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  • Post #31 - June 16th, 2014, 11:53 am
    Post #31 - June 16th, 2014, 11:53 am Post #31 - June 16th, 2014, 11:53 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:I gave up on growing tomatoes, peppers and eggplant from seed a few years ago--about the same time I found a fantastic nursery that stocks a lot of unusual varieties and sold everything 3/$10 (small stuff like herbs and celery 4pks are $1.25 each)


    Could you spill the name of the nursery? PM is fine if you're afraid of overwhelming them.
  • Post #32 - June 16th, 2014, 12:32 pm
    Post #32 - June 16th, 2014, 12:32 pm Post #32 - June 16th, 2014, 12:32 pm
    Hardly--it's a HUGE place. It's called Clark's Garden & Stone and it's actually in Lynwood, IL. Website is http://clarkesgardencenter.com. They should still have plenty of inventory.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #33 - June 17th, 2014, 3:50 pm
    Post #33 - June 17th, 2014, 3:50 pm Post #33 - June 17th, 2014, 3:50 pm
    It's nearly time for harvesting the cherries (my tree goes off before they do in Michigan). Anyone willing to help can keep what they pick (seriously). Warning - 1) there may be Cherry Fly Worm, and 2) I have 2 dogs. OTOH the worms are small, and mostly made out of cherry.
    Leek

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  • Post #34 - June 17th, 2014, 4:08 pm
    Post #34 - June 17th, 2014, 4:08 pm Post #34 - June 17th, 2014, 4:08 pm
    Love to help--when??
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #35 - June 17th, 2014, 4:08 pm
    Post #35 - June 17th, 2014, 4:08 pm Post #35 - June 17th, 2014, 4:08 pm
    And I'm in the Traverse City area now and there are no fresh cherries to be found yet :)
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #36 - June 18th, 2014, 10:23 am
    Post #36 - June 18th, 2014, 10:23 am Post #36 - June 18th, 2014, 10:23 am
    I am going to start picking tonight, I think. I don't know what your schedule is but Friday, Saturday, Sunday - all in the afternoon? I also have a good pitter, and find it's easier to pick for an hour, then pit for an hour, than to build up too many cherries and have to pit for hours and hours.

    Last year I picked for a week straight, going for about 45 min- 1 hour each time, but I'm probably pretty inefficient. I think there are fewer cherries this year.
    Leek

    SAVING ONE DOG may not change the world,
    but it CHANGES THE WORLD for that one dog.
    American Brittany Rescue always needs foster homes. Please think about helping that one dog. http://www.americanbrittanyrescue.org
  • Post #37 - July 2nd, 2014, 9:25 am
    Post #37 - July 2nd, 2014, 9:25 am Post #37 - July 2nd, 2014, 9:25 am
    June showers bring cucumber flowers (and squash blossoms and eggplant blooms and nasturtium buds and potato flowers and dill pollen and pea pods and gooseberries and green tomatoes and tomatillo puffs and...)

    Hope everyone has a lovely day!!!
    potato flowers 7-2.JPG
    more squash blossoms 7-2.JPG
    eggplant 7-2.JPG
    eggplant blossom 7-2.JPG
    cuke 7-2.JPG
    cuke flowers 7-2.JPG
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #38 - July 2nd, 2014, 9:27 am
    Post #38 - July 2nd, 2014, 9:27 am Post #38 - July 2nd, 2014, 9:27 am
    A few more...
    trombetta d'alba 7-2.JPG
    shishitos 7-2.JPG
    purple bean 7-2.JPG
    peas 7-2.JPG
    Indigo rose 7-2.JPG
    Indigo blueberry tomatoes 7-2.JPG
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #39 - July 2nd, 2014, 11:24 am
    Post #39 - July 2nd, 2014, 11:24 am Post #39 - July 2nd, 2014, 11:24 am
    So far, lettuce and basil are bumper crops (usually I can't get basil to grow much at all).
    Gai Lan (chinese broccoli) is bolting somewhat, but I keep cutting off the flower heads (and eating them), and with the recent rains, the stems are thickening up nicely, and lots of tasty leaves.
    Tuscan kale does not seem to germinate well, but it's growing.
    I've got one big jalapeno ready for me to pick, and a lot of little nubs.
    There are a few bell peppers getting to size, but not to color (who eats the green ones voluntarily anyway?)
    Lots of flowers on the tomatillos, I haven't noticed any fruit set yet.
    Tomatoes are up to golf ball size
    Snap peas are not progressing much: lots of flowers, few pods.
    Strawberry plants keep getting eaten, probably by bunnies
    Black Raspberries are quite prolific this year
    Last edited by JoelF on July 2nd, 2014, 2:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #40 - July 2nd, 2014, 11:32 am
    Post #40 - July 2nd, 2014, 11:32 am Post #40 - July 2nd, 2014, 11:32 am
    Great and inpsiring photos, boudreaulicious, thanks for posting them!
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #41 - July 2nd, 2014, 12:16 pm
    Post #41 - July 2nd, 2014, 12:16 pm Post #41 - July 2nd, 2014, 12:16 pm
    Thanks Katie--I'm enjoying both the garden AND the much-easier photo posting process of the new and improved LTH!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #42 - July 2nd, 2014, 11:22 pm
    Post #42 - July 2nd, 2014, 11:22 pm Post #42 - July 2nd, 2014, 11:22 pm
    What kind of pepper is that, in the second picture, from the A Few More post??

    I tried to quote it and copy it but I can't get the picture into this reply.

    Anyhow, the reason I ask, is, I picked one off my Jalapeno plant the other day that looked just like that. I wondered if it was deformed, or if I got an oddball pepper plant mixed in with my Jalapeno's.

    Tim
  • Post #43 - July 2nd, 2014, 11:37 pm
    Post #43 - July 2nd, 2014, 11:37 pm Post #43 - July 2nd, 2014, 11:37 pm
    Shishitos--my absolute favorite. I asked my guy at the garden center I get most of my seedlings at if he'd heard of them last year and he remembered and grew them for me this year. I was pretty psyched when I saw them and they've done really well already and are loaded with blossoms. Blistered on a cast iron skillet on the grill, sprinkle of salt and pepper--so delicious!! Definitely not a jalapeño. Generally not that spicy although you'll get hot ones mixed in.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #44 - July 3rd, 2014, 12:03 am
    Post #44 - July 3rd, 2014, 12:03 am Post #44 - July 3rd, 2014, 12:03 am
    Mine are full of blossoms too. I only had one pepper on that plant though. The rest of the plants all had at least one Jalapeno on them, so I know they are right. I'll try to cook them up as you suggest, when we get a few more, maybe they will get their own row in the garden next year..... always good to try new things.

    Tim
  • Post #45 - July 3rd, 2014, 12:16 am
    Post #45 - July 3rd, 2014, 12:16 am Post #45 - July 3rd, 2014, 12:16 am
    Look forward to hearing what you think!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #46 - July 3rd, 2014, 9:08 am
    Post #46 - July 3rd, 2014, 9:08 am Post #46 - July 3rd, 2014, 9:08 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:Shishitos--my absolute favorite. I asked my guy at the garden center I get most of my seedlings at if he'd heard of them last year and he remembered and grew them for me this year. I was pretty psyched when I saw them and they've done really well already and are loaded with blossoms. Blistered on a cast iron skillet on the grill, sprinkle of salt and pepper--so delicious!! Definitely not a jalapeño. Generally not that spicy although you'll get hot ones mixed in.

    I'll definitely consider shishitos next year -- an abundance of jalapenos is only moderately useful, but I can certainly put a bushel of shishitos to good use at a single party, and at $15/lb at the grocer, it's a good value to grow yourself.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #47 - July 3rd, 2014, 9:31 am
    Post #47 - July 3rd, 2014, 9:31 am Post #47 - July 3rd, 2014, 9:31 am
    They're considerably cheaper than that at Asian grocers and they are very light so you get a bucketload to the pound. But I love being able to go out and grab a bunch and grill them up fresh--can't buy that at the store. Plus they're very prolific for a pretty small plant. So happy to have them this summer!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #48 - July 3rd, 2014, 10:17 am
    Post #48 - July 3rd, 2014, 10:17 am Post #48 - July 3rd, 2014, 10:17 am
    I grow Shishitos from seed. This year the bunnies munched on the first set of leaves so the plants are a bit behind. Should have boatloads by August.

    currently out of stock but here's the link anyway
    baker creek seeds
  • Post #49 - July 3rd, 2014, 10:40 pm
    Post #49 - July 3rd, 2014, 10:40 pm Post #49 - July 3rd, 2014, 10:40 pm
    I had to move at the beginning of June, so I didn't plant in the three boxes I built for last year's garden. At the last minute, I was given a space at the community garden just down the block from me, so I decided to see if I could pull up the boxes and bring them. We shoveled the dirt into a few garbage cans and brought that, too. But this is really, really late to be starting a garden. All I have in there are a few tomatoes (cherry and slicers), a jalapeno, a bed of kale (Russian flat and Scotch curly), a zucchini, a pattypan, a cucumber, and a bell pepper. I've also got basil, tarragon, oregano, dill, thyme, mint, rosemary, Thai pepper, and cilantro, mostly in pots on my back deck here in the new apartment. I might build one more box for the community garden and grow some greens. I'd put up a photo but my plants look so measly compared to the above shots!
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  • Post #50 - July 4th, 2014, 12:38 am
    Post #50 - July 4th, 2014, 12:38 am Post #50 - July 4th, 2014, 12:38 am
    Hi- You can still plant carrots, Japanese turnips, green onions, and beets in your garden, and then in another month you can plant lettuce and spinach and peas. I love Japanese turnips. I get the seeds from Johnny's in Maine. That is where I get most of my seeds, and I love that company. They have a clearance sale going on right now, where they have some stuff for $1 a packet. Anton's also sells some veggie plants in August too that they start in June. They have some greens, lettuce and broccoli and a few other things that they sell. They are located at Pitner a few blocks South of Dempster between Dodge and McCormick.
  • Post #51 - July 4th, 2014, 7:27 am
    Post #51 - July 4th, 2014, 7:27 am Post #51 - July 4th, 2014, 7:27 am
    I plant lettuce throughout the summer--if it gets super hot, I just cut it and throw in more seeds. I do the same with peas. Sorrel is my new favorite green this year. Grows like a weed and does not appear to be negatively affected by the heavy rain or fluctuating temps. I ordered the seeds on Amazon. I had some fungal issues with a couple of my tomato plants so grabbed a couple of new ones at Alsip Nursery and planted them yesterday--I'm sure they'll do fine. It may be "too late" for in ground farming of some things but for raised bed/containers, you really should be fine unless winter comes early.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #52 - July 4th, 2014, 8:45 am
    Post #52 - July 4th, 2014, 8:45 am Post #52 - July 4th, 2014, 8:45 am
    I was going to tell you how cool your balcony farming operation was the other night, then I got sidetracked by the Shisito Pepper.

    I don't know of any farmer that doesn't have the passion to do it. It's not a job that you do for money, the hours are long, investment is huge and sometimes the return is negative. The weather can lure you along, all season, then kick you in the teeth right before harvest. After a bad year, you wonder why you even bother, then after the shock wears off, you start looking forward to next spring, because it could be the best year ever.

    You have that passion, your way to fulfull the desire is a little unconventional (to me anyway), but you have it.

    It won't be long before you throw away the pots, and fill that whole balcony with dirt, right up to the rail. I don't know how you'll get a tractor up there, but you'll find a way. :)

    Keep up the good work. My mom always said "You have to grow where God plants you", you're doing that.......

    Tim
  • Post #53 - July 15th, 2014, 12:45 pm
    Post #53 - July 15th, 2014, 12:45 pm Post #53 - July 15th, 2014, 12:45 pm
    Hey Jen,

    Is your corn shooting tassels yet??

    Inquiring minds want to know........

    Tim
  • Post #54 - July 15th, 2014, 6:22 pm
    Post #54 - July 15th, 2014, 6:22 pm Post #54 - July 15th, 2014, 6:22 pm
    Ha--nada--I think it's decorative at this point :)
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #55 - July 15th, 2014, 10:11 pm
    Post #55 - July 15th, 2014, 10:11 pm Post #55 - July 15th, 2014, 10:11 pm
    I know we planted kind late but our tomatoes and cucumbers show no fruit yet...getting frustrated. Rabbits have eaten our green beans and the first leaves of our cabbage. Parsley, celery, and herbs are doing great.
    What disease did cured ham actually have?
  • Post #56 - July 16th, 2014, 8:27 am
    Post #56 - July 16th, 2014, 8:27 am Post #56 - July 16th, 2014, 8:27 am
    Rabbits (probably) or something else has eaten all our Swiss Chard and Kale. Tomatoes are still green; we're hoping to harvest them before the squirrels take one bite and then mockingly leave the remainder of the tomato in plain sight on top of the fence.
  • Post #57 - July 23rd, 2014, 1:55 pm
    Post #57 - July 23rd, 2014, 1:55 pm Post #57 - July 23rd, 2014, 1:55 pm
    First harvest of the summer crops (I've had some lettuce, kale, gai lan, basil and peas already, but this is when it gets real):
    Image
    First harvest by joelfinkle, on Flickr
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #58 - July 23rd, 2014, 2:35 pm
    Post #58 - July 23rd, 2014, 2:35 pm Post #58 - July 23rd, 2014, 2:35 pm
    Hi- With all this cold weather we have been having this summer everything is slow. I've picked lettuce, green onions, peas, basil and a few Sun Gold cherry tomatoes so far this year. In another week I should have lots more Sun Golds which I love, and a few Juliet baby plum tomatoes, but all my larger tomatoes are at least a few weeks coming, and my one Brandywine plant is probably going to take a month or more before I get any tomatoes. Hopefully the Black Krim and Japanese Black Trifele will ripen in 2-3 weeks, and I'll have one or two Black Cherry tomatoes in a week. There have not even been many decent heirlooms at the Evanston farmers market yet, and the ones that I have seen are at least $3 a pound. Even the conventional ones are $3 a pound right now.

    This year I might actually try to plant a second crop of sugar snap peas. You never know most summers if they are going to survive in August, but this summer they might do ok. Thanks, Nancy
  • Post #59 - August 4th, 2014, 10:56 pm
    Post #59 - August 4th, 2014, 10:56 pm Post #59 - August 4th, 2014, 10:56 pm
    ...... fingers drumming........

    It's been three weeks........

    Tassels??

    I'm getting concerned.

    Tim
  • Post #60 - August 4th, 2014, 11:04 pm
    Post #60 - August 4th, 2014, 11:04 pm Post #60 - August 4th, 2014, 11:04 pm
    NO TASSELS. SUCKS. I check 3 times a day :)

    Pictures soon.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington

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