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  1. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Hey, not all scary-looking things in the garden are a problem - this one (that made an appearance a few weeks ago) is beneficial:
  2. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Just when I thought I was done with 'em... BIG ol' hornworm on a PEPPER plant: Already nailed by the wasps, so I'm leaving it be. My radish experiment seems mostly a success so far: I have some stuff in the greenhouse to fill those empty spaces. That'll happen tomorrow thru Friday.
  3. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Habemus Parsley Worms! I'd seen the black swallowtails around, but hadn't seen any of these guys. Last year, they were happily munching on my dill. Presently, the parsley's going to seed, and I was contemplating pulling it out of there, to use the space for something else. Now I'll leave...
  4. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Sauce. We had some last night with the veal parm and Hoo Lee Shiit. That's good.
  5. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Just about to the end of the tomatoes - we already have a bunch canned, so presently it's the sauce chore (good rainy day activity). I'm using this technique: https://www.seriouseats.com/the-best-fresh-tomato-sauce-for-pasta-recipe The tomato paste part of the chore has already been done...
  6. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Re: the kale - we're contending with imported cabbageworms: those grayish-green things, and by "contending" I mean: What seems to be working: Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki). We're using the Safer brand Caterpillar Killer II concentrate in a sprayer. And speaking of... the...
  7. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Oh, hey, here's something interesting that appeared on the northside fence (adjacent to the corn and beans): I believe it's Apios americana (Groundnut or Hopniss). Not sure where it came from. The one viney thing over there I know full where it came from are my mother's morning glories...
  8. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Since I've been accused of having a perfect garden (I certainly don't)... My cucurbits are done. The heavy rains and stretches with little sun were tough on them (and the 'maters), but then came: http://gardeningsoul.blogspot.com/2014/09/controlling-squash-beetle-invasion.html And, of...
  9. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Stuff for the fall garden:
  10. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Oh, and I forgot to mention: my folks anniversary was yesterday so I harvested some of those swiss chard, a couple of chili peppers and one of the last of the fall kohlrabi (and some scallions and herbs from the front patch). Menu was: kohlrabi slaw from it and the swiss chard stems and chilis...
  11. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Everything's on schedule so far: maters are coming now, and the plan is to put up three batches (twenty-one jars) this year, and that is in addition to all the fresh being used now and over the next six weeks... at which point they and the cucurbit plants (which are fading now) will go away, and...
  12. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Dinner tonight included our so: And yes, ordinarily I grill, not boil - that will be the next batch, this weekend.
  13. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Transitioning the summer garden to fall... Here come the maters! Big caterpillar poops usually = hornworms, but I haven't seen them yet. Speaking of such, something's been munching on the pepper leaves: Still have corn and beans coming:
  14. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Greenhouse is now in late season / winter home: And this morning: holy cats! Forties!
  15. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Fall brassicas started.
  16. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Not a food thing (though the garden is in the background) - Morning Glories:
  17. Better Be Planting This Year. 2022+ And Up MEGATHREAD

    Yay - squash! The Zucchini Avalanche continues of course, to which we now add crookneck and pattypans.
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