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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 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.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 13, 2014 at 7:42am

Hey Daniel, a new avatar?! Cool. Where was it taken?

We've had a very cool summer so far, with perfect timing on rainfall (another 0.4" last night). So much for the cold winter, hot summer theory. My garden never looked better. Green beans are delicious.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 13, 2014 at 6:07am

Patricia, I hope you get better temperatures for you garden.

The temperatures here have been 95-100*F (35-38*C) for about 2 weeks now, but I keep the garden well watered and things seem to be doing well.  I planted peas late, but they're still producing.

Randall, as usual, I'm jealous of your location, especially because of the blackberries.  I guess it's too dry here for any to grow wild.  Maybe if I ask the extension agent, he may know of some that are growing in permanently moist areas.

Comment by Patricia on July 12, 2014 at 7:09pm

35*C. I hope the garden doesn't get fried as it did last year!

 

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