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BallsEleven
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
I got my order pretty quick...just a few days I think.

I'll be sure to pay close attention to whatever produce I get.


bluemoons
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
I just transplanted some tomatoes yesterday. Also planted out some broccoli and cauliflower that I bought from the feed store. I have some other that I started inside, but they won't be ready til mid-September or so.


lsuson
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
I encourage everyone to look at what the LSU AG center posts about what varietals grow well in Louisiana. Certain cucumber types may do well in Kansas but shitty in zone 9B. Also I found a good website for seeds if anyone is interested. They have a nice selection. LINK
Johnny seeds


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LSUlefty
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Cabbage, Broc & Cauliflower transplants are available already?


bluemoons
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I’m in Covington and o’keefe feed has them. Pretty sure the sun and heat are going to roast them but I wanted to go ahead and give it a shot. Worst case is I’ll just buy more and my seed starts will be ready in a month anyway.


LSUlefty
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Too hot I think


Tbone2
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
I always wait until labor day to transplant my cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. beets and carrots are planted from seed in October.


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bluemoons
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
We shall see. Doing alright so far but a couple broccoli plants are showing some sun damage.


FowlGuy
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Anyone have a favorite recipe for cushaw squash. My mother used to always cook it as a side for thanksgiving. It was simple. I seen online you can substitute it for pumpkin or sweet potato and make a good pie. Ive got some beautiful fruit growing now and can’t wait to cook it, this is my first year growing them and have been gardening for 7 years.


BottomlandBrew
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Between a three-month old kid, deer, squirrels, and general laziness, our garden hasn't been so great this year. That said, my peppers, hops, pumpkins, and cantaloupes are doing great.

Habaneros, thai chili, pepperochini, and scotch bonnet have produced more fruit than I know what to do with. The ghost and reapers are just starting to really produce. I foresee lots of hot sauce making in my future.

I didn't expect much from the hops this year because I split the rhizomes early in the spring and moved them. They usually don't do a whole lot the first year. Pleasantly surprised.





BayouBengal51
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Forest Hill, Louisiana
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Question for you guys that have lime trees. Last year in June, I moved onto my current property. Prior owners had a key lime tree in the back yard that produced a handful of limes last year. It was obvious that it had not been maintained properly nor fertilized before they sold the home to me.

This past fall I did some maintenance pruning and fertilized in early spring. Thanks to that work my tree has about 150 limes now.

How can you tell when they are ready to harvest? I've never dealt with limes before. Right now they are all giving a little bit when I squeeze them. However they are mostly still dark green. I took one off the tree today that showed some lightening up on the color and sliced it open to see what it looked like on inside. It was yellow, like a lemon and tart like one.

Is it still too early to harvest or have I gone the other way and waited too long?
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BallsEleven
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Sounds like you have enough that you can afford to take some off from time to time to taste test.

If they are anything like satsumas or other citrus trees, I wouldn’t even think about picking until we get that first cold snap. After that you could probably take one off per week to test and see. Someone with experience with lime could probably be able to narrow it down further for you though.

I’ll be learning next fall though. I have my first Meyer lemon in the ground and picked all the blossoms off.


BayouBengal51
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Thank you for the response. I'll keep checking them in the next few weeks. I don't now what the heck I'm going to do with all of these limes. I hope the family really, really likes key lime pie

A satsuma tree is next on my list of things to get for the back yard.


BallsEleven
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Same here. We have a Meyer lemon at the office that is absolutely loaded. No clue what to do with them though.


Tbone2
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Fowl Guy, I grow Cushaws and , like you said, I use them in place of pumpkin pie. The seeds can be roasted too. Be sure to save some seeds for next year. I have kept seeds for 7 years and they germinated.


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bluemoons
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Update. Broccoli and cauliflower transplants got raped by the sun and heat. RIP. Got some more from the nursery. Will give it another shot in a few days after I really harden these off. They’re under partial shade at the feed store.


PillageUrVillage
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
I started some Romain lettuce seeds. Keeping them in partial shade for a few weeks before I transplant them. This heat wave needs to take a hike.


BallsEleven
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Do you keep them outside or inside?

I started some last week and had one sprout but it quickly wilted over and nothing else has come up yet. It was in shade on the back patio but I moved it inside after I saw that


PillageUrVillage
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
I have them on my back patio. It stays shaded until about 3-4 pm. I’m growing Parris Island Cos Romain. It’s supposed to be pretty heat tolerant. LSU Ag planting guide says to start them August 15 for zone 9. I figured it would be September before I transplant them. We'll see how they do. So far nothing has sprouted, but it’s only been 2 days.

ETA: Good news is, the seed packet came with about a billion seeds in it. So, if these fail, I’ll just sow some more.
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BallsEleven
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Yeah same here. Those tiny broccoli and cauliflower seeds are a PITA to find when they spill off the white envelope onto the granite counter top


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