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Post  sanderson on 6/20/2016, 1:36 am

I'm catching up. Rock, great idea to use a large salt shaker for the DE. I foresee a "trip" in the future if the wood isn't trimmed flush. Wink

CC, Garden is looking good.

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Post  bigdogrock on 6/20/2016, 2:04 pm

Shhhhhhh, if the turkeys trip it is their own darn fault Twisted Evil
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Post  sanderson on 6/21/2016, 12:30 am

darn funny

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/21/2016, 12:54 am

CC, no bumbles even? Sad
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/21/2016, 3:15 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:CC, no bumbles even?  Sad

Yes, there are a couple of bumbles here and there. But they should be everywhere. And there are a few fly looking things that I'm hoping are mason bees.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/21/2016, 6:30 pm

I only saw honey bees here starting last week....so maybe a slow start. I need to figure out what Mason bees look like! I have seen yellow jackets and bumbles.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/22/2016, 9:28 am

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The ear plug must have fallen out of my pocket on a previous visit. The street sweepers are around and it gets pretty noisy here. Rolling Eyes
Also harvested asparagus, lettuce and onion scapes.
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Post  bigdogrock on 6/22/2016, 2:45 pm

Good news so far for today. Just about all of my beets have sprouted, The DE seems to be working very well, and the turkeys have stayed out of the garden, (ain't that a trip man Rolling Eyes ) and we rec'd about 2/10th of rain this morning. With the heat that we have had recently, I can see things are starting to take off, I had some extra cucumbers seeds and they came up in four days. It seems like something is noticeably bigger each day. I like this part of gardening. Very Happy
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/22/2016, 6:44 pm

Lucky you on the rain, Rock. I'm hoping to get some tomorrow.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/22/2016, 7:28 pm

Nice! Glad for your rain, I am gonna light the grill and head out for watering. Rain path not dependable at all.

Onion scapes, eh?

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Post  sanderson on 6/23/2016, 8:32 am

Rock,  I went to Dollar Tree and bought a Parmesan cheese shaker for DE.  Couldn't find a large salt shaker with handle. Thanks for the general idea.

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Post  bigdogrock on 6/23/2016, 8:43 am

Great! It might work better with bigger holes than the salt shaker, I have to be VERY VIGOROUS to get it out. (But that is just my trip  Rolling Eyes, (I am going to get a lot of mileage out of this one)). Rock
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Post  Ginger Blue on 6/23/2016, 4:37 pm

One of the ginger rhizomes has sprouted! cheers Hopefully, the turmeric isn't far behind. We had a very healthy chipmunk take a liking to the turmeric several days after I planted it; the varmint dug up all the rhizomes and noshed holes in most of them. I replanted what was left of the tubers, hoping they weren't too damaged to grow. We'll see. (The chipmunk has since been trapped and relocated.)

Having read the thread on propagating sweet potatoes, I pulled slips off the windowsill-started spud I had interplanted with my broccoli.  I put the slips in water and they're starting to grow roots. I moved the first little sweet potato plant to the garden, yesterday, and noticed one of the red potato cuttings has sprouted.  Very Happy   I was also pleased to see that the tiny kale seedlings, which have been stalled for weeks, are finally developing true leaves.

Blossoms are forming on the ornamental mini pumpkin plants I started from seed.  The vines are still small and haven't branched out, yet, but I think buds are a good sign.  Autumn is my favorite season and I always get excited when I first see pumpkins in the stores; I'll be thrilled if we can harvest a few little pumpkins from our yard to use for fall decorating.

The tomato seedlings are little more than sprouts and growing very slowly, if at all. These were late-starts from seed or fruit cuttings, kind of a gamble on my part.  Even so, I've always enjoyed easy success with tomatoes; the delay is a mystery to me.  I'll be pleasantly surprised if we're able to harvest anything off them this year.  Regardless, I'm planning to overwinter the bushes downstairs, so they'll be "ready-to-grow" next summer.  I won't count them a loss until they're dead!!! Wink

On Monday, I sowed the Red Malabar Spinach seed in the garden on our neighbor's property; all of my vertical growing crops are now in ground. (YAY!!!) The pre-started vines are getting established and starting to flesh out.  Tomorrow I'll finish leveling the plot and start transplanting the bush beans, peppers, and ground cherries (none of which are producing, yet). After that, I'll direct sow a few things and see how they do.  I'm starting to consider fall crops.


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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/23/2016, 4:55 pm

Lucky you, GB! I've never been able to get a sweet potato to sprout.  They just rot in the water after a few weeks of sitting there. Well done!

So my beautiful little ground cherries got dug up by raccoon during the night. Mad  I replanted this morning and covered with strips of chicken wire.  Hopefully he won't figure out how to lift and move the wire.

SR, onion scapes are like garlic scapes 'cept from my bulbing red onion plants.  Probably not the proper name for them but it works.  Wink

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/23/2016, 8:48 pm

Makes sense, CC, scapes of a root vegetable in the allium family!

Nice, GB! People always talk about how difficult sweet potatoes are to get going! How are you going to overwinter tomatoes? Curious!

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Post  camprn on 6/24/2016, 7:37 am

@sanderson wrote:I'm catching up.  Rock, great idea to use a large salt shaker for the DE.  I foresee a "trip" in the future if the wood isn't trimmed flush. Wink

CC,  Garden is looking good.  
Dont forget to wear a mask when shaking out DE.

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Post  bigdogrock on 6/24/2016, 12:00 pm

Hey Sanderson, how does the Parmesan cheese shaker work for the DE?

I did use a mask when I spread it, although I didn't see any dust or small particulate floating. Camprn, good call on being safe, it is the little things that can tripRolling Eyes  us up and cause us unneeded grief.

I appreciate how folks on this site are not afraid to speak up about safety.  Cool On that note, having taught safety, I know 15% of accidental deaths are caused by slips, trips, or falls. It is second only to motor vehicle accidents. So while I may try to make folks snicker, I am also reminding them of how serious trips are.
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Post  Partsgal on 6/24/2016, 1:01 pm

What is DE?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/24/2016, 1:08 pm

Good question!  diatomaceous earth
This webpage has a cute explanation:
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Post  sanderson on 6/25/2016, 3:13 am

Haven't tried it yet. I've been doing general property clean up , weeding, sweeping, washing buckets, etc. I've been getting up before the sun breaches when it is cool.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/25/2016, 12:53 pm

After harvesting the usual lettuce, snow peas, sugar snap peas, strawberries garlic and onion scapes, I also harvested these Beauties on the left!
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Beet greens washed, chopped and ready for tonight's saute.
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Still have lots of lettuce going even though Marvel, Little Caesar and black seeded Simpson have bolted . This is my old faithful friend, Grand Rapids. It's the earliest to grow and the last to go.
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Butter crunch
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Bolting broccoli for seed in front of garlic. Everyone in my area is harvesting their garlic now but mine doesn't look ready.
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Winterbor kale is really taking off right now. I wasn't sure if they would be any good as they are seeds from hybrid. But they're doing beautifully! I'm so happy that this experiment is successful!
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Chard and more Beets.
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Lolla Rossa lettuce still going.
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Strawberries Undercover.
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All in all I'd say it's a great year. Now if only the peppers would start to grow but this seems to always be the case.
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Post  bigdogrock on 6/25/2016, 1:51 pm

CC, all I can say is "Fantastic"
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Post  trolleydriver on 6/25/2016, 2:00 pm

@bigdogrock wrote:CC, all I can say is "Fantastic"
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+1 Excellent.

re Peppers ... mine are not growing well again this year.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/26/2016, 10:09 am

+2! Most excellent! Grand Rapids, eh? Might need to find some of that. Open pollinated? I hope my beets are getting there...I love beets.
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Post  yolos on 6/26/2016, 11:12 am

Everything looks nice and green.  Congrats.
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