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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/25/2019, 7:22 pm

Nice!
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/25/2019, 8:19 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Nice!
Thanks, Scorpio. I'm holding my breath to see how it does when there's no sun. bounce
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/26/2019, 8:29 pm

Definitely no sun, today. It was getting dark at 3pm. Yesterday, this was my balcony garden. Now, there's it least 2" of snow out there -- and it's still only 40 degrees, but still coming down, hard. Rolling Eyes 
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/27/2019, 11:18 am

It seems like everything I do is too little, too much, too early, too late, or just plain wrong. This time I GOT IT JUST RIGHT! Very Happy

Except for kale, my winter crops have always been pitiful -- tiny broccoli and cauliflower -- no Brussels sprouts or cabbage heads at all. Last year, I stumbled onto kohlrabi (purple). I only got 2, and almost decided it wasn't worth it, since it only produces once,  but then I realized that I wouldn't be doing anything else with that space, and since it seems to like me, why not give kohlrabi a chance? This year, I tried them all again, but only the kohlrabi survived my neglect, so I planted another dozen seeds on the first of November, along with some Little Gem lettuce and sugar snap peas. The peas are already in the garden, the lettuce is in a container in the house, and I'm gonna plant the kohlrabi in the bed where cucumbers just quit for this year. The timing was perfect (for the first time ever) so it's already in my garden plan for next year. Cool 
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The pink tinge on the leaf is from the LED light. The purple veining in the other leaves iis a feature. These plants are really pretty.
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/28/2019, 11:38 am

Let there be horses!
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Mother and daughter (I think Rolling Eyes ).
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/28/2019, 3:32 pm

Got my first 2020 catalog, today (High Mowing Seeds). I love you*

*Already found a new, early melon to try -- 1st kiss. bounce
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/29/2019, 11:35 am

Hard freeze last night. Sad Rain 7 of the next 10 days. Absolutely nothing to do outside. Green tomatoes dropping from drooping tomato plants.  very sad  Thank goodness for crafts and indoor gardens (and wood stoves reading )
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/29/2019, 4:06 pm

Sweet potatoes froze, so I had to dig them up before they were ready. NEVER AGAIN! They take too long and they're too hard to dig up. If they taste better than anything we've ever eaten before, I may have to eat these words. Otherwise, we'll get our sweet taters from the store from now on. Razz 
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Post  OhioGardener on 11/29/2019, 6:18 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:Sweet potatoes froze, so I had to dig them up before they were ready. NEVER AGAIN! They take too long and they're too hard to dig up. If they taste better than anything we've ever eaten before, I may have to eat these words. Otherwise, we'll get our sweet taters from the store from now on. Razz 

Just bought some sweet potatoes from the organic food store for 39 cents a pound. Hard to raise them for that. And, they made some very tasty air fryer sweet potato fries, too!  Very Happy

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Post  sanderson on 12/4/2019, 4:25 pm

Suz, My SP harvested for Thanksgiving were all small. Planted a month too late this year because of the late spring. But, next year, I hope I get big ones again.

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Post  countrynaturals on 12/5/2019, 12:40 pm

Kohlrabi & carrots (and cat, of course. Rolling Eyes )
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/5/2019, 12:58 pm

We have a goat area, right behind the chicken coop. It has been empty for over a year, with the ground baking hard as cement in the summer. When the horses came, we had to put them in there, while fixing up the horse area. The horses have been stomping around on that old hay/seed/goat poop, now rain-soaked dirt for several days. Yesterday, I asked Hubby to shovel me a load of it for one of my SFG beds. WOW! alrighta golly gee whiz winner veggie fun 

Not only is it loose and black, but I've never seen so many earthworms in one place. This stuff is truly black gold. I love you From now on, every outdoor bed will get a healthy dose of that fabulous stuff before every planting. okay 
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/10/2019, 10:32 am

I am truly a year-round gardener. I love you  Just ordered more seeds to be planted this year. Sweet bunching onions & 18 day radishes, plus hot pineapple pepper for granddaughter next year. Butterfly Junction - Page 35 1787710427

I love Baker Creek. I can order these impulse items any time, with free shipping and a free gift.  love the idea
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/13/2019, 1:53 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:I am truly a year-round gardener. I love you  Just ordered more seeds to be planted this year. Sweet bunching onions & 18 day radishes, plus hot pineapple pepper for granddaughter next year. Butterfly Junction - Page 35 1787710427

I love Baker Creek. I can order these impulse items any time, with free shipping and a free gift.  love the idea
OMG! I just cracked open the new Baker Creek catalog. I thought I had all my plans for 2020 worked out. WRONG AGAIN! affraid

Chinese Red Noodle Bean, p 18
Pusa Asita Carrot, p 28
Turkish Orange Eggplant, p 38
Dwarf Tamarillo, p 40
Black Goji Berry, p 41
Tigger Melon, p 59
Unzen Early Flat Onion, p 65
Yuki Jiang Bing Gua Squash, p 85
Orange Hat Micro Tomato, p 93 -- *grow late as Xmas gift plant
MIGOSH! 14 PAGES OF TOMATOES! Shocked 

This order will have to wait until after Christmas, when I'm sure I'll find something else I can't live without. Rolling Eyes
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/13/2019, 9:04 pm

I NEED MORE BOXES!!!!!!!!
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/13/2019, 9:08 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:I NEED MORE BOXES!!!!!!!!
LOL! I have the boxes -- I just need to fence them in from the deer and I'll be good to go. Razz
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/13/2019, 9:10 pm

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@Scorpio Rising wrote:I NEED MORE BOXES!!!!!!!!
LOL! I have the boxes -- I just need to fence them in from the deer and I'll be good to go. Razz
And I need to retire!  Time...

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Post  countrynaturals on 12/15/2019, 1:07 am

@countrynaturals wrote:Woke up to 30+ turkeys in the front yard. They flew up on the garage roof, then across to the house. They came across to the kitchen window, then jumped down -- right over our heads. WOW! I couldn't get a good pic, but this one isn't bad. It was really fun to watch.
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Not a single turkey this year. very sad
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/15/2019, 12:27 pm

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I don't know what else to say. Butterfly Junction - Page 35 274447

That was 2017. Here is 2018:
@Me wrote:Also, I didn't get the raking finished, but we're having a week of perfect weather, so I'll get another chance in a couple of days.
Now here is what we're getting this year, after a hard freeze in November (and it's been like this for weeks). Evil or Very Mad 

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Post  countrynaturals on 12/16/2019, 9:51 am

Got my Zebrune (sweet shallots) and 18 day radish seeds, yesterday. This is the only nice day for the next 10, so I may just plant these puppies out, today. This will be my last one of 2019.

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Post  countrynaturals on 12/17/2019, 9:32 am

I just found something I may not be able to resist. I've been a good girl this year, Santa, honest. Embarassed 

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Post  countrynaturals on 12/17/2019, 2:57 pm

Taking a lesson from It's A Wonderful Life. "How much do you really need?"

First I wanted to glass in the mbr balcony -- $3500. Shocked

Then I thought I could get by with a greenhouse on that balcony -- $350. Smile

Finally, I realized that all I really need is about $35 worth of plant lights on the jiffy pellet greenhouses and heating pads I already own (on an old desk in a room behind the garage).  Now that's a price tag I can live with. Wink
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/20/2019, 6:05 pm

December Update:

I grew Mexican Sunflowers for the late pollinators, because I read that they were the last flowers to bloom in the fall. WRONG! My milkweeds are not only still alive (and the Mex suns long gone), but the milkweeds are thriving, putting out new buds and blossoms. The beauty of milkweeds is that they are both host plants for the Monarchs and nectar plants for all butterflies and hummingbirds.
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Artichokes are happy. The soil level was too low in their boxes, so I cut the bottoms out of 4 quart-size nursery pots, inverted them in the boxes, and planted the chokes in those. When I get around to building up the soil around them, I'll just lift the pots off and they'll never know the difference.
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The "weeds" around them are mostly volunteer sunflowers.
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/20/2019, 6:36 pm

December Update II:

Volunteer catnip under the defunct tomatoes.
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I'll have to take cuttings or transplant this. It died out in its original location.

Potato onions. I thought for sure they'd rot in all this weather, but they're still hanging in there.
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/21/2019, 7:41 pm

Kohlrabi is coming along, nicely, but it's not purple. I don't remember planting anything else. I simply must get better organized in 2020. Crybaby
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