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Keep Your Raspberries Under Control

Technically this isn’t the time for pruning raspberries (major pruning is best done late winter/early spring).
But if you find your self in an over grown patch of berries I’d like to give you some tips.

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A Fruity Update

Despite my dogs best efforts my fig tree has begun to flourish! I planted it back in March and shared my adventures in Fig Planting. It’ planted in the rhubarb bed that I tried my best to disperse (but failed). I dug out four huge plants but ran out of room and couldn’t find unsuspecting people anyone to give some too. So the fig tree has been fighting off the rhubarb. I’ve been helping by pulling all the stalks that cover the leaves.

This is what it looked like then:

see the little rhubarb stubs? much bigger now…

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Retired Rainboot Planter

Another garden project! This was originally a guest post over on White Lights on Wednesday but I thought I’d share it over here too.

See that tiny plant in the pot? That horseradish is now 1.5 feet tall! What a difference a month makes

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Pumpkins-Pumpkins-Pumpkins!

I’m going to tell you something you already know. I have a problem with ‘control’ when it comes to buying seeds. Actually, I don’t think it’s a problem. But some people do. You know what? That’s their problem.Ahem. So by some standards I went overboard.
I bought (approximately) 10 types of squash and 3 melons.
I went with my old standby, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
Seriously? Their catalog is like vegetable porn.
I dare you to flip through one without digging up your lawn for seeds you haven’t bought yet.

Back to me, as my regular readers might have realized, I’m getting married this fall. I’m incredibly lucky to have childhood friends who own a pumpkin farm, we’ve already discussed ‘renting’ pumpkins to dress up the barn we’ll be using for the reception.

Even with that to fall back on I knew I still wanted to grow some of my own stuff. That way I don’t have to bug my friends to write 9-29-12 on a dozen pumpkins (do you know how hard it is to find one pumpkin in 5 acres of pumpkins? That is assuming the deer didn’t eat it).

So after some random clicking and info-hunting* this is what I ended up with:
(all pictures and descriptions from Baker Creek)

Crown

95 days (C. maxima) Our friend, Mac Condill, found this great squash in Cape Town, South Africa. Originally from Australia, this variety first came to the USA in the early 1930s. Stunning, turban-shaped fruit are light blue in color and weigh about 12 lbs. The flesh is bright orange, sweet, and of good quality. Great for pies, baking, and soups. Blue squash can be traced back for more than 150 years in Australia and are among the best for eating. 
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Speed up your Transplanting!

This weekend marks the real start of garden season here in Central New York. I’ve had tomatoes out on the deck for almost a month (where I could bring them into the house when the temperature tanked) but now it’s finally time to tuck those babies into beds.

Despite my best intentions I ended up with 14 pepper plants and six basil seedlings (beds space isn’t ready for the tomatoes yet, lets not count those!) that needed to get planted. While I was rummaging around the garage for a trowel I found my bulb planted.

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