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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 June 29, 2013 at 6:27pm

A rather measly harvest, but I am thrilled nonetheless.  Here is the glass gem corn I grew! It's a popcorn, but I think I will save it for seed and decoration.  I love the variety in the kernel colors.

Comment by Annie Thomas on June 29, 2013 at 6:24pm

Randall- that's amazing.  I just bought raspberries at the store (my husband's favorite) and felt I got such a great deal because they were 'only' $2.50 for 6 ounces.  Enjoy! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 29, 2013 at 6:16pm

7 GALLONS!  What a great harvest!  

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 29, 2013 at 1:40pm

Randall - 7 GALLON!  Amazing!

Over the past month we've had, maybe, 1 gallon of strawberries.  It's a somewhat new patch, and deer ate the 1st growth of leaves, so I'm happy with that.  The plants were moved from past years' plants in barrels and borders, so not entirely new.

Mulberries - I stand by the tree and eat a handful a couple times a  week.  Young tree so not expecting much. 

Still getting some snow peas.  A couple of bowls a week.  Plenty.  Crispy and sweet - eating a snacks.  These are bigger than most - variety is "Oregon Giant".

Joan - I don't know about sueing those who spray neonicotinoids.  Those are big chem company products.  It's like David sueing Goliath, but without the sling shot and god helping out.

Ladybugs are usually great for aphids.   Organic-spray-wise, there's the soap spray in this link.   I use neem oil - available at big box stores - but the soap spray would be cheaper.    The detergent/oil/vinegar spray in this link might work.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 9:30am

Is it feasible for bee keepers to sue those who spray neonicotinoids?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 9:29am

Sentient, so Tanglefoot around trunks keeps aphids from spreading into branches? That works? Dumb me, I didn't know that. Aphids cover my roses and I ordered one package of ladybugs. They have cleared huge numbers of branches and haven't even started on others. I wonder if there is an aphrodisiac for aphids? They are not reproducing fast enough. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 9:24am

Randall, You send very welcome news. Please tell us what is different this year from former years. Your 7 gallons of black raspberries fill me with images of cobblers, pies, scones and all manner of delightful bowls of berries topped with yogurt. And a gallon from your red raspberry patch, as well! Mine reveal a promise of good fruit, and they have a very long way to go to  showing any color.

 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 29, 2013 at 7:00am

My good news is that there appears to be a good many honey and bumble bees in my yard. I'm hoping I may have a good melon and squash crop this year--a rarity.

As an aside, I've already picked 7 gallons (yes, gallons!) of black raspberries (from the wild). Plus a gallon of red (from my own patch). What a difference a year makes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 27, 2013 at 3:12pm

50000 bumblebees dead is sad.

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 27, 2013 at 1:36pm

Joan,

The local news article, that I saw, pretty much blamed the bumblebee deaths on neonicotinoids - today's answer to DDT as the next class of poisons to create a Silent Spring,,, Silent Summer.... Silent fall.  There was some argument the trees may have been toxic species of Linden, but my question there is, why now and not previous years when they bloomed?   I suspect the insecticides that were recently sprayed to prevent aphids from eating leaves - in this case not harmful to the trees, but they drip honeydew onto the cars.    My answer to cherry aphids is a strip of Tanglefoot around the trunk, hinders aphids and their ant "shepherds" from climbing the trunk.  I don't know if that would work on lindens.

All in all a mess, stupid behavior by poison-happy horticulturalists - but maybe will increase awareness.

 

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