What Did You Do In The Garden?

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@Phaedra Geiermann ,
Sometimes I do some work, take a break and start my list Then, so I can cross several things off right away.
This is how I think:
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worked on cleaning up more of the back grassy edge of the long skinny bean garden. the grass back there is the grass used along the edge of the ditch and it has very large and deep roots which can be fun to try to remove from the clay. i finished up part of what i started so now i'm left with just skimming the rest of the surface off to even it up with the rest of the garden. it will take several years to get all the grass and weed out of there, but this is a good start. having it clear makes it easier to keep clear. as the years go on i'll gradually go further east to reclaim the whole space as i get the time and inclination.
 

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Back to do a little harvesting, today and ...

CORRECTION CORRECTION !!

Visa Honeydew is near the camera, then the trusted Diplomat Galia and the Goddess Cantaloupe is more to the back.
Later, I edited!

Visa is a new-to-me Galia melon. Diplomat Galia is in there but I can't find the plant stake in all the vines (without stepping on something and/or toppling over)!

Honey Blonde is the new Honeydew! And, to add to my confusion - it is cantaloupe color inside! NOW, let's taste it for the first time ... oh Heavens! Is that ? what?? flavor ??? Well, danged if I know! It doesn't taste like a cantaloupe ... honeydew? Anyway, Osborne Seed sells Visa and Johnny's sells Honey Blonde.

:D Steve
 

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picked some dry beans and mowed and that was enough. i needed a shower and then a nap snuck up on me. :) shelled some of them out later on to see what they looked like. hard to resist shelling temptation.
 

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Hot & muggy; I snuck out early to pick some dry pods & kill some beetles, but then DW & I stayed inside & shelled all of the peas, cowpeas, mung beans, and adzuki collected so far. Between garden work & canning, this is a hectic time of year. It felt good to take a break away for a day, especially when the heat index is high.
 

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Hot & muggy; I snuck out early to pick some dry pods & kill some beetles, but then DW & I stayed inside & shelled all of the peas, cowpeas, mung beans, and adzuki collected so far. Between garden work & canning, this is a hectic time of year. It felt good to take a break away for a day, especially when the heat index is high.

yes, it looks like that will be about the same routine here, pick early once enough dew has come off the pods and then pick until the heat is too much and then come in and take a break and shell or putz around the rest of the day.

i had to water this morning so i will go out this afternoon for a few minutes to check a few plants for pods that are dry enough, but much of the pods that are ready to pick on some other beans will have to wait until Sunday morning or later since tomorrow morning we'll likely be picking tomatoes for putting up tomorrow evening.

the forecast is dry and hot for the next week and finally sunshine too.
 

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My wife purchased a canteloupe at the grocery store about a week ago. Rather large { for a cantaloupe }, firm, rather light in color and not quite ripe. So she left it on the kitchen counter to ripen. Yesterday , it had a soft spot show up, so she cut it up. It had a pleasant sweetish taste, but the flesh was quite FIRM and HARD. My wife had to cut the flesh about a half inch away from the rind due to the firmness of the flesh or risk cutting herself. Taste was only OK, but the loss of volume of eating ... NOT so good! I guess they value shipping quality over taste and loss of available eating. :idunno
 

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Weeds out of control and I am just bringing in bowl after bowl of beans and snapping and blanching and freezing, and tomatoes and squash, and zucchini and picking blackberries. I got the elderberries in and in the freezer. I have an area with no plants now. I might try lettuce and radishes there.
 

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DW & I went out to the rural garden expecting to pick-and-run; but a nice breeze made the heat tolerable, so we stayed there for the afternoon. DW was harvesting the 2nd cutting of water spinach; I harvested gherkins, okra, and dry seed. The gherkins are really starting to produce, so they need to be picked at least every 2 days now... but I'm letting the three fruits with the fewest spines mature, in hope that I can improve the variety over time.

The first better melon (Taiwan Large) has finally begun to ripen. This is a seed renewal, so we won't eat any of these unless/until we have saved enough seed.
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A few ears of the Painted Mountain corn were mostly dry, so with rain due tomorrow, brought them safely indoors to dry further. It looks like all of the Painted Mountain will be drying down, just about the same time the Miracle sweet corn is ready.
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All of the tomatoes have begun to ripen, both at home & in the rural garden. Those in the rural garden are stunted, but will bear enough to replenish seed with a little extra. Fortunately, tomato salsa was not on the calendar this year. Salsa Verde is planned though, and it looks like there will be plenty of tomatillos.
 

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Cut down burdock and removed. There are still a few piles left, but the easiest way to remove them is for DH to tote them out in the bucket of the tractor and dump on my north pasture burn pile.
To do that aGAIN, we have to reconnect the bucket, and that takes some dedicated time, alTHOUGH he keeps getting better and better at it.
So...the piles will have to wait.
Got some new help and he prepped my barn's loft by sweeping up, sweeping/feeding loose hay, moving it by sweeping off of the loft into my big wheelbarrow and carting off for the horses to eat, which they Did.
Then, moving about 65 leftover 2020 bales to the loft where I feed first.
He also did same to the 5 leftover straw bales.
It was GREAT to not have to do this myself, and focus on the garden, instead.
I get my new hay next Sunday.
I am Blessed to able to store 400 bales hay, and 50 bales straw.
Great time to buy hay and straw as there is an abundance and the prices show it.
 
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