maybe zucchini and squash. We already had the first three planted, but then flooding happened, and it all died/washed away. :/ The lettuce and cantaloupe are new! I'm hoping they grow well.

I hope everything you're trying to grow turns out well!

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Date: 2017-05-15 01:33 am (UTC)
ladybrooke: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ladybrooke
I'm in Southern Indiana, near Louisville, Kentucky - on the eastern side of the American midwest. Probably not! Mainly because our squash plants tend to go nuts and kill everything near them, and I'd rather not have to deal with my step-dad sulking if they strangled his beans. :P On the other hand, the anthropologist in me would like to experiment with planting that way.

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Date: 2017-05-15 02:51 am (UTC)
peoriapeoriawhereart: Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster (Janine)
From: [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart
Last year I helped with a Three Sisters planting. Sadly the squash vines weren't enough to keep the chipmunks out of the corn.

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Date: 2017-05-15 11:34 am (UTC)
peoriapeoriawhereart: blond and brunet men peer intently (Napoleon & Illya peer)
From: [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart
They were fenced, but the gauge was too large. I think the real method is going to depend on consulting with the hawks.

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Date: 2017-05-19 04:48 am (UTC)
ladybrooke: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ladybrooke
Our main problems are deer, rabbits, and birds. :/ I have yet to come up with a solution that will keep all three away, especially since none of them but the deer are scared of the dogs.

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Date: 2017-05-15 09:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dirtygreatknife
Another Aussie here--I'm in South Australia. I put in cabbage, onions, spring onions, carrots and radish. I hope they all grow!

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Date: 2017-05-15 02:25 pm (UTC)
liana: Teaberry plant in snow (Default)
From: [personal profile] liana
I've had no luck with onions, but for carrots check that your soil is loose enough. Dense or compacted soil could be the cause of forking. You may want to add some organic material such as compost or peat moss. Also some sand or gypsum. When they start looking crowded, pull some to thin them out. I use the thinned roots for snacks and throw the greens in soup or salad.

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Date: 2017-05-16 07:43 am (UTC)
dirtygreatknife: (Autumn)
From: [personal profile] dirtygreatknife
Cabbage, no. It does seem VERY happy with compost around it and a good drink of Seasol, mind you everything seems to like that. I was recommended a food call GroRite, which is from hydroponics stores, and I've seen the results from that from the guy who rec'd it to me, so I'm definitely buying a bottle of it.

The biggest problem I've had is when it rains for days and you're at the mercy of the aphids. I use neem oil to control those, but when it's raining, it gets washed off, which is frustrating! The radish are quite happy left to themselves, but they love a lot of water, so it's best to make sure the soil doesn't dry at all during those dry periods. Part sun, too, so they're in pots under the semi-shade of my giant sage plant.

I love Diggers, it's such an awesome place. I'm looking forward to visiting the one in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens on Friday, I have no doubt I'll buy more plants!

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Date: 2017-05-15 04:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dantesspirit
7 different tomatoes, 8 different peppers, tomatillos, eggplant, asparagus, cantelope, watermelon, zucchini, butternut squash, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, loofa squash, green beans...

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Date: 2017-05-16 02:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dantesspirit
They're used a lot in Tex-Mex style food, like in a green chile sauce instead of tomatoes.}:)

We've tried cantalope before and they didn't produce. So this is an experiment to see if we can get any this year. Heh.

But the weather might have something to do with it too. If its hot and dry, they may not grow well. So I'd try keeping them very thoroughly watered, maybe that would help some.

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Date: 2017-05-16 08:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bridgetmkennitt
Good luck with your cantaloupes!

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Date: 2017-05-16 08:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bridgetmkennitt
I want to try and grow lettuce in my apartment, mostly so I can eat it whenever it's ready to be harvested and not have to depend so much on my grocery stores if I want to eat a salad. I'm in the process of reorganizing my apartment though, so I have to wait until I can figure out a good placement before I can purchase the seeds and grow them.

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