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  1. What a difference a few weeks can make. 3.5 weeks difference between the 2 pictures. We are picking something every day now. Mostly cherries but I've got 5 slicers for supper tonight. Either BLT's or gyros haven't decided which yet. The green posts in the second picture are 6 feet tall and the plants are almost to the top of them already.
  2. We don't like leaf lettuce all that much but I've got a few volunteer plants from a few years ago when I grew it. Leaf lettuce is pretty easy to grow and I would think you could grow that indoors. We have TONS of arugula growing. I didn't plant any this year, but I had oodles reseed as well as some that apparently wintered over based on the massive roots they had. I've been buying heads of ice berg lettuce and removing extra layers of the outside leaves. I figured it would be a bit harder to contaminate the inside leaves (but that may just be wishful thinking out my part). I've also been growing a bunch of sprouts. Those are super easy to grow indoors. So I mix the iceberg (which we like because of the crunch) with the arugula, leaf lettuce, and sprouts to up the nutritional value. Last night I added some sprigs of basil and curly parsley. The kids vetoed the parsley for future salads but most like the basil added. Spinach is pretty easy to grow to but it's getting too hot for that here. But the reality is that I can't grow enough to make the base for the number of salads we eat in a week so I'm just doing the best I can. I think it might be better to buy the whole heads of things and wash them well rather then the prebag stuff (which I prefer too because you just can't beat the convenience but has mostly been unavailable to me since COVID started because stores never seem to have any prebagged anything available now)
  3. I don't want to think about more than one bat. La La LA I didn't see that! I didn't realize they lived in trees. I thought they needed more shelter than that. I always hear about caves, and roof rafters so trees wouldn't have occurred to me. I guess bats just make me jittery, because the only time I really hear about them is when people find dead/sick ones in their houses and have to get rabies shots (and yes I know multiple people who this has happened to including my sister who had it happen in 2 different houses in 2 different cities).
  4. I spent 20 years living in the country (nearest neighbor was over a mile away) and we never had them there either. I would have at least thought there they might have seen them but seeing them in the city really surprised me. They just aren't that common here I guess.
  5. No thank you! It was bad enough seeing it flying, i don't want to encourage it to hang around even if it is doing a good thing. I'm not into rodents, critters, bugs, or really any animals. I like cats, i tolerate dogs and that is my extent of any creatures in my life.
  6. and I realized I've never in my life seen one in the "wild" before. I'm happy it's out there devouring mosquitos but it's a little unnerving walking out there in the dark and seen this thing swooping all over the place. I just really hope that it's not roosting somewhere in my house, but then I realized if not my house probably someone elses. I live in a subdivision, it's not like there are lots of places for it to live besides houses and more houses for miles around.
  7. I have the 8 quart. I use it a lot for cooking hunks of meat. I wouldn't be happy with the 6 quart because I don't think most of my cuts would fit. And I never make such a small portion of things that the 8 quart is too big. I haven't used the crock pot once since getting the instantpot. But then I never made full meals in my crockpot because it simply didn't hold enough food for my family. So for it was comparing a roast in the instant pot to a roast in the crockpot and the InstantPot wins hands down. Plus the instant pot is great for hard boiled eggs, yogurt and cheesecake.
  8. I feel your pain. I thought I had my fencing done and rabbit proofed especially when I watch the rabbits case my yard for 2 days with nary a breech. On the third morning there was a rabbit in my yard. My 7 year old needed some exercise so no now his job is to chase the rabbit till either he (the 7 year old) or the rabbit falls over in exhaustion or the rabbit escapes the back yard. So far the rabbit always leaves and it has helped me identify the week spots and I've added more/taller fencing. of the 6 that thought my backyard, only one keeps returning and it is persistent. About a week after thinking my yard was fenced, we discovered a nest of baby rabbits. At least now I know why that rabbit was so persistent. But that is the 3rd nest of rabbits I have found IN my pots this spring. We disposed of the babies which were probably only a couple of weeks old and figured that was the end of it. NOPE that stupid rabbit is back every single day. I only have one small area that hadn't been re-fenced so I'm sure that is the breech point but I'm so sick of it. This morning we found one more baby rabbit that I must of missed when I emptied the nest a couple of days ago. I'm hoping between eliminating the babies and finishing that last weak point in the fence I can be done. But yes, I've learned with rabbits, metal only fencing (and I've even seen them chew through chicken wire because that's pretty thin metal). Height of 2.5 - 3 feet minimum. All openings under 2" x 2", Mine is 1.5" by 1.5" but I'm not even sure if that is small enough to keep the babies out. Multiple layers definitely seems to help. I haven't won the war yet but I will!
  9. When Costco came to our area, I did a lot of comparison shopping. Price was within pennies of each other on most basic supplies, I would buy but Costco had fewer of the basics that I wanted. For instance Costco only carried small cans of tomatoes. But at Sam's they have 3 sizes of canned tomatoes. Costco does also skew heavily to organics. For instance, they used to carry regular raisins and organic raisins but have discontinued the regular ones. I don't doubt they have a good price for the organic ones, but I'm not willing to pay a premium for organic and I can get regular cheaper (although in much smaller packages) at the grocery store. Thirdly, Sm's actually marks things on clearance. Costco, just makes it disappear. So you can get seasonal candy or Christmas decorations marked down at Sam's, but at Costco, it's just all gone the day after. Sam's marks other things down as well. I once got Specilous Cookie butter for 99 cents a jar (normally 5.99), and our favorite salad dressing that normally sells for 5.99, I got for $1.97. It's really rare to find great food markdowns at Costco. Some things just cost way more at Costco like block parmesan sells for 5.99 at Sam's but 10.99 at Costco and Asiago I can get at Sam's year round but Costco only has it has Christmas time. So for me Sam's wins hands down. However, our Sam's closed so my only option is Costco. But anytime I'm visiting friends who have Sam's membership, I try to coordinate a trip and stock up on things that Costco either doesn't have or are just too expensive.
  10. I should have hired you!. I've been struggling with how to get a gate without breaking the bank (or having to dig holes and fill with concrete). I finally settled for a flimsy pound in thing. It doesn't latch/swing easily but I did get some serious satisfaction watching one of the rabbits, who insist that my yard is it's permanent home despite there being many other yards to at least visit, hop along the fence and gate, not find a way in, hop across my driveway, encounter the gate/fence on the other side of my yard and then hop the 100+ feet along the side of my yard and still not get in. I'll happily live with a cruddy latch if it means the stupid rabbits stay out of my yard and away from my veggies. BUt your gate looks really nice. I love the castor wheel on it!
  11. So I planted the last of the tomato plants that I had and let my family know I still had room for 2 more plants if they were more plants destined for the compost pile. Afterward, I decided to count how many I had and learned I had been more ambitious than I realized. I have 77, SEVENTY SEVEN!!! tomato plants. The most I ever planted before was 40. I'm kinda regretting saying I could squeeze 2 more in but at the same time, I'm thinking at this point, is 2 really going to make any difference at all.
  12. The new flower shoots will develop on the leaf suckers once they grow more. You really truly only need to remove leaves from the bottom when you are planting. We recommend putting half or more of any stem underground (with leaves removed from that portion). The hairs on the tomato stem will turn to roots when in contact with the soil. More roots is what gives your plants food and energy and results in more tomatoes. It really does come back to what's under the ground not what's above it.
  13. Definitely not been my experience. My unpruned tomatoes regularly get 1-2 pounds each and with the exception of cherry tomatoes, are easily contained by their tomato cages. Perhaps some of the old heirloom varieties benefited from pruning but the modern hybrids definitely do not benefit from it. My uncle is stuck on heirloom and pruning and trust me, I get double to triple the yield that he gets.
  14. You do know that the suckers are your next set of tomatoes on the plant, right? and by cutting them off you are reducing the amount of tomatoes your plant will produce? This was a common idea during my great grandfathers generation but it is totally unnecessary.
  15. It may be the compost but there could be other factors as well. Such as many commercial growers who sells the plant starters use growth inhibitors. They do this to keep the plants short and bushy while the plant is growing roots. When the plants are removed from their starter tray, they need to be very rebound to make for quick transplanting to their growing container. Different growers use different amount of growth inhibitors and we have see a wide range of when they plant "comes out" of the stage were their top growth was stunted. Also different varieties of peppers do have very different final sizes. For me jalepenos are almost the smallest plants, bell peppers are much taller but get very bushy. Poblanos get slightly taller than the bells but don't get near as bushy. So all that to say, it could be your soil but there could be other factors that are out of your control. But peppers like sulphur so go stick 8-10 unlit matches per plant in the soil around your plants to give them a boost.
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