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Post  countrynaturals on Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:52 pm

Rescue Garden Update: Today I cut the bottoms out of about 30 1 gal. nursery pots and used them as a border for 2 new beds. The idea was to plant behind them without the chickens finding out and trying to help, but I think I got too greedy and made the beds too big. I will probably have to use bird netting as a deterrent, but that's okay. We have a ton of the stuff to use up. The last 2 pics are where I planted the pig peas yesterday. Today I planted some corn seeds in front of them from 2007.  affraid There's nothing planted in the first two beds. That's where the yard long beans will go next week, after the night time temps warm up a little more. The small, bottomless containers will hold small flowers and herbs (I haven't gotten that far, yer. )I am pooped. I only have one more tough job -- mulching the final fig tree -- then I can ease up and play.



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Post  Scorpio Rising on Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:32 pm

Great idea!  Lots of SF for the taking!
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Post  countrynaturals on Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:29 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Great idea!  Lots of SF for the taking!
I am absolutely exhausted--so tired I'm sick. I pitchforked, shoveled, pushed a loaded wheelbarrow uphill, twice, dragged a wagon full of rocks across the property, 4 times, unloaded, spread, cut the bottoms out of 30+ containers, planted seeds, moved at least 50 big rocks, and it looks like I did . . . absolutely nothing.  Sad I'm going to bed. sawing logs
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Post  sanderson on Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:13 am

Only another gardener can understand how you can work so hard. . . and it's not obvious to someone else! Razz

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Post  countrynaturals on Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:15 pm

@sanderson wrote:Only another gardener can understand how you can work so hard. . . and it's not obvious to someone else!  Razz
I am starting to question my sanity. I should really stop watching videos and slide shows of gorgeous, lush gardens, producing so much food they have to give it away. I did have a "moment of greatness" yesterday when Hubby needed some chives and I just waltzed out to the garden and snipped off a bunch for him. That was my success story for the week. Rolling Eyes  The good news about that is that I planted those chives last year, left the pot out all winter with no care whatsoever, and yet it came back, beautifully. There is hope I guess, that some of my efforts will pay dividends, eventually. Cool
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Post  sanderson on Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:08 pm

I love being able to eat something from the garden. Waltz out there (all 10 steps) and harvest something. bounce

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Post  countrynaturals on Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:48 pm

@sanderson wrote:I love being able to eat something from the garden.  Waltz out there (all 10 steps) and harvest something. bounce
My goal is to be able to do that 365 days a year. I suppose I'm there already with kale, but I'm greedy. I want a selection. Rolling Eyes
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Post  Scorpio Rising on Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:44 pm

Pig peas?
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Post  countrynaturals on Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:32 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Pig peas?
I bought dundale pea seeds because they're drought and heat tolerant. It wasn't until after I had already planted them that I found out they're mostly grown to feed pigs.  Rolling Eyes How many lessons must I learn the hard way? Embarassed
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Post  Greenbeard on Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:03 am

Just made my way through the whole thread.   Very very impressive work you and your hubby have done on your butterfly junction.   Thank you for showing all the steps you two have done, it was a bit of work but it looks very nice.  And it should be very helpful as i get started here with construction in the next couple of weeks.
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Post  countrynaturals on Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:24 pm

@Greenbeard wrote:Just made my way through the whole thread.   Very very impressive work you and your hubby have done on your butterfly junction.   Thank you for showing all the steps you two have done, it was a bit of work but it looks very nice.  And it should be very helpful as i get started here with construction in the next couple of weeks.
WOW! You read the whole thing? Shocked The very best part of my "Salad Bar" is to be able to get up close and personal with the plants. Since I don't have to lean over to do anything, I always have both hands free to work. It's also easier to prune, trim, and clean out debris to keep things looking nice, so it's always a joy to take people through the garden. Fewer pests, too. I waited a lot of years for this setup. This will be my first full year to enjoy it and I can hardly wait. 

The second best thing about this setup is having water right there at my fingertips, whether I'm working inside or outside the garden. I made sure Hubby put the spigots up high, too, so I don't have to bend over for that, either. LIFE IS GOOD! Now if the night temps would just warm up to 50, I could get busy out there. bounce
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Post  sanderson on Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:14 pm

The hills around Folsom Lake (yes, the Folsom Prison area for you Johnny Cash fans) were alive with black butterflies.  I don't know what kind and I don't know what their favorite plant is.  I've seen it before and no one knew what it was.  

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Post  trolleydriver on Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:25 pm

Looks like Black Swallowtail butterfly.  We get them in our garden in the summer.

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Post  sanderson on Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:01 pm

Ah, ha! It was so difficult to see one clearly long enough to see the tails.

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Post  countrynaturals on Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:12 pm

Might be a pipevine swallowtail. 

https://www.google.com/search?q=pipevine+swallowtail&safe=active&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi-mIqHmIvTAhUX8WMKHav8AzsQ_AUICCgB&biw=1777&bih=855

Dutchman's Pipe is their only host plant, and it has to be an approved variety. There's one kind out there that's poisonous to them. I can get the specifics if anyone is interested.
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Post  sanderson on Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:18 am

Here's stock photo of what I saw.  Pipevine Swallowtail was the title.  

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Post  countrynaturals on Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:51 pm

@sanderson wrote:Here's stock photo of what I saw.  Pipevine Swallowtail was the title.  
These are the ones we had in Cottonwood in such abundance they flew around overhead in a long train. It was fascinating to watch. Here we're having trouble getting the dutchman's pipe established, but we still see a few swallowtails here and there.
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Post  countrynaturals on Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:59 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
@sanderson wrote:Here's stock photo of what I saw.  Pipevine Swallowtail was the title.  
These are the ones we had in Cottonwood in such abundance they flew around overhead in a long train. It was fascinating to watch. Here we're having trouble getting the dutchman's pipe established, but we still see a few swallowtails here and there.
I spent the whole day outside yesterday, and saw more of them than ever before. Also, our main bed of dutchman's pipe is doing well and the 2 new beds survived the winter and look pretty good. By next year maybe we'll have an established colony of them. Fingers crossed. Cool
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Post  countrynaturals on Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:08 pm

Can't do anything in the Salad Bar until after this next batch of rain (3 more days at least) but I was able to work in the BTE section of the rescue garden.

I pulled back the wood chips and set in the peat pots of yard long beans.


Then I covered them back with wood chips, but that left too much exposure, since my chips are pretty big, so I side-dressed with potting soil. I now know this wasn't the right way to do it, but maybe they'll forgive me.


I know most of you wouldn't be happy with such coarse material on top, but it will hopefully deter cats and chickens from getting too nosy.   geek
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Post  Turan on Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:41 pm

Your coarse material is a lot prettier than my pile of tomato cages I just heaped over the newly fluffed and sown carrot bed. Laughing

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Post  countrynaturals on Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:01 pm

@Turan wrote:Your coarse material is a lot prettier than my pile of tomato cages I just heaped over the newly fluffed and sown carrot bed. Laughing
Whatever works!  rofl
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Post  Avinash on Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:20 am

Looks wonderful! Keep it up.
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Post  countrynaturals on Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:06 pm

@Avinash wrote:Looks wonderful! Keep it up.
So far, so good. After 2 nights out, they still seem to be doing okay. Cool
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Post  countrynaturals on Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:25 pm

@sanderson wrote:Here's stock photo of what I saw.  Pipevine Swallowtail was the title.  
Ours are back already in large numbers. Here's a picture of their host plant, Dutchman's Pipe. These are young -- 2-3 years old. They can grow huge and climb way up a tree.


Here is a shot of their seed pods. See how they got their name?


This is what the caterpillars look like:


Here's the chrysalis:
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Post  sanderson on Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:42 am

So, I gather the adults were eating the nectar or pollen from the flowers, but when they lay their eggs, it will be on the Dutchman's Pipe?

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