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I can't grow blood oranges where I live, but perhaps with global warming it's a matter of time. Right now I just cleaned out the last of the lettuce I planted in September. The parsley still looks good. I have planted this year's lettuce, beets, carrots, rapini, swiss chard, arugula and more lettuce. Eggplants tomatoes and peppers are just barely getting started inside. My husband insisted on planting fava beans last weekend but I think he is wildly overoptimistic.

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Blood oranges are some of my faves too! Mine are Moro and are deep raspberry colored all the way through. This was a bad yr for citrus here in Phoenix so I don't have very many blood oranges - but what I do have are pretty darn tasty!

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Oh, I love blood oranges!!! I wish I lived in citrus-growing country. I just ate some blood oranges this morning.

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blood oranges and tangelos!

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I have broccoli, lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, and even bell peppers. I just put in a second round of broccoli and cauliflower too.

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2/9/12 12:46 P

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mmmmm peas!

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Wallowing in a bounty of sugar snap peas!!! YUMMMMM!

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The beets are still hanging in there!

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Nothing but ice cubes in my garden. It will be another 3 months before I can even start working outside.

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I have Collard, Mustard and Turnip Greens in the garden today

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My husband just informed me we still have brussel sprouts. I had no idea. He made a comment that he didn't know if they survived these frigid temps and snow. Hmmm.... Maybe he should go look?? I thought the garden was done already and nothing was left.

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It's under a blanket of snow.

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Picked a small head of cabbage yesterday, and noticed that the cauliflower has pretty much all frozen and turned brown, but there are two or three that might make it with some frost protection.

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When it came time to close up the community garden, I moved about a hundred beet plants to our garden at home. (I had seeded in late August for a second crop). Most of them were pretty small, but they are still alive and doing well almost 2 months later. It has been getting down to the 20's at night here, but we covered the rows with plastic sheeting and they seem to be surviving. Does anybody know if they will continue to grow? Most of them are really too small to harvest.

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I ate some of the lettuce I am growing inside in my salad. I am growing lettuce, spinach, grape tomatoes and regular tomatoes in my garage, Have a happy, healthy day.

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Zone 5 here and I was cleaning out some of my old dead things yesterday and discovered some green onions I had forgotten I planted late. Added them to a salad for dinner. Yum!

Also have been rooting some basil and planted it for my kitchen window for the winter..... emoticon

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In spite of several frosts, my calibrachoa is still blooming! I didn't expect it to survive the cold. It isn't as pretty as it was during the summer but it is still nice to see some blossoms. One of the red Gruttendorst roses still has blossoms as well.

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November and the Cosmos are still blooming in the garden despite an extremely unusual snow in NJ! A few of the impatience, on my balcony, are making their last stand.
A tuberous begonia that was magnificent last summer, is rooting in my kitchen, contrary to the advice that I wouldn't have much luck.
I have saved echinacea, rudbeckia and zinnia seeds for next years garden. Wish I lived in a gentler zone where things last longer & start earlier. This is my last visit til next March. Catalogues will have to do as I am in zone 5.
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Wow, that's awesome! We didn't get a garden in this year. I had wanted to start a fall/winter garden, but I'm afraid that it might be too late now. I may try anyway if I get a few free minutes this weekend or Monday. We already had one light frost though, so not sure it'd work very well.

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I just picked the last bell pepper but there are blossoms on the plant but that won't work since it is going to be 33 tonight. I have lettuce, tomato and spinach plants already growing and just put pepper seeds in a pot. I am going to grow food in my garage this winter because I have lights and heat plus getting a lean too put up so that will be good. I can already pick the leaf lettuce and the tomatoes are about a foot and half high. Even have 3 grape tomatoes growing which makes me happy. Have fun growing your food.

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I harvested the last of the herbs and dehydrated them - thyme, sage, basil, mint and oregano.
Dug up quite a few beets at our communityh garden plot and replanted them here at home - hope they make it. I'll go back today and harvest the beet greens of another row of immature beets. We have a "no beet left behind" policy here! Also got quite a bit of kale and have chopped that ind stuck it in the freezer for soups and stir fry.

That's it for the community garden for the year; it closes this weekend. All in all, it was a very productive year for us - we are set for the winter.

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All I have left is some parsley and a half row of carrots. There is a dusting of snow on the ground so it will be some time before I can get out in the garden again. I rescued a pot of rosemary, orange mint and stevia and will try to keep them alive this winter. I can't wait for the seed catalogs to arrive!

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My swiss chard has re-seeded itself so wonderfully! I gave it some VF11, because I plan to eat a lot of it these next couple of months.
I want to plant some carrots. They are such fun. I have the ground all ready, because I dug potatoes from there.

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My parsley is healthier now than it has been all year! Go figure..... emoticon

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We have to be out of our community garden plot this weekend, so today I'm going to dig up all the beets (second crop, planted about 5-6 weeks ago) and replant them here at home. They won't all make it, but hopefully most will. Just can't stand to abandon them after their valiant efforts to grow for me!

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Yesterday I dug a 5 gallon bucket of potatoes. The only thing left in my garden is a half row of carrots, some parsley, a cabbage and a few broccoli plants that are still producing a few tiny side shoots.

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My garden is just about DONE! In central Iowa we are actually having some very warm fall weather but the frosts have done most veggies in. I do have a few green onions hanging in there and of course, herbs. They are SO hardy....love it! Unfortunately, basil is too tender to survive.



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I only have a few herbs and pepper plants left in my garden.

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Glad you caught him! Hopefully that will put a stop to his thieving ways. I probably wouldn't have handled it with quite as much grace. You're awesome! lol

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Wow,that's pretty bold!!

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Mean people who steal your garden produce are a pain. All my corn was stolen a couple of weeks ago (from our community garden). This week I arrived to dig up the carrots and found a man already there pulling some out. He only stopped when I walked right up to him and asked if he would like a few of our carrots. He stammered that he was only showing his daughter how carrots grew, but he already had a big bunch pulled. At least he had the grace to be embarrassed and apologize.

I ended up getting about 15 lbs of carrots, which now need to be canned/frozen. I was also surprised with a few pounds of tomatoes - pretty unusual with all the rain and cool weather we've had in the NW.

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The deer were nibbling at the leaves on the Brussels Sprouts so I pulled them. I have one large flat Dutch Cabbage left out there and some carrots.

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Harvested more tomatoes and onions yesterday (Iowa)

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The lawnmower man next door stole our strawberries year before last. Every single time we'd get a good batch of them, they'd be gone!! It was always after the woman next door had her lawn mowed. We would gladly share if asked. Really. There is no sense in stealing, regardless of your situation. My daughter had a chicken stolen. The man down the road from her wanted to "borrow a couple of chicks" to eat the roaches in his kitchen. Eww!! Two days later a chick was gone. He probably used the chick for a day or two and then had him for dinner.

She woke up one morning and threw away all her excuses...
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Aw, that's so sad. I hope that's not the case. Maybe ask her if she saw anything? That could open up for an honest conversation, and you could subtly hint that anyone is welcome to help out around the garden if they want a portion and just asked.

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I agree, if someone had asked for some produce, I would gladly have shared. I've seen a woman washing her hair with the hose at our garden, so I suspect the she is either homeless or is living without basic utilities. I have given her some things from our plot, and I would hate to think that it might be her, but my mind keeps going that direction.

I suppose its better than the vandalism inflicted on the community garden last year.



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Ouch! That sucks! Seems like a lot of people are stealing lately. :( We had 30-something chickens before we went on vacation, and we only had 9 upon our return a week and a half later. I strongly suspect human poachers and not wild predators. Especially since we had no losses before our trip, and my husband found a 'camp' spot out on our property with feathers strewn about. How awful can people be? We'd help feed anyone who asked nicely, or better yet, offered to help out around the farm.

I recently had a baby, and I'm afraid I did NOTHING on the farm this year. My health is better and my energy is back, so I'm hoping to get in a late fall garden. I know it's pushing it, but I hope I can get a bit of mesclun, spinach, maybe some carrots, and some garlic planted. Anything else, I might give a shot if it grows fast, whether the weather holds or not. I need to check my seeds. I'm open to suggestions! We're in SE MO, zone 5b, and we're pretty new here, so we're still learning the area/weather patterns.

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What kind of low-life would steal another person's corn?!! rrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Today we're digging up sweet potatoes, and I'll be canning them this afternoon. I'm also dehydrating a bunch of apples today. Our house is going to smell all homey and fall-ish

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I have pulled most of veg. but I am busy working in perennial beds...dividing day lilies ...I never knew they multiply very rapidly...clumps of shasta daisies also need dividing. I am also weeding before I mulch in hope of discouraging spring weeds.
I harvested most of the green tomatoes & am going to try pickling them the same way you do cucumbers...Zinnias are on the way out , early frost has killed Balsam, cosmos flourishing.
I have returned my house plants inside.

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oooooh! I'm steaming! Just got back from our community garden - where I planned to harvest a 20' row of corn . . . and it was gone! Somebody stole the entire crop - I got about a dozen small ears, but I checked them carefully last Sunday and there were several dozen nice ears (that were destined for our freezer). The thing is, there are some plots there that have bigger and nicer-looking corn than ours, but they seem to be untouched. grrrrr!

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All I have is a few peppers left. I did get 3 good baskets of sweet potatoes and lost a lot of bigh ones. Pulled the peanuts and they made it too. Never found my onion 30 gone with the rain. So the month of rain took its toll and in other areas they have drought taking its toll hard growing food but love too.

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I still have to harvest quite a few parsnips, carrots, beets and corn from our community garden before it is shut down at the end of October. I will can them, and I expect to get at least 16 pints of each put away.

Yesterday I was talking veggies with an older woman who told me that she freezes her tomatoes, unwashed and whole, in a bag. When she wants them, she just runs them under cold water and the skins just slip off, then she tosses them in stews and soups. Has anybody had any luck freezing tomatoes? I've canned 30 pints each of spaghetti sauce, salsa and tomato soup, and about a dozen jars of diced tomatoes but we are still getting a few tomatoes off the vines.

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I have turned over most of my garden. I still have some peppers and eggplants growing, but expect we will get a frost soon.

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I just got in from tilling up about 2/3 of my garden. I still have some cabbage, broccoli, carrots and Brussels Sprouts growing and will do that last. In the meantime I can keep using them for a few more days.

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Last tomatoes and a few peppers

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Tomatoes, peppers, raspberries, zucchini, onions, and herbs galore! emoticon

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Today I picked a bushel of corn, blanched and froze it. There is still a lot more out there!

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Lots of sun gold tomatoes - still waiting on the big ones to ripen up ( very late planting!)
enjoying patty pan squash, yellow crook neck squash, & swiss chard. One yellow watermelon is coming along nicely, bean seedlings in the ground as well as a giant pumpkin. Oh ya, lots of cucumbers too!!

preparing another box for more goodies!

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We finally are getting corn plus tomatoes and of course zucchini and yellow squash.

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Enjoying cherry tomatoes; the tomatoes are ripening later than ususal this year.

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I kind of wondered if the number of fruit supported on each vine mght have something to do with this. Just hope we get a few to try. This is an experimental year for this "crop". Thanks-

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@GARDENGIRL - probably the hot days are getting to them. Also, vines will only produce a certain amount of fruit. I'm lucky to get 3 per vine. Mostly I get 2. And so I just assume the vine is self selecting for how much it can support.

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Well, my garden has taken a beating. Summer dry as can be and now thunderstorms almost every day and down pours. Lettuce gone but I have put more in to have late. I grow it inside too. Tomatoes where doing good and ripening up but the rain has destroyed them. Only have some peppers and sweet potatoes which I hope will not rot. Will do better next year I hope.

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The lettuce is gone, but we are still eating fresh peas and green beans almost everynight. Our cool NW weather is keeping the tomatoes off the table for now.

The first 6 watermelons which I started indoors and transplanted disappeared overnight.
I started 6 more and transplanted them about 2 months ago. I have a few blossoms, but no fruit starting yet. I've never grown them before - anything I can feed them to speed things up?
I'd like to taste them before we have to yank out the community garden in October.

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