22 May 2019 Fern-Leaf Peony (Paeonia tenuifolia)

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A perennial produces every year. Lasts a week or so and has the most beautiful red color.

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23 May 2019 Fern Leaf Peony
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21 May 2019 Tempeh Soy

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The explanation starts after the beans have been processed ready for fermentation. Five hundred ml of dried soy beans, wash and boil for 45 minutes. Cool under cold water and rub the beans together in the hands, to remove the skins, pour off the skins. Do this five time and all the skins will be removed.

Place in a colander and put in pressure cooker. Pressure cook for one hour. This will soften the beans and make them ready for fermenting. The beans should be split and soft when pushed.

Add a tablespoon of vinegar to lower the pH slightly. Mix in about half teaspoon of tempeh starter. Place in mold and put in fermenter for about 36 hours at 31C.

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Allowed to ferment to about 48 hours total at room temperature.
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18 May 2019 Planting tomatoes

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Twenty one tomatoes were planted. They were greenhouse purchased and planted in separate pots to grow strong roots for about two weeks in my small greenhouse. Three of each type was planted, lemon boy, early girl, beef steak, bonny best, Ponderosa pink,ultra girl,and silican saucer.

Each was planted upright, after removing the very bottom leaves, and a small moat was dug around each plant for pail watering as required. They were tied to a small stake for support, and later will be supported by strings overhead tied to a rebar and fence post structure.Each plant was watered using a pail with rainwater delivered by wheelbarrow. Each plant has about 6 plus square feet to grow. I do not remove suckers unless crowding is apparent. Expectations is 200 to 500 pounds weather dependent. I use for fresh table and remainder is made into pressure canned juice. The growing season is about 60 days production limited by frost.

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A string support was installed for each (21) tomato plants. Strings will be added during the growing season to support the fruit as required.

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16 May 2019 Planting carrot seeds (Board method)

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Optimal soil temperature: 7-30°C (45-85°F) for carrot seed germination. Above they will not germinate and a hot Sun beating down can easily rise above that. The board method keeps a cool temperature and insures the carrot seed does not dry before germination. Also watering with a can pouring water on the board allows enough water to pass onto the seeds insuring they do not dry out. The board method can be used to advantage on other seeds to improve germination.

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1 June 2019 Carrot Seed has germinated. 15 Days

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14 May 2019 Ginny Clipped

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Ginny clipped. $20.00

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12 May 2019 Rainbarrel water collection

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Water is collected from the roof downspout. Three barrels,heavy plastic are used, each 50 imperial gallons. They are connected by 1/2 inch garden hose with shut off valves. Delivery to the garden plants is by wheelbarrow dipped out of the vertical barrel. The barrels are filled by gravity. The fittings are all garden hose type. Overflow is by removing one of the barrel top bungs and allowing water to drain on the ground. All three barrels are now full as is the dip barrel. The system is very effective during dry periods. Support is steel fence post with steel sling cables. The downspout is disconnected for Winter use. Barrels cost $20.00 each and are food grade. There is only one opening so the system is essentially sealed, hence no breeding of insects. Effective and relatively simple.

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11 May 2019 Planting Garden. Kale

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Four kale were planted in the outdoor garden. These plants produce all Summer and the leaves are always pleasant to eat.

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11 May 2019 Romaine Lettuce

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Eight Romaine lettuce were planted in the outdoor garden. These were purchased in a flat and placed in individual pots in the greenhouse to establish strong roots

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11 May 2019 Celery

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Four purchased celery seedling were planted. They have been in individual pots in the greenhouse to establish strong roots.

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