Appalachia Gardening

How Does My Garden Grow – June 3rd?

The only thing left in the greenhouse is a few of Chatter’s herbs she started from seed along with a few stray pepper plants that must have hid from us the day we planted tomatoes and peppers.

Our tomatoes started out sort of puny. I said they were probably as sad as I was about Pap and that was why they weren’t growing, but they’ve made a come back and are looking so much better than they did. The photo is of Sow True Seed’s Mountain Princess.

Blackberry jelly
All the blackberries need to do is get ripe. Looks like its going to be a good year for blackberries in my neck of the woods. I didn’t plant them but I do keep an anxious eye on them every year. Miss Cindy tells me her Mulberry tree is almost ready for the picking too.

Looks like we’ll get our largest harvest ever from our apple trees-still won’t be like the harvest from an older tree but each year I get a few more apples. Our grapevines have really taken off this year and I’m thinking we might get the first grapes ever from them. Blueberries are abundant if they’ll just stay that way till they ripen. Most of our bushes are late bearing blueberries and there are so many things that can happen to them between now and August-think drought, hail, and birds.

All of my Sow ¬†True Seed Cucumber Reporting @ Large plants are up. I haven’t seen any runners yet, but it won’t be long.

Our Sow True Seed Greasy Beans along with Kenneth Roper’s Nantahala Beans are looking beautiful! So lush and green and it seems like they grow an inch every night.

Young prince or younce bean heirloom bean in appalachia
The Yonce Beans are keeping up with the other beans…and appear to be about to pass them up in growth.

We only have one row of corn-we planted Sow True Seed’s Trucker’s Favorite White. Our favorite corn is Silver Queen but since we didn’t plant Pap’s big garden again this year, we didn’t plant any Silver Queen. I’m hoping farmer Tim’s corn down the road does as good as it usually does and we can buy some from him.

We also have squash and zucchini up and growing but somehow I didn’t manage to get a photo of them.

Granny’s garden is coming along about like ours, except for her beans. They’re behind ours since peter rabbit and his friends ate the first ones we planted.

The cabbage Pap and Chitter planted is doing good. Only a few bugs on 2 of them so far, and taking a cue from Pap I used the 7 dust he’d left on the porch to take care of them.

Please tell me how your garden is doing.



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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    June 3, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Everything looks so beautiful. Chitter’s herbs are looking great.
    I have a feeling Pap’s watching over it all with a smile.
    Prayers everyone has a safe and blessed weekend.
    God bless.

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    anita griffith
    June 3, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I’m not growing a garden,I’m growing varmits.I’m going to have a time with groundhogs, rabbits, coons,and deer.
    I don’t believe the young people nowdays hunt like I did growing up.My grandkids think those cute fuzzy critters are wonderful.

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    Ed Ammons
    June 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    My garden lays fallow this year. My health and the weather didn’t get together long enough for me to get one in. Maybe next year!
    The rocks in your garden reminded me to ask you about the fire pit The Deer Hunter built a few years ago. I don’t remember you saying how it turned out. The reason the rocks reminded me is because my garden looked like that when I first dug it up. I couldn’t deal with them hanging up in the tiller or making it jerk a crick in my neck. I decided to pick up all I could. I began by throwing them over on my neighbor’s land. Then I thought “I’m giving away my property even tho it be a nuisance!”
    After pondering it for a while, I decided to dig a pit and fill it up. I started with a shovel and finished up with post hole diggers. I dug a hole about three feet across and five feet deep. I have been throwing rocks (and pieces of shattered cinder blocks, scraps of metal and glass, etc. No wood or trash) in it for about three years now and it has about a foot and a half to go to be full. I keep it covered with a turtle sandbox we had for our oldest grandson when he was little.
    When is is full I plan to get an big old truck or tractor wheel and make a fire ring. I will use some of the bigger rocks that I have been saving back to cement in place around the outside. Ashes can fall in and fill up the voids between rocks for a long time before it gets full and even when it gets full I’ll just have to carry the ashes a few steps and throw them on the garden where they should be anyway.
    The only problem is that at the rate I am going I will be 112 before it is finished.

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    June 3, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Everything looks so good in those pictures, especially those cabbage Pap and Chatter planted. Those leaves remind me of Elephant Ears. Thanks for posting…Ken

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    Pam Danner
    June 3, 2016 at 10:55 am

    You garden looks great Tipper, so does granny’s. Our deck top garden is doing great! WE have 6 different tomato plants loaded with blooms and some with tomatoes, but not ready to pick. We have been picking our green onions and our cucumber plants are running wild and have blossoms and baby cucumbers all over it. Our herb plants and mint are just gorgeous and lush!

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    Dee Parks
    June 3, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Tipper, I’m not able to do the large garden anymore but I do a few plants in containers and they are growing well. Yellow squash, tomatoes, bell pepper, and I still have some lettuce growing. If you have problems with rabbits this might help. I put out little marigolds around the sidewalk and the next morning they had been reduced to a stick in the ground by some little rabbit. I picked up some cut hair from my beautician and when I replanted the next day, I sprinkled some hair over the plant. Just a little. Believe it or not the rabbits didn’t bother them again. They don’t like to get hair in their mouth. lol I had tried hot pepper before but it didn’t work. The hair did the trick.

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    June 3, 2016 at 8:56 am

    We had beautiful weather in April, but my brother-in-law decided to wait to plow the garden as this area was expecting more cold weather and possible frost. With only five rain-free days the first three weeks of May, it was around the 23rd before it dried enough to plow. My garden will be late-very late this year.

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    June 3, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Your garden is plum pretty Tipper! We were late planting ours, but so far everything’s coming up and growing. My husband built a sturdy raised bed where we planted squash, cucumbers, a Sugar Baby watermelon plant and a couple of cantaloupes. The corn (Peaches & Cream) is ankle high, Kentucky Wonder pole beans are almost ready to put out runners (I turned an old swing frame into a trellis), Sweet 100s salad tomatoes are growing, along with hubby’s jalapeno plants. I was a little concerned about the other tomato plants…seemed like it took awhile for them to get settled. My mother-in-law always used old car tires as a tomato planter and her tomatoes were huge! So we tried that this year, hope it works for us too.
    My morning glories, moonflowers and sunflowers are ankle high. And my bottle tree has bloomed! lol.

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    Melissa P (misplaced Southerner)
    June 3, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Sigh! That looks so wonderful. If we had any sun on our yard I might try. Of course, we had snow two Sundays ago!

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    Steve in Tn
    June 3, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Nice garden. I am in rolling hills with good topsoil so I enjoyed seeing your rocks. I grew up with rocks in the garden. I have so few now I can pick them up when the tiller turns one up. They don’t hurt a thing and keep the soil from eroding. Problem should be leaving them alone.

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    Ron Stephens
    June 3, 2016 at 7:53 am

    My garden is much like yours, looking like a good year overall. But I’m ahead of you by about 10 days. Cucumbers are climbing but no bloom yet. Potatoes are beginning to fade in the heat and will have died back by July. All three of the bean varities are blooming, as are the tomatoes. I have a few green tomatoes and a pepper or two. I have a good patch of Golden Cross corn about knee high but my Kandy Korn can’t decide to grow. Lots of blackberries also that are beginning to turn red. Also lots of blueberries. My Georgia Sweet onions have done well but are also fading. Sweet potatoes are beginning to vine. Squash not quite ready to bloom but has flower buds.
    I pulled up the early peas this week. But they had done better than ever before. We probably got between 2 and 3 gallons. But they got what I suspect was powdery mildew.
    I dried a dehydrator load of thyme this week. I have a lot of basil coming up that I hope to dry a lot from. But I planted two seed packs of parsley and almost none came up. Can’t figure that. Also dried a dehydrator load of oregano although it is still green in winter and can be used fresh.
    That’s my report from the Mini-Micro Farm.

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    William Dotson
    June 3, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Tipper last evening I saw that I have 2-3 small tomatoes starting to turn red and I think I have a few heads of cabbage about ready
    , everything seems to b growing including the weeds especially the ones that went to seed last year when I spent all of August in the hospital.

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    June 3, 2016 at 7:47 am

    The garden does look good. Our biggest varmints are rabbits and coons, in my younger days I used to hunt both, maybe their way of getting back at me…

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    Miss Cindy
    June 3, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Tip your gardens are looking very good. I love the promise of the young healthy plants! This is such a wonderful time of year, so filled with promise.

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