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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/1/2017, 9:52 am

Just like that it's October, SFGers!  Whirlwind (literally for some of us here is the States) summer.  Record breaking termperatures, rain for days, just an interesting ride weather wise.  It took it's toll on my harvest for sure, especially the tomatoes and cucumbers.  Squash was ravaged my SVBs, I got a few.  Late start hurt my melons.  But I did get a few.

What went well or not so much?  What's on tap for what remains of the season?
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/1/2017, 11:57 am

Scorpio Rising wrote:Just like that it's October, SFGers!  Whirlwind (literally for some of us here is the States) summer.  Record breaking termperatures, rain for days, just an interesting ride weather wise.  It took it's toll on my harvest for sure, especially the tomatoes and cucumbers.  Squash was ravaged my SVBs, I got a few.  Late start hurt my melons.  But I did get a few.

What went well or not so much?  What's on tap for what remains of the season?
Not in your neck of the woods, but we have severe wind warnings coming for the next couple of days, which brings the very real threat of wildfires, so your whirlwind comment hit a bulls-eye out here. affraid
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/1/2017, 8:15 pm

countrynaturals wrote:
Scorpio Rising wrote:Just like that it's October, SFGers!  Whirlwind (literally for some of us here is the States) summer.  Record breaking termperatures, rain for days, just an interesting ride weather wise.  It took it's toll on my harvest for sure, especially the tomatoes and cucumbers.  Squash was ravaged my SVBs, I got a few.  Late start hurt my melons.  But I did get a few.

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Not in your neck of the woods, but we have severe wind warnings coming for the next couple of days, which brings the very real threat of wildfires, so your whirlwind comment hit a bulls-eye out here. affraid
Right, CN, we escaped the bulk of the disasterous weather.  I know many have had a super tough year....weather-wise! BIG hug
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garlic in containers?

Post  nrstooge on 10/1/2017, 8:28 pm

ok.. 5b.. here.. when should I plant the garlic?  I need to get something to mulch around the pots with still.. 

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/2/2017, 7:11 pm

nrstooge wrote:ok.. 5b.. here.. when should I plant the garlic?  I need to get something to mulch around the pots with still.. 

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When is your last frost, nrstooge?  Here I plant after Halloween.  Try getting some straw bales from TSC or Rural King.
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Post  nrstooge on 10/3/2017, 3:46 pm

Average first frost is Oct 15 and last is April 15 .. first time garlic planter here in Iowa Very Happy
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/3/2017, 7:32 pm

nrstooge wrote:Average first frost is Oct 15 and last is April 15 .. first time garlic planter here in Iowa Very Happy
I think after Halloween is good for you too.  Our average first frost is also 10/15.  Try to get some hardneck, not the kind from the grocery.  The variety should be hardy.  It is everywhere online.  I get mine from Pinetree, but all the seed companies have it!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/3/2017, 7:34 pm

countrynaturals wrote:
Scorpio Rising wrote:Just like that it's October, SFGers!  Whirlwind (literally for some of us here is the States) summer.  Record breaking termperatures, rain for days, just an interesting ride weather wise.  It took it's toll on my harvest for sure, especially the tomatoes and cucumbers.  Squash was ravaged my SVBs, I got a few.  Late start hurt my melons.  But I did get a few.

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Not in your neck of the woods, but we have severe wind warnings coming for the next couple of days, which brings the very real threat of wildfires, so your whirlwind comment hit a bulls-eye out here. affraid
Oh we don't need that at all!  Stay safe, CN!
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/3/2017, 9:29 pm

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countrynaturals wrote:
Scorpio Rising wrote:Just like that it's October, SFGers!  Whirlwind (literally for some of us here is the States) summer.  Record breaking termperatures, rain for days, just an interesting ride weather wise.  It took it's toll on my harvest for sure, especially the tomatoes and cucumbers.  Squash was ravaged my SVBs, I got a few.  Late start hurt my melons.  But I did get a few.

What went well or not so much?  What's on tap for what remains of the season?
Not in your neck of the woods, but we have severe wind warnings coming for the next couple of days, which brings the very real threat of wildfires, so your whirlwind comment hit a bulls-eye out here. affraid
Oh we don't need that at all!  Stay safe, CN!
Thanks, Scorpio. We aren't clear yet, but I think the advisory ends tonight.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/3/2017, 10:25 pm

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Re: N & C Midwest: October 2017!

Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/8/2017, 5:06 pm

OK, so just spent a few hours in the SFG for clean up.  Harvested some peppers, volunteer ground cherries from last years' location, a couple weirdly shaped cukes, and one square of Yukon Gold potatoes.  

Weeded 2 out of 3 beds, pulled everything but peppers and a couple ground cherry plants.  Also left some Swiss Chard after hard prune of damaged leaves.  Maybe I will get some leaves from those.  Also have 3 more SF of Yukon Golds to get.  

Still need to do my tomato bed....yikes.  What a Face  Also south annex needs cleaned too, but that's a quickie!

Getting ready to rain on me here, I believe after a pretty nice weekend.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/10/2017, 9:48 pm

We did get some rain.  Still unseasonably warm, even at night, but no complaints from me!   Will finish clean out this Saturday, and set my sights on the (swallows audibly). The garage.....pale
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/14/2017, 9:12 pm

Got it done today, at least in the SFGs!  Pulled all grasses, maters done.  Got stung by a sluggish yellow jacket in the process....

All that remains are some pepper plants, Swiss Chard, 4 squares of Yukon Gold to dig and some volunteer ground cherries still going.  

Still need to deal with the compost pile.  It is overgrown and neglected.  A pretty productive day here!  

Weather was gorgeous!  I can’t believe this fall!!!
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