Garden Log

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George the original one
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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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jennypenny
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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.

George the original one
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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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