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10 degrees cooler here overnight, must have been that rain storm that cooled things down, it really poured for a few minutes and lightly rained for close to an hour.


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We had no downpour as the heavier rains went around us we were left just on fringe with only a sprinkle. Our low last night was 50* so once the cloudiness dissipated we were able to cool house down to a nice 62* by this morning.
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I was surprised it rained as much as it did, from the reports on the news, it did not sound like we would get more than a sprinkle. One thing good about a decent rain is, it washes my solar panel and they are clean today.Wink


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Yes that is plus for sure. Also, we have found this time of year that even though we longer days, the panels don't produce as well . Not sure if its just heat or the angle of sun. Unsure
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When I was figuring out what the best angle was for my panels, it was panels that were facing South at an 18 degree angle in the Summer. The best Winter angle was 54 degrees I believe. So if your angle is steeper than 18 degrees, say 30 degrees and it's not facing South that might explain why you are not producing as much power in the Summer but that's just a guess.


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I am sure angle has lot to do with it. Our system is designed to be a net-zero account meaning through out the year we create more power then we consume, so far we haven't had a power bill (other than a basic metering bill of less than $9) for 5 years and we still give more unused/excess power back each March-April when they zero out/reset our account.

Got cooler than we had expected, which was a nice 50*. We both have small yard projects to start working on before Jeff's knee surgery shuts down most of our activities for a few weeks. So we'll start working on them together earlier in the day when it cooler like this and possibly even shaded Cool and bit by bit we'll get both done keeping ourselves out of the sun and heat.

My sweet potatoes are all growing nicely. But I still wonder how many poatoes we'll actually get ot have. It so hard since you can't really really see them to know how they are really doing. The plants just haven't seemed to really take off like the squash the other garden plants have since we finally warmed up.
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Still got down to 50 last night, although the forecast was for 55. Can't complain about that. It sure made for a nice temp to get out and do a little yard working before the sun started creeping over our back hillside. Totally finished one project, but the second one is 1/2 way done - we've sprayed some weed killer over top as some of the pulled weeds broke off so we want to give it time to kill the roots before we add some soil, then pea gravel, then take some of our ground cover that is doing too well in a nearby area and transplant it into the now cleared space.


We harvested the last of our first crop of peas. So this afternoon, in the cool comfort of the house we'll have a shelling party as we relax a little. The old peas, once they dry out, can all be added to the compost and the pots will be all prepped for re-seeding with a fall crop come early August.
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Sounds like you two are keeping yourselves busy, I know I've always seem to have things to do around here too. No fishing trips this week?


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We are. Since our son and his girls vacationed up with our extended family in N Idaho we thought we'd have a chance to fish more often, but we got so caught up getting stuff done here around the house (things we needed the both of us to do so they get done before his next knee surgery) that fishing dropped off Frown Now they're on their way home today having had a great time since they were in cooler and wetter time up there (mid 70s, odd for this time of year) but they were totally enjoyed by all the family and all hope they come again - and soon!

Well I'm heading out to mow the yard while its still cool.
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Took a walk around the gardens with Jeff today. The watermelons are finally setting fruit like crazy, hopefully it's not too late for us to actually get eat some before frost kills the plants.

Tomorrow I need to pick another cabbage. We read that some get up to 4 second (and smaller) heads once they harvest the main head off. Doubt we'd have long enough season here to manage doing that very well, but I can see from my previous picking that there are 4 sprouts coming out from the stub left behind. It said once they've grown a bit you can chose just one head to grow possibly harvest one larger head so maybe we'll just see how it does for as long as we can , they handle those cooler nights better than some plants so just maybe it'll grow another head - who knows?

Also need to harvest several cukes (not counting the one I already gave to our son yesterday, several more squash are also ready for picking - I alone cannot eat them fast enough to keep ahead of how fast they are maturing , such a problem to have - NOT. The second crop of fall peas/pods have also taken off they are about 3 inches tall now.
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Wow he is walking outside already, that's impressive. My sister is hear visiting, so I've been busy the last few days.
I did not realize cabbage could grow a second head, that's interesting. Good deal on the cukes, mine are still growing but no blossoms yetFrown.
So by saying peas/pods is that the same as snow peas? Sounds like they are doing good.


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yes pea pods, that if left longer you'll get some peas.


Not walking around with any speed, but yes, no crutches or walker, he just limps a bit - LOL

Saw several green beans today, but I am going to be careful and not pick them too soon. Also it may be that I need more plants next year than I currently have or we'd never have enough at any one time.

The watermelons are growing and producing melons like crazy right now, so really hope we don't have an early freeze - we can protect it if light frost but a hard freeze and we'd be toast for sure.
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I usually plant about a dozen green bean seeds for my plants but most of them got crowded out this year because of all the zucchini and buttercup plants. For sure the more you plant the better crop yield.
Of the two watermelons the started to get bigger, only one has continued to grow, the other one stopped growingFrown. One thing that will give them a better chance of maturing is to cut the vine growing pant the watermelon, that way the growth will all go to the melon instead of the vine.


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My melons are past now, but I like the idea of cutting the vine past the melon. I'll try that next year. I did get a 33 lber this year and was as sweet as honey. Just can't buy home grown for sure. I'm still rusty on when to pick them as I did leave a few too long on the vine. Any tricks??


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Hey that's an idea, we'll see as we get closer to a frost or freeze if that will help speed up any that haven't ripened yet.

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There are several ways to tell when a watermelon is getting close to being ripe. the first thing is that little curly Q that forms near the stem of the melon. When that turns brown, it is getting close, when I notice that, I start thumping the melon. A dull thump means it's not ready, but a hollow thumb means it should be picked within a week or so. A lot of it is trial by error but after you do it for a while, you can tell the difference.


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When I'm getting melons earlier in the season I never worry about doing that but as it gets later, I do it just to give the melons a better chance of ripening.


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We'll see if it gets close we may have to give that try for sure. Last night we had low of 41 hear at our house, other places nearby had upper 30s! That was way colder than forecasted. But the next 10 days on KSL show us staying in the low 50s so we'll likely be upper 40s at the coldest. Its way too early to frost just yet! Fingers are crossed for another month of good growing before we throw in the towel on this season!
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It was 57 here two nights in a row but last night it was 67*. Got almost 70 green beans out of our garden and picked 9 buttercup squash. Spent the day cutting them up and blanching them plus doing our last batched of bottled salmon for the year. Grapes are getting sweeter now and peaches are starting to ripen. Saw our first blossom on our cucumbers yesterday, hope it isn't too late. How is Jeff doing?


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we stayed pretty warm last night with that cloud cover as well - 57* so the house wasn't as cool this morning.

Did you get rain yesterday - we got less than 1/10th between last night and this AM, we hoped for bit more, but we'll take any we can get.


I picked enough green beans for our dinner tonight. I could see a lot of smaller ones hat just weren't a ripe as we we'd like. So maybe in a week or so we'll get few more. We're thinking we need more plants next year so we can put some in the freezer.

I also picked several cukes and squash, a roma tomato.

Here are today's pics - hopefully those melons will make it to their full (small) size, a couple are pretty close. You can se in the one pic cabbage pic the new sprouts starting from the already harvested plant - of course I won't have enough time to get any of it to full sized, but I never knew the plants would even do that.
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We got a few sprinkles overnight that same day but that was it.
CrazyDid not think the cantaloupe was going to produce anything this year but after moving a few vines I found one that was hiding from meCrazy. Starting to see more blooms on my cukes, if this continues maybe we will get a few this year, fingers crossed. I need to go out and pick the green beans in a few minutes and take a look for more zucchini that I missed yesterday, those thing sure grow fast. Found one I missed the other day that was as dark as the buttercup. Between the zucchini and the yellow squash we are picking 6 to 10 every other day.
Your garden is looking really nice, pretty amazing about the cabbage.


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Given the summer that we've had we aren't too disappointed in what the garden has produced this year. There's always an improvement to be tried next year but that's just learning how to garden best in our climate. Wish those tomatoes would really start turning red soon.

Next week the temps will drop a bit , and all the physical therapy appts are first thing in the AM so Annie and I will walk the path along the river while Jeff is inside.
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I agree, same here, considering this is my first try at growing a garden in a box, I'm happy with the results but I'll for sure make some changes next year. I have had the same issue with tomatoes and one thing I can tell you is, cut back on the water a little and they will ripen quicker. As long as they are getting plenty of water they will keep producing vines and tomatoes but as soon as they notice there is less water, they will stop growing and the tomatoes will get ripe. I learned that from OldCoot, his plants were small but they were producing more tomatoes than my bigger plants. With most vegetables the more water, the more they produce but not tomatoes, seems like just the opposite happensCrazy.
If you are walking by a river with annie you should take a pole and some lures along with you and try and catch some fishSmile, I know you haven't been out in a while.
Here are some new pics from my garden, got 87 green beans, from the size of them I must have missed some the last time I picked them.


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Believe me I'm tempted, but then I'd have to carry stuff with me, so I just look but haven't seen any fish. And I'm mainly trying to get in some walking exercise. Its just not been in cards for us this summer with everything going on here.

Jeff had me weigh his largest watermelon and it was 2 lbs 9 3/8 oz. So its getting there for sure. I may start restricting the water that about mid-September just because picking green ones to ripen up later never really works out for us.

Your garden is really looking good.

Oh and our those tiles on our back patio are called New Tech Wood. They have quite an assortment of colors to choose from online. You'll likely want something more in the brown colors to go with your house color.
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Glad to hear your watermelons are getting some weight to them, mine seems to be stalling at the moment, not sure if it has been the heat or what but they don't seem to be growing much, if anyFrown. Last night was the warmest night we have had for almost a month, it never got below 74 degrees, likely because of the cloud cover we had but at least the sun isn't beating down on us today. Sounds like we are getting a cool down later this week, maybe some rain. We did get a few sprinkles a little while ago but it did not amount to anything. If you two wants some grapes, they are ready to pick.
Thanks for the info on your back patio tiles, I'll have to take some time and look them up been busy on other projects.


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