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Haha. Sorry about laughing about how you got scared by the field mouse. :-)

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Since I'm stuck at home trying to recuperate from last weeks heart issues, I was puttering in the garden this morning. Thought I'd share some pics. The garden has done very well this year. Last year was a gardening nightmare. Super wet and cool start led to a diseased and bug infested summer that yielded a pitiful crop of pretty much everything in the garden. This year is much better.

We've fought squash bugs for the last few years but seems like we are ahead of the game this year. The squash and zucchini are about as pretty as we've ever had.









We've grown sunflowers for many years. All of these guys are volunteers that we transplanted into this one bed.





Watermelons for me...and the chickens...



Okra and beans in this bed.



Beans are apparently going to take over the world.



Heirloom tomatoes in this bed.



Hybrid tomatoes in this one.



Last of the onion crop that were in these beds with the sweet potatoes.



Cheryl's Zinnias are winning out over the crab grass. big_smile.png



Overall the garden is 100 times better this year than last!!

:thumbsup Beautiful!!

X2 Very beautiful! :love

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post #4743 of 5024

Beautiful garden and plants.  Squash bugs and cucumber beetles are wreaking havoc on my plants.  I've found that if I saturate the ground around the squash, the squash bugs come up out of the soil, and I can then catch them and kill them.  Am getting about 8 bugs/plant.  cucumber beetles just fly off.  

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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That's one gorgeous garden!!!  :drool     My envy meter just jumped off the scale.....  :hide    :D

 
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Thanks everyone!! We do love the garden. I think part if not much of our success this year is that we redid all the 4x4 boxes and removed the old and laid down new plastic in the entire garden earlier this spring. It was a massive undertaking but it turned out well. The process is painful. We had to shovel the dirt from one row of boxes into the next row and then reverse the procedure. We removed the old rotten boxes, replaced the plastic and install the new boxes and then shovel the dirt back including all the dirt from the next row and repeat so basically moving the entire garden with a shovel....twice. I got a friend from work to come and help and it still took 3 Saturdays and a lot of Advil to get it done. We amended soil with compost and re-mulched with all cedar mulch. Seems it really woke up the garden.







Next year we'll be changing all the 2x12 boxes. Not looking forward to that either but it has to be done every 7 or 8 years. We use Douglas fir for the boxes and that's about as long as they last. The major lesson learned with all of this is that soil amending never ends and no matter how much you think you've done you probably need to do more. The chickens will provide us with some lovely amendments from now on. big_smile.png
Edited by TerryH - 6/22/16 at 6:20am

Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

1Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

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Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

1Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

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post #4746 of 5024

These are my sunflowers from last year and this year

 

   

 

these are the start of this year.

 

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I'm a mother of 3 wonderful children, but every mom says that. I'm a grandmother to two beautiful girls. and a wife to a loving husband. I have 3 dogs that I love as much as my children and now I'm a chicken MOM, and love my girls. Raising chickens is fun, and so far I'm doing a great job. 
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post #4747 of 5024

Country girl your sunflowers look very pretty. 

 

Terry H. your garden looks wonderful! 

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Thanks everyone!! We do love the garden. I think part if not much of our success this year is that we redid all the 4x4 boxes and removed the old and laid down new plastic in the entire garden earlier this spring. It was a massive undertaking but it turned out well. The process is painful. We had to shovel the dirt from one row of boxes into the next row and then reverse the procedure. We removed the old rotten boxes, replaced the plastic and install the new boxes and then shovel the dirt back including all the dirt from the next row and repeat so basically moving the entire garden with a shovel....twice. I got a friend from work to come and help and it still took 3 Saturdays and a lot of Advil to get it done. We amended soil with compost and re-mulched with all cedar mulch. Seems it really woke up the garden.







Next year we'll be changing all the 2x12 boxes. Not looking forward to that either but it has to be done every 7 or 8 years. We use Douglas fir for the boxes and that's about as long as they last. The major lesson learned with all of this is that soil amending never ends and no matter how much you think you've done you probably need to do more. The chickens will provide us with some lovely amendments from now on. big_smile.png

 

:th  That looks stunning!  All the more so because I know just how much work all of that is.  Bless your hubby and friends for helping you with that project...that's huge!   And so neat and lovely.  I can't imagine having such a nice place to garden, what a blessing for sure. 

 
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.  Proverbs 12:10
 
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th.gif   That looks stunning!  All the more so because I know just how much work all of that is.  Bless your hubby and friends for helping you with that project...that's huge!   And so neat and lovely.  I can't imagine having such a nice place to garden, what a blessing for sure. 

Ummm...I am the hubby. big_smile.png Cheryl....not the hubby...made lunch and brought us tea. hugs.gif
Edited by TerryH - 6/22/16 at 5:47pm

Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

1Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

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Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

1Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

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post #4750 of 5024

Blessings to Cheryl for keeping the food and liquid coming!  Super important also!!!

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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