Old  July 17th, 2018, 11:34am     #256
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ONE OF MY DAY lilies finally opened (the other will prob be a week yet)


the waiting is hard lol

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  Old  July 25th, 2018, 7:31pm     #257
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picked 2 cucumbers,jalapeno peppers,banana peppers,and one tomato
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  Old  August 1st, 2018, 3:45pm     #258
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Mixed results on this years veggie garden. Green bush beans came on strong and I had a decent crop. Now I have to wait for a second bloom from them. 4th of July tomatoes much better than last year--they actually have flavor, unlike last years. My yellow cherry plant that was decapitated (and then hubby replanted the top) has produced many sweet tomatoes. Still waiting for the red cherry tomatoes to ripen.

The corn, however has been a big disappointment. Very low yield and not very flavorful. Probably time to move the corn patch to a new locale, but difficult since we have a small city lot. The front lawn would be the perfect location but that's not going to happen!

Peas were a total failure. Second planting of radishes were good--first batch not so much.
Zucchini doing fine and will be digging up the potatoes real soon.
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  Old  August 7th, 2018, 1:29pm     #259
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Planted long neck pumpkins next to watermelons, just for giggles...they turned out looking like watermelons
The cat planted herself, and now I am bottle feeding 4 kittens..not the result I was expecting at all but it is all very rewarding
I love seeing everyones fruits (and veggies) of your labor

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  Old  August 11th, 2018, 11:09am     #260
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picked a white pumpkin today---did not want it to rot---have a couple others -saving them for fall
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  Old  August 11th, 2018, 11:32am     #261
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Planted long neck pumpkins next to watermelons, just for giggles...they turned out looking like watermelons
The cat planted herself, and now I am bottle feeding 4 kittens..not the result I was expecting at all but it is all very rewarding
I love seeing everyones fruits (and veggies) of your labor
Beautiful photos! Cute kitty!

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  Old  September 16th, 2018, 5:51pm     #262
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pickling cucumbers since I had a bumper crop this year
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  Old  November 5th, 2018, 11:26am     #263
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We had a fantastic summer in the garden - almost everything planted was prolific and delicious. I put a lot of thought into shifting varieties between my different locations to outsmart the wildlife (opossums, raccoons and squirrels), and with a few minor exceptions, it was successful.

We did, as always, have weeks on end of 100+ temperatures and that takes a toll, but ultimately (and thankfully), that too was minor.

Some of our summer plantings are still thriving and will last until frost, and our Fall crops are in and doing well - no pest bugs to manage in this weather.


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  Old  November 5th, 2018, 11:47am     #264
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We had several light frosts and then a couple of even colder nights. But my raspberries are still producing! They are amazing. Raspberries in early November in Zone 5? Crazy
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Waiting for my limes and figs to ripen.

Making more room to expand my raspberry patch next year.

I need to fence in my elderberry plants.

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So happy to see little leaf buds on my quince tree.

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  Old  March 15th, 2019, 9:37am     #267
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Photo of quince blossoms in my garden in 2018.

It won't be long now...


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Photo of quince blossoms in my garden in 2018.

It won't be long now...

Beautiful flowers!

What recommendations do you all have for keeping critters out?
Other then fencing, hot pepper spray etc?
Does the old bar of soap in a stocking help?
We have the usual skunks, rabbits, birds, squirrels, chipmunks,voles, geese ugh and a small pack of kittens who think everything is for them
I'd hate to hot sauce their little feet using pepper sauce but tomatoes aren't for playing LOL
I thought about planting cat nip quite away from the main event and just hoping for the best..

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Photo of quince blossoms in my garden in 2018.

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Beautiful flowers!

What recommendations do you all have for keeping critters out?
Other then fencing, hot pepper spray etc?
Does the old bar of soap in a stocking help?
We have the usual skunks, rabbits, birds, squirrels, chipmunks,voles, geese ugh and a small pack of kittens who think everything is for them
I'd hate to hot sauce their little feet using pepper sauce but tomatoes aren't for playing LOL
I thought about planting cat nip quite away from the main event and just hoping for the best..
Thank you for the compliment! I do love my quince!

In my area we are dealing with birds, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, neighbor kitties and field mice.

I protect a lot of our self-fertile fruit with tulle from the fabric shop. I don't use the wider net that is often recommended because I have seen birds and squirrels get caught and injured in it.

To deter kitties I put pine cones in my planters because they don't like walking on them. When I am starting from seed I put plastic spoons around the inside rim of the pots, then remove them when the plants fill out the container.

In recent years I moved the things that were being raided to my community garden plot, and at home only grow the varieties that I noticed were consistently untouched by critters.

For your tomatoes, I know you wrote "other than fencing," but that may be the best option, especially if you are growing determinate varieties that won't get huge. You can buy rolls of hardware cloth at most home centers.

Many people here are talented gardeners; I'm hoping some will pop in with more suggestions for you.

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We've been getting ready for spring. Started the wave petunia seeds--coral & white varieties.

Hubby move the red raspberries from the back fence to the side yard. A little more sun there and less likely for the squirrels to jump on them and break the canes. Waiting until later in the week to plant my 1 thornless blackberry plant
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