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Posted: 8/5/2011 3:14:29 PM
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this is my first year for these fruits, i have a couple questions, they have basically taken over my 20 foot wide garden lol but thats not the problem.

some of my watermelons after this long drought turned black shriveled up and died. (i think i figured it out as basically blossom end rot which was caused from 20 plus days of no water) but i have one that has these little cuts on it and it looks like its bleeding a crimson red fluid out of the cuts. not big cuts or lots of it coming out but enough. it's just on one of them for now but i'm wondering should i just pull it so if they are bugs or whatever they don't spread?

next i'm curious my cantaloupes appear to be getting something on the underside of them. i'll take pictured tomorrow for everyone to see but i'm trying to figure out if its a fungus that i need to spray with some daconil or something.

here is a pictures of my set up

farm fresh potato's and onions and fresh eggs
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0075.jpg

yummy
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0080.jpg


this is the watermelon and cantalouple. i read they can't cross polinate but they started over 6 foot apart but that boundry was nothing for them

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0081.jpg

watermelon

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0082.jpg

huge cabbages
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0086.jpg

peppers
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0084.jpg

pole beands

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0083.jpg
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Posted: 8/5/2011 5:58:50 PM
Damn, your garden is almost bigger then my backyard!!
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Posted: 8/5/2011 7:53:50 PM
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You definitely have a green thumb! Is that collards opposite the little hot peppers? Your cabbage is beautiful.

What variety is your watermelon?

If your watermelon has something running out of it it's probably a goner. Is it possible it grew so fast it busted? I used to grow them but never had problems like yours. As good as the rest of your garden looks I'm confident you'll get a handle on it.

Do you know how to tell when your melons are ripe?
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Posted: 8/5/2011 7:55:19 PM
very nice
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Posted: 8/5/2011 8:03:03 PM
yeah its a pretty good size garden. every year i extend it more and more. next to the super chili's that is cauliflower and its doing horrible. only like 4 of the 9 plants have heads on them. and 2 are tiny (also my first year for them) i want to say my watermelon is crimson sweet but i'm not positive. i'll look tonight and see if the i can find the freaking label i put out there lol. i'm going to take some pics and i'll update it to see if anyone knows whats wrong with my stuff.

thanks for the kind words.
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Posted: 8/5/2011 8:19:48 PM
Nice melon patch.

Good looking cabbage too....looks superior to our cabbage which has had a rough year.
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Posted: 8/5/2011 11:07:17 PM
Looks like you get all the free corn from the farmer next door
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Posted: 8/6/2011 6:18:31 PM
lol yeah i live in indiana so sweet corn is a dime a dozen here. it's actually not worth planting in the garden just based on how cheap you can buy it. i saw 3 different stands today and it was like a 2 dozen ears for 3 bucks or something.

i got the picture of the stuff on the watermelon. it has since semi dried and it literally looks just like blood lol. kinda wild. i'll post it up once i get home from this little get together. also my potato plants are almost completely dead now so i dug up 2 of them. on those two plants i had 20 potato's (i'm stoked as this was my first year for them too and they did so well and required so little work) granted only about 14 of them were store size but the baby ones are also delicious.
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Posted: 8/6/2011 8:10:16 PM
Originally Posted By gruntsoldier:
this is my first year for these fruits, i have a couple questions, they have basically taken over my 20 foot wide garden lol but thats not the problem.

some of my watermelons after this long drought turned black shriveled up and died. (i think i figured it out as basically blossom end rot which was caused from 20 plus days of no water) but i have one that has these little cuts on it and it looks like its bleeding a crimson red fluid out of the cuts. not big cuts or lots of it coming out but enough. it's just on one of them for now but i'm wondering should i just pull it so if they are bugs or whatever they don't spread?

next i'm curious my cantaloupes appear to be getting something on the underside of them. i'll take pictured tomorrow for everyone to see but i'm trying to figure out if its a fungus that i need to spray with some daconil or something.

here is a pictures of my set up

farm fresh potato's and onions and fresh eggs
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0075.jpg

yummy
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0080.jpg


this is the watermelon and cantalouple. i read they can't cross polinate but they started over 6 foot apart but that boundry was nothing for them

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0081.jpg

watermelon

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0082.jpg

huge cabbages
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0086.jpg

peppers
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0084.jpg

pole beands

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/gruntsoldier/DSCN0083.jpg


good looking breakfast and garden
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Posted: 8/7/2011 12:04:28 AM
Originally Posted By gruntsoldier:
i got the picture of the stuff on the watermelon. it has since semi dried and it literally looks just like blood lol. kinda wild. i'll post it up once i get home from this little get together. also my potato plants are almost completely dead now so i dug up 2 of them. on those two plants i had 20 potato's (i'm stoked as this was my first year for them too and they did so well and required so little work) granted only about 14 of them were store size but the baby ones are also delicious.


It looks like your watermelon blew up. Too much water. If you live up north like me it was due to all the rain we had.
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Posted: 8/7/2011 8:00:08 AM
I wish I had room for a melon patch as big as that. Evenmore reason to turn the rest of my front yard into garden.

I agree with the theory on the melon. Too much water and a lot of heat does the same thing as it does to maters. Guts grow faster than the skin has time to expand, something has to give.
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Posted: 8/7/2011 8:22:44 AM
Nice garden. Truly a labor of love!

Your califlower plants will not head this late in the season. They are a cool weather crop. Spring and Fall. About now is the time to be planting sets for the Fall crop. This is the first year that some of my Califower plants did not head. Weather related, I am sure. I pulled them in June and replanted Red Beets and Carrots in that space.
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Posted: 8/7/2011 5:54:07 PM
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ok thanks everyone. it might be that it exploded. i'll upload the pictures here in a minute. it had small cuts that were leaking the fluid is what it looked like. we didn't have any rain for almost 20 days and then it stormed pretty good so maybe thats what happened. i've checked over the rest of them and there was 4 with blossom end rot and they withered and died but the rest all look good and the plant doesn't appear to have a bug or disease problem, so the to big to quick is a possibility.

ohhh and no i'm not really sure how to tell the melons are ripe or not. i heard thumping on them but they all sound semi hollow but not really lol

i didn't know that about cauliflower. it was my first time for it as the wife wanted me to grow it too lol. like i said i think there is 4 heads formed up now but only 2 have any size.


with my potato's whats the best way to store them? should i wash the dirt off or just leave them how they are put them in a paper bag in the basement or do they need to be in some type of milk crate or something else?

pics incoming :)
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Posted: 8/7/2011 6:16:08 PM
I have pics of dust that is my garden. Only peppers still holding on.

Kudos on your results, and kiss that Indiana soil for being so good to you.

20 days without rain?

Last real rain here was June 1st-2nd.

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Posted: 8/7/2011 8:29:47 PM
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I have pics of dust that is my garden. Only peppers still holding on.

Kudos on your results, and kiss that Indiana soil for being so good to you.

20 days without rain?

Last real rain here was June 1st-2nd.

TRG



i know i feel super bad for you guys in texas and arizona areas. i've been watching it closely just to get a gauge of how bad its going to be this year as far as food prices and stuff go. i have heard farmers are slaughtering there herds because they can't afford to feed them and there is water. i also saw on the news about how the grasshoppers are basically like a plague down there right now and are eating all the fruits and vegetables since there is no green grass left for them. i hope a good amount of rain makes it to your area soon sir.
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Posted: 8/7/2011 11:00:07 PM
Originally Posted By gruntsoldier:
Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:
I have pics of dust that is my garden. Only peppers still holding on.

Kudos on your results, and kiss that Indiana soil for being so good to you.

20 days without rain?

Last real rain here was June 1st-2nd.

TRG



i know i feel super bad for you guys in texas and arizona areas. i've been watching it closely just to get a gauge of how bad its going to be this year as far as food prices and stuff go. i have heard farmers are slaughtering there herds because they can't afford to feed them and there is water. i also saw on the news about how the grasshoppers are basically like a plague down there right now and are eating all the fruits and vegetables since there is no green grass left for them. i hope a good amount of rain makes it to your area soon sir.


Some of it is just sensational reporting on the news.

It is bad, but nobody that I know is jumping off a cliff over it.

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Posted: 8/7/2011 11:31:21 PM
well thats good to hear for sure. the news definitely makes it out to be end game type scenario and i often don't believe them. either way hopefully you guys get a good heavy rain soon. this year has been crazy for us here. my garden was super late because of the massive rains we had at the beginning of the spring and all through it. in one day alone my little town got over 6 1/2 inches of rain in less than a day. i have never seen it so much. the farmers here all thought they were going to have to use the insurance. the corn was in crazy late. its high now but the ears are super skinny so who knows how it will turn out.
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Posted: 8/8/2011 12:06:26 PM
How do you keep those tomatoes from flopping over on to the ground?

For some reason my wife's tomatoes this year grew huge and top heavy so now they are all flopped over.

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Posted: 8/8/2011 12:15:36 PM
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How do you keep those tomatoes from flopping over on to the ground?

For some reason my wife's tomatoes this year grew huge and top heavy so now they are all flopped over.



I let mine flop over. They seem to re-root from the contact points and they are less prone to snapping off in a high wind.

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Posted: 8/8/2011 2:29:55 PM
i let them grow tall like that and then as they get tomato's on them they fold over the cages and keep growing. i've never had a problem with it.
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Posted: 8/8/2011 2:39:15 PM
Does it negativly impact the fruit if it sits on the ground?


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Does it negativly impact the fruit if it sits on the ground?




I have not seen any pattern to disease, rot, decay on the fruit close to the ground.

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Posted: 8/8/2011 3:00:05 PM
I wonder if there are different results up here where its a little more moist near the ground.

Oh well, its the wife's garden I just do the chickens and my own little squash and spuds patch.

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Posted: 8/8/2011 3:34:30 PM
i try to not let the fruit sit on the ground. i usually just use string and tie up the stems to keep them off the ground. close is fine but i usually try to not let them sit on the dirt. or you can get a straw bale and just pull off a good handful and put that under the tomato's.
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Posted: 8/8/2011 4:12:04 PM
It's the wife's garden, so I will pass the ideas along.

This is why I built my 8X12 squash and spuds bed, I tried to help her last year and it didn't go so well. So I just quietly make my own little garden and do it my way, FWIW my squash are kicking some serious ass and i have a potato plant that it about 4 ft tall.

I think my way is better but she likes her way.

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