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Re: Vegetables

Sweet peppers from Italy (heirlooms) produce all summer here.  Maybe
there are tomatoes that will do the same.  Check seedsavers.org
My Jimmy Nardelos & Quadrato Asti Giallos are still producing nicely
despite the heat and drought.  Even the Burans (a Polish heirloom)
have new peppers coming out.
Worth a try.

On 7/11/05, Aplfgcnys@aol.com <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote:
> My vegetable garden is not having its best year.  The peas I
> planted on St. Patrick's day came up fine, but were eaten at
> about 1 foot by something - maybe a woodchuck or rabbit.
> They tried very hard to fufill their botanical destiny by branching
> out, but with that setback they were late beginning to bloom, and
> then the hot weather hit.  Results - we had  peas to include in
> stir-fries several times, but not nearly the lavish crop I had been
> expecting.  I pulled them out and planted beans, but a
> combination of conditions - drought, cool weather, then hot
> weather, slugs, etc.  have meant that they are just now beginning
> to make beans.  I have planted five or six times at week or ten
> day intervals, but they look as if most of them will be ready about
> the same time - too many beans to cope with at once.
> I had a nice early stand of red mustard which I was cutting at
> a small stage for mesclun, but when the hot week came along
> it all bolted.  I had about two good meals of cooked mustard
> greens, but had to pull out the rest.  The first two or three rounds
> of squash I planted did not even come up - ground too cold, or
> eaten by birds - don't know.  I finally have several hills of squash
> growing, but they are quite a few weeks away from eating.  The
> onions I planted early are looking pretty good, and I have been
> eating some of them as green onions - plant them close and
> pull out every-other-one as the season progresses.  Okra plants
> are several inches high - maybe they will make it before frost.
> The lettuce bed has been pretty good, but is now bolting with
> this week's heat.  Herbs - basil, cilantro, parsley, are doing
> well.  Pak choi is already bolting so I have planted another row.
> All-in-all it has not been a good season, but we'll have some
> vegetables before the season is out.  Oh yes, tomatoes.  I grow
> two large pots of the small (cherry, grape, etc.) tomatoes in
> hanging pots in the breezeway against the garage wall.  They
> are full of green fruits, and already reaching onto the garage
> roof.  I will have to get a ladder to harvest some of them.  The
> tomatoes I planted in the garden have not grown very much -
> we first had very cool weather and then extreme heat - back
> and forth for two cycles.  We are in the extreme heat cycle now -
> in the 90s today.  So  far there are a few green ones, but not
> much growth.  I never expect to have tomatoes ripe before
> August, but doesn't look as if I will get them by then this year.
> Not a very good garden year.  Part of the problem is that I am
> just not able to do as much as I once did - old age - but the other
> is that the weather has been so strange - alternating between
> unusual cool and unusual heat, but very little rain.  Oh well.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 07/11/2005 6:47:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> islandjim1@verizon.net writes:
> To all who grow vegetables, greetings.
> My vegetable plants are in various stages of shutting down because of
> the heat. Tomatoes [except the wild ones] have quit blooming because
> the nights are too warm. Wild ones are still going but will shut down
> soon. Jalapeno pepper shows signs of stress from the heat. Cucumber,
> which is growing on a trellis in a 30-gallon pot in the shade, is just
> beginning to produce [lots]. Eggplant is blooming but does not seem to
> be setting fruit--probably a night temperature problem.
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zone 8A

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