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gandle(4 NE)September 7, 2012

Been having major computer problems. DIL has been working on it and I believe it is now working. Not really ready for the temperature change we have been having. 97 yesterday for a high, 45 this morning and with 30's predicted by next weekend. Happy not to have 100's every day but 30's, not yet.

Seasons are so advanced this year, we have been picking apples that normally wouldn't be ready for 2 weeks. But now Leone is making and freezing apple pies, I've been making cinnamon applesauce and eating 3 or 4 fresh apples a day. The Jonathon is almost ready and will be in a few more days, love them but they are not the best keepers.

Over Labor day we had the clan here for a couple of days. Got a SIL and grandson to dig up all the raspberry patch. Sure hated to but I really can't take proper care of it. They require pruning after fruiting and thinning and I just couldn't do it. We had 2 huge pickup loads of plants to go to the tree dump. Next year I think that will be an addition to our sweet corn patch only will plant it later to extend the season. Grandson tilled in an entire compost pile when we got it clear, should be good for next summer.

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petaloid(SoCal 10a/24)

How nice to have such helpful family members. Sounds like a lot was accomplished.

I really love tree-ripened apples. Good to hear that you and Leone are cooking them up. My late great aunt made such good pies, and she gave me a gizmo that peels and slices apples -- I guess it's almost time for me to get busy too.

There is a place in SoCal that we like to drive to in the fall for apples. With this heat wave I'll bet their crops come in earlier this year too.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 1:30PM
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west_gardener

gandle , I understand about the need to downsizing a garden. I went from a full size garden plot to 3 3x4 raised garden boxes. It was a perfect solution for me, because I could no longer handle the full garden.
I'm glad your family helped with the work, my DH built the boxes for me and I'm grateful for his help.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 7:20PM
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kathyjane(z6VA)

gandle-glad things are moving along with your dear familys' help.

It's good you have such a great compost pile-----I'm a wee bit jealous. I mostly have a long, long, long bank of Oak leaves----DSIL said the tiller needed the gas changed out from sitting before it could be used----so I just kinda mow along the edges every time I'm in that section with the mower----it's 'way too big for hand-turning....

Hope you are well.
KJ

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 3:20PM
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west_gardener

I used to have a compost pile, it was hard work but it produced "black gold".
Then the city decided to start a garden trim recycling program, they provide a tote for the clipping and offer free compost in return.We go up to the recycling center and take as much as we want. We used to pack about 12 bags of compost, but lately we can only manage about 6 half filled bags.Downsizing .is for real

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 7:56PM
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