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   BirdsNest  Marked off the asparagus bed with stakes and rope. Put a white marker beside each asparagus crown. I counted 50 crowns and 5 maybes. They will hopefully be more IF the weather settles down and stays warm. I planted 113 crowns four years ago. So I hope more pop up. I will be able to pick a few today.
My garden is ready for tilling. I looked at the projected forecast for next week....possibility of rain every day. Gigures. That will further delay the tilling if he cannot do it this weekend. Ugh.
April 20 at 06:38 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Great news. The asparagus we planted the year before Hagar went to the hospital, is FINALLY large enough to pick. I have been watching for it. I will cordon it off so the farmer doesn't bush hog or till the area. Hagar would be so pleased.
April 16 at 13:16 EST .

   StormCnter  What a nice way to greet your Spring, Bird. The asparagus will be rewarding.
April 18 at 08:26 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Between Nor'easters I have been struggling to reclaim my garden. It went au naturel. Weeds. Wild blackberry canes. Miserable. I have half of it cleared out. Today I worked 2 hours pulling dead weed stalks, raking dead grass, and cutting smsll trees by the fence area. Still have a lot to do. My goal was April 1, but the weather has held me up. It was sunny and warm but windy for the time I was outside. Once it is done I call my farmer. If he can't do it then I have someone else to call. The farmer doesn't charge me, he farms the small acreage in the back.
March 22 at 16:38 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Still have about 6 hrs worth of work to get the garden ready. No more work for the next couple days...appointments, rain, and flea market are in order. Looking good. I have 12 piles of garden debris to burn. Because of the burn law, cannot burn til after 4pm. Yesterday I was too tired to stand out there and tend to the piles and the day before the wind blew 25 mph. I will not burn if it is windy.
Just for those who are interested, tomatoes,peppers, and eggplant will grow perfectly well in containers. About 5 gal container is best. This was told to me from a respected tomato grower. He is know as nctomatoman and wrote the book "Epic Tomatoes". And a book about growing in straw bales. His name is Craig LeHoullier. He sent me some tomato seeds to try....dwarf. He is part of the Dwarf Tomato project. Dwarf tomatoes seems like a good idea. The plants are dwarf, not the fruit.
March 28 at 08:20 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My garden is almost ready. Almost. I took Tues. off from here and spent about 6 hrs at a friends house raking her garden area. She works as an EMT and on 24 hr shifts. Her garden is much smaller than mine and she tills hers every year. I had an audience of chickens. She lets hers free range and they were very interested in what I was doing. I filled her burn pit with garden debris then made 3 piles that I soon realized I would have to burn or the chickens were going to scratch in them and spread that all over. So I burned them and when I got home I was beat. Slept well. Kept catching cramps in leg muscles. Yesterday I was very low on energy. So I did nothing that caused any exertion. My little patch of garden must wait. I am tired.
April 5 at 06:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest  About 16' left to rake. I fell last week and hurt my ribs, again. This time my tiny ballerina feet got tangled in some mesh fabric. I was carrying a chicken...I tossed her before I hit the dirt. The previous time it was slick soled shoes in the melting snow. I have been doing what I can and waiting for the ribs to be better. The farmer waits for my text.
April 16 at 13:13 EST .

   StormCnter  Bird, stop with the pretty footwear when you garden. I wear rain boots. They keep my pants legs from getting damp from wet grass, they don't slip on a wet surface and they're super easy to clean up. But, I'll bet you knew this already.
April 18 at 08:24 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Yeah, I know that. I just prefer shoes that are easy on/ easy off. Today I am wearing boots. Finished raking. I am tidying up the fenceline. Lots of wild black raspberries. I have potted up 11 to sell at a later date. I want to get the garden side of that fence cleaned of thorny bushes so the tractor won't get into the stickers. So much to do.
April 18 at 12:16 EST .

   MeiDei  Storm mentioned using Epsom Salts to handle a garden problem; while surfing for something non-related I found & watched this:

February 25 at 16:09 EST .

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   StormCnter  After I pruned my many roses later than I was supposed to, I treated them all to Epsom Salts and now everything is blooming in fragrant, various colors.
April 18 at 08:21 EST .

   BirdsNest  I did not have a proper garden this year. Just a few raised beds that quickly went "native". I did get some peppers in the ground and 20+ Eggplant(several varieties ). Those plants were put in ground that had never been planted, they are over 5 ft tall.
I did not have a real garden but friends gifted me with all sorts of things for canning. My figs did well and so did the blueberries, so I jarred lots of jam. It has been selling well. Some people at the flea market gave me empty jars(so helpful! ) Tomatoes came and I canned them for myself for winter use. Peppers, lots of them at various times for pepper relish. Hot peppers for hot relish. Watermelon for pickled watermelon rind. I have made 4 batches(each takes 6 days to complete ), but that's just plain WR pickle. I decided to try a small batch with the addition of 1 Ghost pepper. Delicious, tastes like cinnamon red hot candies. Friends tasted them and bought all 7 jars. So I got 3 more melons. I made one batch with 2 Ghost peppers-got a request for that, it will be jarred today. The next batch has 1 Ghost the first batch I did. I still have one melon uncut...I have to wait until I free up the big pot!! I must say it has been a huge amount of work, but it has kept me busy and centered.
September 21 at 08:53 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I forgot my newest find...."Cowboy Candy". Candied Jalapenos. The syrup is to die for. I doubled the batch and doubled the syrup, had lots of syrup leftover so I jarred it too. Took some dill pickles, drained them and poured the syrup over them. Into the refrigerator, they are delicious. Some people use the syrup in potato salad.
I also had a request from a customer to jar any leftover WR syrup, she would buy it for adding to smoothies.
September 21 at 08:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  Found the recipe for Cowboy Candy & copied it for future use - thanks for bringing attention to it.
October 2 at 13:02 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm digging up all the flowering (supposed to be but aren't ) hawthornes in my various landscape. Four in the backyard and six in the front. Two have died and none of them are thriving. I have no idea why not, but I'm giving up on them. I'll replace them with something more reliable.
July 4 at 10:00 EST .

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   Linder  We are enjoying our first green beans and small potatoes from the garden. I'm always surprised at the taste of fresh from the garden produce.
June 26 at 02:04 EST .

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   Linder  Woke to a nice shower here in southern Iowa and appreciate every drop of rain. Have cut back on flowers this year with only two pots mixed with white geranium, white petunias and German ivy and a raised bed of the lowly zinnia.
June 26 at 10:22 EST .

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   StormCnter  Lucky you, Linder. I love green beans (snap beans in Texas ) and new potatoes. As for your cutting back on the flowers, I found that caring for the many inside and outside pots of flora were requiring more of my time than if I ran a daycare center. I, too, cut it all back to just the few I can keep watered and trimmed without dedicating my life to it.
July 4 at 09:58 EST .

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   Linder  Well, that was fun. Just finished pressure canning 7 pints of green beans. Haven't done that for several years and felt like a first time learner. Can't wait to do it again. Listening to the jars ping...4 to go.
July 11 at 16:17 EST .

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   MeiDei  I come here expecting to learn about Bird's garden and domesticated wildlife - I know2 she's busy helping a friend - tough for a good friend to lose a good friend.
June 11 at 21:27 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My dear friend is just back from 10 days vacation after learning she has 4 blockages in her heart ON TOP OF blocked carotid artery. The doctor did not recommend the 14 hr car ride but for her to stay home would have been more detrimental to her immediate health. I simply told her daughter that there were doctors and hospitals all along the way and seeing her family was all she has talked about for 6 months. I had a nice break from the stress of being watchful over her and was able to get things done here. No big garden again this year. The farmer came 3 weeks ago but the tractor broke down and is still not repaired. I told him to just forget it. It will soon be too hotto plant. I have tomatoes in big pots, just put eggplants in the ground in a small area I worked up and will endeavor to get another area ready for peppers. The raised beds are growing. Picked peas and cleared plants out so that bed is about ready for planting. I feel like I have been spinning my wheels alot. Miss my dear Hagar for a billion reasons but life goes on.
June 15 at 08:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  Happy to see you back, it seems the Good Lord had another purpose for you this summer: consider yourself pleasing in his sight.
June 17 at 05:43 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  these look really interesting. Especially for Birdsnest
April 9 at 15:20 EST .

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   StormCnter  I had to do some cleanup yard work one day this past week and found that four of my roses were killed by the two 16 degree nights we had last month. I laughed to a friend that George Jones's old hit "It's been a good year for the roses" kept going through my head, although it's been a bad year for MY roses. I sprinkled epsom salts around them just in case Lazarus might rise, but I am not hopeful.
March 12 at 09:25 EST .

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   StormCnter  Good news! The epsom salts brought the roses I thought were goners back to life. There is new growth all over all of them. Hooray!
March 20 at 16:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  We have 3 roses w/seemingly winter kill - Epsom salts as a cure is new, do tell ... please, said nicely : )
March 30 at 21:53 EST .

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   StormCnter  Aw, Mei. Am I ever other than "nicely"? How much nicer can it get than epsom salts for roses advice from Martha Stewart? I've treated mine with ES for years. But only a couple of times per season.
April 1 at 10:30 EST .

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   MeiDei  Gee Storm it was my 'please' that was said nicely not an implication of yours not being so [chuckle]; thanks for the link. Not a MS fan but maybe I should reconsider.
April 6 at 02:58 EST .

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