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While mowing again today I took a look and we have both peaches and apples coming in. We need some rain though; while planting the two berry plants the ground was awful dry. And the creek is kinda low already. I'd really like to be able to press cider again this year, man that last batch was delicious!

Things are sprouting in the garden and in the pollinator plot I see lots of little seedlings popping up. Some of them are weeds I'm sure, but at this stage who the hell knows. I'm already thinking of getting some more seed and sowing it this Fall just to beef things up over there next year. We'll see. I still have a bag of milkweed seed in the freezer that needs to go to ground. 

Speaking of milkweed, I seem to have a patch of it coming up just across the walking path form the pollinator garden. So I mowed all around it to keep the Japanese knotweed at bat and give it a chance to flourish. Every bit helps. 

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32 minutes ago, Chris said:

I'd really like to be able to press cider again this year, man that last batch was delicious!

Might be small batches but the press stands ready and I got new press bags the last time . And yep some rain would be welcome, watering the bug and bird plot even with the sprayer and four wheeler is downright tedious! 

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It's not much to see yet, but there's a lot of stuff sprouting.

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There's some weed plants in there as well, but I expected that to happen. I'm really hoping for some good, soaking rain to give these sprouts a boost. 

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Hey , I did my rain dance this AM , but of course on second thought maybe not such a good idea lol! 

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I don’t have any scientific data to back this up, but I’m fairly certain I produced more water at 4am than the skies did last night.

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The skies are making up for it right now. I think I heard two sighs, one from me and one from the earth.

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All sorts of weird looking sprouts coming up now:

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I also cut some Romaine lettuce for dinner, along with some mint to start drying:

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That lettuce is "second cut", meaning it grew here entirely, not at the nursery. With the way the weather is, I should be able to get at least one more before it gets too hot. Plus I have a whole other two rows of it to cut. 

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Things are looking promising so far. 

Apples:

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Peaches:

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Garden:

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10 minutes ago, Chris said:

Things are looking promising so far. 

Apples:

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Peaches:

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Garden:

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Very nice … you suck LOL 😂. I have declared open warfare on woodchucks in the hedgerow. They clipped three of my butternut plants ! Then tonight while working on the beds i broke one of my cucumber stems … can’t seem to win ! No more guitar noodling on the back - back , bringing out the big guns … the banjo , that should do the trick ! 

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The orchard is looking promising this year with the Galas being most productive. And the Deer Repellent has been doing its job so I decided to take a pic of a nice young Gala that the damn birds will get before I do ! 
 

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A few shots from the pollinator project:

The Monarch butterfly plot:

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Closeup of some of the plant varieties:

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I'm pretty happy with how it's coming overall. Could use a good rain right about now:

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