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    How to propagate currant bushes?

    have not done this, seems pretty forgiving, hard to do with mid-summer heat coming on i would expect it to be tough unless you can keep the cuttings in a cooler location until they're rooted and actively growing. i did not read through the whole of the following... :)...
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    What Did You Do In The Garden?

    was a perfect day out there for temperature and with a nice breeze and some sunshine too. normally i start the day by checking the birdbaths and refreshing the water in them or hosing them out good if they have some crud in them. then i also will water whatever needs it. then i finished up...
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    2022 Little Easy Bean Network - We Are Beans Without Borders

    we usually have rabbits around. they will eat the weeds out of the grassy areas once the beans get older. unlike the groundhogs that are tall enough to get to the fresh growing tips of the bush beans the rabbits don't seem to figure that out or are just too lazy. this is ok for us, because it...
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    2022 Little Easy Bean Network - We Are Beans Without Borders

    i always know that outside the fences is always a risk, but still it does set me back a bit because all of the Santa Bean experiments were in the North Garden and they're gone unless i get a late germinator that decides to come up and survives. i still have plenty to replant for next year...
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    Your Weather, 2022

    Monday night forecast down to 49F. really? we'll see...
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    Coffee

    you can sometimes slip a piece of paper over the container while it is still against the wall, floor, etc to keep it in there while you put a better lid on it.
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    2022 Little Easy Bean Network - We Are Beans Without Borders

    well the deer have sure cleaned out the North Garden, there were a few areas they were not eating many of the plants so i was hoping i'd get some results from those but when i went out this morning even all of those are now gone. i've never had this many of my bulk beans get taken out by the...
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    What Did You Do In The Garden?

    watered and weeded, had brunch, took a long nap. :)
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    Kids and health issues

    i hope it works itself out soon! :)
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    A Seed Saver's Garden

    i wouldn't lime compost, but mixing in some garden soil might have made some difference, still i think in the end they'll pick up. it seems like the melons i grow here are similar in that they start out slow but then once they get more roots down they take off and by the end of summer the vines...
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    Coffee

    there are so many beetles and other bugs out there it is hard to know all of them and which might mean signs of further trouble. a good close-up picture would be interesting. :)
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    Hi from northern Northern California 😊

    welcome to TEG from mid-Michigan. planting what you like to eat is always a good first step. :)
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    Home Repairs

    i wonder if that is bug chewing debris as it looks too large grained for being mold spores. just my guess, not knowing where that is coming from.
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    2022 Little Easy Bean Network - We Are Beans Without Borders

    my earliest planting of beans is already flowering, but they are the usual fresh eating beans so they're not network beans. most of the network beans i've planted have come up and are working on their 2nd sets of leaves. with this heat and lack of rain they're not really thriving but they are...
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    Something I probably should have checked on

    when the cucumber plant gets both male and female flowers you could hand pollenate some and then bag the flowers until the fruits form and then you'd know that those fruits have uncrossed seeds.
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    A Seed Saver's Garden

    ours started variegated and then over the years parts of the plants switched to full green leaves. we ended up removing it due to bugs eating it so much that it wouldn't flower or grow much any more and i didn't want to spray it or have to baby it. plus i needed more bean growing space inside...
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    A Seed Saver's Garden

    i think the yellow flower is yellow loosestrife. we used to have a varigated version of that plant. the same bugs that liked that also like the moneywort.
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    Coffee

    yeah, as for old paperwork anything that lets you establish the basis of an investment is needed for when you sell it. after you sell it and pay taxes then there is the limitation on time for those tax returns to consider.
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    2022 Little Easy Bean Network - We Are Beans Without Borders

    they've not ever jumped the 6ft fences here, we have a lot of obstructions and complications around so they don't have an easy taking off spot.
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    2022 Little Easy Bean Network - We Are Beans Without Borders

    it doesn't work if the area isn't fully enclosed and i can't get Mom to let me finish the plan i started (and thought i had approval for but she changed her mind). with two more runs of good fence and i'd protect many thousands more of square feet and also stop damage to the front gardens...
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