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by Bower
Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How's your weather?
Replies: 471
Views: 20692

Re: How's your weather?

karstopography indeed, there are some benefits to being surrounded by cold water. We've seen some Cat 1 landfalls and that is about the worst hurricane we can get, as long as the ocean is cold. Igor, ten years ago today, had maximum sustained winds of 140 kph and gusts to 170, and caused a lot of d...
by Bower
Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Area 51
Topic: Foraging for Food
Replies: 44
Views: 3742

Re: Foraging for Food

karstopography the mushroom pickle recipe is originally from Finland (posted online by M. Paavonkallio) and adapted to our simple volume measurements and vinegar products. Winter Chanterelle Pickles Step 1: clean and select 4-5 cups of premium fresh small to medium sized winter chanterelles Step 2:...
by Bower
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Area 51
Topic: Foraging for Food
Replies: 44
Views: 3742

Re: Foraging for Food

Looks like one of those great years for winter chanterelles! I spent the afternoon picking. Just made 7 jars of pickles and the rest are spread out to dry.
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by Bower
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How's your weather?
Replies: 471
Views: 20692

Re: How's your weather?

We got the cool air behind Sally too, I think the high today was only around 10 C/50 F but a mix of sun and cloud and not too windy. Sally made the mushrooms bump! Frost warning tonight, but if we don't get it, we may go again tomorrow for bounty. Will get some rain from Teddy on Wednesday but the m...
by Bower
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How's your weather?
Replies: 471
Views: 20692

Re: How's your weather?

We are having Sally overnight tonight. Up to 150 mm expected in some areas, but we should get a bit less here. They said to expect to be woken up by heavy rain and wind between 2 am and 9 am. To put that in perspective, GoDawgs 7.5 inches is 190 mm. I have seen roads wash out here with 90 mm rain, e...
by Bower
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Area 51
Topic: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting you?
Replies: 973
Views: 50441

Re: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting you?

Re: "long covid" and other unanticipated effects, this has cropped up more and more, always something new being reported. Last scary thing I read was myocardial dysfunctions in young athletic people who had mild cases. This is, apparently, a cause of sudden death in otherwise healthy young adults. A...
by Bower
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Area 51
Topic: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting you?
Replies: 973
Views: 50441

Re: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting you?

Are we going, should a safe vaccine someday get developed, to have to get a shot every 4 or six months just to stay impervious to the Covid virus? Or will the vaccine use the T cell approach? What do you know or what have you read? I haven’t seen much of anything written about the rather unique fea...
by Bower
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Diseases, Pests & Cures
Topic: Total loss
Replies: 44
Views: 635

Re: Total loss

The first vegetable garden I ever had, it was my Dad's idea. Dig up a strip in your city backyard and plant a row of cabbages. They headed up perfectly and were just ready to harvest, when one night somebody came and took every last one! The whole row. Just goes to show, gardeners are undaunted. :lo...
by Bower
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Diseases, Pests & Cures
Topic: Total loss
Replies: 44
Views: 635

Re: Total loss

Wow... that is so sad. :evil:
Only your little frog knows who did it. :(
by Bower
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Tomato Talk
Topic: Very Early and/or Cool Weather Tomatoes
Replies: 13
Views: 223

Re: Very Early and/or Cool Weather Tomatoes

Hi Shannon and welcome to the Junction. We have the same situation in the East here (or worse!) with Greenland melting and being surrounded by very cold water or bergs, summers are getting more unpredictable with lots of cold weather and shortened seasons, unless it's too hot of course! In between t...
by Bower
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Grow Logs (Glogs)
Topic: The Garden of Woz...
Replies: 313
Views: 21360

Re: The Garden of Woz...

Wow it looks amazing. :) Love to see your garden growing bigger!
by Bower
Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Area 51
Topic: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting you?
Replies: 973
Views: 50441

Re: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting you?

Just reading an update on the University of Illinois Champlain and what they've done about the outbreak fiasco. They still are confident that the testing plan can work, but they have to actually stop people who are positive from going to parties in spite of it! https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586...
by Bower
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Butterfly/Hummingbird/Water Gardens
Topic: My Nectar Garden
Replies: 29
Views: 4686

Re: My Nectar Garden

Wow the color of the bird is so gorgeous against the white flowers background! Kudos Tom (and you MissS! What a great nectar garden! Hope Tom is as nice as a hummingbird too! ;D)
by Bower
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Garlic
Topic: Seed garlic in short supply - order now if you want it this year
Replies: 18
Views: 529

Re: Seed garlic in short supply - order now if you want it this year

JRinPA bulbils don't take much space at all. The rounds and then the small bulbs take a bit more space each year until ready to grow full sized. Four cloves per bulb is stingy, but the cloves are really big. I absolutely love a big honkin clove of garlic especially if I want to do it on the rasp. M...
by Bower
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Garlic
Topic: Seed garlic in short supply - order now if you want it this year
Replies: 18
Views: 529

Re: Seed garlic in short supply - order now if you want it this year

Our porcelains are the most costly to keep going - with mostly only four cloves, you must replant 1/4 of the crop to grow the same amount. So basically the best 1/4 of your crop is held back for seed. IDK how others do, but I don't often have more than 1/4 large bulbs so literally all of them must b...
by Bower
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Doubt about tomato production
Replies: 10
Views: 214

Re: Doubt about tomato production

Sounds like it may already be too late to set and grow the last round of fruit, although "cold" is relative I guess. You could try fertilizing and giving them a good shake. Some of my plants have little baby fruit on them that they didn't grow, but they still look white and appear to be a good set. ...
by Bower
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Doubt about tomato production
Replies: 10
Views: 214

Re: Doubt about tomato production

Indeterminate plants will slow down too if they have a heavy crop. Feed them and they'll start up again, as long as there's nothing else preventing them from growing and setting fruit.
Are they not growing, or are they flowering but not setting?
by Bower
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Tomato Talk
Topic: Northerners. When do you start your winter micros?
Replies: 24
Views: 2693

Re: Northerners. When do you start your winter micros?

Labradors just a tip, you may find your basement lights really well suited to growing the spinach or arugula (or any greens!). All of the leafy stuff is so easy to grow under lights, but they suffer from low relative humidity at the typical winter living room temperature. Lower temp means higher re...
by Bower
Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Perennial bed shrub suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 86

Re: Perennial bed shrub suggestions

Potentilla fruticosa - have a really long blooming period and seem to be bulletproof. I have a yellow flowered one which is more upright than the others and blooms more too. I have a white flowered and a pink flowered which desperately need to be pruned - probably should be pruned every year. Since ...
by Bower
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Water Bath and Pressure Canning.
Topic: Tomato Processing/Canning Advice Needed
Replies: 28
Views: 1067

Re: Tomato Processing/Canning Advice Needed

pondgardner I leave the oven door closed and just let it continue to cook a bit on the heat already in there, and pay it no more attention until the next day. Doing the same in my countertop oven too. I have often left it until the afternoon or evening of the next day, so anywhere from 12 to 20 hou...

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