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    What Did You Do In The Garden?

    Today i actually got a chance to work out in the garden for the first time in a good month, at least. Harvested the pumpkin and squash, pulled the vines, weeded some of the vegetable beds, piled all of the beans into the center of their bed to allow the last round of beans to continue drying...
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    This is Luke

    So sorry for your loss, but incredibly grateful your friend is no longer suffering more than he has to.
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    Duck's New Ragtag garden, Version 2020

    Thanks! Didn't get to watch it cause I closed tonight, but thanks for the link!
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    Duck's New Ragtag garden, Version 2020

    Yes to the link, please, ducks!
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    Question for Bee Keepers

    Maybe you are in a nectar dearth? Old beekeeping mentor used to tell me that you can tell when bees need fed when you put out a saucer of sugar water and they find it within two hours. It's getting closer to winter, and they are getting more desperate for food before it gets too cold for them...
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    What Did You Do In The Garden?

    Harvested a dozen watermelon, and the last two zucchini. There were a few other baby ones on the plant, but it has gotten powdery mildew, so I pulled the plant, along with the remaining watermelon vines. Topped off the pumpkins and the butternut squash. Emptied the flowerpots of all the...
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    What Did You Learn This Garden Season?

    I learned I need to automate more of the everyday chores. As much as I find it relaxing to stand out there and water or weed, when work and chores and weather get in the way, I can't actually force myself to go out and do things. Having it set up so things get taken care of automatically no...
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    What Did You Do In The Garden?

    I started topping off the fall squash vines and the tomatoes. About six weeks from frost, I would rather everything already there ripen instead of letting the plants put so much energy into more fruit that never has a chance.
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    What Did You Do In The Garden?

    I went out and picked a mess of green beans, cooked them with new potatoes for supper. Have melons ripening, pumpkins and squash just about ripe. My zucchini and cucumber have powdery mildew on them, so will cut them out of the garden on my next day off. It is so hot here I am looking forward...
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    What Did You Do In The Garden?

    Honeybees or other bees? My actual honeybees don't really come out of their hive. They're still in there, population healthy, plenty of food...but you never see them actually leave or enter their hive. It's just...strange. That aside, in the past few weeks all of the other bee populations...
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    What Did You Do In The Garden?

    I watered the more vulnerable plants today, and pulled some weeds. Was going to rip out all of my tomatoes after all the hornworm damage and a groundhog eating off everything right as it started to turn, but they are recovering nicely. I will top them off next week so the remaining tomatoes...
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    Thinking of Marketing?

    My grandmother used to have all her garden produce stolen right as it was first it made her amused, but then it made her sad, and she quit gardening altogether. One of my really far out there goals, once I'm done with the grocery store, is to produce enough extra food from my...
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    Duck's New Ragtag garden, Version 2020

    Man I don't miss bucking bales into the barn....we actually found an older hay elevator in our loft, but the roof collapse on the barn destroyed it. That thing was worth its weight in gold. Usually one or two guys on the trailer loading, and about three of us in the barn, packing. My dad was...
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    Peach Tree help

    My peach tree hasn't borne fruit yet at all, and it is four years old. It keeps blooming, but we keep having late frosts that nip off the buds and then it's done.
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    Duck's New Ragtag garden, Version 2020

    Finally have a few minutes to catch up, thanks for all the pictures to look at! Looks like you are making lots of progress on your garden, and your big guy! He's very handsome, and sometimes it does so much good to have an outside opinion on things. What kind of horse is he? My old horse was...
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    What Did You Do In The Garden?

    Pulled some potatoes out of the grow bags today, cleared out a spot to plant the peas I still haven't started. Have lettuce and greens laid out to plant tomorrow. Working till after dark today, but the grass is getting mowed this afternoon. Tomorrow after work going to lay out plastic over...
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    What Did You Do In The Garden?

    Pulled some bindweed, and the last of my garlic and shallots. Going to plant fall peas in that bed tomorrow. The purple russian tomatoes are a complete bust....the rain we had earlier in the week made all of them split vertically in multiple places. I may just prune them out and be done with...
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    Weather Where You Are

    It is beautiful here too. I actually hate this part of the summer, when the sun and the heat and the humidity and the bugs make me depressed, so I am overjoyed at this cool streak. I am getting the same kind of weather as Carol Dee, which is unheard of in Illinois for this time of year. Right...
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    I have been fighting bindweed for ten years now....when I had just a small garden, I would cover it in black plastic and use drip irrigation. It didn't eliminate the bindweed from my garden at all, but it did keep it manageable. At the moment my aims are to keep it from setting seed in the...