What did you do in the garden today?

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Absolutely! I used to fuss about layering green grass clippings in and I’d run over leaves with the mower and stir them in, but really it’ll rot fine. Even commercial compost can have issues. One place was known for giving people horse tail that they never had before. So even they don’t get hot enough to kill everything.
I do have a secret for killing all the weeds. I make a smaller pile of stuff I absolutely want to be perfect... compile the materials the way I feel would be perfect (everyone has their own style for that so I am not going to get specific there).. then I cover that with landscaping fabric.. then I cover that with the rest of the compost that I do not care has weeds or what ever in it. The center that is under the landscaping fabric will have ever weed seed killed from the heat and I can use that where ever I need a perfect compost. However I do not have that need for perfect compost and I do not sell compost so I just make one giant pile and the results will be good enough for my purposes. I just enjoy turning organic material in a great growing medium. Rarely do I even need to use fertilizers, when I do its because of Calcium Deficiency. Due to the nature of my nursery adding lime to my composts will cause problems with my evergreens so I add Calcium in a liquid form to my garden when plant leaves indicate they need it.
 

AllenK RGV

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What kind of black chicken is in your avitar? I have some Ayam cemani blood in my flock View attachment 2286887
If you were asking about mine it is a Black Sumatra pullet. Unfortunately she is no longer with us having been killed by a dog. Yep people just let their untrained dogs roam the streets around here. Regardless my neighbor no longer has his to kill the neighbors chicken any longer after I called the deputies to report him. His whole family was out on their porch with the young daughters phone videoing me after he was upset he had to lock up his dogs in an enclosure. All I asked was he keep his animals on his own property and not dig under my fence to kill and take my chicken. The deputies did laugh when I described my "Texas welcome mats" wherever I found holes. I laid in prickly pear cactus pads for that dog.

I don't know why my dogs never want to leave our property and other folks dogs do want to be here. Blame Maslov.
 
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Sueby

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Morning all. My compost constantly has stuff growing in it. One of DHs friends has had our tractor for like 2 months & I can't turn the pile because of my back so it's not coming along very quickly, but it'll be fine. Hoping to use it in the fall so it better hurry up.

@karenerwin - sorry, I'm a big fan of garlic dill pickles so thats all I make! I always throw either some red pepper flakes or jalapeno in with them for a little kick. So you slice zucchini & freeze to make lasagna later? I actually made the lasagnas last night & then froze them uncooked, I might like your idea better.

@Acre4Me I always have a hard time with watermelon, I have heard that if the tendrils around it turn brown it's ready. :confused:

Any idea what nasty little critter has laid eggs on my tomatoes now?? :mad: I'm contemplating snipping that whole bunch & burning it - I hate bugs & am so over them this season. ETA: I googled, they look like braconid wasp eggs & those suckers kill hornworms, guess I'm not grossed out anymore - & now that I look at it I think that is a hornworm & not a stem back there maybe! Go wasps go!
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Todays garden take
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Finally got some morning glories blooming, not the best colors though
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Have a great day everyone!
 
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Morning all. My compost constantly has stuff growing in it. One of DHs friends has had our tractor for like 2 months & I can't turn the pile because of my back so it's not coming along very quickly, but it'll be fine. Hoping to use it in the fall so it better hurry up.

@karenerwin - sorry, I'm a big fan of garlic dill pickles so thats all I make! I always throw either some red pepper flakes or jalapeno in with them for a little kick. So you slice zucchini & freeze to make lasagna later? I actually made the lasagnas last night & then froze them uncooked, I might like your idea better.

@Acre4Me I always have a hard time with watermelon, I have heard that if the tendrils around it turn brown it's ready. :confused:

Any idea what nasty little critter has laid eggs on my tomatoes now?? :mad: I'm contemplating snipping that whole bunch & burning it - I hate bugs & am so over them this season. ETA: I googled, they look like braconid wasp eggs & those suckers kill hornworms, guess I'm not grossed out anymore - & now that I look at it I think that is a hornworm & not a stem back there maybe! Go wasps go!
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Todays garden take
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Finally got some morning glories blooming, not the best colors though
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Have a great day everyone!
I hope you are right about the wasps. I always believed they laid them on the caterpillars though. If you look closely at that photo there appears to be a hornworm in there all egged up. Go wasps! Sorry you came to the same realization I did.
 
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WthrLady

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Morning all. My compost constantly has stuff growing in it. One of DHs friends has had our tractor for like 2 months & I can't turn the pile because of my back so it's not coming along very quickly, but it'll be fine. Hoping to use it in the fall so it better hurry up.

@karenerwin - sorry, I'm a big fan of garlic dill pickles so thats all I make! I always throw either some red pepper flakes or jalapeno in with them for a little kick. So you slice zucchini & freeze to make lasagna later? I actually made the lasagnas last night & then froze them uncooked, I might like your idea better.

@Acre4Me I always have a hard time with watermelon, I have heard that if the tendrils around it turn brown it's ready. :confused:

Any idea what nasty little critter has laid eggs on my tomatoes now?? :mad: I'm contemplating snipping that whole bunch & burning it - I hate bugs & am so over them this season. ETA: I googled, they look like braconid wasp eggs & those suckers kill hornworms, guess I'm not grossed out anymore - & now that I look at it I think that is a hornworm & not a stem back there maybe! Go wasps go!
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Todays garden take
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Finally got some morning glories blooming, not the best colors though
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Have a great day everyone!
Those are predatory wasp eggs on the catapillars! No harm to the garden.
 

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Just some pics of chicks and chickens:

9 days old and first foray into the run (behind a fence, of course).

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Some of the flock members checking out the chicks. The three black ones in front are 10 week old chicks we hatched in June (mixed breed, but pretty sure all 3 have BJG father). The hen to the left is a likely a BCM.
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Heres the BJG - now the flock leader. He is 12 months old. The top of the pop door opening is 22" above the floor his is standing on. He is filling out nicely, and he should grow for another 6 months, at least.
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igorsMistress

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great attitude... plants have explosive growth in my improper composts so I am satisfied... and I feed chickens with it.... I also spend a little more time pulling weeds in my garden than I should but I like the exercise.
🤔 You mean there's no rule about staying out there until every weed is gone? I'm going to tell my dad he made us do it all wrong when we were kids!
 

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