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Potted up some creeping phlox into gallon pots (rooted thrift cuttings) and went into town.
The car overheated so I took out the thermostat and drove home...almost. Stopped a a local store and the car wouldn't start. Had to walk home and get the truck to jump it off. Checked....bad alternator.
So now I have to replace the thermostat and the alternator. Looks like I'll be working on my KIA on the morrow.
Just changed the starter on my truck....when it rains it pours I suppose.
I really hate working on vehicles.
Oh yea. I cleared out my top garden and mowed everything down....The rider won't start now...I think it's a bad solenoid switch....more work!!!
It's a good thing that you know your way around a tool box! Pity the family who doesn't have any know how in that area.
Sure wish I had someone to teach me car repair!!!!! I am hopeful someday it will happen as I'm holding on to my 2 old cars . . . . I envy those with the know how!!
I haven't yet planted rose bushes in the middle of my lawn. Just saying... I do the digging where the digging is easy. If it happens to be in the middle of my lawn, so be it! Here in New England, beggars can't be choosers when it comes time to make a hole. Our soil, if it can be called that is very bony... that's before any bones even get added to it! Thankfully, the guy who lives across from me... the one who sits out on his front porch, (most likely for the amusement of seeing what I'm doing in my yard) is even more red neck than I am. Thankfully, he's pretty harmless.
ROFL. Just read Ruth Strout article and wow that style will fit my rocky soil. We grow rocks. All sizes. Needed a work around. No tilling possible. Had to adjust planting layout in the veg plots to get over/around rocks. Learning to be flexible.
Just harvested the last of my beefsteak tomatoes. I'll let the girls roam around under them for a few weeks, nice place to hang out during the day. Most of my figs have ripened up and we've gobbled them up. I hope our northeast indian summer ripens the rest of them as I need a few more pounds to make fig jam this year.
I have considered figs...but as they need to be kept potted and be able to travel in and out of a garage. . . . No garage = no figs.
Took out all the hot peppers today. Added to my three ristras with the College and Garden Salsa peppers.
Tomorrow will be the final sweet pepper harvest....lots will go in the freezer and a portion off to DH's work buddies.
Got a 3.5 gallon trugful of anchos. The brown ones I'll dry, the green ones I'll roast and stuff, and the red ones will see a salad.
Also got a basket of red jalapenos. They'll get smoked and dried...chipotle!
All the squash is picked. kids told to bring in house and stack on stairs to second floor to store. Definitely too much nitrogen, and not enough watering this year. Will leave all the dead squash plants, and add the dried leaves to start the Strout system.
I don't use it in the winter ( yet ) but I'm in there as late as mid November and as early as February (planting season outdoors here is late May-early September) it sure adds to my season, its 16x40 (I picked up 2, 20x40 frames I've yet to put up this year, so excited). I do grow some flowers in there mainly to attract pollinators, I do a few planters with evening sented stock, hanging baskets with mixed annuals, and I've had marigold, nasturtium, sun flowers a few times, and the petunias my 3 year old insists on having
Since we can garden almost year round I have no need for a greenhouse for vegetables. Except to get an early start.
The cool weather crops grow in the fall and the growing season for warm weather crops is almost 200 days. We can plant onions in December down here.
I grow a lot of flowers...mostly perennial. I just thought that since you sell some veggies at the local farmers market you may try plants. I have hundreds of plants started from cuttings and seed and have done pretty well selling them. Right now I am trying native wildflowers. I just acquired 54 rose cuttings and tomorrow I am going to get some fig tree cuttings...maybe.
Have you thought about cold frames inside the greenhouse..??? I have been thinking that it may help to keep the heating bill down. You could put some manure in the bottom for heat.
The long growing season has its disadvantages. It gets so blessed hot in the summer you can barely breathe.
This time of year my greens still wilt in the afternoon. It gets in the eighties during the day and fifties at night.
Heating a greenhouse can be very expensive. I don't blame you for not heating it.
Took some fig tree cuttings today.
One day Id like to try some sort of passive heating system, something a bit more sofistacated than barrels filled with water, though it does work alright. Most people use wood stoves here so that is also worth looking into down the road.
- pays attention sporadically
manure piles will catch fire down here, Other than the smell, could you have a heap with pvc pipes running through it?
Yep. And he said that before fire ants took over.
Yep. And he said that before fire ants took over.