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Conservatories are a good place to go to get in the summer mood. Got my spring seed catalog, but I haven't had time to look at it.

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A friend and I visited Garfield Park Conservatory in Indy today. What an awesome place! Neither of us had ever been in a conservatory before. It was so fun learning about tropical plants from all over the world.

Anyone been to the Conservatory in Cincy? What is it called? We'd like to take a drive over there some time this spring and visit that one.



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My entire backyard was redone in September. I have tried a variety of plants and am excited to see what does well and what I need to replace. I love camellias. I planted several varieties hoping I would get the winter blooms. Lots of buds, but not much blooming yet. I am wondering if they are getting enough sun. TIme will tell.

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I have flowers blooming now but I live in the south where we can garden most of the year. My petunias, pansies and snapdragons are blooming/growing. I bought some Amaryllis bulbs and planted them outdoors vs. forcing indoors and they are blooming now in my garden. I sometimes force bulbs indoors but they don't last any longer you just get flowers in the winter that way. Right now I mostly have poinsettias indoors in bloom now. I use a small artificial tree on a round table since I don't have any kids. I decorate my mantel and door and have some items in each room in the house that is holiday. Still hanging on to all the ornaments from when I had a large tree each year because I thought I might want to do that again now that I am retired but I didn't feel like doing it this year at least.

Rainy and cold and dreary here today. Doing laundry indoors and those last minute preparations for the holiday.

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Hello everyone sorry I have not been on here very much lately I have been super busy with hosting parties and getting the packages in the mail and gifts wrapped and under the tree. The days don't seem long enough to get everything done.
Hope everyone is ready for Jolly Santa this year.

C is for caring
H is for Happiness
R is for reality in knowing the truth
I is for the intelligence we acquire in life
S is for snow...
T is for time to enjoy life to the fullest
m is for being merry and happy in life's trials
a is for always being there for others
s is for saying you love someone

S is for the different seasons in the year
e is for knowing every good deed you do you get extra back
a is for always remembering to offer a helping hand
s is for smiling and offering a smile
o is for others in our life who have brought happiness to us
n is for now ... now we can do all we wish to be done as we have thought of others first and are rewarded extra back in return. So wish everyone you know a Very Merry Christmas this season and see how many rewards you receive...

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE....
HUGS AND SMILES FOR HAVING GREAT FRIENDS LIKE YOU....

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We don't have any kids in the family, so I just use a ceramic tree I made years ago. I do a little decorating here and there around the house. My sister, however, has decorations all over. She has a live garland, but her tree is artificial. emoticon

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Do you use a real Christmas tree or artificial? If real, cut or balled?

We use real cut trees. Then after Christmas we put them in our woods for the rabbits and birds to nest in.

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I brought my lantana in this winter and it likes it...I've had 3 small blooms and have some buds. I have it sitting in my patio door which faces east.

This is really a mystery to me because I couldn't find a place where it was happy outdoors all summer! Our east facing deck got too hot and baked it, our western front porch was too shady, then too blistering in the hot evenings, the north side of the house is dense shade and is only suitable for ferns, the south side of the house is where all my raised garden beds are because there is no woods close to the house there.

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12/6/11 8:17 P

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I've never forced bulbs, but I bring some plants indoors over the winter, like geraniums, which will bloom indoors or outdoors the next year.
Anyone have winter flowers blooming now?
I brought my amaryllis plants up from the basement but nothing has sprouted yet. One Christmas cactus is blooming in a bright pink, the other one died because I either watered it too much or too little.
Several orchids are blooming now, which was a nice surprise!
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12/2/11 1:41 P

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Do the forced bulbs blooms last longer inside than they do outside? I've never tried that, but I am intrigued to learn more.

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and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "




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12/2/11 2:46 A

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Some of my favorite plants for winter are forced tulip, daffodils and paper whites. Easy to do and beautiful when everything else is snow covered outside these bring joy and color to the indoors.
So get some pretty pots and bulbs and have a blast this winter.

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We got our 1st snow today---after 3 days of rain, it changed to snow this afternoon and hasn't stopped yet. Our growing season is done in Indiana now.

I moved some of my herbs and lantana indoors a few weeks ago. The lantana seems to like it better indoors! I've had several new blooms since bringing it inside. LOL

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Sandy - you are so brave to get out there on black Friday. I have never even had the feeling I would like to go. The weather here has turned cold, highs in the 40's and low's in the 20's. I have finally stopped covering things and am allowing nature to take over. My Swiss chard is still doing quite nicely however. I may get a cover for that and see how long I can keep that this year. If it goes for a long time next year I am planting more.

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Hey guys, I hope you made it through Black Friday. I put 7.11 miles on my pedometer that day it was over 18000 steps. Who knew you could walk that much when your cutting in and out of the mall and the big box stores. I had fun and got some really good time.
Relaxing the rest of the weekend and getting ready for the final stage of the heat pump to be installed on Wednesday of this week.
The wind was blowing hard today but the temperature was on the rise we got all the way up to 52 degrees today. I even got a little gardening done, I still have hanging baskets and plants that are still blooming. Hard to believe when we got down to twenty for about three days last week.
Hope everyone is doing well, will chat more later. Sandy

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We had a lovely Thanksgiving with family in northern Indiana. Got some projects done and others started today. Picked up a book on planting a native prairie at a used book sale. Can't wait to read it.

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If you are in the States, I'm wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, full of counting your blessings and giving thanks. Carol

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A couple of days ago we got our first snow fall. I was out in the garden picking my Kale and Swiss Chard with snow on them. I finally got them cooked up and ate with spicy beans and rice.

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11/11/11 7:44 A

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Yikes!! I didn't cover anything in the garden as the weather guy said it was not going to frost/freeze. It is now 32.5 and I still have tomatoes and peppers out there. I hope it does not go any lower this morning.

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I am hoping to go out each day that it is not raining and rake some leaves so they don't end up to our knees!!

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I'm sorry to say I do not know anything about Bonsai trees. It is something I am interested in but figured that was something I could check out when I retire.

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Does anyone know anything about Bonsai Trees? I want to start one for my dad.

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10/26/11 8:28 A

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Laurieannie1:
Thanks again for trying! By the way, I live in Ontario, Canada - if that makes any difference for zones etc.

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Retiredgma - I went to class on Monday and the speaker for the three hours was an expert in insects and did not have an answer for me. Tomorrow night there are 2 speakers from the department of conservation and they are speaking about landscape trees. They may have an answer.

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This weekend we had our first frost of the fall in Plainfield IL so I started pulling out some of the perennials. I hate to see them go and I miss the color already, but had to get them started and will finish up next weekend, weather permitting. I pulled out the last tomato plant which was so huge it filled an entire tall lawn waste bag! I brought some geraniums I want to save into the house for the winter. I have a two year old salmon-colored geranium that I kept indoors since last winter and it's still doing great, flowering even more than the ones outside, so I thought I would try it with a couple more this year.

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10/22/11 10:01 P

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Thank you, much appreciated!

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I wish I would have read your post this morning. I went to a master gardeners workshop today and there were all sorts of people there that could have answered that question. I am going back to a class on Monday and I will see if the speaker knows the answer to that question.



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We have had so much rain here in Ontario the lawn squishes when you walk on it! My husband has been trying to mow the lawn for the last two weeks! I have taken up some of my dead marigolds and hope that they have reseeded themselves. I love to see their colour in the flower beds. My fushia hanging plants are still blooming even though we had a couple of frosts a while ago. Does anyone know when I should trim my star magnolia tree. It is about 6 ft tall now and I don't want it to grow much taller.

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Frost was very close last night. Down here by the house and in the garden we did not have frost, but the truck up on the hill was covered with it. Luckily it is going to warm up for about a week. Temps are supposed to be 80 next Monday and Tuesday.

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Golddusttwin - Thank you for that suggestion. Do you get this from a local store in your area or order it from a catalog? I was planning on getting some for next year to see if it would help plants from getting "sun burn", but have not looked for it this fall.

We did not get frost/freezing temps last night and may luck out again tonight. So I still have lots of blooms and tomatoes and peppers. I am going to cover tonight and after that it is supposed to warm up again but then I think I will be done trying to hang on as it will be November soon. I still may try to keep my swiss chard going for as long as I can. The year before last I was cutting it until just about Thanksgiving.

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Hey guys stopping in real quick to say hello. It was 34 degrees here this morning and going to be cold again tonight. I took down four hanging baskets that the cold weather got, so had to rearrange things on the back and front patios to fill in some empty spots. But I still have tons of blooms here and at home there, I just posted My Tuesday Bloom blog for the week.

Hope everyone is having a great week. Sandy


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Get some remay...AKA spun polyester row cover...you can get it rather inexpensively and if you are very careful it will last for many years and it insulates the plants so they can contiue growing and you can just keep it on them until you decide to clear the garden.

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Golddust - sorry to hear about the yellow jacket encounter, they can make life challenging in the garden for sure. I have not heard about hair spray. We are supposed to have frost and maybe a freeze this week and I am not willing to give up on my garden quite yet. It is supposed to warm back up over the weekend and next week. I did move my house plants into the house yesterday before the rain moved in. I want to cover my tomatoes and peppers and hope to get some more out of them this fall. The summer was so hot that neither of these did well and are just doing well now that it is going to get cold. Go figure.

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Morning! Spent 2 hours in gardens EARLY this morning. Finally got those blueberries, peonies and daylilies in the ground...Had to wait until freezing so the yellow jackets didnt sting me again! Had enough fun (NOT) spending time in the emergency ward at the hospital on Saturday!Allergic to all stinging insects! Have to take meds for next 3 days. emoticon

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We are home on the West side of the state got here at seven this evening. I got everything at home on the East side of the state done this morning the sprinklers shut down and the garage cleaned and organized as we went through the totes with Christmas decorations we brought about half of what we have here to decorate I plan on using gold and burgundy as my color pallet. Should be fun as Hubby is a big Christmas person.
We left here our West side home at nine last night and got back here at seven tonight so I think we got a lot done in 22 hours we even got five hours of sleep. It was a total of nine and a half hours driving time between our two homes round trip.
The trip home was nice with all the color in the mountains it was beautiful. A lot of heavy clouds as we got to the pass but other than that smooth sailing all the way home.
The flowers there are still in full bloom so no trimming this week. That will happen on the next trip at the first of next month.
I hope everyone had a productive day. Sandy

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a safety tip carry hair spray in the gardens! Back home....attacked by yellow jackets while working in my gardens. Spent several hours in the emergency ward of the hospital.



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Today I went out to my side garden and started cleaning up my tomato plants. I am taking a master gardener certification class and found out why they are doing so well now that it may freeze next week and did nothing this summer. It seems that when it stays so hot during the night in the summer the pollen can't do what it is supposed to and the tomatoes and peppers just do not set. My peppers are just now setting peppers and looking great. Oh well, hope for cooler nights next summer, in the meantime I hope I can get something out of my garden. I will cover everything until the bitter end.

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Yes I think the squirrel's god is sending me a message to just leave the walnuts alone!

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I am sure they did appreciate all your efforts for doing all the gathering for them, all they had to do was find good hiding spots for them. I remember when we had black walnut trees Day would bag them with the outer green husks and all in burlap bags and put them in the gravel side yard to dry and when they turned black on the outside he would run over them a couple of times with the car to break open the outer husk so we could get to the nut shell, they sure were a lot of work for just a small amount of nuts that came out. My favorites were the paper shell pecans they were easy to pick up from under the tree and easy to crack with hugh nuts on the inside. What wonderful memories you brought back.

Kat I know there are free services that are available for you, just have to make the calls to set up a program so they can help you out with your Mom. I will keep her in my prayers as well as you for the strength to keep caring for her.

We got a break in the weather today and Hubby got the lawn mowed and I trimmed the dahlias and all the other plants that needed dead heading. I also got all the bulbs planted today.
Three types of Tulips all in the dark purple family, light purple crocus, tiny iris bulbs they only get about six to eight inches tall and have miniature blooms also in the purple color family and hibiscus in a mixture of colors today all 250 bulbs found a home and I am happy to say because it is going to rain all week next week so today was the day to plant.
I wanted to go play golf but needed to do the yard work while the weather was nice for us.

Tomorrow we are going to the Rock and Gem Show in Marysville. I think the day is suppose to start out cloudy then start rain in the afternoon.
I have all the laundry done today and tons of errands for next week scheduled.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful day. Sandy

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I have some walnut trees in the back woods. This year I was going to collect some and clean off the outer shell. I used cloth gloves instead of rubber ones, so I got a little stain on my palm. I washed them and check to see that they floated (the bad ones sink). I put them in a onion bag to dry and hung them outside. I forgot about them and notice some walnut chips on the deck. The chipmunk or the squirrel took all of them. I hope they appreciated my work. Maybe next year I'll try it again.
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Sandy, I'm craving all kinds of carbs, too. I also want lots of walnuts, but they're too expensive now at the store - $6.58 a lb! What is that about? They nearly doubled in price from last year.

We have a lovely sunshiny morning. Pete is trying to shore up our falling deck so we can hold off on the rebuild until spring. We'll see. Too many bills lately - Vet bill for the cat yesterday was expected - the emergency fix on our car was not. emoticon

I need to get a load of gravel and spread it in the worst potholes in our driveway, and that will be my major exercise for the day. Later, I need to get Mom out of the house, maybe do some garage sales and rummage sales. I'm worried about her - the dementia has taken a sudden downturn. She can no longer fix meals for herself, so I do them all. She doesn't remember how to turn on the light in the kitchen or her bedroom. Some days, she doesn't even know I'm her daughter, or my name. It's all picking up speed, and I don't know who to turn to around here for help. I'm her sole caregiver, and the stress is wearing me down. Hubby too. We haven't had a vacation or even an overnighter in five years.

Ah well. Time to get out into the sunshine.

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Well guys I almost did not do my WATPs dvd last night as my legs were tired, but then I thought about being accountable so I pulled myself away from the PC and did a full five mile walk with warm up and cool down last night at ten o'clock, Hubby had already gone to bed so I kept the volume down on the big TV.
So I feel that with this weather our bodies are trying to store a little more for the winter months and it is carbs that I am craving so I have been very diligent about how many carbs I am eating a day as that is what makes me gain faster than anything.
So hope good old Mother Nature is being nice to you and not tugging at you to eat more to store up for the winter months. I see the squirrels every day tucking things away so that means to me we are going to have a very long hard winter. Hope I am wrong.
I will be pulling my dahlia bulbs out of the ground after the first frost here.
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Frost this morning in Southern Ontario - I suppose the leaves will be turning colour and falling soon! Mind you it is going to be nearly 30'C this weekend. Crazy weather!

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Thank you veggies and blooms team for the birthday wishes.

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I love dahilas and mine did not come up this year, could have been slugs as we do have quite a few of them. I will not have time today but hope to start tomorrow cleaning out my garden and trying to get some things in for fall. One thing that does very well here is swiss chard.

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It rained pretty hard here most of the day, so I worked in my little greenhouse. I finished lining the southern bed with bricks and used up all my potting soil and compost. I had to spend a lot of time taking filberts out of the soil and several pots. We don't have chipmunks here, but the squirrels and blue jays are very busy in my greenhouse. Guess I'll have to start closing the door even in the day time.

I have some dahlias that are about to bloom in there too. Poor mixed up things ~ I planted them in the ground this past spring and the slugs ate them to pieces. I dug up the remains and put them in pots in a tray, and they started to grow again. Hmm. I potted them for real, put them in the greenhouse, and now they're lush and full of bloom buds. Just in time for fall.

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That is a very good idea to plant your herbs there. Watch out for chipmunks as they might decide to have a feast!! I am going to take in my sweet banana peppers today and I will freeze them tomorrow so I can use them later. The weather here in southern Ontario is quite chilly today (+7'C) but will get warmer again next week.

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What a wonderful idea of planting herbs under your shelves. You are going to enjoy them. I only planted one jalapeno plant this year and that is not enough for us. I have been picking them all along as soon as they get big enough to put into a recipe. You can actually even wait for them to turn red if you like. I pick mine from 2 inches long to 4 inches. I have been dehydrating some of them for use this winter and the rest we just eat. Next year I am going to plant several plants.

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My mums actually drowned last winter. Ah well.

We had a lovely cool fall day, probably the last nice one for a week. The weather forecast is for rain, but I'm hoping they're wrong.

I decided that if weeds can grow so lavishly in my greenhouse gravel, why not make actual beds under the shelves and plant some herbs and other things there? I started tonight, outlining the beds with bricks from an old chimney, and adding in all the potting soil I had on hand. Have to get some more tomorrow, or before the stores stop carrying it. I planted two thyme plants already, a common variety and a lemon thyme. They've been in pots all summer, waiting for garden space, so they can't do any worse than they have.

I need to pick peppers tomorrow. This is the first time I've grown jalapenos - how do you know when to pick them?

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The only mums that I have blooming right now are the new ones I just bought to put in a new garden. The others have buds but no flowers. I am afraid that we will have frost before they bloom!

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This weather is so crazy. My mums are usually blooming by now, but there is just a little color starting to peek out. They have had buds forever. Warmer today and the sun is finally shining. Hey!

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Good morning! It was 39 degrees when I first got up. Now, it's foggy and windy, sort of an odd combination. We have a dozen Oregon Juncos at the feeder (snowbirds), so the snow level must be dropping in the mountains. Time for me to go buy another 20# bag of sunflower seeds to feed the feathered kids.

The weatherman swears it'll be 80 degrees tomorrow, but I can't believe that, looking out my window today. We'll see.

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Our pepper are coming on late this year. I am seeing red bell peppers and have picked a few and they are so good. I love to cut into them and hear the snap because they are so fresh. I didn't get as many jalapeno peppers as I did last year due to the fact some tomato plants blocked them and I didn't have the heart to cut back or pull up that area.

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I grew some sweet banana peppers this year. 2 weeks ago when we went on vacation they were yellow and now they are all turning red! It is nice to have 'own grown' peppers. First year but will grow some more next year for sure. Had been given a large bag of apples just before vacation so had to freeze them all.

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I had a lot of peppers but they mostly just rotted. Not enough hot weather for them. The cucumbers seemed to all come on at once and got too big before we could really use them. I tried a different variety this year and didn't like them at all. Next year, going back to Armenians and Straight Eights.

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It's cold and rainy and the winds are 25 - 30 mh. My peppers did good this year also, but I tried a new banana style pepper. So peppers have been going into everything. I wonder if they would be good in a smoothie? Tomatoes were doing well until the cold spell hit last week. The Kale and Swiss Chard really like this cold weather so they are doing good.

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The short bit of fall weather is gone down here in Louisiana. It will be back to 90F today. Moving my efforts indoors (due to my tendonitis in my elbow) won't seem so hard since it is too hot anyway.

Bell Peppers are going crazy this year. I have had a bumper crop in this hotter than usual summer. Same goes for the hot peppers. Peppers are heat loving plants, but this has been incredible. I will have to give away the rest of them as my freezer has more than enough for the winter. What was good for my peppers was terrible for my tomatoes. Hopefully my fall crop of those (as we don't get our first frost here until about Thanksgiving or later) will do better as the temperatures moderate.

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It was much cooler today, in the 60s, with frequent showers. We also had wind most of the day, about 25 mph at the most. We harvested more tomatoes and brewed up another vat of sauce for the freezer. I can't believe how big the Brandywines are this year.

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I don't care to be in the dentist chair at all, but sometimes you just have to do it. I am glad to hear you had a good day and pleasant evening. We are cooler here but are supposed to be back up in the 80's next week so I hope to be enjoying the evenings as our company will all be gone next Wednesday.

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We enjoyed the last day of summer with a temp of 85 degrees. Very pleasant out there this evening too.

I was going to continue cooking Romas down into tomato sauce, but I'm whomped. Had a lengthy dentist appt today - replacement crown - and it took a lot out of me. Ninety minutes in a dentist's chair wears me out more than the same time walking.

I'm looking forward to fall, tomorrow.

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Hi everyone, we have been staying busy at home today. It rained early on and we decided we would not play golf today as we played on Friday. We went to the party store yesterday and picked up tons of Halloween decorations and some cute things to hand out the the kids, no candy from this grandma as there are enough candy given out by others. The little ones will get pencils, rings, bracelets, hair berets and all kinds of fun things to remember their holiday.
I am planning on finishing up the kitchen mini remodel final touches this week and will post a blog with the before and after shots.
I wish I could say it was sunny and pretty here but it's not it is very cloudy and in the low 60's just early fall weather. The tree are changing colors so fast.
We got our fist fresh crop of gala apples in at the farmers market this weekend, so harvest time is just around the corner.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and planning for a wonderful week ahead. Sandy


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Yes Cathyinla, you have to take care of yourself. Sorry to hear about your tendonitis, it is just getting cool enough to enjoy being outside here and now I want to be outside gardening and it is raining. We have had such a small amount of rain this year so we are all very happy with this, even though it cuts into fall planting.

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I definitely have tendonitis in my left elbow. Went to the Orthopedist yesterday and he put me in a brace. Thankfully I am right handed but this will limit my gardening for a few weeks. The weather is finally getting nicer and I can't get out and do much. Oh well, that's life and I need to allow it to heal before making it worse. Fall planting will have to wait.

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Sandy - it sounds like you have been real busy. I worked out in a new garden I am trying to get planted before company comes next week. I was carrying slabs of rocks for stepping stones and had to dig it up and pull the foot tall weeds out to get it started. I was at it for 2 hours and counted that as my exercise yesterday. I do like the new team picture and the colors. Hope you had a good day and have a great weekend.
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Just stopping in to say hello and I hope you like the team photo for the team. I thought it was time for a change.
The colors are really popping on the West coast. The trees are all changing and it is just beautiful to drive down the streets and see the autumn colors.
I have 190 bulbs to finish getting planted before the next rain system moves in over the weekend. I made a small dent in them today as well as cleaning out all the flower beds and deadheading a lot of plants. I mowed the lawn and did the edging by hand today just for the exercise and it was such a nice quiet day I took my time and enjoyed hearing the PING of golf balls being hit and the birds singing. I do miss the sun shine but on these overcast days I get to spend a lot more time outside without the worry of sunburn.
I hope everyone had a wonderful day and I will keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers for what is going on in your lives right now. Sandy

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I have never heard of the shiny red Christmas ball, I will try it. I have also heard of hanging old CD's to spin around and that may work. I have never talked to anyone who has tried it, but I have some old CD's and may give that a try until I can get a red ball.

My garden is also in a raised bed and I would have never thought of the cardinals carrying away my small tomatoes had I not seen it with my own two eyes. The ball would be easier than putting in fence posts and hanging netting from them, something I had decided to do next year.

As far as the squirrels and raccoon, so far I have not had any trouble with them. We have a lot of both. They are so busy eating all of my bird seed out of the feeders they leave the garden alone, so far anyway.

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Birds almost always peck my tomatoes. One tried and true method to stop it is to place bright red shiny Christmas balls on your tomato plants before the fruit come out or turn red. The birds will attempt to eat them and realize they are not edible and then they won't eat the real tomatoes when they appear. You have to do this early however. I also have problems with squirrels and racoons eating mine and I haven't found a solution to them as they take large chunks out of the tomatoes just when they are ready to turn color. Argh!!!

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I've got chipmunks running around in my yard. Sometimes I think they eat my strawberries and maybe some of my tomatoes.

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I wonder if THAT is what is happening to some of my tomatoes. I find them in the grass (we have raised beds) with what look like peck holes in them. Now I KNOW my daughter's chickens are not doing it because we have chicken fence around the beds. Plus I am finding the pecked tomatoes in the morning -- before the chickens have been let out of their pen to scratch in the yard!!

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Who would ever think Cardinals would eat tomatoes. Little devils.

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OK, it's official, the cardinals are eating my tomatoes. I sat and watched to see why I am not getting any grape, super sweet miniature cherry, or roma tomatoes and they fly in, grab what they can and fly out. Next year I am going to put up some poles and go to Lowes and get some netting and cover them. The cardinals, who I love to have around mind you, can eat from some of the many feeders I have put up.

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I need to call my mom and dad and see how they are doing in the storm. They too were happy that they did not have to have their air conditioner on as the storm brought in cooler air. They also needed the rain, but maybe not as much as they got.

I do wish you luck cleaning up after this passes and the cooler temps will make it enjoyable to be outside.

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Guess it was a good thing I was already working to clear my beds for fall planting.

Tropical Storm Lee does not seem to want to go away!! We have had over 8 inches of rain the last two days with two more days of this at least. Lost a few branches so far from my Red Maple tree, but thankfully they are smallish and fell to the ground without incident. My large Shumard Oak however has a few branches that have snapped, but they are still up in the tree so far. Thankfully they are all small diameter branches also.

Had to prune back my herb plants before the winds came so I have put up a whole bunch of pesto with all of the basil I had.

So far I have left one hummingbird feeder up so that they have access to some food. After all this wind knocks all the flowers off the plants they will need food even more to survive.

Well, wish me luck that no more branches fall. They do say that we will have about a week of great weather after this passes as a cold front is heading our way and temperatures will be only in the mid 80's the rest of this week. WooHoo! I can't wait as that will make cleanup and gardening much easier.



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Hidishope - Sorry to hear about the chickens making a feast of your broccoli and cauliflower. I believe it is too late to start from seed. If you can find any plants you maybe try, but make sure you can winterize it some.

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aarrggg! My daughter's flock of chickens ate all the brocoli and cauliflower I planted and nurtured from seed and planted in my raised bed for a fall harvest! Time to buy more chicken wire! Is it too late to try again? We live in southern IN.



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I am hoping that there will be a class on fall and winter gardening again this fall. I missed it last year but have been trying to figure a way to get somethings growing to at least Thanksgiving, maybe longer. I have more time in the fall. I also watched a gardening program and he was showing how to use the mess you use to put into concrete and cover it with frost cloth to extend the garden. Mess is not the right word, but it will come to me in the light of day tomorrow.

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Lucky You! LAURIEANNIE1
We are lucky to get one growing season!

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I have already planted lettuce and spinach for my fall garden. I need to pull out a few things not doing well to make room for more items. I am hoping to plant swiss chard, arugula, kale, and more spinach. Maybe some radishes and beets if I have the room. My garden is small for now and I don't have very much room. We eat a lot of greens so I have to get those in.

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Our summer has been so hot, I'm looking foreward to fall. Vegetables did not do well this summer or last because of the heat. Thinking about fall garden.

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I have used diatomaceous earth for other things but did not think to try on these moths. I will try again next spring and give that a try and thank you for the link to bulkfoods.com. I lost my contact for getting it at a better rate and if I get it at the nursery it is quite expensive.

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Can't wait for fall. It is simply too hot this summer. I am still weeding out my flowerbeds in the front of my house but with this heat can only work for 1-2 hours per day. Preparing the beds for fall flower planting but gosh I am ready for some cool weather.

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Diatomaceous Earth is what I've heard works pretty well. You mix it in the soil of your garden and it helps kill bugs and also encourage them to stay away. It is not poisonous but you don't want to breath it in since it is such a fine powder.
I haven't used it, but I've had friends who have and they said it works pretty good. I may try some next year. I order a lot of food type stuff in bulk at bulkfoods.com and found some there: www.bulkfoods.com/search_results.asp
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My biggest challenge is with what I have been told is a moth that lays eggs in either the stems or the ground near squash vines. The plants are beautiful, full of blossoms, they even get a few squash on them and then they start to die at the bottom. When you pull up the vine you see some worms and they have eaten the base of the plant. Before I knew what was causing this last year, I pulled them up and put them into my compost pile. I have been told that they live in the ground and probably were in my compost pile when I put it on my garden. I tried everything alternative this year to get rid of them. I DO NOT want to put any chemicals on the plants but don't know what to do. Has anyone had this problem and if so, what did you do about it?

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My tomatoes didn't turn out so great either. I got tons of them, but about a 1/3 I've had to toss. The rest aren't pretty enough for eating fresh but I did make some awesome homemade spaghetti sauce with some over the weekend :) I have started to pick mine early. While they are green and close to the right size I pick them and allow them to turn red inside. It has helped save more tomatoes then letting them ripen outside. I know they aren't as good as vine ripened ones but at least I get to use more.
My beans are the only other things doing great. Everything else was destroyed by heat or Japanese beetles :(

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I had the privilege to visit the Musinger/Clemens gardens in St. Cloud MN this week. See my last 2 blogs for some pictures of GORGEOUS gardens!

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My tomatoes taste OK it is just that there are so few of them and my cherry tomatoes and yellow pears are also cracked. The only thing I can think of is the heat has affected them. I thought I would have so many tomatoes that I could can some, but before they get very big they start to crack and I get them in before some insect thinks dinner is being served.

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You know, I thought it was just me. My cherry tomatoes usually are nice and sweet, but this year they have cracks in them and the taste isn't there.

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My garden didn't produce as many fruit and veggies as usual due to the heat also. I'm thinking of doing a fall/winter garden this year.

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Does anyone else's tomatoes taste less than great this year? It may be the varieties I planted, but I am not impressed with the tomato taste this year. Only the cherry tomatoes suit me. Or is it my taster?

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My plants are not blooming like they normally do. The heat is much worse this year.

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I know what you mean about the heat. Mostly we have been watering and doing some weed pulling but not really deadheading anything or doing what we should. It is time to plant some things for a fall garden but it is so dry and when it does rain it comes down in buckets making river-lets all over the place. I hope to plant some fall things soon.

Ms. Eleni - I went to see the pictures you took of the birth, lovely and thank you for your patience to get those pictures.

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