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Yamamoto Dendrobium nobile in Bloom. 3.20.18
Randy, I have a neighbor across the street that will take all the pears I don't use. Cars sailing past your place probably don't want to stop, but they're missing-out on some good food.
Today, I'm going to squeeze out persimmon pulp--not one of my favorite things to do. I have a pulp grinder which is difficult to handle, especially with seedy persimmons.
I set a basket of pears out by the road with a "free" sign. Not one pear has been taken after 3 days. People are in too much of a hurry to stop, I reckon.
Daniel, having raised beds makes it easier to control the elements of gardening, as you well know. Here is an old worksheet I use for turnips; you obviously don't need this; perhaps others will find the information useful.
Requires well-drained soil. Water turnips during times of drought, but otherwise avoid watering to the point of saturation.
Sandy and loamy soils tend to provide the best drainage.
If your soil contains large amounts of clay, improve texture and drainage by incorporating sand or gypsum into the soil.
Turnips grow best in mildly acidic soils, with an ideal pH between 6.0 and 6.5.
To raise the pH of soil, incorporate lime into the soil. Ground agricultural limestone is a common liming material, but dolomite and a number of alternative liming materials can also be effective.
To lower the pH incorporate sulfur or a sulfur compound like aluminum sulfate.
Adding organic matter to the soil will also lower the pH gradually over time.
Turnips grow best in soil rich in organic matter.
Incorporate a generous amount of compost into the soil before planting to help supply turnips with necessary nutrients.
Commercial fertilizers are not necessary, but applying a 5-10-10 fertilizer at a rate of 3 pounds per 100 feet is generally beneficial.
A soil test will reveal if additional fertilization is necessary.
Soil testing is the most effective way to understand the nutrient content of your soil.
Spud, I am happy to learn that you are tending to a carcinoma on your face. Farmers in the Palouse often have them and tend to them at once.
OOPPSS, I hope your copper lines didn't crack. I hate losing a copper fitting, although when they do crack they often give me beautiful sprays of water shooting into the sky forming rainbows.
The government weather forcast for this morning was above freezing, but I woke to 24 F!
I had a dermatologist appoinment, but I hurridly shut the outside water off & opened the drain and all outside valves before going to get a carcinoma excised from my face.
Haven't checked my copper line going to the swamp cooler for cracks yet.
That's a wonderful harvest Daniel.
Daniel. is that turnip from your garden? Wow! How does it taste?
Wow, that would feed half the neighbourhood! Looks great.
2017/10/08 Sunday forecast
Partly cloudy with a high of 56 °F (13.3 °C). Winds NW at 4 to 7 mph (6.4 to 11.3 kph).
Tonight - Clear. Winds variable. The overnight low will be 34 °F (1.1 °C).
Sun Rise 6:57 AM Set 6:13 PM
Moon Waning Gibbous
The past few days have been very windy, with fir tree needles flying in the wind.
We usually start frosty mornings in September, but there hasn't been much of that yet. We've also had bits of rain rather than snow flurries which can sometimes happen in October, but the last few years we hardly see snow until December. At the moment we are at 7*C.,- 44.6*F., & its 11:40 a.m.
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