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Backwoods Savage Posted By Backwoods Savage, Jun 14, 2013 at 5:07 PM

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  1. Backwoods Savage

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    Busy day in the garden today. First we found an unwanted visitor who seemed to enjoy the taste of our peas. Note the difference in height of pictures 1 and 2. Must have gotten their belly full and saved some for tonight. This same critter also enjoys the taste of sunflowers and now this plant is missing the leaves (see picture 3).

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    The last picture is of the ornery one spreading straw. Notice that with a pitch fork in her hands I am a good distance away too! And another big thank you to Wishlist who provided the straw.

    Directly behind the ornery one is an apple tree that is really loaded. Also to her right is our raspberry patch and those also look like they will provide us with many meals.

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    Like most, we had no apples or peaches last year. This year, although we did lose some to frost and may lose some peaches because of the too wet conditions, we should eat well and be able to make a good deal of cider. Here are a few pictures taken recently of some of the fruit:

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    And waiting in the wings is the cider press we built about a year and a half ago. Still waiting to press the first apples. Hopefully in about 3 months we'll give it the first test. Yummy! I can almost taste the cider now.

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  3. Defiant

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    You are a smart man;) , thanks for the post & pics. Best of luck with the harvest:cool:
     
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    Thanks defiant.
     
  5. WellSeasoned

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    Very nice pictures. With such a good size garden, do you can at all? If you make too much cider, I can give you my address. I love that stuff! :)
     
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    This is the first time in around 16 years that I haven't done a garden......I really enjoy doing them, but just too much going on with this house remodel....
    Thanks for sharing your gardens with me, Sav......looks like you and the Mrs. are doing really well! Glad to see Judy enjoying that gardening, that does me good to see that! Hoping to meet you guys sometime this summer if the stars all line up.....
     
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    How do you afford that straw on a retirement income. Out here it is going for a small fortune. 5 bales cost me $70!
     
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    Thank Sav. I love to see a nice garden patch and also nice to see the ornery one out working after what she went through awhile back.
     
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    Very nice Savage ;) I will get a picture today of the garden me and my buddy have over on the farm,and not even close to the height of your plants ==c
     
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    begreen, don't hate, but straw bales are about $2.50 last time we checked. Hay is a little more, but we won't need any this year since we no longer have the sheep and goats.
    Great pics Dennis, and it's nice to see that Judy feels well enough to get in the garden. That pic reminds me....I need a new straw hat.:cool:
    It's interesting to see how the growing conditions can be so different only a hundred miles or so away.
    Our green beans are doing fairly well, same with tomatoes. Only one of the apple trees (Jonathan) had blooms, and there were only five on the whole tree. I think the 2 frosts within a few days of each other has thwarted our apple production....yet again.
    You know we're going to need pics of the cider making, right?;)
     
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    Spent the afternoon weeding and picking rocks sav :p ;)

    Will get a better pic when/if the vegs start a blooming..

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    Nice spot loon, tons of sun:cool:
     
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    We don't do much canning. Applesauce is about the only thing any more. We do freeze a lot of corn as you probably guessed looking at the size of the garden. Ah, cider, we are hoping!
     
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    Ouch! Unless you are talking the big round bales. These bales were a gift from one of the guys on the forum; wishlist. He is out drowning worms right now.
     
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    Dave is pretty close on the price but it fluctuates depending upon the supply. Last year the price of hay sailed way up there due to a lack of it. Might do the same this year if we don't get some drying weather.

    Most folks gardens do not look too good around here. I just lucked out and planted at just the right time and I believe this is the first year I can saw we have the best looking corn around here. Usually the guys with better ground have much better corn but could not get it into the ground very early.

    Perhaps you might be interested in stopping in and making some cider this fall Dave?
     
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