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  • flowerweaver 24 Jul 2014
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    Melons, coffee stories, and a strange sunset

    Yesterday we harvested two rare Punjabi melons called Kajari from my landrace project. It’s quite possibly crossed with the ‘Sweet Freckles’ melon, of which we harvested a third, and the ‘Prescott Fond Blanc’ which is still on the vine. They are filling the house wit...
    Mostly Cloudy 34°C / 93°F
  • HollyBee 26 Jul 2014
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    Hostas, Potatoes, Beans and Peas

    Shade or Woodland garden , Vegetable garden , Pea 'Little Marvel' , Bean 'Tendergreen' , Bean 'Slenderette...
    Finally finished mulching the Shade/Woodland Garden. It took 11 bags in all, and I probably could have used more around the edges. Planted Tendergreen Beans in the bed with the Little Marvel Peas. I’m going to let the Peas go to seed now and see what I can save to plant for next year. I ...
    Clear 20°C / 68°F
  • halhurst 24 Jul 2014
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    70-day raft culture setup

    7/23/14: Building on my previous success in a small scale raft hydroponics trial last spring, my medium scale raft setup, designed to deliver a weekly harvest of greens in perpetual rotation. is nearing completion. It uses fish tank effluent to provide nutrition for the plants and purifies the wa...
    Clear 23°C / 73°F
  • xan 26 Jul 2014
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    Getting ready for the party

    Keyhole garden , Prairie coneflower Blooming, Phlox Blooming, Chard- Peppermint stripe , Iris, reblooming ...
    The garden has peaked in perfect timing for the Lammas Fest. Followers who are in Chicago this weekend, you’re invited. Sunday 7/27 3:30 to 8:30. DM me for my address. Every year I try to entice people to come help get ready for this annual party. Yes it’s a lot of sweaty labor, but m...
    Overcast 22°C / 72°F
  • redloon 26 Jul 2014
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    Today's garden project: Taming the paths between my vegetable beds

    Asparagus 'Jersey Supreme' Setting Fruit, Sweet Potato 'Carolina Bunch' Growing, and Chili Pepper 'Super Th...
    Another long-lived task on my garden to-do list has been checked off! DH weed-whacked the tall grass and weeds that had taken over my garden paths, and I followed behind him, applying carefully overlapped cardboard (from our handy stash of moving boxes), and weighing down the cardboard with our h...
    Overcast 38°C / 101°F
  • redloon 24 Jul 2014
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    Huge post-vacation harvest (including several pounds of edamame)

    Basil 'Superbo' Harvesting, Cucumber 'Salt and Pepper' Harvesting, Bell Pepper 'Carolina Wonder' Harvesting...
    This is what happens when one is away for slightly over a week in the middle of the summer! My kitchen counter was feeling very “Horn of Plenty”-like tonight. :)
    Clear 36°C / 96°F
  • PlantyHamchuk 26 Jul 2014
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    Photo and update (gardening and DIY demolition)

    Picture of veggies harvested last night Рhttp://plantyhamchuk.tumblr.com/image/92956699772 Latest garden haul. Cukes are about done doing their thing, tomatoes are going like gangbusters, 2 more errant carrots found. If I can find the umph to do it, there’s some sundried tomatoes in my fut...
  • tabb 21 Jul 2014
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    I got another treasure chest of plants this time from Jayme in FL

    This is what she sent: 2 mature but trimmed corms of crocosmia ‘Emily Mckenzie, Several roots of Siberian Iris & 2 roots of Bearded Iris, 2 bulbs of White Spider Lily, 1 large bulb of Giant Allium ’Globemaster’, Roots of day lily ‘Janice Brown’ Pink & ‘...
  • halhurst 23 Jul 2014
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    Wicking Bed 1: second trial, part 2

    Wicking bed 7/23/14: The first phase of using the wicking bed was to get the seeds germinated at the highest point where the water will wick to, through top watering. The natural result of this is to saturate the soil throughout the bed. From here the roots of the plants should extend downward...
    Clear 23°C / 73°F

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