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Re: [wiperhunter2] My 2019 Gardens/Flowerbeds In reply to
Seems like the melon we've been weighing is gaining ~9 oz every two days. Yesterday it weighed in at 3lb 15 5/8oz, so probably will pick this one this weekend.


Last night we really didn't cool off too much, low was only 61, but we too are expected to really cool off next week. of course we like the water rain brings but on flip side, we hate the cloud cover as it messes with our solar. August was so dry we had our highest output in 5 years.

Hard to pass on those yummy grapes, but if its okay, we'll have to wait a bit as we have a lot other fruits to be eaten right now.
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What kind of scale do have that measures weights that small? Picked two our our melons today, the vine was dieing on one of them and one the other one it wasn't looking much better because the leaves were drying up, so that vine was likely dying too. Not sure how I could weigh them though, my guess is that they are less than 5 lbsFrown.
Little cooler here last night, got down to 69 degrees, seems to be much cooler today, so far. Haven't seen my electric bill for aug yet but we are hoping for higher output as well but I don't have anything to compare it to, because this is our first solar generation year, I just hope it is higher than it was in July.
No problem on the grapes they will be here for a while still. They are a little bigger this year, likely because they are fewer in number. Almost reached the 100 green bean count today, wasn't sure it was going to do that well this year, because of fewer plants. Got a batch of peaches in the freeze dryer right now, they are coming on pretty good now.


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Its a digital kitchen scale (pic attached) Today it weighed 4lb 9 3/4oz. We weighed a similar sized one at grocery store today it weighed 4lbs 12oz so Jeff said he's picking it tomorrow or Sunday.

For fun, I also weighed a cantaloupe it was over 3 lbs . We read if the vines start drying out, dyeing back it's definitely time to pick them. Our vines are still a strong, vibrant green.


We were 60* last night. Seemed a bit warm for us to start the day, but I know for you it was welcomed relief . Next week we have couple days where our highs are only in the 60s and the lows in the lower 40s - that getting a little scary since we tend to be cooler than forecasted but if we survive those days/nights it does rebound to more safe temps by the end of next week. Crazy

I cut back the watering on my bales hoping the tomatoes start ripening a little faster. Think this year we may can some as yummy tomato juice. they've really started ripening up lately but there are so many green ones I'd like if they would ripen before any frost hits to cut their season shorter.

I got about dozen green beans - they are growing well, all things considered, but I'd likely need to have more plants to get a greater amount at one time.
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OK, that's a cool thing to have for weighing fruit and vegetables. I weighed my largest watermelon yesterday and it was 2 tenths of a pound less than 5 lbs. I'm going to have to try something else next year, if I want them bigger than that.
My largest cantaloupe has stopped grow but the vine still looks good so I'll be leaving it on there for a while longer, it's about the same size as the one you have.
Overnight temp was 69 degrees but it just started raining, so that might drop the temps even more.


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Jeff said he thought he'd pick a watermelon today, but with cooler temps maybe he'll hold off for tomorrow. Seems these cooler/wet temps are causing him little more pain today, but we'll see.

Hey I made another recipe using the squash that Jeff liked even more than the last recipe I made, he even had seconds of it. I'll get it typed up later to post it. It was really yummy.

Our low was 54 as so far our high was 57 then it dropped back 55, its forecasted to hit low 70s but not sure it'll make with another rain round showing to come in this afternoon. All our rain storage is filled, so we are not collecting any of the overflow since its getting late into the summer, early fall time. We never fully used all the previously stored extra water so think we did well for paid water usage this year.
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Got down to 54 overnight, bet it was downright chilly at your place.
I don't eat corn anymore but Roxy can't get enough of it, I'll tell her about this a see what she thinks, thanks for the recipe.
Pretty amazing how well you guys have done on your rain collection system this year, guess that extra tank really paid off.


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yeah our low was 43. Lowest this next 10 days in our forecast is for 42 Wednesday night, and we are generally a few degrees cooler than the forecast here at our house. We cooled the house without using any fans!

So Jeff decided to pick that watermelon - SHUCKS! We should have waited another week cause the seeds in it were still all cream colored when they should be black. But it is yellow not red inside, its close enough that we will eat it as it didn't taste too bad still. It weighed in 5lbs 3oz.

We also picked a cantaloupe as the outer shell was just starting to show signs of cracking - it was perfectly sweet and ready. it weighed 2lb 9 oz, not hugs but a good size for out here and with just us two here, the right amount too.

here's a couple pics of melons and the watermelon seed packet so you'll know how it should have looked. Crazy

I almost caught a baby snake - probably bull snake - at most though it was 10-12 inches, so Jeff is out 'hunting' for it, no luck for him either, we love looking at them and we always relocate farther away. Oh well.

Today was sure a nice temp.
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Only got down to 61 here overnight but yesterday was the first time since we started using the AC this year, that it did not turn on at all during the daySmile.
Too bad the watermelon wasn't all the way ripe, mine had some black seeds but it could have been a little more ripe. I've been growing yellow watermelons for several years now and we enjoy them.
Glad to hear your cantaloupe turned out well, when the guts start shrinking inside, like in your pic, I always know they are done.
Not sure if that snake was a bull snake or a water snake(WS). WS are a lot more common in our area but if it had the same markings as a rattlesnake without the rattles then it was likely a bull snake.


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yep same markings, that's why we expected it would be bull snake.

We were 42 last night, forecast was for 47. we've run our A/C for one evening just to be sure its still works in case we ever need/want to use it - like on rainy nights when you just don't want water coming in. We can move fans so they are under the overhang porches but its still can be wet air its blows in.

We spent the cooler morning trimming up flowering pear tree since its forecast to be wet this PM, tomorrow and even Thursday(our garbage day). Started hearing thunder and got few sprinkles so figured we'd call trimming done for this week, we even have two extra 30 gal cans full. We cut it up small enough that we'll get two pick ups on Thursday - our side and the neighbor's side with what we have cut up. Next week, we'll do the same again. (we just dump the 30gal cans into the 'pick up' can then wheel it over to the on other side of the street.)

Our son and the girls are mtn biking near Eden then coming here for a late lunch (the girls are not in school most of this month due to year round schooling). Hope they don't get rained on. But it wouldn't be first for them if they did that's for sure.
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First time I saw a bull snake it was in So Utah and it was a big, 6 plus ft long. I thought it was a rattlesnake until I noticed it had no rattles, I've never seen one up here in N Utah but it isn't like I look for them, lol. We see the common water snakes in our yard just about every year.
Got down to 52 last night here, sure is cool in the mornings and I heard there was snow in the Uinta mountains yesterdayCrazy. Are you saying by using the fans to cool your house at night, you did not have to use your AC this Summer?
We got a fair amount of rain yesterday and lots of lighting, they are saying we will get more today.
Amazing your G-kids can keep up with their dad going over that summit by Snowbasin, that seems like a brutal climb from the PV side.


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We've relocated 3 large bull snakes since moving here, they are funny how they'll imitate a rattler. I remember when we lived in SD, Jeff was driving back home from the Denver area in the dark, and when he got to Lusk Wyo he spotted a snake warming itself in road - he stopped and in headlights of car caught a really big one once he saw that it didn't have rattles - he often keeps a lidded bucket in the trunk of the car for such kinds of events. He brought it home to show me and the boys. One son was 18 months old at the time, was so excited to see it and he ran up fast with his mouth wide open to see it while dad was holding it - that snake reared back and struck right at his face, our son backed up and said, 'stupid snake'. He wasn't even scared from the experience - it was hilarious. I was having an at home demo party with ladies when Jeff came home with it - all the women even the one giving the presentations - but I still got 'credit' for a having hosted the party, she came back the next day to collect all her wares she left behind. That too was hilarious those women acted like that.

We've also relocated several water snakes as they eat our fish!

I saw they had some snow up above 10,000 feet, said it was gone by 11am. Cloud cover kept us a bit warmer last night we were 49. During the summer we use 2 fans blowing in at one end of house, and 2 fans blowing out at the other end, to draw that cooler night air thru the house, close it up in morning before the temp starts rising for day. No A/C needed. Hard to garden but great for using electricity usage that's for sure. We too had rain, even small hail at times.

Turns out he took the girls up to a place near Powder Mtn. I saw videos of areas where the girls had to ride across flat rocked, uneven areas and they did really well. They even didn't mind the bit of rain that hit before they were done riding they were having so much fun. They have good bikes for all this but its so good that they love being able to do this stuff with their dad - sure beats sitting in front of TV or video games! All this was done before lunch. Once they got here all 3 were pretty chilled feeling and the enjoyed the hot lunch, hot cocoa and heated lap blankets we had waiting for them - our house wasn't the warm temps they were hoping for after cooling it the night before, LOL.

I'm heading out now to see how we faired with that little bit of hail that we had.
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Here is a pic I took of our smallest watermelon that had black seeds, had to pick it cause the vine died.
Also, just finished our third FD batch of peaches and I found a strange issue after I pull them out after the final drying cycle. In the pic you will see what looks like ice crystals but I think they are sugar crystals. Have you ever seen this?
Glad to hear your son and G kids made it back safe and had a good time.
49 degrees here last night.


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Nice melon. Have not seen a yellow meated watermelon since I left south Georgia.......Wink
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Looks like yours was a lot closer to ready than ours was - so hopefully the next ones can grow before it really frosts.

We were 38 this morning, whew, no damage to the garden from that temp or hail that fell the other day - dodged that bullet for sure. The next week we aren't expected to get near that cold again. Bet you got your house cooled down didn't you?

Yeah, that is sugar crystals. We got little of that that when we did grapes, cut in half. Did you leave the skins on?, We always peeled the skin off our peaches before FDing, that way the it can get moisture out from all the exposed sides, yours look like maybe it could only pull moisture from that top side.
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They are tasty, just wished we'd not picked the one we did, it could have used a little longer on the vine so those white seeds could mature to black seeds.

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yikes, got 39 here last night, forecast was for 43 and it was still looking like we would maybe make that before we went to bed last night. We only opened one end of the house and had only one fan blowing out, but the house got down to 59 by this morning. No doubt fall is here for us. I'm already thinking about what things need done outside before it snows - LOL

I've been trimming up over grown trees, still have more of them to be done but sure is looking good so far. With all the rain of course all the water tanks are full and I've shut down the sprinkler system for a while at least. Tongue
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jjannie wrote:
Bet you got your house cooled down didn't you?

Yeah, that is sugar crystals. We got little of that that when we did grapes, cut in half. Did you leave the skins on?, We always peeled the skin off our peaches before FDing, that way the it can get moisture out from all the exposed sides, yours look like maybe it could only pull moisture from that top side.
It has been the same over night temps for several days now, haven't needed AC at all during the day.
Good to know about the sugar crystal, I kind of figured that was what it was, funny I've never seen that before and we have never peeled our peaches, maybe it was because the machine got done in the middle of the night and we had to leave it running until we got up. We have done another batch since then and they came out find, so that must have been it I guessUnsure.


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yikes, got 39 here last night, forecast was for 43 and it was still looking like we would maybe make that before we went to bed last night. We only opened one end of the house and had only one fan blowing out, but the house got down to 59 by this morning. No doubt fall is here for us. I'm already thinking about what things need done outside before it snows - LOL

I've been trimming up over grown trees, still have more of them to be done but sure is looking good so far. With all the rain of course all the water tanks are full and I've shut down the sprinkler system for a while at least. Tongue

With the warmer temps today we turned our sprinklers back on. It was funny they were predicting 80% chance of rain on Weds and we got much less than we did on Tues, hardly even sprinkled here but it poured on Tues. Went fish at Willard today, wasn't nearly as good as last week.Frown


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yes we got 3/4 of an inch of rain I think it was on Wednesday! Our sprinklers are still off. We'll water garden things by hand using rain water up. Looks like Tuesday will be another good chance of getting more rain once again.

Too bad the walleye fishing has been so odd this year.
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A little warmer last night, only down to 52, sure seemed much warmer today. Garden sure slows down on growing with all the cool temp.


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I think I found the problem with why I had those sugar crystals on the peaches after I pulled them out of the FDer. I think it was over loaded, with too much peaches. We have done two batches since that one batch and no issues whatsoever but on that one batch, we had four mylar bags of fruit that we got out of it and since we have only had 3 bags.
Another issue that I haven't run across, we had so many ripe peaches that we used our second set of trays, we cut up the peaches, put them on the trays, then put them in our freezer. This morning, after finishing our last batch, I took the trays out of our freezer and put them in the FDer. They were well frozen, so I was planning on turning down the freezing cycle but when I hit the little clock, to adjust the time down, it went right into the drying cycle, is that normal and if it isn't, do you think it will hurt, since the peaches were already frozen?


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you'll need to get fruit down to a much lower temp than your freezer can get to work properly. I'd run little shorter freeze cycle using manual settings, rather than just jumping to the dry cycle. We have two set of trays I put desk file holder in sideways so I can stack the trays in it on shelf. that way as I fill a tray with whatever it stays in freezer till I have 4 full trays, then I run a batch. The file tray holder keeps anything from encroaching into your tray's space too.


Maybe it was overloaded, but I think it more has to do with those skins being on them. Either way glad its working better for you.
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I've been pretty busy between tree trimming, hand watering the gardens to use up the water in the tanks (we 'll want them emptied for winterizing them and it is supposed to rain again on Friday) and caring for Jeff - he's been having wheat we thought was nerve pain in this latest knee replacement - after getting it checked by the surgeon, he4 feared it was not nerves but possibly a blood clot - but turns out there was no clot, so we're back to fighting the pain - its just so different than how the 1st knee went Crazy.

We're thinking of putting up a greenhouse over on the same side where the bales are. We spend so much time trying to protect some plants at both ends of the growing season it seems it'd be money well invested. Harbor Freight sells a 10x12 one that with a little beefing up to it, it should suit our needs. Think that may be our fall project to get it assembled and in place so it'll be ready for use come next spring. I'm hoping our two son's and maybe even our son-in-law will come the day of the major assembly process to speed up getting it done. I'll just need to provide lunch and dinner but that will be well worth having some help to get it done. The HF kit has a ton of pieces, nut. and bolts.

Seems my squash might be done for season, I haven't see any new blooms for some time.
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Got our high number for the year on green beans yesterday over 130, this cooler weather are making them turn on now, not sure if it will continue but I hope so. Picked our last watermelon yesterday after I notice the plants was dieingFrown. Finally finished getting all the peaches on our oldest tree, been running our FDer constantly since we started picking them. Squash are slowing down with more and more leaves getting mildew on them. Cucumbers have had blossoms on them for three weeks now and not one cuke, might not get any this year.
Got down to 47 degrees overnight, saw a little snow on the very tops of our mountains yesterday morning, won't be long now. I'm already thinking about what I can do better next year in my garden.
Sorry to hear that Jeff is having issues with his knee replacement, hope things improve.
I have seen those HF greenhouses and I think they would greatly improve your early and late season gardening.


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low of 35 last night! Forecast was for 41! sweet potatoes in the box got lightly frost damaged everything else looks to be okay except for a little frost damage on the bean plants but not bad at all , a deer ate our two largest watermelons halfway on each and nibbled a cantaloupe too, they haven't ever eaten anything from the melons before!!! UGH!!! I can say this those seeds were starting to turn black - LOL I'm heading out now to frost cover those sweet potatoes now cause Fri and Sat nights are only forecasted to be in the mid 30.

Gotta have that greenhouse for sure - just too many variables here. We know the HF need a little beafing them up but hopefully it'll serve frost probelms as well asd keep the deer off.

Jeff si still very haoppy to have this pain rather than the pain his knees were causing before. Its a ll relative.
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