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Old 08-11-2009, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I froze mine this year, have a very limited space for storing my canning foods and wanted to save that for string beans and tomatoes and pickles....sigh, but the critters ate my string beans this year! I have 45 tomato plants that we had to plant late due to wet conditions that are just now starting to really bear, so I will soon be doing a lot of canning . I hope to get at least 2 churns of pickles as well and maybe 5 quarts of icebox pickles so this should fill up my space pretty quickly as i anticipate a lot of tomatoes.

Usually we plant corn, but our garden spot was simply too wet this year and by the time it dried out, we were afraid it was too late to plant thus I had to buy it. I must admit, it was some of the best sweet corn I've tasted in quite a long time, I wish I had asked the name of it.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:34 AM
 
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I have aquired a taste for Kale this year and hear that I can plant a fall crop of this tasty vegetable. I've only grown beans, tomatoes and herbs in the past. Is there anything different that I'd need to give to Kale other than a pot in the sunshine with some new potting soil and a few trowelfuls of compost?

Like with my tomatoes, I usually make sure I crush up some eggshells into the soil - and I've not had the blossom end rot that is affecting my neighbors (though I also compost the egg shells - so that's probably where they are really getting the calcium from)

Is there anything more I should give kale so that it grows strong and fast?

Thanks!
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I remember that my father grew kale in RI....and he insisted that it was inedible until it had been snowed on and the temp had gone well below freezing....and he would cover the rows and go out when there was deep snow on the ground and harvest kale. He said that the kale converted its starch to sugars after freezing.

I dont know any special requirements for a good crop.....he was pretty organic gardener and his soil was deep and rich.
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:20 PM
 
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^^^^ Thanks elston! I've heard that a frost makes kale even better, and I'm looking forward to trying it!
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:44 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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Hello, gardeners. We're about to enter the 2nd growing season here. Last spring I planted cantaloupes for the first time. The vines and leaves were very green and they bloomed prolifically, but they never produced any melons. I heard there were male and female blooms. How do I tell? Can I pollinate them myself? We had a similar scenario with the watermelon but we did get one fruit. Any suggestions on what I should do or what I did wrong?
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:28 AM
 
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When we grew pumkins at the barn we'd take a feather or something and go around and 'polinate' all the flowers. I don't know if that was a necessary thing, or just something to keep us kids busy! I don't have the room for things that spread like that.
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:40 AM
 
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I've found that my veggie plants co-exist happily alongside my perrenial flowers. And they help eliminate each others pests when they're together too.
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:27 PM
 
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I've found that my veggie plants co-exist happily alongside my perrenial flowers. And they help eliminate each others pests when they're together too.
That's right, kidrunner!

Veggies and marigolds are a great combo. Marigolds aren't perennial - but I can collect the seed heads every year and have plenty for next year.
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:04 PM
 
Location: China
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I have started saving the empty cardboard rolls, from TP and paper towels, to put around the transplants, to protect from cut worms. Any one else tried this?
that is good idea , I know that 's a good way ,

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Old 10-24-2009, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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Here's a useful site I found today while browsing. Lots of good info on it about veggie gardening.

Growing Vegetables In A Home Garden : Veggie Gardener
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