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We had a few hills of those purple and blue taters. Got a ton of both. Makes great looking tater salad. We have fantastic soil though.
I miss good dirt. The stuff here, 2 drops of water and it is a brick. I have tilled deep, added compost and peat moss, and tilled again for the last three years and it is starting to get a little better, but it ain't grand.
 
Too many trees in back yard, didnt get much. Few small maters, couple small punkins. Rabbits? Deer? kept eating my cucumber plants. Got about a dozen small (and very tasty) ears of corn.

Put a planter box out front in August (Lots of sunlight), couple cucumbers growing and some nice zucchini. Will have to pick tonight

Major freeze tonight so growing season is over.
 
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The only thing that grew worth a damn this year was jalapeños. I've had bushels of them.

Planted some spicy bell peppers that started off OK and crapped the bed. Same for Anaheims. Roma tomatoes had one good month and started to fade. Nothing much from the fruit bushes, strawberries or onions. Still have sweet potatoes going and with a freeze coming next week, that'll likely be the end of the season.

Very disappointing.
 



We are going to be stripping everything today. Any green tomatoes get a week in paper bags with the peppers. We'll see how that goes, and plan for processing from there.
 
Anyone get started yet?

Waiting until I get back from vacation next week to get tilled and bury the spuds
 




Anyone get started yet?

Waiting until I get back from vacation next week to get tilled and bury the spuds

Relocated my blueberry bushes to the screened planted boxes. Last year the birds wore them out. They're already covered in berries. Should be a good year. Strawberries came back from last year as well, so I'm hopeful there.

I planted jalapeños and bell peppers the end of March. I'm trying German Thyme again for the fifth and final 'time'. We're officially past the last frost, so I'll likely do tomatoes again. Still figuring out what else I want to grow.
 
Anyone get started yet?

Waiting until I get back from vacation next week to get tilled and bury the spuds
We are going light this year. Built some boxes for the wife and dropped the fenced area down to 16x20. Tomatos, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, carrots, radishes, and herbs. We are still pretty full on canned stuff from the last few years so it would mostly be for giving away.
 
I've been active in my Austin gardens for about six weeks now. But, I don't plant to eat (I use grocery stores and restaurants instead). Front yard is most xeriscape (planted a Palo Verde tree today). Back yard is some of what can also be planted in cold climates, like Nebraska.

I love beautifying my yard.

I enjoy it as well, and I guess I'm finally done adjusting to my new digs...after a decade in the same location.

New plants that can grow here, new diseases and pests that wear them out, plants deer love to eat and plants they don't. Plants that won't poison my dogs. The other big consideration is the native plants that tend to take over without constant management. The growing season here is so long, some of my typical produce plants seem to burn themselves out by early August. Something else to plan around. Then there is always the bonsai.
 



Onions.

Seems like that should be one of the easiest crops to grow, but I've never had a decent year. Tried from seeds and sets both, and can't seem to get anything bigger than thumb sized onions. Changed how I was amending the soil, changed fertilizers from chemical to organic and back. More water, less water, same result. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Any pointers from those who have had good onion production in the past? I'm only growing the plants I typically use in the kitchen and obviously onions are big on the list. Any help would be appreciated.
 
Onions.

Seems like that should be one of the easiest crops to grow, but I've never had a decent year. Tried from seeds and sets both, and can't seem to get anything bigger than thumb sized onions. Changed how I was amending the soil, changed fertilizers from chemical to organic and back. More water, less water, same result. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Any pointers from those who have had good onion production in the past? I'm only growing the plants I typically use in the kitchen and obviously onions are big on the list. Any help would be appreciated.
I think that for us, the issue is too much clay and it impedes the growth of the bulbs. We have gotten maybe one or two that were baseball size, but other than that, just golf ball sized. While those size are good for cooking for two, it is still disappointing because we used to get them nearly softball sized when I was a kid in Northwest NE.
 

Onions.

Seems like that should be one of the easiest crops to grow, but I've never had a decent year. Tried from seeds and sets both, and can't seem to get anything bigger than thumb sized onions. Changed how I was amending the soil, changed fertilizers from chemical to organic and back. More water, less water, same result. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Any pointers from those who have had good onion production in the past? I'm only growing the plants I typically use in the kitchen and obviously onions are big on the list. Any help would be appreciated.
I've had good luck getting to baseball size. But I'm guessing what I got was luck. I'd like to get bigger. I just plant more
 

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