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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/5/2019, 6:30 pm

What’s with the mutant mater????
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/5/2019, 8:03 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:What’s with the mutant mater????
idk  And now it's getting spots on it. I'm gonna pick it tonight and take a pic to post.
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/5/2019, 10:37 pm

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@Scorpio Rising wrote:What’s with the mutant mater????
idk  And now it's getting spots on it. I'm gonna pick it tonight and take a pic to post.
It wasn't meant to be -- the world's record for a Sungold mater. This one was hard, tasted lousy, and rotting from the inside. The size is about the same as my 4th of July tomatoes. It is now compost. Not a clue what made it happen. idk 
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Post  OhioGardener on 9/8/2019, 12:49 pm

The Autumn Clematis is beginning to bloom.  It is so fragrant that it can be smelled anywhere in the yard.  The Bees and Butterflies love it!

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Post  Kelejan on 9/8/2019, 3:11 pm

I can almost smell it, OG Laughing
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/9/2019, 9:00 pm

Here's what goes on in the garden when they think nobody's looking. If we aren't careful, we'll lose our family-friendly rating. Embarassed 
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/9/2019, 9:02 pm

What a Face lol!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/9/2019, 9:04 pm

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@Scorpio Rising wrote:What’s with the mutant mater????
idk  And now it's getting spots on it. I'm gonna pick it tonight and take a pic to post.
It wasn't meant to be -- the world's record for a Sungold mater. This one was hard, tasted lousy, and rotting from the inside. The size is about the same as my 4th of July tomatoes. It is now compost. Not a clue what made it happen. idk 
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Just a straight up mutant....let it be!
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/12/2019, 10:06 am

@countrynaturals wrote:Summer is finally, really, actually GONE! Today is the first day of real gardening -- not just trying to keep things alive. We should have 6 glorious weeks of perfect weather for playing outside before it gets too cold and wet. Got 4 months of torture to make up for. Started early this morning, raking leaves. So much to do I don't know where to start. bounce
Mother Nature is sooo resourceful. In 2017, we were coming off a hot summer, preceded by a severe drought, so the oaks lost their leaves and went to bed early. IIRC, they started turning in August, and were almost bare by now.

This year, after a very wet winter and a mild summer, there's no sign of fall in the oak trees. We have one other type of tree that's showing a slight sign of yellow, but that's the only hint of autumn around here.

The peppers that were decimated by the deer and replanted in the Salad Bar, have all recovered and now have tiny fruit, so that's good news.

None of the melons or squash came back. Sad 

The transplanted kale (after being chased out of their space by my mis-planted Lima beans) are recovering nicely. Those puppies are virtually indestructible. Cool 

We have 3 final days of high 90s coming, then a final spurt of summer gardening before the transition to fall and winter crops. all and all, it's been a very good year (except for the deer). Rolling Eyes
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/12/2019, 10:25 am

@countrynaturals wrote:Last year I only got 1 lemon cuke from the Salad Bar. This year I lost count and there are still more coming. cheers
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OMG! I didn't remember getting lemon cukes all the way into November. (This was 2017.) There is definitely hope for my 2nd summer garden this year. happy turtle
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/12/2019, 1:08 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:JACKPOT! 2 years ago Hubby built a huge extension on the chicken coop, for the rescues that couldn't be free-range like the others. That area is like an aviary, with trees and dirt. Last night I had to shoo the ladies back into the main coop. When I walked across the back, I almost bounced. That dirt/hay/leaves/poo/food/etc. had turned into the most perfect compost imaginable. AND THERE'S A TON OF IT! 

My biggest garden problem has been dirt. What we have here only grows rocks. I've spent hundreds of dollars on store-bought soil, with mediocre results. I used leaves and chips to stretch my purchases, but all that did was decompose and shrink until my beds are all down about 8". This year's compost bed, plus the mother-load I found in the chicken yard, will give me the richest soil imaginable for my spring planting. I * AM * A * HAPPY * CAMPER! 🐢So, who wants to come help me move all that compost? Hmm? I love you

Here's a closeup:
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Here's the long view, so you can see how much I have. (Eat your hearts out. Twisted Evil)
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Here's a sunflower plant, happily growing in this rich medium, behind a chair where the chickens haven't found it, yet. Looks like I'll have a flower by next week.
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YIKES! I forgot all about this. After this little mini heatwave, I'll start working on moving some of this bounty into 3 new boxes I'll be setting up in the Salad Bar for winter crops (already sprouting in Jiffy Pellets).
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Post  Kelejan on 9/12/2019, 1:18 pm

So happy for you, country Naturals.   xxx
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/13/2019, 12:15 am

@Kelejan wrote:So happy for you, country Naturals.   xxx
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/13/2019, 12:27 am

@countrynaturals wrote:Here's a reminder of why my gardens are called "Butterfly Junction." My Dutchman's Pipe is thriving and covered in caterpillars. YEE-HAH!  happy turtle 
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This was taken this afternoon.
The butterfly host garden in the Salad Bar had 0 Pipevine Swallowtail cats this year. Katie got a few in her bed, but it's really been all about the Gulf Fritillaries this year.
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/13/2019, 12:31 am

@countrynaturals wrote:I'm researching bees and just found this.
The USDA recommends also creating a damp salt lick for bees in the yard. This is where you create a damp spot in the yard and mix a bit of table salt or wood ash into the wet soil. 
I have tons of wood ash left over from winter. Maybe it's time to make a "bee-bath."  Butterfly Junction - Page 32 2636062189
Well this fell through a crack and so did the same thing for the butterflies in the host garden. Shame on me! dangit blush
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/13/2019, 1:05 am

@countrynaturals wrote:I found the last of the kohlrabi I planted last year. We ate it raw and it was a real treat -- sweet, crunchy, AWESOME! My only complaint is that it takes so long and only produces 1 "fruit." Then I realized that it produces best in the "off" season. I can plant the seeds in Jiffy Pellets in the fall, then, as I pull up the spent summer crops, I can replace them with the kohlrabi seedlings. That space normally stays empty all winter, so I'll be turning "wasted" space into "productive" space. YEE HAH! Life is Good! happy turtle
Finally, a plan that actually works! My kohlrabi seeds came today. I'll start them, tomorrow.
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/13/2019, 1:14 am

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@countrynaturals wrote:2019 looks to be a "back to nature" year. We finally hiked the land behind our daughter's house, which will probably go to our granddaughter, eventually. Katie and I fell in love with it and got excited about clearing it out for hiking trails and "points of interest." That project will probably take the rest of our lives (mine at least) and definitely eat into our gardening time, so my posts may be more about "square foot brush clearing" than "square foor gardening" this year. Rolling Eyes I'll post some "before" pics, later.

Just got back from a nice hike back there. It's really gonna be a fun project.

When we bought the house and fenced the back, Bob put in a frame for a gate. He had no way of knowing we'd ever own that back piece, but here we are. Just beyond the frame is a flat area that overlooks the ravine. It would be perfect for a picnic area, so after we clear a path to that spot, we'll start clearing around there.
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There's a beautiful, seasonal creek down from the overlook, so clearing a path down to that will be our next phase. After that, we'll make a path back to our new place. Whew!  geek  
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It's almost time to start thinking about this project, again. As soon as the temps drop down to 60s and 70s, we'll get back there and start making some improvements. I really want a nice hiking trail back there. bounce
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Post  sanderson on 9/13/2019, 2:36 am

I remember that creek. A hiking trail sounds so nice.

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Post  Kelejan on 9/13/2019, 3:20 am

CD, how exciting to have a lifelong project to start and to leave to your family.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 9/13/2019, 7:35 am

That sounds wonderful!
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/13/2019, 9:45 am

Thanks, Guys -- it shouldn't be too much longer before I can at least get back there and take another look. bounce
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Post  Kelejan on 9/13/2019, 10:52 am

How long will you be able to make your hiking trail?  I expect you can make one that makes it  appear longer than a straight line.  Like a little bit of a maze but on a much looser scale. with vegetation growing you could make several nice private places, a sunny spot or a shady spot depending in the weather.

Or am I imagining on too large a scale?
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/13/2019, 11:40 am

@Kelejan wrote:How long will you be able to make your hiking trail?  I expect you can make one that makes it  appear longer than a straight line.  Like a little bit of a maze but on a much looser scale. with vegetation growing you could make several nice private places, a sunny spot or a shady spot depending in the weather.

Or am I imagining on too large a scale?
Nope, not too large a scale. It would be about 500' if we dozed it and made it all straight. By letting it meander, and with little side paths, there's no end to the possibilities. weeee
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Post  Kelejan on 9/13/2019, 12:31 pm

We have similar ides then.  I look forward to the results of your ideas. it should be very interesting.  Perhaps a plan/map. not set in stone, of course.
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/13/2019, 2:22 pm

@Kelejan wrote:We have similar ides then.  I look forward to the results of your ideas. it should be very interesting.  Perhaps a plan/map. not set in stone, of course.
The terrain is so rugged and unpredictable, I think we'll have to sort of go with the flow. Also, the rest of the family will want to get involved. I think I'll start by marking my main trail idea with yarn scraps on trees/bushes. Then I'll have the rest of the family hike it and make any changes they want. Then we'll start gradually making whatever improvements are necessary. It should really be fun and great exercise. Wink
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