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      The apple and pear trees are doing great!

      and the cucumbers and peppers are doing good too. But the tomatoes, blackberries and grapes are very sad. I guess they don't like hot, humid weather. So I'll get plenty of jelly and applesauce and I'll be able to make pickles, but if I want canned tomatoes and salsa, I'll have to buy them from our local farm. How's everybody's gardens doing?

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      My tomatoes are going gangbusters! It's been hot here, my peppers are doing well too, my basil is already gone. We did an 8 ball squash that bloomed once and we got a bunch of those and ate them. :-) We put up 15 quarts of Apricot jam, and a few quarts of tomato sauce earlier though.

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      Variable here. I will not get the bumper crop of tomatoes I had last year but that's partly because the only place I had to rotate them to is shady, and then with all the rain they got even less sun. Hard to believe we have only had 50% more rain than usual. Feels like 300%

      We have been eating green beans, first feed of swiss chard last night and lots and lots of lettuce. I planted way too much lettuce. Wondering what my potatoes will be like as only some have flowered.

      ETA: Wild things are prolific. Lots ofs trawberries, apples, all kinds of berries. The apples are barely ready but Oban and I have been eating raspberries and blackberries and black raspberries on walks for a while now. Yummmmm.
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      Tomatoes and peppers are doing poorly. Planted green beans and not a single one survived; something ate the seedlings. Did not plant too many veggies this year, concentrating on getting the flower gardens straightened up.

      Shelley, Love, Love apricot jam and since I'm the only one in the family who does, I get it all.

      Nancy, envy you having apples. For years made applesauce, oh so good. Do you use a hand strainer, the one with the big wooden pestle? I found my strainer but can not find the pestle, drat.
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      The domestic apple trees in our yard were very old and have all died. I like Wolf River apples for pies. I've never made apple sauce but there will be lots of wild apples this year so maybe I will try to pick some of them for sauce. To strain I guess I will use the fine net curtain material I use for jelly..

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      This is our peach tree. Any suggestions? The peaches are really small and there are a billion of them. The branches look like they're about to snap off from the weight. Do I just cull them and if so, which ones?
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      Quote Originally Posted by POPTOP View Post
      Nancy, envy you having apples. For years made applesauce, oh so good. Do you use a hand strainer, the one with the big wooden pestle? I found my strainer but can not find the pestle, drat.
      Yes, I do. I found one at a yard sale, years ago, just like the one my mom had.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
      The domestic apple trees in our yard were very old and have all died. I like Wolf River apples for pies. I've never made apple sauce but there will be lots of wild apples this year so maybe I will try to pick some of them for sauce. To strain I guess I will use the fine net curtain material I use for jelly..
      I make some applesauce, but what everyone likes, the kids especially, is my apple jelly and crab apple jelly. And, lucky me, it's one of the easier ones to can.

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      The crab apple we put in was chosen because it came highly recommended for jelly making. I made jelly three years in a row and it had NO taste. So I've given up on it. It's still a pretty tree when in blossom but now we do have to pick up all those little apples. Maybe not so bad as they attract the wasps to the compost pile at the back of the yard and leave us alone on the deck.

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      I am having problems with the new fawns. They seem immune to deer repellent. They are eating everything-tomatoes and the plants, sweet potatoes vines, pumpkin vines, squash vines and of course the green beans.

      Now I have a squirrel that is picking and eating the tomatoes just as they are starting to turn. I just set a have a heart trap for him/her and hope to have success.

      St. Louis is very dry and I think that is most of the problem. July was terrible dry and hot, now August is a little cooler but still dry. Big cracks in the ground, water mains breaking every day!!

      Where is fall????????????
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