Appalachia Gardening

Planting By The Signs For June 2011

Can you believe June starts tomorrow? I can hardly believe we’re beginning the 6th month of 2011. Both of our gardens are growing fairly well. We haven’t had much rain-and I know some of you have had too much-makes me wish we could make a trade.

Both my good day and bad day cucumber seeds are up. The bad day sprouted almost 3 days before the good-even though they were planted later. The only participant I’ve heard from is Barbara-and her good day seeds sprouted first.

Our radishes are gone (except the ones I have hidden in the frig) and the asparagus is finished too. We’re still eating lettuce, onions, and mushrooms straight from the garden . In the next week or so we should have cabbage and beets. It’s still a while away but I’m dreaming of corn and tomatoes fresh from the garden. I guess that’s one good thing about time flying-before I know it I’ll have a visit from the Silver Queen.

Eating from the garden at your house?



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    June 7, 2011 at 6:27 am

    It has been so wet here that I’m really behind in my planting.
    I do have lettuces and radishes on their way, and a few peas, but I still have to plant the main beds.
    BTW Tipper, I have passed on the Stylish Blogger Award to you. Hope you accept 🙂

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    June 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I think Grandma believed in planting by the signs; as for us, well, we just plant whenever we can! We had so much rain the corn and peas were planted a little later than usual. We had radishes and mustard greens earlier, and will soon have cabbage. I’ll be making beet pickles later; my granddaughter requested these, so I’ve got to come through for her. Charlotte

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    David Templeton
    June 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Tipper, you sent us some “Touch-me-not” seeds last year and the seed fell to the ground in the autumn. I planted the cucumber seeds (you sent me for this year’s study) on the optimum days for “Good vs. Bad” day testing. My garden was under water a lot back then so I had to plant the cuke seeds at the upper end as it began dry first. That’s where the “Touch-me-not” seeds fell and they sprouted at the same time the cuke seeds did and the seedlings look so much alike that I can’t tell which is which yet but I believe the “good day” cukes came up on schedule and the “bad day” cukes are lagging well behind the “Goods”
    Anyway, the cukes were planted “by the signs” and I’ll report as the study continues.
    The other end of the garden is full of yellow crookneck squash which volunteered from the remains of squash cadavers left on the ground last Fall and tilled under this year.

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    June 1, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Our garden is doing good, figuring we’ve had way too much rain too. 6 inches one week alone. The lettuce have been devoured for at least 3 weeks now, the spinach is almost all harvested, the radish went way too quickly. Onions are good now. Potatoes are tall! But no blooms yet. All 37 tomato plants are lookin’ good, some starting to bloom. And the green beans, gosh he went over board, I think we will have enough to supply the whole county.
    Now I can hardly wait like you for the tomatoes! Bring on the bacon!
    HAppy Harvesting!

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    June 1, 2011 at 6:28 am

    No, I can’t believe it’s JUNE!!!!!
    I am hoping for peppers and tomatoes soon. It’s the only thing I am growing this year besides herbs.
    It’s always so refreshing to come by and say HI to you and your blog… love it!

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    May 31, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Not a thing from the garden in West Virginia yet. Radishes are up, but will be a couple more weeks. Cucumbers are running, but hubby started them inside when the weather was still bad and he was bored.

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    B. Ruth
    May 31, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Tipper, I sent you an email on the the day we planted our seed and on the Thursday the 26th of May this one..I have been having a little problem with my computer mail soooo….another one sent…
    Day before yesterday my husband said that three of the cucumbers planted on the bad day were up….and only two of the good day cucumbers were up planted on the 16th….the bad day was planted later a few days later….figures….
    Later, I will send you….a picture of our global buckets….I wanted to do it today but it is storming here again….
    Last night I sent pictures of our global buckets and cucumbers in the buckets…
    I had a feeling that those emails didn’t get thru….We need rain here in our area of E.Tenn. bad…
    I got lost today…I will try to send you another email….
    Thanks Tipper, B. Ruth

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    May 31, 2011 at 11:05 am

    My good day seeds came up and a few days later the bad day seeds were up. My bad day plants look a whole lot better than the good day plants, I guess time will tell when the cukes start making which plants will have a better yield.

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    May 31, 2011 at 10:38 am

    We are like Vera hoping to plant this weekend. I was able to plant flowers in the flower beds but that is it. So good to have the fresh vegetables -enjoy!

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    May 31, 2011 at 10:18 am

    My good days came up first for sure but both appear to be doing just fine. We have been wet for sure but it doesn’t seem to have been a big problem really…

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    Ed Myers
    May 31, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Well, I can’t say I plant by the signs, other than those that say I have enough time to plant.
    Corn and beans: sprouting. Watermelons, the same. I have planted a number of Asian vegetables which seem well adapted to our clime. Of these, Komatsuna, a Japanese mustard that’s like a mild spinach is thriving. The snow peas are without snow, but on their way to the table. Elsewhere, Mirai corn, purportedly the sweetest in the world, is sprouting, but may not survive the depredations of deer and a growing ground hog population. Beets are almost ready. Endame soy beans on the way. Jicama fell short (I thought I might get a jump on its extended growing season, but, no). Tomatillos still alive. Chinese Kale or Chinese brocolli on its way (I recommend these quite a lot for oyster sauce/garlic stir fries…a deep green flavor). And, the variou Pak Choi and relatives are likely to survive, if with the tiny flea beetles holes that seem to appear on all greens that have not been treated.
    The biggest treat is yet to come: mountain figs. For those who might be interested in an in-ground or container fig tree, try Wildcat Ridge Farms in Clyde where Chef Ricardo (nearly famous from his pasta sauces available from Earth Fare and Fresh Market) piddles away in his creations of many varieties on a breathtaking bannk of the Little Pigeon.

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    May 31, 2011 at 9:25 am

    My late Mother-in-Law, Connie, was from the northwest. She always claimed that yellow corn was for the people and white corn was for the critters, but I have never found anything to equal Silver Queen!

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    Don Casada
    May 31, 2011 at 9:21 am

    We’re putting up a third run of my favorite spring crop, mustard greens, this morning. I’ve been eating them for over a month, and am not a bit tired of them yet.
    Glad I was out early to do the picking and will be finished with the cooking while it’s not too awful hot to be pulling fresh air through the house. It looks like it’s going to be miserably hot here in western NC all this week.
    Jim’s got a big mess of kale, spinach, and lettuce harvesting to do when he gets up here this weekend. Onions and new potatoes have made.

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    May 31, 2011 at 9:14 am

    We have planted our garden but our season to plant doesn’t start till later in May for out area. I do have sprouts of carrots, peppers, green beans, lettuce, potatoes and onions. Our dent or sweet corn, tomatoes, cilantro, dill, sunflowers, canteloupe, pumpkin and watermelon have not sprouted as of yet… but soon I’m sure.
    So great you’ve been able to eat from your garden already.

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    May 31, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Yes, I wishe we could have made a trade too. The rain ended just a few days ago here in Southwestern PA and went immediately to 90 plus degree days. I planted my seeds in the pouring rain and 4 of each seeds up now but I don’t know which ones sprouted first for I wasn’t monitoring the garden because of all the rain. I was just hoping that they wouldn’t all be washed away or possibly float somewhere else but that didn’t happen. I’m looking forward to some tasty cucs & pickles.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 31, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Interesting juxtaposition….yesterday death, loss and grief….today new life, growth and hope!
    I guess that’s what you call life, isn’t it Tipper!

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    May 31, 2011 at 7:38 am

    My seeds were up in three days of planting. But only two of the good day seeds sprouted. All five of the bad day seeds sprouted. Two of them were up within three days, the other two took over a week to sprout. They are all growing nicely so far.
    We are not eating anything from the garden yet and my mouth is watering just thinking about those fresh cucumbers and tomatoes.

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    Vera Guthrie
    May 31, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Hopefully we will get to plant this weekend. It’s been so wet here we haven’t gotten a thing in the ground! All we have is what I planted in containers.

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    May 31, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Oh, I’m so jealous! I wish I had a garden where I’d grow all sorts of vegetables. The only edible plants I grow on the veranda are parsley, mint and basil. My mum has fruit trees in her garden such as orange, tangerine and lemon trees. Now they’re blooming. The fruit will be ripe in mid-November and mum always gives us some.

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