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What’s Cracking In The Garden 2020

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I have been slacking in the picture department, mostly because I'm spending so much time canning. Processing 4 jars of pickles right now. Been canning some awesome salsas. Right now I only have about enough tomato for 1 jar, so I may or may not make more salsa this weekend.
 

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How are the lunch box peppers doing?
They are doing great. They have been wonderful in salads. My typical salad doesn't usually have lettuce, typically it's hot and sweet peppers, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, shredded carrot and home made dressing (1 part red wine vinegar, 2 parts olive oil, dash of: salt, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper and a fair amount of dried oregano).
 

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Ok, I did something different. Who can spot it?

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Wife and daughter cut the corn off 50 cobs yesterday for use this winter[some idiot took a couple pictures with his sd card not in the camera]. Onions are all out and hanging from the joists and not as many as usual. Wife is blaming maggots and some other bug for that. Think I ate the last good raspberry's yesterday.
 

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Wife and daughter cut the corn off 50 cobs yesterday for use this winter[some idiot took a couple pictures with his sd card not in the camera]. Onions are all out and hanging from the joists and not as many as usual. Wife is blaming maggots and some other bug for that. Think I ate the last good raspberry's yesterday.
In the old days it would have been leaving the lens cap on. :p
 

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So yeah , we are going for a record breaking 103 today and then snow , fereezing rain , and wind , mustnt leave our beloved wind

say goodbye to the tomatoes , peppers and probably melons......frost cloth on everything but that cloth is weak sauce , I need construction blankets but that ain’t gonna happen.....we will park the RV on the north side of the garden and maybe , a big maybe , it will protect some of the plants..

otherwise , come next Thursday , I say Thursday because Wednesday is also in the shitter as far as temps and moar wind..

and then by Friday , we will have some glorious Indian summer weather all the way into the middle of October , 65-80 degrees and not below 38 at night...

but that will be to little to late , I’m calling for Armageddon Tuesday Wednesday and anything after that will be by the grace of the Almighty

we have some medical plants in 2-10 gallon pots that we will bring into the garage or squeeze into the hoop house....the 6 or so plants in the hoop house will be u dear shade cloth and a poly blackout blanket so it should all survive and maybe provide us with some medicine until spring

and then we will do it all over again?....NOT!...stick a fork in mr spinal cracker , I’m waving the whiteflag , throwing in the gardening towel , this ain’t fun no more , I need a change.

hundred and fvvking three today , snow and ice the day after tomorrow , why punish myself any longer?...I am already experienced and have to damn much character , I don’t need all this refining and going through the fire , when does it end?..

I’m stressed a little today but I’ll be better doc as soon as I’m able.


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^ damn that sucks spinalcracker.

I think it was end of last year, there was a minor (not hard) frost in the forecast. I scrounged up old sheets, blankets, tarps to cover everything up. It turned out to be an extremely hard frost and nothing made it. After the hard frost I brought in all the tomatoes hoping they would ripen in doors but every one of them rotted before ripening.

Moral of the story, you might want to pick any tomatoes that show some color and let them ripen indoors lest the frost kill them. You may already know this. Best of luck.
 

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^ damn that sucks spinalcracker.

I think it was end of last year, there was a minor (not hard) frost in the forecast. I scrounged up old sheets, blankets, tarps to cover everything up. It turned out to be an extremely hard frost and nothing made it. After the hard frost I brought in all the tomatoes hoping they would ripen in doors but every one of them rotted before ripening.

Moral of the story, you might want to pick any tomatoes that show some color and let them ripen indoors lest the frost kill them. You may already know this. Best of luck.
We had a good frost years ago and I up rooted all the toe-mat-toes and hung them upside down in a shed....them damm things ripened. just saying all is not lost to frost.
 

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Sorry to hear that Mr cracker. Your weather has been brutal this year but this takes the cake for sure. Hopefully the hoop house saves your meds. GL to you.
 

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we will pick all the tomatoes and peppers tomorrow and cover as many as we can but I’m running out of frost cloth

ill throw some moving blankets over the frost cloth wherever I can...but it’s the 50 mph winds that will be tough to manage

no wonder these towns out here keep getting smaller and smaller
 

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Did a midnight harvest/pruning mission last night.

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Overall my humble patch is doing well. I didn't have room for all of the late early girls when I finally got them in the ground so I put one close to the house which is much healthier than the others which are actually quite sickly as I'll show in another post.

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Tonight's harvest
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When it's dry, squirrels will too. As well as turtles, deer, etc.
Before I saw your post I too was going to say they must be thirsty.
 

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a lot of my hens do not have feathers on their backs. Oh and every year I collect the eggs from the clutches and this year I did not. I figured let them rot or hatched and now I have 30 or something chicks running around. Of course the hawk gets some and sometimes the other hens get the chicks but so far next years flock is 40 birds.
 

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Well the garden turned out better than I expected after the snow and freezing temps.

Anyone ever seen a chicken look like this?..she appears to be happy and healthy otherwise...maybe the rooster is a sadomasochist? View attachment 181310 View attachment 181311 View attachment 181312 View attachment 181313
I was hoping to hear that things survived better than you were anticipating.
If you have time, tell us how you covered things up & how you battened down the hatch.
 

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Most of my hens look rough this time of year, since they are molting. They will make new feathers in late fall, when the egg production drops off.
 

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I have a rooster that has rigor mortise, yep something got him between 1 and 4am. me be thinking dog from next door as he is all there. frik'n dog is going to die if another bird goes down.
 

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Today pulled down the zinnias that were blocking sunlight on the fall peas & lettuce.
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Dug up the sweet potatoes
Once again should have pulled them sooner, too damn big.


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Oh, & Irons isn't the only gimmer to have a sexy S10 pickup:

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& I bet his doesn't come equiped with a custom chainsaw compartment:

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Subset of a bunch of random stuff crammed into 1 pic. Carrots, basil, toms, melon, kale, collard, peppers, beans....

50-65 degree weather all but killed the tomato production and other summer stuff. Kale and collard are enjoying the cool weather, and squash, brussels, and melons yet to harvest, but that's about it. Fall spinach and salad looking pretty weak. Good luck out there folks.

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Kid got a truckload of Berrys from the new patch.
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A few of the end of the year harvest.
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Meat birds found the end of there cycle today too.
Sore is good knowing ya got enough good food fore the winter.
 

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That ought to be some good bear meat then. The bears over in western colarado that eat peaches out of the orchards are pretty fancy on the dinner table.
 

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Whats in those bigs jars? Is that pickles and peppers?
Those are refrigerator pickles, kinda/sorta like bread and butter pickles but easier. We enjoy them and they certainly disappear when she takes them in for community functions.
 

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Nice harvest for all!

At 7K ft I'm lucky to get tomatoes. The 2 day freeze kind of put a kibosh on growing this year. Pulled the tomatoes and hung them in the garage. Got a few more ripening and then they're done.

You folks with big harvest must live in warmer climates...
 

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Had a long hard week of work and today is strictly recharge the battery day. That said I had to talk myself into watering the plants who've been without for a handful of days. Still pumping out fruits though...
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I didn't know that you can overwinter pepper plants
 
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It possible for most to overwinter a few, but in large #s it can get out of hand quickly.
That's what I was thinking as I wouldn't have room inside to keep more than a few.
Definitely going to try overwintering several plants.