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I soaked my peas for 12 hours used hot water drained it off when it cooled took them three days to sprout.

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The potatoes are up. But everything is slow, so I am not to worried yet. It's just usually they beat my pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, etc.

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This is how the sweet potato plants came in the mail. I planted them and it's been about a week and half of them are dead. I planted them in the orchard because I didn't realize they spread out and were vining. Didn't have room for that in the garden and thought I would try them in tires. I planted the rest of the tomatoes and peppers that didn't fit in the garden in pallets. I have pictures but for some reason, it says the picture is to big.

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we had that problem before and the webmaster fixed it. Your file size is probably bigger. You can upload to photo bucket or a site like that and download the link.
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Photobucket is so slow. But here is the orchard.
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Here is the tires with sweet potatoes, that I looked at today and decided to plant corn in the ones that are dead so that I can make into corn meal and hope it is far enough away that it will not cross pollinate with my garden corn or the neighbor's field corn.
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Here are the pallets. They are not very straight but squeezed in between the raspberries and fence.
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So most of the garden is up. I re-planted peas after soaking them overnight and they were starting to sprout, when I put them in the garden on Sunday. But no peas yet. I did the same with the corn that I planted in the tires where the sweet potatoes died and they are up today. :| So maybe no peas this year. I might try again and leave them sprout longer before I put them in the ground. :roll:

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Looking good. Good moisture and it will take off.
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Closest to the gate or fence is beans. Yes I have PETC. (Plant Everything To Close). Then it is a row of different Hot Peppers. Then half of a row of flowers, which are sproratic and peas that are still not coming up well. I replanted some flower seed earlier this week and threw my pea seed away. The third sprout test I did was terribly poor.

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The row closest to the fence in this picture is cucumbers then potatoes. The next row has pumpkins, squash etc. and more potatoes, green peppers and then herbs. Then it is mostly tomatoes with paprika peppers and more herbs. The middle two rows have corn and herbs and onions. The poor germination on the one spot of corn is seed I got from a company two years ago. It was great last year and I saved seed from it and this year, when I used up the company seed I filled in the ends with my seed. Apparently it lost lots of germination and I should have planted more but it will work. I still have lots of corn canned from last year.

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Looking south, At the end of the onions is where the horseradish and I are fighting it out. I havent' knocked it out yet but I am ahead so far. :-()

I got the electric fence going because about 50 ft from the garden, we have been catching raccoons in the live trap. At night the dog has been chasing around a skunk. He doesn't get spray but the yard does.

I know the placing may seen a little crazy, I am trying to rotate crops and deal with the shade from the white garage in the morning and the shade in the afternoon from the red gardening shed and the trees.

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Wow, that's great. Are there three of you? How do you take care of all of that?
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:clap: HaHa. No just me. To tell the truth I haven't been in there to weed for a week. I planted a little more. But the week before I took two hours a day and got it weeded and tilled. It should stay ok until I need to start hilling stuff up. I might get the tiller in one more time before my rows become to crowded. If we stay dry, the weeds should not be to bad in the walkways. With the soaker hoses I don't spend any time watering. Except now I have to hand water in the orchard where I planted all my extras. I don't really like that and hope I have learned my lesson on being crazy with transplants. :> Well I keep putting off going out and mowing the lawn which was put on hold while I was tending garden. I extremely dislike mowing around trees. Hoping my dear husband finds a moment this weekend to trim some branches that not only poke me in the eye but try to take me off the mower. :eek:

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:x So I found out that my peas were probably germinating but being eaten as they came up. Because the last few days each night we were getting about .10 of rain, so I wasn't going to the garden except to do a glance over. Today I find the 15 peas that had sprouted and came out were eaten to a stub. :evil: So I am going to get more seed. My cats and dogs can't get in because I have it fenced to well so I guess I will have to trap or as a last resort poison :twisted: which I don't like because of the cats and dog. :roll: But not sure how one can trap mice in a garden. :? I do have a live trap box for mice but usually I put that along a wall. I thought bugs had eaten the mustard greens but know I think that too was mice.


I need more cats and my mamas are a working on it but ugh!!

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One year I planted peas as dry seeds and they were dug up and eaten in matter of hours along with corn -- neatly dug up from EACH INDIVIDUAL HOLES. In my case, the culprit was chipmunk.

I've sown them pregerminated with success since then, and have taken one step further to grow them into little seedlings to transplant -- corn since two years ago and peas this year as well.

..but in your case, they are eating germinated seeds? Ugh! :evil:
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I used to blame magpies for eating freshly planted seeds: peas, corn, beans. The worst, oddly enough, sunflowers.

I think I was wrong.

Rabbits are the most common pests in my garden. Digging up a seed, I don't think that would be too difficult for them. They have their preferences when plants are above ground, broccoli and beans are highly rated on their menu.

Perhaps, your fencing is tighter but I have seen cottontails climb right through chain link fencing.

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Funny thing is, since I moved here I have not seen a rabbit of any kind. Not saying they are not around but my dog would find them too fun. We also have many foxes and coyotes that keep picking off my poor cats. I tend to see them, as I am driving down the road and almost home and of course with out a gun. Some of the neighbors have had there calves taken. Anyway back on topic, I don't think it is a rabbit.

But could be mice, striped gophers, birds of any kind. We live next to a lake that is a refuge so lots of birds. Would garter snakes eat plants, I found skins in the garden? Would squirrels chew the pea down to the ground? Squirrels tend to be more messy, usually, tearing stuff up out of the ground, etc. Right?

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:evil: I went to the garden this morning, right after milking but before the 2 to 3 hours of other chores, to check on the ladybugs I delivered last night to the garden, which is another story and found a morning dove eating what was left of the pea stems. :x

I can not put netting over my entire garden or even try to get rid of the birds. How disappointing! Why couldn't it be a gopher? Whey just the peas? They have fields of crops to eat. Go away. So now I will be looking up some, do it myself scarecrow thing to try and scare them away. Maybe put some netting over the peas.

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I posted pics of our birdscares elsewhere, too. They are protecting the berries -- first strawberries, then raspberries, currants, and now blueberries. -- so far so good:
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I have also heard that thin string or wire -- thinner than they can perch on, strung in random pattern above what is being protected is effective. As thin as mono filament fishing line. Doesn't have to be so close as to exclude them -- NOT netting, just obscure barricade that can snag their wings and damage them.

I have heard and seen this method is used above open air restaurants and food courtyards.
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Very neat idea, what are they hanging from? A tree or do you have posts? I love the faces. I can't wait for next year now to try again with a better company to get my raspberries. I will give the fishing line thing a thought, maybe I can use stakes to tie it to.

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I go cheap -- most are tied to sticks and branches, sometimes stuck in/out/in through wire fencing holes to raise them to suitable level. Ones with curve or side branch to hang the birdscare free works well.

It helps if the aluminum pan bangs on the stick sometimes. Blueberry ones are hanging from the arch trellises and nylon cord tied between front and back trellises which are used to support bird netting if I use it.

Draw the giant eyes on both sides -- most of these were made by my DDs. :D
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So the morning dove was back this morning and was now munching on a pepper plant. Odd, I think with so much else to eat. Of course I didn't expect to see it, for some reason. :shock: So I didn't have a gun with me.

But my husband saw a striped gopher hanging out my the netting where my peas were this evening, twice and each time he didn't have a gun with him. So it could be anything eating my peas. But he set some traps for him by the grape arbor where he ran to. I don't have to worry about cats or dogs getting in there so it should be ok. :wink:

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I have a morning dove that has a nest on my front porch. It's on it's second batch of baby birds. luckily they don't bother my garden.

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I have given up on having peas this year due to the critters. Good news though I caught the morning dove and 5 baby gophers so hopefully my garden will be a little safer. So I like to try new things and I got some seeds from someone that said they were Indian Amaranth and of course I planted it. As it's been growing I am thinking this sure looks like pigsweed and wouldn't you know it is a version of pigsweed. Haha, I pull that weed out of my garden all the time. Oh well, I will try to cut it as a flower before it dumps it's seeds. The hot peppers need some sun and heat, kind of going slow. Our temps have been down and the sun has been hidden for over a week. We are getting the smoke haze from the Canadian fires and it's like looking through dirty windows all day. Yuck! Hoping they get the fires out soon.

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The corn is chest high and already started to tassel, sort of surprised. Usually it gets taller but our weather has been weird for ND. The pumpkins have gone crazy the last two days, we finally got in the 80's and they loved it.

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We got some wind and rain and my dill sort of layed over but it should bounce back. Potatoes are blooming. You can sort of see the smoke haze in this picture when you look towards the stock trailer.

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Looking good! :D
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My garden was under an ugly brown cloud of smoke yesterday afternoon, sweetie'. There is a forest fire of 2,000 acres about 15 miles away and another of 800 acres about 30 miles. The larger fire has destroyed 6 homes and the news describes it as "0% contained." Today, the air is hazy but not too bad.

My pea season was abysmal. One bed was already cleared and some more cucumber plants went there and I pulled out the other pea bed this morning and bean seed will go in. I even took out the sweet peas. The heat had just blasted them. There was not enough recovery for them to even bloom. The edible peas did give us several servings to enjoy. I was just a little late sowing seed but anticipating "normal" was the most serious mistake.

Began harvesting ripe tomatoes earlier than ever and had a first-of-the-season cucumber with lunch :).

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Wow sweetiepie! Where to begin. Beautiful garden. I'm green with envy. Here in the DC area that amount of property for a garden of that size is a fantasy (unless you're independently wealthy). We didn't have frost as late as you but, for our area, we had a very cold winter. We lost several plants to the extreme cold for long periods of time. Hey, I moved from Michigan so I didn't miss that! And your soil. People here would sell their souls for that soil. I've broken many garden implements working in our clay. WOW! What a huge number of plants. Where did you start your seeds? Do you use open pollinated or hybrids? Crowded planting? Never heard of it! :lol: About the only thing I won't crowd are my tomatoes. I tried that a few times and was always disappointed with the results. So this year each has 3 feet in all directions to the next one. And the results so far have been incredible. Just wish they'd start ripening. It seems like they get large in June but don't ripen until October. Except for the grape tomatoes, which have been ripening for the past week.

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We had a severe thunderstorm last night. Quarter size hail, 60 mph winds, 1.2 inches rain in 45 minutes. Very glad my garden fared as well as it did. The corn is leaning but I expected it to be layed over.
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Here is a little better picture of the leaning corn.
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So we were in a tornado warning and where are we? In the attic, emptying buckets. We knew the roof had a little leak, and we have the stuff bought to roof it, but they keep forecasting rain on every weekend. We lost some more shingles, so now husband is going to have to just take a week off work, which we can't really afford and just get it done.

Loving the garden, though.

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We had another severe thunderstorm last night but the wind blew from the opposite direction at 70mph and we had lots of thunder and lightening but we only got .20. So now the corn is leaning both directions. About 10 miles further east of us, they got 2.5 inches of rain in an hour and we didn't really need that since we got enough last night.

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Update on the redneck orchard. So the first sweet potatoes I got didn't make it. So I planted corn that is for corn meal the middle of June. It is now tasseling. Still am hoping it will not cross pollinate with the corn in the garden. Two tires are not ideal conditions for corn in ND with all the wind but not too bad considering we had 60 to 70 mph winds last several days during the thunderstorms and driving rain. I could not let the space go to waste right. Being crazy, like I am, I broke down and got more sweet potatoes because supposedly they still grow well planted so late here. So I am going to give it a try. I ordered them from Sandhill Preservation. Thank you quys for introducing me to them. They were beautiful looking. Hoping for Indian Summer now.
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This is the pallets I threw down and planted my extra plants. I do have some leaf curl on the tomatoes that won't go away but it is on the Martino Roma variety that is having curl in the garden also.
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I think harvest and canning season is right around the corner.
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Green Beans.
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I think these are beef master tomatoes, the marker is lost in the forest.
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Paprika Pepper. Please ignore the dirt from the driving rains.
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This is Alma Paprika Pepper. I just love how cute it is.
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Zucchini and summer squash.
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I put less fertilizer on this year than last year and they still have lots of greenery. But are fruiting. I swear there is a tomato cage in there some where. I have pruned some on the bottom but may need to do more. But the May flys are terrible. Like thick clouds of them hiding, from the wind and get blown off Mud Lake. Close your mouth and head phones for the ears.
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They look GREAT @sweetiepie!

I thought I had Alma paprika growing for the White Sauce Garden, but I don't remember planting it. I may have lost the seedling at some point.
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applestar, I can't wait to see the bounty from your white sauce garden. This is the first year I planted paprika, so excited.

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The carrots are small but my son is here and lives 4 hours away, so I was going to give him a little taste before he leaves. Of course green beans. I have canned 40 quarts so far and probably will do another 10, the rest I will give away or give to the animals.
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This is Thyme. Before I remembered to take out the camera, I had already processed for the dehydrator, chives, basil, marjoram, rosemary, sage, tarragon and cilantro.
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This is oregano.
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This is Parsley.
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Lots of cucumbers, I have canned 10 quarts of pickles. Not sure if I will can more, not many pickle eaters here.
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Jalapeno peppers. I have already gotten Hungarian Wax, paprika peppers, and some North King green bell peppers harvested. Now I just need my toamatoes to catch up so I can make salsa.
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We had 75mph hour winds for two days and then some days of 30 or so. The garden took a hit with wind damage and burn too because it was in the 80's. But the tomatoes protected the corn pretty well, so I am happy about that. We lost 8 large trees and some people lost new construction projects, crops and shingles.
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The grapes are doing really well considering I thought they got killed this spring by snow and ice. I am not looking forward to pruning this next spring. The books make it look nice and simple but it isn't like that in real life.

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You can really see the wind damage to the cucumbers but they are still blooming and should recover.
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Sure glad the corn didn't fall over to bad.

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You have a very beautiful and productive garden. I am glad it came through the weather all right. I wish I had your energy. I couldn't take care of a garden that size and animals and do all that processing.
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Looking REALLY good despite the weather.
I second imafan. Your garden puts mine in perspective and gives me no excuse to slack off :lol: :>
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You have to be pleased that it took that much wind and looks as green and wonderful as it does.

There are several windstorms here every year but almost never that bad. One thing I have learned is that insect pests may take advantage of wind-damaged plants and deliver a one-two punch that the plants cannot recover from enough to produce a crop! I've also learned that soil moisture is in critical need after wind-damage.

Bell peppers? I'm still waiting on my Kings of the North. There were a few little hot peppers that have been harvested and I know of one Giant Marconi that is ready. A few eggplants have come off. I'm gonna have to get real serious about picking tomatoes soon. More and more ripe ones each week and I'll hope for the same for you (and your pepper salsa, Sweetiepie ... ;)).

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Sweetiepie - your garden is beautiful. Congratulations.

There was a time, MANY years ago, when I had your energy. Now I get tired just thinking of the work involved with caring for your garden, animals and children. Enjoy it while you can.

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Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you didn't look to closely because there are some weeds hiding in there. My milk cow has been sick the last two weeks. So I have been tending to her. I honestly thought she might not make it. My husband has been home the last two weeks too, shingling our roof. We thought it would take a week but the roof is so steep that just him in the bucket truck can do it. So it has been very slow going. It has never had shingles stripped off before, 113 years worth of shingles up there. Makes a mess on the ground, that was my job, clean up crew. So I had to actually make a noon meal, the kids and I usually just have a "free for all." So it has been one of those times were I thought I had bit off more than I could chew. But my cow is better and today the roof will be done.

So glad digitS that my tomatoes are not ripe yet. I am sure those grasshoppers will be showing up soon.

We had a lot of rain before all that wind, so it helped things stay green. The plants in the orchard were not protected by the trees and being in just pallets, suffer from lack of water, even though I watered every other day. The wind here is normal just not 50 mph and above. So we tend to have few diseases in the garden usually. We have had though exceptionally high humidity before the wind so I did have a little bit of mildew since I tend to plant really close together and haven't had problems before.



One nice thing about having a large garden is if a plant looks bad you can feed it to the animals and not feel bad because you have more or if you just have to snitch something before it is quite ready, you don't feel guilty either. I love being in the garden, I just wish I could find more time to be there. Morning is my favorite but that is usually filled with chores.

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Here is an update on how the garden faired. I have no idea how much we ate raw. This is just what I have canned or dehydrated. I am still canning tomatoes and paprika peppers that are still green also.

Tomato sauce 108 pints.
Tomato salsa 91 pints
Tomato juice 12 quarts
spaghetti sauce 25 pints
pizza sauce 27 pints
BBQ sauce 83 pints
ketchup 12 pints
Tomato powder 1 pint
Corn 71 pints
Carrots 63 pints
Beans 40 quarts Dilly beans 7 quarts
Celery 18 pints
Pickles 26 quarts
potatoes canned 25 quarts
potatoes dehydrated 1 1/2 gallon jars
Grape Jam 6 pints
Strawberry jam 16 pints
Basil 10 jelly jars
cilantro 4 jelly jars
parsley 19 jelly
sage 8 jelly
chives 6 jelly
dill 3 jelly
green pepper 34 jelly
red pepper 34 jelly
onion powder 2 jelly
minced onion 19 jelly
caraway 4 jelly
rosemary 2 jelly
thyme 3 jelly
Horseradish 3 jelly
paprika 7 jelly
oregano 3 jelly
marjoram 4 jelly

Other things canned or dehydrated but not from my garden.
Pears 15 pints
Applesauce 3 pints
Apple butter 13 pints
Apple juice 4 quarts
Apples 12 pints
Chicken Broth 35 quarts
Chicken meat 48 pints
Milk 35 quarts

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That Garden! :D !

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Re: Sweetiepie's Garden 2015

:lol: -- My eyes glazed over around 1/3 of the way down the list and I had to pay closer attention. :> WOW! You and your garden have been productive, @sweetiepie. :D
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