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Posted by oakandsage on September 08, 2015 at 20:39" and edited at May 18, 2019 at 09:53

[Banana](crop) s have taken off. Both doing well. They only have about a month before the weather starts getting a bit cold, nights are already getting down to 50F some nights. Will have to think about frost protection soon. [Grape](crop)s that survived are doing well. The one I had to cut... Read more
banana common fig cherry squash parsnip

Posted by oakandsage on September 08, 2015 at 20:07"

Arkansas Traveler is fruiting heavily now. The flavor is excellent. Got about 8 lbs of fruit this weekend, gave most of them to my landlady and her other boarder who lives in the big house with her. Unfortunately his dog got into them and ate them (yes, all of them. No, they did not stay down).... Read more
Harvests and fruit trees

Posted by oakandsage on August 17, 2015 at 16:57"

I got nearly 10 lbs of fruit from my San Marzano tomato last week, and the first three Arkansas Traveler fruit came ripe this weekend. Beefmaster is still thinking about it; I fear I'll receive a late glut of Beefmaster all at once. The yard long beans are doing great and I just picked my third... Read more
Tomato round-up

Posted by oakandsage on July 16, 2014 at 02:38"

Even though I planted tomatoes reasonably early and the weather has been quite warm, the tomatoes are just... *confused* by the weather. I have a few good sized Brandy Boy and Persimmon but they're still green. I had one really early San Marzano back in june, and another is starting to turn red.... Read more
cucumber.. no wait... muskmelon...

Posted by oakandsage on July 16, 2014 at 02:22" and edited at October 08, 2019 at 03:26

So I completely don't have the time/energy to keep my crop list up to date, but this year I planted cucumbers. Or I thought I planted cucumbers. It turns out they are armenian [cucumber](crop)s which are actually a particularly cucumbery variety of muskmelon. Many people like them but I am... Read more
Killer apps

Posted by oakandsage on April 24, 2014 at 00:13"

Tomatoes are "the thing" in my summer garden - they're what I plan everything else around, they're what gets me motivated to plant. Sure, I also grow and enjoy squash, eggplant, and other stuff, but tomatoes are my killer app, the thing that keeps me gardening when I'm blah and unmotivated and... Read more
Tomatoes gone wild   1

Posted by oakandsage on August 15, 2013 at 02:20"

So I have three volunteer tomatoes around where the Sunsugar was last year, and I didn't have much else there so I figured I'd just let them grow and see what happened. They've got small yellow fruit slightly larger than that of Sunsugar, but just barely - but it's sort of irregular. Not as... Read more
Handling and storage of freshly picked plums

Posted by oakandsage on August 05, 2013 at 00:57"

My landlady's plum tree is loaded with almost-ripe plums, light purple but still hard. The birds are going to town. In order to ensure that *we* get to eat some of the plums, we're picking buckets and boxes full. Is it better to wash the plums right away, or to leave them unwashed until ready... Read more

Posted by oakandsage on July 28, 2013 at 03:50"

I harvested the black eyed peas today. Not sure how many plants I have (it's kind of a tangle because they're in with the melons) but I think only 1 or 2 and the other 2 are yard long beans. I got just enough black eyed peas to make a little Side dish sized bowl of peas with onions. Pretty... Read more
Potatoes?! and tomatoes, beans, chard, melons   2

Posted by oakandsage on July 22, 2013 at 02:02" and edited at July 22, 2013 at 02:03

I shall label the seasons in my garden thusly: Dec-Feb: The Season of Excessive Procrastination Mar-May: The Season of Inarticulate Panic Jun-August: The Season of Smugness Sept-Nov: The Season of Isn't It Dead Yet I Need Room To Plant The Garlic My potatoes are doing well, and... Read more
Yard long beans vs black-eyed peas

Posted by oakandsage on July 05, 2013 at 19:40"

I have been assuming that the beans growing in my garden (that are finally taking off and seem healthy, Y A Y) are yard long beans because they match the picture on the package, and I want yard long beans. But recently (partly because the immature pods are getting thicker but not getting longer,... Read more
Canning and last-minute summer planting   2

Posted by oakandsage on June 20, 2013 at 20:50"

Got way behind on my summer planting due to cherry season starting a few weeks early. On the other hand I have 50 lbs of cherries canned, so that's good. You guys, the new Pomona's low-sugar jam book (which I am, er, using with Ball low-sugar pectin) is awesome. Cherry-port preserves. Serious... Read more

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