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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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trimmed more shrubs around the house




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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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9/21/14 1:08 P

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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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Cleaned up the compost area

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started deadheading my roses.

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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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What are you planting in your Fall garden Whiteangel?

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Rain emoticon was in the forecast but I guess it didn't get the message emoticon
so making lemonade out of lemons emoticon and doing more laundry and hanging it on the line! emoticon watering the garden too!

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As soon as it cools more we are planning on turning under the non produting plants and get ready for a fall garden

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As soon as it cools more we are planning on turning under the non produting plants and get ready for a fall garden

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I just can't wait, was use to having my tomatoes all summer!! I did check today, some are finally turning. Thank you

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Because of the cooler weather in July, the news said tomatoes are about 3 weeks behind schedule in my area (cherry tomatoes are ripening, just not the larger heirlooms). They are just beginning to ripen near us now. Hope yours come in soon.

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Pulled weeds, and watered. Still no tomatoes!!

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I need to cut a shrub back so if it doesn't rain I will do that.

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Great Terry! I always love when we start getting produce from the garden. It always tastes better than anything you can get anywhere else, even Farmers Markets.

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Today I pulled some weeds...and...I got my first fruits! 2 cukes... 2 green peppers. beans....cherry tomatoes..the ruby indigo cherry tomato finally was ready to eat...they are very tasty ...I also harvested some dill, cilantro and parsley and dehydrated them....
Loving my garden this year!

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Spent a couple of hours pulling the weeds in the back flower beds. Still more to go, but at least it's a start, now that I can actually get back there.

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transplanting daylilies, pulling weeds and...........tomatoes are ripening...we have had a few for lunch and dinner over the last few days YUM! FRESH ORGANIC TOMATOES!

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Picked tomatoes and peppers and cut fresh herbs so they will continue to grow and spread them to dry

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watered plants, weeded a little, picked some blueberries

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moved the wood ash from the fire pit to the compost bins and to the garden

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I'll harvest some malabar spinach tomorrow. I didn't think they would grow so well in Chicago considering they are subtropical plants.

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Look at this link to see if that is what you want to do, it is natural and does not kill the rabbits.

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Sprinkled , sprayed natural cyanne pepper mix on plants that the bunnies are eating.

Anyone have ideas on erradication of rabbits?

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Not much. weeding! We had so much rain this spring, we couldn't get out to clean up, prepare the ground, etc... So, I sort of gave it up for this season. It was too late to really get anything started with our short season of decent weather. But, I am prepping and getting some ideas for some fall planting, which I've never done before. Also doing some fun structures to be ready for next year!

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That's odd as I also had no success with squash or cukes this year. Also, for the first time, I had to take a small paintbrush and pollinate my tomatoes and a couple of my pepper plants. I had tons of bloom but no veggie. I lost half the crop I could have had before someone suggested the paintbrush idea.
Anyway, can't do much as it's raining on and off, so will just make due with pulling a few weeds and pulling a couple tomatoes to make fried green tomatoes tonight for dinner. I have to remove some weight off my vines as they are breaking before the tomato is ready. It's a strange year as my heirloom tomato plants easily reached 6 ft tall. I don't know what to think!

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Today I trimmed lower branches off of tomato plants and pulled off the ripe tomatoes. I have had so many tomatoes this year. I have fried, made soup, spaghetti sauce, Spanish rice, etc. Everyday I had more to prep. I still have a lot. I have given them to people. My squash and cucumbers plants have not produced. This is strange for usually they do well on their own. I will pull them out tomorrow. Waste of time this year. Time to get the ground ready for Fall planting the end of August.

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Repotted our new tomato plants into larger pots until we can get them in the ground. Also managed to plant some flowers in front of the house. Hubby had to help me, but I wanted to try at least to do some planting. Still more to do, but have to accept the fact that at least for the next month, I'm going to have to ask for help because I can't do it by myself.

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We got rain again and they said that it would be clear. emoticon

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We had rain, so I will be pulling weeds.
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We bought more tomato plants to replace the ones that drowned with all the rain. Can't plant them in the garden yet, but going to replant into bigger pots in the meantime. They were being clearanced for 25 cents each or 18 for $2. The ones in the gallon containers were 50 cents.

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watched it rain

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Raining here too. Too wet to get in to the garden. Supposed to clear off after tonight. I sure hope so!

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raining still so I did nothing in the garden

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We have a few tomatoes left and the different peppers are doing well/ I am getting about 6 to 7 different peppers a day. I am letting some of the hot peppers turn red before picking as I will be drying them and saving for later use. They are making the most at this time.

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Yes. We got lots of rain yesterday too. I think the tomatoes are finished and we have to try and find replacements. And those are going to be planted in hills this time like our fellow gardeners at the park district plots have been doing because the ground there just doesn't drain very well. If it is wet, the roots don't sit in water and rot. If it is dry, then being in hills means the water you give them doesn't get pulled away like a sponge by all the surrounding dry ground. This is the 3rd year (not in a row thankfully) that we've lost plants due to too much rain.
The main reason for poor drainage is that they haven't plowed the plots in years, they just till the surface. So the soil below is all compacted. If we had enough land, we'd forgo the plots altogether and just plant at home. Oh well, we do what we can and learn from past difficulties.

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nothing because of the rain that is coming off the tropical storm

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stump removal, transplanting perennials

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Was going to change a sprinkler but then it just pour down raining so I clean my bathroom and then the bed room.

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emoticon Good Morning!
I had a terrific day yesterday. I cut away the dead evergreens that died this past winter...orange evergreens are dead Fred.
My rib didn't like me using emoticon the loppers...I guess. Planning to transplant a rhodo there and some shade loving plants: Lady's Mantle, wild ginger, etc.

I also picked up a 3 tiered bird bath fountain that I need to re-finish.
I am working on getting outside to enjoy a bit of every Summer Day we have. Last night was so clear for emoticon star gazing too! Have a great day today!
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Nothing but watch the rain and listen to the thunder!!

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