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Godless in the garden

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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 Idaho Spud on August 14, 2014 at 11:05am

I'm going to try some delicata squash next year.  

The rain last evening and night game my garden one inch.  Horray!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2014 at 9:00am

"A haboob raced through eastern Washington and northern Idaho Tuesday, turning the skies brown with lofted dust, downing trees and power lines, and contributing to a multi-vehicle accident.

"The wall of dust was kicked up by an east-west line of thunderstorms moving north out of northeast Oregon just before 3 p.m. PDT Tuesday. Over a seven-hour period, this band of thunderstorms tracked about 180 miles through eastern Washington and northern Idaho."

A haboob came through Spokane and I didn't even know it. Darn! They are interesting to watch roll in; not any fun to be out in. I pitty those who have to work outdoors when one occurs. 

Washington-Idaho Haboob Blankets Spokane in Dust, Contributes to Mu...

Haboob, stock photo

This is a climate map of Washington state showing the desert  in central Washington, turned into excellent farm land with the introduction of water from Grand Coulee Dam. Spokane is on the eastern border of the state, about a third of the way down, just about where that small green dot is. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 14, 2014 at 7:48am
Randall I will have to look into delicata squash. So far I like the yellow summer squases the best.

My area has been spared most of the really bad weather. Its been a mild summer in this maritime part of the Pacific NW. With climate chaos I thimk we need to enjoy the good times while they last, and try not to worry too much. tues we had awesome thunderstorms.
Comment by Randall Smith on August 14, 2014 at 7:21am

Joan and Daniel, your Washington weather (and fires) has been awful!  I've noticed that the national news shows feature some unusual weather occurance virtually every day somewhere in the U.S. I wonder if it's a subliminal message to the global warming rejectionists(?).

Oh, and delicata is the best tasting squash I know.

Comment by Plinius on August 14, 2014 at 12:57am

I saw in the news that you have a sandstorm in Washington.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 11:18am

News Alert: "The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for parts of Chelan County.  Around 1" of rain has fallen there within the past hour."

It seems the heavy rain missed Spokane; we just got a terrible wind last night.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 10:29am

Spud, what a good idea for old popcorn. I will throw a dozen year old jar of popcorn out in the bird feeder station and see what happens. 

Randy, the downpours have been very heavy this year. A new storm system just moved in yesterday with lots of wind; wonder what today will be like. Your vegetable variety sounds like the makings of a great harvest feast, with all the family, workers on the farm, friends and neighbors invited for a gigantic celebration of a good yield. What is Delicata? I looked for it and found it. The description sounds delicious. 

Daniel, your healthy harvest looks too good to eat, even as my mouth waters just looking at it. I see you have what looks like hot Chili sauce in the photo. Remarkable that your 10 year old seeds sprouted. 

I love pattypan and zucchini and have several, courtesy of my next door neighbor. Really sorry I didn't get the seeds in the ground this spring. I am clearing out some old shrubs and perennials to be used for vegetables next spring. My compost pile is getting very high and by next spring, it should be ready to pull some nice compost out from the bottom. 

In the spring, I could be in the garden doing chores only a few minutes before coming in exhausted. Now, I can putter for five hours and more without fatigue. It is the heat that drives me in. 

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2014 at 10:14am

So you buy arugula - finding the word anyone would use in a shop is sometimes difficult.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 10:07am

Chris, I have not heard of rucola before, so looked it up:

Eruca sativa (syn. E. vesicaria subsp. sativa (Miller) Thell., Brassica eruca L.) is an edible annual plant, commonly known as salad rocket,[1]roquetterucolarucolirugulacolewort, and, in the United States, arugula

Your salad sounds delicious. 

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2014 at 9:19am

Thanks Randall. Just finished the salad for tonight: Iceberg lettuce, rucola, tomato, cucumber, onion, tuna, anchovies.

 

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