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Old May 28, 2016   #76
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Is this a sweat bee I've read here that often are responsible for tomato cross pollination? A few of them were enjoying our rat tail radish flowers.
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Old May 30, 2016   #77
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More likely a hoverfly:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoverfly

Hoverflies are good insects.

Nice picture!
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Old May 30, 2016   #78
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Thanks for the ID! That matches perfectly, good to know they are good guys! There were about 5-6 of them hovering around the radish blossoms. I'll try to notice if I see them on the tomato blossoms.
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Old May 30, 2016   #79
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I really like that picture. I was looking at it earlier this morning.
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Old June 14, 2016   #80
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Thought I'd share a few pictures of where the garden is at! Things are coming along nicely--2016 is starting off on the right foot. It's not quite everything but pretty close.

First: Aji Amarillo, Serrano, Yummy peppers and 11xF3 multiflora micro dwarfs.
Second: Big plant is dwarf Rosella Purple and little ones are Teensy F3 (dwarf project)
Third: Teensy F2 and two different dwarf Jeremy's Stripes
Fourth: Lettuce (been the best lettuce year yet), tomatillos and Brussel Sprout/Kale cross (lettuce will be replaced with zucchini)
Fifth: Garlic, peas, squash, Green Doctors Frosted and baby Mexico Midget
Sixth: Cucmbers, broccoli (it is has been a great spring for broccoli), Blush and Eva Purple Ball
Seventh: Green Giant and Thorburn's Terra-Cotta and some Kale
Eighth: Sungold and Black Krim and some bush beans popping up
Ninth: Indigo Cherry Drops and KBX, along with onions and celery
Tenth: Ron's Carbon Copy and Sunrise Bumblebee
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Old June 20, 2016   #81
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Excited to be growing KBX for the first time! Looks like 3 set on the first truss!
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Old June 22, 2016   #82
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Everything is looking good.

Those Teensy sure live up to their names. I am watching them grow.
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Old June 23, 2016   #83
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Everything is looking good.

Those Teensy sure live up to their names. I am watching them grow.
Thanks! The F3s were very tiny plants when I got them in the mail from Craig around Memorial Day weekend. They have really sprung up in the last week or so. I'm hoping the F2 is an early one, I'm eager to try them.

We started some multiflora dwarfs in late Feb. that were planted out into their pots in April and were shuffled inside and out early this year. They are ripening now so we've been able to enjoy some garden fresh tomatoes extra early this year!
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Old June 24, 2016   #84
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Impressive garden and great photos. Good work!
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Old June 24, 2016   #85
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Thanks guys! We harvested the last broccoli and peas today, they were replaced with summer lettuce starts and squash starts, respectively. 84 degrees and getting more humid I was soaking wet after coming in after doing yard work for a couple of hours!!
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Vinegar based coleslaw? Can you post the recipe?
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Vinegar based coleslaw? Can you post the recipe?
I'll happily share once I'm home and can get out the recipe!
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Old June 25, 2016   #88
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Found a couple spots on a couple leaves of 2 plants yesterday. I removed them and treated all plants with Ray's brew I used for powdery mildew on squash last year. 4 tsp potassium bicarbonate, 1 tsp dish soap and 1 oz Neem oil. We will see how it works. Although it looks like storms are possible tonight in which case I'll reapply another spray Sunday night if that happens.
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Vinegar based coleslaw? Can you post the recipe?
Here is the recipe, I prefer to chop my cabbage, but you can grate into strands if prefer that.

1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2-2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 cup cider vinegar

Simmer, stirring, until sugar is dissolved; pour over vegetables and toss well. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
Enough slaw for 8 to 10 servings.

I haven't made it in a while, so I forgot how much cabbage I used, but that's pretty much up to you--depends how much dressed you like your coleslaw. I don't make it much because I'm the sole fan of vinegar based coleslaw in our house. I've made it for parties and a lot of people like it. Feel free to play around the sugar amounts, etc. Next time I make it I think I'll reduce sugar and maybe up vinegar a bit because I like vinegar a lot.
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Old June 26, 2016   #90
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So the tomatoes are doing very well. A few observations, I did some rearranging the garden layout this year. I had Eva Purple Ball and Blush too close to my spring broccoli which stunted the tomatoes. They are healthy and EPB had set fruit but Blush has held its first flower cluster without setting fruit. Now that the broccoli is out I'm sure they will thrive. One other oddity is Green Giant. It is a healthy plant with a lot of flower clusters but nothing has emerged and the flowers are hanging tight. It's been 2 plus weeks like this. Perhaps it is just taking its sweet time or maybe it is just very stingy. The rest of my tomatoes are setting nicely.
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