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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 July 28, 2014 at 6:46am
Patricia that is a beautiful harvest! Perfect snd healthy!

We had grilled summer squash with onions and garlic, and a side of potato salad, all from our garden. Also plums, figs, blueberries. Really nice time of year. Browsed the yard for mulberries and cherry tomatoes.

Spud the bees are doing great. We planted big patches of borage this year, and a wildflower meadow. The honeybees look healthy and very active on both. also on the clover, which is almost done flowering. Lots of bumblebees too. Last year I planted buddleias thinking they would feed bees. Honeybees dont like them so much, but bumblebees are on them constantly.

I doubt they leave nectar for other bees on purpose. Maybe the flower continues producing it for a while.
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2014 at 5:20am

Nice Patricia.  I didn't plant any of those things this year.  I miss broccoli and cauliflower, but I never know what to do with peppers.  My mother used to stuff them with meat and other things.  I should try that sometime.

Comment by Patricia on July 27, 2014 at 6:35pm

Just picked, broccoli, cauliflower, & peppers.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2014 at 3:24pm

Daniel, how are your bees doing?

When I finish my work for the day, I often watch the bees and wonder a few things about their work.  

I've noticed that each flower get a visit about once a minute.  Do you know if they leave any nectar or pollen for the next bee when they visit a flower?   If depleted, do you know how long it takes a flower to produce enough to interest another bee?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2014 at 12:33pm

Randall, how does your neighbor's commercial corn fair?  I assume  commercial corn is not flattened or people couldn't afford to raise it.  Perhaps the large amount means the stalks protect each other from the wind.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 27, 2014 at 7:24am

It's been 50 years since I learned (and have since forgotten) how to graft in a college botany class. I may have to review the techniques.

Happy to pick up 0.6" of rain last night. Not so happy the storm flattened my sweet corn. It happens every year! Grrr. At least I haven't seen any raccoons (thanks, Molly dog!).

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 26, 2014 at 10:57pm

Daniel, thanks for reminding me of Cycle of Life page!

Those grafts look very healthy. I am eager to learn how the fruit progresses. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 26, 2014 at 6:03pm

Barbara, thank you so much for the Monsanto list.  It's a very important topic for me, too.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 26, 2014 at 6:00pm

Joan, that is truly wonderful news!! And a wonderful name too! I would love to invite you to also add the news to the Cycle of Life page, as a happy event!

Today I bud grafted some cherries and plums.  I wanted to convert 2 non-productive cherry trees into ones that we like, so I grafted buds.  If they take, next year I can cut the original branches back to the buds, then the buds grow and it's the new variety.    I also added 2 more varieties of Asian plum to a mature, nonproductive Asian plum tree, as pollinating varieties and to get those plums, and because I can.

These are the grafts I did on the same tree in June.  Grafting is really very easy once you get over the unknowns and read about it or take a class.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 26, 2014 at 7:28am

Hurrah, Joan! My farmer daughter's name is Emily Grace, named after my grandmother. All four of my kids included family names. I think it's a neat tradition. To some extent, they have followed suit.

 

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