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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in no particular order:
Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.
What's your gardening style?
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Wild Parsnip - It can burn skin.
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

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Comment by Annie Thomas on August 8, 2013 at 7:53am

The melon looks wonderful Idaho!  I too would love to see pics when you harvest it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2013 at 7:21am

Sentient, building a temporary greenhouse over okra and watermelon sounds like a great idea.   I like your amusing phrase "in awe of your awesomeness".  Right back atcha. 

Thanks Joan.  With the fair amount of manure I put in the soil, hopefully my watermelon have enough potassium.

Patricia, from what I've read, botanically watermelon is a fruit, but can be considered a vegetable in the sense that all plants can be considered vegetables.  It can also be used as a vegetable, especially the rind.  

Chris, that's a beautiful white lilly.

Comment by Plinius on August 8, 2013 at 12:07am

Beautiful Moon and stars Spud! I hope it tastes as good as it looks!

And my white lily flowers just now - I have no idea of the name but it doesn't matter when you've got only one. I wish I could copy the fragrance for you; sweet, spicy and very strong, like a gardenia.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2013 at 10:27pm
I read somewhere, can't remember which article, that a bucket of well composted manure supplies the needed potash/potassium.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2013 at 10:20pm
  • Keep coldframes or cloches well ventilated and shaded if hot
  • Feed with a high potash fertiliser
  • Keep well watered

Royal Horticulture Society

Potassium

Grow Juicy Sweet Watermelons

This article says "As much as 95 percent of a watermelon's weight is water. Regular deep watering is especially crucial during the first 3 to 4 weeks that the vines are growing in your garden. Cut back on the water once the plants have begun to set fruit; overwatering dilutes the melon's sugars and makes the flavor weaker and less sweet."

Comment by Patricia on August 7, 2013 at 9:52pm

I read online they were classified as a vegetable, so who knows......

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2013 at 9:45pm

Hard to believe melons are classed as berries. Well, the seeds are inside. 

Just as an aside, when I was in China, watermelon was served frequently all day long. So many melons were consumed, the rinds were piled up to 10 feet high in the streets to be carted off by trucks. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2013 at 5:33pm

An interesting thing I've noticed that my Moon and Stars plant is doing.  It's putting all it's energy into that one berry.  There were others that started, but they stopped growing at one inch.  I was going to thin them to one or two, but it looks like I don't need to.

I wonder if it's doing that because it senses the days getting shorter, or it's not getting all it needs from the soil, or what.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2013 at 5:27pm

Thanks Joan and Sentient.  I'm amazed at how well it's doing all things considered.  And, I will definitely let you know how it tastes, good or bad.

Just read something interesting about watermelons.  They are not classed as melons, but berries.

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 7, 2013 at 5:09pm

Spud, I'm in awe of your awesomeness!  Wow!  My little melon plants are just starting to bloom!

Note to self for next year:  Build a temporary greenhouse over the melons and okra plants.

 

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