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Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on July 14, 2014 at 1:06am

I checked my beets, in since Autumn and theres very little ball. Plenty of green healthy leaves. They did this during summer as well. The ground is lacking something when this happens, my carrot's don,t grow as big as they should either and I have very loose soil. Any ideas.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on July 14, 2014 at 12:59am

All sounds great , I wish I was in growing season.

Vicky, Yes a new area will have different problems and I don,t think I would not stir the pot with the neighbors who are trying to make a living from what they grow. It will be just a seasonal thing. It might be worth getting your own bees.

Comment by Elizabeth Fowler on July 13, 2014 at 10:35pm

I love the Bush Beans they have a very unique flavor , I cooked a big pot of White Halfrunners today and it was late when I got them done so I will put new potato's on them tomorrow until the potato's are done.I'm going to fry Okra,Squash,Green Tomato's to have with the beans.Oh yes got to have cornbread too.

Comment by Vicky Myers on July 13, 2014 at 7:42pm

Lorraine sorry I am surrounded by hop growers here at the farm so just have to live with it. GRRRR!

Don hope you enjoy your sweet potatoes on Tday. Sorry no rain for you.

Comment by Don Reeves z7, TN on July 13, 2014 at 7:28pm

Vicky,

     Speaking of under ground growers, I am trying some Georgia Jet and Beauregard sweet potatoes.  I hope they are ready by Thanksgiving!  We sure could use some rain here in the mid-state of Tennessee.

Comment by Don Reeves z7, TN on July 13, 2014 at 7:25pm

Lorraine,  

    Thank you.

Don Reeves

Nashville

Comment by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW on July 13, 2014 at 4:49pm

Vicky, I am sure there must be other residents in the area who feel the way you do about spraying & bees etc. You need to band together/somehow communicate!

Recipe for Don: Chicken manure collected from inside so it's full strength, put about a gallon of dry stuff in each 5 gal bucket. Add water, wait 3 days. Pour a cup or two on each seedling & be sure to get some on the leaves & stems. Use every two weeks, spread more around as roots grow, plus you can continue to add more water & dilute it a lot further during the whole season, without any wait time. I use at least 4 buckets in strategic locations. It goes a long way. Repels cabbage moths, root worms for sure! Maybe some other nasties as well. Feed weeds (& scraps) to chickens all summer, the seeds won't survive. Allow chickens to roam veggie garden in winter. Slug/snail eggs won't survive. Lay wire fencing over stuff you don't want them to dig up . . .

Comment by Vicky Myers on July 13, 2014 at 12:06pm

Lorraine it is nasty pesticides as they killed a couple of our cows over the years. To add more misery as I was driving to Tri-cities yesterday there is a horrible haze all over that area too from wild fires. Which I didn't even think about since I don't watch regular tv any more. My box thing froze up and I really didn't care, I just watch DVDs that I pick up cheap at thrift stores, grocery stores and yard sales.

I've only seen one or two bumble bees around here so far, it is loving the one big lavender plant out back. Plenty of wasps, flies, spiders, those ugly big bugs that I think are those ground livers that only come out every 7 years, UGLY things. Thought they were June bugs but after chatting w/a fellow last night convinced they are the other guys. Have dang crickets & grasshoppers too.

Remember it is full moon do your transplanting and under ground growers now.

Comment by Don Reeves z7, TN on July 13, 2014 at 7:36am

   Lorraine, I have a neighbor with chickens.  How do you make the manure tea?  I also have a pic of an in flight, not so common, honey bee (Apis mellifera).  It is laden with pollen sacs while collecting on my Trucker's corn.

Comment by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW on July 12, 2014 at 4:30pm

Vicky, I feel your pain on each post. That soil is going to take awhile to build up again. I hope you can find out what they are spraying and that it's not poisonous! The soil here has been worked since the 80's but the base is sand. Lots of horse manure with shavings has been added but it still could use more. When it dries out, any amount of watering seems to evaporate without mulch on top. Carrots & beets seem to be my toughest crops to grow well throughout the space. My chickens are a godsend for 5 gallon buckets of manure "tea" that works better all season than any miracle grow.

 

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