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June 27, 2020

Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread, June 27, 2020 [KT]

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Hello, gardeners, putterers and refugees from any remaining lock-downs! Admirale's Mate has sent in some remarkable photos of lurkers:

My sister lives in a small rural town in northern Pennsylvania. She has been putting out food for a crippled deer but noticed something else had been eating the food so she installed a game camera to catch the perp. Yesterday she got this photo. I guess bears gotta eat too.

Below, one returns by night:


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And here's the crippled deer whose food was being stolen by the bears. Awww:

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And another lurker from NaughtyPine:

It rained, so I left off the landscaping for a bit. But neighbour cat thought damp mulch was the perfect place for a catnap.

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Edible, Maybe?

From Admirale's Mate again:

Shroom soup anyone?

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He has been told that those are Oyster Mushrooms. I've seen similar ones that were called Chicken of the Woods. Anyone recognize them? Wonder how hard they are on trees?

Reminder: Be very careful that you I.D. mushrooms correctly before eating them.

Wonder if bears eat them?

Edible Gardening

Naughty Pine:

I grew a couple radishes from tops with a bit of root. Had no idea that when they bloom, they're downright pretty. And they get really, really tall!

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And she can eat the blooms and young pods, too.!

We tasted our first garden tomatoes last weekend. Small, but luscious. Zippy.
From Misanthropic Humanitarian via CBD:

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Seems about right. Heh.

Gordon got his first tomatoes, too. Way up in Minnesota!

UFla's Garden Gem. These were bred for a good appearance, good shelf life, and good flavor. The wife likes it as a sandwich slicer, because it doesn't get the bread all soggy. But it is really a paste variety. These are small. The ones on the vine below are about three times the mass of these.

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Fruits and plants look great!

And more news on Farmers Markets, from last Saturday:

We went to Menomonie, WI, to get strawberries today. There's about a three-week window, and these berries are so amazingly juicy and flavorful. We bought a flat (ten pounds or so) at a farm where folks can pick their own. We didn't, as we are old and creaky.

Then we were in Menomonie proper, and drove past a gal setting out buckets of berries on a table in a C-store parking lot. We grabbed a quick bite and by the time we returned, she was down to three buckets, which my wife claimed. Two other cars stopped and were disappointed, but she said she would have some more "soon".

Soon was about five minutes, when her hubby showed up with seven more buckets. Before he finished unloading, two trucks stopped and bought all seven, at $18 each.

Tomorrow the jam maker will be busy.

Let us know, Gordon . . .

Big news from Larro from earlier this month:

We sold house and loaded up rv and staying down at bro's compound.

Here's their garden and pet, plus 50 cattle or so . . .

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Now THAT's a garden, and a garden pet.

Gardens of The Horde

Zanne sent in a surprise:

I was off work for a couple of weeks and no one bothered to water my cactus. I went back to work and watered my cactus and a week or so later these blooms appeared. I was very surprised.

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I bet you were surprised!

If you would like to send information and/or photos for the Saturday Gardening Thread, the address is:

ktinthegarden
at g mail dot com

Include your nic unless you want to remain a lurker.

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