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And you know you are a permie when you kick yourself for taking so long to notice a pattern...
and then you make a new thread about it!

The crabgrass in the yard follows the mole tunnels, it's taking advantage of the fresh turned soil!
The pattern of crabgrass growth in my yard
That gives me better ways to get rid of the crap without pulling it!
Ranks up there with Bermuda grass on my shit list. Bermuda is just crab grass with better PR. I'd love to exterminate them both. Need more clover seeds!!  
 
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... a major hurricane is about to smack you ... then you wonder how the corn is doing & if the hurricane straps on the beehives are strong enough.
 
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When your thrill on a messy day is an email...
From Baker Creek Seeds
Re:  It's #GarlicWeek 2021!


Oooh! Garlic week sounds much more fun than this week is shaping up to be!!
 
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Perfect week for garlic week. Guess I can put it right where hurricane Ida stomped the last batch of corn. It's all good though. Lost a few trees but other than that no damage. Could have been much much worse.  
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Yay! We all like garlic week! We could declare it a permie holiday!
I cleared the weeds out of a bed this morning, for other reasons, but I think garlic is going into it.

And you also know you are a permie when you sigh, and consider looking up tomato worm recipes, even though you know they are too bitter for even the birds to eat. I'm getting a heavy harvest of the damn things, unlike most of my tomatoes.

Edit: OH WAIT!! Another email, from Fungi Perfecti saying is MUSHROOM MONTH!! Hey! Garlic AND mushrooms!? I swoon with delight!!
 
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When you take pics that excite you...
Tomato worm, before dawn this morning, with the camera flash on:

Tomato worm with the camera flash on


And with UV flashlight on, exact same shot:

Tomato worm with UV light


Now THAT is the way to hunt them!! I forget who told us this, (Heather Sharpe maybe?) but I am VERY grateful for the info! Cheap UV flashlight from Harbor Freight is worth it!

I'm all excited by taking pictures of noxious bugs before dawn....
Never said I was normal....
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Hi. Did you know then so-called Tomato Hornworm is in fact a caterpillar? If you won't kill it it will become a butterfly, the Five-spotted Hawk Moth. The Latin name is Manduca_quinquemaculatus (quinquemaculatus means five-spotted).
Yes, I know, in English you call the butterflies flying at night 'moths', in Dutch we call them 'nachtvlinders, meaning 'night butterflies'. To me 'butterfly' sounds much better than 'moth', and 'caterpillar' better than 'worm'.
 
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You know you're a permie when...
..instead of Hubby finding the proverbial "Kleenex in the wash", he finds nicely washed feed bag string .
It's perfectly nice string and long enough to do *something* with!
 
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Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Hi. Did you know then so-called Tomato Hornworm is in fact a caterpillar? If you won't kill it it will become a butterfly, the Five-spotted Hawk Moth.


Yeah, and I love the butterflies, I'd just like to get a few tomatoes....
Bad year for them here, lots of people having problems due to weather.
Wish they could bypass the "eat the tomatoes" stage....
I really do hate killing them.
 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Hi. Did you know then so-called Tomato Hornworm is in fact a caterpillar? If you won't kill it it will become a butterfly, the Five-spotted Hawk Moth.


Yeah, and I love the butterflies, I'd just like to get a few tomatoes....
Bad year for them here, lots of people having problems due to weather.
Wish they could bypass the "eat the tomatoes" stage....
I really do hate killing them.


Yes I understand that problem.
We are lucky not to have those 'tomato worms' here. But here the tomato plants often die from phytophtora (blight), because of the cloudy wet climate.
The only 'horn worm' type caterpillar I ever saw here was Sphinx ligustri (caterpillar of privet hawk moth). That one doesn't do much harm, because the liguster is a large hedge. And they (the caterpillars and the butterflies) are rare.
 
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When you have to make up new words to express a thought. "Decimated" means one out of every ten, 10%... a new word "septimated" 70%.
Now to use it in a sentence:
I had 5 tomato plants get septimated last night by tomato worms.
Sigh.

EDIT: But! The big black and yellow garden spiders glow under black light, my cat does too, the frogs don't but they apparently see it and resent it being shined on them.
Things I learn pre-dawn...

AND! I make some weird, excellent, waffle things that involve green tomatoes. The worms take a few bites and move on, I gathered the bitten ones, trimmed them well, and we have waffles for brunch!
 
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... When you accidentally dig into a dog poo disposal pit from years ago and discover that, while the surrounding soil is dust from the drought, the poo pit is holding moisture well. And your thoughts turn to the willows you sprouted and are languishing in a pail ...
 
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I was paging through and wanted to tell you that I *still* look at these pictures and sigh at your wonderful coop.
This is definitely what I want.

Life, however, has a huge VETO stamp. and I have to make do with something a bit more store-bought and a bit less organic.
I have enough problems dealing with my doctors' mindsets about having a flock of mixed poultry, trying to spring "and I built their new coop/roosting spot last week out of trash trees and spare fencing!" would be the step too far at this point. I just got them to the point where I can use the Big and Scary words and they don't look at me in a funny way. I have had a nurse yell at me for saying "epiglottis", though it was a couple of years back.

Enough whining. I have 16 chicks camped out in my kitchen and an elderly pup trying to convince me that the geese are out in the road again.
Best thoughts!
 
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When you take cherry tomatoes to your massage therapist.... with fun results!

She said "Oh, I love tomatoes from the garden, my mom gives me some big ones, and cherry tomatoes!" She opened the container and said "Oh, they look neat," ate one "OH MY GOD! I have never had anything like this!" I said "Come to the light side, we have organic heirloom veggies!"

I had taken her a mix, not sure what all of them were, I know it included Yellow Pear, Sun Gold, Lollipop, Tommy Toe, Lofthouse Chariot, Tropical Sunset and Matt's Wild. Definitely not anything she had ever had. Probably just spoiled her for conventional cherry tomatoes!

Yay! Corrupting innocent people who think they know what food tastes like!
 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:Yay! Corrupting innocent people who think they know what food tastes like!



I feel guilty in my breeding project, because I am pretty much culling all of the red tomatoes. They are amazingly flavored compared to grocery store tomatoes... But I think that yellows and oranges are superior, so it's cull, cull, cull.
 
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..when you end up telling a crowd at a store about squash!
They had the "fall decorative" bins out, I snagged a couple. When checking out, I forget what I said, but the clerk said "you are going to EAT those?!" I said "Oh YES! This weird looking one is a Galeux d'Eysines, probably the best pie pumpkin out there! This other one is possibly a Candy Roaster, and if so, it's pretty much the second best one for pies!"  She said to another clerk 'She's going to EAT these!" And by the time it was over, a group of people heard about how to cook them, what to do with them, how to store them and how long they will store. And why the long storage time is why they are a staple crop, and that's what used to go into root cellars (or garages these days.) One older lady said "I used to make pie out of pumpkins when I was young, but they never taste right anymore." I told her 'That's got a lot to do with the variety, the commercial ones are not as good flavored as the older types you used to get." She got me to go out to the bins with her and help her choose a good Galeux d'Eysines.
Yay! Corrupting a store!
Come to the light side, we have organic veggies.... :D
 
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A friend of mine hit the jackpot when a bunch of "decorative" and very edible winter squashes went on clearance for less than a dollar each.  One of them was over 20 lbs and it was delicious.  
 
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You know you are a permie when you are working on a construction site and one day your boss comes to you and asks:

"Is that your bean field and tomatoes in the far corner?"

(Happened to me yesterday ;-)   so I thought about this thread....
 
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You know you're a permie when... you attend a watermelon festival and show up towards the end, and MOSTLY so you can take the rinds home to feed your chickens!
 
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Okay I'm on a roll now!

... when you set up a "decoy" soil mound to distract skunks from digging up your garden beds looking for grubs...

... when you thank the skunk for locating the grubs for you, and dig up the ones he didn't find to feed them to your chickens.

... when you bring a giant bag full of passionfruit from your monster vine everywhere you go, giving them to friends and strangers alike, most of whom have never seen one and ask you how to eat it.

... when you are getting feasted upon by mosquitoes, and your first thought is... "how quickly can I build a predator habitat?"

... when your roommate is throwing something made of paper away, and you find yourself saying, "What are you doing, man?! That's FREE CARBON!"
 
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When you're at a fiber arts guild meeting, and they send the leftover fruit home with you, saying, "we thought your goats,  ducks, turkeys and chickens might like these!", then you steal most of it from the critters, to make vinegar!
 
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Yes !!!   Back in my traveling days I must have had a reputation.  I would sit down at a working lunch with people I had never met before, At the end of the meal, they would have the left overs boxed up and give them to me.
 
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