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It's been raining a lot here. I only prepped my soil this year after letting it go fallow for two years. I had laid down cardboard under the compost and put mulch on top. That should hold on to the moisture. I need to break down the clay that I have to work with.

Most of my neighbors plant in raised beds. I figure that if the pioneers were able to get this soil to produce, I can. It's more labor than raised bed or container gardening, but it's more economical.

For some reason I have fewer problems with pests. All I have are aphids, snails, and some pesky spiders. Maybe it's the lady bugs and preying mantis I released when I moved here. They went native. At the same time that should have helped my neighbors. Could their pesticides be killing the good guys?

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The temperature went down to 29 degrees with heavy frost on Friday night. We covered as much as we could. We lost all of our squash plants and cucumbers except 1 pumpkin plant that I covered as it has 3 pumpkins on the vine. We covered the tomatoes but they are still not looking good. I did not cover the pole beans because they were not doing well and had not produced. It is kind of wait and see with the rest of the garden, some leaves are starting to shrivel on the peppers. The sweet potatoes and potatoes look ok, I hope to let them grow another month so the tubers can get bigger.

I will clear the beds that the squash were in and prepare them for planting of onion and garlic.

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Did you get frost, or did it pass you by? Still in the 90s during the day here, at least until Wednesday, but at least it's getting down in the 60s at night so we can have our windows open. Come Wednesday, we're back to normal temps. No chance of frost yet in the forecast here, though we've had one as early as Sept 29th (followed by 3 weeks of warm weather, which meant we could have continued gardening if we'd been able to cover everything).
Now if only we'd get some rain! Have to keep watering until then.


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We have a frost warning in effect for tonight! Harvested what we could. I am making "sun dried" in the oven tomatoes with the 2 lbs. of cherry tomatoes we picked. Canned two jars of picked peppers with the carrots and peppers and am cooking up two pounds of green beans.

There are still lots of green tomatoes so we are going to try to cover the vines. We will do what we can to cover the rest of the beds; we have a total of 14 beds.

First frost is usually the middle of October!


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Great! I'm cooking my tomatoes to make sauce.
Everything is so dry here. Haven't had any decent rain for quite awhile. None in the forecast for the next week either. Have to decide whether to continue watering or just let it go. Hubby wants to quit, but I think we should still keep watering the peppers and tomatoes at least.

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Canning diced tomatoes today! Got 4 quarts total. There are still lots of tomatoes on the vine, hopefully they will ripen, low tonight expected in the 30's.

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Today's harvest: 1 watermelon, 2 pumpkins, a quart of cherry tomatoes, 3 cucumbers, 5 bell peppers, 2 quarts of hot peppers and 2 lbs of green beans!

Going to make pepper jam using bell peppers, jalapenos, serranoes, banana peppers and a few cayenne, also going to use stevia and raw sugar.

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I will plant my garlic in another month, waiting for my squash to finish so I can use that bed. I planted it for the first time last year, It was so easy to grow and we had such a good harvest.

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My Shepard's Purse went into shock after I transplanted it. Starting to recover now. Wild herbs are true survivors.

Garlic doing fine. Ready for the cold weather. A nice cold winter makes for some really good garlic.

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Great!! Nothing beats a tomato fresh picked from the garden! Those are the ones I miss the most over winter, when we have to settle for the "tomatoes" in the grocery store.

Our corn and all vining crops are done for the year. Went through and picked any remaining ears on the corn to feed to the squirrels and removing all the vines due to powdery mildew instead of tilling those in.

Still getting snap beans, sweet peppers, hot peppers, and tomatoes.

We're trying get the rest of the weeds pulled and hauled off, to reduce the number of weed seeds in the soil for next year (was hard to weed where the vines were, since those went everywhere. But now that those have died down, we can easily clean up those areas).

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Harvested more tomatoes

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Harvested 2 acorn squash, 3 spaghetti squash, 1 pumpkin and lots of tomatoes and hot peppers. emoticon

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Turned the compost pile today, hoping to be able to use some in the garden next spring.

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Thanks, I have some that I use for the chickens, we have raised beds so I don't know if it work.

I will probably try planting spinach again, it is to late for lettuce (darn).
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Definitely try Diatomaceous Earth (DE; food grade, not the swimming pool stuff) to deter the ants. We have very aggressive ants that get into everything. I just started a beehive, this Summer. Very quickly, I noticed a very active trail of ants developing, coming in to the hive. I sprinkled DE in a circle all the way around the stand that the hive is on, and that has been very effective. The ants just won't even come through the area where the DE is.

Here is an entertaining little article about using DE:
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You can try sprinkling Diatomacious Earth on top of the rows to help take care of the ants (will kill the ants though not instantly. The ground also has to be dry, as DE loses it's effectiveness when wet). Ants also supposedly don't like peppermint, so putting peppermint leaves on top of the rows may also help.
I didn't have ants stealing seeds, but we have had doves do that. Once the corn started sprouting, the doves went along the rows and pecked into the soil at the same distance apart that we'd planted the seeds. They pulled up any sprouts and ate the corn kernel off it, as well as eating the seeds that hadn't sprouted yet. Had to put bird netting over the corn section until the plants were up enough that the doves wouldn't bother them.

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On Monday, 8/28 I planted 3 types of lettuce and spinach. The next day I noticed the ants were systematically digging holes along the rows I planted and were stealing the seeds. Has anyone ever had this happen? What do you do and still stay organic.

I have faithfully watered 2xs a day but there is nothing coming up, I fortunately planted some spinach in another bed and it is sprouted and second leaves are starting.

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Great!

Started pulling all the vines, since they are mostly dead due to powdery mildew. Found several cucumbers that were hiding as well. Did some weeding too and picked beans. Corn is about done, as are zucchini, though some of those plants didn't get mildew and are still producing.
Will be picking more tomatoes and peppers later on in the week, as well as picking beans every few days.
Have enough tomatoes to make some sauce. Not enough that I want to bother canning them right now, so will just freeze the sauce or else make an italian meat sauce and freeze that to use later.
We have 100 or so pumpkins in the back of the truck in the garage (to keep them from the squirrels who are more than happy to chew in to them to get at the seeds), with probably a dozen or more pumpkins left to harvest. Some are mostly green, just starting to turn orange. As long as they are starting to turn orange, you can still harvest them and they will continue to turn orange. All the ones we have will be totally orange by the time Halloween rolls around.

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Harvested some hot peppers and made 2 batches of hot pepper jam.

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Spinach is starting to sprout. Harvested some zucchini and tomatoes.

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I picked banana peppers, cucumbers, red tomatoes, little yellow tomatoes, okra and gave them to my daughter.

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Harvested 4 Spaghetti squash, 2 zucchini, 2 green bell peppers, 12 serrano peppers, 6 jalapeno, 10 banana peppers, 42 cayenne peppers. Also thinned out the carrots and green onions.

I cooked up some tomatoes from the garden on Monday and I am using them to make spaghetti sauce. Lastly we bought some fresh goat milk from our neighbor and I made some ricotta cheese. So, with all of that, we are having zucchini lasagna for dinner.

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We got a good amount of rain. Made the garden a bit muddy, but it definitely is easier to weed. We're now picking beans and zucchini. Need to make another planting of cucumbers, but have to wait for things to dry out a bit first.

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Picked 5 gallon tomatoes...then, okra, zucchini & yellow squash, green beans, banana, green bell, & jalapeno peppers

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For deer we use multiple deterrents. Deer can jump high fences and we can't put one up high enough to actually keep them all out. We connect wood slats to the fence posts, and then tie string around those with plastic strips attached. Those flutter in the wind and the movement startles the deer (some will use pinwheels or other spinning decorations to do the same thing). We also tie pantyhose with deodorant soap in them at about deer nose height (since it is not a natural scent, it makes them wary of entering). We also tie them to the tomato cages, in case they actually do jump over the fence, as a deterrent to nibbling on the plants.
Deer don't like putting their heads inside of tomato cages, for fear they will get caught, so we make sure to use those on all the tomatoes and peppers.
We also spray "hinder" on the plants like beans and sweet potatoes that they like to nibble, since it has a bitter taste, and sometimes put bird netting over those areas too. Hinder does have to be reapplied after a rain, but rain actually makes the soap smell stronger.
Some will stuff pantyhose with human hair or dog hair (dog groomers are usually happy to let you have all you want, though it probably smells stronger if they haven't given the dogs a bath first).
We used to have groundhogs at the garden plots when we first joined, but haven't seen any there for years. We do have rabbits, and mice which will eat the sweet potatoes. To deter mice, we started scattering the sweet potato plants instead of putting them all in rows. That way if the mice find some of the plants, they won't just keep going down the row and eat all of them.
To keep raccoons out (they love to eat all the tomatoes too), we put up a raccoon fence. This is a 2 or 3 foot tall chickenwire fence, that is only attached at the bottom half. That way when the raccoons try to climb over the fence, their weight causes the fence to bend backwards, making it harder for them to get in.
One of the gardeners years ago used to plant strong smelling flowers outside his fence. He felt it helped so the critters couldn't see the goodies inside the fence, and the strong smell helped keep them from smelling the veggies too. Tall marigolds were planted on the outside, and he also divided the plot inside into sections and planted shorter marigolds around them.
Most critters don't like onions or leeks, so planting them around the plants they do like sometimes helps repel them.
If birds are a problem, you can criss cross twine over your plants (use stakes along the outside of the sections), which can resemble a cage and deter them. You can also put some old CDs on the twine too, as the sun reflecting off them can also startle any critters wanting to feast on the fruits of your efforts.

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Cathy, Good luck with the fence to ward off the deer.

I have no fence, but in previous years sprinkling "Repels All" used to keep critters away from my veggies. But this year deer have nibbled peas, brussels sprouts, kale, beets, and the top of one tomato plant. And my resident woodchuck dug up and ate some of the Swiss chard. So far, critters have left potatoes, leeks, and peppers alone. Not sure what determines what they will eat and what they leave alone.

Do any of you have advice on critter repellents?

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We've had so much rain this Spring that we are behind in getting the garden done. We rent some community plots, and unfortunately the people who plowed it last Fall didn't know what they were doing. This is the 2nd time that they left deep ridges! Hubby went over it several times with the tiller and did manage to get it more level. We have to put a tall fence around it since it is right next to the forest preserve, and there are lots of deer who love to nibble on our plants.
The fence is up, and we are starting to section it off and get ready to plant.


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We've gotten over 4" of rain in the past few days, so no outside work here either. Of course, gardening means more than working outside. Planning what you are going to plant, starting or tending to plants inside before they can be transplanted, and other things associated with gardening also count.

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It's rained for the past 2 days, so no garden work. But earlier this week I planted carrots, beets, & bok choi and an itoh peony. Hoping to plant viburnum, clematis, and some new perennials this week. Harvested my first lettuce yesterday.

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I was weeding my lawn today of oxalis but only got about 1/5 of it done

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AZCAROLYN, Sounds like you have a wonderful garden. Good luck outsmarting the gophers.

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This morning I watched a woodchuck fill his/her mouth with dried leaves and then head under my deck. Making a nest? Will I see baby woodchucks soon? One year I had four babies; another year, just one. The woodies and I usually live in peace: they eat the dandelions in my grass in spring, then move out to the surrounding farm fields and forests in June for better pickings. I do use a critter repellent to keep them away from my vegetables or flowers later in the season.

We just had 2 consecutive days when temps made it past 60 degrees, so I put my pots of early spring veggies (lettuce, spinach, peas, etc.) and baby tomatoes outside for some fresh air and sun. Aiming to transplant the greens this week, but tomatoes won't be planted out for another month. Snowdrops are fading, early daffodils, squill, and Lenten roses are stars now.

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digging trench for asparagus, going to line with doubled chicken wire in case I have another gopher move in. Last week planted 2 walnuts, 2 apples and a plum, potted an almond and pomegranate in the house till warm enough to get in the ground. tomorrow planting rhubarb,

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Thanks for the reminder. I need to get that done too! Have to place my seed orders and get some of my seeds started already. And planning and preparing count as gardening too, not just actual planting, tending, watering, and weeding.

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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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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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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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Today I'm going to harvest my rhubarb!

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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. 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.

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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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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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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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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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