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How does your garden grow?  My tomatoes plants have stopped producing.  I do have some salad tomatoes still growing but growing slowly.  My cucumbers produced but with an odd shape.  More short and round compared to long and tout.  Bell pepper plant was doing fantastic when we were getting all the afternoon rains, now nothing...

Jul 31, 2012 - 01:36 pm
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I planted some giant pumpkins.  They got full sun, rain every day, or I would water them.  They are all dead!  My basil, oregano, parsley, peppers, marigolds (to keep the bugs away) are all doing fine.  Just my pumpkins are dead.



Jul 31, 2012 - 01:37 pm
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Oh and my squash never produced.  I didn't see a lot of bees either but then again, we planted late this year.

Jul 31, 2012 - 01:37 pm
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I planted some giant pumpkins.  They got full sun, rain every day, or I would water them.  They are all dead!  My basil, oregano, parsley, peppers, marigolds (to keep the bugs away) are all doing fine.  Just my pumpkins are dead.




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Jul 31, 2012 - 01:40 pm
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More short and round compared to long and tout....



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Sorry, I had to do it


Jul 31, 2012 - 01:42 pm
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� More short and round compared to long and tout....
@ShineyApples: TWSS Sorry, I had to do it


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I knew it was coming as soon as I typed it. 

Jul 31, 2012 - 01:43 pm
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My tomatoes and cucumbers did really well this year. A few tomatoes were lost to the birds. I had some many cucumbers I had to give a decent amount away. They both stopped producing by 1st week in July.
My bell peppers did real well and my herbs too. Though my Basil was slow growing. The herbs are still good now except my green onions. Bell peppers are still producing but they are tiny.

Not sure what my secret is. I have raised beds, use rich organic soil mixes, fertilize once a month with organic fertilizer and keep the soil moist.
My dad was a great gardener, maybe it's genetic.

Jul 31, 2012 - 01:53 pm
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My tomatoes and cucumbers did really well this year. A few tomatoes were lost to the birds. I had some many cucumbers I had to give a decent amount away. They both stopped producing by 1st week in July. My bell peppers did real well and my herbs too. Though my Basil was slow growing. The herbs are still good now except my green onions. Bell peppers are still producing but they are tiny. Not sure what my secret is. I have raised beds, use rich organic soil mixes, fertilize once a month with organic fertilizer and keep the soil moist. My dad was a great gardener, maybe it's genetic.


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That's great to hear.  It was hit and miss with my garden this year.  I had too many things going on.  My soil was rich and trimmed.  I had no problems growing the plants, just not a lot of veggies.    Guess they missed my pep talks in the evening.

Jul 31, 2012 - 01:55 pm
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My tomatoes and cucumbers did really well this year. A few tomatoes were lost to the birds. I had some many cucumbers I had to give a decent amount away. They both stopped producing by 1st week in July. My bell peppers did real well and my herbs too. Though my Basil was slow growing. The herbs are still good now except my green onions. Bell peppers are still producing but they are tiny. Not sure what my secret is. I have raised beds, use rich organic soil mixes, fertilize once a month with organic fertilizer and keep the soil moist. My dad was a great gardener, maybe it's genetic.


@N+T:

That's great to hear.  It was hit and miss with my garden this year.  I had too many things going on.  My soil was rich and trimmed.  I had no problems growing the plants, just not a lot of veggies.    Guess they missed my pep talks in the evening.


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If I started to notice a slow down in growth I would add some granular fertilizer. I was lucky this year I didnt have any major pest or disease problems. Last year I had aphids and squash Beatles that really tore up my tomatoes plants and ruined my squash and zucchini. And i had issues with my pepper plants having leaf miners. And I tried watermelon and cantaloupe and carrots without success.

Jul 31, 2012 - 02:03 pm
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@shineyapples. Are u going to grow a fall garden?

Last year I did cabbage, Swiss chard, broccoli and cauliflower. This year I don't think I am doing one with the baby coming at the end of August. I just don't think I will have enough energy for it.
I am going to miss the broccoli and cauliflower. And I wanted to try carrots and potatoes but it will have to wait till next fall. I plan to start teaching my daughter how to garden early.

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The heat affects some plants, like peppers and tomatoes as a couple examples where the flowers fail to form fruit.

Tomato plants prefer a growing environment where the daytime temperature reaches at least 75 degrees F and evening temperatures don't drop below 50 degrees F. However, daytime temperatures consistently above 90 degrees F and evening temperatures that stay above 75 degrees F are considered excessive heat and are detrimental to tomato plants and growing fruit.

For peppers it depends on the varity, as an example;
For regions that have temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the NuMex pepper thrives.
But it was developed for those temps.
others, not over 90.

I am sure there other plants with the same heat limitations.

Jul 31, 2012 - 02:13 pm
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@FoFa, any idea what killed my pumpkins?  Maybe I planted them too early?



Jul 31, 2012 - 02:57 pm
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@FoFa, any idea what killed my pumpkins?  Maybe I planted them too early?




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In the past, usually a squash borer (goes by other names) where it bores into the base of the vine at the ground and kills it.

Jul 31, 2012 - 03:33 pm
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Well I am getting more seeds tomorrow and planting again.  Then that borer best hope I don't find him.

Jul 31, 2012 - 05:46 pm
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Mine grows wonderfully

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Jul 31, 2012 - 06:05 pm
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