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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

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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 Randall Smith on May 28, 2014 at 9:59am

Yes, my watermelons and canteloupe are doing well, except for a dastardly mole that wanders through the patch. I think, King, the only solution for getting rid of moles is dynamite!

My watermelon seed, Spud, come from last year's watermelon!

Comment by king on May 28, 2014 at 7:55am
I know they are indiana has some very good growing condishens(sorry I can't spell I a math major not english)
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 28, 2014 at 7:40am

King, it looks like your winter temperatures are not as cold as mine, so your ground probably does not get as cold, and warms-up faster than mine.

Comment by king on May 28, 2014 at 12:41am

my melons are out and going strong

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 27, 2014 at 4:08pm

I just ordered Blacktail Mountain and Cream of Saskatchewan, watermelon seeds from Seed Savers.  Both are organic and Heirloom short season melons.

That will make 5 kinds of watermelon and one cantaloupe I'm planting this year.  Don't have enough room inside the fence for that many, so I'll put a couple in the curb area where my apricot tree will be planted and take a chance on them being stolen or smashed.

I'll put a fence around the area, staying away from the curb where people get out of their cars.  That's the excuse the city gave me for requiring me to take down a fence I had there years ago.  They said someone complained they couldn't get out on the curb side.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 27, 2014 at 3:43pm

Chris, Daniel is correct--phlox, which grows as a wildflower around these parts. I didn't plant them.

I'm enjoying radishes, chives, cilantro, and now, strawberries!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 27, 2014 at 11:50am

I'm planting watermelon seeds in pots this morning.  The soil should be warm enough to transplant them into the garden in about 3 weeks.  They want at least 65 F soil and when I checked soil temperature a few days ago, it was 57 F.

I'm thinking I should put the black garden cloth on my watermelon area right now to warm the soil more.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 27, 2014 at 11:24am

Joan, that wheelbarrow is similar to the one I almost purchased at Home Depot.  I liked it because it was very maneuverable and because of the wide wheelbase, it wouldn't tip over.  

Because of the legs, it would probably also stay in place when shoveling stuff out of it, which my Gorilla cart won't do.  I have to put blocks under the wheels.

The narrow wheels would probably mean it would be hard to pull through loose soil, and very hard to push.  I don't know if any cart or wheelbarrow would be easy.  My old one with the plastic wheels is probably the best for soft soil because they are wide and wouldn't sink in as much.

My old one is all plastic except for the axle.  That makes it light-weight which is nice for dumping, lifting and carrying.

Because of all the things I liked about my old one, I purchased one just like it this morning on Amazon for $55.  I made the mistake in not checking enough other places for a price because Amazon has had good prices in the past.  However, after I ordered, I found it at Lows for $35.

I see they make one like it that has wheels on the feet.  I don't know if they could be moved up so it wouldn't roll or not.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2014 at 4:43am

I ran across a wheelbarrow in my Gardener's Supply Co. catalogue, Summer 2014,  gardeners.com.

Poly-Tough Cart: A two-wheel wheelbarrow.

 

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 26, 2014 at 11:16am

Today's catch.

I had let weeds take over this bed.  This am I was clearing it to plant squash.   This was a surprise.  Didn't know if they were all leaf, or something good in the soil.

 

In addition to the turnips, the red radishes are the long variety "Cincinnati Market" and the white ones are "Icicle". There were also some massive slugs the size of a Volkswagen, munching away at leaves.

 

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