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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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Comment by Daniel W on August 31, 2014 at 12:08pm










The Four O'clocks were my 2014 flower experiment. They are mostly a heritage / historic / heirloom plant, and don't fit into nursery priorities of selling plants in bloom that can be arranged like knick-knacks. They also probably can't be sold in bloom. They were a lot of fun to grow. I saved seeds for next year. In my area, they might also be perennials, we'll see.

Ning bought a gate and wanted a vine. That was in June. I found some morning glory seeds at the store and planted them. I told him there might not be enough time for them to grow and bloom, and might be eaten by deer and rabbits. But they did grow and bloom.

I also told Ning he should dig up his dahlias in case there was a hard freeze. He didn't. There was a hard freeze, a historic freeze. They grew anyway, and are very dramatic. In China they are called "potato flower' because the roots are sort of like potatoes.
Comment by Daniel W on August 31, 2014 at 9:42am

Late summer / early fall, almost.  Summer in my area is brief.  I had a wonderful time harvesting and tasting the summer tree fruits and annual fruits (tomatoes, peppers, beans, zucchinis, summer squash...), growing and enjoying flowers, propagating and grafting, and watching trees thrive. 

 

This year I had my first usable crop of okra.  That took some effort here.  Okra is really a hot weather, tropical crop.  I finally got the hang of successful grafting - really easy once you know how.   I did dozens of grafts, which will give me something to watch this fall and next spring.  The best flowers were ones I never grew before - four o'clocks.   Hollyhocks are taking off now too  There were failures - learnings - that I hope will benefit me for the future.  Especially, deer marauded a number of trees that I was hoping would take off and grow, and fungal disease had a big effect on the bearded iris bed, which I probably over-nurtured leading to the susceptibility.  Three young trees died - a plum, I don't know what killed it but it wasnt thriving even from the start.  A Korean dogwood, ditto.  And a madrone - I planted it last fall.  I read they are near-impossible to transplant.  I have home-grown replacements for these, a Hollywood plum started from a cutting, a gingko started from seed, and a Japanese maple rescued as a seed-volunteer that has taken off nicely and needs a new location.

 

Not a bad year in the garden.  Very nice.

 

 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 29, 2014 at 7:30am

Don, I'm wondering if putting down Preen in my asparagus patch in early spring would help? I hate to spray. It's about this time of year that I'm almost ready for a freeze to kill the weeds.

Comment by Don on August 28, 2014 at 7:43am

Weeding is a tedious, unending shore for everybody, Randall.  My soil is pretty loose, though, which helps.  As a writer, I have the advantage (in this respect) of being here at home all day, and I welcome a break from the desk every few hours.  In the growing season, my hoe stands right outside the door.  Maybe 20 minutes every other day is all it takes to stay on top of things.  Though the asparagus bed is more work.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 28, 2014 at 6:42am

I've been garden weeding a lot lately. Mostly spreading crabgrasss, trying to stop it from producing seeds. Of course, it's hopeless. I certainly envy Don's garden from what I've seen in his (your) photos. 

Comment by Don on August 26, 2014 at 7:29am

Cabbages, peppers, melons.

Comment by Don on August 26, 2014 at 7:19am

Wonderful, Patricia!  This time of the year when I visit the supermarket, I really like skipping the whole produce aisle.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 26, 2014 at 5:46am

That's great Patricia! 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 25, 2014 at 7:32am

Don, probably 80% of my persimmons go to "waste". With the other 20%, I eat, freeze whole, and make paste. (There's an unintended rhyme there! Now to throw in a sentence with the word "taste".)

Fortunately, persimmons hang on the tree well into winter, extending the eating season a long time.

Daniel, patience! I started my trees from seeds.

Comment by Don on August 24, 2014 at 8:54am

What do you do with all of your persimmons? 

 

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