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That's great news!

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Progress in fighting the big Thomas fire! emoticon They released a bunch of firefighters and highway patrol to go home. They went through town with lights and sirens in a big procession.

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Fortunately the dog's rescue ranch is out of fire danger and had its power and water restored so they were able to return. They needed full size kennels and routine.

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Great way to exercise! Great service to those dogs! Way to go Janey👍😄

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Found a new way to get some much needed exercise: Walking dogs. A local rescue ranch had to evacuate due to fire danger and are camping behind our local animal hospital. They managed to move 40 to a safer kennel 50 miles away, but there are still 70 dogs in need of attention. I'm not a fan of Dobermans, but they are growing on me.

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I hope it stays that way and doesn't get any closer to you!

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Conditions have improved! Only 10% containment, but no more structures currently threatened. It has been a long week.

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Stay safe!

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20 miles from the Rye fire which threatened Tuesday, and now only about 5 miles from the Thomas fire. Still watchful.

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How far are the fires from you?

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Silly me, complain about heat, we get fire. Not in our town yet. Thank goodness.

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It is hard to know what to do with the record breaking heat we are having. I guess I'll give them a drink tomorrow.

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My trees are still young so I water them once a week unless it rains.

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I'm wondering if I should be watering my deciduous fruit trees. I don't usually this time of year even without rain, but it was 94 degrees here today and may be warmer tomorrow. We haven't had much chill yet, the peach has dropped a few leaves but the apricot is still fully green. I have watered the citrus. Even my cherry tomatoes and basil are still producing. Weird.

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Raked up leaves and put them into the compost pile.

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Sounds like weather conditions are to blame for no fruit. Either too hot or too cold at a critical time.

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I bought our apples from the Apple Hill, in California; I went with my daughter a few weeks ago. The apples are suppose to be organic. I also bought pears to can, got 11 pints, and grapes for grape jelly, got 7 1/2 pints which will be Christmas gifts.

Hopefully we will get fruit from our trees next year, not sure what happened this year but no one I know had fruit on their trees.

Happy Fall! Enjoy your grandson!
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If the apples are stored in a cool place, they should easily last until you want to use them for Thanksgiving.

I had to buy the apples as well. If I had grown them at home, I would have known they would be pesticide and wax free, and would just have had to core them and cut them up. But since I bought them, they could have wax over them, and pesticides under the wax, so I had to peel them as well (which meant it took more time to prepare them). Gave the peels and cores to the squirrels to eat (and the raccoon, skunk, and possum if they wanted).

Getting out of the jam-making business, except for what we can use ourselves. Giving away all the 1 cup jars, most of which won't end up being returned, though some will be. Keeping the pints for personal use. I enjoy doing it, but with an active 2 year old underfoot (my daughter is a teacher, so I watch my grandson during the school year), I have to accept that for the time being, I really don't have time to mess with canning after school starts back up in the Fall. Once he's a year or two older it will be different.

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Sounds like a busy few days for you. I still have a box of apples (which I had to buy) to process. I'm trying to save them to make an apple pie for Thanksgiving, so far they are storing well. I made a low carb apple crisp this morning using almond flour and pecans for the topping and used Truvia for the sweetener.

We took the last of our garden garlic and minced it today to freeze in 1 tbsp. cubes for recipes; it was starting to get soft.

Heading to the garden in a few minutes to finish some clean up work in some of the beds. We still have spinach and carrots growing as well as our Fall planted onions and garlic.


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Gardening is officially over here for the season. Got down to 18 a couple nights ago, and temps are below freezing at night now, at least for most nights this week. The sudden drop in temps finally prompted the mulberry tree and magnolia to shed their leaves (still plenty left on the maples though) so we will be mowing those down and bagging them to use over the perennial beds, before putting down mulch on top. Hopefully that will help keep the weeds down next year.

Had some tuberose and calla lily bulbs in pots, so brought those into the garage. Have to get those in storage for the winter.

On the bright side, I made a bunch of apple butter, and cooking it down for 6 to 8 hours didn't make the house overheat. 2 gallons of cider, 18 pounds of apples, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and 10 or so hours of work resulted in 23 cups of apple butter. Also made lots of grape/mulberry jam and strawberry preserves. All are low sugar varieties and I'll be giving those out as gifts to family and friends this year.

Squirrels are enjoying the pumpkin seeds from my leftover pumpkins (the ones I don't need for cooking). Then the pumpkin shells will be added to the compost pile.

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Thanks! I'll be on the lookout for them when I pull out my plants. Just not yet as it has cooled off enough for me to get some more fruit. I've been pinching them back like crazy in hopes they will ripen before the day length is too short.

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Found this online. Hope it helps.


This article explains the life cycle of the tomato hornworm.Their cocoons are underground.
www.hunker.com/13406136/the-life-cyc
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Does anyone know what a tomato hornworm's cocoon looks like? I caught three on my big cherry tomato plant today. I read that the moths fly at night so we don't see them, but where do they go after they eat my plants? (Assuming I don't see them first.)
I would like to break this cycle.

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That's fantastic! I miss my strawberry patch. Had to dig it all up since it got overgrown with weeds (the kind that multiply by runners, so I was never able to get them all out, no matter how much I weeded). I want to plant a new patch, but haven't decided where to put it yet.

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I divided and replanted a hundred or more strawberry plants today.

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There is definitely a different mind set to gardening with defined seasons. We had Santa Ana winds yesterday (I hate them), so I finally just started my sugar snap peas indoors and hope it is cool enough to plant them in a week or two. Starting to pinch off new growth on my tomato plants, too. I never quite know when to stop and it seems to be warmer every year.
I extend my heartfelt sympathies to those around the state who have lost their homes and even lives to the firestorms driven by the winds. My valley is overdue for fires, but I'm hoping if it happens it is small and easy to control. So in the end every climate has its ups and downs, just learn to do the best you can.

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Our gardening season is definitely over! We have been well below freezing every night for over a week, and have had snow and freezing rain. Mostly the snow has melted again, but we are starting to have patches that stay, where the sun can no longer reach even during mid-day. I have cleared out all the garden plants, but this week will have to work on all the flower beds and pots, prune some perennials back, then do some mulching.
I always order myself the seed for next year now, then give them to my daughter so that she can include them in my Christmas stocking! Such a delight, during the deepest part of our Canadian winter to be reminded of the garden to come!

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We are expecting freezing weather tonight so we pulled all the cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, green beans and peppers. We covered the sweet potatoes, potatoes and pumpkins to try to protect them. Most of the tomato plants are to big to cover so we only covered the Roma tomato plants, pulled the green tomatoes off the other plants.

We had fried green tomatoes with our dinner tonight and I am going to make some veggie soup to use up the tiny green beans we pulled off. Going to make salsa tomorrow with the tomatoes and peppers.

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Just got back from the garden plots. Things are definitely slowing down. Good in a way since I hate having to stop if everything is still producing a lot! Beans are done. Still green, and the rain we got the last few days probably helped, but there are only a few blooms and nothing that will mature by the time we have to pull all the fences and cages next weekend. Still lots of tomatoes, but not as many ripe ones as last week. Hot peppers are done, and half the sweet peppers are done too. Still have 9 plants that have small peppers on them that might get big enough to pick by next weekend, but pulled the cages off the rest of them.

Plan for later in the week is to strip the tomato plants of any usable tomatoes and then remove the cages. On Saturday, we will pick the remaining peppers and tomatoes (if any), then get going pulling down the fencing. We leave the plants so the deer can come in and eat whatever is left. We are also collecting leaves from the neighbors and putting them on the areas that are already done. Will bring the chipper to chip up the corn stalks and sunflower stalks, then we can till everything in. Since we get the same plots every year, we can still come over after we have to be officially out and put down more leaves. Hubby is going to see if they will let him plow the plots this fall, since the person who has been doing it doesn't know what they are doing and have really messed it up. Maybe he can teach them how to do it properly. He was raised on a farm, so definitely knows what he is doing.

Then it's time to start planning for next year. Never to early to get started on that, in my opinion.

I hope everyone has had success this year with their gardens!

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Sounds like it will be an amazing garden next year. Have fun!

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Temps here have been about 10 degrees above normal for the past couple of days. Same forecasted for tomorrow, then back down around 70 (normal) and finally expecting some rain.
Picked all the hot peppers, still have sweet peppers and tomatoes growing. Beans are slowing down due to lack of rain. Only have about 2 weeks left until we have to clear out of the rented plots.
Part of me wants the garden to continue, and part is ready for it to be over for the year. Getting dark earlier, so not much time to get anything done in the evenings. Starting to plan for next year - what we want to grow as well as how much. I want a bigger variety of veggies than we planted this year - carrots, parsnips, spinach, lettuce,, garlic, beets. Broccoli and cauliflower would be nice, but cabbage worms are bad here, so I'd have to make sure to spray regularly with BT and/or use floating row covers, something I didn't do as well as I should have in previous years.

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My parents gardened in the midwest and Colorado, but I really don't remember it very well. I've been gardening in Ventura County since 1977, so am used to semi-seasons. Only downside is there is not really a season to sit back and rest.

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It's above freezing here, but cold enough that plants probably wouldn't be doing too well. I didn't have my garden this year because I couldn't afford the water, so my friends grew my plants. It was not a good year for gardening, though, and they didn't get anything.

I do have strawberry plants, raspberry (no berries this year), lemongrass and geraniums in pots and have to get something set up to bring them in, hopefully before they get too cold.



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Well above freezing inn the Midwest so far but still need to get those herbs in!

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Going to clean out one of my garden beds today and get it ready to plant garlic!

Weather is dropping back down into the 30's at night for the next 2 days, we still have lots of tomatoes, pumpkins and peppers to protect so we are getting the blankets ready to cover the beds again.

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Oh JANEYBEE, how lovely it would be to have a fall garden! Our forecast here is for snow later today! They say it won't stay for long, but the season for gardening is at an end! That said, I still have one row of carrots to dig! Better get at them!

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I'm hoping it will cool off enough in the next couple of weeks to plant a fall garden.

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I have never canned anything, but my-oh-my, is my freezer filled to capacity!!

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Yes, canning makes them easy to store and many ways to use them.

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I canned some crushed tomatoes today, they are easy and can be used so many ways.

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Hey, thanks, Cathy! I will check some of them out!

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The Spark People recipes section has 190 recipes which use dried tomatoes. I typed in "sun dried tomatoes" in the search box and it pulled up 183 recipes, but when I searched just under "dried tomatoes" it came up with an additional 7.

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I have such a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes! I dried several in my food dehydrator, and MIGOODNESS are they delicious! (Especially the orange ones!)
Not sure what to do with them now though... pasta sauce? Scones? Pizza?
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@DGRIFFITH51 - your lasagna sounds delicious! So satisfying when you sit down to food you have grown, harvested and prepared yourself. I often 'dry' my veggies somewhat before adding them to a lasagna. It concentrates the flavour, and cuts down on the soupiness! I never thought of totally substituting the pasta with zucchini though! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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Recent heat wave has wiped out several of my tomato plants, and slowed down fruit set on all the rest. Just when things were going so well. emoticon

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Do you peel the zucchini or leave the peels on?

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For my zucchini lasagna, I slice the zucchini on a mandolin slicer, a little thick, bake it in the oven for about 10 minutes to dry it out and then I use it in place of the noodles. I also made homemade sauce from the tomatoes, onions and garlic I harvested.

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Yum! I've been giving all my cherry tomatoes (volunteers from plants I grew last year) to a young friend. She's in 1st grade this year and takes them for her snack for lunch every day at school.

So far we've picked about 70 pumpkins, with another 20 or so left to go. Have the picked ones in the garage to keep them protected from the squirrels. Also picked an overflowing bushel each of spaghetti squash and butternut squash. Vines are about dead due to powdery mildew. Same with the zucchini. May pull all the vines tomorrow and haul them off into the brush, as well as raking up the leaves. And of course we will be planting the vines in a different spot of the garden next year.

Still getting lots of beans, plus tomatoes, bell peppers, and hot peppers.

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Cherry tomatoes gone wild!


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DGRIFFITH51, I love lasagna made with zucchini! I am curious, are you using the zucchini in place of the noodles? Or do you use the zucchini as part of the filling? I would love to hear how yours turns out!

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