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September 12, 2012


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We were in the process of moving and I somehow missed sending in my results. If anyone is interested I had 3 plants germinate from both plantings. They were planted in one row with identical growing conditions. The bad day quickly surpassed the good day and at harvest I had about twice as many seeds from the bad day planting. I probably harvested about 100 seeds from the 6 plants. I enjoyed taking part in this experiment.

Thank You Tipper for directing me to the post,re- preparing pumpkin for winter. It is a simple process for sure and I will try some this fall. We like anything pumpkin and it will be nice to have our own. Appreciate your prompt reply. Many thanks for such an interesting and enjoyable blog.

Humm! Such mixed results; I think you should try it again next year to see if the results are the same, similar or way out of whack. I only planted green bell peppers; not by the signs. The deer ate the flowers before peppers could form, but ---- right now I have three baby peppers. I watch them daily; I have a net over the two plants.

I didn't participate in planting
your beans on the good and bad
days, but I did go by the Signs.
And I got to say, the tomato plants you fixed for me from your
greenhouse were the most and biggest I've ever had. The crows
helped me with my corn, but I
still had plenty and I picked 12
bushels of white runners from my
three rows. Even through the dry
spell, my garden did Super...Ken

I had some, too. They got washed away by somewhere between 6 to 8 inches of rain in 10 days right after they were planted. So there was nothing to report. @Sheryl, I get a little envious of the cousins in Florida when they talk about the fresh produce coming in at the farmers markets in the middle of winter.

Only one plant germinated and it produced one pod. It was a good day planted seed. Other varieties of beans I planted nearby did very well.

I am always fascinated by how gardens fare. There was a remarkable amount of October beans while some of my tender beans were eaten by bugs..perhaps the hard shell wasn't as tasty. I like to flash freeze the Octobers while they are still soft but dried to tan color. They cook up fast and make a thick soup.
The tomato crop was productive but produced small tomatoes. I have only planted underground crops by the signs, as I need all the help I can get with them. I wish I could participate in the planting by the signs test, but I am afraid things could get too crazy around here right when I need to concentrate on planting progress.

Well, you know it's always interesting. It seems that a lot of folks had poor gardens this year no matter when they planted.
Those shelled out beans in the picture sure are pretty. I don't think I've ever eaten October beans. Are they good? How do you cook them?

I would like to participate if you do the test again next year. I had a garden this year for the first time in years. It was only a 10 X 20 plot I hacked out of a wilderness. I bought 9 tomatoes, 2 squash, a pack of beans and a pack of okra. All the beans and okra came up and started off well. The tomatoes all did fine until the wind blew them all down. I staked them back up and the wind blew them down again. After the third windstorm I left them laying. Meanwhile my two hills of squash are flourishing. In fact, turning into monsters, smothering out everything they encountered. They overgrew most of my beans, 2 tomatoes and half of my okra. The wind didn't hurt them. The insects didn't hurt them. I had squash out the ying yang. I fried squash, I dried squash, I froze squash! Finally I let them go to seed and they quit blooming. I had squash as big as basketballs that went to seed. I didn't save the seed. I was afraid to bring them into the house!
After I pulled up the squash, my beans recovered enough for a couple of messes for me. My wife wouldn't eat them because they weren't white half runners. More for me, right! The bugs and blossom end rot got most of my tomatoes. The okra came on late and now I have way more than I need. Next year, if I survive the winter, I plan to spread out a little (if my fine son in law will loan me his Bobcat) and give everything room to grow. I will be anxiously awaited my good day/bad day seeds!

Oh! and I am about to forget my three bell peppers. After a battle with windblown tomatoes, they finally took ahold and are producing well now.

You know, I should have tried roasted squash seeds!

I traded all my beans for a milk cow!

Interesting, in Florida we don't even plant until the end of Sept or Oct. Our harvest in in Feb. or March and depending on the crop into May. Polar opposites you might say.

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