What Are Your Garden Tricks?

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Tom from Rubicon

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Felt like early October here today. Explains why I am seeing migrant hummingbirds.
First chili pepper is fruiting. should have had more sooner but the dang squirrels kept digging up my seed beds. Deer have not been a problem since the subdivision got built. Looks like some turkeys are roosting in the Norway Pines. Hens by the shape of their droppings.

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Sort of self-explanatory for those hop heads?

I have an old Farmer’s Almanac and it mentioned making hops tea for health benefits. I would probably just use it as finishing hop in a wort than has 10 minutes left to boil for an Ale fragrance.

The store-bought hops, at the homer brewers place, has the pellets that are way stronger and they boil the full hour or whatever the recipe says. That is the flavor, the bittering bite, to offset the malt flavor in a balance for nice sipping.

Maybe a pint and a half of hops cone flowers in the harvest. You need lots more for anything to add flavor. The ambiance of the fragrance is all that this harvest can help with.

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Funny you posted in this thread, I just picked and ate my last two peppers from our garden. I have a couple of bell peppers about the size of grapes that probably won’t mature before it gets too cold, everything else has been cleared. I stuck a cutting from the old fig tree at moms old home place in the garden along the side inside of the fence, it is now over 6 feet tall in one season. It’s taller than the other fig tree that is about 15 feet away outside of the garden, my neighbor if a avid gardener with all kinds of plants, she said my fig tree was “happy” where it’s at.
 
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I had some garlic bulbs that I have waited a little too long and they sprouted sitting in the kitchen.

I separated some to plant in a half wine barrel planter.

This Winter they are doing well.

5 of these I saw with green tops growing so far a foot tall.

There seems to be one of several that I expect to also pierce the soil surface eventually.

I recently had seen the little green nub, but not sure if it may be some other volunteer.

Not sure if buying from nursery is the only way to go, or can stuff from unused food in the kitchen also work.

I suppose it could be a hybrid that will not do well after it is sold in the supermarket.

My sage and thyme plants I think need to be removed and soil changed. Too many weeds in the thyme intertwined and something likes eating the sage.

The heavy rain and colder time of year now has the chive not looking great. Maybe I can take some of it as it is grown so big. I will get a small container and put with now some of my other plants in my sun room. Those being a Chinese Money Plant and the American Baby Rubber Plant that are supposed to not be kept below 50-degree F.

I also have some succulent plants that I would just like to keep inside. Mostly I think they can be outdoors, but strong wind could be a problem for ones that have a large wind face.

You must know not to leave stuff not tied down when the strong winds hit.

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I had some garlic bulbs that I have waited a little too long and they sprouted sitting in the kitchen.

I separated some to plant in a half wine barrel planter.

This Winter they are doing well.

5 of these I saw with green tops growing so far a foot tall.

There seems to be one of several that I expect to also pierce the soil surface eventually.

I recently had seen the little green nub, but not sure if it may be some other volunteer.

Not sure if buying from nursery is the only way to go, or can stuff from unused food in the kitchen also work.

I suppose it could be a hybrid that will not do well after it is sold in the supermarket.

My sage and thyme plants I think need to be removed and soil changed. Too many weeds in the thyme intertwined and something likes eating the sage.

The heavy rain and colder time of year now has the chive not looking great. Maybe I can take some of it as it is grown so big. I will get a small container and put with now some of my other plants in my sun room. Those being a Chinese Money Plant and the American Baby Rubber Plant that are supposed to not be kept below 50-degree F.

I also have some succulent plants that I would just like to keep inside. Mostly I think they can be outdoors, but strong wind could be a problem for ones that have a large wind face.

You must know not to leave stuff not tied down when the strong winds hit.

MT
I did get to some of the garlic. It is though uncured and picked it all to free up the planter.

The garlic uncured means that it was not hung upside down with the root and tops still attached to dry out and cure with stronger flavor.

So the uncured garlic bulb as well as the tops was in the frig for maybe a month as I was busy.

It has a milder flavor than cured. The green tops minced up as well on cutting board even have still a milder flavor. I used the stuff to add to a cheddar cheese omelet. Hot dog from BBQ a week ago I cut up and browned in cast iron pan. That went in with store bought green onions chopped up and thrown in.

I'll get some pictures later. 11 cups blueberries on a haul a few days ago. Hops has topped the bines. Spurs have formed near the top. They will change into hops cones around some time before October when I wait for dry weather where the cones dry out on the bines.

I got some for the time being in ground area and have sugar pie pumpkin plants and Harvard Square tomato plant.

The good soil in bags, I mixed with wetted down prior, the sphagnum moss. A little extra 10-10-10 fertilizer add in and they are going bonkers. Nothing ripe ready to pick but I would think pumpkins before Halloween. The cannot be used for Jack o-laterns as they are sweeter and small pumpkins for running though a ricer for pies, cookies, and let say some home made ice-cream.

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My Pear tomato and giant Cherry tomato grew nice and sweet
5 lbs in the bucket and there's still alot more on the plants
Grown from seed

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Anna apples will be getting ripe in another month - Red & Golden
Tree usually produces a couple hundred apples, I give away what I don't need
Ummm apple pie soon

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This fall when all the leaves fall off I prune all the branches back so the tree don't get any taller than it is now
 
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They are standing tall in this photo. Before I went out, there were these dark birds. I thought they were prostrate crows. Got the binocs out, and to my surprise. A pair of juvenile Night Herons.
They go vertical when excited it seems. A first. Parents roost in our ancient oaks every Spring. Tomatoes, L and Cuc's, R bucket middle
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