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Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 15, 2015 at 7:35am

Joan, I'm looking forward to seeing pics of your greenhouse. As I begin planning for my fall garden, I'm also thinking about some way of starting plants for next spring. Spud's cold frame seems a good way to go, and of course a greenhouse would be wonderful.

My foray into growing cucumbers brought much excitement over the number of blossoms, but, like you many of mine didn't develop into actual cucumbers. Today I'm harvesting the last of my butternut squash and I'm looking forward to a nice bowl of butternut soup!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 15, 2015 at 7:28am

Hurray for you, Spud! Keep up the good work, both in dieting and gardening.

Joan, I hope you'll snap a few pictures showing progress of your greenhouse. It might inspire me to build one. I need a wintertime activity.

Barbara, of all things--rats! Mercy. I had 4 nectarines on my tree before I pruned it and accidentally knocked them off. I was so disgusted with myself. I pruned my two apricot trees, too. I refuse to prune my apple trees, and they are loaded. My yellow transparents are just about ripe. I make lots of apple sauce.

Daniel, I don't think I've ever had a "real" fig. Curious how different they are from dried. I enjoy your photos and try not to become envious. Thanks for the tip on tying up sweet corn. I've tried sprinkling them with pepper, but to no avail. I think having the dog outside is the secret.

Happy gardening, all!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2015 at 1:09am

The greenhouse shipment arrived Monday. Larry has been having problems with his leg and spine and is not able to do the construction. You may remember that he had polio as a two year old and wears a brace on his leg and has special shoes made to accommodate his one leg being several inches shorter than the other. His spine takes to toll from the crippled leg. One of the fellows from the Dist 8 Volunteer Fire Dist will be doing the constrution. 

There are several blossoms on a cucumber plant and I doubt they will have season enough to mature. 

My order of kelp fertilizer arrived today and we want to see if we can salvage something from this year's seeding. 

The photos of gardens and produce inspires me to get really ready for next spring. I should have a decent garden next year and will have early starts in the greenhouse. 

A couple dozen wild turkeys wandered through the ground we recently cleared for fire prevention. The ground is still rough from the tractor.The birds seem to be finding a lot of good things to eat. We will be sowing clover and wild flowers in that spot after we finish the heavy equipment use.  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 14, 2015 at 8:10pm

All I can say is I'm impressed with all these wonderful pictures - and I'm doubly impressed with the harvests y'all are producing.  It is simply hot here, everything except sweet potatoes is done, done, done. I am enjoying my herb garden - pasta with pesto sauce. Daniel, your fruit is simply mavahlous!!!

Spud, jealousy is not a pretty thing so I won't talk about your diet results. (';')

I learned today what is really eating our stuff - rats! Can you imagine, and feral ones to boot. They are black and white. Guy who lives on street behind me has a huge snake, need I say more?  One neighbor lost all her figs, and another her tomatoes, and here I was moaning about three necatrines. 

From the one milkweed I planted last year, and saved the seeds, I now have many new plants and they are in bloom - and today I saw my first Monarch. I didn't think they would come up so I waaaay over planted.  Even after thinning them I have many plants. My one true success. :) 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 14, 2015 at 1:36pm

On the Atkins diet, and working hard in the garden, I've lost 20 pounds of fat in 38 days.  Hooray!    I need to take off another 40 or more, but I won't mention that.  It's depressing.

A few days ago, I put together my used Cold Frame, and only put the heater in 2/3s of it, so I have a place for plants that don't like too much heat. 

However, my Squash, Cantaloup, and especially Watermelons like warmer roots that the heater will put-out.  At 60 F nighttime temperatures, it only gives 68 F, and I would like to see 80 to 90 F.

I'm going to bypass the sensor/switch unit and see what that does for me.  If it's still not enough, I'm going to put in 100 feet of stainless steel wire, and that should do it.

My squash, Cantaloup, and Watermelon I've transplanted into the garden are looking good.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2015 at 6:54am

Along with apricots, plums are another fruit I can't seem to produce. I get the blossoms, but no plums--or they're wormy.

Daniel, I really doubt if you're "taking it easy"! Your vegetable and flower gardens always look so appealing and beautiful.

Spud, how's your diet coming along?

'Coons got two premature ears of sweet corn the other night--the one night I kept my dog indoors (storms). Grr. But, on the bright side, I caught my 7th and 8th mole over the weekend! I think I have a couple more. Can you believe it?!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 12, 2015 at 3:26pm

Beautiful Morning Glories, and those "ornamental" plums look edible to me!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 9, 2015 at 4:47pm

Sounds good Don.  I love those fall colors.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 9, 2015 at 8:50am

Joan, dealing with harsh weather is bad enough. Dealing with cancer, falls, moving, etc., makes working in the garden a real challenge! You should be proud of yourself for your diligence, plus passing on your knowledge to your grandchildren. 5 stars to you!

I froze a batch of green beans and asparagus yesterday. Hated to compost last years' beans, but they were icy and shriveled. With all the berries I've picked thus far, my freezer is almost full again. One person just can't eat enough to empty it.

Speaking of crop rotation, I have a 5 year plan of attack. I've kept records going back over 30 years. Gotta keep those rabbits, moles, and racoons guessing!

Comment by Don on July 9, 2015 at 7:37am

I rotate the potatoes and some other things, but I till everything in in the fall, and then plant winter rye to cover, then till that in in the spring.  I think that must help with disease/pest control.  Here's the garden on Oct. 14 last year:


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