http://durgan.org/2012/June%202012/15%20June%202018%20Sheet%20and%20Shake/HTML/ 15 June 2018 Sheet and Shake to pick berries.
Introduced to Haskap berries in the home garden a few years ago, I got a few pounds and found they were tedious to pick manually. It was discovered that the berries drop easily off the bush.I decided to experiment.
A bed sheet was cut in half and tucked under the haskap bush to be picked. The bush was shaken and the berries dropped onto the sheet readily. Six bushes were treated the same way and the berries were placed in a container. The debris was removed by winnowing using a leaf blower. It appears to be an ideal method of manually picking Haskap berries in a home garden. The sheet is readily placed in position and after picking folded and the berries are dumped in a container. There is no need to place the sheet on the opposite side of the bush, since the bush has enough elasticity to be placed over the sheet. I hereby christen the method SS or, Sheet and Shake method.
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I use this plant to hide the roof water barrels. It should be pruned after flowing, since blooms are produced on growth new this year. It is a pretty shrub and has many colors.
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One Shirley Poppy plant is flowering. These come up all over the garden. They are left to bloom where they come up. One plant produces many flowers and they take on all colors. The seeds are small and for the best display the plant must be single.
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The berries were picked of my six Haskap plants. 1546 grams were obtained.The fruit is hard to pick manually, since both hands are required to locate the berries. The fruit is always sour,so I made milk shakes out of them. There is probably a pound left for the Robins. There is an effort in BC and Nova Scotia to grow Haskap commercially. The connection of the berry to the stem is very weak and they fall easily. This is my first reasonable harvest.
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This grows every year from two bulbs planted ten years ago. The vegetation disappears completely during the Summer. When the flowers first open they have a strong unpleasant odor to attract flies for pollination. The “Stink” that emanates from the flower on the day it opens smells somewhat like rotting meat and attracts flies as the chief pollinator. Luckily the odor dissipates after the first day, allowing you to enjoy the exotic beauty of this unusual plant! An ornamental cultivar. Dracunculus vulgaris is known by many names, Dragon Lily, Voodoo Lily, Stink Lily.
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Growth to 8 June 2018. It is always impressive viewing the pictures after the season is over. Rain is required. If none in the next few days it will be necessary to implement some serious watering.Very few bugs this year due to a cool Spring.
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My one peach tree planted in 2008, grown in a pot. To get quality fruit the small forming fruit must be culled to about 8 inches apart on each branch. There are numerous fruit and the job can be tedious. I do it over several days. I end up with from 50 to 100 quality fruit. A tree ripened peach is food for the gods. I am on the cusp of being able to grow peaches, since some years Spring frost destroys the buds.
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Seven Sugar Baby, the round fruit, were planted in the garden. If the Sumner is reasonably warm the fruit has time to mature and is excellent.
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Eight purchased seedlings of celery were planted in the outdoor garden. The mulch was shifted and the bare earth exposed for planting. It is picked by removing the outer stalks during the Summer. It is used fresh also as a condiment for my various juices. It grows well in my Zone 5.
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Many people have weed wacker and string replacement is a routine procedure. The video demonstrations on the internet verge on being useless I have taken still pictures in an attempt to enlighten on the procedure.
1. Remove the cap probably using a small straight screwdriver, since the push tabs can be stiff.
2.Study the inner reel.It is necessary to wind the sting carefully into both groves.A top and bottom.
3.String lengths can be from 8 feet to 16 feet. I use 8 feet. The diameter can vary I use 0.095 inches.
4.Find the hole in the reel to push the string. Push through and make the string even lengths. The ends will come out the top and bottom groves.
5.Wind the bottom grove first in a clockwise direction. Secure the end in one side slot, it simply pushes in. This take a sight bit of effort.
6.The top slot is easy to wind clockwise since there are no obstructions. Place the end in an opposite side slot.
Replace the cover.
It does take some concentration and effort.