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2022-06-27 8:41:38 PM  
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The Amaranth is insane.

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2022-06-27 8:45:26 PM  
You BET I ate that before the mousies got to it. HA! Three years to get there. I'm getting better.

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2022-06-27 9:46:14 PM  
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2022-06-28 12:22:09 AM  
I think the Scorpion pepper plant is dead, as it is not growing but doesn't look dead. It has been a cool June in Pennsylvania, so that could have an impact. As for very hot peppers, my dad's ghost chili isn't doing so well and the habanero died. All other veggies for us are doing great, though.
 
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2022-06-28 12:28:52 AM  
I do. Growing some as well.

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2022-06-28 1:51:06 AM  

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D. So said my dentures.
 
2022-06-28 3:26:14 AM  
Yes, pants suck.

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The Simpsons - Don't You Hate Pants!?
Youtube U14QaBE8N7c
 
2022-06-28 7:11:08 AM  
Here are some of my herb containers. They're doing well. Most of these plants are about two to three years old. The sage (lower right) is blooming! Little purple flowers. Beautiful. I'm growing sage, rosemary, thyme, savory, marjoram, oregano, pineapple sage, catnip, a Martha Washington geranium, Korean peppers, a poblano pepper, a lemon tree, and a three foot tall bay plant.

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More containers. We cook with these herbs. I need to let them grow a bit more now.

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2022-06-28 7:12:12 AM  
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2022-06-28 7:27:50 AM  
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Lola the mutant sunflowers are doing well, rosemary, basil, curled parsley and Italian oregano.

Have waaaayyy too much basil and oregano (single, grown kids) so been giving away. Got some drying to be ground up. Thinking spice jars for gifts...
 
2022-06-28 7:30:37 AM  
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2022-06-28 7:45:05 AM  
I weeded everything Saturday morning - a solid 3 hours of work.

Picking green beans soon!
 
2022-06-28 7:51:49 AM  
The only thing I want to contribute to this thread are two words:

farking moles
 
2022-06-28 7:54:13 AM  
shiat's out of control:

By the back porch, I had to pull a bunch of bushes/ small trees because they basically aged out and are falling over, so I did, and I prepped for some transplants by clearing ground, I also plan on refining a previous path... anyway, about a month ago some sort of grass took over and now it's almost 4ft high, it's drowning out the daylily flowers! I need to do that soon. One good thing about the crazy grass is, I had this much smaller monkey grass under the trees, when they left it started to brown right up and I was afraid of losing a couple years division there... so hopefully they're doing better underneath


Across the back, the bougainvillea I had worked SO hard to turn into a stump just a month ago now has some 8ft shoots, plus a huge (the last) pile of now dried branches next to it from the previous assault. There are vines covering parts of the podocarpus and random trees volunteering between some, plus they all need to be cut from 12ft down to about 6ft.

On the northern edge of my yard, the battle with the confederate jasmine continues, non-stop. I dearly miss Fark, and air conditioning, and beer, and tv when I am marching into the fray but, when I have filled the 4 trash cans, I know I'm that much closer to my beer, and that other stuff.
 
2022-06-28 8:04:52 AM  
Bean cage growth continues. More slug repellent, Stat!

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I also sprinkle driveway salt around the base. Take THAT Slugs!
 
2022-06-28 8:11:39 AM  
My tomatoes plants had a slow start due to cold weather, but are going insane now. They're about the height I expect this time of year, but the stems are super thick and they are covered with flowers and green tomatoes. I usually don't see tomatoes until into July.

Although I fell behind on pruning a due to stem thickness and flowers I can't which stems are the suckers and which are the main stem on a couple plants. I'm just letting those go with both stems.

This year I tried something new. I tilled alfalfa pellets into the soil at the end of winter as a nitrogen supplement. Heard about it on the tube and so far seems be having positive results. I also have been pruning more aggressively and put in drip irrigation so could be a number of factors.
 
2022-06-28 8:44:52 AM  
Mulberry advice, please!

A neighbor has 2 mulberry trees and has given me free rein to gather as much as I want.

I put tarps down, and then shook branches with a long pole.  Got a nice gallon bag full.  But there are so many twigs and pieces of bark!

1) Do I need to be more gentle shaking the tree?  Maybe there's so many little pieces of wood because nobody harvested the last couple years, so there's just a lot of debris built up?

2) Good methods for cleaning them?  A quick dunk in cold water in a colander isn't enough to get all the twigs separated.  Then I spread them on a drying screen in order to pick out unripe berries and more debris.  Is this just going to be a bunch of manual labor?

Thanks all!
 
2022-06-28 8:59:51 AM  
We're growing some lovely dog vomit slime mold on the mulch. 
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2022-06-28 9:19:11 AM  
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The Torenia the deer half ate a week or so ago has a bunch of new growth. I'm very happy that it seems to be recovering well.

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The Violas have a couple new flowers so they're recovering too, but taking a bit longer. Of course the deer also ate a lot more of them so that makes sense.

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Non-deer related... the sunflowers are up to my waist! And the Wild Bergamot is doing really well, just waiting for flowers.
 
2022-06-28 9:28:33 AM  
I have a little corner with several kinds of lilies.  Last year the rabbits ate them down to nothing before they bloomed.  This year sprinkled bone meal around them and the breeze put a lot of it on the leaves.  Not a nibble.  Also sprinkled it around my pot of swiss chard.  Works better than I could have imagined.  Wear a mask when you sprinkle it, the dust floats everywhere.  And don't even try to put it out on a windy day.  Counted 19 buds total, looking forward to some great flowers.

Been using Neem spray on my roses, keeping those aphids away!  Also on my tall phlox and my eggplant.  Doing a good job keeping the bugs off.
 
2022-06-28 10:53:15 AM  

Pincy: The only thing I want to contribute to this thread are two words:

farking moles


If they're eating the plants and roots, they are voles, not moles. Mole tunnels can be destructive but they are carnivores, so they leave the plants alone. Another destructive burrowing rodent that you'll find in the PNW is mountain beavers but they're much larger than moles and destructive as heck. When I first heard of mountain beavers, I thought someone was pulling my leg but they're a real thing.
 
2022-06-28 10:54:21 AM  

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3 for sauces
10 for eating
anything in this range for smoothies
15 for banana bread.
 
2022-06-28 11:05:21 AM  
I'm growing dirt this year in the main garden. I really needed to work the soil this spring, since the garden is just getting established, but the constant heavy rain made it impossible. So I'm just keeping the weeds knocked down for now and I'll work a bunch of compost in at some point. I love a nice patch of well prepared dirt

I also still have a 4'x24' raised bed at the community garden. I'm picking about a pound and a half of snow & snap peas. I'm also eating lettuce and have some kale I should cut. The rest of the garden is tomatoes, peppers, onions and leeks. It'll be a while before any of those are ready.
 
2022-06-28 11:14:47 AM  
Over the last few years, I've planted a raspberry patch on the side of the house, some strawberry plants in the landscaping out front, and 3 blueberry bushes in the back yard. The strawberry plants are doing great. I'm picking a couple of pints every day and throwing the extras into a bag in the freezer for making jam. The raspberries are finally filling out but there aren't enough 2nd year canes to make a lot of fruit this year, so we're just getting a taste. The blueberries are not ripe yet but doing well. I picked all the flowers last year, so they'd put their energy into growth instead of berries but I couldn't bear to do it 2 years in a row, like you're supposed to after planting.
 
2022-06-28 11:46:30 AM  
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2022-06-28 12:12:26 PM  
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Growing fast; I'm going to single stem the indeterminate 'matoes and tie them to stakes.
 
2022-06-28 12:26:28 PM  

Pincy: The only thing I want to contribute to this thread are two words:

farking moles


And squirrels.
 
2022-06-28 12:34:04 PM  
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Bombus vandykei! Saw about a dozen out this morning.
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Can you spot the Blue?
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Black eyed susans.
 
2022-06-28 12:35:59 PM  
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2022-06-28 2:41:33 PM  
What are the large plants? They survived winter but were small and I even transplanted them to where they are now.  They used to be closer together.  You can see the pansy between them peeking out.  That's how small they were a couple of months ago.
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2022-06-28 3:05:45 PM  

My Sober Alt: What are the large plants? They survived winter but were small and I even transplanted them to where they are now.  They used to be closer together.  You can see the pansy between them peeking out.  That's how small they were a couple of months ago. [Fark user image image 850x1014]


Looks like lemon balm. If you crush a leaf, does it smell like lemon pledge?
 
2022-06-28 3:20:51 PM  

CordycepsInYourBrain: Pincy: The only thing I want to contribute to this thread are two words:

farking moles

If they're eating the plants and roots, they are voles, not moles. Mole tunnels can be destructive but they are carnivores, so they leave the plants alone. Another destructive burrowing rodent that you'll find in the PNW is mountain beavers but they're much larger than moles and destructive as heck. When I first heard of mountain beavers, I thought someone was pulling my leg but they're a real thing.


It took me a couple years to figure out rodents were tunneling under my vegetable beds. All the water that was "soaking in so quickly" was actually just sinking into the tunnels. Putting wire mesh under all the beds is too labor intensive for me so all my vegetables are in pots now. Sidenote: watering is much more efficient now.
 
2022-06-28 3:28:15 PM  

acloverandabee: Pincy: The only thing I want to contribute to this thread are two words:

farking moles

And squirrels.


I do tomatoes in pots in the protected realm of the screened-in Catio now. (safe from moles, squirrels, birds, deer)
 
2022-06-28 3:40:25 PM  

acloverandabee: My Sober Alt: What are the large plants? They survived winter but were small and I even transplanted them to where they are now.  They used to be closer together.  You can see the pansy between them peeking out.  That's how small they were a couple of months ago. [Fark user image image 850x1014]

Looks like lemon balm. If you crush a leaf, does it smell like lemon pledge?


Looks like cat nip to me.
 
2022-06-28 3:40:43 PM  

My Sober Alt: What are the large plants? They survived winter but were small and I even transplanted them to where they are now.  They used to be closer together.  You can see the pansy between them peeking out.  That's how small they were a couple of months ago. [Fark user image 850x1014]


The shape of the leaves and the square stem... catnip? (catnip looks a lot like stinging nettles, but I'm sure you wouldn't transplant nettles)
 
2022-06-28 4:40:56 PM  

UngaBeat: You BET I ate that before the mousies got to it. HA! Three years to get there. I'm getting better.

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[covet]

love strawberries.  not reliably sunny enough here, really
 
2022-06-28 4:45:31 PM  

Monty_Zoncolan: shiat's out of control:

By the back porch, I had to pull a bunch of bushes/ small trees because they basically aged out and are falling over, so I did, and I prepped for some transplants by clearing ground, I also plan on refining a previous path... anyway, about a month ago some sort of grass took over and now it's almost 4ft high, it's drowning out the daylily flowers! I need to do that soon. One good thing about the crazy grass is, I had this much smaller monkey grass under the trees, when they left it started to brown right up and I was afraid of losing a couple years division there... so hopefully they're doing better underneath


Across the back, the bougainvillea I had worked SO hard to turn into a stump just a month ago now has some 8ft shoots, plus a huge (the last) pile of now dried branches next to it from the previous assault. There are vines covering parts of the podocarpus and random trees volunteering between some, plus they all need to be cut from 12ft down to about 6ft.

On the northern edge of my yard, the battle with the confederate jasmine continues, non-stop. I dearly miss Fark, and air conditioning, and beer, and tv when I am marching into the fray but, when I have filled the 4 trash cans, I know I'm that much closer to my beer, and that other stuff.


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I hear you tho.   my neighbours are already moaning about the eucalyptus tree needing to be cut back, and it can't be more than 4mths since I last did it.  but in fairness, they're not wrong, I looked up and the thing had grown like crazy.
 
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2022-06-28 4:54:46 PM  

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Banana ripeness: about five. I have some 11s on the counter, slowly making their way down to 15 and banana bread.

from my garden to yours: the blueberries are disappoint. Not quite two quarts this year after about three gallons last year. Maybe because it hasn't rained since mid-May, so they are smaller and the birds are hungrier (less bugs to eat), on top of the late freeze that took off half the blossoms in March.

However, it's 'mater season! I know what's for dinner tonite! Caprese sandwich. With the good bread I tracked and hunted to its lair at the Publix across the street from my dentist this afternoon.

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2022-06-28 4:57:10 PM  

My Sober Alt: What are the large plants? They survived winter but were small and I even transplanted them to where they are now.  They used to be closer together.  You can see the pansy between them peeking out.  That's how small they were a couple of months ago. [Fark user image image 850x1014]


as another poster said, they look like nettles... but you'd know if they were!

otherwise, they're maybe something within the Lamiaceae  (or Labiatae) family... mint / deadnettle / sage family.

although they have textured leaves and they look smooth...
 
2022-06-28 5:00:07 PM  

Lady J: UngaBeat: You BET I ate that before the mousies got to it. HA! Three years to get there. I'm getting better.

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[covet]

love strawberries.  not reliably sunny enough here, really


It took me three years to get that ONE. The mousies got the last three a few weeks ago, but they met with a (timely) demise. I thought the strawbs hated me. The first year was zip. They have survived the overwintering in the garage and whenever they send out a runner I dig that into a new pot. That one was SO enjoyable. Almost made up for the effort. Wish you were here.
 
2022-06-28 5:10:34 PM  
I've not done a lot in the garden over last cpl of wks, for one reason or another, but there isn't much needing doing at the moment (she lied).

we've had a looot of sun, and my little front yard is a real sun trap, and I realised I wasn't watering the pots enough.  everything was looking a little bit shiat in general actually, so I've upped the feeding frequency and amount of water and it's looking better.

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project lawn was going really well but only part way through, and it's been very dry... and lawn now gone brown in usual places (no, mostly don't water lawns here).  I'm mourning how beautiful it looked a mth ago, but actually... it doesn't look as bad as in previous years.
but then it's still only June...

we'll see.
 
2022-06-28 5:53:06 PM  
It's snap pea season in the North Country.

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2022-06-28 7:16:42 PM  

knobmaker: It's snap pea season in the North Country.

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If you're travelin' in the North Country Fair
Where the wind hits heavy on the borderline
Peas remember me to the one who lives there
for she once was a true love of mine.
 
2022-06-28 7:20:52 PM  

UngaBeat: knobmaker: It's snap pea season in the North Country.

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If you're travelin' in the North Country Fair
Where the wind hits heavy on the borderline
Peas remember me to the one who lives there
for she once was a true love of mine.


I haven't thought about that song in a long time
 
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