Appalachia Gardening

Planting By The Signs June 2012

Planting by the signs calendar for june 2012

If you’re not done putting in your garden-June has more than a few good planting days according to the Zodiac Signs.

Good planting signs for june 2012

Our garden is moving right along. Our radishes, spinach, and lettuce are gone-and we picked the last of the sugar snap peas today.

Snails in the garden

Or I should say-me and Chatter picked the last of the sugar snap peas while Chitter collected a herd of snails and had a photo shoot.

Growing golden detroit beets

We’re still eating green onions and beets from the spring garden. This is the first year I’ve tried Golden Detroit Beets-and I like them! They didn’t seem to grow as well as the Detroit Reds-but they are so pretty-like a Georgia peach color. The golden beets don’t seem to taste as strong as the red ones-and I believe they are sweeter as well.

Mountain princess tomato heirloom

Our tomato plants are just beautiful this year. The variety above is Mountain Princess a heirloom variety from West Virginia. Sow True Seed (who is sponsoring my garden this year) said Mountain Princess was a prolific-and early producer. Seeing all the tomatoes hanging on my plants makes me think their description is right on the money. Now I just can’t wait to see if they taste as good as they look.


p.s. Don’t forget: Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit!


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    June 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Your garden haul looks great! I’ve had a time keeping up with the garden this year and it’s a little behind, but I’ll bet it’ll catch up real soon. Atleast I am hoping so!
    I’m a little late but I did say rabbit, rabbit, rabbit on June 1.

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    June 2, 2012 at 7:35 am

    B.-our blackberries aren’t ripe here yet-but I’m keeping a close watch on them : )
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    June 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Those pictures look yummy, well…except for the snails. LOL
    God bless.

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    Suzi Phillips
    June 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit!

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    dolores barton
    June 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I wasn’t going to plant a garden this year, but I broke down today and purchased two sweet bell pepper plants. I have a good spot for them, so they will be planted in the morning. You have encouraged me.

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    B. Ruth
    June 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Speaking of the signs…What sign is it when the husband comes in the house with a double handful of big blackberries??….
    Nope, they are not the tame ones but the wild ones…
    When I was a kid..blackberry pickin’ time was the last week of June. That date was considered kinda early. We for sure picked blackberries on July 4th with a few more prime days to follow..
    I’m not complaining too much cause they taste real good…
    We finally had a good soaker today and all the plants look purty perky….
    Has anybody your way got ripe blackberries??
    PS….one more thang or two….I haven’t seen one June bug yet this year..maybe we’ll get the berries ‘fore the June bugs eat the tops of the berries…
    And we shore don’t need a flashlight to lead us to the back house at night, ’cause we have so many lightning bugs, they lite on you while yore a’walkin!!!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    June 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    How great that you have a good garden. In this part of the world, it is so very dry that things haven’t done well. The sun on my lettuce made it bitter,long before we had eaten very much. I had only 5 English pea plants come up and my green beans are spotty. I wish everyone could have a good summer this year, but it looks like we will have another one that is hot and dry.
    Have a good day!

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    Ed Ammons
    June 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Miss Cindy-I might put them maters between two pieces of light bread with pepper and mayo IF I couldn’t get aholt of a big old cathead biskit to put ’em in.

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    June 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

    The way Chitter lined those snails and the angle she took the photo made them look like Navajo basketry of some sort. Neat!

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    June 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Tipper, It looks like your garden is several weeks ahead of mine. We had a cold snap here in KY that delayed our spring planting. I try to stick with Brandywine and other heirloom tomatoes. Let us know how your Mountain Princess does and maybe we will all be raising them next year.
    Mom always cooked her sugar snap peas just like she did green beans. That’s the way I cook them, too. Most of my friends just add olive oil and microwave or stir fry them. They know how to ruin a good mess of peas!
    Have a great weekend! Ours looks stormy.

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    Bill Burnett
    June 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Ed is correct, a group of snails isn’t a herd but an escargotrie, rout or a walk of snails. However I think his OCD is showing a bit. He must have not slept well last night.

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    June 1, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I’m jealous!! We don’t even have a tomato bloom yet & weren’t able to even get any lettuce planted at all. But everything is up the best stand we’ve ever had so we hope to have lots of beans, peas, etc. eventually.
    Got a very high fence my husband rigged up so the deer can’t get it. One of his friends always kids us about our redneck devices but I say I’ll take the purple hull peas any way we can get them. I have actually dreamed a deer got in–almost a nightmare.

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    Miss Cindy
    June 1, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Beautiful veggies. I like the gold beets too, not quite as strong.
    I know the Deer Hunter is counting the days till those gorgeous maters are ready for a M&M sandwich… know mater and mayo with lots of pepper. I can taste it now!

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    June 1, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Anxious to learn results of the planting by the signs test. I have tried before, but for me, the best time to plant seems to be when the soil and temp is right, and that doesn’t seem to line up with the signs. There is nothing like the accomplishment of growing things and eating them or giving them away.

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    Canned Quilter
    June 1, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Since I am doing some planting today it looks like I am alright by the calendar. Those beets would be great pickled. CQ

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    Mary Shipman
    June 1, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Looking good Tipper!
    The local deer populaation has found my cauliflower and brocolli, so far have not gotten into anything else. I don’t mind sharing, but hope to get a little for myself.
    I guess that is the price we have to pay for feeding them turnips all winter?

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    Uncle Al
    June 1, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Looks a real rocky round-up of snails. Just wondering, are snails herd animals?
    Truly jealous of your garden.

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    June 1, 2012 at 7:21 am

    All those veggies look great! And
    just like mama, seems Chitter has
    an act with the camera. Chatter is
    getting an own’s hand experience
    gathering the Spring bounty, some-
    thing my daughters never got when
    they were mid-teenagers.
    Last night we got a thunderstorm
    but we needed the rain to perk up
    everything in the garden…Ken

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    B. Ruth
    June 1, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Yummmmm, a warm cup of rock bouillon (appetizer), escargot smothered in butter, eaten with that fancy fork, buttered steamed peas and spring onions, roasted beets lightly seasoned and then to top it off, fried, tiny, green tomatoes…
    A meal fit for angels, heaven on earth!…LOL
    I’m kidding, leave off the escargot…
    Your produce looks so good! I am not fond of steamed snails in butter, smothered or not…but did try them once, one time, uno and that’s the onliest time I ever did or ever will….LOL
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Ed Ammons
    June 1, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Escargot with vegetables! Nothing beets that!

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    Ed Ammons
    June 1, 2012 at 5:08 am

    herd of snails

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