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Just looked out the window to see our wild turkey flock, which has grown to 25, eating the planted winter wheat. Since we just lost the last hen to a raccoon last night, I think I'll look into trapping! We don't eat eggs much anymore,

I'm going through my oldest seeds and will chuck them in a large plant pot outside and cover with a plastic bag (with holes in it). Use a big rubber band

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Lucky pets, whose owners take such good care of them!
Happy Thanksgiving all!

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I cook for my 17 yr old cat too. She has food sensitivities, especially to chicken (do you know how hard it is to find a cat food that doesn't also contain chicken?). I've been using the venison that my hubby got last year, plus either 73% lean ground beef or ground turkey ( so far she doesn't seem to be bothered by turkey). Much better quality of food than giving her canned (unless I'm willing to pay $3 for a small can of cat food - which I am not - plus she doesn't need all the veggies and fruits they put in those either).

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@CBRINKLEY401 LOL!

Poor turkey!

Not really. I belong to a meat co-op (for people who feed raw meat to their dogs. I cook for my dog.) and buy ground turkey pretty often for my girlie. They were out and so the meat I ordered didn't come in. Then I realized, I had this problem last year too. Instead of grinding turkey meat up, they are selling a whole lot of whole turkeys. Ours is thawed and waiting to be smoked tomorrow. It is also a local turkey.

So gobble-gobble to everyone here.... enjoy your families and your dinners! So thankful for this past year, filled with much good.

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Thank you Kim! Appreciate that!

We are going to have a soaking rain the next few days, I've covered as much of the garden that I can with accumulated boxes to kill the weeds.

Some of the seeds I planted for the fall garden didn't come up. Then company came and I hurriedly relegated the pots to next to the porch (brick house). Was pleasantly surprised to see healthy lettuce and turnip greens growing in them. I'll harvest today! I guess I'll not plant in the garden but keep them in the pots? Kinda late to be planting in the garden. Don't have the energy to do that since all is focused on the upcoming holidays and company.

Started filling in and covering my retaining wall garden. In one area have a lot of oregano and was happy to see the pepermint I'd planted still alive. I know others don't like mint because it spreads, but its easily pullled if you want something else in it's place and I like to cook with mint and make tea. Cat was sniffing the heck out of it.

Picked up some of the withered figs left on the bush after the frost made it die (will come back in spring) Chucked those in a pot and will cover with dirt and we'll see....

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@Mrslivingwell more info from here, www.popularmechanics.com/adv
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ear-and-how-to-fix-them-15704756/
and it isn't recommended to use rocks or blocks. Wikihow also has info.

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I have one small bed on the south side of my house that gets really warm In the summer, and is mostly protected from the wind. It is ideal for tomatoes and cucumbers.

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CBrinkley: Thanks for the information on filling the sink hole. I don't have large rocks around here, but may look for cement blocks to start at the bottom.

Poking holes today in a deli container to get ready for winter sowing beginning Dec 26!

Weed eating the retainer wall garden area so that I can dump chicken compost, then cover (lasanga gardening-ish) and be ready for spring. I can plant earlier there because it is a microclimate in my yard. Do you have microclimates?

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I don't call it Winter Seed Sowing, but I do start some veggies in small containers on my patio. Gives them a better start than directly in the garden. Others are fine direct seeded.

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Thanks MRSLIVINGWELL, for that explanation! Sounds lovely! It means you get to garden all year long!

And thanks for the quote Kim! I love itI have always maintained that gardening grows the best people!

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Very busy lately... getting ready for the Fall Gathering of Master Gardeners... and there is SNOW on the ground. LOL. Fun. Thought y'all might enjoy this quote, from Dark Threat by Patricia Wentworth:

"It would be better to confide in Miss Columba. People who spend their time gardening are as a rule very reliable. The qualities of industry, patience and perseverance are fostered, and they usually have calm and steady nerves."

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Winter seed sowing is a method of starting seeds in the winter for spring planting. You use mini greenhouses made of recycled milk jugs, 2 liter bottles, clear take-out containers that have aeration holes in the top (to prevent the dreaded damping off disease) and holes in the bottom to allow the soil to drain.

You start with the cole crops and perennials when it's cold (these are OUTSIDE, and YES, they are fine in snow) and then closer to your last frost date, do your annuals.

I still direct seed legumes, squash,pumpkins and cucumbers. I could never start seeds successfully before finding this amazing method. No more messy, fussy indoor seed planting!! There are facebook groups related to Winter seed sowing and also other websites. It was popularized by Trudi Davidoff who has graciously shared her method.

http://www.wintersown.org/

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I am afraid not up here in central Alberta, MRSLIVINGWELL. I am not even sure what you mean by "winter seed sowing". It is a completely alien concept to me. What exactly do you do? And when do these seeds move outdoors? Or do they?

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We have gone from 70s to 20s in 24 hours with snow on the roof. I do like a lot of sustained cold in our 6bzone because it kills some of the bad bugs.

I'm getting ready for winter seed sowing by accumulating my containers (at this point putting holes in the new ones, and staging the old ones.

Does anyone else do Winter Seed sowing?

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You are so right Cathy! I have a pile of at least a dozen books beside my bed that need reading! That is the silver lining of winter and cold temps!

Janey, I sure hope those brush fires don't move into your area, or grow into something bigger.
And I am going to add sugar snap peas to my shopping list. Thank goodness for California crops that make their way here to Canada!!

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Yep, and in other areas, they have already been deluged with freezing temps and snow, so whatever they didn't get done already this Fall will have to wait until next Spring. It is snowing here now, 3-6" of snow predicted. I need to get out soon to shovel, since the snow that has already fallen has partially melted and will turn to ice as the temps drop. Need to keep that stuff cleared at least until the new snow just remains snow, and then I can just wait until later this afternoon when it is supposed to quit to clear the rest.

On the bright side, I can finally get to some of the projects and chores inside that need tending too without feeling conflicted about all the stuff outside that also needs to get done!

Enjoy your warm temps!

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Wow, what a difference geography makes. I'm hoping it will finally be cool enough to plant my favorite sugar snap peas. Thursday the high is supposed to only be 78, so maybe.
Some brush fires south of me, I hate to even watch on TV, but lucky for us, not too close.

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Between watching my grandson during the week (who is now boycotting naps so getting anything done outside is a struggle while he's here), and all the rain we had all season long, I ended up way behind. This weekend was the last chance to get anything done, and fortunately it wasn't raining this time. I got done what I could, still lots more to do, but those things can wait until Spring. Just hoping the Spring weather next year cooperates more than this year's weather did!
Supposed to get colder, possibly start snowing tonight again, and the high on Tuesday will only be about 20F, and everything will be frozen.


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Cathy, it seems funny to read about your planting and digging... I went out for my first X-country ski of the season. We are snow covered now until spring, so I may as well dive right in to my winter activities. It makes the winter so much more enjoyable when a person can get outside and do something!
It is not quite as satisfying as playing in the dirt, but it will have to do for the next six months...

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Mild weather this weekend, so I took advantage of it. Got the creeping charlie pulled out of my now-dormant fern bed and then spread mulch over it. Emptied out my deck planters (got cold the last couple of nights, so the dirt was somewhat frozen around the dead salvia roots), took the 3 mums I had bought and planted them along the garage (they may or may not make it, since I read that those kind aren't really hardy enough for our area, but I figured why not take a chance and see). Planted 26 hardy amaryllis/magic lily/naked lady bulbs next to the garage too, as well as the garlic bulbs that had sprouted and a bleeding heart plant that will need to be divided next Spring. Only the bleeding heart actually belongs in that area, but I figure the rest will at least have a place to spend the Winter, and I can dig them up and move them next year when I'm ready to put in the actual plants I planned for that area.

I have a few more things to do tomorrow afternoon, but most everything else can wait until Spring.

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We have had power since Halloween. They announced a planned outage for maintenance work on Tuesday, but they never shut it off. I'm hoping fire season is over for the year, but we still may have some 90 degree days next week. Just so we don't relax too much there have been a lot of small earthquakes near Ventura.

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I would definitely start by filling it at least part of the way with large rocks, or maybe even chunks of cement if you have them. Then use smaller rocks to help fill in between the large ones, then maybe pea gravel? Cover that with clay and soil. If you don't have clay, maybe some cheap unscented kitty litter (which is basically just clay) would do the trick. The cheaper the kitty litter, the more likely it is just clay without anything else added

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I think 4-5 ft now. This is a man made pond for livestock and the substrate is shale. The water comes out on the side of a shale cliff nearby that is next to a creek. I am thinking of getting clay soil (and rocks?) to fill the hole, but I don't know where to get the soil (I don't have a place to dig on the place)

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How deep is the sinkhole? And do you know what is causing it and if it's still getting deeper?

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Taking advantage of good weather to clean up the garden and cover with cardboard so it's ready for spring planting. Already making my list of permaculture additions to my garden.

I'm pruning and going to make a bird/small animal sanctuary somewhere on the property.

Looking for advice for filling in a sinkhole?

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I have heard about the planned power outages in California, Janey. How long are you without power. I am guessing that is it not long enough to affect the food in your fridge or freezer. Must be darned inconvenient! However, better than more fires, by a long shot!
Is the situation improving overall? Our news seemed to imply that it was.

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Good one. Car clocks have become way too confusing. Last year I was at the dealer for something and they did it for me. I will have to read the book to do it myself. I may just subtract one. I'm not changing my microwave clock as we have a planned power outage on Tuesday so I'll do it then. For the 4th time in 2 weeks.

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That's good to hear. Let's hope no more fires spring up!

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Looks like things are getting better! Except for a planned maintenance electrical outage on Tuesday.

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Sorry to hear the danger continues. A few years ago, we had wildfires all over our state and even though we were never in danger, breathing the air was awful.

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Thanks everyone. We pulled off Halloween for the kids in town nicely. Our power is back on and I thought things were looking good until the Maria Fire started about 10 miles west of us. We are not in danger, but I'm hearing about animal rescue ranches that need to be evacuated and a large rural area that residents are being told to leave. Then some idiot decided to fly a drone over the fire so they had to call off all the aircraft for their own safety. Hope they can get them back up and dropping water soon.

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I am horrified about what is happening in California. Who can deny the obvious, relentless changes to our climate.

Oh wait.....

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My thoughts are with all of you in California who are affected by the fires again this year. Is this your new normal? It must be so scary, and so frustrating!

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Prayers are with you JANEYBEE. My sister lives south of SF. The power outages? Understand why but not sure if that is the way PG & E needs to go. How about fixing their lines.

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With all the wind and fires in SoCal I'm not even sure if we will have trick or treat this year. School is canceled the next two days for the third time due to likely power outage (5th and 6th days this month). The grandkids are upset because they lose the costume parade at school. Trying to keep what's left of my garden from blowing away.

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We look the same in central Alberta, MTRANCHWOMAN. I only just barely got the garden and flowerbeds cleaned up before the cold and snow began...

As usual, most of our trick-or-treaters will look like snowmobilers or abominable snowmen. Poor kids never seem to catch a break on the weather!

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Gardening outside is over in the Northern Rockies

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Making chutney: Managed to spot 4 ripe figs, which is a miracle because the birds always get them first. I even bought netting to put over them this year, but with the family illness and deaths, we couldn't get to it. I'm planning to make chutney on Wednesday before the frost and will chuck them in there with any green tomatoes I pick. Thinking of throwing some frozen wild blackberries in the freezer to get them used up.

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10/24/19 11:42 A

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yep. Of course, I don't know if it is even possible for a cow to get up on the hood of a car.

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Photoshop! We never know what is real and what isn't anymore!

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It was photoshopped long ago and has been circulating for at least 6 years with different captions added to the picture. The cow was actually laying down in a field of grass. Still, it's good for a chuckle!

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Tee-hee! Silly cow!
I wonder what the real story is!

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Could it have been the variety? One of my pepper plants this year was a patio bell pepper, and they were just very small versions of red bell peppers. Not as sweet as bigger ones, so I did not enjoy them as much as I had hoped.

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I put up three qt bags of green pepper and one of tomatoes for the freezer. My garden was weedy, but boy it produced anyway. Never give up.

Any ideas why my peppers were not larger?

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Yesterday I dug the last of my carrots, scrubbed them all and bagged them - now to keep them as best I can in the fridge. I don't care for frozen carrots, so I just baby them along in the fridge in the basement. They do keep well for a few months. I also dug my parsnips, but there were only 6 of them, so it wasn't much of an effort!! Lol!
The only thing I have left to do before winter is rake up leaves etc, as the last bits accumulate around the yard. Winter is definitely in the air up here in Canada.

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10/21/19 10:03 A

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Think I'll dig up an eggplant today from the garden and bring it in for the winter. As you can see, I've been wondering about this...

Here is a little info on treating eggplants as biennials/perennials.

www.latimes.com/home/la-xpm-2012-dec
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Six Mistakes to avoid when propagating plants:

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Just occurred to me that eggplants are probably the same (biennials). I'll have to dig up a few of those as well.

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Pansies are another that many in the north, like me, consider an annual. But down south they are either perennials or? They self seed there, and don't do that well self seeding in the more northerly climate. Fun to hear people argue about that. Had no idea peppers were biennial s. Cool to learn that.

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MRSLIVINGWELL: I had no idea! I assumed they were an annual. Learn something new every day!

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