2022 Gardening

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  1. Yvonne Smith

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    I have the Picture This app on my iPhone, and it says that this is a fringed pink dianthus, @Dwight Ward .


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    Thanks, Yvonne. I gotta get that app.
     
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    It is an awesome app ! Not only can you identify actual flowers or plants, you can identify them from pictures like I did with your picture of that beautiful dianthus.
    The deluxe version costs $29 for a year, but if a person is a gardener or just an outdoors person, then it is well worth the money. My daughter posted pictures from a walk in the woods, and one of the pictures had stinging nettles, and I was able to identify that from her picture on Facebook that she posted from her walk.
     
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    My second year of vegetable gardening isn't much improved over my first. I had bigger beds but they were a lot of work to put in and I let the weeds get ahead of me. I've got nice cukes, okra and leaf lettuce but my tomatoes are small, though very sweet. The corn has immigrated to another garden along with the sweet peppers and snow peas.
    I'm happier with my wildflowers in the front yard. I have some marigolds mixing in with the wildflower mix I planted and together with shasta daisies and morning glories, they make a happy show. I thought the moth below, who is helping with pollination now that we've killed the honeybees, was lovely.
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    Our first full day of harvest. We have been harvesting for some time, but this is the first time we dedicated most of a full day to it. We di 6 quarts of dill pickles, and one batch of pickle relish, which is draining to be canned tomorrow. 5 pints of hot veggie pickles, 5 quarts of tomato sauce after roasting the tomatoes, 9 quarts of cauliflower blanched and frozen, and 7 quarts of broccoli blanched and frozen. Wife has picked 3 gallons of blueberries as of yesterday (wild), and I don't know how many gallons of raspberries (domestic). Our larder is rapidly filling and the season has just gotten started.
     
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    These posts make me smile. So how do you roast all those tomatoes?
     
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    We generally just put them in the oven, although we have put them on the grill on occasion in the past. You really should experiment with canning, @John Brunner. You can put up entire meals that way, but it does require pressure canning, which not everyone is comfortable with.
     
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    I still use a 1960s Presto pressure cooker. I am fearless!!! I also have a more modern Fagor, which is less exciting and lack the rockin' regulator. Just be careful with things whose skins may block the relief valve (like beans) and you'll be OK.

    I guess those who like to cook have heard the stories. And we've all seen the homesteader videos. Even though they use the top-of-the-line All American canner and 100% trust the process, it still sits outside on a propane burner when they use it. The courage of their convictions, as it were (or lack thereof.)
     
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    Our daughter uses hers outside, but it is because she has a glass stovetop, not because she is scared. We have canned everything imaginable during the 45 years we have been married and loved it. We have a big Presto that we bought 45 years ago and haven't changed anything other than the pressure gauge and the gasket. Our new thing this year is sausage kale soup. We no longer make our own sausage as we don't have pigs any more, but we have tons of kale in the garden. We tried it and liked it, so we will be canning the meals in the next couple weeks.
     
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    We are harvesting for the wife's Garden Display at the Fair. She used to do the harvesting between goat milking, homeschooling and such, but now she does it over two days and has help since I am no longer gone to work. No kids here to help anymore, though. Winter squashes are smaller this year, but last year was even worse. I guess some of our soil is getting worn out. Without the livestock, the quantity of composted manure and such is limited.
     
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    I'm going to be buying some biddies in a while. I know nothing about keeping chickens but I'll learn. I want them happy and healthy.
    I'm taking a survey. What animal is smarter, a goat or a cow? I've heard some opinions but I'm doubtful.
     
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    Goats are far smarter than cows. The only livestock whose intelligence matches a goat is a pig. I always question the Biblical stories concerning goats and sheep. Maybe sheep were once smarter, but the sheep now are nearly as stupid as chickens.
     
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    I did know that pigs were smart and chickens were on the slow side.
    The reason I asked was that someone swore cows were smarter than goats and it just didn't sound right.
    Another person explained to me that cows were herd animals. I said yeah, when they mooed I heard them.
    Now I've got to figure out why every woman I've ever been involved with was smarter than me.
     
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