Godless in the garden

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2013 at 4:04pm

Here's a close-up of the largest watermelon (7 inches) that you can see in the  upper left of the previous picture.  It has a few yellow spots as it's supposed to have, but hasn't turned purple yet.  I don't know if it will.  

I got the seeds from Territorial Seed company and they showed them as purple with yellow spots, but Google pictures shows purple and green Moon and Stars watermelon.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2013 at 3:53pm

Here's my Moon & Stars watermelon plant.  Some of the leaves have yellow spots on them as they are supposed to.  One or two leaves are mostly yellow.  

In the center of the picture is my quick & dirty scaffolding I put up to keep the watermelon from covering my blackberry.  I've tied the blackberry stems up out of the way.  I imagine they also prefer to be away from the black garden fabric that gets very hot.  The watermelon loves it.

I planted the blackberry there this spring before I got it into my head to modify the soil for watermelon.  I just dug around the blackberry.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2013 at 3:14pm

Randall, I don't remember eating dehydrated pears, so I'll do that to some of my pears and see.

Comment by Annie Thomas on July 28, 2013 at 2:37pm

Ooh!  Nice head of broccoli!  When you no longer get any florets, we like to peel the stem, slice it into thin medallions, and squirt a little Bragg's on it.  Yum!  Enjoy.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 28, 2013 at 7:26am

Patricia, nice broc! After I cut off that first big head, the plant will produce "mini's" for several months thereafter. And we all know it's a "super food".

Spud, if you've never tried dehydrated pears, you don't know what you're missing! Chewy and sweet as candy. And they don't take up freezer space.

Comment by Plinius on July 27, 2013 at 11:12pm

Good morning! What a nice bee picture!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 27, 2013 at 10:49pm

Patricia, a lovely head of broccoli! Happy eating. How do you prepare it? 

Sentient, your white oregano blossoms are so pretty and the bee has a nice load. Your use of broccoli for bees and chickens makes me feel good. Nothing goes to waste. 

I was in the garden before 6 AM and came in about 2 PM. It wasn't too hot, a nice breeze, a lovely Siamese cat came for a visit and likes petting. He also likes to sit near the bird feeders. I hope I have enough protection. I enjoy the cat if I have the birds safe from him. 

The mice ate a hole in one of my straw hats, and I hung it in a tree to use as a bird feeder. Maybe foolish thing to do, but it looks kind of "resourceful".  

Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on July 27, 2013 at 7:28pm

Awesome broccoli! 

I let mine go too far, and it was covered with lovely yellow flowers.

It didn't all go to waste.  Turned out the honeybees foraged the flowers, and after that the chopped plants went for chicken food.

Photo is from today.  Oregano flowers, busy with honeybees, bumblebees, and tiny native bees.  You can see the full pollen baskets on the hindquarters.  Like saddlebags.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2013 at 5:15pm

Chris, I'll take some new pictures of my watermelon plant in the next day or two.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2013 at 4:15pm

Randall, I also freeze everything I can fit in the freezer part of my refrigerator.  My large freezer stopped working years ago.

Never tried canning.  It looks like too much trouble, and I'm concerned about safety.  I don't dehydrate fruit because I don't like the taste.


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