Official Gardening/Homesteading thread: Our back yards are our grocery stores

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  1. ashy larry

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    anyone have issues with blossom end rot on your tomatoes? losing about half of my san marzanos
     
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  2. Funshot Residue

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    Haha. Ours is named Chuck. He meets his maker in the next month or so. Tryin like hell to clean out the freezer.
     
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  3. One Two

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    Fight it from the roots. It’s a nutrient thing (deficiency). Apply this every other day until it clears up

     
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  4. AIP

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  5. bigred77

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  6. AIP

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    Tomato

    planted 2 weeks later than ever

    didn’t think I would have em this early
     
  7. BayouMafia

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    billdozer when do you know to pick canteloupes? My first several chanterais melons are about as big as the canteloupes you see in a store, but not sure if they'll get bigger or if I should go ahead and harvest? I read on the baker creek site someone said they're ready when they crack, but I don't want them to crack.
     
  8. bigred77

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    What kind?
    Looks like a purple roma or something
     
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  9. billdozer

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    I plant Ambrosia. For those, the stem going to them starts to shrivel and when I rotate them it pops right off. They also slightly change color and you can smell the cantaloupe through the rind. But mainly how the stem looks.
     
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  10. AIP

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    You know your tomato’s
     
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  11. bigred77

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    I didn't know there was such a thing :lol
     
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  12. billdozer

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    Google tells me chanterais aren't like Ambrosia:

    The reason you rarely see them offered for sale is that, when fully ripe, they are quite delicate and usually split at the stem end. They are simply unsuitable for shipping to markets. Nevertheless, they are great for the home garden.

    As the Charentais melons approach maturity, the rind color shifts from green to pale green and it eventually develops a yellow cast. The way I tell if there is a melon ready for harvest is to stand beside the melon patch (every morning) and sniff the air. If there is a ripe melon, it fills the air with its fragrance; then the search for it begins. By checking the stem end I can find the melon that is starting to split. You don’t want to wait too long as garden pests like sweet melons, too.

    Don’t try to pull a ripe Charentais melon from its stem as it doesn’t slip from the vine as cantaloupes do. Use your clippers to cut it from the vine, give it a quick wash, and enjoy. Charentais melons are truly gourmet melons that are a rare treat for melon-lovers.
     
  13. texasraider

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    now I'm going to be forced to steal a melon from BayouMafia in the middle of the night
     
  14. AIP

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    I didn’t either, till this year
     
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  15. BayouMafia

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    :respek:

    A couple of them are in this pic I took on Wednesday.

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  16. billdozer

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    My cantaloupe and watermelon plants just recently spread and just started putting out flowers.
     
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  17. BayouMafia

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    yeah in north Texas you have to plant early here because July/August daily temps of 105+ and weeks without rain are brutal on everything except okra. We have more tomatoes than we can eat or give away now, but in a couple of weeks we'll have nothing.

    Most years I give up in early July and have no interest in a fall garden if it means putting in some much work in the heat of summer. But working from home this year, plus having a wetter than normal spring, means my garden is doing better than it ever has. I'm wondering if I should pull my tomatoes up when they stop fruiting and plant seedlings for the fall, or if I leave the existing plants they'll fruit again in the fall...
     
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  18. billdozer

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    Today's haul
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    Still waiting on these sweet peppers to turn colors though
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  19. billdozer

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    Sold 9 lambs today and my wife picked up two Nigerian dwarf bottle babies to replace the goats we sold.
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  20. billdozer

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    Today's haul
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  21. billdozer

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    Made 3 different ice creams for today. Chocolate, blackberry, and cucumber mint chocolate chip. All made with eggs and honey from the farm and blackberries and cucumber and mint from the farm for the last two.
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  22. The King of Burgers

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    How long does it take you to make ice cream?
     
  23. billdozer

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    About 15 minutes to prepare it, then put it in the fridge until it's chilled, then about 15-20 minutes in the ice cream maker, then into the freezer until it's more solid. So probably about 5-6 hours until eating ready, but 20 minutes of actual work.
     
  24. Funshot Residue

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    Steer went to market Friday. Between 6 and 7 weight. Looking forward to some good roasts this winter.
    Blueberries are slowing down, but we picked between 1 and 1.5 pints last night. Total of 3 bushes, but one massively out produced the rest. Will remember to fence the chickens out next year!
     
  25. BayouMafia

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    Never cracked but the thing kept getting bigger so finally I picked it just to see how it turned out. Definitely should have waited as the flesh was a little harder and dryer than optimal but it was a nice dessert nonetheless. Will let the next one stay on the vine until it cracks like people have said. Should be harvesting several more in the next couple of weeks.
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  26. billdozer

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    Okra, watermelon, and cantaloupe are coming along. Getting 4-5 cucumbers a day, really too much.

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  27. One Two

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    Every single time I’ve ever grown cucumber I’ve always ended up thinking “what the fuck am I going to do with all these things.”
     
  28. billdozer

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    We've been making pickles, cutting them up in salads, putting them on sandwiches, and then made the ice cream with some. Still have given away over 20 from the 3 plants we have.
     
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  29. One Two

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    Yep. I have never tried pickling but as a single dude even with just two plants I was crying uncle by July
     
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  30. Greybeard

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    Us northern latitude gardeners are behind you southerners, but we're catching up. Been picking peas for weeks, cucumbers are finger length, and tomatos are starting to turn red. Peppers are coming in, we've picked a half dozen or so. Having end rot on zucchini once they're 4-5" long, research says might be poor pollinization. We haven't had our normal bees this year.
     
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