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Post  sanderson on 2/3/2016, 3:11 pm

Green house winter Rutger!! - 1 1/2" tall x 1.5" deep x 1.75" wide! It snapped off the vine when the vine fell over. A little mealy, but very acidy and juicy.

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Post  sanderson on 2/6/2016, 5:36 pm

Husband agreed to build me a 2' x 8' table top! bounce bounce

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/6/2016, 8:58 pm

WOO-HOO! Nice hubby...!
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 2/7/2016, 1:14 am

So... I just have one question for you... is he putting it on your roof???!!!  Where on earth are you going to fit it, lol?!
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Post  sanderson on 2/7/2016, 1:25 pm

rofl It will go on the lawn next to the 3 that form a key hole. Change two 180* sprinkler heads to 90*. I have 93 sq ft, of which 9 have spurge-type weeds, so it will bring the usable total to 100. Plus tomato buckets and lots of pots. When the new one is in place, I'll post a photo.

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Post  sanderson on 2/7/2016, 2:12 pm

I also posted this under "Are you seeing bees?" I pulled back the bridal tulle this morning to allow these bees to get to the broccoli flowers. I love snapping off the tender stems and eating the flowering heads. They are sweet!

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Post  sanderson on 2/9/2016, 7:52 pm

It was 80*F today! Shocked We are getting the carpet installed tomorrow, no longer will we look like squatters in one of the small bedrooms! Getting up in the morning has meant literally getting up in the morning! Hours from starting my seedlings. bounce

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Post  trolleydriver on 2/9/2016, 8:11 pm

80 degrees F ... wow! It's getting colder for us this week with a forecast overnight low of Minus 17 F on Friday night and a high of Minus 4 F on Saturday. We are months away from 80 F.
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Post  sanderson on 2/9/2016, 8:20 pm

lots o

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/9/2016, 8:26 pm

Glad for you, Sanderson! Things are coming together!
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Post  Yardslave on 2/11/2016, 4:40 pm

Plums, apriums, apricots are flowering, and all the apples leaf buds are swelling. I was too late to prune them this winter, so I'm going to get what I get and try for some summer pruning. My tomato seedlings are big enough to start hardening off, and I'm going to start some tree Kale cuttings. Got my fingers crossed that we don't get any frost!
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Post  sanderson on 2/12/2016, 10:47 pm

YS, A neighbor's apricot is blooming (along with my winter broccoli!) so it is getting close. I need to harvest the oranges and prune, before it starts flowering. Shocked

The beds in the sun are warm enough to sow but the ones in winter shade are too cold except for the brassicas that are planted. I should have 107 squares this season but I have 137 varieties of seeds! Yes, tomato buckets and pots, also, but it's going to take some thinking before I start seedlings indoors. thinking And extended shade material for scorching summer. I have no idea if we will have much more rain this spring, regardless, there will be heavy water rationing. Back to the greenhouse, there are 2 beefsteaks blushing! And, the Argentine ants have moved in to 3 buckets! Oh, well.

I started another jar of cabbage. This time I used my primitive shredder for finer shred, and massaged for a full 5+ minutes with the salt. Perfect. Juice is right to the top of the cabbage. No water needed. cheers

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/13/2016, 8:31 am

How exciting!

Have you tried cinnamon or peppermint in the buckets to drive off the ants?
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Post  sanderson on 2/13/2016, 1:24 pm

I haven't tried anything yet, just saw them.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 2/14/2016, 12:24 pm

I have to get out in the greenhouse and start my spring round of seeds.  I'm late already.  Oh well!  Last year I noticed it didn't really matter much that volunteers that started caught up to those that I had started earlier.  I guess because our growing season is so long in the end it won't really make the kind of a difference it makes if you're a short growing season area.  

However.... those seed packs are sitting behind my desk just begging me to get them in the dirt!  They are very distracting  Wink
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Post  sanderson on 2/14/2016, 2:13 pm

Yep, seed packets just staring at me. They remind me of "The Shining" where the topiaries kept getting closer! What a Face I finally updated the Excel sheet and it's scary how many packets I have.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 2/15/2016, 9:47 pm

LOL!  LOL!  LOL!  You have a spreadsheet for your seed packets?!  I have a fruit flat where they're semi-stacked up semi by season, kinda sorta maybe in some crazy woman's mind organization system! Razz
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Post  sanderson on 2/16/2016, 12:03 pm

The photo option is back up.  My Valentine's 2' x 7' TT.
Corner construction:
Leveling on the lumpy lawn:
Ready to install the "cup holders" for the PVC frames:

All that's left is to finish installing the holders, lining with weed fabric, fluffing the peat moss, making the Mel's Mix and filling . . .

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Post  CapeCoddess on 2/16/2016, 12:38 pm

@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote: I have a fruit flat where they're semi-stacked up semi by season, kinda sorta maybe in some crazy woman's mind organization system! Razz

LOL...I get that. Mine are filed in clampacks by season, too. Sorta kinda...
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Sanderson, you're TT is beautiful! I have a 2 x 7 on ground that's perfect for raspberries and I love it.

You folks have any leafy greens growing now that you can post photos of? I'm jonesin' here....
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Post  sanderson on 2/16/2016, 2:15 pm

CC, Just for you

Garlic, snow peas, carrots and parsnips
Onions and garlic:

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Post  trolleydriver on 2/16/2016, 2:57 pm

Sanderson ... that is one great looking Table Top. Looking forward to seeing it loaded up and in production. BTW what did you use for the bottom?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 2/16/2016, 3:21 pm

love the idea
ahhhh....Beautiful photos! I feel so much better now.  

Thanks, Sanderson!
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Post  sanderson on 2/16/2016, 5:40 pm

CC, Any time you need a fix. Razz

TD, 3/4" plywood with 1/2" holes in each square.

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Post  sanderson on 2/16/2016, 6:37 pm

We just had an unusual earthquake. Not the usual wiggly bowl-of-jello type, but a boom!

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