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Whiteangel's Tiny Garden - Zone 5/6
(07-10-2013, 04:11 PM)alaska_freedom Wrote: I absolutely love all these garden threads. Its so relaxing to read and yet makes me jealous of
how great so many here are doing. That's OK, there is always next year for me lol.....(I hope)
My beans came out the best ever, my corn looks like it was microwaved, all burnt and no sun hmm, the cabbage is doing well so far. Didn't plant much of anything this year because having to go back and forth so much no time to be dedicated to one spot.
Plus the weather is super cool in the day and cold at night.

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Get the raised beds and hoop it for a mini greenhouse.  That should keep it warm enough to make things grow well!  Until next year, you can plan, plan and plan some more!!!
I am now planning and planting things that will do well for fall harvest.  The broccoli and pole beans are already doing well.

Next up are peas!  My kids love peas while I find them rather gross plus when they are mashed up they look like a nasty diaper!!!  Ewww.  They love Snow Peas, you know the ones that have the edible pod.  So now I have to read everything - again. 

Here is an article I found that I thought some of you might like:

Fall Vegetable Gardening
Even experienced gardeners will often ignore the fact that their gardening efforts can extend well into the fall season, while in certain sections of the world; gardening is virtually a year round endeavor. Extending the gardening season is becoming more critical to all of us because of the changing dynamics in the world's food supply. This is a situation that we will have to live with for an extended period of time, so it is a good idea to do our bit. The victory gardens of World War II provided 40 of the country's food supply, proving that we can make a difference.

It is hard to think about planting more vegetables at a time when fresh produce is so abundant in our garden, but late July and early September are good times to plant cool weather crops. Fall plants such as broccoli and cauliflower usually taste better when grown in the cooler weather, while others such as kale and Swiss chard reach their peak flavor after the first frost.

Fall planting requires less work because the soil was worked up in the spring, so a light cultivation is usually all that is needed after removing all the previous crop waste. Place the debris into your compost pile after being sure to remove any diseased vegetation, Top dress the garden with some compost or organic mulch and work it into your soil. Then you can proceed to plant according to recommended methods.

Examples of good fall plants are: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, endive, kale, lettuce, parsnips, peas, potatoes, radishes, mustard and spinach. Do not plant the same crops back in the exact same place, but rotate your crops to reduce potential disease problems.

It is a good idea to consult with your local garden center or your local county extension service for advice on correct planting times for your growing zone.

As the fall season nears, protection for these crops has to be considered. One method is to cover the crops with sheets, plastic sheeting, or mulch which will trap the radiated heat from the ground and raise the temperature enough to protect them from a light frost.

Some crops such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, potatoes, Swiss chard, Chinese cabbage and kale are not affected by frost or even moderate freezes and can be left in the garden until the hard freezes set in. Root crops such as beets, carrots, parsnips and turnips can be re mulched, left in the garden and dug up as needed.

If a hard freeze is predicted, pick the green mature tomatoes or pull the entire plants.

Store them in a dry cool (65 degree) place where they will ripen in about two weeks. Delicate plants such as squash, peppers and eggplant should be harvested and stored in a comparable location as the tomatoes.

After harvesting and while the weather is still pleasant, many chores can be accomplished in anticipation of spring and next year's garden. Cleaning up garden refuse, adding soil amendments to your plot and making a planting plan of your garden to decide how you want to rotate your crops while this year's garden is still fresh in your mind, are just three jobs to get out of the way.

Now you can kick back in your easy chair, read the seed catalogs and dream of those prize winning vegetables you are going to raise.
Dick Murray loves to write about growing fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables and has created an information packed web site dedicated to gardening basics and designed for families who care about their food supply.
@Whiteangel...hey great garden. Love the pics of peoples gardens.  Yea I was out trimming weeds today in my garden and looked down at the bed I was next to bumping and there were earwigs in droves coming out of a crack in the wood...ARRRRRGGGGG!!!!  Hate them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This must be a bad year for canteloupe because mine died.. all but one plant and I have been feeding it compost tea and it perked up a bit. BUT my honeydew melons are doing great, but they are in a raised bed too.. going to try to get pics on if I can figure out how to get them on here.
About the pole beans and garden twine...

I am growing pole beans up teepees (just because it is so cute lol).  They aren't tall enough, so I stretched garden wire from the tops of the teepees over to the garden fence (chicken wire).  They took to it right away.  I think garden twine will be plenty strong enough for them even with pod growth.  Have fun with them!  I am loving growing the pole kind.
@wayfinder - for controlling small numbers of earwigs put the following in a hose-end sprayer:
Tablespoon or so of cheap dish soap - the kind that doesn't have anything"special" in it and preferably lemon scented.
Spray it over all areas with garden growth including flowers and trees.  Also spray porches, patios and anywhere where you hang out.  Spray as late in the evening as possible and still be able to see.  It kills on contact and then discourages for the rest.  Do this every evening possible for two weeks.

I gave up as there were just too many and sprayed Seven.  I hated to, but it was that or lose the garden.

This fall, hubby is going to put a heavy spray down to kill them all before they head to deeper ground for the winter.  We are hoping this will take care of the problem.
@Ambivalent  - I am going to do an almost teepee for my watermelon and cucumbers.  If I had of thought about it before the garden was growing, I would have put a stake in the middle of the planter so it would have been a full teepee - oh well.  Steve (tired of saying hubby and OH and DH, lol) will use use left over 6 foot cedar fencing that he splices with his circular saw about an inch thick.  Cross bracing may be needed and since it is so thin, may just tie in place with twine.
WA thanks for the info on the fall plants.  I've been thinking whether I should plant or not but now you've convinced me to go for it.  Love your garden btw.  I thought about putting a thread for mine but it's pathetic lol.
@bunyip - size doesn't matter!  Honest.  Make your thread, please.  We are all learning, even the pros as we each do things a little different, it helps us all see what is possible.
I found this blog about this poor woman's battle with the dreaded EARWIG!!!!  Link below.  I was trying to find something that would tell me what small holes are in my planter/garden.  I thought it might be birds digging for worms.  Then I thought it was the squirrels burying something.  Now I just don't know. 

The holes are 1-2" in size or about a quarter or bigger in size.  They go straight down and then you can almost see a tunnel going further at an angle.  There is soil on the outside of the hole as if there was digging but not on all the holes.  Now, I am more puzzled as I have found two under the zucchini plant, which seems too big for birds or even the squirrels. 

Anyone have a clue what these could be?

Link to a blog and the EARWIG battle.  Lots of pictures of the damage these creepy suckers can cause!
yes, like whiteangel said.....I have been growing gardens since I was a kid and find myself here learning things I never knew. Made me realize I don't know everything and don't have answers to a lot of things but somewhere on this site someone always seems to have a clear cut answer or idea. That's when you hit your head like the V-8 commercial dahh.  For many years I had a giant garden and green house yet this year I have 3 things in their own area. But one said its last hurrah and needs to be buried. We do our best at what we have and that's that.
Don't worry about an others garden being better, I joke on being jealous because they look so wonderful but I know what it took to get to that and have great respect for them. This year your all welcome to come and shot mine and put it out of its misery. lol

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GO FOR IT may surprise yourself. Confusedmile:

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