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Some flowers around the yard. 6.22.18
Sounds like a lot of garden clean-up going on. I'm on the bandwagon, too. I stasrted to hack down raspberry canes, but then read it shouldn't be done 'til late winter, early spring. Oops.
Time to mow down the asparagus, remove tomato cages, and level out the potato and squash mounds. I'll leave broc. and Br. sprouts for another month or so. Kale and collards, too. If it's a mild winter, they may survive well into the new year.
Daniel, I'm enjoying my persimmons. Wish you were here!
Daniel, Thanks for the list of apples you are "partial to". Your list adds to my "Seek, Taste, and Find ones I like" file.
Daniel, I don't know what kind of apple tree Laura and Larry planted and they do not have the tag. The only apples that appeared looked and tasted like Granny Smith apples.
It is about 1:30 PM and I just came in from the greenhouse where my oldest great-grandson, 16 year old Jacob, and my youngest great-grandson, 7 year old Noah looked for new vegetables. We found three green beans about the size of a long eyelash, and a couple more zucchini growing into vegetables. We sampled leaves of cabbage, celery, radishes, lettuces, onions, beets. The boys liked the different flavors and seem enthusiastic about fresh salads. We eat leaves as fast as they grow, leaving little energy for the root crops upon which to grow.
Randy, will sweet potatoes grow in straw so that you can dig thm by hand? Also do you grow them in mounds? Sweet potatoes haven't done well for me in the past and I suspect it is the cold nights. I used to grow them successfully in Texas; that was more than 40 years ago and I can't remember if I grew them in straw or if I mounded them. I grow white potatoes, I don't have to dig them.
Spud, do you successfully grow sweet potatoes? I am glad to learn you are making a van computer friendly. I like your plan for mulching some potatoes in the ground. Keep us posted on how it works for you.
Daniel, have you tried goats in clearing the brambles? Is your county noxious weed czar willing to work with you on making the ravine and creek wetlands into a more friendly and usable zone? My cousin had problems with his wetlands along the Priest River and had to abandon a plan to make it more migratory bird friendly. He lives right on the migratory route and have flocks of geese and other fowl every spring and autumn. Even the Sandpoint bird club liked his plans. He planned to stabilize the quiet water ponds that occur along the river.
county noxious weed czar
Thanks Randy. I don't get to enjoy reading you guys comments on a daily basis because I'm getting to the library only once or twice a week now for 2 or 3 hours each time.
I haven't dug my sweet spuds yet. I imagine I'll slice into some also, and have to eat them right away. They're growing on a berm, so I should be able to dig on both sides of them first, and reduce the damaged ones. I'm also thinking of leaving some in the ground and putting a large amount of mulch on top. Then dig them up when I need them.
Sounds like your greenhouse is producing wonderful results Joan.
I'm going to start plants in my cold frame very early next spring, so I can plant them as soon as the ground is warm enough.
I think I will let one watermelon plant grow in there all spring, summer, and fall if need be. Then when we get cold weather in the middle of summer, I can close the lid and keep it toasty.
I was planning on putting some cold-weather-crops in there this fall, but so far, I've been too busy making my van computer friendly, so I can access the internet at the library.
Always good to hear from you, Spud. I miss your daily comments.
We're enjoying sunny days in the mid 70's. Had our first freeze a couple of weeks ago, but nothing close since. My sweet potatoes are dug up finally, not hurt from the freeze. I cut into many of them, however, with my shovel. I've tried other digging tools and techniques, none of which works. It kills me to slice one in half.
Spud, I hope your melons escaped frost. Surely the foundation helped provide heat, as you describe.
The zucchini in the greenhouse is huge, full of blossoms and loads of developing squash. The bush beans have many blossoms and the pole beans climb the bamboo tepee I framed over them. They have blossoms too. The daikon radishes are not forming yet, but the leaves are huge and have a lovely flavor. We had a daikon radish leaf salad for lunch. The lemon tree still has more blossoms and th fruits seem to be developing nicely. I have a fear that I will walk in the greenhouse one morning and all the fruit will have fallen to the ground.
The fungus gnats seem to be under control in the greenhouse. I used an organic treatment. I can't remember where I got it.
Good going Chris.
I need to harvest my sweet potatoes and squash today, as freezing weather is forecast for tonight and the rest of the week. The first frost was about a week ago. It got down to about 31° F. I think that's the latest first frost for quite a few years.
It's probably a good idea to harvest my muskmelon and watermelon also. I was surprised last week when the frost didn't do anything to them. Probably because they're on the south side of the house, and the sun probably heats the cement wall of my house on that side, and keeps them warm all night.
Daniel, thanks. that makes sense.
Our sunset tonight was the prettiest I think have ever seen. The trees, yellow and red, seemed to reflect onto the clouds. It was a yellow and red moment. Even the air felt colored. It gave me a bit of thrill.
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