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[ale] Way OT - Gardening

Sounds like you enjoy your plants, too :)
You should get some more seed and try your Garden Candy tomato again.  Looks like they can be had here:

My favorite is German Queen for full-sized tomatoes...I usually plant 50-80 of them.
Allen B.

Allen Beddingfield
Systems Engineer
The University of Alabama
From: ale-bounces at ale.org [ale-bounces at ale.org] on behalf of Jim Kinney [jim.kinney at gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2013 1:46 PM
To: Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts
Subject: Re: [ale] Way OT - Gardening

Yay Food!

I have a batch of the funny brown tomato seeds ready to start sprouting. The fruits look odd but are very, very tasty. Grape vines are in but not trellised yet (merlot in Georgia will be a challenge!) and the new fig tree is looking happy. I didn't get around to splitting out the root runner off the early blueberry bush (again) this winter and it looks better than the mother bush. The other 2 blueberries are fruiting out nicely.

I'll probably plant some other stuff soon but I have such limited full sun it's hard to narrow down the choices. I've learned my lesson about sugar pie pumpkins - plant those AFTER July 1 so the squash vine wasp won't get them. We eat pumpkin pie for breakfast :-) YUM! way better than cheerios, poptarts or bagels.

Oh. I also planted a cascade hops vine this year :-) I still need to set up the ling string to the gutter for it. It's got 3 good shoots now at nearly 3 feet up a pole.

The plum tree from 7 years ago has never produced a single bloom as is likely to get the axe to make room for a dwarf apple or pear tree. Bummer. It was from a runner off a relatives plum tree that cranked out 15-25 lbs of red plums every year. the last apple tree I had got hit by a sudden April freeze that killed all the leave buds (3 days below 25F will do that). We had been getting really good cooking/canning apples from that one. I almost held a memorial service for it.

We no longer get volunteer tomatoes from 8 years ago. We had a single plant called "garden candy" that put out a steady stream of thumb-sized sugar-sweet OMFG!!! tomatoes from June until frost. The birds hauled off a bunch and those seeds popped up plants for the next 4 years. The drought finally stopped all that fun. Very sad now but very happy then. Hard to collect seeds from it as we ate all before they made it inside. Not a single one EVER hit a salad :-)

On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM, Beddingfield, Allen <allen at ua.edu<mailto:allen at ua.edu>> wrote:
So, this is about as far off topic as one can stray, but I thought I would throw it out here for an afternoon diversion on this pretty spring day (at least it is a pretty spring day over here in Alabama :) )
Are any of you into gardening? If so, what do you plant, and what have you already gotten in the ground for this season?
I start most of my tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc... from seed, and I have them up and almost ready to set out.  I've been tilling during the brief periods when it has not been raining/too wet from rain, and I haven't been at work.
I'm hoping to get the first round of tomatoes in the ground in the upcoming week, along with squash, corn, green beans, cucumbers, and lima beans.
I start from seed and set out fresh batches of tomatoes at about 2-3 week intervals through August, giving me fresh tomatoes through Fall, so I have lots of tomato plants in various stages of growth.
Lots of work, but I love my fresh vegetables almost as much as I love growing them :)
Allen B.

Allen Beddingfield
Systems Engineer
The University of Alabama

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