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Unread postby acpro » 10 September 2020, 13:22

I thought it would be nice to share our pics from the gardens - it's a little late now that summer is ending, but, better late than never!

I'll share some of mine now. I'm still new to gardening but I planted Zinnias this year, tomatoes, oriental eggplant, and sunflowers. 2-3 years ago I planted raspberry and blackberry canes which are just starting to give me a good amount of berries...well mostly the raspberries..I'm still learning about the blackberries growth cycle.


My first raspberry harvest this year
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My biggest eggplant this year lol
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A sunflower that grew from a pack of mixed variety sunflowers
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My zinnias - these were taken early on but there are much more flowers now. I like these because they're so easy to grow. You jsut put the seed in the ground and they grow. If you 'tip' or 'pinch' off the top while it's growing, the plant will split off, making additional blooms, which can keep going all summer.
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Next year, I plan on getting into roses. Roses have come a long way and are much easier to grow than years prior. David Austin is one of best rose breeders in the world. They're located in the UK but have some type fo supply chain in the US too. What's great about roses is you can pick the type that can be potted, which allows you to move them when you move, or if you don't have a place to grow them in the ground. I will def be potting mine. Roses are also cool because each type has different qualities. Like one might very fragrant. Another might be known for its large blossoms.

These are the ones I will be planting next year...I think. I already pre-ordered the first one for sure though.

This is called Roald Dahl
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PRINCESS ALEXANDRA OF KENT
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Anyway, share your gardens or your inspirations for your garden!
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Re: Share your gardens

Unread postby Jzone » 10 September 2020, 21:39

This was in May, during lockdown.

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This is 3 months later.

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I am amazed and pleased with the amount of produce produced in a corner of the yard which used to be only grass. Lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, cabbage, leek, onion, zucchini, cucumber, basil, peppers, beans, and so many tomatoes. More next year!
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Re: Share your gardens

Unread postby acpro » 11 September 2020, 01:02

Wow - omg I love your yard! So nice! I'm very impressed. My tomatoes with awful this year. I need to get my soil tested. The tomatoes never ripened.

Do you plant any berries? I bet you could get some really good amounts of everbearing raspberries like Caroline or Heritage - the fall harvest does well in cool weather.
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Unread postby Valso » 11 September 2020, 01:23

ACPI, I love the shape of your eggplant... :lol: :D
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Re: Share your gardens

Unread postby Jzone » 11 September 2020, 02:51

acpro wrote:Wow - omg I love your yard! So nice! I'm very impressed. My tomatoes with awful this year. I need to get my soil tested. The tomatoes never ripened.

Do you plant any berries? I bet you could get some really good amounts of everbearing raspberries like Caroline or Heritage - the fall harvest does well in cool weather.

Thanks for the compliment. The garden is the best thing to come from the pandemic for me.

Tomatoes are always iffy here in the maritime Northwest, but this summer has been warm. I transplanted some raspberries, not sure the variety. They went in late and suffered, but are showing good signs for next year. There are wild blackberries along the back fence which are still going. I have bush bean plants about 5" tall. I'll put a small hoop house over them and hope to harvest at the end of October along with late lettuce and spinach.

Plums from an old tree on the property. I've been drying these for winter snacks.

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Blackberry pie a month ago. It's about time for another.

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Unread postby acpro » 12 September 2020, 03:52

Wow! Amazing. I love the pie!!!

My advice for the raspberries, is find out your cultivar. At least find out if they are summer bearing or everbearing. If you need help, try Google Lens which is a feature on GooglePhotos app. Lens lets you take a picture and then it identifies the species. It lets you do lots of other cool stuff like translate languages if you take a picture of it. It's easy to use but finding the feature in GooglePhotos is not intuitive--I think it should be a standalone app, but what do I know lol? The type of cultivar the raspberry is will dictate how you prune it and when you harvest the fruit. Pruning is essential to avoid disease and bugs that bore in the canes.

Also, wild blackberries are amazing, but keep them away from your garden berries; they'll transfer diseases. It's a common problem actually. Since it seems you like blackberries, judging by your pie (yum), I suggest getting some non-wild cultivars. I have apache - it's a thornless erect type--semi new -prob 8 years old-ish. No need for a trellis either. U of Arkansas developed it--they're responsible for making a lot of the new breeds. My next breed I think will be called Von made by NC State U. It's been known to produce 27 lbs of berries per plant per season and they stay don't spoil so fast. They do well in wet areas and my yard is very wet - at the bottom of a hill. But there's lots of different varieties. Here's a good link with comparison's https://indianaberry.com/info_blkberry_variety.php

Also, if google lens can't help you with your raspberry transplants, and it's really only an estimate, try checking out https://www.facebook.com/groups/americanberrygrowers. It's an active Berry FB group - lot's of knowledgeable members. In the next week I'm about to ask them like 10 questions on my blackberries because they're actually really confusing for the first couple years (trying to learn which canes are floricane and primocane). I have a lottt of learning to do.


Also, those plums, look breathtaking!
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Unread postby Jzone » 12 September 2020, 04:27

The plums are really a favorite of mine. I'm about to collect a third harvest from the old tree. I planted a new one, along with a couple apples and a pear. I hope to have a nice orchard before I am too old to pick them.

Blackberries are about the most common weed where I live. No one would dream of planting them here. When I bought this property I had to demolish about a ¼ acre of 7' tall wild blackberries. The vines consume abandoned cars, houses, and slow moving people in short order. I do my part by eating the berries in pies, oatmeal, and (the best) baked with salmon on a grill.

I might be able to track down the raspberry variety from the source. I would definitely prefer ever-bearing. My next challenge is to harvest another crop of basil before it bolts.

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Re: Share your gardens

Unread postby acpro » 13 September 2020, 10:26

I was about to say I have a bunch of basil but nothing compared to yours lol!!!

That's crazy about the wild blackberries...I bet you can still find cultivars around there. The specialized breeds are huge, have a longer table life, and usually have specific flavor characteristics. But native ones are freaking awesome! And I agree, I like the everbearing, but next year I am skipping the summer harvest and only doing a fall harvest. I read that it's common for the summer harvest to be small and I can attest to that lol.
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Unread postby Jzone » 15 September 2020, 06:53

No one around here gives half a fuck about growing blackberries. We don't have to. We have to beat them back with a big stick blade to keep them from taking over everything in their path. They are introduced -- not native -- so basically a huge weed with a tasty fruit. Unfortunately, that weed will literally take over my house, car, lawn mower, or anything that doesn't move for a few days in the summer. They also have the most wicked thorn of all. They fight back, even when dead. They are a blight on the land, but a delicious blight.
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Unread postby acpro » 17 September 2020, 22:07

Ahh see, I grow the type called thornless erect (exact type is Apache) - no thorns. You can get semi-erect too but I think some of them have thorns.
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Unread postby Jzone » 18 September 2020, 04:15

You know, saying "you can get semi-erect too" on a gay forum is asking for trouble...
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Unread postby Jzone » 18 September 2020, 04:23

Our weed species is Rubus armeniacus, Himalayan blackberry. The berries are large, juicy, and delicious. It is an invasive species here, considered a noxious weed by the state. I allow it to grow along my border fence, but have to prune it back so it doesn't take over.
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Unread postby acpro » 18 September 2020, 16:13

Jzone wrote:You know, saying "you can get semi-erect too" on a gay forum is asking for trouble...


ahah i know thats why I like saying it
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