2020 Gardens

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    2020 Gardens 2RiversideLen
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    Chocomouse, I meant to post here earlier but haven’t got around to it. I planted 4 tomatoes, 2 each in 2 containers. Two peppers in one container. Also some parsley, and a lemon thyme. I got some basil from a couple of neighbors. I’ve been meaning to take a couple of pics and post it but I the cicadas make me want to minimize my time out there right now. We have a good crop of the 13 year cicada and they like to fly in the face. I really don’t mind them otherwise and kinda enjoy the racket they make, I’m happy to let them do their insect things except for having to bat them away. In 4 years we get the 17 year cicadas and they come out in even greater numbers, maybe 5 times as many, maybe more. Anyways, so far everything looks good.

    #24876
    2020 Gardens 2RiversideLen
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    The first pic are my peppers, basil and parsley

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    This one is tomatoes, there is some parsley and basil in there too.

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    There were deer in my yard last week, this one looks like he is looking through the fence and my neighbor’s garden.

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    #24881
    2020 Gardens 4BakerAunt
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    As always, Len, it’s a great garden!

    Ah, yes, the deer! This spring, we fenced most of the backyard for the dog–and for us, so that she can go out on her own, especially in the winter. We are limited to 5 feet high and 50% visibility, which is what we would have done anyway. Deer can jump that if motivated, but for now, they are giving attention to more accessible neighboring locations. The garden area within the backyard has wire fencing. We can put old window screens on top if we need to do so, but I’m hoping that the outside fence will take care of the deer eating the blooms off of vegetable plants.

    #24889
    2020 Gardens 5chocomouse
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    That deer looks like she is checking out what’s on today’s menu, Len!! Your plants look really healthy!

    BakerAunt, I use fishing line (invisible) wrapped around the posts of my garden fence to deter deer. I put mine at at about 2, 4, and 7 feet off the ground. When they run into it, they are spooked because they can’t see it. It has to be put up early, before anything is transplanted or seeds sprout. Once the deer get a taste of the menu, they will return. I think you could also run some kind of line across the top of your fenced garden area; but maybe not invisible fishing line, maybe something more visible? Like, that dark green gardening twine, or hot pink crochet cotton?

    #24975
    2020 Gardens 2RiversideLen
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    All the plants are filling out quite nicely.

    Peppers are starting to form,

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    And this morning I spied my first tomato.

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    #24981
    2020 Gardens 4BakerAunt
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    OOh–the first tomato! Our larger plants are blossoming, so I hope that we will see fruit forming soon. The bell pepper plant that overwintered on our porch has flowered and has developed new bell peppers. The two that were on the plant all winter, grew a bit and now are starting to redden.

    The green beans are flowering. The snow peas should be flowering soon. The radishes, after a promising start, are not growing. My husband thinks either they got too dry or he planted them too closely. He is considering pulling them out (a lot of green on top), as he has other vegetables he wants to plant there and was waiting for them to finish. The lettuce is doing nicely.

    The three squash plants are Queen squash (some seed given to him a while back by a student) The three plants are doing well; now we wait for blossoms.

    The black raspberries on the terrace are beginning to ripen, and my husband is picking them. He has had to haul water up from the lake, as we are not getting the rain we need, although we are grateful for what we do get.

    #24983
    2020 Gardens 8Italiancook
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    Len, your plants look lovely. A tomato!

    #25132
    2020 Gardens 4BakerAunt
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    My husband was able to pick a few snow peas from our garden yesterday. Perhaps there will be a stir-fry in our future next week.

    #25186
    2020 Gardens 4BakerAunt
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    Today my husband spied three small green tomatoes on our plants. Hurrah!

    The drought is hurting the black raspberry crop–both on the terrace and in the woodlands. My husband has managed to water some of the ones on the terrace, but we very much need rain. I also need some Ball Classic Real Fruit Pectin, as mine is expired. I checked the grocery and the hardware store (canning items) but no luck. We may try a trip into the larger town north of us next week, so I will check at Kroger, which has had it in the past.

    #25481
    2020 Gardens 11Mike Nolan
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    We got our first tomato today, a San Marzano that went on our hot dogs, and while I see number of small tomatoes, it will be a week or so before we get another. It’s cool today, in the 70’s so we may get some more blossoms to set. But they’re forecasting high 90’s or worse by Friday.

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