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Post  AtlantaMarie on 9/14/2019, 5:51 am

That's a terrific idea, CN. And don't forget to set up some places to put a bench for sitting & enjoying the various views....
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/14/2019, 10:05 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:That's a terrific idea, CN.  And don't forget to set up some places to put a bench for sitting & enjoying the various views....
Absolutely! We found an old, sturdy, wooden lawn chair, in the debris on the other parcel, that I definitely want to clean up, paint, and put on this path somewhere. We also have the framework for a heavy-duty park bench. We just have to add the wood slats to that one.

I think I'll start a new thread for this project, and another journal for it, too. Oooo, I'll have to get the family together to pick a name for it, and make some neat signs. Painting rocks is one of my hobbies. That opens another whole set of opportunities. happy turtle
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/18/2019, 11:38 am

Fruit radishes, Daikons, carrots, and onions are up. happy turtle  Tomatoes are back after a short rest. Cool
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/20/2019, 11:56 pm

EMERGERNCY! EMERGENCY! An early watering disaster stunted our passion vine. It came back beautifully, but then we had a baby boom of caterpillars.

Here's what the plant looked like, today:
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If the season was over, it would have been okay, but we still have hundreds of starving caterpillars and butterflies still laying eggs. affraid 

Katie volunteered to drive over to the local college, where we knew there was passionvine, and talked them out of a trunk full of cuttings.
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After stuffing water jugs with these cuttings, we started rescue operations. These little guys were chewing on sticks and wandering around on the ground. We rescued at least 100.

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Post  Kelejan on 9/21/2019, 12:55 am

So sorry, CN.  Could you have taken some of your caterpillars to their vine to help spread the load?

I hope your caterpillars survive.
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/21/2019, 2:10 pm

@Kelejan wrote:So sorry, CN.  Could you have taken some of your caterpillars to their vine to help spread the load?

I hope your caterpillars survive.
It's actually illegal to transport critters without a permit. This way is easier, anyway. Luckily, they aren't having this problem at the college and have way more passionvine than they need, and the college is close by, so Katie will be making another trip, soon. We don't have passionvine at our new place, so this time, we'll do a better job of collecting cuttings and processing them properly, instead of just jamming them into jars of water -- leaves and all.

Here are a few of the little darlings at breakfast.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/21/2019, 3:18 pm

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Post  countrynaturals on 9/21/2019, 5:03 pm

One of them followed me home, today. Hubby found it hiking across the bedroom floor, looking for lunch. It must have come home on my clothes. Rolling Eyes  I took it back and fed it a leaf. hungry
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Post  Kelejan on 9/21/2019, 6:53 pm

Good on you, CN. I love you
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Post  sanderson on 9/23/2019, 7:40 pm

What kind of caterpillar?

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Post  countrynaturals on 9/23/2019, 10:02 pm

@sanderson wrote:What kind of caterpillar?
This time it's the Gulf Fritillary, but we've been down this road before, with Pipevine Swallowtails and Monarchs. Sad  Some years they just don't know when to quit. Mad
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/1/2019, 11:52 am

My first pepper of 2019. The deer tried to kill them, but we rescued them and moved them into the Salad Bar, where they recovered and are now starting to produce. This one was a surprise, hiding under a leaf. I discovered it while looking for a new avatar.
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/1/2019, 12:05 pm

First lemon cuke of 2019. There's another one behind it, too. happy turtle 
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/1/2019, 12:10 pm

Blackeyed Limas. I made the mistake of planting them in with kale and cukes, but they decided to take over the world. Now they're 10' up an oak tree, but very happy.
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/1/2019, 12:16 pm

Chinese Multicolor Spinach (Amaranth) Definitely the prettiest plant I grew this year. Now to see if we'll really eat it or if it will go to the chickens.
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/5/2019, 1:21 pm

I'm in love with Lima Beans! I love you Mine are actually 15' to 20' up that tree. I pulled a nice harvest of dried and fresh and there are still plenty more to get. I just realized I never posted my 2017 BTE bush limas, so here they are on Sep. 2, 2017, just starting to blossom.
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This year's variety is "Lima Bean -- Alabama Blackeye." When looking for the packet, I found 2 other varieties -- bush and baby, so next year, I will find room for 3 beds of these puppies. alrighta

I can't find any record of my harvest for 2017, but I don't think I got as much from that 12'? BTE row as I've already gotten from the blackeyes in the Salad Bar, with plenty more to come.

Here's today's harvest:
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Limas are Bob's favorite veggie -- fresh, dried, Butter beans, baby limas -- he loves them all and turns them into delicious soup, side dishes, and one-dish meals. I'm on Cloud 9 this morning. I feel like a little kid, bringing a home-made present to "Daddy."
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/7/2019, 12:09 pm

New goal: Radishes 12 months a year -- bulbs when they feel like it -- seed pods the rest of the time.

Found a baby pumpkin this morning. YEE-HAH!

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Post  countrynaturals on 10/7/2019, 12:36 pm

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@Scorpio Rising wrote:FUN!  Love the plans!
It will be fun to see if they really come to pass. Mine have a way of changing at the drop of a hat. Rolling Eyes
I just went back over 2016 and this is about the only thing that's still true. dangit 

2017 was still my most productive year, because the deer hadn't discovered my garden, yet, so I got zukes, pattypans, tromboncino, melons, etc., in addition to my regular toms, cukes, beans, and kale. Next year I must find a way to bring in the vine crops. thinking
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/14/2019, 3:40 pm

October 14! Not just birds and sunflowers (there's another one off to the right), but there's also a bee in that blossom. High today of 83. Garden is thriving and the 10-day is perfect. Life is good! happy turtle 

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Post  sanderson on 10/19/2019, 2:48 pm

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I've been trying to get this shot for over a week. This morning, when Bob yelled "Grab the camera," I loaded up, came a-runnin', and finally got my reward. happy turtle

(Gulf Fritillary in a volunteer sunflower on the kitchen balcony.)
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Post  sanderson on 10/24/2019, 5:32 am

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Post  countrynaturals on 10/24/2019, 1:06 pm

But wait -- there's more! Rolling Eyes 

I've been chasing the elusive brandywine for 3 years. This is the closest I've ever come -- and the best part is that it's growing inside, in front of the slider to the bedroom balcony. I can't grow here in the summer -- the sun is too high and stays above the roof line -- but this time of year, we get all the sun we need to grow whatever I want. YEE-HAH! happy turtle 

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Note: I thought this was so beautiful I can't wait to paint it on a rock. I showed it to Hubby, expecting him to ooh and aah over it, but he said it's the ugliest thing he's ever seen!. WHAT!? I've been fighting to grow brandywines just for him. Now I think if I ever do get one, instead of feeding it to him, I'll just throw it at him! get that pesky wabbi get that pesky wabbi get that pesky wabbi
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/25/2019, 9:44 pm

Just designed our deer-proof garden for next year! YEE-HAH! happy turtle 

I planted artichoke seeds to replace the plants that died while we were evacuated last summer, but didn't have any place to plant them. Katie got the bright idea to line up some of those big boxes that we bought for a project at the new place that never happened. We put them next to the asparagus bed and they look great. Then we realized that we could line up 2 more rows toward the front of the property, then fence it all in, up to the front chain link fence, and have an easy deer-proof, raised bed garden for next year. That will give us an additional 48 sq ft, added to the 16' of new boxes I added to the Salad Bar. That should give us all the space we need to feed our extended family. I'll post pics as soon as we get the other boxes moved in, which should be soon, so I can get them filled up with wood chips, compost, and freshly raked leaves. alrighta
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/26/2019, 7:55 am

Suz, if you're along the fenceline, make sure you have some plastic or something down to prevent weeds/grass from growing between the fence & box.

I made that mistake & it's been miserable!
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