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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Boy, am I glad I don't have neighbors (closest is 0.2 mi away). But I'm always happy to share my fruit and veggies. I gave a sack of peaches, apples, and tomatoes to the man who cleaned my chimney yesterday, and he knocked $75 off his fee. Pretty good trade-off!
I like Daniel's little saying. Possums, 'coons, voles, rabbits, etc. eat their fair share of garden and yard products. I'm guessing it's opossums that ate my white grapes, but not before I gathered enough to make (start) some wine. I'll be curious as to how it turns out, first time and all.
Dug up all my regular potatoes. They're not too big this year, surprising because of all the rain. But, I used last year's leftovers as "seed". That makes a difference.
They say "eat more kale". Wish I liked it better.
Randy, I forgot you had alkaline soil like me. You probably have alkaline water like I do. It is a constant fight. Most of the things I grow like acidic soil.
I just purchased a meter to measure soil moisture. It also measures light and pH. I was surprised to measure a pH of 5.3 where my Avocado tree is growing. That's quite acidic, so it may not be correct. It's a cheap meter after all. I'll have to check it's accuracy with a better test.
We're pigging out on fresh corn too, & curmudgeon is a good thing!
Daniel, I would be quite upset with a mean neighbor like that. I don't have any that bad.
I'm thinking of taking some blackberry and raspberry starts and planting them in back of the house where they won't tempt people, then planting something not so tempting near the alley and sidewalk.
That should reduce the amount of annoyance I experience.
I support curmudgeon because I can't survive without it. I mean, being a nice older guy does have it's disadvantages..... and me wife thinks it cute.
Spud - that's not being a curmudgeon; it's just expecting normal considerateness and courtesy.
Or, am I just being too curmudgeonly?
Some of my blackberries are venturing out of my yard and growing in the alley. Also leaning over the sidewalk. Officially, they're on city property, but I get a little annoyed when adults pick large amounts of them without asking me. Asking me first just seems like the neighborly thing to do.
Randy & Daniel, your talk and pictures of corn keeps making my mouth water. Therefore, I plan on planting some next spring.
I love fresh corn, so I'll find a good sunny spot for it, so when you make my mouth water next year, I can go outside and satisfy my craving.
It's just a backyard plot 40' x 60' big. It's on an old barn site, full of stones and fill dirt. I had it tested (Purdue) years ago and continue to test it myself. It's very alkaline, which I try to counter all the time.
Since I have access to my kid's vegetables, it's no big deal my garden suffers. But it's nice to be able to run out there and grab something just before supper--like sweet corn (which did well, by the way).
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