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Strange year for growing here! First, we had warm weather where we were walking around in shirtsleeves. Then, when the apricot tree bloomed, we had a blizzard. Then, back to warm weather and the plum tree put on a few blossoms. Then the temperature dropped 40 degrees overnight. If our trees bear fruit at all, I'm going to be very surprised.

And the squirrels...There's been a bumper crop of new squirrels this year. My garden is thick with them and they are little thugs! I actually saw one jump up and kick a dove under the birdfeeder! DH has been finding pepper plants with all their leaves stripped off, so I painted them with cayenne pepper. Now, he's finding tomato plants chewed off or uprooted.

The good news is that we've had more rain than usual. This is wonderful since we're having a drought. Now, our beans are up, lettuce and green onions are doing well, one of last year's collards plants is coming back, nothing has touched our hanging tomatoes, and the marigolds I planted are starting to come up!

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Who's planting a garden this year? What are you going to plant?

We are downsizing our garden this year due to shifting shade patterns from our big trees. So far, all we've got are onions coming up. DH is planting tomatoes, assorted peppers, lettuce, collards for the chickens, green beans, cucumbers, and zucchini. I love acorn squash, so that's going to be my main concern!

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I'm not sure if this qualifies for a Garden I sail in my Garden and I love it.. God put me in a place of serenity harmony and another place in time emoticon

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So often, I buy onions, and they make my gut ill! Even organically-grown ones can do this. So, I am going to get about 2-300 onion plants in a month or so. I've spend a month getting an area ready, and have been putting chicken poop along the rows.

Some Bible study friends found an article about how the onion absorbs toxins. Possibly the onions that bother me have been too close to scented soaps or something else that I am allergic to. Also, a warehouse might have been sprayed and the onions stored near the edges where the spray is strongest.

Has anyone tried bugleweed in a Dr. Christopher herb combination? It is for getting rid of heavy metals in ourselves. I have much more life to my day when I take it. I don't feel any different, or think differently, I just get up and move instead of not, and THEN I definitely feel better!

I have mercury amalgam fillings that I paid thousands of dollars to get taken out, but the guy just ground them down an bit and filled over them with a plastic that I am allergic to anyway! emoticon If I find out what that plant is, its Latin name, I will grow some along with my usual hot and sweet peppers that I also enjoy for cleansing.

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I've tried rutabagas (I love them!) here in Central Mexico, but we just don't have enough really cold weather for them. I've gotten some decent turnips, but I harvest them very young and roast them together with their greens.

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10/11/11 8:04 P

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I didn't grow any corn or squash this year, but I got plenty from a nice local farmer who grows zillions of veggies. I used to have butternut squash come up in my compost pile and I loved it because it took care of itself, produced lots of squashes and stored well. I'd like to grow rutabagas but don't know much about them, will try next year.


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10/11/11 4:26 P

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My field corn and squash harvest is just now coming in. I think once it's done I may put in fava beans again for a winter crop.

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Hi Hippies---I'm wondering if anyone has a fall garden (or spring garden depending on where you live). I've got some beautiful green arugula, mustard greens and lettuces coming up, plus baby red Romaine lettuces. And I set out some small parsnips and leeks I got at a nursery. I've never grown those before but I love to eat them so why not?! I've also got broccoli and Brussels sprouts and radishes and I'm ready to move in with the bunnies and munch veggies all day!


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LOLOLOLOL!!! That is SO funny; when I was looking at the composters available online from our City Services, I saw that one of them was a vermicomposter; I do want one, but it's a little pricey for me right now, but the other reason I didn't get it is I KNOW it'd totally queeb out The Hubs!!!

I find the whole thing fascinating too; I will get one someday, but right now not only did I have to go cheap, but also I needed something I can neglect -- I'm away at work 11 hours of the day, and The Hubs is working on his Master's so I don't think he'd want to be futzing with the little wigglers, not to mention his general "vermisqueamishness" :)


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You want to really creep out your husband? Start a worm bin. I have three going in the living room, and he had to handle feeding and moisture control while I was in the US for a month. He was unamused. I find them fascinating.

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Good idea of something to do with the giant zukes -- in the past when I had a big garden plot I made the newbie mistake of growing THREE zucchini plants -- now, it was just me and a small elderly cat in my household at the time, so I rapidly tired of the things and it seemed like overnight I'd be inundated with zucchini so big what could you do with them but use them as baseball bats lol!

I'm currently experimenting with starting a bunch of things from seed; I've got a bunch of chard and herbs started and, soon as I get some more egg cartons (i.e., eat more eggs!) I'm going to start my winter veggies. I've also just sown my Dutchman's Pipe, which is the first seed I ever sent away for; I'm trying to find a vigorous shade vine with some flowers to cover an ugly garage wall. Got recommended this but couldn't find it anywhere so I ordered seeds...says on the package that it may take one to three MONTHS to germinate!!!

And Rain_Sis, I was so eager to try the blossom-fingering to solve the single-pumpkin problem, but alas I think I'm too late -- not seeing any more pumpkin blossoms. :( But we might get some watermelons; they seem to be pollinating OK.

It was HOT and MUGGY this weekend so I didn't get as much done in the garden as I intended; but I did get over to the garden center for a tub of ladybugs; totally creeped-out The Hubs! :)

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7/31/11 1:47 A

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My fava beans (habas) are all harvested and I have the 3 sisters (corn/beans/squash) growing in the same 11x50m field. Locusts are going to town on the basil, and the tomatoes are dying back, but I'm still getting lots of zukes (there's a surprise) from the original patch. The other day I picked some mega mega zukes, and ground them up along with chicken and mixed in some cooked rice and garlic for dog food. Chiles are going strong and broccoli is doing well. It's in the 50s and rainy here in Central Mexico these days.

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Ooops I meant to post this here instead of on the Q du Jour thread:

I just ordered my composter from the City! I only got the simple one that's basically just a mesh cylinder -- I've had it before and it is super-basic (no nifty tumbling action) but it'll do fine for now; it holds a lot and it was cheap!!! So excited; can't believe I haven't been composting before now in this house!

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LOL!!!!

I'm picturing myself out in the garden and The Hubs asks innocently, "whatcha doin' hon?"

"Well, actually, I'm fingering my blossoms."

I think his head might explode. emoticon

(But I'm totally going to try it; I found an elaborate hand-pollination website online, but it involved taping the blossoms up at night and then untaping them, then pollinating them, then retaping them -- I just couldn't see me doing that after a long day at work! This sounds much easier and kinda fun!)

Good idea to ask my gardener about the verdolagas; I'm not sure my Spanish is up to it, but I can try! I'm just so shy about even trying to speak Spanish; I'm afraid I'll make a fool of myself. Especially because I learned French in school, so my Spanish is really just a few words and phrases I've picked up and looked up.

And thanks for the word -- "calabacitas" so pretty -- why is Spanish so much more lovely than English? "My little calabacita" sounds SO romantic but "my little pumpkin" sounds like something my Dad would say!!!

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I asked my husband how you might ask the gardener, in Spanish, to mow your arugula.
He just said "She better be careful." emoticon

You might ask the gardener if you have verdolagas growing around. If he or his family is from Mexico he might be familiar with it.

The green pumpkins are called calabacitas as regular pumpkins are calabazas.

My sister was having the same problem. with her pumpkins and squash. It seems to be a lack of pollinators. She solved the problem by going around and sticking her fingers in the blossoms. You better do this yourself. You definitely don't want to ask the gardener to finger your blossoms.

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Oh I'm so excited people are posting to this -- I thought it was a dormant thread!

How very very interesting about lamb's quarters and purslane! I suspect I might have them growing about in our our "natural-state" (i.e. somewhat unkempt) yard...must look them up so I know what they look like. I know I have volunteer arugula because I "allowed it to go to seed" (i.e., totally forgot about it) and now in the ground next to the raised bed where it was last year, whenever I walk there, I smell pepper! Now I have to brave my terrible Spanish (largely augmented with a translation app on my phone lol) to ask our gardener to not mow it down!

The Great Pumpkin (we refer to it as La Cabeza) is doing fine -- pretty huge, though not as big as the scary prize-winning ones :) ! -- and is now turning from green to orange. Sadly though, the plant is not putting out any more cabezitas (would that be right? Or have I now said a dirty word in Spanish?!) just the lone giant. Still, the pumpkin plant's gotten a bit leggy, so now the watermelon sharing the same bed is taking off -- and my cukes are too after a slow start! And of course, as is the case every year, the tomatoes have exploded and far exceeded the pathetic attempts of the frames to rein them in and are now falling about in a very dramatic fashion. Oh -- and now TWO little blossoms on my strawberry in its little strawberry-condo pot!

I'm also starting some herbs and later season veggies in one of those little expando-pellet seed starting kits, though I'm thinking an egg carton with good soil and a shower cap over it would function the same way, and be recycly and free besides! It's nice though; I'm getting such nice vigorous little seedlings; planting directly in the ground is so hit-or-miss.

I've also ordered some Dutchman's Pipe seeds for a shady wall -- first time I've ever ordered seeds through the mail! I feel so dang horticultural!!!

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Pursalane is another popular weed around here. It is called locally "lechugas" which translates as lettuces. It is also called Verdolaga which is the Mexican name for it.
I did not know that about the Omega 3 content. That is very cool!
We have quite a bit of it coming up in our garden and I was wondering what to do with it.
It is, providentially, coming up all around the tomato and cucumber plants. That, along with your advice, gives me the idea to put it in the tomato cucumber salad I always make in summer when those plants start overwhelming me with fruits.
It is a recipe I got from my mother in law. One part diced tomato, one part diced cucumber, one part cooked macaroni. She always dressed it with mayonnaise. I use half light mayonnaise and half plain nf yogurt. I use whole grain macaroni too. Now one more change! Throw in some lechugas.

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I put young lambs quarters leaves into cooked, hot beans or rice/millet. I tear up larger leaves--some plants get larger leaves, depending upon the soil they are in. They only take a moment to cook in the hot food. I also put them into stir-fry, and into scrambled eggs.

Purslane is a nice food, but needs some acidic salad dressing, or plenty of fresh tomato, if you don't like the slimy-okra feel. I favor the leaves, and the stems, flowers, and seeds are OK. Purslane, all parts, contains small amounts of the good fish-type oils.

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I've heard of lambs quarters, but never eaten them. Thanks for the info!

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To the untrained eye they look a lot like weeds.
People here eat them. They are a very mild green like spinach.
I have heard in English they are called lambs quarters - though I have never eaten those so can not vouch that they are the same thing.

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What are quelites?

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Do they have a punkin chunkin at that festival?
I have always wanted to go to one.

Here in New Mexico the growing season is too short to ripen pumpkins so we eat them green and call them calabacitas.
This morning we harvested a basketful of quelites.

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She's not been posting on the walking challenge thread....maybe the pumpkin got her!

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Woot! It sounds like you may have the Great Pumpkin! There's a pumpkin festival in October here in Tennessee. People come from miles around bringing their produce, sometimes on trailers! That's because some of those pumpkins weigh over a thousand pounds! Scary . . .;-)


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I don't usually post to this thread but we've got a couple raised beds goin', nothin' special, just the usual tomatoes, cukes, herbs and the like, but this year we decided to give one over to pumpkins (well, actually, the pumpkin plant decided on its own to take over the whole bed!) and I just noticed this morning that there, lurking under the enormous leaves, was a pumpkin as BIG AS MY HEAD! Yiii! Plus a whole buncha smaller ones. Fun!

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That sound beautiful!

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I have a small L shaped Zen garden in my very small yard. It is full with bamboo and this year I got over 100 new shoots. It is lush and thick and on a breezy day "swishes" with the sounds of nature. The birds and critters love it, it stays green all year long and when it rains it weeps and appears like a rainforest. In the winter when it snows it hangs down and when I tap the snow off they jump back up to the sun. It is unusual to have bamboo in SW Ontario but people are beginning to catch on and ask for cuttings. The nice thing about maintaining it is if you want to thin it our all you do is break the shoot off at the lowest knuckle. I love my garden and have shaped a path to my Buddha who peaks thru to me from my kitchen windows. I have a place for doing my yoga and on a breezy day the 15 ft. shoots do sun salutations with me.

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Twilaq1 that all sounds so lush! Here is Wisconsin we had frost warnings last night. We have a tiny yard, so all we grow is rhubarb, although next year I want to think about container gardening. My DH is going to do a worker share at a CSA this summer, so that will earn us a box of veggies each week.

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I am super way late getting my garden in this year... so I am going to do tomatoes, peppers and greens, maybe beans - in pots instead.

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My crop of fava beans (11 x 50 yards) is nearly ready to harvest for those that I want to use fresh. The rest will stay on the plants until dried for use in winter soups. One that crop is in, I'll replace it with the 3 sisters - field corn, beans, squash. The tomato plants are approaching hip high. The zukes are about ready to put in the ground, as are the serrano chiles. Eggplant is sprouting as is broccoli. Lettuce is going nuts. The green beans, so far, aren't doing much. I'm using up old seed from 2007, which could have a lot to do with it.

The first round of rose blossoms is past. The fruit trees all have small fruit going - apples, pears, peaches, quince, figs, lemons, limes, plums.

The rainy season has come early this year in central Mexico, and the plants and trees are loving it.

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I had my first ripe strawberry last week, gave it to DH for part of his birthday treats! Aren't I nice?! Tonight he made lovely salads with several kinds of lettuce, arugula and green onions from the garden. I've been traveling and do so many other things lately that I've neglected my gardens and weeds are growing like, well, weeds. For mother's day I'm going to treat myself to a little work in the garden. I hope everyone is enjoying spring!


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Oh lots of things blossoming and coming up, Euphorbias are looking great, lavender, ivy, petunias in the baskets, primroses, heather, a hawthorn tree, rosemary, chives, strawberries all have blossoms, ferns popping up, dogwoods, Japanese maples, Spirea, Lilac, Astilbe, Sumac,
Wisteria just getting leaves, hazelnuts bushes, cranesbill, everything is looking lush and green and of course loads of dandelions, I keep picking he heads off so they wont spread and its a never ending job and just pulled out a bunch of nettles this morning, I am leaving the brambles though so i can pick the blackberries.

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Lucky!!
One of those bloomers you mentioned - coreopsis - is one of the ones that has bravely poked its leaves out in a warm spot here.
I guess it was my choice to live in the mountains......

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I've already munched on my second-year asparagus plants and they're sending up tall stalks to do their fern thing. Cilantro is making flowers but still quite tasty and other herbs are growing and/or starting to bloom (chive-blossom omelets, yum). Lettuces, kale, green onions, turnip greens, spinach, arugula and broccoli are all ready to eat or almost ready. Strawberries and blueberries are flowering, sunchokes are coming up, edible fig is leafing out (it's borderline hardy here and I'm glad it survived winter), and tomatoes that I planted too early are starting to grow. Elephant garlic is over a foot tall and I need to go buy lemon verbena because I love that plant for the wonderful tea it makes.

Irises are starting to bloom, peonies are thinking about it, coreopsis are going crazy flowering dayglo yellow-orange, and bluebells are popping out all over.

My native wildflowers have mostly either finished blooming (Virginia bluebells and Dutchman's breeches) or still blooming (trilliums, delphinium, fire pink and mayapples) or thinking about blooming (Solomon's seal, ginseng, bishop's cap).

Everywhere I turn there's something I should transplant or weed or trim. But I'm remembering it's most important to just enjoy!

There's so much to enjoy this time of year. Happy Spring and Happy Gardening, Hippies!


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Along the back of the house in a warm spot I have a giant rhubarb already. Also some hollyhocks and a few other perennial flowers have made a pretty good start.

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Do you have things coming up in your garden yet? DH sort of jumped the gun and planted every vegetable seed we had this week. I've got my fingers crossed that we don't get another snow just when the plants get going.

We've got three volunteers coming up in our veggie garden: a parsley plant, an onion, and some kale. The kale is all sprouting from a kale stalk that fell over and got buried under compost in the garden through the winter. It has three sprouts going from that! emoticon

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The weather is very cool for August. If feels like fall is here already. In my husbands garden he has some tomato plants he started (late) from seed. They are just about to start setting flowers.
We had to take down the greenhouse I built some years ago. It was a lean to on the barn and we just resided the barn. I am thinking I need to get it back up and transplant those tomatoes into it - pronto.
I wanted to put some sort of raised beds inside of it, before we we put it up (if that makes sense) I am thinking of ordering some of Chris's kiwi collars. I thought the price looked outrageous until I looked into the price of lumber - and that we would have to go to the city to get.
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I see around in the fields various charming flowers. I would like to coax some of them to gather in one spot near the house - kind of like a garden. emoticon
I wonder: Should I transplant the flowers? or gather their seeds and plant them? How is this done? Garden sages.

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Chris, were you able to get your bales in place this week? Zucchinis and peppers are doing well in ours, and the basil (despite going to flowers very early) has really gotten bushy, so we've got lots of leaves to harvest. The bees just adore that plant!

Did you consider making raised beds with the bales as the sides? Now that I'm thinking of it, that would be much cheaper for me than buying other frames. Also, I'd like to suggest that you put some light mesh fencing around the tops of your bales to hold the soil in place. I wish I'd done that! If you don't, the chances are that the soil will erode over the roots as your plants are growing. Then you end up having to add more soil as the season advances.

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I was going to 'attempt' to make some of my own, but these were way cheaper, freight included, than just the timber involved in making them. Not exactly the world's greatest handyperson, I'm more the begin with one idea and when it goes wrong turn it into something else kind.

I bought four sets, and plan on having them two high. Haven't done any more about them since putting them in place as two smaller beds because of the almost constant heavy rain. Sunny today but was busy with the lawn mowing and shifting bits of cut down tree. I have to pull the pin from the centre of the hinge to open one corner so I can join two collars together, then add the other two above that.

Hoping by next weekend to have the soil ready to go, and I'll plant lettuce, carrots, silver beet, squash, etc. Just want a small area of each at first, make sure everything is going to grow well in the area I've chosen before I buy another four collars.

Hoping too to get my straw bales here through the week. I have the ideal spot for them, right behind my chain wire fence. I want to try something that will be suited to growing that way, which will be able to use the fence for support. Not sure what, but did see a great photo of a straw bale garden with marigolds growing along the sides of the bales. Have to try that, even if just for effect, although the flowers are a nice addition to salads. Endless possibilities here...

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I sowed some basil and mesclun mix yesterday in a somewhat shady spot. We had a downpour today.

I cleaned out the bunny hutch and dug a lot of poopy dirt below it, spread that around some shrubs and my zucchini plants. Poultry penthouse is next!


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I wintered over some geraniums last fall. Out of 4 large pots, 2 survived, along with a sweet potato vine [ornamental] the vine I love and here I thought I dug them all out!



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Chris, they look really good. Are you just using one set, or will you be stacking one on top of another? DH thought they looked pretty good, but wondered if you couldn't just get the parts and DIY for a lot less. I'm sort of inept with lumber and screws, so they look like a great idea to me. I was also impressed that the price says they include shipping and handling. What are you going to grow in there? I would probably use mine for more flowers.

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I'm still patiently (well, maybe) waiting for the rain to hold off for long enough to allow my delivery of soil for my soon-to-be vegetable gardens to be less of a mud pile and more manageable. My garden borders are in place and looking great, but it would be nice if they weren't completely empty, lol.
Don't know if anyone else has used these, but they make raised garden edging so simple - I put mine together in about 5 minutes for two separate areas.
This is the link to the US site. Mine were ordered through the New Zealand site but they were shipped to me from about 4 hours from here. Love them, they are such a great idea.
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The mystery squash is (drumroll please)a plain old acorn squash! Guess I just never saw them in the albino stage; they darken up. We had one last night, baked with butter and honey and it was scrumptious!

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Let us know how you cook it;-)

My zucchini seeds I planted a few days ago are poking out of the ground. I must get a fence up so those gooby chickens don't decide to dustbathe on Zucchini Hills!


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Maybe it's an acornini!

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Zucchini and acorn squash are the same species so they could easily cross but a mystery melon--now that's a squash of a different color!

I been sowing seeds for my fall garden: zucchini, mesclun mix, radishes, arugula and cilantro.

And I'm still cleaning up debris from the walnut tree--yarg!


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I didn't plant patty pan or spaghetti squash. I think I planted two zucchini, an acorn squash, and either a mystery melon seed or a yellow squash. At least I know there are four plants! It looks just like an acorn squash, but an anemic acorn squash!

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I was out and about today collecting purslane seeds. Only for the patient!
Siriradha, I thinking that a light-colored patty pan squash crossed with a yellow summer squash, or maybe a spaghetti squash. Did you grow these?

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Out on the parkway, I've got a huge mystery plant. It's getting lots of fruit that looks like albino acorn squash! Wonder if it crossed with one of the other out there...While weeding that patch, I found lots of fresh, tasty purslane, so I ran in and got a bowl to harvest that for salad tonight. The leaves are larger than usual, but they're not bitter at all.

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We have weird weather here too, I have tomatoes planted 4/9 that are just ripening. We need some heat!

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