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   BirdsNest  Hamster Dance time!!!! My garden will be tilled 9am Friday. Oh boy. Just in time for Sat rain. That's okay. Today I potted up 17 giant pots of tomatoes. These go in the front yard. Now I have an excuse to go in the front yard. Wish the guinea would go in the front and eat the ticks. I found another one.
May 19 at 16:03 EST .



   BirdsNest  I am up to 24 big pots of tomatoes and 7 hot peppers. Around 9am the tractor came to till. He worked for an hour or so, the soil was wet but not soggy. He did the one half that was well planted last year and said he wanted to let the soil dry and come back later. And bring a bigger tractor with a bush hog. Where I had grazed the chickens and ducks all last year, the weeds were thick. I heard him a bit later, I was on the phone and could not get off so once I did I went to investigate. He was cutting the side yard all the way to the garden and getting the areas in the front that he could reach without tearing up anything. He said the kid would come back next week with the grass cutter and take care of the yard. After school, the kid was brought by to re-till everything. He went over each part several times. The plan is to let it rain on the garden, then next week re-till the left half so it looks as smooth as the right half. Do I live in a great place or what?? He was happy to devote most of his busy day to helping me out. There are so many people here like that.
May 20 at 22:37 EST .




   BirdsNest  The farmer was able to till the field next door and the one out back today. Not my garden. He has to come in a little Kubota with a tiller to do my garden. The tractor he was on today is enormous! My garden area is not small but too short(only about 125' deep ). I am not sure he could turn around in that blue monster he was in today. Maybe tomorrow. Oh, it's going to rain tomorrow.
May 16 at 20:39 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Can't wait forever for my garden area to be tilled so I potted up 14 giant pots and planted tomatoes. It was raining and I got soaked so I called it a day. I had hoped to pot up some peppers also but the rain was coming down too steadily.
May 17 at 13:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Been in gerbil-mode the past couple of days. Rain interrupts outside work so I find something to do inside. Yesterday, I worked at tidying up the workshop, gathering tools to take to a friend and sweeping up sawdust. Sawdust goes into the compost pile. Some items I threw away were put in the burn barrel. More stuff though went into trash bags to be tossed. When it stopped raining I potted seedlings. So many I wanted to just throw them away. Got them done, then set up the seedling tray for the last seeds to be started. I got them planted last night. Went to the store and a lovely gentleman stopped me and asked about Hagar....I told him the sad news and he was so sweet and kind, but it made me cry and I had to get away. I am sure he felt lousy, but I just couldn't talk anymore about it. Today. More rain. Back out in the workshop getting more tools to take to our friend. When it stopped raining I did a few chores outside, then to town to grab a burger. Back home the mad dash to get the tender potted plants into the van for the night(The greenhouse still resides in its box ). Tomorrow I will make a quick trip to Virginia Beach to meet our friend and help him load the tools up. He came up from NC for a couple of days. He is also taking 12 Silkie chicks and the Momma back with him. He is more excited about that!! He will also be getting a pair of Quaker parrots that he has been wanting, I even have a brand new cage in the box he can have. He will get the cage tomorrow, the birds at the end of the month. That way he can have the cage assembled and ready for them. Oh, my garden is STILL not tilled. I am going to be a basket case if it doesn't get done soon. Rain almost everyday, the sun comes out around 6pm to say "Goodnight" and that's life on the Shore.
May 11 at 20:02 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Delivered the tools and cage. They had a carload by the time we got done. Oh, it was 14 Silkie chicks and Momma. They made the trip just fine. He was so excited to see them, he has never had more than one Silkie. I hated to see them go, but he was so thrilled to get them. His daughter will make them tame, she will be over the moon. Met his lady friend, she is the sweetest thing. I loved her instantly. We had a nice couple of hours to sit and chat.
May 12 at 22:10 EST .

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   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.
May 1 at 07:53 EST .

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   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.
May 1 at 09:40 EST .

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   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.
   April 30 at 09:25 EST .

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   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.
April 30 at 11:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I don't think I have ever seen them. They are beautiful.
May 1 at 07:46 EST .

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   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.
May 1 at 09:42 EST .

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   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 .

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   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.
April 29 at 08:08 EST .

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   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.
April 30 at 19:05 EST .

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   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.
May 1 at 07:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  While Bird's getting her internet access back, take a tour with Kevin through one of his gardens. http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2013/06/the-woodland-garde
n-in-early-summer/
& check out his other garden tours if you're so inclined.
April 21 at 10:37 EST .

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   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 .

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   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 .

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   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.
April 29 at 08:19 EST .

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   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.
April 29 at 23:04 EST .

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   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.
http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2016/04/the-organic-way-to
-beautiful-roses/
Makes me wish I was 20 years younger & a copy-cat!
April 17 at 13:31 EST .

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   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 .

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   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 .

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   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 .

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