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ImageArleneB
May 8, 2017 7:01 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I looked for white wave petunias today at Lowe's with no luck. I want to mix them in with some I planted from seed that seem to be turning out to be black ones. I'll mix with red geraniums for my mother, if I can find the white petunias. I can't wait to see if your's work for the waterfall effect. When is your approx. last frost date?

So much involved with keeping animals, things I have never thought about before. So, will he be able to be in the small pasture for longer, taking it slowly? Glad he's doing better now.
ImageMaryE
May 8, 2017 8:46 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Our last frost date is usually around the end of May. Some years it is even into June. With the first frost possible sometime in September it makes a very short season. My wave petunias will be staying in the greenhouse on cold nights for a while. Sad I want to get them planted!

I'll try to limit Patch to about an hour at a time on the green grass. There will be OOPS days when I leave him longer than that. And sometimes like tomorrow I'll skip the morning grass because I have co-op, and will turn him out in the evening instead.

Today I finished weeding in the strawberry row, also getting most of the weeds along one side of the grape row. I raked the garlic mulch out of the pathway and moved it to use for strawberry mulch. It looks good. Kinda shaggy but sure better than when I started. The soaker hoses were put in place and the strawberries got a drink. Some of the blossoms have opened. Three blueberry bushes are showing signs of life, so I have decided to try to rescue them, and will transplant them into another area where they will not get the hot afternoon sun. But first I have to get the weeds out of that area. It's always something!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageMaryE
May 10, 2017 3:10 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Mowed the lawn, tidied up around the fruit trees and the corners in the orchard enclosure, and now have a big wheelbarrow full of clippings. I think they will go on the grape row before they begin to stink! I put salvaged mainlines out in the sun to become more cooperative and will try to get the system hooked up later today or this evening. Meanwhile, this morning I decided that the garlic, onions and peas needed a drink, so I watered them with the hand held sprinkler. Watered the loganberries/Boysenberries? as well. Looked at the blueberry bushes and found that one has a lot of blooms so it is too late to move it this spring... decided to use the 3 old tomato cages made from field fence and wrap some old sheets around the outside, then fasten them with clothespins. Blueberries and desert sun do not play well together. Harvested a bucket full of rhubarb, took it to the co-op and sold it, then we went to a local cafe and treated ourselves. Now I need to get a sprinkler going in the perennial bed and find a shady place to pull weeds.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageMaryE
May 15, 2017 10:41 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
More stormy weather came along and has delayed the hook up of the drip system. Ryan got the 3/4 inch mainline hooked up while the wind was howling and rain was threatening. We decided to postpone the rest of the job. He said something about some kind of doodad that plugs into the mainline and has it's own shut off valve, eliminating the need for a separate valve. I want to be able to turn off a line and still use the one next to it. The wind had stirred the drip lines that had been measured and laid out, so I had to straighten and anchor them. The asparagus patch, which over the years has apparently become Gopher Town, had grown up in weeds so that I could barely see a few stalks of asparagus sticking out above them. After a radical haircut with the weed eater, the remaining plants should have a better chance. While running the weed eater, I was snapping off asparagus stalks and eating them. The last few were brought up the hill for Rick when I finished for the day. Today I will tackle the weedy area next to it. While it doesn't solve the weed problem it gives them a very hard time! Does a gardener's heart good!

Gophers still roam underground. One end of a garlic row suffered quite badly during the winter when it was covered in snow. I've located a couple of main tunnels and set traps. While I haven't caught a gopher yet this spring, I have found plugged traps, cleaned them out, relocated the tunnels and set the traps again. Sometimes they plug and abandon a tunnel. I'm concentrating on the area next to the asparagus bed where my foot found a couple of holes yesterday. Those traps were plugged with dirt this morning.

After a delay when the 3 surviving blueberry bushes woke up too much for transplanting this year, I have decided on another plan. I have some field fencing rings that were used for tomato plants in years past... so I will put those around the blueberry bushes and attach old sheets to them to make a little shade for the poor plants. One bush is loaded with flower buds! Maybe the plants will get moved this fall.

Last week I finished cleaning out the area under the pear tree in the yard and an adjacent place with a lot of iris and an abundance of quack grass. I dug and transplanted some of the iris, then just carefully pulled what grass I could for now. Quack grass travels by roots with sharp points that will grow through iris rhizomes, so the only way to really clean it is to dig the whole patch up. Lots of work and the wrong time of year to do it. Anyway, it does look better. I have too many weeds elsewhere, some with open blooms that will soon be going to seed.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
May 15, 2017 4:14 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
If we had a penny for every weed we've pulled, we'd all be millionaires and could hire a gardener to pull them Rolling on the floor laughing
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ImageMaryE
May 15, 2017 7:21 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Ah ha! I caught a gopher today!

Half of one row of garlic is weeded! My back aches!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageMaryE
May 17, 2017 4:22 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Yesterday afternoon we had a hailstorm with marble sized and smaller hailstones driven by a strong wind. It did a lot of damage. Then we had some snow and rain followed by another freezing night. I took pictures this morning and it is disheartening to say the least. Thankfully I did not have any tender plants out of the greenhouse yet, and have not put bean or corn seeds into the ground. The peas I planted were under grass clipping mulch and haven't broken ground yet. Here are a few pictures of the flower beds and some of the vegie garden.

Most of the peonies had nice buds and a lot of leaves. Daffodils had finished blooming but were still green and storing food for next year. Iris had some bloom stalks and a few open flowers. That all changed in about 10 minutes. Here is what it looked like this morning. The flecks of green are leaves from the trees that were torn to shreds by hailstones and sent horizontally several hundred feet. Other than loosing leaves, and the fruit trees loosing blossoms there is no damage to our trees. Here are a few pictures of the flower beds.
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The rhubarb, strawberries and garlic are also in bad shape. The soil is warmer there so the hail had melted more by this afternoon.
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ImageElena
May 17, 2017 5:13 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
Loks like a devastation trail. I am so sorry......
Imagebillyporter
May 19, 2017 6:21 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Mary,
What a shame the gophers have run thru the asparagus. I have one bed that died out and I don't know why.
Those gophers are getting smarter about plugging and not getting caught.
I sure hope you get a good crop of blueberries!
Quackgrass is a huge problem!!!
Alright! One gopher down! I hope he was the smart one.
Those hail pictures till hurt.

Vicki,
ROTFL!! I'd still be too tight and pull my own!
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
May 19, 2017 7:09 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Sally, I doubt if there will be any blueberries. I doubt if the hail spared them. No fruit of any kind this year with the exception of strawberries. Mine are everbearing varieties so they will make new blooms.

Yesterday I started doing some clean up, concentrating on a small area behind a big lilac, trying to get the weeds out that were not stripped of their blooms before they make seeds.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
May 20, 2017 6:22 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
That's a shame. I swear I didn't see any bees on the apple blossoms and yet the trees are loaded. I see a lot of self aborting blooms, but I hope to make a lot of apple juice this year.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageArleneB
May 22, 2017 7:34 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
So sorry for the hail damage, Mary. I'm wondering if it's not the hot sun that is hard on your blueberries but rather, lack of water. Blueberries love LOTS of water. We had a late frost kill the blooms on a lot of our early blueberries so it will be a very small crop this year too.
ImageMaryE
May 22, 2017 10:20 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I believe I kept the blueberries quite well watered last year with a soaker hose. I'm sorry that you are also having blueberry problems this year. It's always something!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageMaryE
May 25, 2017 2:56 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
This morning I weeded garlic for a while, then hooked up some drip lines. It took about the same amount of time to hook up the lines as it would have to hand water the rows, however, it will save time in the future. I had some leaks to fix and find that regulating the pressure is quite tricky without a pressure regluator. This year I used 3/4 inch line for a mainline and at present only have about 500 ft of lines dripping. In the past I used half inch line. There is a big difference in the amount of water the larger line will carry. I need to mark the valve to know how to duplicate it since I will be turning it off to run other things. I have one of those manifolds on the faucet that has 4 hookups, each with their own off/on valve.

While weeding this morning I discovered 2 more surviving raspberry plants. They are tiny! Grow little bushes, grow!

Yesterday was quite warm, near 80. Another weather disturbance brought clouds overnight and temperatures only up to about 56. Tomorrow? It's anybody's guess!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageArleneB
May 25, 2017 4:32 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Don't you love it when you discover little survivors?
Imagevic
May 25, 2017 4:33 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Your weather has been so cuckoo Mary - Sleet, Hot, Cold - anybody's guess indeed!

Yum on the raspberries Thumbs up
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Imagebillyporter
May 26, 2017 5:22 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
There's never enough raspberries!

It sure is staying cold!
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
May 26, 2017 7:58 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Clouds and sun. Which will win today? BC was here for dinner and was feeling confident enough to eat out of my hand again. He acted like he was uncertain about his ability to move fast should I suddenly become a threat. He was slow and careful going up and down the stairs. I don't see him this morning.

Rick is going to mow around the buildings this morning and then I will get my flowers out of the greenhouse and hopefully (depending on the overnight temperature of course), they may be able to stay outside. I bought them too early. Lesson learned? Probably not. The vegies need to be hardened off soon because we may have no more frosty nights. !!!!

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
May 26, 2017 10:45 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
It does sound like BC is sore.

I got my veggies hardened off. Now they still have to stay in their pots. I should have planted yesterday, but I needed to mow.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
Jun 1, 2017 10:21 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Today I weeded the onion and pea row. It's about 70 ft long with 4 rows of onions and the peas down at the end in a wide band, planted at random, no rows there. It was hands and knees all the way, picking out some big weeds and some tiny ones. Then I turned on the drip lines and they all got a drink while we had a few light showers and thunder was rumbling in the distance. Tonight after dinner I planted the barrels by the back gate. I replaced the top 8 or 9 inches of soil, then started stuffing in the plants. I used up all of the leftovers! They each have a couple of clumps of either pink or white dianthus that survived the winter, two coral geraniums, half a dozen pink snapdragons, and 3 white bacopa that should drape over the edge. By the time I finished I could barely see. Wishing I had a hot tub!

A very small cottontail bunny is hopping around, sampling, hiding. Cute and so far no problem.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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