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Weekend Work – Late July on the Homestead

Weekend Work – Late July on the Homestead

Weekend Work Great weekend! Not that it was fun though we got a lot done. We’re sacrificing a lot of time this year for weekend work. The list of things that need to be done is long but we’re knocking items off at a steady rate. My favorite part of the work was harvesting garlic. So excited about the garlic! We set up two of the three bear baits on Saturday. Steve’s is the hardest. It’s a rough, uneven, bramble-filled,…

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July 28 2017 – In My Garden – Holy Corn

July 28 2017 – In My Garden – Holy Corn

July 28 2017 Holy cow corn! What a difference a week and fish make for the corn. I came home from New York to broom and sweet corns that are growing against the poly in the high tunnel. They’re loving the white perch offal from a fishing trip a few weeks ago the extra warmth in the high tunnel. Here’s what’s in my garden on July 28 2017. The sweet corn is tasseling. I have to pollinate it by hand…

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Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame This is embarrassing. I wouldn’t show you this mess until I had an “after” picture. This is what I call the Weedy Walk of Shame. Or “that effing mess in the high tunnel.” One is polite and the other how I really feel. We took the cover off the high tunnel last November to let the rain and snow was away the mineral buildup in the soil. Parts of the soil were parched because they hadn’t…

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Favorite Weeding Tool – Wire Weeder

Favorite Weeding Tool – Wire Weeder

Favorite Weeding Tool As I’ve mentioned a few times this year, I’m dealing with a lot of weeds. Having the cover off the tunnel meant water to formerly parched soil, and that meant weed seeds germinating. I couldn’t find my favorite weeding tool, the Wire Weeder, and I couldn’t imagine keeping up with the weeds without it so I ordered a new one. It’s worth every penny. This weeder allows me to weed under and around plants easily. It disrupts…

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July 14 2017 – In My Garden

July 14 2017 – In My Garden

┬áJuly 14 2017 – In My Garden I missed this last week! I was at camp, watching the loon chicks grow and writing. A lot of writing. And a lot of cleaning out, a spring cleaning that hasn’t been done at camp in quite some time. It’s now July 14 2017 and wow! The high tunnel beds went nuts while I was gone. I can’t believe how much everything grew. It’s doing a lot better in this new soil than…

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Peppers Love Coffee Grounds – Gardening Tip

Peppers Love Coffee Grounds – Gardening Tip

Peppers Love Coffee Grounds We are a no-food-in-the-trash household. Not even coffee grounds. I save coffee grounds year round to use in the garden. They’re a great soil amendment. Coffee grounds add organic matter to the soil and provide food for earthworms and the rest of the micro herd. Did you know that peppers love coffee grounds? For more tips on growing peppers, follow the link. Peppers like nitrogen and coffee grounds are full of it. You can mix the…

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June 30 2017 – In My Garden

June 30 2017 – In My Garden

June 30 2017 – In My Garden Welcome to the June 30 2017 edition of In My Garden! I’m under a deadline (something I’m not used to anymore!) so there won’t be a lot of story telling about what’s In My Garden this week. Not much has changed other than plants are growing well. I have a couple of new things to share. If you’d like to join in this week you may leave a link to a gardening post…

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June 23 2017 – In My Garden

June 23 2017 – In My Garden

June 23 2017 – In My Garden Where did the week go?!? I worked a few hours in the high tunnel this week. I’ve overfilled one raised bed and planted it. It’s overfilled to make up for settling as the organic matter breaks down, water swishes the sandy loam around, and the soil finishes settling. I planted three more pepper seedlings, and then I seeded bush beans, carrots, over seeded basil, and reseeded chamomile. A free range tomatillo plant was…

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Pruning Young Tomato Plants – Control Space, Help Prevent Disease

Pruning Young Tomato Plants – Control Space, Help Prevent Disease

Pruning Young Tomato Plants Pruning young tomato plants starting with the first branches and again as soon as the first sucker appears will help concentrate the growth up the vine rather than from extending branches. This is particularly important in helping to prevent late blight. Late blight can start as early as June here when the conditions, humid and windy, are right. Late blight travels in the wind. Pruning helps air flow to keep the leaves and soil dry. The…

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