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9/21/15 11:41 A

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Heading out to pick green tomatoes now...

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9/9/15 7:34 A

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I've got tomatoes to cook too. Fortunately the weather has cooled so I can have my windows open all day and it won't heat up the house when I do. Also need to check again and see what to do to store celery. I grew about 1.5 dozen plants, and obviously we can't eat all of that at once. If it's not practical to store it (as in I don't have the proper conditions in my home), I'll just eat what we can and give away the rest.

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9/9/15 6:48 A

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Oh Cathy! That's a great workout!!! Way to go!

Me, not yet today....I'm gonna can tomatoes for sure...and try to get out on the boat...and swim....maybe not garden today...

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7/24/15 11:34 P

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spent over 6 hours scraping and hacking at weeds (mainly crabgrass) and then hauling and spreading mulch in the circle flower bed today. Tomorrow maybe I can cut the grass?

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Today I am emptying old flower pots and returning the soil to the mulch, and I am going to finish taking down my dead tangelo tree in the front yard, and pulling up privet. Oh I can't stand that stuff. Tend to my mulch bed and last but not least weed around my new scoppenog vines.

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Yesterday I finished hauling and spreading mulch on the kidney shaped flower bed at the church building. Took 5 trips hauling mulch in buckets - a total of 500 gallons of mulch. Then I went back to work weeding the circle flower bed (never been mulched, so weeds are much worse on that one) and spread 100 gallons of mulch in the sections that I got completed.

Today I aim to finish that bed. LOTS more weeding, then I'm guessing it is going to take another 200 gallons of mulch to finish it. I also have some perennials to plant there once it is done. Fortunately we get the mulch free from the town, but we have to wait until they have some available and have to fill our own buckets and haul it ourselves.

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7/24/15 2:49 A

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Today I'm going to harvest my rhubarb!

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7/22/15 1:05 A

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Yesterday....helped our daughter do her gardens and trim her bushes and and and and...9 hours worth of AND! phew!

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Going to check out the rented garden plots today, which we now refer to as the Swamp! The corn was doing great last time we checked, but many of the other plants are suffering. We hilled up all the rows, or we would have lost everything. Beans weren't looking too good and need to be replanted. Won't know about the rest until we actually get there.

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7/18/15 1:39 A

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Soon!

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7/17/15 8:13 A

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Rained most of yesterday. I did manage to get a small amount of weeding done in between showers - until the mosquitoes drove me back inside! Sunny today so I'll see how much more I can get done. Going to try and stick to the sections that are in the sunlight so hopefully the nasty blood suckers won't be as bad there.

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7/17/15 12:00 A

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yep

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7/14/15 9:07 A

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Hey Cathy...it rained all night here last night so the best I can hope for is to pick raspberries and beans today!

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Did go out for several hours on Monday before it started raining. Rained all night, so no gardening Tuesday. Haven't gone out yet today either.

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7/8/15 8:08 A

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Not yet.

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6/27/15 1:53 A

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It's supposed to rain alll day today and tomorrow...so we'll see about the gardening thing...may have to clean the house and do some laundry instead! lol

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not yet

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6/23/15 7:24 P

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Interesting thing, this gardening....the jobs never end, and we have to work hard to keep it all going. I sprained my ankle very badly in January 2014, so last year I didn't get very much done at all. This spring I've been working like a banshee, trying to catch up! Good thing we LOVE LOVE LOVE our gardening.

Congrats Cathy on getting your rented plots done before the storm arrived!!!



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Desperately tried to get my garden bed at home planted before the expected storms rolled in last night (we got the rented plots done, but of course it's been raining here a lot and the garden bed at home never dried out enough between rains to get it planted.
Almost got everything planted by the time it got dark, but fortunately the storms passed south of us, and it's sunny and pleasant today, so I will be able to get everything finished!!!!! Finally!
It's been a very wet Spring again this year, so lots of our planting has been delayed.

And I may even be able to start on the front flower bed. The whole thing needs to be dug and reshaped (and enlarged!). I had planned on doing that last year, but broke my ankle at the beginning of June, so of course my plans had to be put off for another year.

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Still have a bit more fluff and primp to do around the pool....today's job!

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6/22/15 3:50 A

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Monday is my busiest gardening day of the week...YAY MONDAYS!

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Yep, gonna finish the job today...hope my arms don't fall off....

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not yet! It's raining!

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I am lucky in terms of growing season as mine is year round. I live in St. Petersburg, FL also known as The Burg.

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Harvesting peppers already?? I'm sooooooooooooooooooo jealous! I'm going to re-dig the edging on my back garden today and trim my virginia creeper...

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6/17/15 11:29 A

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Not yet, but I will be gardening when I get home. Peppers need to be harvested and fertilized and I have new okra babies popping up through the soil.

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Still in my jammies too - watching the rain come down yet again! I'm trying to figure out if there's a way to teleport it somehow to California where they need it! I don't need to have my backyard turn into a pond again.

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not yet...I'm still in my jammies.

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Yepper...picked strawberries and pulled some weeds! I LOVE GARDENING!

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We got more rain, about 6" total, so all I've been able to do is empty out the water in the plant trays for the plants that are still waiting to get in the ground.

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Not yet, but will!

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emoticon Indoors only, watered the houseplants. It was rainy outside so I didn't need to water anything out there. emoticon

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Just a little weeding and mulching.

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Been working on getting my garden finished. Planted tomatoes and garlic yesterday, but took a break today to get some errands done (hot and sunny, so not a good day to be setting in more transplants). If the rain holds off one more day, I hope to finish the transplanting tomorrow, then it is just weeding and watering.

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Yep...and I LOVE IT!

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Yep, cut rhubarb in the cold rain today!

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Yep. Compost has been turned and mixed with the dry grass and leaves so it should start heating up again.

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Lawn is finally dry enough so I was able to rake the front flower bed as well as the front lawn to get it all ready for planting (eventually).

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I need to get out there and do some cleaning so I have carved time out tomorrow afternoon. I heard when I was kid that whatever you do on new year's day is how you'll spend the year so hopefully 2015 will be the best crop yet!

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Wish we could garden year round. Only chance of that is if I try and grow some herbs over the winter inside (could do hot peppers inside too, but I'm not much of a fan of those, so usually just give them away to others). But the Winter break gives me a chance to go over what worked, what didn't, and try and plan for a better year next year.

Good luck with your garden

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I'm getting ready to order for spring too. I love it when the seed catalogs start coming in! Today I have to wash out the garden pots I emptied over the weekend and transplant my jalapeno and habanero into larger containers before they become root bound. I'm lucky to live where there is basically a year-round growing season.

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Yep, that happens sometimes. Computers can't tell the difference, unfortunately, like people can.
I got lots of chopped up leaves spread on one of my perennial beds. Still have to clean up the stalks from the sedum/daylilly area and the area with the ferns, so I can spread the rest over them. Then my beds should all be ready for winter and I can get started planning and ordering for next year!

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Wow, I tried to enter that I was seeding new peppers today, including a particular variety of Asian pepper, and I got a message telling me not to use profanity! There are four letters that occur together in the name of this pepper that, if standing alone, would be a bad word but the pepper name is not a bad word. Makes me wonder what would happen if I entered a particular type of mushroom that starts with these same four letters......



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No gardening for the past few days, due to rain. Have gotten most of the rented plots cleaned up, except for a couple of pumpkins that are still green so we're letting them go as long as we can.

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Yep. Pulled more weeds (never seems to end) and hubby picked beans, tomatoes, spaghetti squash, corn, and zucchini at the garden plots we rent from the park district.

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

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Pulled weeds for a couple of hours. Still lots more to go, but it's a start and it definitely looks better than it has been. And it felt good to do after not being able to get back there for so long.

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Weeding definitely IS considered gardening, and there's always lots of that to do.

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Well, if WEEDING is gardening, then yes I did that today! LOL

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Heal quickly, CB! What a bummer, right at the start of when things really get going outside.

I've taken 30 pounds of greens and peas to the foodbank so far, and looks like much more to come. We can't begin to keep up! All the rank growth on the veggies has mostly choked out the weeds, so now it really is salad days for us. Strawberries, peas, lettuces, collards, kale, first raspberry yesterday. Looking at the green tomatoes and blueberries in anticipation. First artichokes look almost ready! Fava beans any day now, too.

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Hi. I live in west central Illinois, and for us right now it's weeding, weeding, weeding! Doing an acre with several different garden beds, by hand.

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Surgery was Wednesday (5 days ago) so my ankle can now start to heal. Hubby picked more strawberries but they are about done for the year. At the moment all I can do is look out the windows and scowl at the weeds that need pulling, but it doesn't seem to have any effect on them! Maybe when it dries up more I will try and venture out and see what I can do about them.

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6/23/14 2:47 A

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Ooh, CB, thats such a shame. Hope you heal that break quickly. emoticon

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Not today....the Good Lord helped my out by watering the gardens today

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Fall seven times...get up eight.

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6/9/14 12:47 P

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No more gardening for me for awhile. Just broke my ankle yesterday. Hubby and daughter are going to be taking care of things until I'm able to get around enough. Bummer!
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Update: saw the doctor today and they have to do surgery to fix my ankle - probably Thursday or Friday. I hope everyone else has better luck this season than I am at the moment.

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Finished planting my garden plots today. Noticed the beans that were planted earlier are starting to come up, and I have some tomatoes on my vines too. Can't wait for a fresh picked tomato!

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I just have a simple feeder that holds about a cup of nectar. has 4 ports for the birds to drink out of, but no perches (I had others, but they broke over time and I have to get new ones). I took a spray can top and cut a hole in the center and threaded it through the wire on top of the feeder, then I fill that with water for an ant mote. It works as long as I keep it filled, but sometimes I catch the goldfinches drinking out of it and have to remember to fill it again. Male hummingbirds like to claim a feeder all for themselves and will chase others away, so I try to have a few feeders set up in different places in my yard. Fortunately they don't seem to fight over the flowers in the planters, so the others can drink nectar from my flowers in peace.

Today I almost finished planting the plots we rent from the park district. Left a few packets of seed at home, so have to finish up in the morning. Also ran out of pea seeds so will be running to the store for more.



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Hi CB, What kind of hummingbird feeder do you have?

Gosh, doing lots in the garden every day, I forget to come check in here. Today I hilled my potatoes with straw and all the bolted arugula I pulled up. Shame, the arugula was loaded with lady bugs. Hope they find other places to stay and hang out in the garden.

Started laying out the stone for my patio, placed the green cone, set out little flower pots to edge the pallet-potato bin which is so stuffed with hay and potato plants bursting out the top that it's getting kind of homely. Pulled weeds, put down grass much, put the extra tomatoes I grew from seeds in pots in sunny places in the garden--might as well see whether I get some extra because you can never have too many!--put the hose on the new reel and started prepping for drip and soaker hose irrigation, watered, picked and ate some peas and daylily blossoms, yum... still so much I didn't get to!

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Yep. Tree trimming, then planting seeds this evening. And this time I am going to remember to use bug spray before I go out. Got eaten alive on Tuesday when transplanting tomatoes - have 30 bites to prove it.

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Baskets and planters all done. Hummingbird feeder also filled today, just in time, as I saw my first hummingbird earlier. It has already visited the feeder.

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Just a wander through this evening.

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