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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 Sentient Biped on August 8, 2013 at 12:10pm

Oh, mine was called "Casa blanca" but there is also a white Stargazer lily.

I think the main difference is the Casa Blanca grows taller and the flowers point down, and the Stargazer is smaller and the flowers open facing upward.

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 8, 2013 at 12:03pm

Chris, I've grown similar white lilies in the past, but I also forget the name.  They are very fragrant.  Nice to look at and smell in the evening.

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 8, 2013 at 11:58am

Not much by way of tomato-eating caterpillars here right now.  I did have one tomato plant outside the deer cage.  Emphasis on past tense....  The experiment was a success in the sense that deer DID eat that plant once it started producing, but have not got into the deer cage.

Cole crop caterpillars ate my chinese cabbage last year but not the  broccoli this year.  They have not eaten the swiss chard which is very lush right now.  Deer have not eaten the chard either.  Maybe they just haven't seen it yet.

We have potatoes coming up where we missed digging them last year.  One nice one for lunch now - potato soup.  Spud, if you were close we would have you over!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2013 at 8:38am

I want to say that I would grow lots of potatoes if I had the room.  I think you've heard me say before that I love those tubers!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2013 at 8:35am

Randall, I'm thinking now that you were asking if we have hornworms in our gardens.  I havn't seen any for years.  Of course, I very seldom grow tomatoes or potatoes.

I have tomato plants again this year because they volunteered from last years tomatoes that were left because I didn't see them under the tangle of plants that I let run amok.

In the past I've had considerable trouble with cole crop caterpillars, but last year, I didn't find even one on my cauliflower, even though there were lots of white butterflies landing on them.  Strange!   This year, I found a couple on my  Brussels sprouts, but no big deal.

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."

 

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