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Post  quiltbea on 11/2/2015, 10:46 am

It seems no one thought to start a new monthly post so here I am, visiting.  My garden is asleep for the winter.  I brought in the 2 thyme pots and they are doing well.
I've been taking pix of my neighborhood birds at my 2 feeders.  I've got chickadees, tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatches, and blue jays I'm enjoying.




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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/3/2015, 10:05 am

Awww....  Pretty birdy!  Is that the titmouse?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/3/2015, 11:08 am

QB, do you get wildflowers beneath the bird feeders?

Stellar weather we're having this week!  And we're at peak foliage ta boot!

Todays smoothie harvest:

along with a few maters and ground cherries for tonights salads:

The asparagus is turning gold now:

Still have visitors on the flowers:


I haven't planted my garlic yet.  Embarassed  Hope to get that done this weekend.
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Post  quiltbea on 11/3/2015, 11:30 am

A Marie.....Yes, that's a titmouse with a Chickadee on the tall pole in front.

CapeC.....Your garden just amazes me.  Love seeing it still blooming.

I haven't had wildflowers under these feeders yet since I've recently moved them from the far side of the yard near the pine trees to a spot closer to my kitchen door.  There were wild somethings coming up there but they were mowed down each week.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/5/2015, 3:48 pm

Tour time!

Pepperoncini peppers still going, but boy are they HOT this time of year!:

Carrots and daikon:

The cherry toms are still going strong but I also have these-
Striped Romans:

Brandywines:

Greens with beets along the front:

Leeks, 1 of 2 squares:

A view from the back:

Outside the box

Planted corn end of July and the coons ate most all of them, so here's my one and only (no laughing;):

Parsnips could be pulled anytime now:

Strawberry bed is slowly getting it's annual cover of pine needles and leaves:

The ground cherries are about done.  Now, if I'd only bend over and collect the good ones that are just laying there:

Still collecting raspberries.  Also, apples and pears from a neighbors trees:

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Post  quiltbea on 11/5/2015, 7:11 pm

CapeC...I just love your garden.
As for the Parsnips, have you had any frosty nites yet?  They taste best after getting a couple of frosts to sweeten them.
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Post  sanderson on 11/6/2015, 2:10 am

And I see some beautiful tall pink flowers??

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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/7/2015, 9:19 am

@sanderson wrote:And I see some beautiful tall pink flowers??
Actually that's a burning bush behind the tomato trellis. But if you mean the tall pink flowers in the previous set of photos, those are cosmos. And they are still going!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/7/2015, 9:48 am

Nice! Everything done here except some chard and a few annuals.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/10/2015, 9:04 am

CC - the flowers with the asparagus - are those the cosmos?  They look like a daisy....
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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/11/2015, 12:35 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:CC - the flowers with the asparagus - are those the cosmos?  They look like a daisy....

They are perennial mums called Sheffield - the best I've ever had - and they grow like weeds, multiply like rabbits and the pollinators LOVE them. The whole neighborhood is slowly getting covered with Sheffields from a single plant I bought from the distress table 3 or 4 yrs ago.
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FINALLY planted my garlic yesterday! Better late than never, and I'm sure they will love this rain we're having for 3 days. Only 8 sqs this year but lots of extras under the 4 fruit trees in hopes of keeping pests away.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/11/2015, 1:25 pm

They sure are pretty!  Maybe THAT'S what our neighbor towards the front of the subdivision has....  They're pink, look like daisies, hold up well.  And they are perennials....

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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/11/2015, 3:09 pm

My Sheffields are peachy pink, but there is one call Sheffield Pink. It's very pretty.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/11/2015, 6:27 pm

I was admiring those mums too, really holding up,well into fall! So pretty! Will keep my eyes peeled for some in spring.
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Re: New England...Nov. 2015

Post  CapeCoddess on 11/13/2015, 3:06 pm

Woooooweeee!  Hit the mother-lode at the beach during lunch break today!

My new compost pile will be so happy!

If any of you want some Sheffield seeds I'll see if I can get some this year...or it may be early next spring.  Not sure when the seeds are ripe, or even if they will sprout, but it's worth a try.
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Post  sanderson on 11/13/2015, 6:15 pm

Your eastern kelp looks easier to gather and use than CA kelp. I have to chop it up.

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Re: New England...Nov. 2015

Post  CapeCoddess on 11/14/2015, 1:44 pm

Today's harvest:

Maters still going:

Found this under some fading leaves:
Shocked  Knock me over with a feather!
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@sanderson wrote:Your eastern kelp looks easier to gather and use than CA kelp.  I have to chop it up.  
Wait a minute! I can't get the size perspective from the photo. Do you leave those things that look like giant eels and take the rest? What are those things? Beautiful photo by the way. Bet it's a lot warmer than than my photo.
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Post  sanderson on 11/14/2015, 4:15 pm

Here are 2 more stock photos I found this morning that do not have the big, thick anchoring tubes.  Commercial gathering.

This stock photo shows sandy conditions under which I have to collect the kelp.  Lots of washing needed.

Here are photos from 2013 when I tried drying kelp in the back yard:


PS I found subsequently that washing and chopping into 6-12" pieces and building a compost pile is a lot better that drying. Embarassed

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/14/2015, 8:07 pm

Are these kelp harvesting situations within walking distance? Seems like a wet project. Is it heavy?

I thought about getting some cornstalk from our local order Amish. They put the corn into shocks to use over the winter, discarding the stalks. And they are organic with a capital "O".
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Post  sanderson on 11/15/2015, 3:49 am

Me? We can drive down to the sand and collect the kelp. They are heavy, slimy, and sandy.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/15/2015, 1:50 pm

Sanderson, that kelp hanging and drying looks like kombu to me. I'd have to eat it!  I didn't realize how massive they are either.

SR, my seaweed is over 100 ft from the parking lot so it's great exercise lugging buckets back & forth across the sand.

Planted wild tulip bulbs today and interplanted garlic in hopes of keeping the bunnies from beheading the tulips in spring....the little rotters.
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What happens to garlic if you never harvest it?  I see the ones under the fruit trees from 2 yrs ago are up again now.  And I doubt I'll ever harvest the tulip bed garlic either.  Do the bulbs multiply?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/16/2015, 6:38 pm

Yes, CC, I think they do multiply, like all bulbs, I believe. Squirrels ate every red tulip bloom right off last spring. Evil or Very Mad
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Post  quiltbea on 11/18/2015, 9:39 pm

Has anyone rec'd their 2016 seed catalogs yet?  Today I rec'd High Mowing Seeds and Pinetree Garden Seeds.  Unfortunately, since I won't be putting in a garden next spring, I don't dare open them.  I would normally have to place an order for a Xmas gift to myself this year.

Here's the first Downy woodpecker I've seen at my feeder this fall.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/19/2015, 7:45 am

I need to get my feeders up. Why no garden this spring, Bea?
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