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Imagebillyporter
Jun 2, 2017 4:39 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Hands and knees! I need to hoe. That's the only good thing about no rain. The weeds don't take over. The barrels will be beautiful! Out of the old seed I had I got 5 marigolds, lol! At least I'm using up old packets.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageArleneB
Jun 2, 2017 5:12 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I do a lot of my weeding on hands and knees.

That is funny Sally because that's exactly what I did this year. I have a huge shoebox full of just flower seeds so I need to do it again but I guess I better weed to place first before I throw seeds out. Oh and I got about as many flowers that you did too out of all those seeds
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Imagebillyporter
Jun 2, 2017 5:20 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Laughing Arlene! It's just as well. I put these in the garden next to the apsaragus because I need to tear into so many beds and had no place for them.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
Jun 12, 2017 9:46 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Our unsettled weather continues. It's hot one day, near frost overnight, rain, wind and (thankfully small) hail the next. On and on. My greenhouse babies are all planted and today are again being battered by the wind. New raspberry transplants from a neighbor seem to be happy enough. They filled out the gaps in the two short rows at the top of the garden, above the garlic. Incredible corn has been planted. I'm trying Cantare and Contender bush beans this year. I hope there is enough warmth in the soil to keep them happy while they germinate. Space in the corn rows has been saved for another planting in about a week. Hopefully that will give us corn through the end of the summer until frost. This year I want to freeze some. Various corn freezing methods have been tried for leaving it on the cobs. None are to our liking, so I'll be blanching, cutting it off the cobs, and freezing the kernels in quart zip lock bags.

Weeds. Millions of weeds. We are in a battle for supremacy! Our wet spring has really encouraged them. Every day I try to pull a wheelbarrow load of them either from the flower beds or from the garden. We are making each other's lives difficult.

The strawberry plants have recovered from the hail storm that pretty much stripped them of all leaves and blooms. Garlic has made a decent comeback. The trees have grown new leaves and our young fruit trees look nice and bushy again although there won't be any fruit on them. The rhubarb has sent up new stems and now has big leaves that hide the damage from the May hailstorm.

Birds are certainly busy creatures. We have had babies hatch and learn to fly, and momma birds are still gathering nest material, sitting on eggs for another round of babies... busy! Mr Chinese Pheasant rooster struts around alone... we hope he has a family along a fence row somewhere near. We see the foxes now an then, usually just momma in the field hunting rodents. There are 3 kits this year. The den is pretty much hidden because the grass is tall. Our neighbor, Ryan got a good picture of them. He has some amazing pictures on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/marvelousroots/
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Imagebillyporter
Jun 13, 2017 4:01 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Mary,
In spite of the weather things are looking up. I was talking to my cousin yesterday and he was telling me when a trash barrel started the ground on fire and it burned his strawberry patch. They all survived and grew back.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
Jun 16, 2017 7:21 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Cool and showery weather has continued all week. Here is what we will have in the next few days.
Today
62° /39°F
Mostly cloudy, a little rain

SAT

JUN 17
72° /45°
Pleasant and warmer


SUN

JUN 18
79° /47°
Plenty of sun

MON

JUN 19
90° /54°
Warmer with plenty of sun

TUE

JUN 20
85° /48°

Hopefully now some warmth will inspire the corn and beans to show me a little green.

Yesterday I watched Ms Fox digging frantically in our pasture with her head way down in a hole and her bushy tail sticking up. She pulled what I think was a marmot out of the hole, and then after she was sure it was dead and had caught her breath, she lay down with her chin on her prize and napped for about an hour!
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Imagebillyporter
Jun 17, 2017 5:55 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Mary,
The warmth will work wonders on everything!

I love how she was confident enough to nap. I'll bet the kits are old enough to wear her out if she tries to stay with them.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
Jun 17, 2017 6:06 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Yesterday morning when we drove along the road where we can see the fox den, there were 4 kits on the mound. We'd only seen 3 until now. One pounced on something just as we passed.

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageMaryE
Jun 17, 2017 9:31 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I don't think Ms Fox spends much time with her kits now, they are at least half her size and Ryan said he had seen 5 of them this year. It keeps her busy catching the groceries! I don't know if the males stay around to help. They should if they are going to make that many babies!

The weeds are certainly leaping out of the ground now, and this week I need to go between some of the rows with the weed eater to try to control them. I would have to clone myself about 10 times to pull them all. Today I pulled some weeds, relocated and reset the gopher traps, cleaned and refilled the birdbath, planted another thornless blackberry that was purchased yesterday, did laundry, planted the second half of the corn rows and watered them. The seeds were soaked all day so they are ready to take off quickly. The soil felt a bit warm, not great but not cold. The first planting is just coming up. No sign of the beans yet. Most of my newly planted raspberries are doing ok. The cool, rainy days helped them and apparently didn't hurt the corn. Beans are more finicky. I planted 2 packages, different kinds. The peas have blossoms! Some of the garlic is making scapes. I need to cut those off, cut them into small pieces and freeze them on cookie sheets, then put them in jars in the freezer. Whenever I freeze onions or garlic, I always put them in jars to keep the whole freezer from having bad breath.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageElena
Jun 17, 2017 11:15 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
I freeze garlic and onions in glass jars also. Two great minds running on the same track, huh? Rolling my eyes.
Imagebillyporter
Jun 18, 2017 5:00 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
5 kits! That seems to be a lot. There must be plenty for them to eat. Too bad they don't get the gophers...

Ah the cool weather busies. It's been so hot and dry here that I've not done much in the flower beds.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
Jun 18, 2017 11:24 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
This morning I woke hearing owls talking in the single syllable call that youngsters use. Adults will also talk that way since the who-who-who is primarily a mating call. Later this morning I did more looking around, wondering where a nest might have been, because if that was youngsters talking this morning they would not be mature enough to do much flying, surely not half a mile without trees in between. At this age/time of year, they are just hopping from branch to branch and flying very short distances between branches or maybe between trees in close proximity. So, I stood and wondered, and just when I was thinking that the high crotch of one of our old cottonwood trees might be deep enough and secure enough to house a nest, my eye caught something in the willow tree and I realized I was being watched by an adult Great Horned Owl. I looked up and saw not only that owl but also a youngster with softer downy feathers. At that point I left so that my presence would not disturb them. Later I looked from the bedroom window with the binoculars and saw a second adult, all in the old nest tree. The pair might have been here all along and were just not as vocal as the old pair that we had for years. So, at last maybe at least part of the owl mystery has been solved. Also, their location might be closer to the nest than the cottonwood.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageArleneB
Jun 18, 2017 2:19 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Love hearing you tell us about the owls. Five kits does seem like a lot.
ImageMaryE
Jun 18, 2017 2:46 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
And they'll all be teenagers at once!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Jun 18, 2017 3:41 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I love reading all about the wildlife in your area Mary.
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ImageMaryE
Jun 19, 2017 10:39 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Today I watched owls and I'm sure they also watched me as I worked to keep everything watered in the vegie garden, deal with weeds, look for beans and corn that are popping up, hook up the rest of the drip lines, test the system for leaks, mark the setting on the manifold so that the whole drip system can be turned on and not blow a line off with too much pressure, water the rhubarb so it will be nice and crisp when I gather some to take to the co-op tomorrow. I also mowed the lawn and used the clippings to lightly mulch the corn, beans, and raspberries. The grapes got the excess. Oh yes, and I caught a gopher! I'm sure there are more. Our temperature reached 92 today. Tonight there is a lightning storm south and east of us. Not close enough to hear thunder.

Black Cat was here for breakfast, and is here again tonight, lying around and visiting. Meow, meow. Friendly meows.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
Jun 20, 2017 6:14 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Laughing! I hope you caught the smart gopher.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
Jun 22, 2017 5:12 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
A gopher keeps filling the trap with dirt and plugging the next few inches of his tunnel. I keep digging, following the tunnel and resetting the trap. Sooner or later he will make a mistake. It appears that this gopher war will continue for many generations. Last year I caught 6 and hoped that was all of them. I started locating tunnels and setting traps as soon as I could dig holes this spring, and so far the two I have caught have not been full grown.

We've had a few days of heat and wind. Together they make it difficult for the plants to stay hydrated and growing. So far I am mostly keeping up with their needs. Three of my new raspberries seem to be dead. I didn't expect all of them to make it. The beans are mostly up and have their real leaves. Second corn has been in the ground 6 days, no sign of it yet. One cucumber plant died, the rest of them and all the other squash family members are ok, looking a bit happier than when they were planted. Tomatoes and pepper transplants all lived and are looking good. I weeded around the blueberries... crazy plants woke up this spring after making me think they were dead last summer. Hopefully they will survive now.

I saw one young owl and one adult two more times. On windy days they stay close to the sheltered side of the tree trunk and I have trouble locating them. It's good just to know they are here after months of wondering.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Jun 22, 2017 5:23 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
We set our first live trap today. I think I saw a chipmunk go into the crawl space - I had the door open and it's a walk in crawl space. I hope we catch it as all the wiring for the house is down there. I worry about them eating the wires and causing all sorts of problems.
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ImageMaryE
Jun 28, 2017 8:49 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
The second corn came up sometime between June 23 and 26 while we were away. Also more beans. Ryan kept things watered while we were gone. A thunderstorm brought just enough rain to dampen the soil surface here while we drove through the same storm 100 miles north and west where it was raining so hard we almost couldn't see the road. Several wildfires from it are burning southeast of us and a few in Idaho. Fire season is here and it will be long and active.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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