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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
  • 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
  • HollyBee 25 Jul 2014
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    • 5

    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
  • Carol 29 Jul 2014
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    • 3

    A Wonderful Gift - or two.

    Miracle fruit and [06] Front Adjacent Verandah garden
    My husband Ross just surprised me with the gift of a miracle fruit plant (it’s my birthday). This is no nursery start, but a moderately mature shrub, currently standing about 1mtr high and covered in fruit. He managed to source this plant through a friend. A mature plant of this size woul...
    Mostly Cloudy 20°C / 68°F
  • Carol 24 Jul 2014
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    Potatoes and Passionfruit

    Potato 'Dutch Cream' , Panama Passionfruit , and [14] Back Fenceline and Utilities Area garden
    I have a bowl of fresh Panama Passionfruits sitting on the kitchen countertop. Each time I go outside to hang out laundry, or bring it back in, I find new passionfruit have fallen from the sky. The passionfruit vines (there’s more than one) volunteered along the back fence in the utilities...
    Mostly Cloudy 22°C / 72°F
  • redloon 23 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
  • 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
  • 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 25 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

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