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

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  1. Tiffin

    Tiffin “Only time can give you mayonnaise.”
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    Not much growing up here right now. Got a few blueberry bushes that have put on ok, get a handful or two every 3 days. Planted a couple peppers and tomatoes but they aren't doing very well in the spot I went with. Need to get the tiller going and till up the old garden plot and plant a couple rows of later season stuff. Need to get some hot peppers out soon so I can make my traditional Xmas card gift of hot sauce.
     
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  2. texasraider

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    BlackBerry jalepeno jam is so good
     
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  3. billdozer

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    After we put our garden fence and fence along the front of the house up, we've got a 20x20 section of the yard that is mostly useless. Going to put weed cloth down and plant a lot more blackberries and blueberries down. Already have 8 blueberry bushes and 20 ft of blackberries along another fence.
     
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  5. billdozer

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    We have before, Right now with 3 kids home, any berries we pick in the morning don't make it 5 minutes once we get back in the house.
     
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  6. Tiffin

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    I've made pepper jellies and fig jams before. Turkey fig is currently loaded down. The golden fig down in Alabama put on a ton of fruit this year, but a lot of it was noticeably worse this year. Figs don't last long anyway, so jams are a great use for them.
     
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  7. BayouMafia

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    Waited until the next one cracked and can confirm that's the way to do it. Tasted incredible, especially cold after being outside in 105 degree heat yesterday
     
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  8. JeremyLambsFace

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    My dad had a bumper crop this year. His corn went nuts...we probably froze 70 quarts of corn and used another 20 ears after giving away about 50-60. His green beans put out like three different times and I think they ended up canning about 50 or so jars of them. Getting 15-20 tomatoes a day and are going to start canning those soon because they can't give them away and eat them fast enough. Between our pepper plants and his extra we are getting about 10 or so bell peppers and 20-25 banana peppers a week.

    Only thing that didn't turn out well was squash and zucchini. Had some squash bugs that kept him from getting as much as he usually gets. Okra is starting to put out now too though.
     
  9. bigred77

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    can i throw fresh picked okra in a jar of juice that I just finished eating the pickles out of and get an edible product?

    I've got a jar of some bad ass hot pickles that has one slice left and my neighbor just gave me about 50 okra he just picked
     
  10. comrade static

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    Fucking ants keep eating my ready to be picked tomatoes. Any suggestions for a remedy?
     
  11. billdozer

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    Our watermelon, cantaloupe and okra plants are really coming along. Plus some of the pickings.

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  12. bigred77

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    My cantaloupes this year spread like crazy, put out a shit load of flowers, and not a single fruit
    Pretty sure the whole plant is about to die off, cause its that time of year in Texas and hot as hell
     
  13. bigred77

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    6 year old decided we need to plant some lemon seeds today, so hopefully we will have some lemons when he is about to go to high school
     
  14. billdozer

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    Mine haven't spread as well this year, they've been outclassed by the watermelon. We have about 6 football sized watermelons growing and spotted 4-5 baseball sized cantaloupes.
     
  15. BayouMafia

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    I’ve harvested 4 chanterais and have 2 more on the vine, but all of the other flowers have either not fertilized or gotten to the size of a golf ball and then rotted.
     
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  16. Dr. Richard Cranium

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    I have a tomato plant that is growing way out of it's cage. Is there anything I can buy to easily prop this up or should I just pin it up on a tall pole?

    This is a few days ago and it's already gotten bigger and sagging more

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  17. PJP3

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    get it on and attached to a big stake. Doesn’t hurt to prune either. You’ll get better fruit from the vines you keep. If I had long branches w no flowers I usually prune them as they can be suckers and just drain the energy from the rest of the plant.
     
  18. billdozer

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    Checking the garden this morning and the bees were all over the corn. Took some slow motion videos of them, here's one.

     
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  19. billdozer

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    Good rat snake is good

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  20. BamaNug

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    Question guys

    I have a property at the base of Mt Rainier -- about 2,000 ft above sea level, and it's covered in snow 6-7 months out of the year, starting in November/December. I have 8-9 large planters with trellises, the idea was to build like a "green wall" to shield a big concrete above-ground septic tank:
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    Everything took longer than expected, so I'm wondering if I missed this season and should just wait until next Spring to try something. Or, would it be worth it to try and plant something now? I'm completely uneducated on plants, and feel if I just walk into a nursery they'll try to sell me something.

    Can provide more information that would help, but trying to determine if I should stop by a nursery on the way down there today, or just leave the planters filled with dirt this year and take advantage of the trellises next year? Maybe just some easy flowers/something for the rest of summer/fall?
     
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  21. PJP3

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    Are you looking for something that is just there to grow and create a visual barrier, or do you want something that will produce something you can eat? Also, what is your growing zone? If you don't know it just go to this website and put in the zip code.

    https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
     
  22. BamaNug

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    Visual barrier, not anything to eat. This is going to be a rental property, so low maintenance would be ideal.

    Zone 8a
     
  23. PJP3

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    I don't know much about non vegetable/fruit plants, but I'd just google something like best privacy plants zone 8a and you can probably find something. Those are nice boxes though, Hate to waste them on something you can't eat. You could get some sweet cukes, peas, melons, or even some berries climbing those. Why not move them to somewhere you can grow stuff and just put in some hedges in the ground that don't require trellising?
     
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  24. BamaNug

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    I don't have anywhere else to move them, I live in downtown Seattle and those were a bitch to build + level the ground + put in place. I'm really happy with how they turned out, but they're going to stay there for the foreseeable future.

    Also, per WA regulations for septic tanks, I can't have any plants with deep roots going into the ground below the septic--my initial idea was big hedges/bushes. So those boxes have gravel/wood + landscaping carpet at the bottom to try and keep the roots self-contained.
     
  25. Russellin4885

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    Not even remotely the same climate, so take it with a grain of salt but I have had my best luck with planting and transplanting things in the fall. They seem to get established enough before winter and then do much better into the next year than spring planting. I said take with a grain of salt because I think a big part of that could be them getting a longer/better chance at rooting before NC heat comes in the summer.
     
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  26. comrade static

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    I have no advice to offer. I would like to know the name of your good lookin dog
     
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  27. timo

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    hops. plant them in the spring
     
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  28. BamaNug

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    That's Nugget. His mis-adventures are fairly well documents in the history of the-TMB
     
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  29. BamaNug

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    Spent a long time at the nursery yesterday with old man Mike, he helped a lot. Got a lot of Trumpet Vines, some Ivy for right when you pull in the driveway, and four hop plants - two Nugget hops and two Golden hops.

    He wasn't as concerned about the hops, said they won't fruit much this year, but they should survive the winter fine and be bountiful next season.

    Assuming all the fucking deer around here don't eat them.

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  30. Russellin4885

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    Nice, was going to suggest trumpet vines but didn't know about your climate. Big fan of them for covering, they grow fast are very pretty when they bloom. Actually going to be planting one this fall my self for a trellis to block my HVAC units.
     
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  31. thunderstruck

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    What was the outcome? I’ve gotten to the point of having too many banana peppers and did this last night with a few.
     
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  32. bigred77

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    I dunno yet, haven't opened the jar to try em yet
    Little internet research tells me you can reuse pickle juice a couple of times, so hopefully they will work
     
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  33. One Two

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    I would advise against planting trumpet vine near your home/foundation.
     
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  34. BamaNug

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    Crazy roots?
     
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  35. Why?Pokes

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    Or never. Citrus planted from seed often won’t ever fruit. It needs to be grafted.

    We’ve got 3 lemon trees and a grapefruit tree that fruit and they all have graft knuckles. I’ve tried germinating seeds from the Meyer and can’t even get them to pop let alone grow.
     
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  36. One Two

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    Yeah roots can get into the foundation and once it’s established it’s very hard to get rid of. Since you aren’t going to be up there to monitor it if roots latch on to house/structure and grow unchecked will create issues
     
  37. bigred77

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    I love these krill tomatoes
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  38. The King of Burgers

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    Looks good.
     
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  39. bigred77

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    Tried em out yesterday evening and they are really good
     
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  40. thunderstruck

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    I was waiting for your reply before I tried mine.
     
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  41. billdozer

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    Getting around 50 okra a day now, so we started freezing it.

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  42. bigred77

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    Lol
    My neighbor just asked me a few minutes ago if I wanted any more cause his plants are going crazy too
     
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