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Old December 19, 2009   #31
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Borage! Here in Spain it is treated like another cool season leafy vegetable. Once the heat hits it bolts, so the best leaf crop is sown in August to reap in fall.

I'm more interested in Borage for the flowers than for the leaves, and more to attract bees/beneficial predators than as edible flowers. They're definitely going in a salad and/or cake at least once though...

Aside from Borage and Tomatoes, a mix of pollen/nectar producers to attract and retain some of the neighborhood's beneficials:

Cornflower "Bluet Bleu"
Sunflower "Lemon Queen"
Sweet Alyssum
Cosmos "Sensation Purity"

I'd like to plant peas and leafy greens, but I just don't have the space...
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Old December 20, 2009   #32
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I haven't been able to make seeds come up. Maybe I have bad seeds.

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I always plant a lot of seed in order to get a good stand in each little container (I use the bottom of egg cartons to start cilantro, 3 or more seeds in each cup). Sometimes most of them come up and other times hardly any come up. They are really slow to germinate. If temps are low it can take nearly a month. That is why I plant so many; because by the time you find out how many are sprouting it is too late to plant another batch.
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Old December 20, 2009   #33
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What does 'go to seed' mean, b4?
I'm referring to when cilantro makes flowers and its leaves change and are not very good for eating.
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Old December 20, 2009   #34
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I'm growing a few giant pumpkins this year! Well, I'm going to attempt to grow some
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Old December 20, 2009   #35
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Ah - thank you!

So flowers are not a good thing to see on herbs. Nice to know...

My attempts for this season:

Peppers
Lettuce
Snap Peas
Basil
Potatoes
Onions
Garlic

Only the pepper and lettuce are planted thus far, but I'm an optimist...!

Later: Oh, and basil, too!

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Old December 20, 2009   #36
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I'm growing a few giant pumpkins this year! Well, I'm going to attempt to grow some
Oh, wow. Maybe you could do a progress thread. I'd be really interested to hear how things go through the season.

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So flowers are not a good thing to see on herbs. Nice to know...
I don't know if it's true for all of them. But cilantro and parsley, definitely. And basil. As soon as basil puts out what looks like a potential flower, it needs to be pinched off. And when you do that, it makes the plant nice and bushy. Even so, I had a hard time doing that in the beginning. Killing flowers seemed so mean! And so unnatural -- which just goes to show that "natural" is not always the answer.

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HA! I know what you mean Christine!

My daughter still refuses to 'hurt them flowers', and she's 15!
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[quote=Mojo;149189]It is de rigeur for me to grow eggplant and cucumbers. The squash may prove problematic, for two reasons. First, depending on the number of tomatoes i put in, there may be space issues. Second, the borers finally found my bed last year and I am told that once they find it, they come back every year if there's squash, so I may take the year off from that.


You might try Butternut squash. It is the primary winter squash gown in Virginia and Carolina because it is resistant to borers, and the darned things thrive in this area.
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