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  1. Zeedman

    Your Weather, 2022

    39Fish... clear & cool, with scattered trout. :lol: Checked the garden thermometer just before bed, it read 39 F degrees... but no sign of frost damage this morning. Long range forecast shows one more dip into the 30's next Wednesday, then a warmup. The pumpkins are starting to change color &...
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    Your Weather, 2022

    The forecast keeps getting lowered; now there is a FREEZE warning for Northern Wisconsin, and the Frost Advisory is just the next county West of me. Chances are there will be spotty frost in the rural areas just a few miles West. My garden should survive this, but that is a very big temperature...
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    Experiments, observations, and lessons learned

    I've seen wasps drinking from shallow puddles on my picnic table. They probably get most of their drinking water from dew though; that persists into late morning most days.
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    A Seed Saver's Garden

    The flowers on those JT's remind me of hops.
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    Your Weather, 2022

    My area got hit by 3 heavy rain storms in the last week, which in total dropped 6"+ of rain... even some small hail yesterday. The ground in the gardens is saturated, but have to go in there anyway to harvest. Most of the ripening beans haven't shown much damage though; pole beans drain & dry...
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    Corn pests and diseases

    Those are all PM. I may select against the yellow or white kernels in the future though, since those had smaller cobs, and made up nearly all of the spoilage. I'm tempted to try growing seeds from only the long "black" ear in some future year, should I be blessed to have the opportunity.
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    Baymule’s Farm

    I think often of a scene from "The Hobbit" movie, where one of the characters is lamenting over a love lost in battle: "Why does it hurt so much?" she asks ... "Because it was real." I would only substitute "is" for "was", because true love is eternal. Big hugs from a fellow traveler on the...
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    Corn pests and diseases

    Corn is wind pollinated, so the more plants, the better. A single row, or only a few plants, will result in poor ear fill - especially for plants on the edges. Planting in blocks of closely-spaced rows is helpful, as is planting in hills (groups of plants) rather than rows. My DW introduced me...
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    Ducks4you for 2022

    For drying basil, I cut off each plant & thoroughly wash them, then hang & dry the plants under a fan. Once dry, I gently crumble the leaves, which at that point separate easily from the stems. That spares me the time otherwise spent in separately cutting/pinching off all of the leaves (which...
  10. Zeedman

    Hi, Jenn86 from Wisconsin

    Hello from just North of you, in suburban Winnebago county. :frow
  11. Zeedman

    2022 Little Easy Bean Network - We Are Beans Without Borders

    The play on words is intentional, and part of the fun. And why would you assume I was referring to liquor? ;) Who??? If I called a bean "Orson", nobody would get it. Naming my well Orson, now that would be funny.
  12. Zeedman

    Joy in the Little Things

    My DW loved delphiniums. :hugs I would add that color to her garden, if I could find it here.
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    2022 Little Easy Bean Network - We Are Beans Without Borders

    Maybe I'll call it "Black Angus" to keep the two strains separate, and point out that it is possibly similar/identical to "Cow". Edit: Since cowpeas are just called "peas" in the South, I actually find "Cow" to be a hilarious name for a... cow pea. Someone had a good sense of humor. What's...
  14. Zeedman

    Ducks4you for 2022

    Well, it really doesn't matter which plant triumphs. Squash is basically an above-ground sweet potato. :rolleyes:
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    Naked-seeded pumpkin project

    ... and those are some small pumpkins. (added emphasis mine) While still green, they are pretty hard to locate under the foliage. I harvested the row of soybeans next to the pumpkins, so was able to get a better look at the patch. The leaf cover is still nearly impenetrable, but I could see a...
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    Experiments, observations, and lessons learned

    Or take off holding food as heavy as themselves? They must take flying lessons from the bumblebees. :lol: I don't grow any crucifers because the cabbage loopers are active all summer, and the level of intervention required to combat them is more than I'm willing to take on. I would either need...
  17. Zeedman

    2022 Little Easy Bean Network - We Are Beans Without Borders

    In my research through SSE Yearbooks, the description of "Cow" most closely matches my observations of the black-seeded cowpea. But given that @Bluejay77 does not have source info, it is impossible to trace the seeds provenance further back. :( I hesitate to give it a new name, but am equally...
  18. Zeedman

    What Did You Do In The Garden?

    Spent most of the afternoon in the garden today. Picked a bucket of cukes, a bucket of bitter melon, and a few of the late-planted zucchini. Still a lot of small cukes on the vines, and there is a round of young fruits forming on the luffa. Picked more okra; will be making okra pickles, and...
  19. Zeedman

    2022 Little Easy Bean Network - We Are Beans Without Borders

    More beans beginning to ripen - yeah! :celebrate "Madagascar" lima. Shelly vs. dry (finger for scale). Saw one pod as I was passing by, looked more closely - and found 25 others! I planted a 30' row of these, in anticipation of harvesting lots of those large butterbeans... based upon the...
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    Experiments, observations, and lessons learned

    Just an observation, regarding plant behavior. Quite a few plants appear to respond to shortening day length; beans stop flowering & abort younger pods, and some squashes & gourds begin to form female flowers in large numbers. Perhaps responding to a memory of the short days in their tropical...
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