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Old 07-16-2023, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Weeded some more of my corn patch. In hindsight two things-

1. Don't broadcast peas when using as a cover crop, instead row plant them. Weeding was a nightmare because peas are interspersed with weeds. Duh.

2. Don't assume these are volunteers from a cultivar previously planted. I think these may be wild parsnips- which are invasive. You have to really be careful handling this plant.

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The wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is a tall plant with yellow flowers. Although the roots are edible, the plant’s sap can result in burns (phytophotodermatitis).

The burns are a reaction between the plant’s sap and your skin. The reaction is triggered by sunlight. It isn’t an immune or allergic response, but rather a sun-sensitive skin reaction due to the plant substance.
https://www.healthline.com/health/wi...hotodermatitis

I cut off all the flowering stems and bagged them. I'm leaving the root in the ground so we'll see what happens in the fall. You can eat wild parsnip root just stay away from the stem sap.

Our 3 year old little cherry tree is bearing fruit. Last year what little produced we let the birds have them. Not this year, lol.





And the raspberry bushes we planted are doing really well.



This was 12 months ago-

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Old 07-20-2023, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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And the raspberry bushes we planted are doing really well.

This was 12 months ago-
Nice comparison. I wouldn't have thought that was 12mths ago. Looks like 3 months of growth but I'm not familiar with Rasberries.

I see a soaker hose in the lawn, dont mow it over.
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Old 07-20-2023, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Centre Wellington, ON
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I recently found out the reason why my hometown (Oakville) has some many mulberries was that old farmers would plant them since they produce fruit at the same time as cherries, so the birds get drawn to the mulberries and the farmers can keep the cherries. Saskatoon berries were used for the same purpose afaik. Now that the town has been suburbanized, the cherries are gone, but the mulberries are still there. Well, I like eating mulberries so I pick them when I'm down there. The dogs like them too, especially my lab who will eat several pounds of mulberries and get sick if we don't stop her.
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Old 07-20-2023, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Centre Wellington, ON
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Nice comparison. I wouldn't have thought that was 12mths ago. Looks like 3 months of growth but I'm not familiar with Rasberries.

I see a soaker hose in the lawn, dont mow it over.
My new place in Elora has raspberries. The mature plants are sending up suckers everywhere constantly. The previous owners put landscaping cloth down in various places and the raspberries are somehow growing through that. They seem to grow about a foot per month here, if not a foot per week.
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Old 07-21-2023, 01:42 PM
 
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Nice comparison. I wouldn't have thought that was 12mths ago. Looks like 3 months of growth but I'm not familiar with Rasberries.

I see a soaker hose in the lawn, dont mow it over.
Ours get heavily pruned by deer in the winter and we’re okay with that. It’s bearing fruit this year so it’s netted right now.

That’s just a regular old hose- was watering the pear trees and cherry tree.
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Old 07-21-2023, 01:52 PM
 
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I recently found out the reason why my hometown (Oakville) has some many mulberries was that old farmers would plant them since they produce fruit at the same time as cherries, so the birds get drawn to the mulberries and the farmers can keep the cherries. Saskatoon berries were used for the same purpose afaik. Now that the town has been suburbanized, the cherries are gone, but the mulberries are still there. Well, I like eating mulberries so I pick them when I'm down there. The dogs like them too, especially my lab who will eat several pounds of mulberries and get sick if we don't stop her.
I have a beef with mulberries. Years ago when my wife and I were newlyweds we were pretty much scraping by. I worked for a bank and could only afford cheap suits and shirts. Well I saved up some money and bought ONE nice Polo button down shirt. Crisp white, heavy thread. This is in the early 90’s. So I starched and ironed this shirt- crisp folds, PERFECT. Beautiful summer morning, driving down a residential road lined with mulberry trees. My left are rested out the window.

**PLOP** a bird hit my crisp new white shirt sleeve with a mulberry laced turd.

When I got to work my co-workers said “NICE SHIRT!!!” and then I turned and showed them the nice giant purple stain and went into a profanity laced tirade about birds. Some of ladies tried stain sticks, soda water every trick they could think of. It never came out.

I won’t touch a mulberry and I think I know why I enjoy bird hunting so much.
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Old 07-21-2023, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Centre Wellington, ON
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I have a beef with mulberries. Years ago when my wife and I were newlyweds we were pretty much scraping by. I worked for a bank and could only afford cheap suits and shirts. Well I saved up some money and bought ONE nice Polo button down shirt. Crisp white, heavy thread. This is in the early 90’s. So I starched and ironed this shirt- crisp folds, PERFECT. Beautiful summer morning, driving down a residential road lined with mulberry trees. My left are rested out the window.

**PLOP** a bird hit my crisp new white shirt sleeve with a mulberry laced turd.

When I got to work my co-workers said “NICE SHIRT!!!” and then I turned and showed them the nice giant purple stain and went into a profanity laced tirade about birds. Some of ladies tried stain sticks, soda water every trick they could think of. It never came out.

I won’t touch a mulberry and I think I know why I enjoy bird hunting so much.
Yeah, they do stain a lot. My fingers tend to be permanently purplish in July... I make sure to wear blue/purple/red/black shirts when I pick them in case one falls on my shirt while I pick them.
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Old 07-22-2023, 07:10 PM
 
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While we are on a trip in our RV, my SIL picked 9 pounds of tomatoes from our small 4' x 8' garden.
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Old 07-22-2023, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Centre Wellington, ON
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While we are on a trip in our RV, my SIL picked 9 pounds of tomatoes from our small 4' x 8' garden.
How much of that 4'x8' is dedicated to tomatoes? That's quite a lot. I suppose not crazy a lot though, that would be like 8 plants with three 6oz tomatoes per plant - I'll probably get similar weekly harvests in a month.
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Old 07-23-2023, 07:05 AM
 
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How much of that 4'x8' is dedicated to tomatoes? That's quite a lot. I suppose not crazy a lot though, that would be like 8 plants with three 6oz tomatoes per plant - I'll probably get similar weekly harvests in a month.
There were 10 plants, but one plant went crazy and was pulled up. There are 9 tomato plants plus two small bean plants now. My wife was picking a few tomatoes each day before we left on our trip.
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