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ImageMaryE
Apr 27, 2018 4:29 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
It's past time to start a new chapter here, no reason for the delay except busyness and a case of the "I'll do it tomorrow".

A mild winter gave me a head start this year. Now everything is growing like there is no tomorrow. Here are a few pictures to get us started.
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Yesterday I was buzzed by a hummingbird and haven't seen one since. I guess he must have been just passing through. I made up some sugar/water juice, using 1 c sugar to 4 c water. I don't use coloring because it is bad for the birds. The feeder is up for the next arrivals.

The garlic is growing well. The onions are still very tiny. You might be able to see them next to the garlic. The past few days have been glorious with temperatures in the 70's. The forecast says a storm will come in late this afternoon bringing possible rain or hail, and then cooler weather for the next few days. We didn't have much moisture over the winter so I have been watering already.

My greenhouse has baby tomato plants, winter squash, cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, cabbages and some flowers which will be put out at appropriate times as the weather allows. Our last frost is around June 1 most years unless something really weird happens.

So far the gophers have avoided the traps. I know they are down there in their tunnels and chambers because they ate a lot of the garlic over the winter. Like the weeds, I will never get rid of all of them but I have to keep trying. Most years I trap 4-6. Cats, owls and hawks may catch some, however a gopher spends very little time above ground.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Apr 28, 2018 1:51 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
BEAUTIFUL blooms Mary Lovey dubby Your gardens are HUGE!
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Imagebillyporter
Apr 29, 2018 5:37 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
I'm happy to see this back! Love the pictures!
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
May 2, 2018 8:25 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
First gopher was in the trap this morning! Thumbs up I reset it in the same spot hoping that is a main tunnel.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
May 2, 2018 10:02 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Hurray! Hurray!
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Imagebillyporter
May 3, 2018 5:31 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Thumbs up
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
May 11, 2018 9:43 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Two days ago I planted all of the cabbage and broccoli plants in the garlic rows where there were big spaces left by gophers eating the garlic over the winter. We hare having cool, showery and cloudy days. It was the perfect time to transplant them. I put about 25 plants in with the garlic and 5 in gaps in the raspberry row. Interspecies planting is a good thing. God does this all the time!

Still trying to catch another gopher. One is nowhere near enough.

Weeds are or have already taken over my flower beds while I was busy dealing with them in the garden.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
May 11, 2018 1:00 PM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Mary,
Didn't they leave burrows and holes? Did you plant between them?
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
May 11, 2018 1:31 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I didn't find a single tunnel when planting so I think either the critters moved dirt into old tunnels, or the winter moisture or something did.

Today I really need to be doing something outside but the wind is trying to blow me over or chill me to the bone when combined with a chilly day.

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
May 11, 2018 2:27 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Weeds are relentless - ugh - curl up with a book and a cup of tea and enjoy the quiet time. Group hug
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ImageMaryE
May 11, 2018 2:38 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I watered the new cabbages, all 36 of them! They all look good. Then dragged the hose over to the other side of the garden to water the strawberries, some of them looked like we planted them a little bit high so I added soil carefully around the crowns and watered them again so now everything is wet. The wind is doing a good job of blowing so I didn't stay out to pull weeds as I had planned. Now I am inside until I need to go out to do some evening chores. I hope the wind is not like this tomorrow but at least it is supposed to be about 70 instead of 52. I wore a polar fleece headband with ear flaps and my ears still got cold today. When the wind blows this hard the sound is very annoying.

Book and tea, yeah! Smiling
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
May 12, 2018 3:15 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
50°/61°/51°
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7am. Cloudy, with a high near 61. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

It just started to rain!
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
May 12, 2018 7:49 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Windy and sunny here. No rain in the forecast. The spray coming off the neighbor's quarter mile of wheel line to our north is drifting across our pasture and into another neighbor's field without much of it getting to the ground where it should be.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
May 12, 2018 10:34 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
I always wonder why farmers don't shut them down on windy days. Here a few will water the highway on the end. Just shut it off.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
May 12, 2018 10:57 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Our irrigation system doesn't allow for shutting down everything because the water is from streams that run down from the mountains and into our ditch system. Wind or no wind, it just keeps running and if somebody up here on the hill shut down their water it has to go somewhere else, downhill, where it would flood another farm. We all have shares in the ditch, our place has two, others have much more. Pumping from wells would be completely different.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
May 13, 2018 4:34 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Mary,
Ah, that explains it. Here it's all from wells so they don't run all the time and some do shut off the end of the irrigator so it doesn't shoot out and water the ditch and road.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
May 14, 2018 8:46 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
The anticipated free trailer load of grass clippings arrived yesterday afternoon (Mother's Day). The timing could have been better! It's all spread now in the pathways and around berry plants with space so as not to burn anything because the stuff was already pretty hot and stinky! I'll get another load in two weeks. Free mulch is nothing to turn down no matter if it's not perfect! I can always compost some of the hotter stuff with old leaves or straw.

My son brought me a Red Prince weigela (bush). I hope I can keep it alive between the deer and hard winters.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imageirisarian
May 14, 2018 8:07 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
We usually don't see our deer just have them nibble plans but one took her time crossing the road when we were coming back from the Dr. today. Hurried after she had crossed. Have to get toe X-ray tomorrow. 'just to make sure no infection in the bone'. DH not happy to drive to hospital. Hope they will do it through bandage as I am supposed to keep this one on for 24 hours. It is more driving & John is tired.
Imagebillyporter
May 15, 2018 5:07 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Mary,
Free mulch is gold!

Lucy,
I sure hope there is no infection and my sympathies to John for not wanting to drive. I hope traffic is with you.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
May 21, 2018 4:21 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Weeds for sale! U-pick. U-take! I'll help you load them! Smiling I have a heaping wheelbarrow full waiting to go down the hill to the trash pile and about that many more on the lawn along a flower bed in the yard. Over the past few days I weeded all of the onions, now need to do the garlic. I waited a few days until the load of ripe and smelly grass clippings dried out and mostly quit stinking. This coming weekend we will probably get another load. I still have places that need mulch. It's making a difference helping keep moisture in the pathways and in the onion and garlic rows next to the edges. Remember, my rows are 3 ft wide and the garlic and onions have 5 or 6 rows within each of them. The pathways are only about a foot wide. It still takes a lot of mulch. Break time is over, it's time to get back to the weeds. And one of these days I'll find time to plant the flowers I bought last week!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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