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Re: San Antonio and back home again...

Thanks for the run down on your wonderful trip... However, next time get to San Antonio get to the Alamo. The historical part is very good but you will be in awe of some of those trees. They are just incredible!

Re: Summer is Fading Fast and Fall is in the Air (Not to mention a hurricane!)

Here on the West Coast we have been thinking (and praying) for our friends on the East Coast. It must have been quite an experience.. and the people up north are still going through all this. (Good time to remember the Red Cross, folks.)
Anyway, must contrast our different weathers. Here in northern California's "wine country" we have experienced another non-summer. Brief, intermittant summer days between long periods of mostly below normal temperatures. Where I live the sun barely makes a showing until somewhere between 10 a.m. and noon. The tomatoes are finally coming on. We have been waiting so long for them I have almost resolved to not grow them next year. My eggplants are just now starting to bloom.
As you finish summer we are just starting. Amazing how different our climates can be.

Re: QUESTION: My tomato plant is not producing fruit

On the other hand if you live in the Sonoma County,CA area it has not been warm enough to get anything to maturity. One, small variety, tomato so far.
Luther Burbank thought this was the ideal place to grow anything. If he had first come this summer, or last, I don't think he would have stayed.
But do prune those plants back.

Re: QUESTION: Bitter Cucumbers

There is another way to help. I know this is probably an old wives tale, but I am an old wife, what can I say.
My grandmother taught me to cut off the end of the cuke, about half an inch and then scrub the two cut ends together. It does seem to help. When the cut sides are scrubbed together a thick substance forms. Wash that off and see how the cuke tastes.
OK, logic doesn't work here. The substance that comes out of the end of the cuke could not be from the entire length of the cuke. But this works for me, though I admit I have never had a terribly bitter cuke, just some too bitter for my taste.

Re: Interplanting Crops in the Vegetable Garden

"Carrots are the turtles of the garden world and, just about the time that they're ready to harvest, the carrots' sleepy little greens are ready to be thinned out"

A well written, colorful sentence. Could you please explain what you meant by that. It went right over my head. What sleepy greens? Did you mean the radishes?

Re: Recyled Raised Beds

Now, has anyone any idea what I can do with my in ground pool. Have given up on it for swimming. Too cold, and I don't want to waste the energy to heat it. It is a great sun spot. How to put plants there? Any ideas?

Re: Planting Pricey Produce

Though they never get to $8/lb, I find that green onions/scallions fluctuate in price a lot. They always seem to be at the high end when I need them. Years ago in Hawaii my neighbor taught me to do as Ruth does with leeks. I buy a bunch, cut off 1 inch with root, plug it into a pot I keep near my back door. Up comes a new scallion. Very handy when you just have to have one to shred over the Chinese noodle soup.
This year I am planting them from seed so there will be plenty for grilling.

Re: How to Grow Onions from Seed

I have failed Onions 101 three times now. With this instruction sheet I will try one more time. Wish me luck.

Re: 2010 Tomato Roundup

As a lot of you know, this was a very strange year for summer gardens in parts of California. Where I live it was the 16th coldest year in the last 107.
Of the varieties I grew the KELLOGGS BREAKFAST, when it finally produced, did extremely well. Some of the tomatoes might not have been as large as usual but they were all in the "beefsteak" range in size. Very worth while.
The SAN MARZANO, a roma type, also did well and is still producing. (at this moment we are having summer... it is (90 degrees plus all this week and most of last)
The GREEN ZEBRA, also late, but developed nicely, but perhaps a tad smaller than usual.
The most interesting is the OXHEART. It was not as "gigantic"
as one expects. If left to fully ripen on the vine it became very soft. I had read that tomatoes ripening when the night temperatures were too low would soften. It had never happened to mine before, but I never had summer night temperatures so low. Many mornings the plants woke up to 47 degree temperatures. My solution to the problem was to pick them when they were really red with green shoulders and ripen them on the counter top. Perhaps not as good as we expect from home grown, but passable.
Hear in Northern California is was a year to learn new things.

Re: 2010 Tomato Roundup

The summer in No. California was very strange this year. My tomatoes woke up to 48 degree temperatures more often than not. Sun frequently showed up at noon. The days we had normal warm weather came in 2 to 4 day spurts and then back to cold. In spite of all, my Kellogs Breakfast came through beautifully giving many 8 to 14 ounce meaty tomatoes. It has always been a great tasting tomato, and this year is no exception.

Re: Video: Make a Keyhole Garden

The garden is a great idea, the video is inspirational. I will link it to my blog.
Broken into its parts this is just one more variation on the "lasagna" method which I adapted for my own garden to by-pass all the digging I had been doing. (knee replacement) The method is great and they have added even more elements from which we can all benefit.
I do hope this video benefits them in ways besides their vegetables. Thanks for posting this.