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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Mon May 25, 2015 3:52 am

I spent 3 hours weeding and planting 2 of my raised beds this afternoon. I wanted to get as much done as I could before the rain gets here.

The first bed I had already direct seeded with parsnips, rutabaga, kohlrabi and turnips but the weeds and sticker bushes took over. A few of the rutabaga and turnips did come up as well as 1 kohlrabi so I just weeded around them and planted more seeds in those sections.

The other bed was also previously direct seeded with carrots, leeks and shallots. It too had been over run with weeds. Just a few of one variety of carrots had come up. I weeded and seeded it with cutting celery, more carrots and 5 different varieties of cabbage.

Depending on the weather tomorrow I'm hoping to get back out there to weed and direct seed the two beds with the trellises. I'm planning to plant a full bed of pole beans and 1/2 bed each of cucumbers and sugar snap peas.

I still need to weed the long back bed where the asparagus and rhubarb are growing. I want to plant that bed with a few pie pumpkins, watermelon and a couple of zucchini.

The last bed that I need to weed and plant is a small bed where I plan to plant the leeks, onions, shallots and garlic.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sat May 30, 2015 12:42 am

Well, I got the bean bed weeded and seeded, two other beds weeded around the plants and weeded enough of the back fence bed to plant some watermelon, zucchini and pie pumpkins. 2 1/2 hours in the humidity and I'm done. I came in to rest and it started raining so I won't be going outside to do anything else today
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Post by Farmfresh on Sat May 30, 2015 2:32 am

You are getting a lot accomplished. I still have a lot of garden that needs to be planted and even more that needs weeding, but all it does is rain.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sat May 30, 2015 3:02 am

Our rain was short lived and just made it more humid. Sad I'm trying to do a little bit each day or at least every other day to keep on track. I'm pleased with what I've managed to get done so far with everything that is going on here. Wink
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Post by dizzy on Sat May 30, 2015 9:40 am

It's been too hot and dry here. I'd love a good, soaking rain.

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:49 am

I moved 9 wheelbarrow loads of mulch and spread it over the cardboard that I'm using to create the new horseshoe shaped flower bed. I need to get about 5 more boxes to complete the horseshoe shape. I'm going to create a hole where I want to plant the flowers, put in some soil and the plant. The mulch is breaking down nicely after sitting for the last 3 years.

The potatoes are looking really good so far. I've got to send my ds after a couple of bales of straw to mulch the potatoes if I can't get my cousin to bring me some when he comes for the chicken coop.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:01 am

I got back out there this evening and finally got the rest of the annuals planted in the newly created flower beds.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:49 am

I planted chives, garlic chives, rosemary, basil, parsley, yard long beans, straight eight cucumbers, and sugar snap peas today.

I also spread a butterfly and bee wildflower seed mix over the new horseshoe shaped flower bed mulch.

My ds planted my new double knock out pink rose to replace the rose that died in the living fence row.
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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:32 am

Wow. A very productive day!
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Post by dizzy on Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:43 am

Good for you!

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:02 pm

I'm very pleased with what I've managed to accomplish under the circumstances this year. Wink Hopefully I can get the rest of the horseshoe flower bed completed this week between the days we are supposed to get rain. I'm hoping to beat the rain in the morning to apply some fertilizer to the newly planted flowers and the seeds that I scattered today.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:03 pm

Here are a few pictures of the hanging baskets, my roses along the back of the house and the new horseshoe flower bed.





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Post by Farmfresh on Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:28 pm

You are really coming along! I feel like it is one step forward and two back around here right now.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:50 am

I picked a half a gallon of sugar snap peas yesterday from the garden. Here are a couple of pictures of the hanging baskets, they are finally starting to climb up to the frame.

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Post by 12acrehome on Sun Jun 21, 2015 12:35 pm

nicely done!!

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:04 pm

Thanks Keith. I hope they hurry up and really start filling up the netting.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:48 am

I was just out surveying the garden. There are no beans, no more peas came up that I started in a different place, the onions are blooming and I'm going to have to wait until the rain rolls through tonight to pull the carrots. The tomato vines are loaded but none ripe yet, the cauliflower and brussels are doing ok. No zucchini came up but the pumpkins and watermelon did.

I haven't had the time to weed and most things are over run like the cabbages but they are looking pretty good. Maybe tomorrow morning I can get at cleaning up a couple of beds and plant some Fall stuff.

I'll plant more broccoli, cabbage, carrots, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. It might be too late but I'm also going to try more leeks in a bed with the hoophouse frame on it.

I have 2 peppers on two plants and that is it. If we had to rely on this to survive we'd be starving. What a dismal garden this year.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:51 am

Here's an update on the hanging baskets.

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Post by Farmfresh on Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:53 am

The basket looks nice. Now once they get started they should really start taking off.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:03 am

See what happens when you don't get out to check the garden on a regular basis. I grew a turnip large enough to feed ALL of us on the site. The thing is bigger than my 17 year old son's head.
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Post by Farmfresh on Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:24 am

Wow that is an amazing turnip! How are you going to fix it? I know most people like them roasted or mashed. Me personally I like them baby small and raw ... almost like a radish.
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Post by dizzy on Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:11 am

Maybe it's a good thing I don't have any turnips! I don't know that I'd want one that big!

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:43 am

I'm not going to eat it, it's probably too tough/woody. It needs to just hit the compost pile. Wink
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Post by Farmfresh on Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:56 am

I wonder if you could carve it ... you know, like a pumpkin?
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:20 am

It might make an awesome shrunken head like we used to make out of apples. Wink
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