Garden Log

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Sat May 13, 2017 2:30 pm

But of course!

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Re: Garden Log

Post by OTCW » Sat May 13, 2017 3:54 pm

I've seen several carpenter bees (look like bumble bees but bore into soft woods).

Also, I have a couple of pepper plants and a cherry tomato plant planted.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by jennypenny » Sun May 14, 2017 11:19 am

Our neighbor had some landscaping done and had a lot of stone leftover. He didn't want it so we used it to make a small walkway and patio-ish area for our fire pit. He wouldn't take anything for it so we gave him a couple bottles of wine.

It was just lawn before so we (meaning DH ;) ) gave it a good till ...

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Then he and the boys put a few stone in each weekend when the weather cooperated.

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The finished area is just what I wanted. We've slowly converted to a cottage (read: messy/casual) look from the more formal look that people in Stepford prefer. The front is still mulched and starched looking, but the back is slowly becoming a recycled/upcycled haven. We did have to buy the chairs though. I had a gift cert from LLBean (people are always trying to get me to buy new clothes) so that helped a little. I wanted wrought iron looking chairs since our deck set is a wrought iron set (an old wedding present to my in-laws, so 51 years old).

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We also used Deckover on the deck last year and I really like how that improved the look of our solid but old-looking deck. We also dumped some extra flower seed around the deck at the end of the year and a lot of it has come up already. I'm going to do that along the house this year. I'm not one to fuss over flowers (I prefer to spend my time on the edible stuff) but I like them.

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Otherwise, everything else is planted ... tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, peas. The herbs are doing well and the strawberries look great. I thought we'd lose them because of the strange weather but we only lost a couple (you can see where the gaps are -- I'll fill in with some new plants). The chives are from a seed trade with someone here.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by halfmoon » Sun May 14, 2017 1:07 pm

Nice! I like how the stones are flush with the ground so you can just mow over it instead of fighting to keep the cracks grass-free.

We have one of those portable fire pits, but it eventually ported itself to the garage. :( I'm a little too antsy to sit and look at the fire for very long. Pretty soon I'm jumping up and doing something...unless there's wine, of course.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Sun May 14, 2017 9:01 pm

The potted potatoes from February are doing well, so I opened up the smallest pot to see what bounty I could rob them of. 2 seed potatoes produced 14 new potatoes. It's still a little early, apparently, as the new potatoes were no bigger than golfballs. Didn't stop me from taking all of them and boiling them for lunch today.

Fortunately we're still eating Yukon golds from the boxes in the garage, though the sprouts are beginning to take over.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by OTCW » Mon May 15, 2017 12:19 pm

Added a basil plant today. Was picking up weedeater line and they were on sale.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by jennypenny » Wed May 17, 2017 6:49 pm

I had to water twice today because it hit 90 here today. Last weekend it was so cold I had to cover the plants at night. Going to be one of those years I guess.

We have strawberries. :)

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@halfmoon--Yes, I love that I can mow right over the stones. You can see from the pic below how much grass we have to mow. (ok, it's not *that* much --GTOO and ffj have me beat by a mile -- but it seems like a lot in the heat of the summer) I also like that it doesn't look new.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by halfmoon » Wed May 17, 2017 7:37 pm

The amount of grass we mow is completely embarrassing, especially in this forum. Not going there. Looking not-new is great, but the extra cool factor is how it flows without a straight, sharply defined border. You obviously aren't German. ;)

I really like this, especially seeing the wider view. Not going to happen here, so I'll appreciate it vicariously.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by jennypenny » Sat May 20, 2017 2:38 pm

We have tomatoes already. They're itty bitty, but it's still a record for us. I'm not sure if it's because it's getting warmer earlier or we're getting better at gardening. Probably both. These were from seed. (some from cmonkey's site, but to be honest we lost track when we were planting and I'm not sure if these particular tomatoes are from his seeds)

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Re: Garden Log

Post by cmonkey » Mon May 22, 2017 10:50 am

If anyone wants an automated, no hassle way to receive wood chips, here you go.

I just signed up and I'll let everyone know how it goes.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by enigmaT120 » Tue May 23, 2017 10:48 am

They sure don't have much information on that page. We get free wood chips in Dallas, a 9 mile drive, in my Toyota pickup.
But if that outfit delivers that might be a good deal.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Thu May 25, 2017 1:15 pm

Spent two hours tending garden this morning, mainly mounding up the rows of potatoes. Disappointed in the spinach... it didn't grow well after it emerged and now is bolting; I probably need to plant it a little later and in more batches. Sugar Ann peas are blooming, other varieties still growing with no blossoms yet. I ate the largest radishes 2 days ago.

Despite having a week of no measureable rain, there were 3 days that were wet, misty. A couple sunny days never got above 60F, but we're finally transitioning to the dry season, with temperatures going up. Soil will dry out soon, so today I'll water.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Sat May 27, 2017 10:50 pm

The other pea varieties are blossoming now, so not much difference in timing. Still, if you want the earliest snap peas, then Sugar Ann gets a nod.

Big surprise was finding 4 volunteer seedlings in the greenhouse on Friday morning. Couldn't decide if they were watermelon or cucumber until noticing the seed husk clinging to one was from a watermelon. Hmm, I guess I forgot to mention that the greenhouse is back in production? Filled the allotted bell pepper spaces & all but one of the tomato spaces... the plants are improving from a bit of transplant shock, the tomatoes were hit hardest.

Spending a couple hours per day catching up on weeding. It's mostly light work, though going through the strawberry beds is a chore. Otherwise, I'm occupied with cutting & splitting firewood, getting it stacked in the sunshine. It's this time of year when I'm really happy to be living on the coast instead of in Portland... our daily highs are a very comfortable 68-75F while Portland is touching 90F. Makes it so much easier to labor as hard as I want.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by enigmaT120 » Tue May 30, 2017 11:34 am

I need to start making hay. The grass is just ridiculous. Too bad I have no use for hay.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:00 pm

Been nibbling peapods since Jun 1. Dumped second pot of potatoes and generated 4 servings of new potatoes slightly larger than eggs, so it looks like June is as early as I can get fresh potatoes from container-grown.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by halfmoon » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:19 am

George the original one wrote:
Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:00 pm
Been nibbling peapods since Jun 1.
So unfair. :evil: I was just out in the garden yesterday, looking at the ankle-high pea plants and longing for the summer days when I can graze in the garden. I actually thought of you and swore...to plant peas much earlier next year. :D

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Re: Garden Log

Post by enigmaT120 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:06 pm

We have volunteer potatoes all over the place. I think they might be an invasive species. Maybe this will stop the gophers from finding and eating them all.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:14 pm

enigmaT120 wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:06 pm
We have volunteer potatoes all over the place.
I'm gradually learning to remove them unless they come up early and are particularly vigorous. Usually they're started by the tiniest of tubers, the ones you either thought too small to bother with or missed entirely.

One small stretch of my volunteers is keeling over today. Possibly insect victims, possibly lack of water... I'll have to investigate right after I yank them out to regain the garden space!

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:20 pm

Tomato plants getting bigger in the greenhouse, radishes have bolted, and strawberries are coloring. Weather has been perfect for me & wife: 70-72F highs with light breeze.

Something bloomed yesterday afternoon, however, that apparently everyone is allergic to and it was not present where I was fishing on the Kilchis River. Came home @6p and dear wife was snuffling madly... cleaned fish, fed guts & head to the crawdads in our river, and came back into the house with my nose suddenly clogging.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by jennypenny » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:18 am

Enjoying lots of strawberries. The first cherry tomatoes are almost ready to be picked. We covered the blueberries this year so we get to eat more than the birds.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by jennypenny » Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:04 pm

We have zucchini and tomatoes already. This is the earliest we've ever had them by a couple of weeks.

We also have a groundhog who's about to meet his maker. I'm pretty tolerant about sharing the garden bounty with the other residents of our yard, but this one won't quit. He's eating the cucumbers, beans, and squash non-stop. He's ruining it for everyone. Anyone have any ideas short of shooting it with an air rifle to scare it off?

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Re: Garden Log

Post by ffj » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:58 pm

Try one of those live traps. You can buy one or make your own.

I've made this trap in the past and have caught possums and rabbits and groundhogs with it. The coons are able to lift the door and get out but you could make a locking catch on it if you prefer. I was always afraid I would catch a skunk and have to get too close to release it with a locking mechanism.

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Use chicken wire or hardware cloth on the back end so they can see through and old wood for the box. The top part is just a lever made out of wood with string on both ends. Use a nail for the fulcrum. Good luck.

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Summer Garden Pics

Post by George the original one » Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:55 pm

Saturday was our hottest day so far this year... 90F. Doesn't sound all that hot to most of you, but considering we seldom go above 75F, like today, it was pretty ugly for me. Started the day by taking pictures and then heavily watering the plants in the greenhouse and taking the side panels off the greenhouse for extra ventilation.

So a quick tour. First up is my wife's flower bed, featuring day lilies and irises with a smattering of annual flowers for color accents (which are mostly what you see blooming).
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This next one is the temporary bed we started in 2012 as a holding place for plants until we could find a place for them. Little did we know it would stay put all these years. You can see some of the potatoes in the background. The bed really is slated for a move, though. Any day now. Maybe. :?
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A view of the potatoes with the temporary bed in the background. Sweet corn & brushpiles occupied this space last year.
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The california strawberries that are trying to take over. They've spread out from the two rows I salvaged & transplanted just last year! All that lush growth means I've had difficulty getting to the weeds <ahem> :oops:
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Peas and onions. Was occupied by late-planted potatoes last year and "lawn" in prior years. The dirt strip to the right was a grass path last year, but I found that didn't work well, with the grass and weeds trying to go under the greenhouse and also back into the potatoes. That's a 3'-4' tall lump of weeds I've pulled this spring getting this bed and the potatoes planted.
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Not pictured are the espalier apple trees (planted last year), filbert trees (planted last year), raspberry vines (new this year), space for this year's sweet corn, blueberries (original 4 established bushes plus 7 bushes we brought in 2012), a shade garden next to the house, and the shady border in the backyard to enhance viewing interest from the patio and upstairs windows.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by cmonkey » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:31 am

jennypenny wrote:
Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:04 pm
We also have a groundhog who's about to meet his maker. I'm pretty tolerant about sharing the garden bounty with the other residents of our yard, but this one won't quit. He's eating the cucumbers, beans, and squash non-stop. He's ruining it for everyone. Anyone have any ideas short of shooting it with an air rifle to scare it off?
In my experience rabbits and groundhogs are notoriously difficult to catch in a live trap because they have so much food available already. I would recommend baiting with a very fragrant fruit such as a peach or nectarine. Also block off all exits to his den and then make a funnel to the trap on the last remaining exit. That's the only way I have caught our woodchucks. I still haven't caught any rabbits in my trap. I give em 3 or 4 days to go quietly....

This is a lot of work and so I have ultimately resorted to just shooting them, because it only worked half of the time.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:36 pm

I suppose you can't fence out groundhogs because they dig? How come the dogs aren't doing their part?

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