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Gardening &

   BirdsNest  The garden, still not tilled. Okay, it's really been too chilly at night to really get gung ho about planting. I pulled up the beets that were not growing well in the raised bed. Replanted beets but this time I put Black Kow in the row and then put the seeds in. Either the soil was not good enough or the weather kept the original seeds from growing properly, so I decided to start over. I pulled radishes to sell at the tracks, gave away 3 bundles and sold 6. The last 2 bundles I gave to the old guy from the food truck, he is always bringing me something to eat from there. Last week I gave the younger lady a cookbook...something about Cakes. Very fancy French cookbook. Bought it for a dollar brand new, looked through it and passed it on to someone that might appreciate it more. Seems the ladies had a hard time making food for customers last week, they were busy passing the book around!! Almost out of landscape fabric, so the weed elimination is at a standstill. Trying to figure out where to put the greenhouse. I will let our friend Ray decide-he's an expert. He also volunteered to help construct it.
22 hours ago .

   MeiDei  The people who owned the house before us used scraps/leftover carpeting (upside down ) as a weed barrier in the paths between the rows. Sometimes carpet stores let you have scraps free.
20 hours ago .

   StormCnter  My husband reminded me last night of a bedding plant we had in the yard of our first house, but haven't seen in nurseries in years. It was called a Candle Tree and was purchased in 4" pots. I always planted a grouping of three. The would grow and grow all spring and summer to about 6' tall, sprouting bright golden-yellow candle-like blooms. The first frost killed them and I would do it again the following spring. People would stop to ask what in the world these plants were. Anyone else familiar with them? I stole this photo from the Web.
   Yesterday at 09:25 EST .

   MeiDei  We're in zone 5/6 and have never seen this offered in our nurseries, this would be considered a tender annual here. My aunt had a very similar tree that thrived on her RI ocean front property - she gave me some seed pods but were never able to grow it. I have a ground cover that looks like this, it's an Angel-something Lamium - very pretty in bloom but extremely invasive.
Yesterday at 11:45 EST .

   BirdsNest  I don't think I have ever seen them. They are beautiful.
22 hours ago .

   StormCnter  These are truly tree-like, not a shrub or groundcover. I have no idea how big they would get in a more tropical zone. We are in 9/10.
20 hours ago .

   BirdsNest  I have been potting seedlings and making room for them in the house until the weather starts to be more stable. I still have 3 trays of 72 each tomato plants to re pot. And waiting for the farmer....if he doesn't come in the next day or two, the rain will keep him away for a week. My friend tilled a small patch for me but it is not the main garden. I have a strip between the raised beds and the trellis that is overgrown in wheat grass from the moveable pens being there. Just moved the pens back into the area. They can eat the grass and when they have completed the whole length, then I will get my friend to till it. This way the pens have some place to be. I hate to waste all thet lovely grass, the chickens and guineas really eat it.
April 26 at 06:19 EST .

   BirdsNest  My tomatoes are terrible looking. They have been stressed inside and probably I should just throw them out and try to start over. I don't have anymore of most of those seeds. Better late than never, I found a greenhouse 6x8 still in the box, never used. I asked that the people hold it for me, gave them a deposit, and next week I will get it. The price was 1/3 of what they sell for at Harbor Freight. Not as big as I would like but it will beat what I have now, which is nothing. Hope "the tracks" is busy this weekend.
Friday at 08:08 EST .

   MeiDei  Can you save the tomatoes by burying them deeply & leaving only an upper set of leaves showing? I hate to see you lose anything after all that work.
Yesterday at 19:05 EST .

   BirdsNest  They are too wilty to think about planting right now. The soil is chilled and they would simply die. I will wait for another week to see how many actually survive. I may just go ahead and get more seed to start over. These were heirloom tomatoes so finding the seed locally is a joke. Have to order online.
22 hours ago .

   MeiDei  While Bird's getting her internet access back, take a tour with Kevin through one of his gardens.
& check out his other garden tours if you're so inclined.
April 21 at 10:37 EST .

   BirdsNest  His latest post is about using newspaper for mulch. I have tried it in the past but the wind seems to never stop blowing here and I was unable to get it to stay down even with watering it. I do like using "slip sheets" from pallets. These are the thin cardboard sheets that come on top of pallets of certain items. I get them from my feed store. They are heavier than newspaper but not too thick. at 4' square they cover a bit of area. You can use just regular cardboard boxes, they get dicey at times. And earthworms LOVE corrugated cardboard. Occasionally I will put a box or two in the compost pile. I brought home 5 big bags of shredded paper from my friend, they are waiting to be added to the compost bins.
April 26 at 06:13 EST .

   MeiDei  Have used newspaper successfully by putting whole issue in a bucket of water first & then layering about 4-5 full pages (he recommends 10 pages ) & then covering w/mulch -only once did I have to use a few flat rocks to keep it in place. Worked well 'til I stopped doing it.
April 26 at 19:36 EST .

   BirdsNest  I usually use black plastic for my rows. It costs $10 per roll and it takes more than a roll to do one row. My friend and I were talking about the newspaper mulch. I will try one row with it and see how long it takes to put down. Just to see if it's something I can do. Cost would be $0. I can get the newspapers for free. I have hay I can use on top. I am trying to not spend money on things that are not re-usable. I bought a big roll of landscape fabric, having used up all of the feed bags I had been saving, and started covering the area in the back around the "fish pond". The fish pond is a 65 gal stock tank that we dug a hole and put it in. Bermed up dirt around it and put lots of lava rock around it.The pond started out with 2 fish, one died last year while Hagar was in the hospital, never told him. The dirt had become filled with crab grass even though there was fabric underneath all the way around. After 4 or 5 yrs that grass creeps in everywhere. I removed the rocks, dug up the soil and grass, screened the works and the soil went back after new fabric was put down and the chickens got the grass and assorted bugs and worms. I put the rocks back and sprinkled some flower seeds in. Fabric is down on a large area, so I won't have to agonize over time spent weed eating. I still have more to do, if it's covered up I won't have to cut the grass. Looking pretty good. I will have a BIG area for potted stuff.
Friday at 08:19 EST .

   MeiDei  Your energy always amazes me, good for you!
Landscape fabric for me lasted about the same time before grass & weeds took over. Same w/the black plastic.
Friday at 23:04 EST .

   BirdsNest  My internet data is all used up because Microsoft just HAD to download a bunch of updates. My cell phone is not playing nice so I will post when I have purchased my usual 4G data. Tomorrow
April 19 at 19:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  Hat Tip to Bird for the Kevin Jacobs website. This is his tips for roses entry for today. What a beautiful garden - how he started it & how quickly it filled in.
Makes me wish I was 20 years younger & a copy-cat!
April 17 at 13:31 EST .

   BirdsNest  I really like his site too. And that recipe you posted on the wall looks to die for. I am sadly not making difficult dishes these days.
April 19 at 19:31 EST .

   MeiDei  IF you mean the tofu one, I agree. The bacon/onion one though has thick cut bacon on my grocery list - that one is relatively easy (except I'm not so good at caramelizing onions ).
April 21 at 09:33 EST .

   BirdsNest  It's "tick season" already. Found one of the tiny ones on me this morning. Looks like I will need to release one or two of the guineas that are caged. MAYBE they won't destroy the garden.

All I have to do is clean up the burn pile area and sift the ashes and I am ready for the farmer to come till the garden. Well, I do have to move a couple of cages out of the area but the hard stuff is done. It takes the guineas and chickens 3 days to completely eat the grass in their cages once they are moved to a fresh area. Today is such a day, moving them to a fresh patch of ground covered with grass. They love it and I love how they mow the grass.
April 13 at 07:50 EST .

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   MeiDei  Careful of those tick bites, you can get Lyme Disease more than once.
April 14 at 14:13 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  Adam was a gardener, and God made him see
That half a proper gardener's work is done upon his knees

That's something that my mother used to recite when she would be looking for something to help her pull herself up on when she had been weeding the garden or flower beds.
April 10 at 17:59 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Here's something else to read...

I have many kinds of tomatoes coming up, inside of course. I just transferred some to a bigger growing area. I caved last week and bought one Cherokee Purple plant about 1 ft tall. It is in the house waiting for the rest of the Cherokee Purple tomatoes to get bigger. I probably have 30 about 2" tall. I was transferring the little seedlings and the smell of tomato was amazing. The ones that are in bigger pots are Berkeley Tie Die, Cherokee Purple, German Green and Pineapple. Many more to go. Just have to make some space for them and get some more shop lights. WalMart gets 2 fixtures at a time. I need 3, so I may try at another place.
April 10 at 17:26 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The farmer that tills the 2 acres in the back also tills my garden area. He stopped on Friday and wanted to know when I was going to be ready. I said this week, but I may have to text him and delay it. I want to get the extra fenced in area removed so he can do that too. I don't need it right now and it would look better if it was tilled. So today I started removing the wire fencing. Got that done. Took out the wood corner bracing. Cleaned up the burn pile. Had not burned it yet but since it was wood packing crates and pallets I decided to get it out of there and burn the crates out of the garden. There are so many nails that I don't want to miss any on cleanup and have the farmer puncture a tire. SO all of that got moved out of there plus the extra moveable chicken cages. I have yet to dig up the metal fence posts. I got tired and my back was starting to hurt so I quit for today. Once that is done it's just a matter of finding a spot to move the 2 pens that are there and I am almost ready for him to do his thing.
April 10 at 17:38 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Last night was another below freezing night, with high winds. A friend brought me some fabric, like a remay, for protecting crops. He gave me enough to cover each of the raised beds plus the sugar snap peas. He's a strange duck. He has always been very helpful, gifting us with many sorts of things, but trying to get him to let us pay has been maddening. So he gets duck eggs, jams, relishes and those sorts of things. And he has SO MUCH STUFF that it's likely he has it in a storage building if you can think to ask. We have many good friends like him here. And for that I am thankful. If someone offers you help, they mean it. It's not idle chatter. I like that.
April 10 at 09:24 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  What a treasure.
I rarely login, but check on you every day, love to hear your daily chores and enjoyments posts. You are in my heart.
April 10 at 11:11 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  Speaking of Relish, Bird, do you have a recipe for Zucchini Relish.

Mom had a neighbor in Oklahoma who would take the zucchini mom grew and make relish. I swear, that was the best relish I ever had in my life. A pot of pinto beans, a pone of cornbread, fried potatoes and Rug Cavins' Zucchini Relish was fine dining. I have tried various recipes that I find on The Net, but none that resemble Ruth's relish.
April 10 at 11:32 EST .

   BirdsNest  EC, what a sweet thing to say. How is your eye? I am still mulling when to get my left eye done, I don't want it to interfere with my gardening.

FCG...I will ask around here to some of the older ladies that still make relishes. I do not have one. I do have a great book of canning recipes, all blue ribbon recipes from one lady. I will let you know what I find. As for cornbread and beans, not much better food on the planet as far as I am concerned. And fried potatoes...that's a food group into itself.
April 10 at 12:26 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  The lady's name was Ruth, not Rug.

I don't think it's my glasses. But maybe.
April 10 at 12:28 EST .

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