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Old 06-07-2011, 11:05 PM   #181
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Thanks for the great ideas. I plan to replant some of the colder weather plants in mid-August!

Tonight we assembled some tomato towers and watered. With the very warm weather, the plants were starting to droop when I have just missed one day of watering!

I work late tomorrow or I would be running to water again. Poor little plants!

Container gardening: I've never been able to make it happen. Houseplants die on me too. :/
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:49 AM   #182
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Thanks for the great ideas. I plan to replant some of the colder weather plants in mid-August!

Tonight we assembled some tomato towers and watered. With the very warm weather, the plants were starting to droop when I have just missed one day of watering!

I work late tomorrow or I would be running to water again. Poor little plants!
Are you mulching around the plants? If you add a layer or straw or even newspaper and grass clippings, that will help hold in the moisture and keep the root cooler and the temperature more stable.
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:10 AM   #183
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If my tomatoes were in a planter container I'd change the soil so I could fertilize and nourish the plants.
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My pot is one of those big black plastic tubs that was left over from a root-balled tree. It holds a lot of dirt, so I was hoping not to have to buy bags of soil (there's nothing but sand in the yard) to replace it all; but I have to ask myself why waste the time & energy of replanting if I don't do it right. Thanks for the nudge, kadesma.

If I rinse the tub with a weak bleach solution is that sufficient to do a number on the little soil gremlins?
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Old 06-08-2011, 11:50 AM   #184
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Are you mulching around the plants? If you add a layer or straw or even newspaper and grass clippings, that will help hold in the moisture and keep the root cooler and the temperature more stable.
Okay, I understand now why I can't grow anything successfully. It takes more than planting and watering when I remember...
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:02 PM   #185
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Are you mulching around the plants? If you add a layer or straw or even newspaper and grass clippings, that will help hold in the moisture and keep the root cooler and the temperature more stable.

That is what I do. This is last year's garden, cause I haven't gotten around to taking photos this year.







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Old 06-08-2011, 12:45 PM   #186
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CW, I'm pretty sure there was a kohlerabi slaw recipe on here somewhere that sounded pretty good. We usually just eat them raw in sticks.

The rest of the gardens have--garlic, 6 kinds of tomatoes, 4 kinds of peppers, kohlerabi, beets, turnips, cucumbers, 2 kinds of squash, canteloupe, eggplanta and around 10 herbs, and probably more I've forgotten already.

I grilled the kohlrabi from the garden, little olive oil and kosher salt on it. Not bad, but I think I like them raw better.
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:00 PM   #187
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When my parents lived at the Lake (Lake of the Woods), one of their dear friends had a very nice garden. I would go to the Lake for the month of August. This friend of theirs grew kohlrabi. We'd go there for cocktails (I loved their misson oak furniture), but I also loved the thin slices of kohlrabi with salt, pepper, and EVOO. I introduced my DH to kohlrabi--my fav is purple, but I can't seem to distinquish a difference between the green and the purple. A much under-apperciated veggie here in N.A. When I eat it, I am always reminded of Pete (he died of a heart attack in the early '90s, way too young) and "August" at the lake. Maybe that's why I like raw kohlrabi. It reminds me of a dear friend and simpler times.
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My pot is one of those big black plastic tubs that was left over from a root-balled tree. It holds a lot of dirt, so I was hoping not to have to buy bags of soil (there's nothing but sand in the yard) to replace it all; but I have to ask myself why waste the time & energy of replanting if I don't do it right. Thanks for the nudge, kadesma.

If I rinse the tub with a weak bleach solution is that sufficient to do a number on the little soil gremlins?
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I grilled the kohlrabi from the garden, little olive oil and kosher salt on it. Not bad, but I think I like them raw better.
I'll try some new things with kohlrabi......this year. What I like best about them is the texture. They are crispy crunchy moist, almost like water chestnuts.
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:35 PM   #190
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Hmm. Nematodes, huh? This bears researching with the locals hereabouts -- it would probably be smart to inquire at the county extension office.

Thanks, all.
Dear tinlizzie,

It is always smart to talk to your your county Extension office!! We even know about stuff other than gardening/canning!

Yours sincerely,

Sparrow, Extension Specialist since 2001

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