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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/2/2018, 9:42 pm

Well, we are finally getting some normalcy in the temperature department!  The heat and humidity finally broke here today.  Got some stuff done, flowers bought.  Tomorrow is the day for some final planting; I must say, this is late late late.  But honestly, my plants have caught up with the neighbor’s store bought plants in a week.  

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Post  BlackjackWidow 6/3/2018, 7:31 am

I am having the most success with growing monster MOSQUITOES!
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Post  Goosegirl 6/3/2018, 1:53 pm

My final 'stick' (Arkansas Black Apple) has officially BUDDED!!!  I was getting concerned, as the other 3 trees have leaves fully unfurled but the ABA still just had little brown bumps which I thought I had seen a bit of green on last week but was mistaken.  Now there really ARE some green buds.    bounce bounce bounce
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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/3/2018, 10:49 pm

I got bit yesterday morning planting my front planter!!!  I hate ‘em!  But we did have a lot of rain...

GG, I am getting the book from the library again...I am planning on some pears, apples, and maybe plums...not sure.  My twig fig trees (lol) are alive, but they are going to die back each winter.  I need to be more deliverance about the real fruit trees.

Stark Bros. are replacing my dead grape vines...one time of course.  Rhubarb is 2 out of 3....ain’t bad!
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Post  Goosegirl 6/3/2018, 11:59 pm

SR - Twig Fig   rofl
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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/4/2018, 10:41 pm

Goosegirl wrote:SR - Twig Fig   rofl
I KNOW!!!!

I also like “I need to be more deliverance”. LOL, deliberate!!!  Deliverance about my fruit trees...so many images...deliberate.
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Post  sanderson 6/5/2018, 2:30 am

I just substituted "diligent."

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Post  Goosegirl 6/5/2018, 8:53 am

I did a cruise down the shady side of the house and discovered that instead of 2 or 3 of my black currants, ALL FIVE came back to life!  2 of them I had not even been able to find the pathetic little bare twig from last year.   hyper
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Post  farmersgranddaughter 6/5/2018, 9:28 am

I planted a Brown Turkey fig tree earlier this year.  It's putting out new leaves but hasn't grown very tall.  The blackberries have also leafed out with one having a single blossom.

My husband planted Nasturtiums several weeks ago in containers on the patio.  I went out yesterday with my little green plastic watering can to give them a drink.  Afterward, I set the can on the table and played ball with Minnie, our German Wirehaired Pointer.  Later in the day, my husband noticed something green flying around in the yard.  I guess Minnie found a new toy.  She was lying on her back, throwing the watering can into the air and catching it. When I purchased the can, I was looking for one with a sprinkler head but they didn't have any at the store.  I guess have one now.    Smile

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Post  Goosegirl 6/5/2018, 12:53 pm

farmersgranddaughter wrote:..... When I purchased the can, I was looking for one with a sprinkler head but they didn't have any at the store.  I guess have one now.    Smile

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Post  CapeCoddess 6/5/2018, 3:44 pm

farmersgranddaughterLater in the day, my husband noticed something green flying around in the yard.  I guess Minnie found a new toy.  She was lying on her back, throwing the watering can into the air and catching it. When I purchased the can, I was looking for one with a sprinkler head but they didn't have any at the store.  I guess have one now. wrote:
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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/5/2018, 5:23 pm

Sanderson, that’s good!  Better than dueling banjos.  Lol

GG:  What are you going to make with the black currants?  I am not sure if I have ever had them.  Jam, maybe?

FGD; your dilemma is solved...sort of!  LoL! N&C Midwest: June is Here! 3170584802
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Post  sanderson 6/6/2018, 1:36 am

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farmersgranddaughter wrote:..... When I purchased the can, I was looking for one with a sprinkler head but they didn't have any at the store.  I guess have one now.    Smile

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Post  Goosegirl 6/6/2018, 9:30 am

SR - Black currants will be used for jam and wine.  It will take a few years before I get enough for either.  Same for the Chokecherries.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/6/2018, 5:16 pm

GG:  Interesting!  One of my neighbors has currants, but they just let them go to the birds.  I am contemplating paw paw trees!  Wish I could taste one first!
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt 6/6/2018, 8:08 pm

Scorpio Rising wrote:GG:  Interesting!  One of my neighbors has currants, but they just let them go to the birds.  I am contemplating paw paw trees!  Wish I could taste one first!
Paw paw trees on are my list of things to grow once I'm not renting. I was fortunate enough to be able to glean pawpaws (with permission) that fell over the fence of the house adjacent to the CSA I used to participate in. The flavor is unique, tropical, but almost butterscotch-y when they are a little overripe. I even saved some seeds before I moved, and kept them cold and moist. But once I realized I don't have a place for a tree where I'm at, I gave them to someone who was successful in sprouting them. They had voles kill their previous trees (invest in trunk protection!), and were commenting that they would need to keep the chipmunks from uprooting the seedlings. If you get them, IIRC, you need two for successful cross-pollination. I think varieties also vary in cold-hardiness, I think I read something about grafted seedlings that had cold-hardy root stock with a good fruiting variety for the top? i.e. it may be worth looking into different varieties instead of going with the first option you find.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/6/2018, 8:23 pm

BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:
Scorpio Rising wrote:GG:  Interesting!  One of my neighbors has currants, but they just let them go to the birds.  I am contemplating paw paw trees!  Wish I could taste one first!
Paw paw trees on are my list of things to grow once I'm not renting. I was fortunate enough to be able to glean pawpaws (with permission) that fell over the fence of the house adjacent to the CSA I used to participate in. The flavor is unique, tropical, but almost butterscotch-y when they are a little overripe. I even saved some seeds before I moved, and kept them cold and moist. But once I realized I don't have a place for a tree where I'm at, I gave them to someone who was successful in sprouting them. They had voles kill their previous trees (invest in trunk protection!), and were commenting that they would need to keep the chipmunks from uprooting the seedlings. If you get them, IIRC, you need two for successful cross-pollination. I think varieties also vary in cold-hardiness, I think I read something about grafted seedlings that had cold-hardy root stock with a good fruiting variety for the top? i.e. it may be worth looking into different varieties instead of going with the first option you find.
I am so excited to hear that they taste good!!!!  I am totally into the whole native planting thing.  I have the room, I have an acre, it just makes mowing more challenging!  LOL!

So Stark Bros. Has a variety of them, available for Fall planting now.  Will do my due diligence.  I am just so glad they are tasty.  Love fruit❤
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Post  BlackjackWidow 6/8/2018, 11:03 am

SR - I will watching for updates. I never even heard of a paw paw tree before. Now you've piqued my interest!
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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/8/2018, 6:14 pm

BlackjackWidow wrote:SR - I will watching for updates. I never even heard of a paw paw tree before. Now you've piqued my interest!
My friend’s parents had them, but I never was there when they were ripe...the trees are native to North America.  And it is the largest native fruit!  I will keep you posted!  I now have to wait for Fall to plant trees...or really anything other than veggies.
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Post  sanderson 6/8/2018, 9:50 pm

All this paw-paw talk has that little song going through my head. . . Thanks, folks

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Post  AtlantaMarie 6/9/2018, 7:29 am

I saw someone on a fb site selling the seeds for something like a dollar/seed... Would LOVE to get some, but not at that price!
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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/9/2018, 11:13 am

Here’s trees for Fall:

https://www.starkbros.com/search?query=paw+paw+trees

This is the route I’m going;  too old to plant trees from seeds! Wink

Raining here.  Just started my sunflower seeds, way late but they grow forever so should be OK.  Cannot get my patty pans to germinate, on second try.  Might bite the bullet and get new seeds, they are from 2015...again, late, but they too go pretty late, we will see!

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Post  BlackjackWidow 6/9/2018, 12:11 pm

I am on my second planting of sunflowers - I started some seedlings inside and transplanted out. They were about the only thing that got planted at the right time. Something sheared them all but one of them off, so I direct-seeded some more. For whatever reason, these seedlings have (so far) been left alone. They're on the back hill in regular soil. I love pretty sunflowers but I don't put too much work into them. I plant mainly to distract the critters from the sfg, and hopefully save a little money on buying bagged seeds for feed.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/10/2018, 2:40 pm

I love their sunny cheerful look in the garden, too, BJW.  Usually, I start them end April/start May, but just didn’t.Rolling Eyes  Oh well.  If I plant them direct, my semi-tame squirrels thing they are my gift to them!

Just came in from staking the tomatoes.  I have been using these curly stakes for the last few years, I love them, however, they are kinda terrifying to place, as the plant needs to bend around them into the center of the spiral.  Did it with no terminal breakage, just some leaves sacrificed. 

Harvested the last few garlic scapes, and topped some lettuces.  Also grabbed some mustard greens.  Going to put some of the scapes and mustard leaves into a chicken stir fry with cauli rice for dinner.  

Light rain here.  Felt kinda good!
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Post  farmersgranddaughter 6/11/2018, 9:56 am

I hand pollinated my first squash this morning.  The zucchini is covered with blossoms but all are male.  The squash and zucchini plants are covered with tulle.  I noticed that the lower leaves were turning yellow so I gave them some water with Epsom salts.  This is the first time I've grown squash and zucchini in containers so my best guess was that they needed to be fed.  They are covered with buds (yea!).

Cucumbers are covered with blossoms.  Tomatoes are growing.  I'll post a photo on Tomato Tuesday.  Planted corn today.  I don't know if it's late to be planting corn but I had to wait until peas were harvested.

Newspaper was shredded and added to the compost.  That, along with the green matter and eggshells, pretty much topped off that half of the compost bin.

Time to take a hammock break.   Smile
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