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post #31 of 92 Old 07-08-2013, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Room for a garden and isn't going to plant one? Say whaaaat? Wasted space there.

We ate our first green beans today and tomatoes are super close. (I planted late this year) I'm so ready for blt's with fresh tomatoes! Looks like I'll be canning veggies really soon. Berries are still going, so far we've picked 10 gallons of raspberries, 2 gallons of dewberries and blackberries are almost there. Made pies to take to a cookout over the weekend, I was shocked at how many people said they'd never had a fresh raspberry pie and was even more shocked that they couldn't believe I made my own crust.
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post #32 of 92 Old 07-08-2013, 02:53 PM
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When we moved to CT I was horrified to find acreage could be something covered completely in trees - and not even trees that were managed. I love trees but on that level it all seems like waste land to me!!! There are loads of horses here in this state and yet most of out hay comes in from out of state. Older people here tell me how much more agricultural land there used to be but people couldn't be bothered to farm here any more.
When I mentioned to some of the women who worked at the same company as my DH or were married to his co-workers that I gardened they stared at me like I was crazy - all those bugs, doesn't it ruin your nails and hands (what nails would they be?) If I really wanted a garden why didn't I pay someone to do it.
On a positive note though there are more garden centres popping up all around and they seem to be doing well, our friends/neighbours that live opposite are now creating flower beds and intend to grow veggies next year on a plot they've had cleared of scrub and trees - and they are doing most of the work themselves and realizing how satisfying it is to see the results of your own hard work
I cant say that I like meeting a frog or a toad so I try to give them some early warning but wouldn't let them put me off.
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room for a garden and isn't going to plant one? Say whaaaat? Wasted space there.

We ate our first green beans today and tomatoes are super close. (i planted late this year) i'm so ready for blt's with fresh tomatoes! Looks like i'll be canning veggies really soon. Berries are still going, so far we've picked 10 gallons of raspberries, 2 gallons of dewberries and blackberries are almost there. Made pies to take to a cookout over the weekend, i was shocked at how many people said they'd never had a fresh raspberry pie and was even more shocked that they couldn't believe i made my own crust.

Stop, with the raspberries already!

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Congrats M!
I provided the rattle snake at ours.

Jaydee, I agree. There is nothing more satisfying than spending a few back breakers out in the garden... Hmmm, my arms are rockin and I've got a heck of a tan... Gym membership? Tanning bed fees? I'm so low maintenance DH owes me another horse!

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Stop, with the raspberries already!
Come pick some already!

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Wow, this thread is making me drool!!

I've made a batch of strawberry jam and a batch of vanilla bourbon peach jam that was amazing. Unfortunately I had to buy that fruit from the store.

Our tomato plants are going CRAZY so I made a huge batch of marinara that should last us quite a while with enough tomatoes in a few days to make another batch. Maybe a few jars of salsa too! (and that's with us eating caprese salad practically every day)

We have a few cucumbers that look like they're getting ready to be picked, yay!! Anyone have any good dill pickle recipes they'd like to share??

Oh, to whoever suggested hanging the CDs? Yeah, we have a bunch hanging all over our tomatoes and they've done nothing for the birds. We've lost many a tomato to those darn mockingbirds and blue jays. Boo.
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The answer to birds is a good cat. Lol. Ours lays in the garden sunning himself and annoying the birds.

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post #38 of 92 Old 07-08-2013, 04:01 PM
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Come pick some already!
Don't think I won't be on your doorstep with a bucket in my hand next year!

I am off to pick my first, very own peaches, from my very own trees!

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The answer to birds is a good cat. Lol. Ours lays in the garden sunning himself and annoying the birds.
You know, we actually have several feral cats that live on our street (crazy cat lady down a few houses keeps feeding them... ) and you'd think they'd keep the birds away! But no. Thought about getting one of those giant plastic owls but... I have a feeling it wouldn't do much.
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Taffy, I'll let you know when they are close next year and you can come for a visit!

I have one of those owls in the barn, doesn't do much that I've noticed. Though the cat keeps the barn pretty well pest free. Wonder if you could paint rocks like tomatoes? We did that for our strawberries and it worked wonders. Hmmm.
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