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bigbear:

--- Quote from: LvsChant on June 25, 2020, 07:25:28 AM ---really looking fantastic... love those raspberries and blueberries... will have to work on that here.

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Do it!  Though be warned, the raspberry bed with expand and canes will a few feet away too!  But they are the easiest thing to grow here.  No pests, no fertilizer, tastes great, longer production season, perennial...  The blueberries have been a little longer ramping up.  I didn't do any soil testing or have any clue whether it's acidic or not (probably not).  But the biggest bushes do produce. 

If you look on the apple/blueberry bed pic, the back left has an apple in the middle of a row of raspberry.  The row is 12' long and 3-4' wide (+/-).  I put up t-posts and garden wire as a trellis 3 years ago and haven't touched them since.  And I've begun to transplant volunteer canes along the other side of the chicken run as a hedge.  The chickens will have access to half the berries and I'll get the other side of the hedge. 

bigbear:
What's being harvested now:
* Squash and zukes are coming in.  So far, only one of them has the vine borer.

* The first batch of beans have been picked (1 gal)

* A few of the blueberry bushes are ripening.  But my kids eat whatever is ripe straight from the bush!  (And I wouldn't have it any other way!)

* Raspberry are in full production (3 cups/day after the kids get their share)

* Picked our final peas and pulled the plants (over 1 gal)

On deck:
A few cherry tomato are just starting to turn yellow/orange.
A few peppers are forming.
Some baby melons are setting.
The figs are bulbing out and forming (they fruit very uniquely if you haven't seen them).

The mulberry (my baby according to Mrs. Bear) is really thriving!  Lots of growth and green!

Japanese beetles have been bad this year.  I haven't had a problem with them since the first year we moved here (over 7 years ago).  I put down some milky spore and that really did well for the last few years.  Maybe it's effectiveness has run its course...  FYI - they seem to like almond tree leaves the most in my yard.

Stwood:

--- Quote from: bigbear on July 09, 2020, 07:53:57 AM ---
Japanese beetles have been bad this year.  I haven't had a problem with them since the first year we moved here (over 7 years ago).  I put down some milky spore and that really did well for the last few years.  Maybe it's effectiveness has run its course...  FYI - they seem to like almond tree leaves the most in my yard.

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Garden sounds great.
Tell me about the milky spore.
I use the jap traps (5 currently) and between those and squishing em off, keep most of the damage down to a minimum

bigbear:
Milky spore - it's a biological "powder'.  You basically scoop drop spoonfuls around the yard every 3 feet or so.  As the powder works its way into the ground it will infect the larva of Japanese beetles (and probably others).  As the larva are infected, they turn milky white (hence the name).  IIRC, it was supposed to last 10-20 years.  I'm at 6 years tops and needing to re-do it.  Though I haven't sprayed or anything for the past 5 years and have had very little problems with them.  I recommend it.  Cheaper, easier, and more natural than spraying. 

bigbear:
Just got back from a 10 day camping trip.  (Wellsboro, PA is beautiful.  We chased a few waterfalls and found a few swimming holes.  We even found a couple of spots to "cliff" dive into the creek.  And by "cliff" I mean about 10 feet.  Big enough for the little bears to enjoy!  A good time had by all.)

Prior to leaving I installed an "automated" chicken waterer.  No pics now, but will definitely add some.  I used a 55 gallon trash can with PVC pipes to watering cups.  The long-term plan is to connect it to gutters on the chicken coop like a rain barrel (once they are installed).  Until then we'll just run the hose into the trash can. 

* My cukes were a train wreck when we got back (Fritz - I'm jealous!).  I planted 10-15 plants thinking I'd be canning some this year.  I'll be lucky to have enough to just eat a few fresh each week...  :(
* Green beans were loaded (Mrs. Bear picked 3-4 gallons this morning).  Though most have bean beetle issues.
* We had stuffed squash/zukes last night for dinner.  One of the squash was done in by the borer.  Another looks like it'll make it. 
* Tomato are starting to turn.
* Peppers are getting bigger.
* Dill is bolted, but I have some drying.  But no cukes…  Yeah, I'm bitter...

Raspberry are winding down though they'll still have some ripening for the rest of the summer/fall.
We have one blueberry bush that's still not ripe yet (don't recall the type they are).

The weeds seem to be growing well though!

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