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Re: Garden Log

Posted: Mon May 14, 2018 9:12 pm
by George the original one
cmonkey wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 8:45 pm
So I'm pretty sure the midwest has officially left a pattern of 4 seasons and entered a pattern of 2.
If you're located near a body of water (like the Pacific Ocean in my case!), it will help moderate conditions as you get a marine layer of clouds or fog in the morning and then it cools down nicely when the inevitable breeze/wind arises.

To illustrate, while Portland's temperature was 87-90F today, here on the coast it was only 65F. Despite the low air temperature, though, that sunshine was HOT. Even without the morning cloud cover (like yesterday), we're still 10F cooler than Portland because it begins cooling down at 4p instead of 6-9p.

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 4:05 pm
by jennypenny
I agree cmonkey.

Strawberries are ripening already. All the other plants look good. I need to figure out what to do with the area where the wildflowers were last year. I might just expand the herb garden.

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 12:32 pm
by Mae
I haven't killed any of my plants yet.

*knocks on wood*

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Re: Garden Log

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 12:51 pm
by cmonkey
I've never heard of arugula becoming a shrub! Maybe it's a different arugula. It will definitely bolt if it get's the least bit stressed, so I'd recommend planting outdoors if you can.

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 1:05 pm
by Mae
I don't have a garden so a pot is the only way to go. :(

(The packaging of the seeds just says arugula, so that isn't very helpful.)

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 3:41 pm
by George the original one
My strawberries are only in mid-flower, no berries set that I've noticed. Have had a week of overcast weather, though, so I bet things will change in a hurry once the sun decides to shine again.

Have had a few radishes, a couple were even full-size. Corn is ankle-high, everything else is doing okay.


The wireworms seem to be vacating the garden plot since their food (fresh compostables) is rather scarce now. I'll plant potatoes soon.

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 6:34 pm
by George the original one
Strawberries definitely setting on now (when did that happen?!?). Peas still flowering, no pods set. Radishes, spinach, kale, & arugula all in harvest now. Expect lettuce next week. Planted 60 row feet of green beans today, 3 varieties. Will plant potatoes in a day or two.

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 1:10 pm
by George the original one
Garden is making a liar out of me: discovered tiny pea pods this morning! These are a shelling variety called "Premium". I sampled one of the baby pods and it was delicious. Still... I will wait for them to get to shelling size as my real pea pods, "Oregon Giant", will come a month later (if the damn voles stop chewing on them).

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 1:22 pm
by Sclass
My Pond lily seeds sprouted. I paid $0.99 for ten seeds on ebay. Many of the seeds were invalid. I have some algae problems. The best solution is covering the pond for four days. The algae dies off and fills the filter. The water clears up. Hopefully some plants will use up some of the algae's nutrients.

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Re: Garden Log

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 12:00 pm
by George the original one
Yay! The green beans are sprouting!

Boo! The voles descended on the freshly sprouted beans!

So I spent a few minutes replanted the uprooted survivors. I really need to work on a vole barrier for beans & peas... there's just too much wild area around the garden to have any hope for eliminating voles, so barriers seem to be a more logical answer.


[edit] P.S. 120 row feet of potatoes are planted. I had only prepped 60 row feet and other spaces were occupied, so the other 60 row feet were planted between the corn rows. Wireworm activity has certainly died down, though I've got a little damage on radishes caused by juveniles. Was going to replant with more radishes, but seems wiser to cycle to something that isn't damaged by them, like lettuce.

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 1:27 pm
by enigmaT120
My cat thinks voles are candy. So soft and yummy.

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:50 pm
by jennypenny
ffj suggested honeysuckle on the fence for privacy. That's working extremely well. I think I planted too much ... :oops:

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The wildflowers reseeded more than I thought. They need a good weeding now that I can tell the flowers from the weeds ...

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The fruit has also set ...

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I'm enjoying fresh strawberries from the garden with a little cream and homemade gluten free shortcake for my birthday this weekend. :)

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:01 pm
by bryan
Just saw some strawberries in the store for bargain basement prices.. time to stock up!

GF's uncle gave us a ton of backyard kumquats.. too many to eat so I'm having a go at making wine out of them and some kumquat bread with the leftover pulp.

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:28 am
by cmonkey
So I covered one of our cherry trees early this year and the heat has almost killed the tree and none of the cherries ripened.

The uncovered tree produced a couple gallons and is 99% worm free. I think the wrens living in the wren house right by the tree are eating the flies. Go figure!

We picked half of them this morning and have enough for a large pie, a glass of juice and some jelly.


Oh and pitters are for the birds ( I don't have one ) ! It took an hour to do these by hand.

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Re: Garden Log

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:21 pm
by Riggerjack
@ cmonkey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmybF5PyiI4

I didn't know what a cherry pitter was.

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:43 pm
by George the original one
Friggin' Pests!


Mites got into the spinach, rabbits have been helping themselves to virtually everything (except the lettuce and carrots), flea beetles and aphids went after a lot of things, and the Pink Lady apple trees have a sooty mold (the other apple trees are fine). The wireworms seem to be under control after applying beneficial nematodes, removing wireworm food, and moving the date for planting potatoes later by a month so the area is drier.

Naturally the first step to controlling pests is to identify them so the correct response can be applied. For the mites on the spinach, I ripped out the row, tossed the plants in the trash rather than compost, and haven't replanted yet. I finally identified what started the sooty mold and it's a different variety of aphids than I'm used to seeing (hint: all sooty molds are the result of an aphid or aphid-like attack, duh!). The flea beetles disappeared on their own. Rabbits just need better fencing to keep them out.

For the aphids, it appears neem oil is probably my best answer and I should apply it to potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, & the orchard. I don't really want to make a habit of it, but the aphids & flea beetle damage needs to be contained.


Stuff is Growing!

Sweet corn will be knee-high by the 4th of July. This is virtually unheard of on the Oregon coast due to our cool daytime temps, so I'm rather proud of pulling it off. I had the usual excellent crop of radishes and started a small second crop to see how far I can extend their season. There is an abundance of butter crunch lettuce. The carrots are growing straight & true now that I understand to only fertilize the soil for them from the top. The first peas are done and will be replaced with spinach & green onions. Early red norland potatoes are lush and also nearly knee-high after final mounding; the slower-growing gold Yukon are about a week behind that. The unknown variety of raspberries began turning color yesterday (free starts last year from my cousin). Strawberries have been tasty as usual.

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:49 am
by mferson
cmonkey wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:28 am
So I covered one of our cherry trees early this year and the heat has almost killed the tree and none of the cherries ripened.

The uncovered tree produced a couple gallons and is 99% worm free. I think the wrens living in the wren house right by the tree are eating the flies. Go figure!

We picked half of them this morning and have enough for a large pie, a glass of juice and some jelly.


Oh and pitters are for the birds ( I don't have one ) ! It took an hour to do these by hand.

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Wow! I love cherries. My favorite recipe is chocolate cookies with cherries and almonds.

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:06 am
by Gilberto de Piento
ffj suggested honeysuckle on the fence for privacy.
If it is a non-native variety honeysuckle can be a problematic invasive. It spreads fast, displaces everything else, and is hard to kill.

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:53 am
by ffj
@Gilberto

I told her so beforehand. Unfortunately I have a lot of experience trying to kill that shit. The problem is that the birds keep spreading the seeds and that stuff will root anywhere.

Re: Garden Log

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:54 pm
by cmonkey
Riggerjack wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:21 pm
@ cmonkey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmybF5PyiI4

I didn't know what a cherry pitter was.
Very nice. Although it looks pretty time consuming and you can't check for a worm.

We ended up doing another 1.5 bowls of this size and made about 8 pints of tart cherry jam. If you have never had this before, DROP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND FIND SOME. It is bucket list material.

Another .5 bowl was left for the birds.