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Old 10-14-2008, 05:33 PM   #11
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Not at all! The summer garden is pretty much gone, but we have a fall garden going - various lettuces, bok choy, green onions (I'll be using them before they get big) and of course, my herbs. Some of those are perennials here.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:46 AM   #12
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Funny, when I lived in Hawaii and in Florida I did year-round gardening and didn't think too much about it. But as my husband says, in those places we had dirt, here we have soil. By this time of year I've spent so much time putting up tomatoes that I'm going crazy (my kitchen isn't air conditioned). Now I'm looking at the tomato, cucumer and pepper plants that have to be pulled up and hauled to a vacant lot that our neighborhood uses for a compost heap and my back hurts just thinking about it.
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:40 AM   #13
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I don't mean to sound sadistic but isn't it a good kind of pain we all feel after all the work? I'm in my car alot during the day and usually arrive home with stiff shoulders and a sore ankle and it makes me grouchy. After we riped everything out this past weekend, I was sore all over but it felt kind of good. I know that I accomplished something this season and what I harvested will keep DH and I in veggies all winter. I don't know ... just a thought.
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:48 AM   #14
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Yup-hasn't been my best year. Tomatoes & cukes were OK, something got to my peppers early on and they never really came back.

With nighttime temps dipping down into the 30's here in balmy Nebraska, the gardens gettin' a little shabby.

In fact, I think I'll pull it this weekend.


But I've got BIG plans for next year ...............
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:58 AM   #15
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My 2 cayenne pepper plants are FINALLY producing lots of peppers....
and the temperature and sunlight level is too low now for them to redden.
But that's OK, I like them green too.

The rest of our paltry garden is done for. Time to rip it out.
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:09 AM   #16
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This year seems to have been strange for a lot of people locally. We had a horrid winter and a lot of rain in the spring. Many of my friends had no tomatoes at all -- beautiful plants that didn't set fruit early enough to get anything. My early girls came in for me, though. My sense of smell and taste got altered by the "Big M" and something I used to love -- cucumbers and watermelon -- I really dislike now. Next year, no cukes. Our season isn't long, so I've cut back what I grow to what I know we (and my friends) like. It is my herb garden, my tomatoes, "super cayenne" chilies (pretty soon I'll harvest all the green ones and use the fresh, hubby's job all summer is to harvest the red ones and string them. When dry I'll put them in my food processor and have chili flakes for the year), poblamos (hubby will roast them and I'll make a big batch of My Cousins New Mexico Green Chile). Pretty soon I'll email my neighbors and tell them all to come by if they want fresh herbs (I do that a couple times a year). But the huge job of cleaning my few square feet of garden is coming up and I'm not looking forward to it!
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:21 PM   #17
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Night time temps are starting to get close to the low 40's now, so the veg garden needs to be pulled up. I also have some outdoor plants that have to be moved indoors if I can find the room.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:24 PM   #18
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Veggie garden? No, wish I had done more. The peppers and tomatoes were great, and plenty of herbs gathered this year.
The rest of the garden? Yes, in fact spent most of the year getting the wife to pare it down so it is more manageable. She does gardens for a living, but has no time for her own garden. Besides I want room for an outdoor kitchen, larger patio, and fire circle.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:36 PM   #19
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Never. I love my garden and it's starting to go to sleep ;-( Took lots of pictures of my flowers and coleus today, as I know their days are numbered. Took my last tomatoes and peppers off the vine. It always makes me sad. I love Fall but winter I'm not a fan of. To me it's dreary, dark and cold.
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:49 AM   #20
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Brother! Do none of you get tired of the trimming and hauling of the dead and dying vegetation in the fall?
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