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So true what the weather didn't get this year the bugs did. My herbs are even messed up from bugs, slugs or what ever the heck is getting them. I need to kick this crud I caught again and get the greenhouse set up. I planted a raised bed of lettuce, radishes and red mustard a while back. Last I looked the radishes had lots of green and the mustard was up well. Red okra still producing, I pulled one zuc from all the powdery mildew, still have one in ground need to see if it is still producing. My watermelons were a bust not good at all in the front yard. Garlic chives, strawberries and lots of other stuff volunteered everywhere.
Well thanks to the Japanese Monsoon that sent the remnants to Oregon/Washington with very strong winds, more rain than I have ever seen and very cold temps my vegetable garden is toast. I tore it all out and most of my tomatoes and squash still had lots of fruit on them, what a waste. The plants just died from the cold wind, I couldn't even save some green tomatoes. I dug up my fingerling potatoes and got a good crop. they seem fine but if they rot quickly I will know they were affected too. It's just been a very weird year
I have never grown artichokes, I will have to have a go, see what happens. How do you cook them? Its strange for me too, seeing all your posts in opposite seasons, but it keeps it interesting. I have tiny little tomato seedings just shooting in my seed hutch, I must not forget to water them.
I love artichokes but don't have them very often by that I mean several years. Well I have been picking Apples by the buckets full and Pears, given at least 35 gallons of apples away and 15 gal. of pears and 10 more waiting to go. We have been making Apple butter, apple sauce, and tons of dehydrated apples. I have loads of toms this yr. compared to last 3 yrs. Peppers, peppers, peppers and still coming. Wax beans have been pulled out, carrots, and beets have been eaten. Still have a few cukes. Have been working in garden area laying brick and now making a wall to hold up east part of garden and lay more brick.
The ones my friend gave me looked like little red spuds that I planted last year. But I planted them in a huge pot so they were tiny white roots then so I just put them into the ground. The stupid things grow 12-20 ft tall. Well if the white ones can be eaten then I will dig em up to eat.
No they are just roots but make a whole pile of them. They look like fat ginger roots. Hard to scrub but tasty. The squash love to run in the shade between the nearly 20ft tall stalks. I plant them about 5 ft apart on the North edge of the garden where they compete very well with the sod or raspberries encroaching. They store in shavings really well over winter--more than you can eat unless there's an emergency. . .
My J artichokes never made the red spud looking things just small white roots. They are in the sunflower family and nothing supposedly likes to grow by that family as it doesn't let the nitrogen fix or something like that I read.
Keryn, sounds like you need feet thick mulch to even out the temperature swings somewhat and maybe some sunflowers or jerusalem artichokes to grow up for shade. I found the squash grew better under the feet of a tall crop. And jerusalem artichokes grow without much water which is amazing even though they wilt if they get dry, they keep going. Makes a wonderful food storage crop in the garage if you don't get way below freezing. The hard part about them is just cleaning. People like potatoes better because they are easier to scrub off.
It seems so weird to me that it is the start of growing season for you again, Keryn. It just seems like days ago that you were telling us about your summer garden. Time flies. I hope you have a great season.
I weeded the veggi garden on the weekend and planted pumpkin, zucchini, climbing beans, snow peas, radish striaght into the beds and sowed 2 types of tomato seeds and cos lettuce in my seed raising box. Trying to get hubby to cement in some posts so I can put up shade cloth to stop the heat from zapping the life out of everything this summer.
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