Godless in the garden

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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 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!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 12, 2014 at 6:55am

I picked my first blackberries yest from my secret spot--a fence row separating a baseball outfield from a cemetery. The berries are HUGE! I just wish "they" would quit trying to kill the thorny bushes off. I also picked 6.5 lbs of blueberries from a farm down the road. Thus ends my berry picking for year (maybe a few more blacks).

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 11, 2014 at 12:04pm

My raspberries are just beginning to ripen also.  So far they are not as yummy as they should be.  I think it's because they are some old small canes from last year that are in the middle of the tall canes, not getting much sun.

My blackberries are what my taster is waiting for the most.  I see lots of berries, but none ripe yet.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 11, 2014 at 7:49am

Spud, I like anything to do with gardening. Each little bit of effort pays off big time. The reward is sitting, listening to the birds, a nice cool beverage, and munching on things edible. Raspberries are just beginning to ripen. Yum!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 11, 2014 at 7:06am

While I'm not exactly a "neat freak", I do like some semblance of order--in general and in the garden. Perfect rows and no weeds. As they say, it's a labor of love. Spreading plants, like sweet potatoes and squash, disrupt the straight line plan, but that's okay, as long as I can't actually see the weeds!

Joan, I concur with Spud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 11, 2014 at 6:25am

Joan, I'm very glad that you're feeling better and can spend enjoyable hours in your garden again.  I think I'm correct that you enjoy weeding like I do.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 10, 2014 at 8:15pm

Čenek, I have very rich soil and have worked at building it up for 40 years, starting July 1, 1974. Last year, I was going through the protocol for cancer treatment and was sick as a puppy with distemper; I pulled nary a weed and thy all grew to be taller than I. I sat in the garden and just watched as it became a jungle. 

I almost have it cleared now. Worked on a patch that used to be where my butterfly bushes were. They died and Bachelor Buttons stood taller than my head when I started cutting this morning. I filled two of those 32 gallon trash cans and have more to clean up tomorrow. 

It feels so good to feel good again. 

 

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