Appalachia Gardening

Planting By The Signs July 2012

Planting by the signs for july 2012

I was planning on planting a few more squash and cucumbers during the month of July-but with the dry hot heat we’ve had over the last week I’m not sure if I will or not. Then again if we don’t get some rain soon everything we’ve got will be burnt up-so I may be forced to give a late planting a try anyway.

Yesterday’s high in Brasstown-104.4.

How about you-are you done planting for this summer?


**UPDATE-I got rain on and off all last night and its still raining this morning-I hope you got some at your place too!


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    July 28, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I planted more cucumbers this month. The heat has really taken a toll on my garden. Well, that and the fact that I’m not here to keep it watered.***sigh***

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    Katy Ravensong
    July 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Our tomato vines are partially cooked. We’ve been having to water them. We had 107 three days in a row here and then it was cooler yesterday and today. Benton (TN) isn’t that far from Brasstown. If you ever get over this way, give me a holler!

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    July 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

    This has been a difficult planting season for me…either days and days of rain, or very hot and humid. I confess, those h&h days are when farm stands seem like a very fine idea to me!
    I did get out and plant both vegetables and flowers on a day in between the rainy spells, but not one seed has come up that I’ve discovered! I think the seed must have rotted…or maybe they were even washed downslope in the rainy days that followed?
    Kind of disappointing, and I’ve been no help at ALL in the planting by the moon project…sorry, Tipper!

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    Madge @ The View From Right Here
    July 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Hope you weren’t affected by that wicked storm that hit and took out power…

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    July 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    We got rain this weekend after being a million degrees but we are still without power. Not that it means a thing to the garden. Anyhow, It was a hard rain so whether it was a benefit is still unclear

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    July 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Thank goodness we haven’t been quite as hot as that! We’ve had a few of weeks in the 90’s every day, which is pretty hot for Ohio in June. We were suffering drought conditions before the heat wave, my garden is not amused! Even though it’s small enough to water every day, tap water just isn’t the same as rain. We got just the teeniest splatter of rain last night, I doubt if it was measurable.
    I will plant more green beans when the current ones are exhausted, pray for rain and hope for the best!
    I sure hope your garden doesn’t burn up!

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    David Templeton
    July 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Thunderstorms have interrupted my planting and kept me out of the garden. I do plan to plant squash, late corn, turnip greens and three varieties of dry beans (Cranberry, October and Navy); all heirloom seeds.
    The weeds shot up all over my garden with the rains. Oh, well.

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    dolores barton
    July 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    No, no late planting for me this year. I was fascinated to see that my one strawberry plant is forming a few strawberries. I will have to hide it from the deer. Also, my green pepper plants are growing but I don’t see any signs of flowers forming so something can grow. Happy late planting. We had a bit of rain last night here in Caldwell County, NC.

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    Ed Ammons
    July 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Karen-Let the chickens have the garden then eat the chickens.
    B.Ruth-Fleas, ticks and snakes are cold blooded critters and thrive in hot weather. Up to about 120. I think we are out of luck there.
    I got 14 ticks off me this spring but it suddenly stopped. Hadn’t had a problem in previous years. Don’t know why they started or why they stopped

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    July 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    We got a half to 3/4″ of rain last
    night as well, hardly any wind, but lots of thunder and lightning.
    I was afraid it’d blow down my corn, that didn’t happen…yet!
    Glad you got rain in Brasstown.
    I wish these beautiful tomatoes
    would turn some color…I’m ready.
    Thanks for sharing such strong
    maders with me, they’re all
    mounted on my tomato stakes this
    year and looking great…Ken

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    Karen Larsen
    July 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Not that hot here in south central PA– thank goodness!! I don’t do heat. Our garden is OK, but we’re not diligent about it. The chickens eat most of what we do grow.

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    July 2, 2012 at 9:51 am

    The storm destroyed my beautiful tomatos that I have been taking care of like they were infants. I am sure by next year I will change my mind but for now I think I will leave gardening to the professionals.

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    B. ruth
    July 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Too hot here to plant…It would be like dropping the seeds in a hot frying pan..and I believe they would cook..good day or bad??The good day would turn into a bad day for the seeds, I fear!
    Thought to ponder! Do the ticks, fleas and other noxious critters die in the extreme heat waves and drought of the summer, like they are supposed to do in the extreme cold fronts, freezes and blizzards of the winter?
    That could be a blessing, don’t you think?
    Thanks Tipper, we got a little rain last night…need much more..but shore hate the hard storms…

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    July 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    We had lots of thunder, lightening and rain last night, but it was a nice steady rain, not a downpour. Haven’t been to the garden yet, but confident things are still standing tall, happy with the rain:) Our temps also have peaked about 96 or so not into the triple digits…hope you are able to stay cool:)

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    July 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

    As the meteorologist interrupted Sunday night TV with weather watches and warnings, I spent an hour closing windows and doors on outside buildings, trucks and campers that hadn’t been closed for a while. Some areas 20 minutes down the road had flash flood warnings. This area must be the only place within a hundred miles that didn’t get even a sprinkle. All the tubs, buckets and barrels I placed under downspouts are bone dry this morning. Expecting triple digits again today. My poor garden is looking hopeless.

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    July 2, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Hi Tipper!
    Had a great rain here in North Georgia! 🙂 The Father came through in answer to my persistent prayers last night. Going to go pick up some peaches today at the market and start canning. Looks as though we can plant a late crop. I am going to try and grow some late season rattlesnake beans next weekend – my favorite kind of green bean!!!

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    Leo at Cottage at the Crossroads
    July 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

    We had the winds yesterday, but very little rain. The winds blew over some tomato cages and uprooted about
    3 huge plants. Oh well. We have plenty of plants left. Be thankful for what we have.

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    Pat in east TN
    July 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

    A record setting 100 here yesterday and my poor garden is burning up. Severe storms moved in around midnight giving us a scary night with strong winds and constant lightening for over 90 minutes … Yikes! … But we did get almost 1″ of rain, and that’s a good thing. My corn is blown over and other plants are every which way, but fingers are crossed that they will come around.

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    Mrs. V
    July 2, 2012 at 8:07 am

    We’re over in Burke; 108 on the deck yesterday & a blessed 1 & 3/5ths” of rain in a scary storm last night. I’ve pulled up the garlic, onions & beets so I’ll dedicate a square to trying out these signs.

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    Bill Dotson
    July 2, 2012 at 7:41 am

    We have gotten rain Friday-Saturday and Sunday, 0.2 in. Friday and 0.2 in. Saturday, haven’t checked to see what we got last night though at least haven’t had to water for last three days, looks about time to make some kraut and can some cabbage plus do something with some zucchini, wife is going to try making some chocolate zucchini bread,

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    Mary Shipman
    July 2, 2012 at 7:28 am

    No rain here, although 10 miles down the road they got a quick shower night, not near enough to help.
    Hubby is watering what is left of the garden. The deer found it! Wreaked havoc with the corn, brocolli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.
    If it means the three fawns we have been seeing regularly with their mothers will survive, I will share the garden with them!

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    Ed Ammons
    July 2, 2012 at 7:22 am

    The new calendar is great. I printed it off. It’s in black and white but I’ve got crayons.

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    Miss Cindy
    July 2, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Unseasonably hot here in Black Mountain but not into triple digits….about 96 for the high. Rained quite a bit during the night and thunder. Actually it’s still raining some and a lovely 60 degrees.
    Hope you got rested from your trip to Cashiers before going back to work today.

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    Ed Ammons
    July 2, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I got a storm here yesterday with hail and wind. My little garden took beating but it looks like most everything will survive. We got a little more rain last night so maybe the hot dry spell is over, for now.
    I’ve only got two squarsh plants but it’s enough for us to eat on plus I’m drying some. I don’t have room to plant anything else until what I’ve got dies back. I am gonna try turnips and cabbage, but that’s a ways off.
    The weather map looked like you may have gotten some rain too. No bad storms I hope.
    I think Granny got it right!
    Yes, I said Squarsh.

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