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Old 05-27-2021, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Can anyone give some tips on thinning cukes and zucchini?

We bought plants from nursery, each spike had 3-4 seedlings. They are probably a little past the point now when I should have thinned, so need to do it today. Do I need to take it down to 1 stem per planting? Or can I leave like 2 per?
You absolutely have to snip to one with zucchini. The plants become very wide. Did you buy bush or vining cucumbers? You can get away with two with the vining varieties but have to give them a bit more room. You have two plants which need x amount of space each to thrive.
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Old 06-01-2021, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Finally got some tomato plantlets. Bought four, but three of them were twins.

Got a single pepper, because this year we were 'cutting back.'
So was I...had a much more scaled back garden plan. Then my wife's family gave her a dozen tomatoes and peppers, and I had to go back to last years footprint.
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Old 06-02-2021, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Washington County, PA
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Speagles84's Garden Update 6/2/2021


Lettuce/Chard - would be higher, but I've been feasting



Tomatoes have been growing slowly due to the chilly May we had



Same with the peppers



Squash popping up - I did Zucchini, Yellow summer, and Spaghetti







Cucumbers coming up too, we have 80s in the forecast here we go!
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Old 06-11-2021, 07:44 PM
 
Location: West coast
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Our 3 zucchini plants are just killing us because they are over producing.
We have to harvest 2 or three every day or they get jumbo size.
We can’t give them away anymore.
I think my wife is now known as the zucchini lady in our neighborhood.

I am now thinking of turning the extras into pet food.
The dogs like them as treats and so does the parrot.
I think since our chickens will eat anything they will now have this as a supplement.

What do you all do with yours?

Thanks.
Andy.
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Old 06-12-2021, 05:43 AM
 
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Our 3 zucchini plants are just killing us because they are over producing.
We have to harvest 2 or three every day or they get jumbo size.
We can’t give them away anymore.
I think my wife is now known as the zucchini lady in our neighborhood.

I am now thinking of turning the extras into pet food.
The dogs like them as treats and so does the parrot.
I think since our chickens will eat anything they will now have this as a supplement.

What do you all do with yours?

Thanks.
Andy.
Give them to the dogs, parrots and chickens!

No, seriously, a neighbor used to foist on us baseball bat-sized zucchini. I would shred some and make fritters. We can't grow them here, but when I buy them, I buy the smallest possible and saute them with garlic, ginger and soy sauce.

I've heard of zucchini jam but never had the courage to make any.
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Old 06-13-2021, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Bitter melon.



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Old 06-17-2021, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Washington County, PA
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Speagles84's Garden Update 6/17/2021

Lettuce/Chard - great harvests thus far. My wife and I eat salad daily, haven't bought lettuce since early may!









Tomatoes starting to boom now





Peppers still struggling with the temperatures. Zucchini, Yellow summer, and Spaghetti squash growing VERY fast now



Decided last minute to plant some Pumpkins for Halloween this year



Berries doing well now




Cucumbers growing well too! Need warmer temps though
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Old 06-18-2021, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Speagles84's Garden Update 6/17/2021

Lettuce/Chard - great harvests thus far. My wife and I eat salad daily, haven't bought lettuce since early may!


Decided last minute to plant some Pumpkins for Halloween this year
Yup, I can't believe I never did lettuce before last year. I like putting spinach in our salads too.


If you get some good heat this summer, pumpkins should ripen in time. Depends on the variety though. Smaller ones for sure. Bigger ones maybe not
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Old 06-18-2021, 04:53 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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Speagles84's Garden Update 6/17/2021

Lettuce/Chard - great harvests thus far. My wife and I eat salad daily, haven't bought lettuce since early may..
I started growing lettuce indoors this past winter-- took a 9x11 Al basting pan from the Dollar Store, filled it with 3" of well composted manure and direct seeded Cos lettuce-- used a cheapo $12 LED shop light from Walmart and Viola! lettuce all winter...In fact, it grows better inside than out and I'm giving up on doing it in the garden.

Hard to tell from your pictures-- Is that a few weeds growing up thru your mulched paths, or is it so dry by you, even the weeds won't grow?

BTW- I just read that the weed Lamb's Quarters https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...mageBasicHover can be used anywhere you'd use lettuce or spinach---I haven't tried it yet. If there was a market for that stuff, I'd be a millionaire .
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Old 06-18-2021, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Washington County, PA
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I started growing lettuce indoors this past winter-- took a 9x11 Al basting pan from the Dollar Store, filled it with 3" of well composted manure and direct seeded Cos lettuce-- used a cheapo $12 LED shop light from Walmart and Viola! lettuce all winter...In fact, it grows better inside than out and I'm giving up on doing it in the garden.

Hard to tell from your pictures-- Is that a few weeds growing up thru your mulched paths, or is it so dry by you, even the weeds won't grow?

BTW- I just read that the weed Lamb's Quarters https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...mageBasicHover can be used anywhere you'd use lettuce or spinach---I haven't tried it yet. If there was a market for that stuff, I'd be a millionaire .
Sigh it's actually grass growing up through there. I moved over the winter to a new property, the old couple used to use the large fenced 30'x25' area to garden but gave up like 10 years ago and just had grass growing in there. So in April I ripped out all the grass, but now it seems some survived.

It's a daily struggle to keep it from growing on the veggies I've been ignoring the paths
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