1 July 2018 Kale

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Kale produces all Summer if cut regularly. The leaves are removed frtom he rather tough veins and steam cooked until soft about 20 minutes. I find kale superior to spinach. From my six plants there is usually a pound or so in about five days. No bugs attack it in my garden so far.

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30 June 2018 Watering Tomatoes.

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The garden tomatoes were watered. Each plant root was given a pailful of rain water. Th water was collected in two 45 gallon barrels from the house roof. Transport was by wheelbarrow with a milk crate used as a baffle to reduce wave motion when moving the wheelbarrow. Roots are watered seldom use area watering.

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30 June 2018 Papaver somniferum

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There are a few papaver somniferum poppies growing on the edge of the garlic bed. These are from seed and have survived the Winter. The flowers vary in color and there are many types. The vegetation is always a leaf sort of lettuce type so are easily identified. Bulk barn poppy seeds are always papaver somniferum and are viable but limited in variety. Bees love the flowers. These are the opium poppy but many are required to get any meaningful effect.

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Radish (Chinese Radish) (Raphanus sativus)

A Chinese friend brought me a new vegetable. It was steam cooked and appears similar to a potato. It will be grown in my garden. The taste is benign, and the root is quite large about 9 inches long and 2.5 inches in diameter.
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26 June 2018 Tomato Support

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Strings were added to new branching of the tomato plants as required. The various branches bearing fruit are supported by strings tied to an overhead structure. Sucker are not removed. Strings are added throughout the growing season. The fruit encounters no obstacles and is free growing. I tried all the various support systems over the years and found this overhead system to be the best IMO.

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23 June 2018 Sweet Potatoes

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The sweet potatoes are growing well. The enclosure is to stop rabbits from eating the vegetation.

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22 June 2018 Garlic

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Scapes are starting to form. I do not cut them off, since I do not enjoy eating them, and have found leaving them on makes the cloves lightly larger. I also allow the bulb to remain in the ground until the sheath starts to burst. This has absolutely no effect on limiting storage time and the cloves get much larger. This means i do not harvest until about six weeks beyond the normal harvest time of about mid July in my Zone 5. All my garlic is now grown from bulbils. Usually around 100 bulbs are grown.

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Outdoor Propane Cooker.

MARTIN PROPANE BURNER R65H 65000 BTU WITH HOSE
I had one of these for outdoor cooking for about ten years. I use it for the initial cooking for produce for pressure canning. It is truly a marvelous cooker sold by Home Depot and others for around 70 dollars. There are a number similar that have major defects, like regulator not working, incompatible fittings, and some even unsafe.

MARTIN PROPANE BURNER R65H 65000 BTU WITH HOSE
Martin Steel and cast iron propane gas burner for outdoor canning use. 60 000 BTU of power, Includes regular propane hose attachment. Heavy welded steel construction for boiling of large heavy pots. Ideal for tomato and all canning needs. MADE IN CANADA! 10 YEAR MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY
13″H x 16″ L x 16″ W 65000 BTU Welded steel construction Made in Canada 10 year warranty

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21 June 2018 Ginny Groomed

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Ginny got a hair cut price $30.00.

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20 June 2018 Flowers

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There is usually some flowers blooming at different times throughout the Summer. These are the four blooming now.

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