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11/25/19 6:40 P

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divided the ginger plant and repotted it.

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Trimmed up my berry bushes and put some compost on them.

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My avocado sprout is still growing slowly on nothing but water...

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Garlic and onions are starting to sprout!

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How did your back do?

I love planting bulbs - it's such an optimistic thing, laying them in the ground imagining how they will reward you in the spring.

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This weekend I pulled out tomato, eggplant, and pepper plants and harvested the last of the potatoes. Bought some daffodil and grape hyacinth bulbs to plant among the recently planted shrubs and trees in my new border. Am loving the cool fall weather and hoping my back holds up. Happy gardening to all.

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oh, I wish I could get a community garden plot. land is in such short supply here that there are 4+ year waits to get plots in all the community gardens. I've put my name in at a bunch of places, because I'm not sure where I'll be living four years from now and I know I won't take good care of a garden 30 minutes from my home.

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I have planted 3 beds of onions and 1 bed of garlic. I planted some Holly Hocks along the garden fence to help attract bees and other pollinators to the garden. I put a cover crop of white clover in four beds to add nitrogen back to the soil.

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We are saying goodbye to our garden today, harvesting what we can of the beans, tomatoes (any that may ripen after picking), butternut and spaghetti squash, and anything else that's left. Then we're pulling up the cages and fencing. We're leaving the plants as the deer will come in once the fence is down and will eat them. We have to be out of the garden plots we rent from the park district by October 15th, and since it is sunny today, we might as well get it done now.

I have 2 garlic heads that are sprouting, so I need to find a place at home to plant them (and that isn't scheduled to be renovated, like much of my yard is).

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bought garlic and will plant some greens in the school garden next week.

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Harvested another 3 lbs. of peppers, made some hot sauce. I still have lots of peppers on the vine, will probably can some more hot sauce to give as gifts.

Planted a Living Butter Leaf lettuce, it is looking good so far. Bought my onion and garlic sets, they will be planted next month. Potatoes are looking good, starting to flower. My herbs are going to seed, so will cut them back in a few weeks after the seeds open.

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My walking stick kale is coming back after being ravaged by beetles. Got enough to make a side dish of greens today.



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Alkaline soil here also. So far I've just amended with compost and coffee grounds, and they're looking good.

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Waiting for lettuce, bok choi and spinach seedlings to get their "true" leaves so I can plant them out. I am going to try using preen around them to control the weeds. The next weeks will be crazy. No time to weed and it will be dry so hard to pull weeds.

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My garden is soooo tragically neglected. My tomatoes have gotten progressively smaller (I think they need more nutrients) and I haven't planted anything for fall. I'm trying to plan better than I did when I started my summer garden, and I'll probably wait until next summer to plant again just so I can be better prepared. I'm reading up on gardening in the meantime.

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That's far enough inland that you don't have to deal with high levels of salt in the soil, right? Blueberries prefer acid soils, so if they grow well there, does that mean your soil is on the acid side? Where I live near Chicago, our soil tends to be slightly alkaline.

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The Habanero peppers are starting to ripen, I picked 8 today, enough to make some hot sauce!

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about 20 miles from the coast.

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I actually was referring to someone on this group who happens to live in the same area. How far are you from the coast?

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thanks for the suggestion, CBRINKLEY401. I've asked neighbors. Most say they just grow cherry tomatoes, peas and beans. Blueberries do great, so we put in 8 bushes! We're in northwest WA.

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@MGM518 - where do you live now? Maybe someone who lives in your current area can give some helpful advice?

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Transplanted 3 banana trees to a more sunny area. Backyard clean up in progress.

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I've moved to a new climate and what an adjustment it is! So far I've not had much luck growing veggies. I'm used to a long warm season -- the season is short and much cooler here. My tomatoes and peppers are not doing much at all. Next year I suppose I may have to grow radishes, peas and beans!

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Harvested about 30 tomatoes and some hot peppers, I combined them with onion and garlic from the garden and some purchased bell peppers to make some "Summer Salsa"; canned 5 pints.

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My tomatoes are still going strong and my peppers have sprouted like crazy. My carrots didn't make it, but that's OK. It was my first time and I learned a lot in the process so next time I'll be better prepared. Haven't quite decided what to do next, though.

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Picking okra (air-fried later today), tomatoes and green pepper(for vegetable taco soup), greenbeans (frozen) and eggplant (baba ghanoush! Yay!). Love grocery shopping in my back yard!

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Harvested 3 zucchini today and our first tomato is almost ripe!

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I harvested 3 lbs of hot peppers and our first tomato yesterday. Our weather has been good this year, we even had a good rain on Friday which is unusual for our desert climate.

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Our garden is still plugging away after being on vacation. Tons of weeds, lots of rain while we were gone (5 inches in two days). So all the tomatoes have blossom end rot. Tilled part of it yesterday and hope to plant swiss chard, zucchini and squash. Starting brocolli, cabbage and brussel sprouts for the fall garden.

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Mine seem to be struggling because of all the rain. We may lose 2 tomato plants, though we did hill up the soil around the base once they started wilting bad. Lots of water in the soil and the wilting indicated many of the roots had rotted due to saturated soil, so hilling up around the stem may help the plants form more roots. Time will tell. Also may lose 1 or 2 eggplants, and it looks like the beans may have drowned too. At least we still have time to replant beans.
On the plus side, the pumpkins are vining and we have to keep redirecting the vines to keep them in their area (we use them to help protect the corn from the raccoons, so we are directing them around the corn patch and down the rows. Can make it difficult to get in and pick corn, as you have to carefully step between pumpkin vines, but we're used to doing that after all these years. Some of the corn has really taken off, while the corn in the lower (and wetter) areas of the patch are still small. Corn does like water and heat though, and the plants may just need some more manure or compost in that area to catch up to the rest.

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My poor plants are so very unhappy about this heat.

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Spotted the first ear of corn growing on one of the corn stalks. This is my first time growing corn in this climate, hoping for good results.

Today's high was 102, first time over 100 for this summer.

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My tomatoes are starting to ripen. My neighbor asked me if he could have some before they turned red so he can make fried green tomatoes. I was so ridiculous happy to share them lol

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Pruning is not remomended for our desert climate, the plants need the foilage to protect the fruit from sun scald. I did prune the first year and the plants got lots of wind damage. Tomatoes are self pollinaters, especially in windy zones like ours, but just shaking the plants will help.

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Pruning sometimes goes against what we THINK we should be doing, but as you can see, it really does help the plants! Pruning all the side shoots off the tomato plants actually yields healthier plants, less susceptible to disease, and since it makes it easier for pollinators and wind to spread the pollen, results in more and larger tomatoes than you'd get otherwise!

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I finally got comfortable pruning my plants and they look so naked lol. On the plus side theyíre growing a lot better!

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I was having problems with powder mildew on my cucumber plants, so I looked up natural ways to cure this. One of the solutions mentioned was milk. I was a little skeptical because they said they werenít sure why it worked, but I figured what the heck...I have milk on hand and itís not like itís a chemical from under my sink or anything. So I put it in a spray bottle and sprayed the plants, and Iíll be darned if that powder mildew wasnít gone the next morning! The cucumbers went from looking sad and diseased to happy and flowering just like that! Mind blown.

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I just finished emptying my compost bin and sifting it all. Started with about 80 gallons of compost. When I finished sifting, I had 30 gallons of finished compost and the rest wasn't quite done, so it went back into the bin. I could have gone ahead and spread it on my garden and just worked it in, but decided not to. There are lots of corn cobs in my compost (broke them in half or more) due to feeding them to the squirrels over the winter, and I didn't know how well those would till in. They do help keep the compost in the bin nice and loose and help aerate the bin too.

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Iíve started sprouting tomatoes, and I learned tomato plants need pruning, lol.







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I wish we could have honey bees. That must be amazing!

Iím sprouting tiny zucchini babies!

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With my husbands help we cultivated and amended the soil to create a new flower bed at the end of the house. We planted Cosmos and Sainfoin, a grass flower that will provide nector for our honey bees and forage for our goats.

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Carrots are slow growers. Make sure to start thinning them before they get too large. Makes it easier, less disturbing the plants you are keeping. Usually I thin them several times, just to make sure the others have room to grow. After awhile, the ones you pull out will be large enough to add to salads or eat (and you usually don't have to peel them either, just wash them).

As for the zucchini and cucumbers, like all squash family plants, they have both male and female flowers. The first ones will be male. You can tell the difference as the male flowers are usually on taller stems, while the female ones are close to the main stem and have a small fruit at the end of it. If you plan on cooking squash flowers (zucchini and pumpkin are good, cucumber ones are too small), make sure you pick the male blossoms to use, but also leave some so they can pollinate the female flowers. To hand pollinate female flowers, you can pick a male flower, remove the petals, and then rub the pollen on the female flowers. But zucchini is usually so prolific that you probably don't need to worry about doing that.

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I have finally defeated (at least for now) the flea beetles attacking my eggplant. Everything has grown way too big for the raised bed I have, and I have definitely learned a lot of hard lessons very quickly lol. My Zucchini plants have sprouted yellow flowers, and my cucumber plants seem to have shot up overnight. Carrots are still tiny, though. Tomatoes and peppers are growing in height but nothing sprouting from them yet.

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My first daffodil bloomed, the plum and peach trees are starting to blossom out. The garlic has sprouted.

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Ground is still frozen & snow-covered in mid-MI. No signs of snowdrops or crocus yet. But I planted 3 types of eggplant seeds this morning. Basil that I planted last weekend has started to germinate. With grow lights and a heat mat I can force a bit of spring indoors. Happy gardening to all!

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I plant onions, peppers, hollyhocks and sun flowers today. Tomorrow I will start my herb garden. Just need to remember to water everyday. emoticon emoticon

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About all I can do gardening wise, other than dreaming and planning what I want to plant eventually, is to keep adding scraps to my compost bin. It's frozen too, as is everything else around here. Temps are supposed to get slightly above freezing Friday and Saturday, and it usually settles down a bit when that happens, so guessing there may still be some warmth/activity going on somewhere in the middle and bottom of the pile. Then it's supposed to get 20 or below for a high for the next 4 days before working back up towards the freezing mark after that. Guess the groundhog was wrong again this year about it being only 3 more weeks of winter (of course, his forecast is wrong more often than right, and no matter what it says, I still assume we have 6 weeks of winter left - which is usually what happens).

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Was going to add compost to my raised beds but discovered that the pile is still frozen as well as the dirt in the beds; it's going to need a few days to warm up before I can start working.

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I've wanted to try artichokes, but never have. I did grow asparagus once, but haven't in awhile. My mother-in-law had a nice patch of asparagus, and my brother grows it. After harvest season is over, the stalks that you let grow for the summer make a beautiful plant, so I'm tempted to put it in a perennial flower bed next time I try it.
I'm eager to hear how these grow for you.

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I'm thinking of adding Artichoke - Green Globe in a 4x4 and Asparagus - Martha Washington in circle collapsible containers, to a new section of yard for my garden this year. My thinking is that the artichoke will help brace the asparagus, and the asparagus to help shade the artichoke. to be clear the asparagus would sit behind outside of the 4x4 holding only the artichoke.

First attempt on this would like to hear of any others thoughts and ideas on this. Hoping to knock this out of the park on a first time around attempt. Also will be using seeds for these plants. Thank You



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Worked for just 15 to 30 minutes each day this weekend cleaning the front yard. It looks already different. I'm going to try to do a little each day of this month. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Came out to my garden today after a cold snap and notice that there is a lot of work to do. Did some watering and start planning the work ahead. One day at a time.

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Beautiful day, so watering and some planting is on my agenda

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Too cold..

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The weather warmed up enough so I could get some watering done as well as water and turn the compost pile.

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Mornings have continued below freezing so the water linens are frozen. I hand watered the small trees today. I am hoping that the lines will open so I can water the spinach, carrots and onions.

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That's often the case no matter what time of year it is!

Here near Chicago, there's no gardening going on. We've had some warmer than normal days where it's rained instead of snowed, not necessarily a bad thing as I don't mind not shoveling the foot or so of snow that it would have been instead! So instead my gardening is limited to planning, dreaming, and getting ready for the next year's growing season. Several seed catalogs have already arrived, time to decide what to grow and order seeds, and then some will need to be started pretty soon - those that need longer times between sowing and transplanting (like onions and some flowers). Once Spring arrives, hopefully I'll be ready to dive in and get everything in the ground faster this year!

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Weather is not cooperating...

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Not much due to the weather..

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The weather here has gotten above freezing for the past week, and supposed to continue for the rest of the week. Which means all the pumpkins in my bin that froze have now thawed and compacted down somewhat - a good thing since I now have room for more of my kitchen scraps and the empty corn cobs left from feeding the squirrels.

The half grown squirrels that I've been trying to help survive through the winter seem to be almost full grown now. And they aren't skinny any more either! That's a good sign, since they are better prepared to stay warm when it gets really cold.

Lots of birds visiting the feeders and suet - white breasted nuthatches, downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, and red bellied woodpeckers among them. Blue jays, sparrows, and wrens are going after the squirrel nuts - payback for the squirrels raiding the bird feeders I guess!

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Turned the compost pile and watered the garden.

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All the beds are covered with snow!

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Cooked up my last pumpkin and made pumpkin pie for company. emoticon

This was the pumpkin that I picked green after the freeze on 10/15. It did ripen and it had good flavor!

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Had some measurable rain today and more expected.

I harvested some more carrots and made a low carb carrot cake with them.

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Had some rain, first of the season but not enough, still had to water.

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Harvested some more carrots today and some oregano.

Water lines are ok for now, disconnecting the hoses at night so the lines can drain and not watering until after 2 gives the hose time to thaw.

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Sorry to hear that.

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Waterline is frozen, had to hand carry water out to water the onion, weather should warm up in the next few days.

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Spent some time pulling grass out of my flower beds.

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I finished cleaning out the garden beds today. I still need to till the soil before putting topping the beds with straw for the winter.

Onions are starting to sprout. emoticon

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emptying out the flower pots. Had a volunteer potato plant growing in one. When it died back, I hand dug out what potatoes I could find. When emptying that planter today, I found more potatoes. Good sized ones too.

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Spend some more time cleaning the garden beds and hauling the debris out to the "burn pile."



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Onions are finally starting to sprout. Did a bit of clean up today, still need to finish cleaning and covering the beds with straw for the winter.

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Potato harvesters

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Sounds good! I cooked a roast in the crockpot and added lots of small potatoes from our garden to it. They were just the right size, didn't have to peel or cut them at all. And I have enough that size for another batch

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