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  1. AMKuska

    Birds

    I believe it's a juvenile Cooper's hawk. The heads a bit too small on a sharp-shinned hawk to make it likely.
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    Garden Troubleshooting - Garden In Bad Shape - Too Many Variables :(

    I'd suggest starting with a soil sample sent to your local agriculture office. Soil tests aren't terribly expensive, but they can really enlighten you as to what problems are with the soil--or to prove it's not the soil so you can focus on other things.
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    Birds

    He wanted in the chicken coop.
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    AMKuska's 2021 Garden

    Garden is still booming. More tomatoes than I know what to do with, despite getting dying tomato plants from home depot for a quick replant. A pepper mysteriously survived and provided a large pepper. A bunch of carrots. Tons of zukes, pumpkins, squash and cucumbers on the vine! I really...
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    Air filtration system for grow tent?

    Aaaah, it all makes sense. The person my husband got it from does grow weed, and probably assumed that's what we were doing with our grow tent. The worst smell that comes from in there is the strong scent of tomato leaves.
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    Garden Life is an Experiment

    The Beatrix pumpkins are for sure going to be a staple in my garden as long as they are available. My husband was so tickled with them he's built me a garden for next year to put them in. I was also impressed by the pickling cucumbers I got this year, but I may try different ones now that I know...
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    AMKuska's 2021 Garden

    It was a wonderful day in the garden today. We roasted one of the pumpkins to make pumpkin pie with. I was a little worried my daughter had bonded with her pumpkin and would be devastated by cutting it up...but she was apparently wildly glad to chop up, gut, roast, and eat her pumpkin. The pics...
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    Chinese cabbage

    Korean street toast! It tastes absolutely amazing and uses cabbage. Also kim chi and okonomiyaki. Recipe for street toast: Kimchi: Okonomiyaki:
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    Price increases and shortages

    Lately I've noticed my local store has been having a shortage on meats, particularly chicken. The aisle still looks full, but they've taken non-meat frozen items and used them to fluff out the chicken section, which is now only half full at any given time. If there is a true chicken shortage...
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    Happy Birthday to AMKuska

    Thanks everyone! I had a really great day. :)
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    AMKuska's 2021 Garden

    I told Rin she could NOT pick any tomato until it was red so....she painted one
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    AMKuska's 2021 Garden

    Well, things are looking a bit less dismal in the garden. The Cinderella pumpkin has at least 2 pumpkins that are beyond the usual drop off point. Here's a zuke that's about ready to eat. Pickle in the making? Too soon to tell if it will keep. Grass basket I'm working on from some long...
  13. AMKuska

    How to bake a pizza...when you're 2

    Ingredients: Onion Artichoke Bell Pepper Cheese Pizza Dough Bacon Chicken Instructions: Discover the onion in the most coveted grocery bag of all, the produce bag. Carry it lovingly around the house for about an hour. Love it. Stroke it. Speak gentle words to it. Leave peels from one end of the...
  14. AMKuska

    Birds

    My grandma used to carefully tend a little garden on her back deck especially for a mourning dove that nested there. No other reason. She made sure there was a little tree to cover up the nesting site (I think it was under a roof rim but I don't really recall) so the mommy was safe and protected...
  15. AMKuska

    Birds

    Feast your eyes on this goldfinch! It has taken me several hours to photograph even one, and I've been trying for over a year now. They live here, but are so darn shy!
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    AMKuska's 2021 Garden

    the bee thingy is for mason bees. :)
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    AMKuska's 2021 Garden

    It looks like none of my in-ground pepper plants will survive the end of the year. Next year I'm only going to plant in pots because those ones are still doing well. The difference is I can move those, so when it hails/there's a heatwave, they can get shelter. Unfortunately the heatdome did a...
  18. AMKuska

    My son is very smart

    Yeah, he needs a bunny and a snowcone to wipe with after eating one of his sauces. :rolleyes:
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    My son is very smart

    Likely make them into a hot sauce. He already has a tone of different carolina reaper pepper sauces from other companies that he enjoys, and knows how to make his own. It will be interesting to see if the fresh stuff is hotter than the bottle.
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    My son is very smart

    He asked his dad, "If I grow really spicy peppers, will you buy them dad?" And dad said he sure would. :thumbsup
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