Comments: Frustrated Farmers

Rutabagas are for making Pasties. (cf Pastie Recipes care of Michigan Tech in the far north part of the UP)

Posted by The Thomas at April 25, 2010 11:11 PM

Take a look at my post today about It has Grown. Something your boys will need to look out for those on the tomatos. Along with mildew and mold. There is spray stuff for the mold and mildew. I also suggest they feed them every couple of weeks. With all the rain, not much nutrients stay in the ground here. I love growing vegies even if more wild animals get it than me!

Posted by vwbug at April 26, 2010 05:00 AM

Some of my best memories are of working with my grandmother in her garden, since she always planted a ton of stuff. Corn, peas, tomatoes, watermelon ... Of course, she did all the hard work, so it is easy for me to romanticize about it!

We haven't had a garden in years, largely because we know we will have to fend off creatures if we do plant one. The last one we planted, when we lived in Idaho, was a good one, though we had to plant the peas and corn three times before it took. We found out that a mama pheasant and her babies would visit early in the morning and walk down the rows with the corn and peas, chicks in tow. They ate the shoots.

Posted by PeggyU at April 26, 2010 10:05 AM

For the blueberry bushes - you will want to get some sort of fine netting to put over them or the birds will eat all the berries before they have a chance to mature to the picking stage.

We have 2 blueberry bushes in our yard. Every year they have nice little berries on them and every year those same berries are gone - every last blessed one - before they get near the picking stage. I'm like you - no interest in gardening - so I don't bother to try and net them, but I thought I should let you know so Ringo can look into it.

Oh yeah - Mr. T may like growing green beans too - they are truly excellent fun to grow. They work really well as a potted plant too. I got wild and crazy one year and grew green beans in a pot on the patio of our condo. They were great, but I wasn't too interested in doing it more than once. Heh.

Posted by Teresa at April 26, 2010 12:21 PM

we have quite the garden.

nothing tastes as good as home-grown!

Good luck to your boys.

Posted by wRitErsbLock at April 26, 2010 05:56 PM

The Thomas is quite right!


Posted by Quality Weenie at April 27, 2010 09:20 AM

I plant tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, sweet basil, and lima beans. Growing tomatoes in the South is much different than in the Midwest. I get white flies (there's a spray for that) and yellow leaf rot (I have to add bonemeal to the soil for calcium). Back in St. Louis, all I had to do was plant 'em and stake 'em. And yeah, there ain't nothing like a homegrown tomato.

You're prolly gonna have zucchini and yellow squash coming out your ears. That's why I don't grow them anymore.

Posted by Denny at April 27, 2010 04:36 PM

Our blueberries have survived the birds...we get several 'crops' off them as long as we keep picking them.

Mmm...need to go check on the bush now. Craving some blueberry muffins now.

Posted by Mrs. Who at April 27, 2010 09:04 PM