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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/17/2020, 3:01 pm

What a gorgeous day!  Cleaned out 3 beds; harvested all the Tango celery--amazing taste!  So sweet and tasty, plus the outer pithy stalks made nice compost.  Also thinned chard, pulled out dead cukes and cleaned off and stored trellises.

Amended 3 beds, one ready for garlic soon, and the cold frame ready to try some late season 20 day radishes!  Might sprinkle in some mache too, I love that stuff and I haven't tried it in my cold frame yet!  

Peppers and maters still hanging on despite cold temps at night--supposed to warm a bit this week.  

Haven't seen a hummingbird in about 10 days, I did clean and change the nectar Wednesday, but this will come down next weekend if I don't see any migrators this week!  Then suet goes up!
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Post  OhioGardener on 10/20/2020, 10:33 am

Rained all day yesterday, and most of the night. It finally quit around 5:00am. Combined rainfall for yesterday and last night was 2.25". The local weather person said we no longer considered in drought for this year.  It is just now starting to drizzle again, and more rain is coming over the next 2 or 3 days.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/20/2020, 7:49 pm

Yes, we had quite a drenched up here as well!  Cool, dreary.  Warming up next couple days just in time to cool down for the weekend.  

Only herbs left outside are thyme and rosemary.  My rosemary is in a container that is too large to bring in; thyme over winters outside.  Might have to start over with a smaller rosemary plant.  Not enough room in my houseplant area!  

Hope to get some things into cold frame; got my “Four Season Harvest” book out by Coleman to jog the memory!  Excited to give it a go!  Need to get the Fordhook Swiss chard out—too tall.  The others (bright lights) are OK.
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Post  nrstooge on 10/20/2020, 8:19 pm

We had rain today, but yesterday a snow squall.. and snow on Sunday morning upon waking.. Glad I put the row cover on the table top planter and over "patio greenhouse" .. eggplants and peppers are in my apartment as they have small fruits on them.
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Post  OhioGardener on 10/22/2020, 3:25 pm

Beautiful spring-like day today, with an 80ºF temperature. Going to be warm tomorrow, too, and thena cold front will be landing for the weekend.

Picked some fresh lettuce and a few radishes from the cold frame today. Life is Good!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/25/2020, 6:58 pm

Cold here today....picked some Swiss chard for my mushroom and wild rice soup.  It was amazing!  

Other than that, not much going on out there!  Next up; garlic planting! Probably next weekend.
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Post  nrstooge on 10/25/2020, 8:14 pm

We are to have our 3rd snow tonight.. I'm glad I put the plastic on the hoops to cover the planter.. we will see how long I get to harvest lettuce, etc.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/26/2020, 7:08 pm

@nrstooge wrote:We are to have our 3rd snow tonight.. I'm glad I put the plastic on the hoops to cover the planter.. we will see how long I get to harvest lettuce, etc.
I haven’t been very “on it” this year—no fall plantings except for the garlic.  I suppose I could try some mache in the cold frame...I just don’t think anything will germinate out there...might have to germinate in here.
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Post  OhioGardener on 10/27/2020, 4:27 pm

Not that I am ready for spring, or anything, but today I started some Glaskin's Perpetual Rhubarb seeds under the grow lights.  Want them to be at about 6 months of growth when they are transplanted into the garden next spring.  Did that this past spring with two plants, and it worked wonderfully, so I am going to try to get four more planted next spring. Very Happy

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Post  OhioGardener on 10/29/2020, 7:07 pm

Through last night and today we got a total of 2.5" of rain from tropical storm Zeta. With the extremely dry summer we have had we need the rain, but it would be nice if it were spread out over a little more time.  Fortunately, all of the beds are ready for winter, and there aren't any gardening chores except still harvesting the kale and spinach.

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Post  OhioGardener on 10/30/2020, 6:37 pm

Harvested some Lettuce, Spinach, and a few Radishes from the cold frame today. They are predicting a hard freeze tonight, with the temp down to 28ºF.  We'll be dependent on the cold frame for the rest of the winter now.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/30/2020, 9:03 pm

Same—got a bunch of rain from the remnants of Zeta...Cold here!  

Went out tonight and closed cold frame.  Picked all peppers, a few maters, and the last 2 beets.  Chopped Swiss chard down so the cold frame can close!  

Will get out there in the next week or so to do final clean up.  Hope to get the garlic planted!  Supposed to be clear tomorrow?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/31/2020, 3:56 pm

So all beds cleaned out.  A couple of my old legacy beds are compromised—will repurpose the MM into other beds.  That little project will wait until spring!

Closed the cold frame after broadcast seeding some mache, will see if it germinates!  

Still have some Swiss chard in the cold frame, too.  

Trick or treat here tonight....I am somewhat surprised they are still doing it. Will distance myself, no real need to meet any kids face to face.
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