Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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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 Joan Denoo on November 13, 2017 at 10:59pm

Daniel, I have problems with insects on brassicas, too. I haven't grown them in years, not since the kids all grew up and moved out. It wasn't worth the effort to keep the aphids and cabbage moths at bay when I was the only one eating out of the garden. I didn't do much gardening the seven years Dad lived with me until he died. 

I wonder if covering all the brassica with netting would work and keep the aphids and moths away? I would certainly encourage you to try Brussel sprouts; they are a beautiful plant and a delicious vegetable. 

My grandson-in-law reminded me how bad Brussel sprouts and cabbage smelled when cooking and that smell is what drove me away from apartment living to a single household. Someone else's brassicas cooking is beyond my ability to tolerate. When I cook them for me, I enjoy the taste that results. Of course, I throw in a handful of garlic that even enriches the smells that neighbors perhaps endured. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 13, 2017 at 7:55am

Daniel, black walnuts are the native species here. I have planted English, however, but it'll take a few years to mature.

You might enjoy knowing  persimmons are very popular in Xi'an, China. Here's a photo of a speciality shop along the Muslim area. Those are huge persimmons!

Comment by Daniel W on November 12, 2017 at 5:26pm

Kathy, they do.  Some chestnuts drop free of the burr.  Others fall with the burr still on them.  Those need to be picked up wearing leather gloves or something like that.  The burr prevents squirrels and deer from eating them all.

Spud, maybe they are :-) 

Randy, are those English or Black walnuts?  I went to a local park that used to have tons of walnuts lying around this time of year, and there weren't any.  Maybe someone else got them.

Comment by kathy: ky on November 12, 2017 at 12:21pm
Daniel, I remember your chestnut trees and wanted to asked, anyone really, do all chestnuts have the sharp bure cover over the nuts inside?
I was trying to pick some up at my neighbor's house. Until then I had never seen them except when the outer shell had already fallen off.
Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 11:05am

Randy, what do you cover your strawberries with?  I'm too lazy to cover mine.  They don't seem to mind the temperatures getting 40 degrees below freezing.

Wish I had room for a walnut and almond tree.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 11:01am

Daniel, maybe they're dog eggs :)  

It's been a long time since I've been tough enough to do much outside when the temps were 60 degrees F below freezing, or even at freezing.

Comment by Daniel W on November 12, 2017 at 10:46am

Randy, you are made of tougher stuff, than I am. I don't think I could handle an Indiana winter at this time of my life.  Although we do sometimes get into the 20s and, rarely, into the teens.

I might try Brussels Sprouts next year.  Cabbage type plants get a lot of insect and slug damage here, so I dont know.  Collard greens thrive despite the challenges.

We still have persimmons on the trees, and apples in the pantry.  I divided some Egyptian Walking Onions and replanted in a raised bed, for extra-early scallions.  My grandmother's sister used to raise those in the 50s and 60s in Illinois, and my batch started in 2001 so they are a standard variety for me.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 12, 2017 at 8:07am

With nights getting down below 20 degrees, the ol' garden is pretty much "dead". I still have Brussels sprouts to harvest, maybe a little broc and chard, but they look pretty limp. Carrots and a few beets are still in the ground and should be okay for awhile. Time to cover strawberry plants.

I also need to gather almonds. They don't fall readily from the tree. I'm starting to crack them open, about half of which are good. Walnuts are drying on the wood stove. They take awhile to dry out.

Comment by Daniel W on November 8, 2017 at 11:55am

We had this little dog house in the poultry yard, so some of the birds could hide their in the hot sun.  Then we forgot about it.  I kept wondering, have the ducks stopped laying eggs?  Then yesterday I noticed an egg sitting outside the dog house.   Inside it, there were a  dozen eggs.  Mostly duck, but a few chicken, too.

Garlic is starting to poke little shoots above the soil.  I added fencing mini-tunnels, because last year something kept eating off the garlic shoots.  I think that set it behind.  Maybe deer or rabbits.  We'll see if the fencing helps.

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2017 at 1:39pm

Thanks all.

The infected areas are starting to fade.  There's not a lot of tenderness unless I poke at it.  The old joke was "Dr, it hurts if I do this" response: "then don't do that".

Joan, that was terrible for Laura, I hope it all healed in the end.

I'm thinking Hobo spider.  Not much is known about the bites, there is debate about the toxicity, and they are endemic in maritime Pacific NW. 

Today I might put in protection for the germinating garlic.  Not a lot of work and will get me outside.  I have a cold and don't feel ambitious.

If it's not one thing,  it's another :-)

Ordered seeds for next year's pepper plants.  I think I will start them way ahead this time, Dec or Jan.


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