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#1491803 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 16 September 2017 - 08:17 AM

I love your jungle pics! Trick or Treat harvest will be the treats of the neighborhood. You've worked so hard on these plants and they're showing it. Can't wait for the colorful reds, oranges, yellows showing through.

#1490541 Biggest Tomato of the Season

Posted by catherinew on 11 September 2017 - 07:31 AM

Nice! It's a great tasting one, too.

#1482518 [Aug 7] What are you working on this week?

Posted by catherinew on 09 August 2017 - 10:52 PM

Pickled beets, hot garlic dill pickles, freezing broccoli and Olathe corn, making jam

#1482251 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 08 August 2017 - 10:56 PM

Posted Today, 07:09 PM
"Hang tough Chuck ! Never admit defeat , like you said 2 months and cooler weather"

You have 2 months of good weather AND you have a beautiful hoop house to protect your plants for another 2 months. You will soon be swimming in hot peppers, so get those plans ready!

#1480380 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 02 August 2017 - 07:45 AM

Nice! Beautiful peppers.

#1479442 Harlequin Bugs and Community Garden etiquette.

Posted by catherinew on 29 July 2017 - 07:44 PM

Community Garden thievery - all too common. I heard one of the visitors say that a community garden was for the community. Gave him the lecture about ownership, fees, etc. I wonder if he's the one who has taken ALL of my zucchini!  All of it!

#1479300 Harlequin Bugs and Community Garden etiquette.

Posted by catherinew on 29 July 2017 - 09:08 AM

I hear your community garden concerns. I have a guy next to me whose plot is a jungle. He also has huge kale, Swiss Chard, and radishes that are blooming throughout his area. What a mess. Weeds everywhere. I just do my best to keep my area clean and pest free. If you can find Surround WP, it's a good preventative for bugs. Luckily we haven't seen your harlequin bugs here - yet.

Good luck w/ your garden. Just keep checking for those pests.

#1478842 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 27 July 2017 - 07:57 AM

Chuck, your plants are just beautiful! They'll be producing soon though we still have a few months to wait for large harvests. The vents were a good idea to help cool down the house.

I had my soil tested, too, with similar results. pH was a bit lower. Will probably add the same stuff to the soil as I usually do in the Fall - shredded leaves and manure if I can get stuff cheap or free. Alfalfa pellets are a good idea since they're less $$. Thanks for sharing your soil results.

#1478133 [Jul 24] What are you working on this week?

Posted by catherinew on 24 July 2017 - 06:01 PM

Anyone harvesting? :)


Fresnos and a couple of Aji Lemons.  Other - cucumbers, broccoli, yellow squash, zukes, and One Ball summer squash.


I forgot onions and elephant garlic today.



#1471737 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 30 June 2017 - 08:12 AM

Beautiful plants, Chuck! You've done such a great job protecting and nurturing them and I know they appreciate every ache you have. Shade cloth is almost a necessity here in CO, especially with your high temps lately. I wish I had room for a green house for growing peppers, but they'll have to be content n pots on the patio.

Best of harvests for your gorgeous plants. Enjoy the summer with your son, and keep safe.

#1468903 Red flags of "newbie" seed scammers on THP

Posted by catherinew on 20 June 2017 - 12:36 PM

Thanks for the reminder. I got really scammed by a person close by. Too kind. So now I just ignore the requests if the name is not familiar.


And, put this list on 'sticky'.


Send them to legitimate web sites to order their own seeds, especially THP members.

#1468000 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 17 June 2017 - 08:03 AM

Such an extensive and informative glog for us all to enjoy and get excited for your garden, your hoop house, your hard work. Make sure you save and print every one of your comments and pictures, and make a binder for future reference. It's always fun to peruse your previous years' accomplishments and see where you hope to improve. You and your son have put so many hours of hard work into your garden projects. Smile and enjoy. Have a safe and fun Father's Day.

#1463980 [Jun 5] What are you working on this week?

Posted by catherinew on 05 June 2017 - 12:57 PM

Trying to plant peppers if Mother Nature will co-operate. 8 more tomatoes to plant - in pots. Mulch tomatoes and peppers in ground.


'Get-rid-of' the leftover tomato and pepper plants. Think I have a person for the peppers, so now . . . the tomatoes.

#1458220 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 20 May 2017 - 09:42 AM

Oh, I see. Thought something went wrong and had to replant peppers.

I'll cut back to 100 plants next year. That's half of what I planted this year. I grow plants for my uncle in San Diego. I send him some every year. I may grow for a few others as well.

My goal is to not plant earlier and earlier. Which is what I've been doing the past few years. These Chinese and wilds are very long season plants. I want to start later and later. I think I've found a system were I can sow seeds two months later. That puts me from January to March. The real test is the hoop house. I'll see how long I can extend my season. I need to confide in a member here that can help me with the setup. Its going to be a hydro to soil. That will take less pressure off. I've had these plants since January. Had a little hiccup with soil, but Im back on track.

I wonder how Anthony is doing?

Anthony - if you're here, let us know how things are going for you.


He wrote that he was busy with his kids since they're getting older and in sports. I'm glad that he's back at his 'old' job closer to home. Haven't heard from him since March.


I started peppers later this year, but may change that to even later, maybe first week in Feb. and later for annuums. Your hoop house is a great asset for keeping on track and hardening off those plants. Best of luck with the new setup.


It's so nice to have that backup place where you can extend the growing season. Show us pics in December!

#1458196 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 20 May 2017 - 08:32 AM

Thanks you, Jane. You are to kind. This storm was quick. I was caught off guard. I don't have cables television. No news. Have to look on my phone for anything.

I really would like to put some sort of shelving in. I was thinking maybe some stand up wire shelves on both sides of the door. I may redesign next year and cut back on plants. I need to come up with a magic number of plants, and stick to it.

You just planted seeds this last week?

If you would like me to send you some plants, let me know.

Chuck, I planted beans, cucumbers, carrots, some flowers on May 15. There's still snow on the ground so I can't see if anything came up or rotted. Thanks again for your plant offer. Thanks to you, I have lots of pepper plants from your seeds. Like you, I may cut back on the number of plants. Who knows? It's beginnng to become a chore. Or maybe I have too many tomato plants? I need a cut-off number of plants. This year was way too many. Again.