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Mosquitoes and bugs.

When it comes to gardening 2 things bug me, Mosquitoes and bugs. I try to not use pesticides in my garden but sometimes I have to. Pesticides are bad for my bees and not good for me. Then in the evening when it cools off in the summer, the mosquitoes can sometimes drive me out of the garden.


Mosquitoes can carry viruses, bacteria, and parasites in their saliva. They can transmit those pathogens into your body, causing severe and even life-threatening illness.
Mosquitoes are known to be carriers of Malaria, West Nile virus, Dengue fever, Yellow fever, and several viruses that cause encephalitis.


It has been estimated that one bat can eat up to 8000 mosquito-sized insects each night. Mosquitoes are bats primary diet, which make them a great natural mosquito predator.


Bats do eat other variety of insects. Some of the other insects are, Moths, Beetles, Weevils, Flies, Lacewings, Dragonflies, Grasshoppers, and Crickets.
As you can see, Bats are a gardeners friend.

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Butternut Squash Pie

I had a lot of butternut squash and heard that some caned pumpkin you buy may be squash. So I tried to make a pie with my butternut squash. I used the recipe below and it came out ok. Maybe you could give it a try with your squash.

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Ingredients
2 cups Butternut Squash puree
1 8 oz cream cheese
2  Large eggs
2  tablespoons brown sugar
1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground ginger
teaspoon ground nutmeg
teaspoon salt
1  9” pie crust

Directions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
Mix room temperature cream cheese, eggs and brown sugar until smooth.
Then add the spices mix them in.
Then add the Butternut Squash puree and mix until smooth.
Pour into crust. I use a 9” gram cracker pie crust I get from the store.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue backing for about 35 minutes.
Check to make sure the pie is done with a knife by inserting the knife 1 inch from crust and it come out clean.


Let cool before serving.

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If the electricity is out for a longer time your refrigerator or freezer may need power so the food does not go bad.

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Beets in a bucket.

It is time to harvest the beets in my bucket. The bucket also had a celery plant that popped up. The celery plant did well as a plant that came up by its self. I did get 5 good sized beets from the bucket. I might have over done thinging when I thinned them for beet greens.

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I pulled the 5 beets out and cleaned off most of the dirt.

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I took them in the house and washed the rest of the dirt off. Put a pot on the stove with water and brought it to a boil. While I was doing that I cut off the tops leaving about 1 inch and put ice and water in the sink. I put the beets in the boiling water for 5 minutes took them out and right in the ice water in the sink. Then I took off the skins sliced them up and cooked them. I had a few for my supper that night.

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I like the Cylindra beets because they make more even sized beet slices. They also have a good taste.

I don’t have as much luck with growing in buckets as I would like. Quite often I would find the buckets dry needing water. I think they would have done better if I had at least checked them every day even if it had rained.


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Raised Bed Garden

I decided to get a raised bed garden to make it easier to work a garden. I looked at a lot of them and found one on sale at lows. If I bought 2 of the 12 pc kits I could build one to the size I was looking for with extra corner parts to make an extra circle. With the 2 kits I could get one 3 feet wide by 10 feet long and this one is 17 inches tall.

I got the two boxes opened one and started putting it together. Because my hands don’t work as good as they use to it was almost imposable for me to get the screws, washer and nut together while holding the metal panels. If I only had one more hand.

The screws, nuts and washer are stainless steel but the screws had a little bit of magnetism to them. The screws were an Allen head screw. I went and got a small neodymium magnet stuck it on to the Allen wrench to hold the screw on to the wrench.

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I then stuck it through the hole in the panels and found out the panels were also magnetic.

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This held the screw tight agents the panel leaving the screw in plain sight. It was almost like getting the third hand I needed to put this together.

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I started putting two panels together so I would have less to do when I put them in place. I used a 10 mm socket on an extension to screw the nuts up hand tight.

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I went out where I was going to place the raised bed garden and put down fabric to place it on.

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I took the parts out and started putting them together. Because the screws were only hand tight and the side are longer that they would be if it was just one kit. I had to find something to hold the sides up while I was putting it together. I took 2 5 gallon buckets and filled them half way with dirt and found that would do the job.

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I finished putting all the sides together. Then went around and tightened all the screws.

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It took me about 2 weeks to get this far. Now I need to get it filled so it can settle over the winter.


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Zucchini

This year I planted zucchini in my large garden. I planted the seeds in the holes in the fabric along the east end of my garden. I put 2 seeds in each of the 5 holes.

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The plants started out good and started producing fruit.

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Zucchini plants will produce a lot of squash as long as you keep picking them before they get big. I try to pick my zucchini between 8 and 12 inches long. This year I got enough for myself. Usually I get so many that I have a hard time getting someone to take all I produce.

This year I had squash vine borer that attacked my zucchini and the plants died early. The squash vine borer lays eggs at the base of the plant. When the eggs hatch the larvae bore a hole into the stems and eat their way up the stem hollowing out your squash stem. This will stunt or even kill the plant. They then bury themselves in the soil to emerge as an adult the following year. That is why it is best to plant your squash in a different location if you can.

In the past when I had planted zucchini without using fabric, the zucchini would sometimes start new roots along the stem and keep growing. It is nice to have the fabric so you have less to weed. But there is something that the fabric does not help with.

Zucchini is a great plant to grow because it can be used in many ways, casseroles, stuffed zucchini, zucchini bread, zucchini fritters, zucchini grilled, stir-fry, and many more.

Next year I will plant in a new spot and keep an eye out for the squash vine borer.


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Butternut Squash

This year was not an easy garden year .I planted the butternut squash three times. The first time about half came up. The second time I panted where the plants were missing and about half of them came up. Then the third time most of them came up. I think the squirrels were eating the seeds. After that I just let what I had grow.

By midsummer they looked like I had a good bunch of butternut squash plants growing.

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At the end of the season it was time to see how they did and harvest them. I used a long handle lopping shears to cut them off and a grabber tool to pick them up. I could put 2 or 3 squash in a shopping bag and one in the box I have on my walker. After about 5 trips it was time to call it a day. The vines getting caught in the walker and extra weight just tired me out. After 3 days I finished and had 77 large butternut squash. Most weighed over 4 pounds. With one of the largest 6.4 pounds.

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I gave several away to some of my friends to enjoy. The rest I put in crates until I get a chance to cook and freeze them up.

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Last year I saved the seeds from a couple different butternut squash I grew. You can see that on the blog pg1. I happened to have one that was a lot fatter on the small end of the squash where most of the squash meat is. I save the seeds from that squash and marked it as from fat squash. I planted about one third of the squash with the seeds from that batch. In that area of the garden I had several larger fatter squash. I was going to call the seeds from that batch Fat Boy Butternut Squash. I was telling a friend about it and she said I should call them beefy butternut squash. I think that sounds better. So when I save seeds from the larger squash I will call them beefy butternut seeds.

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Save tomato seeds

Did you save seeds from your tomatoes so you will have them to plant next year?
Sometimes we are so busy at this time of year that we forget some things we need to do. I forgot to save seeds from my brandywine tomatoes. I found one that was over ripe that I put in my compost. I dug it out to get some seeds from it.

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I cut it open with a knife and scooped some seeds out to put in a glass jar I had.

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I let the seeds and pulp that came with the seeds sit in the jar for a week to let it brake down some more. This brakes down the protective jelly like substance that keeps the seed from germinating.

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I then put the jar of seeds that I had in the jar and ran water in it for a bit. The good seeds don’t float and the rest so the liquid will be washed out leaving the good seeds. You don’t want the water flow to be to great as it will wash out the good seeds.

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Then dump the seeds in a strainer and rinse the rest of the leftover pulp out.

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Dump the seeds on a paper towel and let them dry.

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After a few days when the seeds are good and dry, I place them in an envelope. Lable the envelope with the type of seed and the year you collected them. You should at some time before you need to plant the seeds check to see if they will germinate. You can do this by placing a few seeds in between a paper towel and keep it moist for a few days and check to see if they sprout. You could place a few seeds in a small container of dirt and see if they germinate. After that I write YES on the envelope with a date so I know I checked them and when.


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Box potatoes

Back on 6/9/23 I planted a potato in a box the same time I planted one in a feed bag as posted on this blog.

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Just wanted to see how well it would grow that way. On 9/22/23 I went out to see how it did. The potato plant was dead and time to harvest.

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As I was digging the dirt out to get to the potatoes I noticed the dirt was dry. They did better than the one in the bag because they could get moisture from the ground. I got 4 nice size potatoes and 2 very small ones.

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Next year I will put in more potatoes to start with. I will also give it some fertilizer as potatoes like a good amount of fertilizer and try to give them water if it is dry. That should help bring in more potatoes.
The potato I used was an old red potato that was starting to sprout. I will try and find some better potatoes to start with.
See the results of the potato I planted in a feed bag below in my blog. You can see where I planted the potatoes on https://thatnew.biz/pg1.htm


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Planting garlic


This is the time to plant garlic here in NY. Because it gets cold for a long time. Hard neck garlic is the type that’s best to grow here. The first thing I need to do is clean up the spot where I am going to plant it this year.

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The next thing I do is add some worn castings to the area where I will be planting the garlic.

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Try and spread it out evenly.

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Get some of the largest bulbs you have to plant. The best bulbs I had from last year were poor to say the least. I was talking to my friend Tom from Corning that is a great gardener about garlic. He told me that he had a good crop and could give me some garlic bulbs to plant. These are the beauties he gave me plant.

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I broke one of the bulbs up in the photo so you could see how nice the cloves are that I will be planting. Then I broke out the other bulbs to separate the cloves of garlic.
The next thing I did is mix in the worm casting and loosen the soil ready to plant the Garlic. I marked the rows about 5 inches apart and used a dibbler to make the holes for the garlic to be planted in about 3 inches deep. I off set each row to give them better spacing.

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I covered the garlic clove with dirt about 1 inch deep. The last thing I need to do was put some mulch over the top to insulate it from the cold. You can use straw or leaves to do this. I had some pine shaving left over from when I had a few chickens. So I used the pine shavings putting them on about 4 inches deep. I hope they will work just as good.

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I wetted down the shavings and now until spring it will be up to GOD.

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Hard neck garlic has a hard stem and is better for cold climates. Soft neck garlic is for wormer climates and is often braded and hung to dry.



Eggplant fingerling

This is the first time growing eggplant. The seeds I got was for Eggplant fingerling. The plants grew well and had purple flowers with several eggplant fruit.

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I didn’t know how to cook them. I cut them length ways and fried them in olive oil with a little salt and pepper.

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They were like healthy French fries cooked this way. I am sure you know a better way to cook them. Next year I plan on growing regular size eggplant. There is a lot of recipes for eggplant.


Fingerling eggplants are smaller and thinner versions of traditional eggplant varieties. True to its name, the 'Little Finger' eggplant produces finger-sized eggplant fruit. According to Cornell the fruit reach just 4 to 7 inches in length. They will yield several tasty and nutritious crop of fingerling eggplants. They are at home in the garden and in a patio containers.


Brandywine Tomato

The last of my Tomatoes that I planted was the Brandywine Tomato. I only had a couple plants that I grew for fresh tomatoes for sandwiches.

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The Brandywine Tomato slice great for sandwiches because you only need one slice to cover most of the standard size bread. They can also be used for canning.

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The Brandywine varieties are some of the most popular heirloom tomatoes grown in North America. The Brandywine tomatoes are large, plump beefsteak like tomatoes with thin skin. Brandywine tomatoes are full-bodied and non-acidic, with an excellent, robust tomato flavor. The indeterminate plants produce high yields of the eight to twelve ounce fruit in clusters of four to six along vigorous vines.

 

 


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Feed bag potatoes

Back on 6/9/23 I planted a potato in a feed bag as posted on this blog.

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Just wanted to see how well it would grow that way. On 9/12/23 I went out to see how it did. The potato plant was dead and time to harvest. Because of all the weeds it was hard to see what was left so I put a circle around it.

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As I was digging the dirt out to get to the potatoes I noticed the dirt was very dry. I had only put a couple holes in the bag to let water out if it rained too much. Potatoes don’t like to sit in water. As you can see in the photo. I got 2 nice size potatoes and 4 very small ones.

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Next year I will put more holes in the bottom of the bag so they can get some moisture from the ground if it is dry like it was in parts of this summer. I will also give it some fertilizer as potatoes like a good amount of fertilizer. That should help bring in more potatoes.
The potato I used was an old red potato that was starting to sprout.
Red Potatoes have a waxy texture, the flesh of red potatoes stays firm throughout the cooking process, whether they are being roasted or cooked in a stew. Their thin red skin adds appealing color and texture to side dishes and salads. Reds are frequently used to make tender yet firm potato salad or add to soups and stews, as well as being served baked or mashed.




Borghese Tomato

This tomato is a small plum-shaped variety that grows to about 1 1/2 to 2.” Featuring a deep-red meaty flesh that is relatively dry compared to other tomato varieties, this tomato is fantastic for sun-drying or dehydrating.
The taste of this vibrant fruit has a classic rich tomato flavor that is great for making tomato sauces. The Borghese tomato is famous for its excellent flavor and texture. When dried, these tomatoes retain more flavor than most other varieties, so it is no surprise they are a popular.


Here is my Borghese Tomato in my garden. The plants are loaded with tomatoes and are starting to get ripe.

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I saw a person tell that when a bunch of tomatoes grow in a cluster, it is best to pick the full cluster when the first couple turn ripe. They said that if you pick only the first couple ripe ones the energy would go to the next ones in the stem. They are will often grow fast and split open. Then the bugs will start getting in the tomato splits and spoil the tomato. By picking the full bunch you can let the green ones ripen inside without splitting open. So that is what I am going to do.

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I sorted out a bunch of the ripe tomatoes from the several bunches and left the green ones to ripen.

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I clean them cut off the top and cut them in half to dehydrate them.

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It took over 18 hours to dehydrate this batch of tomatoes.

A good friend said that he roosted them in the oven at 275F for 2 and a half hours. Then put them in the freezer. I think I will try that next time.

 


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Currant Tomato

Currant Red tomatoes are very tart and sweet tomatoes that grow in large clusters, resembling red currants. Due to their small size, one popular use is to make sun-dried tomato raisins. Currant Red tomato is an indeterminate tomato crop producing fruit throughout the season.

As I showed you when I planted the Currant tomato plant it was very long.

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This is one of my favorite tomato plants because it produces hundreds of tasty tomatoes to snack on when I go out and work my garden.

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Just one plant can grow in to a large bush of these tasty tomatoes.

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The clusters start with the first tomatoes ripening first then keep ripening down the stem every few days. They are smaller in size than cherry tomatoes.

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They are an easy plant to save some of the seeds and plant them again next year.

 




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Beet Greens

This year I planted some beets and radishes in 5 gallon buckets. I just sprinkling some seeds on the top of the buckets and worked them in to the soil a bit.

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The beets started to grow with some spots heavy.

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When the beets got bigger I had to thin them out. This gave me enough beet greens for a meal. I just washed them off.

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I just took a pan of boiling water and put the greens in the pan. When the leaves and stems got tender, they were done.

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I just added a small amount of vinegar to them in a bowl to eat them.

Beet greens are the leaves that grow on beets. They packed with nutrition. The greens, stems and tiny beets have a mild, sweet, and slightly earthy flavor. They can be used in many of the same ways as kale, but they're less bitter.



Straw Bale update

This is an update on how my Straw bale garden is doing. I planted the smaller leftover plants I had from my raised bed garden. The eggplant is doing better than the ones in the raised bed garden.

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The Pak choi is not doing so well. For some reason the bugs just overtook the Pak choi as fast. I didn’t have time to catch it before they were almost gone.

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I only had a couple jalapeno peppers left after the frost killed my first planting. They are doing as good if not just a bit better than the ones in my raised bed.

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The romaine lettuce did well and so did the marigold followers. So far Straw bale garden looks like it is doing well.



Swiss Chard

Time to harvest some Swiss chard: A Nutritious and Versatile Green.

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Swiss chard is a leafy vegetable that belongs to the same family as beets and spinach.
I cut the larger Swiss chard leafs and put them in a box leaving the smaller leafs to grow.

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I sort out all the bad Swiss chard leafs. I then wash off the Swiss chard leafs in the sink.

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Then I chop them up.

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Take a pan of water and bring it to a boil. Then put the chopped up Swiss chard leafs in the boiling water for just a short time.

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I then scoop it out and put it in freezer containers.

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I put it in the freezer to enjoy over winter.


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Bee Swarm


I lost all my bees to yellow jackets weakening the hives and wax moth finishing them off in the 2 years I was unable to take care of them. Last year I was hoping to catch a swarm of bees so I would at least have one hive of bees. Because I was still having trouble getting around outside I didn’t see any swarms. So this year I was keeping an eye out for a swarm that I could get. On July 11th when I was closing some windows I noticed that there was a swarm on the telephone pole that was between my place and my neighbor.

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I went out to take a closer look. Because the ground was ruff and hard to get there with my walker. I would need help to get them. I decided that if they were still there in the morning I would see If I could get my next door neighbor to help. My next door neighbor Anthony who wanted to learn about bee keeping . By the time I was getting ready to call Anthony I check to make sure they were still there but they had already left.


On July 13th my neighbor Sue out back called and said there was a bunch of bees on her mail box and Tom could help me bring my swarm box out so I could get them. I scooped up a bunch of the bees using the bee frames and put them in the box. After getting a couple frames in the box. The rest of the bees started leaving the mail box and going in to my swarm box. I was going to let them settle in overnight and see If Anthony could give me a hand moving the box out back where I keep my bees. He said he would come Saturday the 15th early in the morning and move them for me. I have had good luck moving the bee swarms early in the morning before they start flying for the day.

On the 14th in the afternoon I found that the bees didn’t like their new home and left. That was disappointing. I left Anthony a voice mail saying he didn’t need to come early to move the bees. Later that day Sue call and left me a voice mail saying there was a swarm in her oak tree in her front yard. I went and looked and there was a swarm about the same size that was on the mail box. It was getting late in the evening. Tom helped get my steep ladder and a different swarm box. Sue and Tom put the ladder a swarm box close the bees hoping they might just go in the box. I called Anthony and told him what was going on and he said he would be here early Saturday morning to help get the swarm.

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The swarm was still on the branch so we both suited up to go get the swarm. He climbed up the ladder and I told him to take out a couple frames and try to scoop up under the bees and put them in the box. That didn’t work very well because there was a branch hinging down that the bees were on. I told him to hold the box under the bunch of bees. I reached up with my reacher and gave the branch a good sharp shake. A bunch of bees landed on the box and some fell to the ground. I told him to put the box back on the ladder and slowly put the top back on the box. We watch the bees for a short time and it looked like they were starting to go in the box.We went inside a visited for a while to let the bees settle down. Then we went back out to check on how the bees were doing. All the bees where off the branch with a few flying around. I asked Anthony to take the box and set it next to the hive body that I would move them in to in a few days if they stayed.

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The following Saturday I went out and moved the bees into the hive body. I looked to see if I could find the queen or at least some eggs or larva. The bees were getting a little worked up so I just got them moved and didn’t see any queen, eggs or larva.

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The following Sunday I went out and checked the bees. I found that they already had 3 frames of caped brood. This made me very happy that I finally got a bunch of bees. Thanks to Anthony, Sue and Tom. I will have to keep an eye on them to make sure the keep doing fine.

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Garlic

I dug up one of my garlic plants just to see how they were doing. It was a good thing because they were too wet and starting to resprout. I knew I had to dig the rest up fast if I didn’t want to lose all my garlic.

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I shook all the dirt I could off then laid them out to dry.

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After about a week of drying I needed to clean them up and get ready to store. I used my garden shears to clean them up.

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I cut the stem off and left about 2 inches off the stem. Then I take all the roots off the bottom.

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Here is what I got left after cleaning them up. I will put them in the mesh storage bag to let them dry some more. I will hang the bag up and take the garlic out of the bag as I use them.

 

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Saving Kale Seeds


As I mention in my cleanup blog. I had a few Kale plants that survived the winter.

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I was able to get a few kale greens early this spring. As it got hotter out these kale Plants began to bolt and have yellow flowers. I keep a few of these plants to let them go to seed.

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They will develop in to seed pods.

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When the pods started to turn brown I cut the plants down and hung them up to dry.When they were dry and a few of the pods already started to pop open. I put them in a bucket.

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I ran my hand up and down the branches giving them a slight squeeze to release the pods in to the bucket.

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I then picked up a hand full of pods at a time and rubbed them lightly to release the seeds from the pods. Letting the seeds fall in to the bucket and throwing the empty pods away leaving the seeds in the bucket.

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With a light breeze I poured the seeds in a smaller container letting the wind blow away the small pieces of pod.


I will let the seeds dry some more then put them in a paper envelope, mark them with the type seed and year. Before planting them next year I will test the seeds to make sure they will germinate and make that they are good seeds.


Kale is a good plant to have your kids save the seeds because it is easy and a fun project for them.
If you have a children's garden, be sure to have them plant kale one spring and harvest the seed in the summer or fall of the following year.


IF you are going to save seeds from your kale it is best to not have any broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collards, kohlrabi or brussels sprouts nearby to avoid unwanted cross pollinating.

Some people save seeds to sell to earn extra money.



Farm Fresh Lettuce

I like to have farm fresh lettuce so I grow some romaine lettuce in my garden.

I plant a few lettuce seeds inside to get an early start on being able to start harvesting it early.

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I plant the seedling about 8 inches apart. I then spread a few seeds in the row between the seedlings.

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I grow the romaine type of lettuce because I have had the best luck with that type. Lettuce is a cool season crop; it thrives when temperatures are between 60? and 70?. Hot weather often causes lettuce to bolt and/or become bitter. There are some varieties that growing in warm climates and some that will grow when it gets quite cold. It is best if you water them in the morning and if you can do not water over the leaves for best results. Lettuce has a shallow root system and requires frequent watering. Dry conditions cause lettuce to become bitter and/or bolt. To avoid problems with disease, try not to get water on the leaves when watering. Water the lettuce in the morning if possible. I harvest the entire plant, cut off with scissors � inch above the soil line when thinning out the smaller plants.

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Then I use the cut and come again method when they get bigger. Harvest outer leaves as needed and allow them to grow for future harvests.

You can also grow lettuce in containers or hydroponically.

 

A better way would be. Grow Plants Abundantly with AQUA-PONICS



Farm Fresh Radish

How to have farm fresh radishes at home.

This year I planted radish and beets in my 5 gallon buckets about the same time I planted the tomato plants in buckets.

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I just scattered the seeds on the top of the bucket and ran my fingers around on the soil to work them in a bit. When I was watering them, the seeds were pushed to the sides of the bucket causing them to bunch up. Next time I do this I will use a lighter spray.

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I needed to thin out the radishes so I started pulling out the biggest ones even though they were small. They were about the size of my little finger or smaller but they were still tasty.

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Just a couple days later, some were bigger so I picked them along with some lettuce for a salad.

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I am going to sprincle a few seeds in the bucket every time I harvist some radishes. I am hoping this will keep me getting fresh radishes all summer.


When you think of a radish you most likely imagine the root vegetable that's small, round, red, and tangy. Most radishes fit this description, while radishes can be round or oblong; hot or mild; red, pink, purple, white, or bicolor. Radishes have fast growth rates, with some varieties ready in 30 days

For me I found that I like the French breakfast radish so that is what I grow. I like this smaller, oblong variety of radish for its mild, softer flavor compared to traditional radishes, and the beautiful white and pink colors. The radish skin is thin and smooth, with a crunchy, tender bite.


Radishes are a good source of antioxidants like catechin, pyrogallol, vanillic acid, and other phenolic compounds. These root vegetables also have a good amount of vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant to protect your cells from damage. Radishes also contain coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that helps block the formation of diabetes.


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