Mischiefs' Folly

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  1. songbird

    songbird Senior Member

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    glad the AFB check came out ok. :)

    if i started keeping bees i'd probably have to quit gardening. i'd
    neglect too many other things. i know it.

    i've been moving mulch too and more this week. we have a local
    hardwood mill that we can get loads of chips from and will be
    borrowing a truck for a few days. because of how Mom wants to
    do this round we're not just having them dumped (which is much
    easier for those hauling) in a pile. that will be the next round.
    there's always plenty of places i can use woodchips.

    my quick project for September turned into three projects and so it
    goes on. i've already filled in the center and am no working around
    the edges, but to do that means hauling dirt out and moving humus
    in (much better for strawberries) and having a place to haul to means
    i'm moving rocks and mulch so i can raise an area up. i'm hoping i
    can get this done this week. lol

    bean harvest is mostly done, maybe 1/3rd the crop of normal. some
    new varieties and fun to be had in that i've found some more people
    to share bean varieties with for not much $. plus i'm trying to get
    some varieties from the researchers who have developed some. no
    luck with that yet.

    still very busy times here for a few more weeks/months (until the
    ground freezes).
     
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    Yes.... I spend way to much time watching them.
    hehe, I have had to tell my firewood mate to please not deliver my wood cos I have no room for it to fit....3 mountains of woodhip to move first.
    Thats what I did today.
    Scrape off the mulch from the paths around the watertank onto the garden and replace it with fresh chip.
    The baby tea plants and the Chilean guveas got replanted back into their bed, the front of the house where I still ahve a lawn, got mowed....and that was my day.

    If the weather is good tommorrow, I might be able to finish my friends tunnel house, but I have to have a rain and wind free day for this next bit.
    If it's drizzly, I am back on sorting the paths out. For me, at this time of the year, that is going to be a major bonus. Weed free paths and it get better each time.

    1/3rd your noraml crop does not sound good. I am assuming this is due to weird weather?
     
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    yes, weather, bouts of very hot weather and some very strong
    storms causing a lot of pods to abort filling and a lot of flowers
    not pollinated because of heat, drought the last half of the
    summer. i watered but they never do as well off well water as
    they do with rains. it has been raining last night and today for
    a change. so i get to putter around indoors (sorting beans and
    nap sounds good) :)

    i've not weighed them yet (some have to dry), but i think i may be
    lucky to top 10-15 kilos this season. for the area i have planted
    that's not a great harvest. i also need to find some innoculant. it
    looks like the beans don't have the bacteria they need to form the
    nitrogen fixing nodules. the soybeans around here always have
    them so i figured the soil was good enough for the beans too, but
    now in looking closer i'm not seeing what i expect. a boost of
    innoculant would be a good thing for next season to see how much
    that helps.

    made good progress yesterday on the projects, but need two or
    three more days like it. never really done, just move on to the
    next project on the list. it keeps me moving. :)

    lima beans are flowering and putting on new pods, but i dunno if
    we'll have enough warmth to finish them. i'll watch for frosts and
    get out and pick if we are due. they are good picked green too...
    the rest of the beans i've picked through enough that most are in
    except for any that are coming around again in this cooler and
    wetter weather.
     
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    haha, 15 kgs of beans would be my years supply.
    I'm surprised that with all the beans you grow, you still need to think about innoculants.
    ahhh I love Lima beans. I'm going to give them another go this year, hopefully they will get a long enough summer to fill out.

    I swear to god, never again will I build a tunnel house for somebody else or myself for that matter. My own greenhouse/no-glass house may have taken longer but I didnt get bruised thumbs from putting in all those locking pins in place and I still have to do the last end wall and put the door on, then.....I think I said before, I need to learn to say no.
     

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