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Old 05-26-2020, 09:50 AM   #81
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I like spinach a lot, maybe with some butter, garlic and chicken?
Sometimes I do chard like I do spinach, Texas style. Saute some onions and garlic in the same frying pan you cook some bacon in, leaving the grease. You can use olive oil if opposed to bacon grease. Once they get soft throw in the chard, I like mine de-veined & chopped up. Takes about 5 minutes to cook on low heat, when almost finished add in the bacon bits. Serve with vinegar sprinkled over it. Spinach is better that way but, chard will grow year around here and spinach only in the winter.

My daughter and grand daughters are doing chard smoothies now. Blend it up with bananas and strawberries, you never even taste the chard. She says the rainbow chard is less bitter than the fordhook giant.

Mostly I quick boil it and serve with butter/salt sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

It's also a mainstay in my chickens diet, they love it.
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Old 05-26-2020, 01:19 PM   #82
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I'm running drips into my raised beds this year. All the different gadgets and fittings are fun.

However, even at 2-6 bucks a bag of pieces, it gets pretty spendy. I think I've thrown down at least 300 bucks so far.

Still want to get an auto timer and run pvc out to the beds so I don't have to hook up a hose.

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In the midst of cucumbers and watermelons dying. As suspected but the jalapenos seem really happy. Nothing else even tried, just decided it was too friggin hot I guess.
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Do you mulch around your plants?
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Do you mulch around your plants?
In planters next to the barn.

In my experience, vegetables (other than yams) dont grow here in summer. You boys in Texas certainly get physically hotter than us, but we stay hot and muggy for much longer. Rainy season, so trees do REALLY well but seasonal vegetables just cant make it through high summer, they get swamped with water and baked in heat.

June through August we dont grow much of anything. Peppers and yams are okay but thats about it. We got a couple cucumbers before it got to rainy season. Watermelons never made it.

Our trees look great for winter though.
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Around tomato plants we do

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Yea Deck I see your in Sarasota. Spent time in Palm Beach years ago & just got back from the Keys chasing commercial. I know the trees are healthy there. So you guys get that much rain in the summer huh
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Deck, what about using really well drained soil in boxes, etc...so the high rains drain well. Obviously you'd be watering heavy during the dry periods.

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The little garden for my boys. It’s growing better than I expected
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Tomatoes,basil, strawberries can’t make them all out but cool. One of the best things you can get kids into. I had a small garden @ my grandmothers when I was really young & enjoy my garden & the therapy with it now. Guy @ my garden center told me his business after 30 years has never been better With people getting kids into it. Tomatoes etc. sure taste better than the ones you get @ the grocery for sure
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Tomatoes,basil, strawberries can’t make them all out but cool. One of the best things you can get kids into. I had a small garden @ my grandmothers when I was really young & enjoy my garden & the therapy with it now. Guy @ my garden center told me his business after 30 years has never been better With people getting kids into it. Tomatoes etc. sure taste better than the ones you get @ the grocery for sure

Rosemarie and oregano
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I only planted 3 tomato plants this year. First one planted is nearly 7' tall with about 70 tomatoes in various stages. That's why I only do 3.

Found the first watermelon on a yellow meat vine and cut it off today. Doing so stimulates the plant to produce more melons instead of using all energy into the first melon like watermelon plants will do.
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22 what kind of toms you growin
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Rosemarie and oregano
I've got rosemarie, thyme, small leaf oregano, cuban oregano, parsley, daikon greens growing now. I have to get some pics.
I'm going to build a planter box this weekend for more.
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We've got 45 or 50 tomato plants and tomatillos this year. Just getting going as it has only been consistently warm for a few weeks.

They went into a bit of shock because they had to wait in 2 inch soil blocksnsincenthe entire world was soldnoutnofn4 inch block makers to transplant into. Add in the extra wait for warm weather and here we are.

Greens are going nuts, I've been taking them too customers. Next season will be selling to same customers hopefully.


Also have arugala, beets and kale going to seed to use this fall.

I am thinking that selling seed might be an option as well. I should have a gazillion of each seeds.

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We've got 45 or 50 tomato plants and tomatillos this year. Just getting going as it has only been consistently warm for a few weeks.

They went into a bit of shock because they had to wait in 2 inch soil blocksnsincenthe entire world was soldnoutnofn4 inch block makers to transplant into. Add in the extra wait for warm weather and here we are.

Greens are going nuts, I've been taking them too customers. Next season will be selling to same customers hopefully.


Also have arugala, beets and kale going to seed to use this fall.

I am thinking that selling seed might be an option as well. I should have a gazillion of each seeds.

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If I had 50 tomato plants I would be up to my eyeballs in tomatoes, we get enormous amounts of tomatoes from a single plant. A dozen plants was my limit.
Ditto. I couldn't can them fast enough and near the end of the season...couldn't give them away.

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