What Are Your Garden Tricks?

Bikeguy Joe

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Greg- throw your crushed up eggshells in there too.

Measure- I am his kindred spirit brother in propagation.

Next year will be the 20,000 poppy seeds I'm saving.....AND sunflowers!
 

MEASURE TWICE

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I didn't grow pumpkins this year, but I still have 3 left yet un-rotted from last year to carve jack o-latern. Ya think I am lazy! The ones that rotted so far I threw in some underbrush, so I'll see what happens? Probably not with needing watering. My auto timer sprinkler takes care of what space I use with container garden fenced from deer and netting half garden for berries kept for me not the birds. I guess not much a secret is the pulleys on top the poles high up, I put to allow easy harvesting of Hops. The horizontal line holding up the hops bines on the fours vertical lines, can be lowered from releasing length of the horizontal lines from both poles. I would advise using glove and long pants and shirts. The plant scratches from the hairs on the bines. Not vines really as they do not have those curly grabbers like the pumkins and grape vines ect. Just hairs and they
always curl around clockwise as viewed from above. Oh, my pumpkins I grew last year at my prior residence were from a year still prior seeds that were left scattered from chopped up pumpkins. All I did was leave the watering system going. They grew themselves for the most part. Bees helped and I took a paint brush and also assisted.
 
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MEASURE TWICE

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I just bought a pumpkin, the big yellow ones for $8.99 being like 20lbs. Nice face area it has to carve.

How did your pumpkin turn out in the garden?

My oranges moved last Fall from chilling zone have since 3 years ago gotten back to square one. 7 orange flowers and pea size fruit thinning to 3 oranges. Two gum ball size and one near base ball size holding on. Foliage back from the lost to frost last fall. I will still put a cover and maybe light bulbs too if necessary.

Hops has to be harvested as the cones are all golden brown of the Cascade Hops.

Blueberries all harvested in mid Summer.

Of the blueberries they have besides rest of garden deer fence, the additional cover of bird netting. An unfortunate bird did not survive by some how getting under net and tried not going out the same way it entered. I put metal bars and wood chips now besides the tie wraps that hold the netting onto the deer fence. Only once before I helped a bird get out from under netting at another location I set up gardening. I thought I did a pretty good job this place installation. I don't want to see that happen again. I grabbed some downed tree limbs and used then to go along the ground where the birds might try again to get underneath.
 

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Only got harvested about 20 Cascade Hops Cones that were nice golden brown with a lot of powdery orange/yellow stuff. Great Fragrance and quite bitter. I plan on using it in cheese cloth mesh bag in the last step of low heat in my next batch of home brewed beer. Pictures later.
 

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Maybe could have picked as they suggest while still a bit less brown golden and instead light greenesh. Then dry slow in oven or on racks outdoors. They just dryed on the vine. Not that I think they are no good as a lot of the powder is retained on the cones. Picking did have some shake off, but I captured it in the container underneath while picking.
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