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LallyLuckFarm

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Small scale permaculture nursery in Maine, education enthusiast, and usually verbose.

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I agree with @PaddleMaster about the protective gear if you've got permission to do the work there. Have a change of clothes and some rags with texture, soap, and water to wipe any skin that gets the urushiol on it.

But hooray for the rest of the green you've got going on!

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I think they're all looking good! You should be proud of them and yourself

What did you end up changing to protect the pumpkins, if anything?

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We hit 90F yesterday and I watered some of our starter trays like six times, I feel your pain. How are the pumpkins' roots looking? If they're starting to bust out at the bottoms (or sides of you have that kind) it might be time to think about giving them some more space, and the additional soil will increase the amount of water they can have available throughout the day

Starting a Serrano, a Hungarian cheese pepper, and a cherry tomato in my backyard! ( files.catbox.moe )

I've mentioned it in the weekly thread but these are sitting an inch deep in nutrients and water. They drink it down, and I refill it when they need it. Its a hydroponic method called kratky. I don't have a hose or a lot of room so this might be a good solution for me. Excited to see how it goes!

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I was curious how you'd float or secure the plants in the nutrient water, thanks for sharing! Wishing you many happy harvests of fresh food!

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Is there a certain pot depth you'd recommend? I imagine part of the reason is to prevent excess water wicking into the substrate in the pot, but would be concerned somewhat about accidentally air pruning roots in a gap.

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Homegrown Harvest: a season-by-season guide to a sustainable kitchen garden from the American Horticultural Society is a good one to check out.

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Busy Friday here. Trying to figure out how much time I can offer this morning at the library (helping local students make a compost pile) before I have to come back and keep working on projects here. But it's been gray and rainy for several days now and my motivation is not totally present.

Hoping to play a little TOTK this weekend myself, actually. Maybe some time around the fire pit too if the weather is nice enough

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I hadn't heard that, but that sounds like a huge missed opportunity. I loved the master sword trials from BOTW and would enjoy having new and more intricate shrine puzzles for the new mechanics

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whoever planted these was really going wild

Hah that's going to be my memorial plaque at the farm when I'm gone! I'm glad that native cherry decided to leave you with some offspring that were in a better place for you to enjoy.

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Very cool! Which varieties of apple did you end up selecting, and have you decided how you'd like to train or manage them?

Yay violets! The tea is nice, and you can also use the flowers in salads for a pop of color. Also, garlic mustard -> violets; pesto, change-o?

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That sounds like a lovely summer veggie garden, I'm excited to see what you do with them! Small spaces can make it challenging to fit everything but they also make you use the space more creatively, and they look awesome crammed full of plants.

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I'm very excited to see how this works for you! Wishing you the best luck finding your peppers and remembering to take lots of pictures to share here bee laugh emoji

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Thank you! The secret is killing a ton of plants until you improve enough to keep them alive, and then killing more until you can keep them happy bee fingerguns emoji

Spider mites are a tricky pest when the plants prefer a dryer soil, but I've had some success with a layer of sand on top of the potting mix, which might be worth a try. And there are so many cool varieties of basil that I totally encourage you to try from seed! I know you're going to have that kitchen garden rocking in no time

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Here's a little PDF for you from treesaregood.org about pruning but you should totally make a thread about it ;D

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Even here in Maine there are some large subsidies for battery backup systems. The state is even running a program for people who have them, where they can get paid for selling their stored energy during peak usage times.

What's growing on, Beehaw?

Potting continues here; there are almost eighty elderberries hanging out in our front yard right now in addition to the others (happy to share what the others are if anyone is actually curious). Overnight temperatures are still a little low for some of the transplants potted up this past week and I am running out of shelf space...

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That's exciting! Chilly microclimates can be kind of a bummer when other folks' plants have bloomed and you're still waiting, but there's also that benefit of generally getting growth after the freezes are over.

Thank you for commenting in these threads! I adore hearing what everyone is getting up to in their gardens every week

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Why do I hear my name being called in the woods? Gray catbirds

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Forty years living in their range and having a name that sounds like their call, and they are still never my first assumption.

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Not just you, I thought it was engaging and interesting as well. The comment about artificial refuges really strikes a chord as well, and I would add man made brush piles to the list of reclamation structures for encouraging animal resurgence.

Also, I'm excited that I might be able to describe the various rock structures on our parcel with greater scientific rigor.

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Hah it was killer doing a first course of stone for a slope stabilization project but I'll see what I can do bee fingerguns emoji

I wonder if the neighbors would let me borrow their horse...

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I've gotten permission, so I'm excited to share this news with you, my Beehaw fam, the same way I told my biological fam:

https://beehaw.org/pictrs/image/8f413bd0-8c8f-4662-bb36-b3f5fe021acc.webm

Life, uh, found a way.

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Very glad you're off orders to rest, just remember to take it slow!

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Ugh, physical corrections like that make me sick, I'm glad you're not going to take lessons there even though it's an awesome set of skills. Truth be told I get a little sick even when the training language used is negative, no matter what certifications the trainer has.

That said, I'm glad the rest was awesome!

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Something I do when I'm depressed is discount the value of my own accomplishments. When I'm not in those moments, I know that I should be kinder to myself by being proud of what gets accomplished in spite of the depression, but when those times come around again it's incredibly difficult to follow that advice. I'm really happy that you're making such strides on the new meds, and hope that you find the space to be happy and proud of that accomplishment. Other people's milestones don't detract from the progress you're making 💕

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I'm so happy that you found and took this opportunity! Personally, I'm perfectly happy to see your reporting in !usnews - I think the spirit of the standards is what's important, and have confidence that you'll hold yourself to that spirit in your work.

As someone who made this decision a while ago, I'm empathetic and curious how you're feeling about having your byline associated with your handle here.

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All of these, and a high five when I do a good job

What's growing on, Beehaw?

We're halfway through potting up all the plants we've overwintered, but are looking at temps below freezing for the next two nights. Today will be about getting covers ready for everything and setting up ambient warmth for several of our plants that are currently flowering. On my way home from a doctor's appointment, I stopped...

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Today's temperature didn't get as high as I would have liked, so I'll be filling some buckets with warm water, closing them, and then placing them near the plants before covering everything with light blankets. Another nursery near us has electricity access for many of theirs, and use incandescent string lights to buffer their plants against the cold. The family owned orchard the next town over has said that if the frost is later than a certain amount of flowering, they'll do small bonfires throughout the orchard to provide protection.

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Here's hoping those seeds grow so well it reinvigorates you for the other stuff you'd like to tackle! I'm saddened that folks are disrespectful towards your gardens when they could instead be helped by them.

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Being busy having fun in the garden is one of the best feelings in the world! We have some crimson amaranth that we've let self seed as forage for our birds - the flowers are amazing and it's fun watching the flock work for the seeds but I may have to allocate some for bread. I hope their flowers fill you with joy and the bread fills you with yum!

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I love how the folks in my town are too, but think many of us could live in similar places if we just broke/pruned plants and offered the cuttings up! I make a point to donate a bunch of plants to our town's food bank and library fundraisers every year, and that's been a great way to meet those people who make my town like that; I'm sure there are folks like that around you too.

Plant tepee sounds like an awesome project, please offer her a high five from me for being so cool.

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It won't kill it but you're awesome for slowing or stopping its negative ecological impacts! Do you prefer aerobic or anaerobic revenge liquid fertilizer?

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Very cool. We have a few turned piles ourselves, but I'm a big fan of the anaerobic method as well. There was a talk by John Kempf about facultative soil microbiology and the benefits of having aerobic and anaerobic organisms present for soil health which you might find interesting

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I am such a fan of all of this, great job! I do have some concerns for future-you's well being with that many tomato babies bee happy emoji

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My cherries all came through the cold nights with flying colors! https://i.imgur.com/BBzqfrv.jpeg

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On a macro scale, not too bad! On a micro scale, though, not too great.

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