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Old 3 Weeks Ago   #3376
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Barb, I called around to all the landscapers and stone yards in Jacksonville and got lucky on the second place, Stone Plus. HD, Loews don’t stock them. I’ll check the brand when I get home from work but I noticed it said Starke, FL. They are 3.99 for 2 cf. So not cheap but not crazy either.

They are a very nice size - truly fines - no big pieces in 4 bags so far.
My beef with ‘mini’ nuggets for the rest of the garden has been that some pieces are tree-sized.
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I’ll be interested how your snap beans, that you planted late, continue to fair. Looks like the weather is warming again, at least for a while, so your beans may pick up a bit. I like peas a lot and tried growing garden peas, but had little success. More recently I have been growing snow peas and have had quite a bit of success with them. I’ve had greatest success with Mammoth Melting Sugar which produces a large vine and requires trellesing. Last year they produced a lot of peas and kept producing into late spring. I planted these this fall on 11/17. I also grow Oregon Sugar Pod Snow Peas which don’t require trellesing. Not as productive but don’t require the hassle of trelleses.

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Well, the bush beans are looking like quitters and will be pulled this weekend to make way for more lettuce.
The pole Romano beans are still going, just slower.
I’m growing Sugar Magnolia, Golden Sweet, Magnolia Blossom and Royal Snow for peas this year. Somehow I’ve never grown MMS; don’t know how I’ve overlooked it.
I use my Texas Tomato Cages for peas and favas, or the bamboo poles once the beans are done. I’ve never trellised - do you think harvest is increased by it?
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Well, the bush beans are looking like quitters and will be pulled this weekend to make way for more lettuce.
The pole Romano beans are still going, just slower.
I’m growing Sugar Magnolia, Golden Sweet, Magnolia Blossom and Royal Snow for peas this year. Somehow I’ve never grown MMS; don’t know how I’ve overlooked it.
I use my Texas Tomato Cages for peas and favas, or the bamboo poles once the beans are done. I’ve never trellised - do you think harvest is increased by it?
Your growing snap beans in the Winter has emboldened me. I planted 50 seeds of Gold Rush Bush Snap Beans in a Raised Bed yesterday. It is supposed to warm up for a few days, so maybe they will germinate. I have never grown this variety before or any yellow bean for that matter. I probably should have tried a variety that is cold resistant, such as Jade II or even Provider. Jade and Jade II are said to be resistant to cold, stress, heat and rust.
Yes, I think it would be easier to harvest trellised peas as opposed to harvesting caged peas. This season I placed my rows 16” apart in raised beds. That maybe too close at 16” and if so next year I will try 20”. I have a lot of old dog cages and I use the sides solely for trellises. That makes it easy. We just stand them up then push in stakes and tie them to the stakes.
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Seems like I grew Gold Rush a couple of years back and got a decent harvest. This year I grew only 2 bush beans (Soleil and Provider) the rest were pole. (Tamara, Seychelles, Red Noodle, Purple Pole Pod, Hilda) I like going vertical when I can.
Haven’t grown Jade or Jade II but I’ve found Provider to be pretty heat tolerant. The best though was Red Noodle, and it was amazingly fast to produce.
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Marsha - What do you use for powerdy mildew on tomato leaves? On the Esterina plant (the worst one), I even have it on the stems?

I have an 'insurance' Big Beef next to it, and I've cut so many PM leaves off, there is hardly any leaves left. Stem and fruit look fine.

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I sprayed a limited # of plants with baking soda - the leaves turned crunchy but the plant looks PM free since. It didn't have much PM to begin with though.

I did a stint with Neem Oil in my hose end sprayer, but I hate what neem oil does to the vessel it's in. It does come out better in the hose end sprayer than a pump sprayer which just ruins the brush too when trying to clean it out.

Weather has been so weird - continual hot / cold, etc. Broccoli heads are about half the size as normal.
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I hate neem, I refuse to use it. I use copper for PM, works great!
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