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   BirdsNest  Another great link, every state is listed.

http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/ViewPage.aspx?p
ageId=261
Sunday at 15:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest  It is a source for GM free seeds. We have ordered from several of them in the past.
Sunday at 15:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I would like to challenge each of you to add a "pollinator habitat" to your home garden or yard.

What is a "pollinator habitat"? It is a place where native pollinators can
#1..forage
#2..nest and lay eggs in host plants or nest
#3..an environment that is free of pesticides.

We all know or have heard of the colony collapse with honey bees. Pollinators also include bees and wasps,butterflies,flies,moths and beetles. The honey bee is not native to North America. Using native plants you can attract more pollinators and more different types of pollinators. Consult your local master gardeners or state extension agent. You will want plant diversity with bloom time succession, nesting and egg laying sites, and pupation and over wintering sites. The Xerces Society has much of this information on their website
http://www.xerces.org/

Start small and add to the site each new season.
Saturday at 20:21 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The garden is officially "Toast". We had a freeze and everything is dead, except the Chard,Savoy and beets. Time now to pull up the dead plants and maker compost. It is sad to see. I am glad I harvested all those peppers. Spring cannot get here soon enough.
November 18 at 06:10 EST .

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   Surfhut  Toast here, too. The only thing I had left to harvest was a lot of rosemary. Now we plan for next Spring and enjoy the fruits of our labor from this growing season.
November 18 at 20:05 EST .

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   Balogreene  I've been waiting for "toast". I had way too much to do at work to garden this year. Now that it i over I can pull weeds, and start over.
November 18 at 22:04 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Balo, you should really consider the Garden Soxx for your garden. I may try some next year, they fascinate me for some odd reason.
November 19 at 18:56 EST .

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   Hollyhock  It is the sign of the end of the season. We can look back with satisfaction or regret and look forward to the next spring. Bring on the seed catalogs!
November 21 at 00:17 EST .

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   Balogreene  Thank you Birdie, I've bookmarked their site.
November 21 at 18:04 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The garden was kissed with a touch of frost Saturday morning. Still the peppers are hanging on so I will pick them this week and share some and maybe make the last batch of pepper relish this year.
November 9 at 11:02 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Picked ALL of the peppers...five 5 gallon buckets full. I reserved one for our friend M and the remainder we shared with sellers and customers at the flea market today. Everyone was thrilled to have fresh peppers and we were just as thrilled to share the last of the bounty. Those were amazing pepper plants this year, we sold,gave away,and made over 70 jars of relish that included lots of peppers. We made some new friends with them, all summer long folks would stop by and get their weekly peppers and rave about how good they are. It has been a fun summer and Fall is eeking closer to Winter. It was cold out there today, but there was a good crowd of people buying and looking. Everyone was in a good mood and eager to chat.
November 15 at 18:35 EST .

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   Hagar  Today's gift from the garden: Peppers, peppers, peppers!!!
We processed 11pts, 1 1/2pt and a sample jar of Hot Pepper Relish.
We were road testing a new OSTER food processor, it is the "bomb",
almost pureed the peppers.
Powerful and Quiet!!!
October 27 at 17:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Saturday at the tracks...we have so much fun. we have to get there by 5:30 in order to get "our spot", but it is worth the lost sleep. As soon as we get there, the other sellers start pulling their goods out to sell. Everyone wants to feel safe so it is best not to be there by oneself that early. It was cool this morning,and by sun up it started to warm up. Our friend that sells plants, showed up after daylight, not a good spot to be in, so he was wondering if he should even bother setting....it was such a beautiful day, little wind, maybe he would go flying and take pictures that the realtors had asked him to. He makes decent money doing that and he LOVES to fly, so with just a little coaxing from us, off he went. About half hour later an ultralight plane appeared above, and sure enough it was him. We all waved and told others who it was, they waved too. He did not see us because he was taking photos of us all and the long line of sellers at the tracks. Very impressive, he sent us a dozen pictures he took.

We had a blast, Hagar's birthday today,one guy bought 4 jars of pepper relish and 4 jars of watermelon rind pickle. That was fabulous. Another customer told us about the horseradish he got from someone else and how bad it was, so I got my sample jar from the cooler and handed him a spoon. Told him if he liked it he could have it. He loved it, and it really opened up his sinuses!! He wants a jar next week.
October 25 at 17:33 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The garden....still have peppers producing,some eggplant,beets are making,savoy growing nicely,chard ready to pick,and luffa gourds getting ready to harvest. Hagar bought 90(! ) asparagus roots that had to be done something with. Our friend came over and tilled the row for us, she was sick but promised she would do it and she did it. I got out the shovel and dug down to make a trench.....took 2 tries to get the 75 ft row done, then I collapsed for a couple of days. Put mushroom compost in the hole,laid out the roots(107 actually )and filled in the trench. Boy was I ever glad to be done!!!! I have been dealing with a sore throat from breathing the fumes of Habanero jellymaking. Not my best week for sure.
October 16 at 14:33 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Hagar reminded me that I said I would mulch the asparagus row and cover the mulch with netting to keep it from blowing away. Darn!! Thought I was finished with that row. I did get the mulch on top but the thought of stretching the netting out and somehow anchoring it so IT doesn't blow away was too much.....so I worked on the last of the blueberries from the freezer, making them into jam. Then because I was not yet totally exhausted I dug up a big clump of horseradish and worked it up into prepared horseradish. Hagar helped me, so glad because I was getting worn out and crabby. We made 2 half pint jars, one is sold already to a customer we will see tomorrow. It packs a punch. Sometime on Sunday I will cover the asparagus row with netting. THEN I am done with it til Spring.
October 17 at 20:05 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Today's work involved making piccalilli(also called chow chow or green tomato relish ). I forgot to net the asparagus row...ruh roh, I could get fired!!
October 19 at 19:29 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The asparagus row is done,done,done. Til Spring.

We jarred 18 pints and 2 half pints of Piccalilli(Chow chow ). One of the half pints we will open to give samples out. Today we are making prepared horseradish and pickling some beets. Our friend Teresa got some beets from someone and asked if we would like them. She said she did not have time to deal with making pickled beets, but if we made some she would appreciate a small amount. These 6 beets were enormous!!I cooked them and they were not fibrous so will make pickled beets and give her some.
October 22 at 11:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  I love sweet pickled beets. Someone gave me a bag of them when I came home from the hospital after foot surgery. I hated beets. My mother was visiting to help me with the baby & she reminded me I should be grateful - suggesting that my father liked pickled beets. So I made & canned 7-8 pints. She flew home with 6. I finished off the rest & have been a fan since. I've seen them in the store but the cost was way too much for the amount. One day my garden will be ready for me to plant again - by then my knees may say otherwise : ) I'm happy for you.
October 22 at 20:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest  MeiDei, these beets were bigger than softballs and we were sure they would be fibrous but they were sweet and yummy. The result was 7 pints of finished pickled beets. We will keep one and gift the rest to Teresa. She will be tickled.
October 23 at 10:23 EST .

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   Balogreene  Enlarge this. My sister's MIL had a sculpture done for their 50th wedding anniversary. It is a tree, with two love birds, an empty nest, two jack in the pulpits for their two boys, and two lady slippers for their two girls. One girl died of leukemia before the age 10, so her lady slipper is a different color from the rest of the sculpture. The FIL died shortly thereafter, and the MIL had to sell the house. She gave the sculpture to my sister.

Such thought and love went into it. My sister appreciates it. So do I.

   September 28 at 23:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks for posting the picture, it is a lovely sculpture.
October 1 at 18:34 EST .

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   Balogreene  Had to go to the celebration of the life of one of mom's oldest friends. Stayed at my sister's house for several days. This is her garden. She has a "pond", very small, but it has two frogs, two hummingbird feeders, a ton of flowers, and I can't say what else. For six days, I sat in her garden, watched the frogs, squirrels, chipmunks, hummers, finches, doves, etc. It was a lovely time.
   September 24 at 00:18 EST .

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   Linder  Wish I was there. Have never seen one like the child's metal lawn chair.
September 25 at 10:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  Linder, it's been a while, but, my sis and her husband go to flea markets regularly to find things for house and garden. I'm sure that chair is something they saw, liked, and made use of. Some of their finds are amazing. And they do often come home empty-handed, they use it as cheap entertainment.
October 13 at 18:04 EST .

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   StormCnter  Calling you garden experts (I am only a wannabe ): Last winter, I lost eight big pittosporum in my front flower beds to the record low temperatures, four on each side of the sidewalk. I replaced all eight in March after I was sure they weren't going to recover. The exposure is west, with trees partially shading one batch of the plants while the other bed gets full sun for some of the early afternoon. The ones in partial shade are flourishing, lots of new growth and have practically doubled in size. On the other side of the sidewalk, where they get a lot more sun, all four plants have struggled. I've trimmed back any dead parts, lightly fertilized them a couple of months ago, kept them amply watered, and they are alive, but puny. I think I planted them at the wrong time. They didn't have time to get established before the Texas summer arrived. Now, the question is: Should I dig up the puny ones and replace them in October so they have all winter to put roots down? Or should I assume the four that have struggled, but still live, will use the winter to grow stronger? The state ag agent says let them alone for the winter. I welcome suggestions.
September 23 at 07:05 EST .

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   MeiDei  Go with the agent's advice.
September 24 at 12:16 EST .

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   StormCnter  Update: The temps have cooled these days and there is new growth on my four worrisome little pittosporum. I'll watch them for a couple of weeks and then decide. But, I think they are going to be ok, just a bit behind schedule.
September 30 at 07:35 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Good. Listen to the ag agent, they know what to expect from plants grown in your area. What did he say about fertilizing? Everything here is off schedule.....we still have figs trying to ripen. It's a lost cause because the night time temps are too cool. I have picked less than 20 figs this year, and usually by the first week in September our fig trees have gifted us with pounds and pounds of fruit. Then they are done.Not this year, we are blessed they are even alive after what last winter did to them.
October 7 at 07:22 EST .

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