PNW Gardening forum: Rain rain go away!

 
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ImageGwen
Sep 16, 2010 8:31 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Actually, I think all this rain is my fault. We installed drip irrigation. This would have been the first summer since we moved here in 2001 that we would not have needed to water! Murphy's Law.
ImageMaryE
Sep 16, 2010 10:14 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
We don't have drip irrigation or rain, but the forecast says 30% for the weekend. Meanwhile, I'm still watering.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageGwen
Sep 17, 2010 7:42 AM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Often it doesn't rain enough to really count as far as the plants are concerned but this summer has been the exception. It rained all afternoon without letting up yesterday. I was planting garlic and as the afternoon wore on, I could see in my digging as the water went farther and farther down into the soil.
Imagestormyla
Sep 23, 2010 11:59 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sorry folks, I couldn't resist, PALEEEZE send that rain over to the Mid Atlantic. It's been looking and acting like Texas there since the early spring!! And we're back up to 90 degrees again.
Imagestormyla
Sep 23, 2010 12:04 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I did a cubits wide search for information on pruning figs. Your cubit came up as the only source, but I couldn't find anything here. Can someone tell me if you have some data on that here? Very beautiful cubit!!
ImageGwen
Sep 30, 2010 10:10 AM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
If there is something specific here, I'm not aware of it. Try a google search. I would think basic pruning techniques apply - cut out the dead wood first, then branches that are crossing and rubbing against each other. Then prune for shape. Don't take out more than 1/3 of the living tree. Hope this helps. Sorry for the delay in responding.
Imagestormyla
Sep 30, 2010 1:03 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks Gwen, no sweat about the delay. That is good information, similar to other fruit tree pruning.Thank you so much for your time. I had to laugh when this thread popped up on my thread watcher as today we are finally having a good rain and everyone in the Mid Atlantic is in celebration mode!! Thumbs up
ImageGwen
Oct 16, 2010 9:48 AM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Wow, the past couple weeks have turned out to be really beautiful. I love 'indian' summer. The dahlias are still pumping away. I'm going to cut most of them today and bring them in. As long as we don't get frost, I think they'll continue to bloom.
Imagestormyla
Oct 16, 2010 9:54 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sounds lovely Gwen. It's very beautiful here too except it's very windy. We're all busy bringing the tenders and tropicals inside too.
ImageGwen
Oct 16, 2010 11:24 AM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Wind is my least favorite kind of weather. I do like a good windy rainstorm from time to time (brings down such lovely greens which I can them make into wreaths and such), but they are scary when you live under big trees. It was not fun last winter when a big branch shot down through our sunroom ceiling and we were dealing with glass everywhere with rain pouring in in the middle of the night!
Imagestormyla
Oct 16, 2010 11:34 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Oh my Gwen, that indeed sound like some excitement you could live without. Blinking I really love listening to the sound of the wind in the trees and all of my chimes ringing. Large Maples are my wind danger items. This is what's left of two limbs that came down two weeks ago. One was Maple, the other Mulberry. Fortunately, they missed hitting the house and my neighbor's fence.

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ImageGwen
Oct 16, 2010 2:36 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Your maples are much larger than mine! Our large trees are douglas fir, cedar, hemlock, and then medium trees are alders. Altho I dare say that our doug firs, hemlock, and cedar beat your maples by a mile. ;)

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Imagestormyla
Oct 16, 2010 9:20 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
They do. Your conifers almost look prehistoric. They are so amazing. But then everything in the PNW is gargantuan.
ImageMaryE
Oct 17, 2010 7:24 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Not much gardening going on here, but lots of fall cleanup, moving some perennials into better places for next spring, unloading a pickup load of mulch and spreading it around... I have part of the vegie garden covered to try to get a few more summer squash, beans and hopefully to give the butternut squash a few more days to finish ripening. We have had frost a couple of times. Forecast says 29 tonight, then warmer for a few. Had about 2/10 of an inch of rain about a week ago.

We cut a bunch of big overhanging limbs from old trees, not near the house. Hubby is working on cutting them up for firewood. Many are 1 ft in diameter, one was 3 ft but rotten in the middle. The cottonwood and willow trees these came from are 100 yrs old, nope, not kidding, they were planted when this place was a homestead. The old house had newspapers glued to the walls (for insulation under wallpaper) dated 1897, during the Alaska gold rush.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageGwen
Oct 17, 2010 11:46 AM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Mary, what town are you in?

Those are some big limbs! Our evergreens are tall but not necessarily real big around.
ImageMaryE
Oct 18, 2010 7:42 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Gwen, I'm not in a town at all, or near one. I live out in the wide open spaces! My mail comes by rural carrier through Baker City. That's on the far eastern edge of Oregon. I lived for many years in your part of the country. We've cut a lot of those big alders for firewood. They slice like butter when they are green, but wait a week and it's a different story. We had a firewood business for the boy's spending money when they were young teenagers with dirt bikes that needed repairs, fuel, tires, etc. It was a great way to instill a work ethic in kids. We had some of those tall fir trees in our yard. A week after we sold our house and had already moved out, there was a big storm (remember the one that sank the Hood Canal Floating Bridge?) causing one of them to fall on the house.

This morning it was 25 degrees. I uncovered the zucchini and summer squash briefly after the temperature got up to about 40, picked 4 and covered them again. In the last few days I've been drying plums, making jam and spreading mulch. Got the pickup empty, but need another cu yd of it. Meanwhile weeding and plant moving can be done, but I was too wiped out to do much today.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageGwen
Oct 19, 2010 3:04 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Wow, sounds like you're really way out there on your own! Nice, but kinda scary in an emergency. I bet it's gorgeous.
ImageMaryE
Oct 23, 2010 11:13 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
We got some rain overnight, more is forecast for the next few days. Monday we might get some snow mixed with it.

I've been canning grape juice. Our 3 plants gave us about 125# of grapes, that filled 6 buckets. Quart jars now number somewhere close to 50 and there is still a bucketfull to go. This is day 3 of that fun! I'll sure be glad to see the bottom of that last bucket!

Yesterday I picked the last of the bush beans that were under blankets for the past week or more to protect them from frost. There was enough to go with our dinner. The last few of the cucumbers were picked, and I brought a pile of dry garden blankets to the shed for winter. Sometime today I need to uncover the zucchini and summer squash plants, pick whatever grew, and bring their blankets up to the shop to dry. That only leaves the winter squash to ripen for a few more days. If the wind doesn't blow the blankets off, they will be fine for a few more nights.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageGwen
Oct 23, 2010 12:13 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
You've been busy. I spent the week mostly in bed because I've had chest pains. ER once and the doc once. Going in next week for tests. However, things have greatly improved in the comfort level so I'll probably be up and about this weekend. I have a few nonenergic things to do in the garden.

What kind of blankets do you use out there?

Do you have any photos of your garden? It sounds pretty extensive.

We have grapes. They were growing when we moved in. They grow over an arbor. I think they're table type of grapes. They are pretty tart. I think they'd be better if we pruned them. We used to but haven't for 2 or 3 years and they're out of control. Also, they most of them don't get very big. The biggest ones taste the best so if we could get them all to grow larger, they'd be better. I think they don't get enough sun. Most everything in our yard doesn't get enough sun. :(

We're still having fabulous indian summer weather. Best fall weather since we moved here 9 years ago. We're supposed to get a big storm in today but right now it's gorgeous out. I may pop over to the farmer's market just for fun.
ImageMaryE
Nov 7, 2010 8:16 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Gwen, I hope that chest pain problem has gone away. I hadn't visited this thread for about 2 weeks so didn't read it until just now.

Our weather has been wonderful for this late in the season. A few showers but mostly dry. I've been doing flower bed clean up and could use another week of dry weather, but just now when I fed the outdoor kitties I saw the raindrops on the back sidewalk. One weather forecast said 40% chance today, another one says 70% today then going down. We only get about 9 inches annually, and that counts whatever can be wrung out of snow. Our snow is pretty dry.

My vegie garden still has bean teepees and tomato supports that need to come down, plastic to be picked up, bags of leaves that need to be spread, and rototilling to be done. The blankets have all been picked up. I just use old bed blankets, some purchased at the thrift store for 50 cents or $1. Pictures, oh yes, I have some, just have to search my files.

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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