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Old August 16, 2016   #61
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No Merediana, you're not mad for planning the enxt year ganz am Gegenteil!

Now is the time to make the initial list and... begin the planning.

This year has been .. quite a let down, so rainy and damp (with some occasional warm / hot periods).. I was glad to notice that the weather had not destroyed all flavor.

Amethyst Cream cherry has been a newcomer for me, a nice novelty cherry with a refreshing tangy flavor. I have several rooted branches growing in various containers, it's a prolific bloomer and fruit setter.
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Old August 16, 2016   #62
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No Merediana, it's not too early to plan for the next year ganz am Gegenteil..!
Lovely photos!

Our summer has been very damp and cold too, thankfully there were some warm periods as well.

I did enjoy the first Amethyst Cream cherries, it's a nice novelty variety with refreshing tangy flavor. Several rooted branches grow in various containers around my balcony, it's a prolific bloomer and fruit setter.
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Old August 16, 2016   #63
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Sorry, double posts..

Just to add that spider mites seemed to love my eggplants so much that I have given up ever growing my own .. The little terrorists made my lovely plant all yellow in a few days.. and no spraying helped. (that was two years ago)

The same goes for ground cherries and tomatillos, they were a spider mite magnet! But I won't give up on them yet - I will be better prepared. Neudorff's organic spray didn't help... But there is one spray that I found effective, it is officially meant for indoor houseplants.. still, it is not toxic to humans and other mammals, and it disintegrates quickly.
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Old August 16, 2016   #64
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Tell me when you find something that really helps Today I got rid of my groundcherries, they were almost dead. But I got a huge harvest from those tiny plants, my eggplants already gave up after 2-3 fruits

Yes, weather here in europe was quite crazy

Maybe Amethyst Cream Cherries flavour suffered because I had to remove a lot of leaves due to a disease? At the beginning of the season the flavor was amazing but it has changed since then.
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Old August 16, 2016   #65
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The brand Raid (by Johnson & Johnson) ... their insect spray with pyrethrine.
I even sprayed my strawberry with it, and the plant is still alive and blooming...
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Old August 16, 2016   #66
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Ok, Neudorffs Spruzit has the same ingredient, I'll probably try that one next year... This year I used Calypso (Bayer) but beside the fact that it didn't work it's no longer allowed because it wasn't as bee-friendly as they said.

I made a tomato sauce today using Kremser Perle & Candy Sweet Icicle plus a bit of bishop's hat pepper and some fresh herbs. My mom said that this was the best tomato sauce she ever had.
I cut the tomatoes in half, placed them in an oven save skillet with the cut side down and roasted them till the skin started to get black. Then you can just pull off the skin, add the other ingredients and blend it. It wasn't very thick because the tomatoes I've used were quite juicy but still very tasty.
I think this is a nice method for smaller portions of tomato sauce...
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Old August 23, 2016   #67
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Todays harvest! I've been eating tomato sandwiches all day long. Sooo good. Tomorrow I'll make some risotto with fresh herbs and oven roasted cherry tomatoes on top.
We'll now have another week of summer The sudden weather change caused some BER but nothing too bad.

Aaand I passed my english exam with a pretty good grade So happy...
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Old December 5, 2016   #68
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It's always the same, after the harvest I'm exhausted and don't have any interest in gardening for a few months and now in december I'm already excited about the next season

The problem is that my plant out date is mid may
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Well, I read through the entire thread. Merediana, thank you for sharing your photos and journey with us. You've inspired me a great deal. Will look forward to working with my potted seedlings this year. Thanks!
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