Blog forum: August 2010

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Weedwhacker
Aug 5, 2010 9:17 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
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Blue Peter beans on the trellis


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The first baby beans, actually on 7/26/2010
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 5, 2010 9:19 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
The tomatoes have pretty well filled their cages, now I just need them to ripen!

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(to date we've eaten exactly one ping-pong-ball-size Fourth of July tomato...)
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 5, 2010 9:22 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Summer Dance cucumbers growing on the trellis -- this photo was taken on 7/26/2010 when they were just starting to get big enough to pick; as of today we are officially overrun with cukes!

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 5, 2010 9:26 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
It's a jungle in here -- where did I get the idea that "Homemade Pickles" is a bush-type cucumber?? I have strings running from the top of the frame trying to get them under some sort of control.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 5, 2010 9:28 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
A jungle in the 2nd hoophouse as well -- but the bush beans are about ready to be pulled out so I'll be able to put some later things in, brussels sprouts, broccoli, kohlrabi etc.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 5, 2010 9:33 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
And in between the 2 hoophouses -- a winter squash that came up as a "volunteer" and I didn't have the heart to pull it out.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 5, 2010 9:37 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
One of my garden helpers -- "Sneakers" -- looking a lot like a kitten, considering she's 10 years old!

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This is more her "real" look...

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 5, 2010 9:47 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
The symmetry in nature never fails to amaze me ...

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 5, 2010 9:50 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
A little brown tree frog hiding in a daylily flower -- the photo was taken at around 7 a.m. and he was still there at 6 p.m.; then the next day he (she?) or a twin was in another flower on the same plant.

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 5, 2010 9:54 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Another daylily - no frog - I believe this is "Catherine Woodbury"

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 5, 2010 9:56 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
"Autumn Joy" sedum, 7/26/2010

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 5, 2010 10:08 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Seed pods are starting to form on the milkweed

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 16, 2010 10:41 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
The last week and a half has been spent with out-of-state houseguests -- it's been fun but exhausting! (especially since we've had record-high temps here and no A.C.) Meanwhile the garden has become a jungle and we've been giving cucumbers away to anyone and everyone. So far I've frozen 10 pounds of green beans -- and last year we didn't begin to pick beans until mid August. Everything in the hoop houses is being eaten by cabbage worms so I've dusted in there, trying to get that situation under control. Potatoes need to all be dug, and never did flower to tell me it was time to start harvesting new potatoes. Worst of all, the big burner on my (ceramic-top) electric stove went out and I have no idea how I will do any canning of salsa, tomato juice, etc. if it isn't fixed soon! How ironic would that be, one of the best summers ever for the garden, but couldn't make salsa (the main thing that I can every year) ??
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 25, 2010 6:04 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Started picking the corn on 8/20/10, just 2 days after I predicted it would be ripe (calculating from the date planted to supposed days to maturity). Now I need to pick a bunch of it to freeze, before it gets overly mature!

The heat wave is over, our high temp today is supposed to be 69 and I had to put on a sweatshirt this morning to take the dogs outside. Fall is in the air here in the north!

These Monarch caterpillars were feeding voraciously 2 days ago -- I'm pretty sure this has to be the last generation, the ones that will migrate south for the winter. Amazing to me that they do that.
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An adult from the last generation

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 25, 2010 6:08 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Tomato plants just about bursting out of the end of the hoop house (I need to allow a little more room for them next year!)
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The tomatoes in the garden are well over the tops of the big wooden cages.
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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 25, 2010 6:09 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
The sedum ("Autumn Joy") flowers are starting to get a pink color
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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 25, 2010 6:14 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
A wild evening primrose plant on the edge of the woods that I'd never noticed before; I want to collect some seed and try to get more of them established.
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Goldenrod -- a sure sign that fall isn't too far away.
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Purple coneflower with an interesting-looking bug.
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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Aug 25, 2010 6:24 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Took a day trip to Pictured Rocks (near Munising, MI, on Lake Superior) a couple of weekends ago. We wanted to go out on the tour boat, which we've never done, but the water was quite rough and the boats were only able to go about half as far as normal, so we decided to wait for another time. Instead, we just took the walk to Miner's Castle -- so different than it was years ago when there were just dirt trails, now they have nice boardwalks and steps and lookout platforms.

The boat we didn't go on
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Miner's Castle -- there used to be two towers but one crumbled off a few years back.
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Sandstone cliffs
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An informational sign
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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association

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