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    The gardens are zooming along now, we picked the last of the peas so the vines went into compost and late cucumbers are now planted in their space. Nice large green tomatoes on my earliest plant (Cherokee Purple) may be ready to pick in 2 weeks which would break my record. Also picking cukes, Brussels sprouts, beets, and cabbages now, maybe squash in a day or so.

    The snaps & peppers are blooming and the first corn tassels are peeking out. Cantaloupes, watermelons, and sweet potato vines are spreading well, both melons in bloom. Blueberries are turning blue and the pears and peaches are sizing up nicely. Few pests so far, worse are the looper worms on the Brussels sprouts and cabbages. Could use some rain now, maybe this weekend.

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    Just went over to a neighbors and asked if he could till the garden with his tractor and he would tomorrow. I think I probably needed more fertilizer last year.
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  3. #1053
    The ground has been at least rough tilled by neighbor, went into town and got most of the rest of seeds and seed potatoes. Four different types of potatoes two types of white potato, one type of red and a blue fingerling. But forgot to get to get some chard seed and zucchini always forgetting the zucchini this year.
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    Major storm swept thru over nite dumping 2.2 inches of rain in 40 minutes with 40-50mph winds which flattened the corn and tore up the bush beans a bit. Needed the rain so happy there with nice temps/low hum coming up to dry things out next week. The cukes inflated like balloons over night. The tomatoes should really take off now, glad I got them tied up before it hit. We lost power for 4 hours, surprised it wasn't longer but glad as I don't look forward to starting the generator.

    Hey there Backroads, we love potatoes too but had to give them up this year....a crop too far Our fav was "Yukon Gold".

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    Yukon gold was one of the types I got today.
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    There are only 5 lbs bags. Today just transplanted some basil today, nice to be outdoors smelling the cherry blossoms. The neighbor who came and tilled the soil who is blueberry farmer says his blueberries haven't even blossomed yet.
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    Parsnips may be shooting in the patch. Leaves look like the leaves growing on the cutting on the incubator.

    There is still hope.

    It appears only for the new seed pack, not the old one. I guess seeds doesn't have the life the packets say they do.

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    Been picking blueberries for 3 days now, just a start. Mocking birds are eyeing the bushes intensely so I hung up my collection of stuffed animals (owl, cat, dog, rubber snakes, and reflective old CDs) to hopefully keep them at bay. It's works for a while but then need to be moved around to keep the birds guessing.

    Meanwhile Spacedudette is busy pickling beets and cucumbers that are being harvested daily. The corn ears are now silking up and the tassels are doing their job pollinating.

    No honeybees spotted recently, a few were present when the plums were blooming 6 weeks ago but none seen since then. Last year honeybees were plentiful, probably due to a neighbor who had a hive. Having to depend up various bumble bee types to pollinate the melons now, they were a big help on the blueberries too.

  9. #1059
    Started to get stuff in the ground, some peas and hopefully this evening some beans and corn.
    The over all vege patch.
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    and the row of peas.
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    Picked a ton of snaps yesterday, well, it seemed like a ton picking them in the heat & humidity which was about 90/90. Today it's raining with more to come over the next several days. I do see some honey bees now pollinating the squash plants so that's good. Cukes are coming in heavy now and there are at least 20 cantaloupes shaping up nicely. Few insect pests so far but there is at least one rabbit chewing on the sweet potato vines.

  11. #1061
    Just planting things right now, had to run into town to pick up some chemical fertilizer. I may have an upcoming problem, I started a second planting of broccoli and there was some mystery seeds in the bottom of the bag. I figured it was either broccoli or brussels sprouts, right now I figure I have lot of broccoli coming and I have to find out where to plant it all.
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    I'm about to go on a rampage against cat-kind.

    Dumping in my vegetable patch. Twice. In the space of a few hours.

    I've had to take some felled branches and use them to make a dozen or so stakes that I've dotted the patch with hopefully to make it less appealing as a rest spot.

    This weekend I'll try to find some netting so I can make a cover for it.

    Pets? More like pÍts!

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    I wish I had more neighborhood cats, to keep the squirrels, rabbits, and moles at bay. 1 for 3 = good deal.

  14. #1064
    Got most of the garden in everything but the pumpkins, cukes, a second planting of broccoli and some peppers and tomatoes I will put in pots. Right now there are peas, squash, carrots, beans, beets, kale, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, zucchini and kale in the ground.
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    Their is too much rain to mow the lawn. There is a lot of lawn due to the rain. There is almost too much lawn to mow the lawn now. I'm not complaining; it's certainly better than last year's draught. It should be dry until late tonight, so tonight I HAVE to mow that neon green fresh lawn. At the rate it's growing now, once per week is hardly enough. I hope the roots grow as hard as the leaves so it will be strong through the summer!

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    Any suggestions about good outdoor plants for clay soil?

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    My experience: pretty much anything as it holds water well and is nutritious. So avoid things that festoon on very dry, sandy soils (on the risky side: butterfly bush works OK, not sure about lavender, peach and fig tree wasn't productive but that might have been too low temps. Wouldn't go for desert plants.). But other than that: have fun. When I lived in a clay environment, I had to take care not to remove plants and let them sit on top of the soil, or they'd root again.

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    It cleared off a bit and there was a nice breeze to keep the flies off so I went and put in the pumpkins and cukes this afternoon.
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    I have a tree that has yellow dustlike stuff on the underside of its leaves. Not sure if its a fungus or not, I can't find reference to yellow ones. White and black is all I find.

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    I have possibly four parsnips growing now. That's enough for two rounds of mishmash. I'm a true homesteader.

    Also, there maybe carrot shoots too.

    No violations since the vampire defenses went up either.

    My parsnip clone in the incubator died however. Was doing great then just got bored of life.

    The chilli plants are hanging on. May even need repotting in a larger pot.

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    Right now I smell like chives, grass and a little gas exhaust because I got the weed eater out, also covered with grass, chives and other plant material.
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    Cooking our first corn-on-the-cob with dinner tonite, along with a salad of cukes & tomatoes, with cooked Brussels sprouts, squash, and eggplant on the grill with the steaks (we don't raise cows though ;-). Garden doing very well, picking lots of things daily now, squash, cukes, snaps, blueberries. The 2 extra early tomato plants are producing ripe ones now, earliest to ripen ever for me but I cheated and bought them back in late March at Lowes. The tomatoes I started are loaded with big greenies for now. All the beets are picked now and almost done with the bush beans, but the carrots are in ground to keep for aw while as they are picked.The cantaloupes and watermelons are shaping up nicely and the sweet potato vines are rooting good. I finally got the pears thinned, one more tree to go. Mother Nature has been kind so far this season.

  23. #1073
    The garden is generally doing well. Most of the tomato plants are doing well except for some the cherry tomato plants seedling haven't made it but I have a few backups, the beets, carrots, peas and a few beans have come up. but still early days during my last walk about I notice that most gardens haven't even been put in yet.
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    Right now just waiting for a part for the tiller, somebody get into their head and wouldn't let it go. And while we at the shop ordering the part they saw 'gator sitting there and now wants the BIL to look over it.
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  25. #1075
    Spending the afternoon transplanting and replanting some stuff. The corn did not come up but it was old seed so no surprise there, plenty of room for a lot of broccoli plants, have to plant so more cukes, some didn't make the transplanting still have some time left to start right from seed. (I want dill pickles.)
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    Hey! What's your fave window sill plant with min efforts of caring?)

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    Romaine lettuce can grow well in a pot. Here is a pick of some in a larger pot with some spinach.
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    Nice lettuce! Mine has bolted and gone bitter.
    Yesterday I pulled up some aging cuke vines and planted a 4th plot of late corn in it's place. We're done pickling so don't need the extra cukes, got another old plot of them and a new one on the way. The bush snaps are done so pulled those up too to allow the watermelon vines more room to spread out. There must be at least 30 nice size cantaloupes out there too which should start turning orange in about a week or so. Tomatoes coming in now so salsa canning isn't far behind. Squash, peppers, Brussels sprouts, and corn all doing well. Sweet potatoes on the "run" and pears plumping up. Do need some rain now.

  29. #1079
    As I finishing transplanting the seedlings, I noticed that the squash leaves looked a little chewed up and then saw a cucumber beetle. The only way to get rid of them is to use insecticide and I went and got the small bag of it we have. Had to use bare hands to put it on the plants and got some all over my clothes because bit of a breeze.

    Also when some one got home they got home with a new chainsaw and forgot the belt for the tiller. Well it is suppose to rain tonight and for a few days so I won't need until after that anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John655 View Post
    Hey! What's your fave window sill plant with min efforts of caring?)
    Plastic plants or picture frames.

    My plants all simply get water (with every now and then some nutrients) once a week and have to deal with it. I do not differentiate.

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