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    The Harvest

    The asparagus and artichokes are done for the year.
    Both with good production.
    Raspberries are ripening, with decent crop.
    The leaf lettuce -the only kind I plant- has been producing well.
    I just pick the lower, mature leaves and it keeps making more until the heat causes it to bolt.
    Waiting for the cukes, squash, tomatoes, carrots, corn, peppers to mature.
    Gardening has been a great hobby since retirement. When its too hot to cast boolits...dale

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    We are in the middle of the blueberry harvest, cukes and green beans are producing well. Asparagus is maturing it's root system. Eggplant just flowering as are the squash and cantelope. Very small garden - mostly herbs. Already dried oregano.
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    Indeed, this is a most special time of year for us country boys! We have a local produce purveyor who has locally grown and vine ripened fruits, like tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, etc., and it just so happens that my favorite summer time meal consists of those 3 things, plus a little piece of meat of some kind. I like my tomatoes sliced, raw, with pepper and mayo, and I like my cucumbers peeled, sliced and soaked for a few days in cider vinegar and a little pepper. The squash? I'll eat those any way at all! Mostly, we eat them stewed here, with some onions, a good dose of butter, and some black pepper there as well. YUM!!!! Some cold (for me unsweetened) ice tea, maybe with a little lime in it to spice it up a tad, and I am one HAPPY CAMPER!!!!

    Our asparagus, that come from my wife's grandmother's old plot, haven't done that well this year. Anybody got a tip to get them to produce better? We normally have fairly acidic sandy loam soil here, if that helps. Ain't much like freshly picked home grown asparagus! Add in a good cut of beef, and whatever else seems good that meal, and ..... again, just YUM!!!

    Folks who don't grow their own, or have ready access to the home grown and vine ripened stuff, really can't know what they're missing. I can't really tend a garden now, and this is one of my greatest burdens to bear these days. But I DO know where I can get "the good stuff," and Lordy, Lordy! Is it ever more GREAT!

    Now that I can't eat as much as I've always liked to and done, what I DO eat seems to be even more precious than it's ever been. As long as I can push away from the table feeling like I've had a good meal, I am much more satisfied, and CAN keep to a good diet MUCH more easily and consistently! And that ain't no small thing for me these days, too!

    You guys always make me HONGRY!!!

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    " We normally have fairly acidic sandy loam soil here, if that helps."
    Asparagus like a high ph soil. 7.5 is good, 6.0 is too low.
    Lime the soil in the fall when they die back.
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    Thanks, Jim. I'll try it. She really loves the fact they came from her grandma's old place, and we both surely love the fresh taste. Don't want to lose them. Thank you for the advice.

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    Mostly lettuce and onions doing well for me, radishes were bust, went to seed before forming bulbs due to the goofy weather. Tomatoes are slow going, as are the cukes and the squash. Peas are just flowering and they were planted may 10th... green beans are slow starting too this year. Deer ate all my cabbages and broccoli...

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    Had to look up cukes and found it meant cucumber. Watch the deer don't get your tomato's , they ate all mine just before picking last year. Never bothered with them the first 30 years. Must have developed a taste for them.
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    I cut chicken wire in pieces big enuff to cover my tomatoes but small enuff to lift off to do weeding and picking...got tired of that hassle so found a deal on 8-foot tall Hog wire and wrapped up the whole garden last spring--no more deer in the garden here; I kinda miss the taste of tomato-fed venison tho...

    Shaping up to be a Tomato year for sure here west of the Cascades but have only picked Mustard, Kale and Herbs so far.

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    last year the deer ate 6 of 20 tomato plants!

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    The deer ate most of my garden this year including the tomatoes. They hadn't bothered the tomatoes before either. I have an electric fence and they just don't care, the place looks like a feedlot. I'm going to have to put up an 8' fence if I want to keep gardening. I've had a few issues in the past including one drought year where they knocked the 6' fence down and ate everything but this has been a bad year for them. Frustrating.
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    " I'm going to have to put up an 8' fence if I want to keep gardening"
    The full grown deer jump my 8 1/2 foot fence with ease.
    In a small area it is easy to put up a double fence. one 6 footer and the other a 3 foot single strand 3 to 4 feet onside the 6 foot. Single fences need to be over 10 feet
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    I have a 6' fence around my garden.
    4' hog wire and 2 strands of barb wire.
    I have deer in my yard every day and have never, I repeat never, had a deer jump my fence.
    The broccoli is producing with blooms on the tomatoes, squash, melons, and peppers.
    I can`t wait for the zukes to produce......dale

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    My peas were done, so I tilled it up and planted cabbage where it was before the rain last night.
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    The zucchini are finally developing.
    I am not seeing many bees trying to pollinate.
    I started pulling a few onion that have started falling over....dale

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    Tomatoes and potatoes are going to be the winner of this year ( if some natural disaster doesn't get em ). Pepper were pretty much nuked by slugs and probably a total loss. Lettuce was great early- but bolted now. Garlic and leeks are mediocre. Still waiting to see if my field pea trial is gonna work - They got hit pretty hard by slugs too. Just too much rain at the wrong time. I have killed three wood chucks so far this year. One dived under the wood pile too die, so kind of stinky back there now - I'll find his remains this winter
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    My lettuce is still producing, but a few varieties are starting to bolt. Onions are still going strong, potatoes look good, some of the tomatoes look good some may not produce(stunted from that late frost). Squash and cukes may be a write off due to that frost. Strawberries I planted from seed are setting flowers so I may get a few berries to eat this year! Need to replant radishes and cabbage(bok choy type) to see if they will do better second time around.

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    Is great reading these post. The things y'all are talking about are but a faint memory from my garden this year!
    Tomato running out of ears, along with squash, corn, green beans, cantaloupe and water melon coming in. The second planting of green beans are breaking through the ground now and it'll be time to start seed for brussel sprouts and chinese cabbage soon. I never realized just how blessed we are here to have such a long growing season, from about mid February to mid December!

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    We have been picking zukes and cukes and green beans for about 2 weeks. My potatoes are looking good, did something different this year with them I planted them in boxes 2 feet square, 4 plants in each box, 62 plants total with 1/2 inch hardward cloth on the bottom to keep the moles and voles and other little digging bastards out. For the last few years I have been picking empty potatoes skins because of them. I planted red and Yukon gold. I planted them May 1rst or 2nd, about a month early but we lucked out and no frost so hopefully I will be harvesting very soon. The yukons are so very good when fresh out of the garden. Tomatoes are looking great got many green ones right now, if they ripen all at once we are going to be very busy making sauce. This year we planted some garlic but it may not be doing very well, and the carrots are always iffy.
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    I picked squash, eggplant, and okra this morning, getting ready to go pick corn and watermelons. The season is almost over (except okra) till fall.
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    Peas are almost done, replanted radishes, going to pull some of the lettuce and replant it, tomatoes are loaded with baby green tomatoes, potatoes look really good still, carrots are doing well, and 2 rows of white onions are doing well. Plus my strawberries I planted from seed are setting a few berries!

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