Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 23, 2017 at 1:32pm

> . . . nothing to eat.

Unless you want to see lots of pretty colors!

Comment by Daniel W on November 23, 2017 at 1:14pm

Randy, I agree with you.  I'm really glad you are here, to share hour experiences and thoughts.

Some mushrooms that just popped up under a spruce tree near my house.  I think these are Amanita muscaria.  Very pretty, but not something to eat.  

Comment by Randall Smith on November 23, 2017 at 7:35am

Daniel, I'm amazed at how much we have in common, garden-wise.
I, too, took my geraniums inside. I trimmed raspberry bushes. Deer or possums took care of all my fallen pears. I had plenty for all of us. And, finally, with a little luck, kale, collards, and Brussels sprouts will survive a mild winter. Like you said, collards will resprout. However, they go to seed the second year, the leaves tasting bitter. It's probably a lost cause.

Comment by Daniel W on November 22, 2017 at 2:08pm

Randy, good for you, getting outside and doing gardening!

I have been cleaning up around some of my fruit trees.  The older / taller ones are less trouble, because they are tall enough that deer don't seem to bother them.  So they are not enclosed in fences, which makes maintenance much more challenging.  I cleaned up around those, pulling weeds, mulching with leaves, and doing minor pruning.

Here are some Collard Green stems that I had pulled up because they were in the way of my blackberry fencing project.  Since there were a lot of them, I threw these into the chicken yard.  The hens picked them free of leaves, and some of the buds as well, but left the main stems and roots.  So I trimmed them up a little, and replanted.  If they don't grow, it doesn't matter  If they do grow, that will be fun.  The Collards that I overwintered last winter are still growing new branches and leaves, so I'm starting to think of them as a perennial, maybe even a weird shrub.

Geraniums are getting some nice fall color.  I moved these into the garage this week.  They will sit there, dry and dormant, until Spring.

Blackberry trellis.  Finally done.  Looks like sort of a Davey Crockett version, but I think it will do the job, and the poles were free / sourced from my own yard.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 22, 2017 at 6:51am

I finally had a chance to work in the garden yest cleaning up cages and poles and clearing out asparagus fronds. I also spread a blanket of leaves over strawberries. Have a nice winter, garden. See you next spring.

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2017 at 6:19pm

Randy, horseradish us super-easy to grow, and just as easy to harvest and process.  You can probably grow it from a grocery store root.  I got my start from the big box store garden section, about 10 years ago.  They are said to bd invasive, but mine havd behaved vety nicely, no spreading, just get bigger each year.  When I have dug them up, new ones grew from roots that broke off underground, but that is no different from oriental poppies or rhubarb, which do the same thing.

Today I dug up some more gladiola corms to dry out and store for the winter.  Alnost like digging onions or potatoes.  Also dug some tigridia.  I dont know if they will survive that treatment.  Maybe.

And I finished building the blackberry trellises.  The posts are almost log-size, from trees I cut some time ago, and the horizontal parts are old bamboo poles.  So the cost was zero.  Can't wait for a blackberry crop next year!

Comment by Randall Smith on November 17, 2017 at 6:59am

Horseradish is something I've never grown. Good reason why not: I have a 10 year old bottle of the stuff in my fridge! I seldom use it and I don't know why not. I love it!

Comment by Daniel W on November 16, 2017 at 8:04pm

Today I made prepared horseradish from the roots that I dug up.  It was not as involved as Joan's reminiscence - I used a small food processor.  Did have to leave the kitchen briefly when it was to pungent.  I love that stuff.  Planted some small side roots back in the garden, see if they grow into a big root in a year or two.

Comment by Daniel W on November 15, 2017 at 10:26am

Joan, I loved reading your recollection.  You are a national treasure.

Randy, I haven't tried growing almonds.  I have an order in for one more chestnut tree, to plant this month if they ship it soon.  That's it for me and nut trees.  Then comes living long enough, and some luck in the growing department, to taste them.

Raining today.  Typical Pacific NW late fall weather.  It's gloomy, but the consistency is reassuring.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 15, 2017 at 7:05am

Wonderful looking 'simmons, Daniel!

Enjoyed reading your horseradish story, Joan.

I gathered almonds yest off the ground and tree (with ladder). The ones I've cracked already look good, albeit only about half of them are viable. I'll be busy all winter with almonds and walnuts.


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