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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 July 14, 2014 at 7:10am

Talking about falling over, at a place I used to live, I had lots of organic matter in the soil, so it was very soft and easy to work with.  

My corn got to be 8 foot high when a huge rainstorm came with lots of rain and high winds.  Knocked those corn stalks flat.  

They remained flat, but kept growing, with the new growth going upward again.  If I remember right, I still got a fair amount of corn from them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 14, 2014 at 7:04am

Joan, I've not been pruning and taking care of my raspberries like I should, and so they run rampant.  But I'm getting better at it.

Why do yours fall over?  Mine don't tend to do that.  My best guess is that you have more friable soil than me and it's probably also more moist.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2014 at 9:02pm

Daniel, what is the process for clearing out the sand and iron deposits? I guess that the problem is in the pipes ... or is it in the tank? Remember the old cisterns of earlier days? with windmills drawing water from the well? I don't remember the maintenance on that equipment, but I assume there were lots to do to keep it running efficiently. 

The chores never end, do they! In some ways it is nice because by being in the garden a lot, and paying attention to what is happening to the different processes, one can almost have a conversation with plants and wildlife. Even the well tank talks to you. 

My arborvitae look much happier tonight. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2014 at 8:54pm

Randy, I bet your tongue is purple and there is a big smile on your face. Would love to have some blackberries ... just not enough room on my place to grow more. 

Our summer is scorchingly hot! I thought my arborvitae were getting water from soaker hoses, but it turns out, the water wasn't getting through. So, I pulled up the old hose, except where they were too entangled with roots, and laid down a new hose yesterday. The poor shrubs looked so thirsty and the green began turning brown. So, I got out there at 5:AM and got the task done before 10. 

Your garden sounds very lush. Do you have any photos to share? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2014 at 8:49pm

Spud, in the autumn, I cut out all the raspberry stocks that bore fruit that summer and tie up the new growth so that I can pick berries standing up. Sadly, my raspberry frame failed this year and they are laying on the ground, bearing lots of fruit, but impossible to get to. I will leave these berries for the birds and squirrels and eat from the stocks that remained tied up. My construction was too weak and I will have a fellow build a stronger frame for next year. 

Comment by Patricia on July 13, 2014 at 8:05pm

Not to mention having to follow the city's watering regulations. We do have a rain barrel but nothing is in it......we don't get much rain here.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 13, 2014 at 1:15pm

Oh, that's the problem!

Comment by Patricia on July 13, 2014 at 1:12pm

Keeping things moist here is the problem, drainage is TOO good.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 13, 2014 at 8:26am

Randy, that was my China trip last October.  I thought it was more clear than the prior one.

Hot weather here too.  We are getting zucchinis - are the yellow ones called zucchini or summer squash?  And tomatoes.  Very soon there will be some favorite plums.  A few have begun to change color.

Our well tank clogged with sand and iron deposits.  Time to flush it out.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 13, 2014 at 7:56am

I've only seen 1/2 inch of rain in the last 65 days, so I have to keep watering with the city water, which has chlorine, a lot of hard water chemicals, and worst of all, it's alkaline, so I have to add sulfur to my garden periodically.  However, now that I'm using more organic matter, I may be able to stop adding sulfur.

 

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