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ImageMaryE
Aug 21, 2019 8:21 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Corn is ready. The new variety, Sweetness, is good. It has big, fat kernels of about half white, half yellow. We are also eating cucumbers and summer squash. Onions need to be pulled up and cured for keeping through the winter. I won't have any to sell this year. Garlic is ready to be taken down, sorted and cleaned, and most of it sold.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Aug 21, 2019 10:38 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Sounding yummy at your house Mary Thumbs up
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ImageMaryE
Aug 22, 2019 5:21 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Today I started taking down the garlic. The first ones I dug and hung up have been in the shed for over a month. The leaves go from mostly green to brown and brittle during the first 2 or 3 weeks and then I give it another week or so just to be sure the bulbs are dry enough to store well. The Chinese Pink and the Persian Star are all in boxes in the shop, waiting to be cleaned, sorted and either sold or divided and replanted. There are about 130 bulbs of Chinese Pink and 340 of Persian Star. What is still hanging in bundles will be more than those two combined. I'd like to have some ready for the buyer on Monday.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Aug 23, 2019 2:27 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
WOW - That's a LOT of garlic Crying Take a photo if you get a chance.
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ImageMaryE
Aug 24, 2019 12:20 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I sprayed more wasp nests this morning, ones I spotted yesterday when the wasps were active. About 30 dead and dying ones fell out of one nest onto an old potting soil sack that I had placed over a planter to keep the chemical from dripping into it. No stings! We cleaned garlic today and now have about 65# boxed, weighed and ready to sell plus an ample supply of bulbs saved for planting this fall. Now I will take down the remaining plants and clean up the shed.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Aug 24, 2019 1:30 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
A SAFE and productive day Lovey dubby
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ImageMaryE
Aug 26, 2019 6:28 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Yesterday I took down the remaining garlic and Debbie helped me cut off the tops. We had them in several big plastic tubs. I was finished for the day but as soon as I came into the house Ron and Debbie started cleaning it and were almost finished by the time I discovered them! The Turkish Giant is about 1320 bulbs. This morning Rick cleaned up the elephant garlic. Today Ron rototilled the vacant side of the garden, goodbye weeds, goodbye shredded garlic tops. Tilled ground always looks so nice! We picked the ripe grapes and covered the row with bird netting. I see that the elderberries are ripe and there are a lot of clusters, so I will be making a lot of juice using my steamer quite soon. Tomorrow morning I will deliver the 3 boxes of cleaned garlic to the buyer.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Aug 27, 2019 4:09 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Busy busy time with harvesting your bounty Lovey dubby
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ImageArleneB
Aug 27, 2019 9:37 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I'm hoping we have a lot of grapes again this year cause we sure enjoyed the juice! Love the steamer, makes easy work of it.
ImageMaryE
Sep 5, 2019 4:19 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
More garlic went to the buyer this week. I need to finish sorting and boxing up the last of it, and also save out enough for seed. It's hard to estimate the amount to save back. Most of the bulbs have about a dozen good cloves for planting, plus smaller ones in the middle. Big cloves grow big bulbs, small ones grow smaller bulbs. I'm still toying with the idea of making a few garlic braids. Softneck garlic is braided when the leaves and central stem are sill fresh and pliable. Hardneck has been considered too stiff because of the central stem but I recently learned of a way to take care of that problem. My hardneck garlic would make beautiful braids because the bulbs have purple stripes.

Another idea that I have considered in past years and only tried on a very limited patch of ground is to put down those weepy hoses and then cover with black plastic, punch holes and plant seed or started plants through the holes. It would sure cut down on watering and weeding! The downside of that is that I would have a lot of black plastic to dispose of every year unless I found ways to reuse it. These are the kinds of things I think about when I can't sleep.

Hopefully our weather is about to take a more moderate downturn. Today appears to be the last of the 90's and by Sunday we will have upper 60's with a possibility of some rain. The long term forecast is for more comfortable 80's and 70's for the rest of the month. I am ready!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Sep 5, 2019 4:24 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
If you make the braids, please show us a picture. I'm so glad you're getting cooler weather - Turn on the fan and blow it this way please Big Grin
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ImageArleneB
Sep 6, 2019 4:50 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Please, tell us how to braid hardneck garlic?

You could probably reuse the plastic, depending on how many and where the holes are. Even just butting the plastic up to the row on each side would help a lot with not having to water as much.
ImageMaryE
Sep 6, 2019 7:11 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I did think about labeling each piece of plastic so I would know if the spacing of holes was right for big things like squash or smaller plants. And I am thinking about squares or rectangles instead of long narrow strips. There would be fewer edges to anchor and wind is a factor here.

As for the hard neck garlic braiding the man said he mashes the stem to break down some of the tough fiber. I'll have to experiment.

We got some rain overnight. Not sure how much. Maybe enough to do plants some good, or maybe just enough to wash some of the smoke out of the air. I hope it helped the firefighters.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageMaryE
Sep 9, 2019 1:47 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Yesterday was kinda drizzly and we got a little more last night. As a result it was safe to burn the big pile of weeds which resulted in a lot of smoke and not much flame. No way for it to get out of control. It's good to have it gone before the cows came back to scatter it. I should go push the unburned edges into the middle again.

I need to pull my onions out of the ground and hang them in bundles in the shed.

I'm making bread today since it is cool enough for me to want to be using the oven. Also making soup for the first time in months!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageMaryE
Sep 11, 2019 5:23 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Today I cut down the raspberries. They have some kind of disease, maybe a blight, that attacks the stems about a foot off the ground. the stems just fall over. Oh yes, they were staked and had twine around them. The wind did not do this. Several weeks ago I pruned out the dead ones and hoped that would take care of it. Nope. More canes died, healthy looking when I did that first pruning and looking terrible about 2 weeks later. So now they are on the burn pile and I will dig out the roots to make rototilling easier. The disease must be in the roots because they seemed to have no fungus or insect damage. All of these plants were gifts from other gardeners, shoots that were growing in pathways where they didn't want raspberries. Garlic will go there this year, lots of garlic!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Sep 12, 2019 3:26 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I'm so sorry about the raspberries but you are the garlic grower so more room for that Thumbs up
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ImageArleneB
Sep 12, 2019 4:55 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
That's a shame you had to get rid of the raspberries. When I was transplanting the strawberries I was wondering if maybe there isn't something going on with them since they were dying off. I just attributed it to the cats peeing on them but now I will need to check into it more. I cut off all the dead leaves/runners before replanting which is what they recommend if they do have a leaf disease. Since we'll be covering them with hoops and netting at least I know the cats won't be able to get to them.

More garlic, just what you need! But hey, you are selling it so maybe!
ImageMaryE
Sep 12, 2019 6:33 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Arlene, strawberries are related to tomatoes and potatoes somehow and get the same diseases. I learned that the hard way.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageArleneB
Sep 12, 2019 6:45 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I did not know that. The biggest problem we have with tomatoes right now is blight caused by the darn Leaf Footed bug. And wouldn't you know, some of the strawberries are planted where we had a few tomatoes. Not all, but some. We'll see.
ImageMaryE
Sep 13, 2019 2:05 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
This morning I picked a plastic grocery bag full of green beans, a heavy box of tomatoes that are ripe or nearly so, and a smaller box of yellow zucchini, small tomatoes, and cucumbers, both green and lemon. It looks like I will have enough tomatoes to can this year after all. Tomato row is like a jungle down there. I need to devise a way to tie them up so I can get to the plants to prune out the suckers. Today I did some trimming to let more light get to the green tomatoes.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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