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  • Carol 16 Oct 2014
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    Apple, 'Pink Lady'

    An experiment. While sharing an apple with the ducks, (they get peels, core, and a bit of the good stuff) I found 3 germinating seeds among those enclosed in the core. I couldn't bring myself to toss them in the compost or let the ducks eat them - how often does nature start germination for y...
    Clear 28°C / 82°F
  • flowerweaver 21 Oct 2014
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    Butterflies, garlic, and the trouble with stumps

    Photo-upload-417475?1413911172 Saturday the Monarchs finally showed up and have been playing in the backyard trees. They were camera shy. I am still learning how to use my new camera (the Olympus Tough). I suppose it would help if I'd read the manual. I fed Tucker a big breakfast then we went off for the day. When we return...
    Mostly Cloudy 27°C / 81°F
  • Carol 16 Oct 2014
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    Coconut Palm and coconuts

    I dropped into Be Happy Farm in Mutarnee when I was driving home on Tuesday. The farm has a fruit stall at the roadside near the entrance to their property and they leave produce out, along with an "honesty box" for people to drop coins or notes into. All produce is fresh, grown locally onsite,...
    Clear 28°C / 82°F
  • halhurst 20 Oct 2014
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    A long time coming- IBC tank nears completion

    Photo-upload-417430?1413829781 Start with a used IBC tank. Disassemble it to get it home. Build a crane to get it into the backyard. Cut off the top Add 2" of sheet foam insulation. Encase the whole thing in rough-sawn cedar planks, compensating for a non-square tweaked frame and building around the top of the cage. Add l...
    Clear 21°C / 70°F
  • rainymountain 15 Oct 2014
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    I almost forgot Bloom Day

    Photo-upload-417169?1413421954 The forecast is for rain, showers, rain… The humidity is about 98% when it isn't actually raining and low cloud makes for low light and general gloom. I put the old dustbin lids on the bulb planters which had received about an inch of rain in the last few days. Given the forecast I didn't want th...
    Rain Showers 10°C / 50°F
  • xan 18 Oct 2014
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    Productive day

    Photo-upload-417397?1413768854 With a cold drizzle this morning, I spend about four hours working on the front casements, which I foolishly decided to strip. I knew it would be a big job, but it's even harder than I thought it would be. What I should be doing is actually taking the windows right of the hinges, but I'm afraid I...
    Overcast 9°C / 48°F
  • PlantyHamchuk 18 Oct 2014
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    Winter is coming, fermented hot sauce experiments, happy worms

    Not much going on with the garden. The deckbed (lettuce, broccoli, collards, brussels sprouts) is growing v e r y slowly. We've had quite a bit of rain. The other week - Oct 4th - it looked like we were going to have frosts and temps dropping down to 32F/0C so I went into pepper harvesting overdr...
    14°C / 57°F
  • rainymountain 18 Oct 2014
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    That was very satisfactory!

    Photo-upload-417330?1413675063 The weather was doing its usual gloomy, drizzly act this morning when I went down to the last but one Farmers' Market. Not so many stalls now but lots of good local, mainly organic veggies and fruit. When I got home it wasn't actually raining and I decided to get the last of the bulbs into the gr...
    Mostly Cloudy 13°C / 55°F
  • HPByrd 20 Oct 2014
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    Making water more acidic for acid loving plants and notes on strong substances recommended on the web

    From organic website: The level of the acidity isn't given just the instructions: "To lower the pH level of soil and make it more acidic, vinegar can be applied by hand or using an irrigation system. For a basic treatment, a cup of vinegar can be mixed with a gallon of water and poured over ...
    Clear 7°C / 45°F

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