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ImageArleneB
Oct 15, 2016 6:28 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
We came from Blue Gardens Down on the Farm, 2016. Make sure to click "watch" this thread.
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Imagevic
Oct 31, 2016 4:42 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
http://cubits.org/bluegardens/thread/view/83613/

http://cubits.org/bluegardens/thread/view/73836/
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ImageMaryE
Nov 3, 2016 4:49 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I hope that everybody makes the jump from my last post (today) on the old thread to this brand new page.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageArleneB
Nov 3, 2016 6:41 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Thanks for putting the link in for us Mary.
ImageElena
Nov 3, 2016 11:41 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
I am here. I guess folks will find their way over here soon. These new things take time to get rolling but we should be off and running big time soon.
Imagevic
Nov 4, 2016 4:43 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I'm here Mary - and I did read you last post on BG Thumbs up
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ImageArleneB
Nov 4, 2016 6:18 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Oh, I have been reading all too, Mary, just not posting. Love having you post here as well.
Imagenap
Nov 4, 2016 6:43 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I'm a follower too, Mary. It's always an experience, reading your posts.
ImageMaryE
Nov 4, 2016 7:18 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Today I started flattening those inverted V rows of compost. The first row, next to the grapes with lots of grass and weeds beside it, went very slowly because I was digging and pulling the weeds. Wow, that soil is sticky! Gotta get that garlic sorted and broken up for soaking overnight in some kinda fancy water (oh brain, where are you?) before planting. Ok, it's kelp, I cheated and looked at the bottle. When added to water it looks like weak coffee. It's supposed to infuse the garlic cloves with ? and make them grow better. I have 2 traps set for gophers and haven't caught any yet. We bought straw for mulching today so now there is no turning back! I should also have bought some really hot cayenne pepper to go in the holes!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Nov 5, 2016 3:02 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I didn't know that about kelp Mary - hope you catch those gophers.
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Imageirisarian
Nov 7, 2016 6:23 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
No work in our garden the past couple days--too cold. 35° now.
ImageMaryE
Nov 7, 2016 8:18 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Yesterday I started planting garlic and hope to finish that job today. Totals for yesterday were 93 elephant garlic and 384 Turkish Giant. I didn't count the cloves as I planted, just counted the rows that go across the 3 ft wide row at 6 or 8 inch intervals and multiplied by 6 cloves per row. Yes, I soaked too much garlic and should have done a bit of figuring before breaking them up because I could have sold more of them. I still have at least that many soaked cloves that need to be planted ASAP! The kelp water they've been soaked in is poured along the rows because there is no point in feeding it to weeds which do a great job without any help.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageArleneB
Nov 7, 2016 11:39 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
That is A LOT of garlic! And once it's soaked, there's no going back.

Lucy, don't worry, I like garlic okay but most times I just plain forget to cook with it. I'm not a fanatic like a lot of people, my son included!

I think I need to talk to Matt soon about getting ours planted. I should check on my onion order too.
ImageMaryE
Nov 7, 2016 1:51 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
This morning while I was planting 180 cloves of Persian Star garlic, I also caught a gopher! He had plugged the trap with dirt several times and I fooled him with a clove of garlic right outside the small hole at the end of the trap, the hole that makes him think the damage to his tunnel is still far away so he might still be traveling fast when he hits the wire loop trigger. He didn't even get a bite of it so I have it to use again. There are always garlic slivers, too small to plant, so now I will save them to use this way. When I run out of them I can use garlic powder and maybe some day my garden to be a gopher free zone!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageElena
Nov 7, 2016 8:36 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
I wish you luck. We don't have gophers YET but have a wide assortment of other wildlife that can be hard to control in the garden. We have never solved our mole problem and they keep ours and all the neighbor's yards tunneled to death. People are afraid to walk across their yards for fear of stepping in one of the holes that result from the runs. In the gardening season, anything you water will wind up with mole tunnels underneath which exposes the roots of the plants and they die. It has really gotten rough around here in the dry season to decided to water or not to water. Either choice can wind up killing the plant many times.
Imagevic
Nov 8, 2016 4:03 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Nice catch on the gopher Mary!

Elena, I'm so thankful we don't have gophers. Sounds as dangerous as it is frustrating.
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Imagebillyporter
Nov 8, 2016 7:17 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
I'm finally here too.

Mary,
That would be a god way to use garlic slivers. But I hope you are eradicating them as fast as they move in.

Elena,
I can't believe it's so dry there. You really have my sympathy for that.
When we do have an occasional mole, we would stomp down the runs. Eventually they come back to re-open them and you can use a trap in the active tunnel. My neighbor has them bad. I imagine that's why you can't begin to trap all of them. The last run I stomped down, the mole never came back.
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ImageElena
Nov 8, 2016 9:44 AM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
We look like we are stomping out wildfires around here lots of the time, to no avail. We are overrun in the entire neighborhood so no tellling how many moles we are dealling with and since they don't seem to have any natural enemies in our area, they are truly taking over everywhere. Traps haven't worked for anyone so I guess they have caught on to that. Sitting for hours watching the runs for signs of life has not worked for anyone either . We hav all tried everything imaginable and nothing works. When we had our begle dog we were free of them cause she kept them killed. We have passed the dog raising stage of our lives so that is not an option but I must admit it is tempting to want to get another mole dog. Melody used to jokingly offer to rent us Carly when she was still alive. Now that Carly is gone, she has them too on her property in KY. I guess if I should just consider it End Times plagues and pestilace and forget about it. Big Grin
Imageaspenhill
Nov 8, 2016 12:07 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
Mary, I find farm life fascinating and will enjoy following your exploits. I plan to read your previous threads from BG. I love discovering new to me things like this for winter reading! Since I'm late to the party, in the meantime it would be great if you could give a short description/background about your farm Smiling
“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow.” (Robert H. Newell)

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ImageMaryE
Nov 8, 2016 8:42 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Terri, late or not, I'm glad to have you here.

We bought this 80 acre place in May, 1993.. The place was originally a homestead and the patent was signed by president Woodrow Wilson in 1915. There was an old house on the place with newspapers on the walls from 1898, so I think a lot of people tried to make a living here before somebody finally met the requirements for a land patent. Most of it is in pasture which we lease to neighbors who have pastured sheep and cattle on it. There isn't enough irrigation water on the place to raise much of a crop of anything else. My garden is the most productive area, and it is watered mostly from our well. In the past I have worked for a neighbor helping with his sheep and cattle. I called myself the midnight midwife because I was checking for lambs in the wee hours of the morning, bringing them to the barn and making sure they were ok and that their mothers loved them. Besides the thread here in Sharon's Friends, a link below this message will take you to several years of lamb stories and other writings about farm life and several years of endurance riding.

The garden produces food for us and some to sell to the co-op. Today I sold 2 kinds of onions and some garlic. I'm not getting rich off this venture but it is fun and rewarding. It also keeps me out of mischief. I finally finished planting the last variety of garlic this afternoon. Over 550 of that variety. Now I have to spread straw over the rows and water it to make it mat together so the wind doesn't blow it away. I caught gopher #2 and set the trap again in the same tunnel as yesterday's gopher. No dirt in the trap, he just went for the garlic clove I put just out of reach! The garlic bait seems to be working beautifully! Why didn't I think of that before?
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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