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Mike A

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Were they kept in the dark or given light. that is something I might try with pepper or some forms tomatoes. I could put them under my off grade house.
You could read & watch Boob toob until you drop & still over wintering a plant is simple.



These are dwarf Tamarillo's at 8' covered with flowers & small fruit in October. Just about to get hit by a frost.
Out of 5 trees none made it through winter, except the two I had in 3 gallon buckets they went into the basement.

Like the peppers I cut them back & watered them well for the last time. We set them out in March for the warm days then used fertilizer when they sprouted out.
The 2 Tamarillos are huge today covered with fruit that will ripen this season. You can over winter any perennial plant.
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First bitter melon of the season.
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Suyo long Cuke 18" long & the bitter melon @ 8" .
Made a bitter melon stir-fry last night, with Broccoli, Daikon, Carrot, Shitake, Pink celery, chicken, cukes, winged beans, lesya & poblano peppers
served with Jasmine rice. With a Sauvignon Blanc served at 45 degrees.
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Therm X-70®

OMRI LISTED. Natural wetting agent and Yucca extract surfactant.

If you spray or foliar feed your plants, you need this Spreader sticker.
It even cleans your spray equipment, all made from the yuca plant.



 

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Dwarf Tamarllos we overwintered in pots. The 5 we had inground last season all got flowers in late August
got fruit in late September & got froze before ripening.

These 2 year old's are 7' tall & loaded with fruits. We should get a good harvest this year.

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Done? December 22 the last of the peppers are finally dried & the hot sauces, salsas, & frozen stuffed peppers are all done, & now were ready to start it all over again.

The end of July is a turning point for the fruit & vegetables. From here on everything starts getting ripe & you must can, dry or freeze all the food. God has been very good to us, we seem to know what the plants need & just do it.

Enjoy the pics I'm sure they will be changing real soon. BTW I'm that close to picking the first Brandywine tomato & makin a Mater sandwich with 2 layers of tomato's with .75" mayo & salt dat's it. Oh yea, on your favorite bread I like the O'l ladys whole wheat.








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Oh wow....eatin' good in the neighborhood! (At least at your place :cool: )
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Late summer everything wants attention, & it never stops.
Fall planting time is here, greens, beets, carrots all the things needed to get through winter.

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2024 Grow.
Last season 2 lights with a 4' x 2' grow space.

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This season: 2 more lights & another 4' x 2' grow space.

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Last season our space just got to crowded 2 quick.

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As you can see the peppers stage left are much shorter than the tomato's & tomatillos. This season we will start the Tomato's & tomatillos 2 weeks later. These plants had stems & leaves as good or better than store bought. Never had this kind of growth using those double 8' High output Fluorescent lights we used for far to long.
Just started on Valentines day 2024, 50 pepper plants, many different varieties.
 

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Mike A1: I just planted the seeds that I got from you a while ago into pots. Hopefully with warm temperatures some will sprout and then I will transplant them. Thanks so much for the seeds.
I also got some yuca that is germinating in pots and also have more on order. I have planted some jerusalem artichokes and will be doing others soom
 

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Mike A1: I just planted the seeds that I got from you a while ago into pots. Hopefully with warm temperatures some will sprout and then I will transplant them. Thanks so much for the seeds.
I also got some yuca that is germinating in pots and also have more on order. I have planted some jerusalem artichokes and will be doing others soom
@barnetmill Best of luck with your 24 grow.
Wish I could grow Yuca here I love the taste of it better than Potato's.
 

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How does one prepare Yucca? We have a few that grow wild at the farm in NC Oklahoma. Never knew they were edible.
That is a good question. There are at least two basic varieties. The african forms apparently have a lot more cyanide compounds in them and require a lot more processing. I am hope that cyanide presence will help keep the critters off of them. People talk of sweet form of it.
Can be also called yuca, manioc, Manihot esculenta, or Brazilian arrowroot. There are two types of flour made from it: cassava flour incorporates the whole root, whereas tapioca flour is made up of only the starchy part of the plant.
I am not even sure how much of a crop I will get this year. I am for now just seeing how well it grows for me. If it looks promising, I will need some sort of heated growing space to get them started. They might need 6 wk more than my weather will give them here.
 

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I think I'm going to try to grow some spicy peppers this year. Hopefully keeping away some of the wildlife (snakes) as well -
You have issues with snakes around pepper plants? What attracts them?
I grew them for many years in Oklahoma without any wildlife issues at all. Insects, yes, but nothing in our area likes to eat them but humans apparently.
We had a major issue with copperheads when having a large strawberry patch. Killed 9 of them in about 5 years while that patch was alive, all of them around the strawberries.
I think the low growing plants attracted insects which attracted the snakes.
A blight came through the area killing everyone's strawberries, and our snake issue went away.
 
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