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Nancy in Pátzcuaro

Gardening: (2016– )

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11 minutes ago, dcarch said:

How do you guys deal with biting insects? flies, mosquito, ticks, etc?

 

dcarch 

Wave my hands, slap at them and curse.

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Here is a shot of my tent from 6 days ago - sorry I don't have a better close up of the plants:

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Here is a close up of the plants tonight - just 6 days later...

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These will have to be moved out of the "nursery" into their forever home soon - I'm already seeing some shading going on!

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21 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

My first strawberry is red.

 

Wow! This early? What variety are you growing? Is it June bearing (long day) or ever bearing (day neutral)?

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13 hours ago, dcarch said:

How do you guys deal with biting insects? flies, mosquito, ticks, etc?

 

dcarch 

I'm not currently in a bug-heavy area, but my parents were for several years. They wore long sleeves to work in the garden, with a DEET-based repellent at the wrists and around their neck, ears, etc. On really bad days, they wore hats with bug veils on them. To guard against ticks, if they weren't wearing tall rubber boots, they'd tuck the cuffs of their pants into tall white athletic socks they'd bought for the purpose. The socks kept the ticks from having easy access up the pants leg, and because they were white it was easy to do a quick visual check before coming into the house.

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I put up the deer fence yesterday with a few trips for more posts and some cordage. I believe every year, without my intending to,  the area gets a little bigger. When I first put it up, a few years ago, I had quite an overlap of fencing material.

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This year, I ran into a bit of  a shortage and had to get creative with a fix.

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I was happy to see blossoms on the sugar snaps today and hope to be picking them soon.

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I also had to give the peonies a bit of structural support this morning, as I noticed they had started flopping over in the night.

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We have deer all around but they stay out of our property which is fenced and gated with 5 foot high fencing.  We've had one deer jump the fence in the 14 years we have been here.  We had three dogs which kept pretty much all the critters avoiding our space.  Especially all the California quails living here.  Our dogs would chase them away the instant they made their way out of hiding.  But now, no dogs, we have quail.  So brash they run across our patio right in front of the patio door.  And the little beggers are pulling up my bean seedlings.  So, I now have some chicken wire around specific raised beds and the strawberries.

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9 hours ago, HungryChris said:

I put up the deer fence yesterday with a few trips for more posts and some cordage. I believe every year, without my intending to,  the area gets a little bigger. When I first put it up, a few years ago, I had quite an overlap of fencing material.

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This year, I ran into a bit of  a shortage and had to get creative with a fix.

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I was happy to see blossoms on the sugar snaps today and hope to be picking them soon.

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I also had to give the peonies a bit of structural support this morning, as I noticed they had started flopping over in the night.

HC

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Peonies looking awesome :) 

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20 hours ago, HungryChris said:

I also had to give the peonies a bit of structural support this morning, as I noticed they had started flopping over in the night.

HC

 

Here is a little tip. Staking can be expensive and unsightly.

You can get nice looking 36" long (yes, they do have 36" long) bamboo BBQ skewers cheaper. Check out Amazon, 100 skewer pack for less than $15.00.

 

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A gracious and most welcomed gift from a friend’s garden.

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3 minutes ago, robirdstx said:

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A gracious and most welcomed gift from a friend’s garden.

Jealous!

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10 hours ago, robirdstx said:

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A gracious and most welcomed gift from a friend’s garden.

 

I know everything is big in Texas but I never dreamed your tomatoes are so early!

 

One of my plants has a little yellow flower.  (Though I did harvest three strawberries this evening.)

 

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Here's my garlic.  Starting to throw scapes.

Next picture is the Sea Island Peas.  Fencing to keep the quails out.

Next up are my fave bean plants.  They have really taken off and have flowers on them already.

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I am SO jealous. I have a raised bed from the former home owners but between the chipmunks and rabbits (which aren’t scared of my dopey dog as she ignores them) and the deer it seems like I’d be wasting time unless I got a professional in to help me start. 

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Here is all the gardening I've done so far this year.

 

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Each year I get get a little better picking plants that can survive the full sun in these pots.

 

We have discovered that planting them immediately after coming home from the nursery gives better results than waiting a few days (and I lose less plants to the hubby),

 

 

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Here's how things look this morning 

 

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The first pic is my newly plowed (for the 6th time) garden, complete with electric fencing and a small entrance.  Fishing line will go around the lower level to keep my chickens out.   The next pics are some of the flowers in the front of the house. The white iris were from my Gran's house. I dug up some tubers after the fire so I could replant them. It worked!  The lupines were taken from our farm, and plunked in the front area by my hubby. I did not consent to that location- but they've taken well, so I guess they stay.  

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Fresh picked, washed and spun dry lettuce for a salad tonight.

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Bonnie Plants, a regular truck shop patron where Deb works, brought her in a gift a few days ago.

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On 5/25/2018 at 6:29 PM, Okanagancook said:

We have deer all around but they stay out of our property which is fenced and gated with 5 foot high fencing.  We've had one deer jump the fence in the 14 years we have been here.  We had three dogs which kept pretty much all the critters avoiding our space.  Especially all the California quails living here.  Our dogs would chase them away the instant they made their way out of hiding.  But now, no dogs, we have quail.  So brash they run across our patio right in front of the patio door.  And the little beggers are pulling up my bean seedlings.  So, I now have some chicken wire around specific raised beds and the strawberries.

LOL Forget the fencing, and use snares. It still protects the beans, it's easier, and the quails make an entree to go with your garden veggies. :P

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 Now I think it is mice that are eating my strawberries.  Traps set.......a la Monty Python....mice on a stick!xD

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@Kerry Beal nice chervil plant.  Did you buy it or grow it from seed.  I find it difficult to get the seeds to germinate.

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2 hours ago, Okanagancook said:

@Kerry Beal nice chervil plant.  Did you buy it or grow it from seed.  I find it difficult to get the seeds to germinate.

I've forgotten how it started - I think it might have been seed - I've had it for years - it took over the neighbors yard (he worked hard getting rid of it) and now it's back in mine. It was missing last year. I love it for my Provencal tomatoes. 

 

 

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