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    Roll Call, 1/28
    I love your garden INMom! I hope my garden can be that prolific someday!

    I'm still just learning how to garden. Last year was the first year I tried to grow anything in earnest. I managed to keep 4 cucumber plants and two pots of flowers alive and ds and I enjoyed lots of fresh cucumbers and homemade pickles. Ok I enjoyed the pickles, ds didn't like the copycat Claussen pickle recipe I used lol. I killed 4 bell pepper plants but I know what killed them so not a total loss, lol. The peppers formed but then got blossom end rot. By the time I figure out what was going on with them and how to fix it, it was too late. I had gotten a late start on them to begin with so I just called it an educational loss, lol.

    For this year, I just started 4 different types of bell peppers and some oregano from seed yesterday. I've got them under grow lights. I've got some more herbs ready to start, but I had to go out this morning and get more seed trays lol. In a few weeks, we are going to get some more cucumber plants going along with peas, mint, broccoli and cauliflower, give watermelons and honeydew another try (they didn't make it past the seedling stage last year due to neglect). I also bought all the stuff, including 40 bare root strawberry plants, to try making a strawberry plant tower a la Calikim29.

    Due to bone and joint problems, early onset arthritis and the fact that we live at the base of a mountain (read that as, the ground on our property is either solid rock or heavy clay with no in between lol), I do all my gardening in containers, mostly 5 gallon buckets and animal feed and cattle lick buckets that we get from local farmers and ranchers in the area. I don't have to dig or try to amend heavy clay and I can put the buckets up off the ground so I don't have to stoop to the ground to take care of the plants. I do plan on building some raised beds some time in the future to put brambles and blueberry bushes in. Grandma has told us we can use her field so I want to get fruit and nut trees when we get another tractor and an auger attachment since that is the only way I am going to be able to dig a hole big enough and deep enough to plant a tree, lol. I would really love to learn to do espalier so our harvest stays within reach.

    ETA: Forgot to add, ds helps me sometimes with the garden stuff and I let him help whenever he wants but mostly he just likes to help with the harvest lol.
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    How is DS's foot doing MHA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    How is DS's foot doing MHA?
    Aw, thank you for asking. :-) He is 100% back to normal. Both of his feet healed beautifully and hardly any scarring at all. He is, however, a little more mindful of fire and burn piles lol. It's burn season around here and everyone and their neighbor is burning their burn piles or fields. When we are asked to help, he keeps an overly cautious distance away from the flames and is very reluctant to go add sticks to the fire even though the burn is well controlled. Not a bad thing for a seven year old. I'm sure he will relax a little as he gets older and the memory of his injury isn't so fresh.

    Also ds made a fibber out of me yesterday lol. I was getting some more seeds started to put under the grow lights and he decided he wanted to help lol. So he now has his own seed tray with bunching onions, forget-me-nots and mustard spinach. He picked out the seed varieties himself lol. Oh and a Yolo red pepper because he liked the Yolo part lol. He wanted to plant a watermelon but I had to tell him it is too early to start watermelon but he can grow some in a month or so lol. But he made his own chart to keep track of where his seeds are in the seed tray and is very excited to see them grow lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MapleHillAcademy View Post
    Also ds made a fibber out of me yesterday lol. I was getting some more seeds started to put under the grow lights and he decided he wanted to help lol. So he now has his own seed tray with bunching onions, forget-me-nots and mustard spinach. He picked out the seed varieties himself lol. Oh and a Yolo red pepper because he liked the Yolo part lol. He wanted to plant a watermelon but I had to tell him it is too early to start watermelon but he can grow some in a month or so lol. But he made his own chart to keep track of where his seeds are in the seed tray and is very excited to see them grow lol.
    EXCELLENT! I love how excited kids can get.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solong View Post
    I shall not post photos of the six salvaged bathtubs, representing every home trend from clawfoot to 70s pea green to 80s pinkish-white jet. The previous owner used them as raised garden beds. There are four additional utility tubs in the greenhouse, used in similar fashion, and - inexplicably - each one is nicer than the utility tub that resides in the house.
    I have to admit that I chuckled when I read this. We always used to threaten the kids with building a toilet fountain in the front yard, using old toilets from several different decorating eras that homeowners leave at the curb after a remodel. We were thinking four tiers, with colored water slowly making its way down from level to level. Like a chocolate fountain, but much more stupid.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Oooh oooh, do it, do it! You can illuminate the flowing water to be “disinfectant blue” at one of the stages!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Oooh oooh, do it, do it! You can illuminate the flowing water to be “disinfectant blue” at one of the stages!
    So very tempting!!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    So, maybe I embrace the garden situation and add a bidet bird fountain? Might make a good hummingbird mister...

    No.

    I'm that fun in my head, but not in real life.
    Home schooled two kiddos from a remote location for seven years. DD16 has transitioned to public high school. DS8 tried PS, but likes home schooling better.

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    I have never had a successful garden, so far the only things I have planted that have survived are zucchini and milkweed. Maybe we will try again this year. I would love to grow more vegetables and learn about canning.

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