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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3110 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3110 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2020 :  03:30:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara congrats on your harvest of garlic. I just cut scapes off mine last week. I see the leaves have some yellow on them now, so won't be long and I will dig them. Be sure to save how ever many heads you want to plant this fall. That is when i plant in Wi anyways. I just set the cloves aside for planting so they don't get used. The rest of my garden is doing well. Been keeping up on weeding, so it all looks good. I have most of it mulched too. So I go around with a stirrup hoe to work up any weeds the come.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2020 :  05:02:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grace I know what you mean about butterflies & bees I see less and less of them each year. This year I saw small wasps on my herbs that I let flower and I was grateful for them. There's a butterfly bush in backyard and I saw several small bees & the large ones on it but only one or two at a time and no butterflies. Have yet to see a hummer.

Michelle that's a good idea to set the garlic aside at the start and not just hope to have some left. I don't know how you do it, work a full time job, and have energy left over to keep up your garden.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

2691 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
2691 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2020 :  05:32:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Sara that's awful! Not one hummer? This year is a pure minimal year for bees and such. I've only gotten about 7 hummers. Usually have over 25! I even planted another 1/4 of nothing but pollinators flowers! Barely and butterflies. All organic, feeding soil with microbes, no pesticides, and still..... Bumblebees and mason bees, carpenter bees and wasps are present, not in abundance. Very few honey bees. Makes my heart so sad....so so sad.

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

2691 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
2691 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2020 :  05:35:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele, working in the garden after work and in the weekends was my antidepressant AND my way of relaxing! I loved it! You rock on! Plus as we all know it's truly healthy for us!
Sara, can you post a pic of your cottage with hanging garlic? That would be so cool to see!!

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2020 :  05:55:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dianna the garlic is hanging in the bathroom where I water & feed Annie. The Yellow Rose Cottage is too hot & humid this time of year. Sorry but I don't post pictures.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

2691 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
2691 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2020 :  06:02:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, I totally get it! I have my flowers drying in my laundry room !! Have a beautiful blessed weekend Sara! Thanks!

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Jul 09 2020 :  06:29:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This morning I checked on raised beds to see if I needed to water - thankfully I don't. My garlic chives are covered with little caterpillars. I looked them up in my butterfly book but couldn't find a match. I let my herbs go to flower this year and several species of butterflies enjoyed the blooms. I hope the caterpillars are from one of those butterflies.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Jul 10 2020 :  10:20:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Caterpillars are gone - don't know where- just gone.

This time of year when temps are in 90s with heat index of 112+ it's easy for me to tear out an herb that I shouldn't have been hanging on to anyway. Today it was time for the English thyme to go. I've had it for almost 10 years and for the last couple of years it's been going down hill. I probably won't replace it with another English thyme since I have two lemon thyme that I really like. I'll work on the soil and come fall I'll decide what to put in. Here in Texas fall is the best time to plant herbs.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3110 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3110 Posts

Posted - Jul 31 2020 :  5:44:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dug my garlic tonight. Heads are a decent size. I tie them with twine and hang them to dry. We will use them as we need, and then next spring I will dry anything that is left over. Of course I save 15-20 cloves for planting in October.
sara you caterpillars must of ate their fill and left. Or they were dinner for some bird.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2020 :  05:05:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michelle like I said earlier I dried & made garlic powder out of all my garlic so will be buying more in the fall to plant. I've decided to go with more garlic in my 4 raised beds. I will leave the lemon thyme, lavender, chives, sage, Italian oregano, Syrian oregano (my favorite), Texas tarragon (Mexican marigold) where they are and plant garlic in the spaces left from herbs I took up.

Here in Texas I harvested my garlic in late June before it got so hot. Watering in the heat of our summers has become harder for me each year so I am cutting back on what I have to do. More garlic is the answer. I plant when it's cool and harvest before the heat is unbearable.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Aug 26 2020 :  07:04:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's late August so it's time to cut back my grandmother's irises and clean the beds. Next will be tidying up the creeping rosemary plants along sidewalk to front porch.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14435 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
14435 Posts

Posted - Aug 26 2020 :  11:15:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara,, yep, time to start thinking about cleaning up and putting our gardens away for the year.
I am in tomato overload,,
Just think,, in about 2 months or so,, we'll be thinking about next years gardens.. lol!



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MtnMamaKt
Farmgirl at Heart

3 Posts

Kathryn
Igo CA
USA
3 Posts

Posted - Aug 29 2020 :  3:25:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey ladies, I have a question about my root garden. I've never grown carrots, turnips or beets before and since I live in Northern California decided to give a late harvest a go. My question... my little root patch seems to be being taken over by perslane. I am wondering will the root veggies thrive past the ground cover or perish? To weed or not to weed? I see sprouts and things seem to be doing well where there is perslane but I'm worried I'll have problems. My step father is a cert. Permaculture guy and said weeding would be best but I know he hasn't grown carrots before (told me before I planted the seeds were too small) Please help, there is so much perslane lol and I dont think I could get it all without stepping on something. I planted at exactly the amount of space suggested lol, I got all mathematical on this part of my garden.

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MountainMama Katie
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

1281 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
1281 Posts

Posted - Aug 29 2020 :  6:40:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Kathryn -- Welcome to MJF! First of all, purslane is edible, so you might want to give it a try and consider it part of your garden. Are your carrots growing yet? If you have nice healthy carrot greens showing I don't think the purslane will hurt anything. Carrot seed is tiny; we used to mix it with sand to plant it.

Judith

7932
Happiness is Homemade
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2020 :  06:17:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Weeded the creeping rosemary along both sides of sidewalk to front porch this morning. They are in full bloom with sweet lavender flowers. When they finish blooming I'll harvest some for rosemary vinegar. I don't dry rosemary because I use it fresh year round.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3110 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3110 Posts

Posted - Sep 30 2020 :  03:18:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice to use it fresh all year. I need to get out and harvest mine for the final time. And of course the bed needs a good weeding again. This morning we are getting rain. Weeding the flower/herb beds will be the last thing to do for the year. Oh and plant garlic. Can't forget that.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Sep 30 2020 :  05:44:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michelle I'll be right with you planting garlic. I'm aiming for the first or second week of Oct. I wanted to replant MJF garlic because it did so good for me this year, but they are planting all they grew this year for next year harvest, so no selling for seed. I understand because garlic is a good cash crop. I will use garlic from Aldi and if it does good I'll save some for the next year.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.

Edited by - YellowRose on Sep 30 2020 05:45:30 AM
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Oct 06 2020 :  06:51:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This morning I planted 100 garlic cloves in raised beds. Will water after I rest a bit.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14435 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
14435 Posts

Posted - Oct 09 2020 :  9:42:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well,, I keep saying I will clean up and clean out my garden this weekend,, and yet,, I procrastinate.. because we still have a handful of honey bees gathering up the last of the sweet pollen... so, maybe I will clean up my garden... next week... lol!

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3110 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3110 Posts

Posted - Oct 10 2020 :  02:34:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My goodness Sara that is quite a planting of garlic. I will do 15-20 cloves maybe. Need to get them done now before it rains. Maybe this morning before we start on wood. Otherwise my big garden is been spread with fresh manure. Let it sit and rot down all winter. Grace hope you get your garden cleaned out. Nice for you to wait till the bees are done.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Oct 10 2020 :  05:28:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michelle I would have never gotten it done if I was planting in the ground. I don't bend like I used to. lol With the raised beds I stand upright and don't have to bendover. Best thing I ever did for myself to continue gardening was having the raised beds built.

Grace like you I leave the last blooms on my herbs for the bees and butterflies. Sad but true I haven't seen the bees since early summer and its been very few butterflies. I think it gets less and less each year.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Oct 10 2020 :  06:10:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michelle forgot to say I am so impressed with how you manage your farm. Spreading mature must be a "stinky" job but come next harvest you'll have a beautiful crop. I put well composted mature in my garlic beds. My sister has a mule and the mature I used was from last year's barn cleanout.

Judy the mule was a stray that showed up at Betty's farm almost ten years ago during a bad drought. No one claimed her so she stayed. When Betty sells the farm and moves to Paris her stepson who raises horses will take her.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3110 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3110 Posts

Posted - Oct 11 2020 :  02:39:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, I do have one raised bed, an old stock tank. I had peppers in it this year and they did fabulous. My herbs are all in the ground though. I started cleaning out their bed. The grass can quickly take over. I did get the garlic planted yesterday. Sounds like Judy has a good life.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14435 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
14435 Posts

Posted - Oct 16 2020 :  1:17:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well we managed to dip down to 27' degrees the other night and my garden is no longer,, everything got frost burn and the poor cantaloups I had hoped would brown up,, split open.. and the last of my tomatoes and bell peppers are all damaged beyond salvaging.
I wasn't watching the temp repost for a few days,, got lazy so it is my fault for not picking and putting up in storage to finish ripening.
No I have no excuse.. guess I will just rake up, pull out and compost everything...
Bummer!
Hmm, maybe I will leave the garden gate open and let the deer mosey on in and nosh on what is left...

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KarenMaria
Farmgirl in Training

13 Posts



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Posted - Oct 16 2020 :  1:21:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree raised beds are a blessing we would have a rock garden without them :D

We had a freeze as well. Everything is droopy. Time to clean out and wait for spring I suppose.

Edited by - KarenMaria on Oct 16 2020 1:23:11 PM
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