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    finally went out and did some gardening.. seem like a few of the plants I bought are getting eaten or dying.. or the soil I bought was too heavy? a few things have disappeared in diff pots. maybe too much rain ..no petunias are out for sure but petunia baskets are fine.

    in the sm raised bed which is actually not raised enough for me. planted the patio tomato I got. it was totally dry yet other plants were wet. has been raining a lot so no need to water..but one plant fine the one beside dry. planted some long bean seeds and the remaining sunflowers seedlings that survived. put all the eggshells around the bed too hopefully keeps the slugs out. haven't had them for years ..still have the safe bait to kill them.

    went around an pulled morning glory ..that grows so fast and everywhere. cut back a bunch of things and found more little maple trees all over and and ..the boys will be busy. ivy need cutting too. my shears aren't sharp enough and hands not strong enough. ds just came in w the first raspberries of the season.

    they need to restack bricks etc too.

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    We scaled way back this year and only planted the basics. Had some freak, late spring storms roll through a few weeks ago and it did a number on the garden but it's bouncing back. Picked a zucchini and yellow squash today and have some beets that are ready to be pulled. Husband will pull those a little later and I'll roast them tomorrow morning before it gets too hot. Cherry tomato has babies but still nothing on the other tomatoes or cucumbers. The storms stripped the plants of most all their flowers so it's going to be a while.

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    my beans are coming up and sunflowers seedlings seem happy too. ds picked some more raspberries a cupful we ate. ds gets to work on the yard morning glory, ivy etc. one part at least first and we can work on the rest later. bought some carrot and radish seeds to plant. have concrete planters for the radishes. the patio tomato plant I bought has a bunch of tomatoes.

    yard needs a good trim.

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    We had another freak cold spell. This is getting ridiculous. Wind, rain and big temp drops yesterday and all through the night. Low overnight was in the 40's and high today was 65, cold, rainy and dreary until late this afternoon when the sun finally came out. Had to kick the heat back on most of the morning to get the damp chill out of the house and I'm back in sweat pants and a hoodie. Our poor peppers, more specifically Thai Chilies, are never gonna produce if things don't start warming up and stay that way.

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    I know!! I thought it was March this morning NOT the end of June. 50degs and raining hard. That is NOT July weather in north idaho. But my potatoes are loving it.

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    I need to get into the garden to weed and water. It's been warm here, although it generally fluctuates between ~80* to ~90*. Not bad, unless it's gets humid. Lately, it seems the rain insists on going around my area. The forecast usually starts of with a ~80% chance of rain and then drops, almost hourly to almost nothing. And the weather radar shows storms, sometimes heavy thunderstorms, either to the north or south of us.

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    Of course, I complain about not getting rain and we not only get rain but a thunderstorm and a brief downpour.

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    It was in the 70's this morning but incredibly humid. I got out for a few minutes and replaced a dead tomato with one I had left after my spring seeding attempts. Gave away the 4 extra peppers. All vegetable plants now taken care of.

    Planted the new columbine, after doing a little weeding in the wild flower bed with the shovel. %$#! grapevine and mulberry grow so fast. Still not sure where to put the lavender, it likes sun. For now I just put it in a larger pot with fresh soil. Maybe by fall I'll know where to put it.

    Picked another handful of pea pods. Vines are starting to turn brown.

    Sunflowers are starting to bloom. Had a few get knocked over by a storm on Friday, but not broken just uprooted a little. So now they are zip tied to the strawberry bed frame.

    Have many baby cucumbers coming.
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    Quite a bit warmer today and mostly sunny. Both the garden and my spirits are a little perkier.

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    Cold front came through last night and though we only got a sprinkling of rain it cooled off quite a bit and I got out to the garden this morning while it was comfortable.

    Lettuce has been pulled out and composted or used as mulch. That gives the cucumbers space to expand. I think the garlic is done, could be pulled any time. Peas are done. Radishes are still blooming along with some onions from last year.

    Beets are looking good, I pulled two for this week. Chard is getting big, I picked a bucket. It was somewhat bitter, need to get to the smaller leaves. Sweet potato slips survived and are growing. Peppers look good and will start blooming soon. Grass is getting out of control in that area, despite having cleared it twice already. Tomatoes are blooming, a few are setting fruit. Yellow squash are starting to grow a little, they were late starters.

    All in all, looking good.
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    nice on beets! I weeded mine today. Have twice what I thought. The weeds really got going when I watered over last weekend.
    I also pulled what I thought were regular radishes but it seems a large portion are daikon radishes. I needed to keep better records this garden season! Oh well. Both are delicious.

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    Harvest times this year (thus far):

    blackberries - June 17
    zucchini - June 20
    cucumbers - June 28
    potatoes - June 28
    carrots - July 5
    tomatoes - July 6
    strawberries - July 10
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    In the south-west of Germany it is not as hot this summer with 80 to 90 ° F as in the past few years, but it is much too dry again. The constant wind with us also dries out the soil.

    I still have a good harvest this year:
    Black, red and white currants
    Strawberries
    Raspberries
    Blackberries
    Apricots
    Sweet cherries and sour cherries
    right now I'm harvesting chokeberry
    Pears will be ripe in August / September
    I can harvest the quinces in October

    My vegetables have to constantly water.
    Carrots, salsify, beans, peas, cucumbers and pumpkin grow well.
    I will harvest potatoes in a few weeks.
    Leek and cabbage are still very small. I don't want to harvest them until winter (November / December)

    The tomato harvest and chilli harvest will probably be quite high.

    So far I have been able to build up a good winter supply. I'm really happy about that, because the prices of fruit and vegetables have risen very much due to the corona crisis. (The harvest helpers from Eastern Europe are missing.)
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    I am impressed with your fruit harvest. Strawberries and blueberries are easy to grow around here if you have enough space and sun. Trees are a lot of work due to insects and leaf diseases as well as frosts. All of the grapes grown in Virginia are for wine. Vineyard owner said she could not afford to grow grapes just to eat.

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    We also grow wine.
    I try to grow as much myself as possible so that I don't have to buy very much.
    It does a lot of work, but I like doing this work.

    I am surprised that in this forum so little is written about self-sufficiency, preserves and storage. Is that really done so little in America? Do you prefer to store only cans or other food you buy?
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