I would definitely make vinegar. I use those giant picke jars. Fill them with fruit, cover with water and 1 Tbsp. sugar per cup. Cover with coffee filter or cloth. Stir daily till I forget and it forms a mother. Super easy.
You could collect the fruit and do a sale, barter or giveaway. Maybe post on Craigslist, FreeCycle or whatever, put a "U-Pick" sign up. At least then it gets used! And those people can practice finding uses for an abundance they wouldn't have otherwise. You can share recipes!
The black and white "Motion Picture" one caught my eye and I would click it. I also like the ones that look like they're done in colored pencil. And the one covered in Alpine flowers. The cartooney ones are fun. And I love the snowman, that bright blue sky and snow say "brrrr".
Hey Jennifer. You asked about an app for identifying plants. I've been using one called Flora Incognita with good results. It's the first one I've liked. You can also use it to record observations, and I've just discovered they have an app called Flora Capture meant for that, so I'm going to try that out too.
More good ideas, T, thank you. I have seeds to plant and don't care how/where. We also have building supplies like poles, sticks, rocks, we can add old clothes to build whatever. Nice and open-ended, but could be constructive too.
And grossing people out with worms is always fun. Roly polys, snails, ladybugs, butterflies, bees, earwigs are plentiful. Maybe we could do an I Spy Scavenger Hunt type thing with that.
My son will be three so it's a milestone one for him. I figure it's important more as an experience than anything. Please recommend fun games with home things! We're not having a group of three year olds here, think family games. A birthday experience for him in our yard.
The limitations of the current social restrictions limit our options, but not substantially. I don't shop at Amazon so if you can recommend a reasonable online store, especially in the PNW, I'll take a look.
Now that stores are opening, I might venture out but want to keep trips short and to the point, and prefer to not.
So if you have any advice for kids parties, please share! My son would love a bunch of balloons, but I am against them and would love alternatives. Maybe bubbles? A bunch of balls? What's impressive?
It looks like powdery mildew. Here's a website I found with similar pictures and some info:
https://pnwhandbooks.org/plantdisease/host-disease/raspberry-rubus-spp-powdery-mildew "Podosphaera macularis (formerly Sphaerotheca macularis), a fungus. Powdery mildew is occasionally a serious disease on foliage, new canes, and fruit of red raspberry in the Pacific Northwest. It also can infect 'Loganberry' leaves. The fungus overwinters as mycelium in dormant buds of stunted cane tips or as chasmothecia. Optimum conditions for spore germination and infection are 65°F to 80°F with relative humidity of 97% to 99%. In May, leaves develop lesions that produce fungal spores that are blown to healthy foliage. In June small, secondary-infection lesions appear on vegetative tissue and developing fruit."
I thought the bottom-most video on that page was more helpful, it's this one:
https://youtu.be/bpNr5T4IJ-g He uses stuff from around the house and waters them with a cloth diaper dipped in water. Interesting idea.
Like the first video points out, plastic breaks down and flakes all over. A wooden tray with soil blocks and possibly a cloth wicking watering system sounds much better. I'd really like to hear more from people who have used soil blocks.
We finally outfitted our family with Softstars. They are definitely worth it! Better late than never, since I can't go back in time and replace my shoes. I tried on some of my old shoes that were in the garage, and feel like my poor feet are crammed and would be blistered in no time. I don't know how I used to wear them! I definitely walk differently and spread my toes more, but even beyond that I was surprised.
Thank you all for the recommendations. I'm glad to see these since I have not settled on something to fill the cutting, weeding, chop n drop need yet.
I've found a new tool to love. This spoon! Not just any spoon. This one. Its handle is a great complimentary tool of its own, unlike the other brutes in the drawer. It's great for manipulating tiny seedlings, digging small holes, placing small plants.
Those are helpful tips, Shawn!! I'm going to try the bag idea, I think that's the missing element for me. I also like the simple doubled-up cloth sewing technique.
So far I've found that placing a cloth on the TP holder helps me remember. Also I've repurposed a drawer for holding the clean cloths and my son has lost interest in redistributing them, and if they end up all over it's okay for the clean ones. It's the dirty ones that I've not found a solution to, until Shawn's post.
I've also been using them for #2. I didn't expect to like it, but it's actually quite luxurious.
I did not know what a cloche was. Thanks for the info, everyone. This would be an easier way to get some things going, plus the benefit of getting started right in place. And you would breed for ones that do well with this amount of protection so they should do better each year.
William Schlegel wrote:What does an organized seed trade look like?
I.E. how to trade seed like a pro or what I've learned by trial and error.
Thank you. This is great information.
I'm still learning how and what to grow, how and what to save. I'm already surprised with the viability of what I saved last year. Any help and experience is appreciated. It's very helpful to know now to guide my efforts through the season.
I was wondering about using a format like the review chart for seed exchange offers. A chart to show a person's name and growing zone/region. Then click the name to see their posted list, which could be maintained as needed, and description of their goals and other applicable info. Something easier to navigate.
We used cloth wipes for my son when he was a baby. Now, I've been trying to use them at least for #l. I'm having to untrain myself of taking toilet paper when I won't need it! The other part I'm struggling with is where to put them in the bathroom in my reach but not a toddler's plaything. Toddlers love containers.
Still, the hard part is changing my own habits and creating a system to maintain.
Those are great pictures, Alex. It's helpful to see your setup at the beginning of the season, then all the growth! Those sunflowers are spectacular.
It's easy to see the effort and love put into these gardens.
I had processed a big pumpkin someone gave me. I roasted some and made soup and still had more pumpkin! So I found a ferment squash recipe in my "Fermented Vegetables" book.
1 1/2 pounds winter squash
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1-2 teaspoons unrefined sea salt
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 Tablespoon sweet curry powder (I used garam masala)
1/2 cup chopped raisins (I used golden)
I added some rutabaga, a few lonely jalapeños, and fresh grated ginger.
1. Shred squash. Add carrots.
2. Sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, work with hands. Taste and add more if needed. Should be salty but not overwhelming. Add garlic and curry powder. Stir in raisins. (I added my additional ingredients) Let sit, covered, for 30-45 minutes. Toss again. There should be brine.
3 Press into jar. Top with ziplock bag. Press down then fill with water and seal.
4. Set aside for 7-21 days, check daily. Taste starting on day 7.
I also fermented rutabaga kraut and some carrot sticks. Those are good, but this chutney is awesome.
Thank you for making this content available for rent! I'm torn between renting it, or just going for the purchase rather than kicking myself later.
Could there be a feature where, instead of kicking yourself, you can pay the difference to purchase _if you are within the rental period?_
And maybe just for the higher dollar content.
That's great, Ellendra! I've been busy with projects I've been planning all winter and now I want to find ways to help people out. I'm going to go through my seeds tomorrow and make some sets to give away. I want to figure out a good way to do that. Any advice is welcome.
Hi. I've been noticing there is a lot of activity on Reddit, people trying to start gardening in their surprising new situation. Many people making requests in Seedswap because they can't go out for seeds and online places are swamped.
I figure this is a good time to infect some minds! Anyone else noticed people looking for opportunities due to this unexpected change of circumstances?
My experience with rosemary is underwatering is better than overwatering. Try waiting till the soil is dry at the top, then water deeply. Also, they need good drainage so the roots don't rot, so check the soil is draining well. Sounds like it's getting enough sun.
Maybe it's just adjusting to its new location. Good luck!
Hey, I'm having trouble too. I'm using an Android phone.
At the top of the first post I see a photo, then:
see the download link a few inches lower
Then there are big friendly upgrade options. Below those, I see in tiny font:
I had some trouble last year, my son was two. It was frustrating sometimes. We put in a new bed with onions. He loved running through it! He'd yank out those onions, "Mama! Ball!" It was too funny and cute, and a good excuse to try the onions. I learned how to prevent it with enough of a border/fencing to slow him down if he wants in.
I like the ideas for keeping the kids busy and happy, involved or not. I don't have a fenced yard and there's traffic and pedestrians to watch out for, so I got a lot less done than I liked. But, I got plenty done too. I love that he'll know what real food looks like, tastes like, and how it grows. I'm looking forward to including him more this year.
I'm also going to take any chance to go out without him...