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convertedtiger
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
I still have a lot of Brandywine tomatoes ripening but the rest of the tomato plants will be coming out this weekend. I have picked almost 5 gallons of the biggest Jimmy Nardello peppers ever so far. One was almost 14" long. Luckily, we fry those suckers up in some olive oil and a few cloves of our garlic almost as fast as I pick them. Anyone have another good way to cook Jimmy Nardellos? I have 2 gallon sized ziplocks full at the moment.

My jalapenos are still setting fruit and I have about a dozen that are ready to pick and smoke with the last of the tomatoes for smoked salsa. My cherry peppers got a late start but are doing well now. Like Balls said, those Tabasco peppers pack a punch! I made the same mistake. The first peppers were very small so I popped one in my mouth. Needless to say, it was a learning experience never to be repeated.


convertedtiger
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
On another note, my little hydroponic experiment is going well so far. Three yellow squash harvested and three more beginning to develop. I have some full spectrum lights to replace my normal 5k plant starting lights but haven't gotten around to hanging them. It has been a fun little experiment so far. I'm trying to see if I want to scale up and take it outdoors this fall.


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2 Jugs
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Thanks for the link fowlguy.

And thanks for yall keeping this thread going. Lots of info.

Gonna start some fall tomatoes this year.


dallasga6
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Way behind you guys in La. but finally got to put up some bush beans and cukes the last coupla days.
Some of many beans and cukes picked this week.


14 qts beans blanched and put up in freezer.


12 pints total garlic dill pickles canned, some sliced, some speared even a couple with ghost peppers added that I canned last year...






Lotta work and definitely not saving money by growing and putting them up but it's a fun and rewarding hobby. Family and friends clamor for them and truly appreciate them as gifts thru the year...

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Cowboyfan89
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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Lotta work and definitely not saving money by growing and putting them up but it's a fun and rewarding hobby.

Idk, man. When you consider how much a single cucumber plant produces, and what seed or even plants cost, it's not too bad. I haven't done the comparison on the pickles I've made, but on other canned goods, for the quality, the cost of doing it isn't bad at all.

Hell, I saw a local store was selling home grown tomatoes for $3/lb. I've picked 67 lbs of tomatoes so far this year from 8 plants; that's $200 worth of tomatoes at their price, and it cost me maybe $15 to grow those tomatoes.


FowlGuy
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
It’s just like with anything else. Initial start up cost is high depending on how big you go then after that you can save. I have a big garden, I have a rear tine tiller, couldn’t imagine life without it. I also have a tractor but I have a lot of land to maintain. But say canning stuff, mason jars aren’t cheap, but as long as they don’t break you can keep them for years and just have to buy seals. I use drip tape and that can be expensive. But I love growing stuff it’s in my blood.


Cowboyfan89
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Initial start up cost is high depending on how big you go then after that you can save.

Very true, but even then, the cost isn't terrible.

I did my first in-ground garden last year. I spent $110 and produced approximately 110 lbs of vegetables. It cost me $1/lb to grow that garden. No way could I have bought those vegetables at a farmer's market for that amount.

But, I'm going very low tech with it--no tillage, recycling a lot of things, starting my own seed, applying minimal fertilizer and pesticides, and pretty much doing everything by hand. And I can do that because I have about 400 sq ft that I'm growing on right now.

And like you, I just enjoy doing it, so cost doesn't matter too much to me (still have to make it reasonably cost efficient though).
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4WHLN
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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Couple pepper plants have been droopy despite plenty of water. The plants actually have peppers growing but all leaves drooping.


Same situation going on at my little garden with pepper plants. After reading some other responses, Ill move them to a spot with a little more shade and see if that helps any. They are still producing but starting to look bad.

This was more of a trial run for what I hope will be a salsa garden next year. With a couple other plants thrown in there like cucumbers, dill and okra.


p&g
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
My tomatoes look great


FowlGuy
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Just wanted to share this little tool with those of y’all that like to start seeds for fall and spring gardens. HOSS TOOLS has them for $5 I believe, you slide the card out to your fall or spring frost date, has spring on ones side and fall on the other, and it tells you the dates to start seed. Near little tool I use.


BallsEleven
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It seems like the hotter it gets, the more my creole tomatoes grow. They are thriving in this heat it seems. I’m past the point of being able to prune them back. I’ve got quite a bit of fresh fruit and blooms on them. I guess I’ll just let them keep going since they weren’t producing as much as they should have earlier.

I’m still waiting on my watermelon to start fruiting. Do they need hand pollination too?

My peppers, okra, and eggplant are all doing well. My Tabasco plants have fully recovered from being ripped apart from wind and have matured peppers and new ones on the fresh growth.

Satsumas are doing the best they ever have done, have a couple of ruby red the first year and my blackberry bush has given me a couple additional fruit. Next year it will be loaded with all the new growth it has thrown out this year.

I tried the pickle mix pillage posted and it is great. I added a couple of jalapeños and mashed a garlic clove in there.

I’m not a big fan of bread and butter pickles though.
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Cowboyfan89
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It seems like the hotter it gets, the more my creole tomatoes grow. They are thriving in this heat it seems

Amazing how different experiences can be. My creole looks like shite and will likely fizzle out before I get anymore tomatoes off of it.


LoneStarTiger
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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I have picked almost 5 gallons of the biggest Jimmy Nardello peppers ever so far. One was almost 14" long. Luckily, we fry those suckers up in some olive oil and a few cloves of our garlic almost as fast as I pick them. Anyone have another good way to cook Jimmy Nardellos? I have 2 gallon sized ziplocks full at the moment.


I was given a few of these a week ago and really enjoyed them. Saved all the seeds to start some for the fall and for next spring.

I also topped my Cherokee purple tomatoes to start for the fall and will do the same with my beefsteaks this week. This was my first year trying CP tomatoes and they have been phenomenal.

I'll need to pick peas and pole beans again this week.

I always look forward to starting a fall garden, but I never can make myself tear up the spring garden when it's still hanging on.
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BallsEleven
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Maybe I'm just getting lucky then.

I fertilized again today and noticed a ton of new blooms and zero yellowing. I planted a second variety (can't remember the name) and those are pretty much done at this point.


TU Rob
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
I'm about to give up on anything growing this summer. I got a late start since my seeds would sprout, then weirdly seem to die off overnight. My second round of seeds did great with tomatoes, and I put a few things in the ground but I think it was too late. Going to till it all under and start fresh for fall. What things should I be looking to start now or within the next couple of weeks? I'm in the Birmingham area, and it looks like zone 8A, if that makes a difference.


BallsEleven
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
ACES.edu

Looks like for your area, this is the go to site for gardening, how LSUAg is for us.

I linked their Fall gardening articles but they have a ton of other good articles in the fruit & vegetable section as well.


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Cowboyfan89
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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Maybe I'm just getting lucky then.

I fertilized again today and noticed a ton of new blooms and zero yellowing. I planted a second variety (can't remember the name) and those are pretty much done at this point.

Could be seed source, too. Who knows?

My Cherokee Purples have kept plugging along, and I find the flavor of those go be much better than the creoles, so I'm not too bummed about it. Hell, I took suckers from my cherokees and romas and rooted them; who knows what things will look like a month from now when I plan to plant them out, but at the rate my current plants are going, I'll be at over 100 lbs of tomatoes picked by then. Not sure if I'll even want to plant them all.


BallsEleven
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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Could be seed source, too. Who knows?


Maybe so, that sure would be nice. Where did you get yours from? Mine were from reimer seeds.


Cowboyfan89
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Mine was a plant I bought from a guy in Lafayette. I believe all of his seed comes from Baker Creek.


PillageUrVillage
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Mordor
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
All of my Roma’s and Better Bush tomatoes are done. Pulled them yesterday. Early Girls still have a handful of tomatoes on each plant. But they’re almost done. Already pulled my cucumber plants cause they were done. And my beans are still producing, but they’re so infested with aphids and stink bugs I’m not sure it’s worth trying to keep them around. All of my pepper plants are still chugging along. The Carmen’s are looking a little rough, though.

This weekend I’m going to get some seed starter and sow my fall tomatoes in peat cups. I guess I’ll need to do some cleanup in the garden and start preparing for fall stuff.


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