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6/3/15 12:08 P

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Picked first strawberries. emoticon

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This morning I got up and tied up my tomato plants, thought ole left brain would do it for me, but that didn't happen. I enjoyed doing it. I love the smell of dirt and vegetable plants!

Got tomatoes growing and the volunteer plants from the compost bin, it looks like they're going to be grape tomatoes. YAY!

DH is planning to buy me some more raised bed kits, and build me my large compost bin, I'm so excited. emoticon

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Emptied out my compost bin. 85 gallons of compost. Still have to sift it all to separate the finished compost from the rest. Pretty wet though, so it's sitting out in buckets drying overnight.

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6/2/15 9:54 A

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My DH built me a beautiful cedar gate yesterday for my vege garden!

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We haven't even been able to set ours in the ground yet! I can't wait until I can get my first ripe tomato!

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Picked 4 big ripe tomatoes!

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Rotated my patio pots so the tomatoes and herbs I have planted in them can get equal shares of this wonderful, delicious sun. We are picking tomatoes off the garden plants. Just a few so far but so good!

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I like to think that I can harvest something everyday in this climate even if it is just fresh oregano. Today it was green onions. More to come. Got my first zucchini yesterday and grilled it with some chopped fresh basil.

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Nothing in the garden but good mood today despite another rainy Saturday. I don't even remember when we have had a sunny one, it has been so long. A couple of months I think. The yellow squash and spinach seem to be loving it even if I am not. Lots of dietary slips eating fast food while the power was off, then going on a two day chip and chocolate binge. Not a big one, just a little one. I am going to weigh and assess the damage tomorrow. Right now, I am cleaning walls and getting ready to move furniture back into position.

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I went to the feed store to pick up some rabbit food, and walked away having bought 2 scuppernong plants, a Scarlett and a Triumph. I have been wanting to do that for years now, but ole 'Left Brain' wouldn't buy them, and now that I have a little money coming in I decided that there was no time like the present and I did it. I was sooo excited.
Well, Ole Left Brain decided that he'd plant them for me emoticon . He did NOT plant them where I said I wanted to plant them, and he planted one under the night light out in the yard. I was so mad I could have eaten lead and spit nails, but I'm not going to discourage him, I will move on, buy something else and plant it. He made a mess but it made him happy, and while I was out there I took care of my tomato plants and to me they look marvelous, darling, they really look marvelous. emoticon

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I went out after work and putted. Pulled weeds, trimmed, and dug a hole for another plant, but the timer on dinner beeped before I finished.

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I got my tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and I think I have cabbage...all I need to do is plants seeds for spaghetti squash, cukes and pumpkins

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Garden plots are all marked and tilled. Hubby is out planting corn and pumpkins today, while I am working on getting the containers ready so I can plant the sweet potatoes in them. Depending on whether the weather holds or not, we can hopefully get the rest of the seeds planted this weekend.

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off some rosemary to go in my spaghetti sauce. Picked the yellow squash and tomato.

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I got some sweet peas, carrots, swiss chard, lettuce seeds in today..
I ordered some worms from Uncle Jim's for the garden and they are now at work..

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I had tomatoes volunteer to grow in my mulch bed, and I offered them to a friend who said she'd come and get them, seeing that I already have a dozen tomato plants already planted. But she never came and two of the plants began to bloom, so I added some garden soil to them, and put the Epsom salt around them. I thinned out the weaker plants and tomorrow I will stake them.
This is the first garden I've had since our move 4 years ago. My husband tried growing tomatoes last year and the year before but the dogs kept making off with our green tomatoes. Lol emoticon
Most of my neighbors have raised garden beds, and I've been trying to talk my husband into for years, but he's traditional. Last year for my birthday he broke down and bought me one to just see how it would do. He's loved the results so far, and asked me yesterday what do we need to make our garden bigger. emoticon I told him, I've got plans but some things around the house need doing first.
A rain gutter would help a lot, so I can put in rain barrels. Right now I have coffee cans and old tea pitchers collecting rain water. I also want a fairly large green house built, and with 3 teenagers well, you know where our money goes first.


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I had plans to do lots of work in the garden today - so of course it is now raining! Hopefully it won't last long and maybe I can at least get my large planters done.

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Pulled weeds, raked up under the trees, trimmed dead branches off the rose bushes. Have to wait until it dries up a bit before I can plant.

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I did a lot of puttering. Pulled weeds, put compost mulch around thirstier plants, and some organic fertilizer on my citrus trees.

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Got the fence posts in at the garden plots this week. Of course, then it rained before we could get the fence itself up and it's too muddy now to do that on the north and west sides! Hopefully it will dry up enough this week so we can get it done and maybe start planting next weekend

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I got the containers full of compost and soil mixture ready for when I get back from vacation...I don't want to plant anything in case of extremely hot days or possible frost...
but, I'm ready!
I also got my water barrel ready..bring on the rain!


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I ordered some worms for the garden...Hopefully it will help with the crops...

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Pulled weeds and planted peppers

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I moved my compost bin, hoping to fix the mess made by a roving raccoon.

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swept up magnolia petals yet again, then planted some calla lily bulbs

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Its been too wet/rainy to do much in garden lately; but I am trying to prune up my peach trees.




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Pulled weeds. Who needs a gym membership when you are up,down,up,down,up,down?

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Pulled weeds and played in the dirt a little.

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Cleaned up the perennial garden and 1/2 the annual bed. Found most of the pieces for the bunny barrier for the community garden plot.

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Raining off and on all day, along with some hail, so all I've done is feed the compost pile. We had standing water in the back yard and even had a duck swimming in it!

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Nothing today as I had a meeting in Greenville today.

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Put a flat of greens out for more light and they were flooded in a downpour!

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Set out a few things. Still have plenty of things to go.

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I emptied out my compost bin (some was done but it was so wet I couldn't sift it anyway). Then I alternated putting the compost back with layers of the dried grass and leaves I raked up yesterday and mixed it all together. Hopefully that will get it cooking again so that in a month or so most of it will be completely done.

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Going to set out a few things either this morning or this afternoon. This is a busy time of the year for me and I love it.

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I've been wanting berries for a long time. Our wonderful local nursery held a class on blueberries and I learned that I could grow them in a large pot. So I now have two Southern Highbush Blueberries planted in acidy mix in my alkaline desert yard!

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Today I raked the leaves out of the front flower bed and front lawn. Hoping to clean out the compost bin tomorrow and mix in all the leaves and dead grass so it can all break down. Still have the side and back yards and beds to do, but that will have to wait for another day, as I don't want to get a bunch of blisters.

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I even mix chopped up leaves in with the dirt in my large planters, instead of putting in all new dirt every year. That way they compost themselves and provide plant food instead of me adding compost to them. The chopped up leaves also loosen the soil so the roots can penetrate easier and grow faster.
We have a 60 foot x 80 foot plot to cover, so it takes LOTS of leaves. My kind of black (or brown) gold!

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Gathering leaves (ours and neighbors) and spreading them on the garden plots for next year. Still have leaves on some trees, but many are completely bare.

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Emptied out the compost bin and sifted it. Got 20 gallons of finished compost. Also emptied the dirt out of my large planters so I could harvest the sweet potatoes growing in them. Got a 2 gallon bucket of sweet potatoes out of each planter. They were huge!! Definitely something I plan on continuing to do. So easy to harvest too since there really isn't any digging.

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Has turned alot cooler here. I know that it is time to get the gardens prepared for winter.

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Been raining off and on since Sunday, so didn't get anything done outside. Hoping to get the compost bin emptied and sifted if it ever stops raining long enough to do so.

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Yesterday we finished tearing down everything from the plots we rent from the park district. Fencing, posts, gates all torn down and hauled home. Then hubby tilled up as much of the plots as he could (still have some beans and corn producing, but now that the fence is down, the deer may take care of the beans).
Next we will be hauling leaves over - as many as we can get from friends and neighbors, and tilling them in as well, to help build up the soil for next spring.

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Today we are pulling the tomato cages at the rented garden plots. We have to be out of there in 2 weeks, so it's time to start removing what we no longer need and bringing it home for the winter. Still getting beans and corn from our 2nd plantings.

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might plant some bulbs this afternoon

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Picked all the remaining tomatoes on the plants before the cold weather arrives tonight. (supposed to get down to upper 30s tonight and that could affect the flavor and make the skins tougher).

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Went to a workshop on trees (planting and problems). It was very good and I learned a lot of new techniques and information. I really enjoy going to different workshops like that.

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Cleaned out some planters and put them away for the winter, then cleaned off the patio and put that dirt and peanut shells in the compost bin, along with the ashes from the fire pit. Picked a few tomatoes as well. Sorting through my pots and other supplies, getting rid of the ones I won't use anymore, as well as any broken items, so I'll be ready for next year.

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I left the mums that were in the fair out to get some much needed rain on them.

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Burned up a bunch of branches that we'd trimmed earlier. When the ashes cool, they will be added to the compost bin.

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We are pruning shrubs around the house today. Getting ready to have new gutters and snow guards installed.




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Have done nothing in the garden all weekend. Am just too tired to do anything.

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Thank you roses. I have baby powder too. Will make the yard smell nice.
I will need to start clean up too, also need to dig in the compost a friend gave us

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Clean up time in the garden today. Some of the patches are done, so we are pulling any remaining weeds and the plants. Then we can till those up and start digging leaves in to get it ready for next year. Easier than having to do all of it at once.

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I have heard that baby powder does the same thing. They supposedly can't stand the stuff.

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Thank you. I forgot about diatomaceous earth, will have to try that. Has been bone dry here than we had a storm and all the ants came out.
I also have some chalk, so it would be worth a try, was using dish soap. it kills them but does not make them stay away.

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I read that ants aren't supposed to cross a chalk line, so that's one way to keep them out of the house at least. BUT - my friend's daughter was over last week and we were drawing chalk pictures on the driveway and I saw an ant walk right over the chalk lines as if they weren't even there. So I have some doubts as to whether that really works or not.

In the garden, I've used diatomaceous earth, but you would have to reapply that after it rains. You can also use it in and around the house, but it's better if you don't breathe that in or put it where pets will get into it. Not a poison, so pests can't build up a tolerance to it. Works for other household pests too.

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Tried to get rid of all the ants

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It is still to hot yet to plant my bulbs. Did water the flowers on my porch though.

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Potted up some begonias to bring in and grow in a window this winter. Repotted some indoor plants and picked tomatoes. Not many left on the vine now.

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Harvested 6 bushel baskets of spaghetti squash, 1/4 bushel of beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and over 30 pumpkins. Late batch of corn should be ready for picking in about a week. Getting ready to clean up some sections of the garden that are about done, like the cucumber, spaghetti squash, and zucchini sections, and the first section of corn (once all the pumpkins are out of there too). Tomatoes are winding down.

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watered my flowers this morning

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LOL I agree. I watered and weeded too.

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Weeding, watering, and feeding the mosquitoes. Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes when he had the chance? LOL

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Lots more weeding. Harvested pumpkins, beans, spaghetti squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, corn, and zucchini.

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Cut back a shrub that is next to my porch and finished cleaning my porch.

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Pulled 2 black garbage bags full of weeds. Quit when I suddenly got a strong whiff of skunk! No sign of the critter, and they are supposed to be nocturnal, but I didn't want to take any chances!

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clean my porch

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Pulled weeds, watered, cleaned out some pots to get them ready to store for next season.

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Took the day off.

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Pulled weeds and planted more flowers in the front flower bed.

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I pulled a bunch of weeds today, but plenty left to keep me busy tomorrow too.

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Found my hidden fig trees this afternoon. They are loaded but not ready to eat yet.

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