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ImageArleneB
Aug 9, 2017 4:56 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Yes, a good winter project. Sometimes I make them as gifts and they have been well received.
Imagebillyporter
Aug 10, 2017 3:44 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
I used carrot seed and paper towels swiped with flour and water paste. It didn't work so well. The towels may have been too thick. Since then, I've read carrot seeds aren't able to push thru a heavy layer of dirt.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageArleneB
Aug 10, 2017 5:25 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Carrot seeds are difficult. They need lots of moisture and time. The paper towel may have been too thick. Matt has a seed germinating book and it said carrot seeds need rinsing a couple of times. I forget what the term they used it. Anyway, I tried rinsing them but you can imagine me trying to plant WET carrot seeds! From then on, I let Mother Nature do the rinsing!
Imagebillyporter
Aug 11, 2017 5:09 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
ROTFL over wet carrot seeds!

Carrots need to be covered with vermiculite in the Midwest. They're weak and have trouble pushing thru. I don't know how they plant it commercially. I've decided store bought organic carrots taste just fine.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageArleneB
Aug 11, 2017 7:43 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Rolling on the floor laughing I agree about store bought organic carrots. But I do mix a lot of vermiculite and perlite in my soil where I plant carrots and it really helps. Also, a LIGHT mulch helps keep them moist.
Imagebillyporter
Aug 12, 2017 4:15 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
I have a soil mix in the planter box i planted them in and I have one row. I think the other row washed out with the watering can on day one.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
Aug 19, 2017 2:33 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Over the past few days I have pulled and dug up all of the onions because more than half of the tops had fallen over. Now they are all bundled in groups of 5 and hung to cure in the garden shed. The garlic is probably ready to take down, have the stems cut off and put them in ventilated plastic bins for storing. The bins are some I salvaged from the co-op. They sure have come in handy! The small ones are the size that 4 one gallon milk jugs would hold, and the big ones are twice that size but only half as high. They'll hold all of my garlic and onions. I can sell most of those to the co-op over the next few months. My storage place for those is the side room on the shop which borrows enough heat from the shop to keep it from freezing. It was built to be a garage but now holds a spare refrigerator, a large chest freezer, two tables for working, plus provides storeage for a bunch of other things. Things always take over spaces!

The garden has become very weedy so my next task is to pull the tall pigweed that has seedheads just loaded with seeds and haul it to the burn barrel. My onions would have grown larger if it weren't for the weeds stealing the water. Today is just too windy to be doing much outside.... my hat won't stay on. I did snip the tops off some thistles that had fuzzy heads and carefully put them into an old potting soil bag and tied the top. When it's safe to burn anything (probably late October) I will dump it out on a burn pile. Thistle seeds are like dandylion seeds and when they are mature the wind will carry them like little parachutes. Later I will go back with heavy gloves on and remove the rest of the plants. For now I just wanted to get those seed heads off.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
Aug 20, 2017 5:44 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
I cleaned my little garlic harvest up and set it back on the rack to finish drying. It's so humid I hate to put them in storage yet. I sure wish I had a cold storage room.
Blowing your hat off. That is not a nice wind to work in...
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
Oct 2, 2017 3:13 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
The tomatoes outdid themselves and my expectations this year. So far I have canned 7 quarts and 27 pints of them and have close to that many more waiting to go into jars. The last of the cucumbers, summer and winter squash have been picked, and those plants pulled up. The drip lines have all been pulled out and some of the hoses have been coiled up and put away for winter. Frost has killed most of the garden so I've been spreading those leaves I salvaged last fall onto the empty garden rows and covering them with compost. Rick will hook up the rototiller to the smaller tractor and do some deep tilling as soon as we get enough rain. We have had a few showers. Today is cold and windy.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Oct 2, 2017 4:22 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Where did summer go Mary - I can't believe yours is over already. I'm thankful for the bounty it produced for you.
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ImageArleneB
Oct 2, 2017 5:18 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I know, but I am so impressed with all the fall prep Mary has already gotten done. Great job!
ImageMaryE
Oct 2, 2017 6:47 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Remember, I need to get as much as possible done before Thanksgiving because my winters are long and I need to be ready to plant onions and early vegies in May. The garlic will go in this fall.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
Imagebillyporter
Oct 3, 2017 6:25 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Mary,
I expected a harvest like yours and I did ok. I got enough canned to drink, and cook with this winter.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
Oct 12, 2017 11:29 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Today I will finish spreading compost. I ran out of old leaves yesterday. We shredded the cornstalks. Rain or possibly snow showers are in the forecast for tonight.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
Imagevic
Oct 12, 2017 11:44 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
and you will be our 2nd to have snow - wow - Blinking
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Imagebillyporter
Oct 13, 2017 5:05 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
I'm gulping over the snow myself! Sunday night it's supposed to get down to 37°. That 5° from a freeze.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
Oct 30, 2017 4:12 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
After waiting for a decent amount of rain to soften the leaves and get the compost wet, I resorted to watering with hose and sprinkler. Then we rototilled twice and now I am finally planting garlic and hurrying to try to get it all in the ground before the weather gets wet and unpleasant in a few days. I think I will have at least 1,000 again.

While waiting for it to rain I worked on cleaning a long flower bed and planting tulips, daffodils and crocus to have a pretty show next spring. I fed them more compost and finally got the truck empty. I have a big pile of tree trimmings from the power company. The trees are the ones that overhang the power lines at the neighboring farm where Ryan has been living. They were chipped and dumped into a pile there were they sat for several months. Then when Ryan was getting ready to move he gave me the pile. I moved it with the tractor bucket. Based on the number of loads I hauled and the size of the bucket, I think there is 8 or 9 cu yards of it! Wow! Free mulch!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageArleneB
Oct 30, 2017 5:04 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Mary, I have a friend who gets free mulch this way too. I have tried several times to get them to dump at the farm with no luck. We did catch a crew right at the corner one day and they dumped a fair amount. Nothing better than free mulch!!!
Imagevic
Oct 30, 2017 5:35 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Yay on the free mulch - Asplundhi will dump here if we ask them and we do. I'm out right now though.
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Imagebillyporter
Oct 31, 2017 4:48 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Mary,
Multiply your garlic planted, by the amount of cloves it produces. That is a lot of garlic!
You have awesome luck with free mulch, lol!

Vicki,
Asplundi must be statewide. They work here too.
A small town has no secrets except itself

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