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August 28, 2010

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I started out well on keeping up with dates and then I just sorta fell apart. Proper dates according to the signs weren't lining up with weather. But there for a while it was keeping me going on getting stuff done. Something us impatient procrastinators sorta need. We'll see next year.

Sounds like planting on the good days might be a good idea next year!

Thanks, Tipper, for letting me participate in the signs planting. I've enjoyed the experiment and the bounty.

OK, I'm going to have to try that next year.

We had good rewards on the good day planting....until...the drought...as well as the just plain old hot air that surrounded the plants...
of course due to family illness we couldn't keep weeded like we would have liked....
Thanks for your efforts and the company providing the seeds...loved reading and seeing pictures of other folks gardens and experiences...funny how just a few miles, mountain range elevations can make a difference in the garden outcome in an area...
Our biggest problem is at the beginning of the garden..the darn..cut worms..(that cut the plat off an inch above the soil)..we carefully pole little sticks (stobs) beside every stem until they are established...LOL
Thanks Tipper...

Tipper,
Had a great time at the Folkart
Festival today. Enjoyed all the
family music, especially the girls
and all that clogging.
I didn't join in on the planting
on good days-bad days, but I did
plant everything according to your
calendar and I had an abundance of
corn, potatoes, and green beans.
So if you have a calendar next year to plant by, count me in...
Ken

Tipper--I've never paid attention to the signs when it comes to squash, but there's no question their two enemies--squash beetles and squash borers--can be boogers. The former are easily controlled by hand or with pesticides, but the latter are spawn of the Devil. Once present, they leave a tell-tale deposit on the stem's base, and at this point about all you can do is some surgery. Carefully cut into the stalk, remove the offending borer, and cover up the stem with dirt. If you are lucky, new roots will "take holt" and the plant will rejuvenate.
Then there's mildew, but that's usually a problem only well into the production cycle.
You didn't say what type of squash it was, but borers affect summer squash much more than they do winter squash.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com

David is probably correct when he says there really needs to be more plants to get a scientifically approved outcome. With that said....I think that planting by the signs is worth the effort. This based on the squash results and what I have seen from your garden this year.
You've had remarkable output this year. I've eaten the BEST tomato sandwiches that I've had in years!! You can't beat results like a good tomato sandwich! lol

I have to tell you, I thought I was crazy but several others has similar experiences to mine so maybe I shouldn't discount my lack of productivity as weather related...I would definitely participate again next year too!

Interesting results! I'm going to have to try this next year.

You know I'll be there, Tipper.
Although I will be making some changes in the garden. This year was more work with not much reward. So I'll be moving some things and preparing some other garden space.

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