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Old 10-15-2012, 09:40 AM
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Originally Posted by sunshineleith View Post
Cambium how is your fig tree doing now? Did you get any figs?
I totally apologize!! Everything seemed to get busy for me past couple months...

Yes, I picked a few figs this year, 1st year I had them on the tree. Man they tasted good! Purple figs are my favorite. Very juicy inside.

Unfortunetly an early freeze killed my crops...

....Time to update now...
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:54 AM
Location: The Jar
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'Green' with envy! Impressive!!!
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:02 AM
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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October 15, 2012 Season Update: I have to admit, it was a great crop season. Weather was perfect maybe a bit too much rain. Periods of drought were short lasting (2weeks) and rains came down heavy in one shots rather than consistant light rains...
  • May Total Rain: 8.14" (well above normal)
  • June Total Rain: 6.47"(above normal)
  • July Total Rain: 7.29"(well above normal)
  • August Total Rain: 3.10"(normal)
  • September Total Rain: 6.13"(above normal)
  • May Average Temp: 61.8°F (Cool)(3 days above 80°, 14 days below 50° at night)
  • June Average Temp: 68.1°F (Normal) (13 days above 80°)
  • July Average Temp: 75.2°F (Hot) (30 days above 80°, 13 above 90°)
  • August Average Temp: 73.1°F (Warm) (30 days above 80°, 5 above 90°)
  • September Average Temp: 64.5°F (Cool) (11 days above 80°, 1 above 90°, 5 days below 50°)
Cucumbers were done after August 15th.
Brocolli were pulled, did not produce much
Corn were pulled, bad spot. Picked 4 from 20 plants.
Tomatoes were done after September 15th. Flowering stopped and leaves turned yellow and brown end of August then started falling off.

September 17th, 2012.

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Old 10-15-2012, 10:38 AM
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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This is October 12th before the freeze.

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Old 10-15-2012, 10:39 AM
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Protecting the Lemon Plant with 4 big Lemons on there. This did very well through the freeze.

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Old 10-25-2012, 07:14 PM
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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Originally Posted by leftmyheartintennessee View Post
I am sooo jealous...I too must have a brown thumb, or maybe this lot we live on is
a garbage heap...first year we moved in the garden we planted had good(not great)
yield...after that it went consistently downhill...even with lots of soil amendments,
converting to raised beds, container planting, we ended up with less and less...
Last year it was TOO blasted hot/no rain...this year wer'e not even going to try...waste of
time and money which we are short on...
Will buy produce as it comes in season and preserve what we can, but that will be limited
as we are trying to save enough money up to get out of Texas and move to Northeast Tennessee...
I can relate to this post. I have very limited space and have done container plantings. I cannot grow squash or eggplant and limited results with cukes. One year I had lots of swiss chard and chinese cabbage.....LOL. One of my main problems is time to tend everything. But I do love it.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:16 PM
Location: SC
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Originally Posted by jkiss View Post
AWESOME!!! This is my first year starting a garden. I have 2 little raised beds. I have 4 pepper plants and 2 tomato plants and some carrots. So far everything is alive. That is really my goal this year to just keep them alive and get at least one thing off each plant. Your garden is inspiring.

LOL! I can relate to that (good goal for the first year). If you are in too hot of a climate and don't constantly monitor everything that is about what you can expect. I think if you do roughly the right amount of watering you'll get more than that.

I tried first time in Zone 9 and the summers were brutal. I made the mistake of trying to do the upside down tomato plants and could never give them enough water. They grew leaves but none of the blossoms ever produced tomatoes. I had an Earth box and managed to get a few yellow squash one white eggplant and one cantelope. I also had a second Earthbox with some basil and mint that were nothing to write home about.

This year in a different climate (a little cooler) which more planting space, I got a lot more. Two of my three heirloom tomato plants produced about 15 tomatoes or more. The third plant in a different location produced zero ...but it was much father away. One of the plants is still growing tomatoes. However it is in an Earthbox with my Basil with Fusarium Rot. I hope it won't contaminate the tomatoes. My chives and parsely did well also Thyme and of course Mint. My latest addition are green onions where you save the last inch of the organic scallions you buy in the store and stick them in soil. You can just put them in a damp paper towel in a plastic bag in the fridge and they will even grow but when you can just stick them in a container will soil and water and they will grow more scallions for you . Before you know it you'll never need to buy anymore. My yellow squash plants did horribly. There were tons of blooms but only one squash and soon the leaves started to yellow. There were lots of bees too. Now I have Asian Greens and Acorn Squash but they seem to be limping along. I hope the Acorn does better than the Summer squash did.

Would love to shoot for half the size of the OPs garden next summer except in raised beds. I need to plant two blackberry bushes and a rasberry bush I got at a farmers market and hope they do better than my 5 blueberry bushes did. I'm hoping that 4 of them, altho they look pretty dead are just very sick and not completely dead and next year their health will return.

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Old 10-29-2012, 08:46 PM
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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Great pics Cambium, would love to have a garden as big as yours one day. Thanks for sharing, it's very motivating to see these pics. I have a fig tree but all the leaves fell off. I have a very sunny patio area and I don't think my fig tree likes that. I am thinking of putting it in the ground this fall. I didn't get any figs from it yet, 2 years now and every year the leaves grow nice in the spring but all of them fall by the summer.
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